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Exploring Chicago: Honoring Our America Heroes Through Art and Memorials

Exploring Chicago: Honoring Our America Heroes Through Art and Memorials

I love Chicago. No matter which direction you drive, you'll find art and culture bursting from its seams. One thing I've always admired about Chicago is how it pays homage to the brave American soldiers who have continuously fought for our freedom. These tributes are subtly spread throughout the city, like street art on buildings, some more touching than others. Have you ever stopped to look at them? They serve as a somber reminder of the price America has paid for its freedom. This isn't a political statement to stir opinions about the state of our country. We can't change history, but we can honor and acknowledge it as we march forward in the endless pursuit of truth, justice, and the American way. One of these poignant reminders is the Jefferson Park War Memorial. It doesn't only commemorate World War II but also honors the broader history of wars involving America and the Jefferson Park community's role in promoting democracy worldwide. You should stop by, take a look, and pay your respects to these American freedom fighters. It's truly remarkable what they did for us. Jefferson Park does an excellent job commemorating America's war efforts, with a couple of hidden gems. One is the war memorial at 5411 W Higgins Ave, right along Milwaukee and Higgins, standing proud since 1945. Another is the World War I memorial, featuring remnants of a cannon plaque, right in the park. During the 1930s, a cannon was installed on the triangular lawn and dedicated to the soldiers of the Jefferson Park District. The cannon was removed in the early 1940s for scrap metal during WWII. Today, only a small bronze plaque remains. Located near the field house entryway, this WWI memorial plaque was dedicated by the Altrui Club. Composed of bronze and helmet-shaped, it is mounted directly into the sidewalk in front of the field house. It's uncertain whether it remains in its original location or if it was first installed near the cannon. (This plaque may have marked a second WWI memorial, such as a tree that may not have survived). So, as you squirt mustard on your hot dog and sip a beer, remember for just one second today that all we have was bought with the ultimate price. Freedom isn't free, and we should all remember that. God bless America.

Where are you getting your paczki for Fat Tuesday?

Where are you getting your paczki for Fat Tuesday?

Chicago's premier producer of authentic Polish paczki, renowned for its dedication to preserving traditional European flavors, has unveiled its enticing menu for Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 13. As a cherished family-owned and operated bakery and café, they are gearing up to craft thousands of their signature housemade paczki daily in anticipation of the overwhelming demand on Fat Tuesday. Originally crafted to utilize ingredients such as lard and eggs, which were restricted during Lent, paczki has evolved into one of the most sought-after indulgences during Mardi Gras festivities. Distinguished from the ordinary donut, paczki boasts a delectable composition of a generously-sized dough ball enriched with egg yolks, meticulously deep-fried, and generously stuffed with an array of delightful fillings. Each paczki is adorned with either a luscious sugar glaze or delicately rolled in fine sugar, enhancing its already irresistible appeal. [Delightful Pastries](www.delightfulpastries.com), with a rich history spanning over 25 years, remains committed to serving the Chicago community with delectable home-style European pastries, cakes, and baked delights. Their commitment to excellence is evident in their use of only the finest locally sourced ingredients and adherence to classic European baking traditions passed down through generations. Conveniently located at 5927 W Lawrence Avenue in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood, Delightful Pastries warmly welcomes patrons from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Indulge in the time-honored flavors and artisanal craftsmanship that have made Delightful Pastries a beloved institution in the heart of Chicago.

Ma O’Brien’s In Jefferson Park Is Now Open

Ma O’Brien’s In Jefferson Park Is Now Open

Ma O'Brien's is a welcome addition to Jefferson Park, bringing a bit of Irish charm and a diverse beverage menu to the neighborhood. It brings new life into the space at 5734 N Elston Ave. The history of the bar, with the return of the O'Brien name and the connection to the previous (Nil Tap) owners, adds a personal touch to the establishment. Ma O'Brien's refers to Aine and her mother, Ann, who make the trek in from Ireland for the opening. Ma'O'Brien's captures the essence of owner Aine O'Brien's cherished memories from the enchanting Irish pubs of her childhood in Clarina, Co Limerick, Ireland. This establishment serves as a heartfelt tribute to Aine's formative years in hospitality, where she refined her craft at the prestigious Dublin Institute of Hospitality, immersing herself in the vibrant atmosphere of Killarney's hospitality industry. Incorporating the warmth and wisdom passed down from her beloved mother, Aine is on a mission to infuse the northwest side of Chicago, and indeed the entire city, with the authentic spirit of Irish hospitality. Ma'O'Brien's not only stands as a beacon of this tradition but also aims to create a welcoming haven for the thriving Irish community that proudly calls Chicago home. The mention of Aine's connection to the local community, having lived and raised her family in the area for over 20 years, adds a personal touch to the story. It seems like a place where neighbors can gather, enjoy a pint, and cheer for their favorite teams. Pull up a stool, stay for a pint, and enjoy this neighborhood gem. Find out more on their [Facebook page](https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61551987391192).