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Then and Now

Currently on exhibit at the Union Street Gallery, our local art gallery (- you know, the awesome one in a restored Elk’s Lodge?), is our committee’s show “Chicago Heights Then & Now”.

It is a way for us to look back a celebrate just some of what wonderful buildings remain.

We scoured the library archives for “Thens” and set to the streets for our “Nows”.

Come to see the show!

It will be up through June 15, when the Driving the Dixie cars will be passing through. There was only so much room to display in our gallery space, but here is a taste.

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Driving the Dixie 2012

If you didn’t make it out to Chicago Heights for Driving the Dixie, you missed a wonderful event.

Over 300 people enjoyed the Gallery’s amazing art, our own Mike Bonhart’s fascinating display of Chicago Heights memorabilia, and all the cool CARS!

We gave away these great magnets to all that participated. –>

There was even a great display put up and staffed by the Park Forest Historical Society & Museum’s president, Michael Gans.  If you haven’t visited their museum, you really should get over there!  They also have an archive. Check out their website, and donate to keeping history alive.

Additionally, a hearty “Thank You” goes out to the Union Street Gallery for hosting the Driving the Dixie stop in Chicago Heights. It serves as a wonderful spot for people – many not from our area – to see what a wonderful art community we have, and some of our fantastic architecture. If you haven’t been to the Gallery yet, you really need to go, and go often. New shows are opening all the time. I see something new and wonderful each time I am there.

Call me crazy – you won’t be the first – but the  Elks Building/Union Street Gallery looked, well,  happy. If a building could smile, I think it was. Beautiful, used, cared for, and all the people enjoying it.  Well, it made me happy to see such a great building in its most recent incarnation so loved and vibrant.  And the Star building across the street made a nice backdrop for all the sweet rides that parked in front of it.

Check out some of the photos:

Driving the Dixie – Chicago Heights Stop

Saturday, June 18th
Many classic cars, ranging from Model A Ford’s to anything from the present, each year “Cruise the Dixie” (Highway) from Blue Island to Momence.
Stops are made along the way in several of the cities and everyone has a great time while celebrating a piece of history.
The stopping spot in Chicago Heights this year will be
The Union Street Gallery (1527 Otto Blvd.) An amazing adaptive reuse of a historic – local landmark – building!
Inside the gallery will be refreshments and an exhibit on historic Lincoln Highway – which paired with Dixie Highway gives Chicago Heights her nickname – Crossroads of the Nation.
ALL are welcome to come on by to see the cars come through and experience some Chicago Heights history inside our fantastic art gallery.
Gallery will be open from 9AM – 2PM
Cars come by approximately 10am-Noon

Cars at Chicago Heights's 2010 Driving the Dixie stop