AmericanFest Draws Big Crowds to Cicero

Cicero residents packed the town’s fairgrounds the last weekend in June to celebrate America’s independence a little early. Hosted by the town and organized by the Department of Special Events, this year’s AmericanFest featured various live music acts entertain crowds, carnival rides, booths, foods and many more activities for people throughout the weekend starting June 23. The weekend event was capped with a lively fireworks display on Sunday night. “AmericanFest has been one of our biggest [Learn More]

Cicero Day of Prayer

Cicero’s annual Day of Prayer is coming up. On Friday, July, 8, Cicero’s Clergy Committee will join the town’s churches and non-profit organizations, as well as many volunteers, business owners, and town families in praying for the guidance, wisdom and continued unity for the Town of Cicero. The Day of Prayer events begin at 6pm at Cicero’s Community Park (34th & Laramie).

District 99 Honors Outstanding Students For Each School’s Grade Level

Students from each grade at District 99’s elementary schools received the Outstanding Student Award during a late-May ceremony. Teachers and principals showcased unique students from each grade who not only excelled academically, but also stood out for their volunteerism within their schools and throughout Cicero. “We also wanted to recognize these kids’ leadership qualities as well as applaud their respectfulness, responsibility and safety throughout our schools,” said Superintendent Rudy Hernandez. The school’s administration and teachers [Learn More]

Morton East Senior Lands Full Ride To Ivy League School

Continuing its tradition of excellence, another Morton High School District 201 student will be attending an Ivy League college this fall. Following Abigail Galvez’ full scholarship to Cornell University, the district announced Morton East High School’s Itzel Castañeda will also have a full scholarship to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The graduating senior and QuestBridge Scholar will attend the prestigous university to study quantitative social sciences. “I almost didn’t apply to Dartmouth due to [Learn More]

CYC Summer Science Mini-Camp Brings Fascinating Fun

Part of the Cicero Youth Commission’s summer slate of activities includes a mini camp focused on science. Held at the Cicero Community Center, the CYC Summer Mini-Science Camp, hosted five weeks of classes filled with enthusiasm and creativity for future scientists. Students learned how to make Flubber, the slime made famous by the family movie several years back, by mixing liquid starch, water, glue and food coloring. The end product is gooey and slimy – [Learn More]

CYC Summer Camp Kicks Off To Exciting Start

Summer is in full swing throughout Cicero and that includes the Cicero Youth Commission’s annual Summer Camp, where education and recreation are combined for a safe and fun summer. “Campers are greeted each morning with an enthusiastic staff, ready to experience a fun and exciting day with the kids,” said CYC Executive Director Wayne Porod. While the first week focused on team-building activities and ice breakers for kids to get to know each other, the [Learn More]

CYC Partners With Project Night Night

With one out of every 30 American children facing homelessness at some point in the year, the Cicero Youth Commission has taken action to help. Led by Executive Director Wayne Porod, the CYC recently donated “Comfy Covers” blankets made by the CYC After School Program youth to Project Night Night. Project Night Night, works to reduce the emotional trauma for children facing homelessness through collections of childhood essentials for children under 12. Each child receives [Learn More]

Town Marks Church’s Presence Before 125th Anniversary

Cicero added another historical landmark to the roster last month as Cicero Bible Church, on Laramie Avenue, was recognized for its presence in the town since 1892. The church, headed by Pastor Ron Kooyman, has been at its current location since 1929. That date, coupled with its founding nearly 125 years ago, makes it among the oldest Protestant churches still active in the town. The marker was unveiled during a small ceremony outside of the [Learn More]

Puerto Rican Pride Fills Community Center

Puerto Ricans filled Cicero’s Community Center on June 15 to celebrate their rich heritage and contributions to Cicero. The Puerto Rican celebration was hosted by Cicero Chaplain, and Puerto Rican, Ismael Vargas and featured speakers and artwork celebrating the American territory. Refreshments were served by Cafe Latino. “Cicero has a very energetic and impactful Puerto Rican community,” Vargas said. “We feel passionately about where we came from, but we are just as proud to call [Learn More]

Cicero Seniors Celebrate Summer At Outdoor Picnic

It’s not a summer picnic without some heat, and temperatures did not disappoint as hundreds of Cicero seniors filled Cicero Community Park on June 15 for the annual Summer Picnic. Normally held indoors, this year’s picnic was held underneath a large tent to keep picnic goers cool while enjoying the summer air. Residents were treated to typical summer picnic food, cool tropical drinks and several rounds of bingo while listening to their favorite songs. The [Learn More]

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