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]

25 Years Later, New Salon Impressions Continues To Thrive

When Zita and Robert Paniagua first arrived to the United States, they decided to make Cicero their new home. In the years that followed, Robert worked hard to provide for his wife and three kids while Zita took on odd jobs while studying to become a beautician. That work led her to take a job at Salon Impressions, a small store on Cermak Road that did enough to stay afloat. Throughout the following years, Zita [Learn More]

Cicero Volunteers Work To Keep Cicero CLEAN

Cicero residents may have noticed a familiar face, or several, on the streets, but they weren’t out there hanging out. Instead, they were just a few of the hundreds of volunteers who canvased the town on May 14 picking up trash and sweeping sidewalks as part of the annual Cicero Clean-Up Day event. Held every May to coincide with the warmer weather, the annual clean-up day brings organiations from all stripes together to help partake [Learn More]

Cicero’s Season of Events Kicks Off With Energetic Cinco de Mayo Festival

The end of winter typically brings families out to Cicero’s parks in May, but this year’s Cinco de Mayo festival brought out massive crowds from the town and beyond. Hosted by Town President Larry Dominick and Cicero’s parks and recreations department, the annual celebration of Mexico’s victory over the French brought out a sense of Mexican and community pride for the tens of thousands of people who passed through the festival’s gates. Mexican Consul General [Learn More]

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