Illinois Trip- Day 2 – Chicago
Heights and South Chicago Heights
Both are explored here together as we jumped between the two several times while seeking out the points of interest. Chicago Heights is a city of 30,000. South Chicago Heights is a village of 4,139. The first place we saw was St. James Hospital, where I was born in 1966. This is the intersection of historic Chicago Road and Lincoln Highway. On your left you could just see the President Lincoln display on this corner.
Across the street is a Veteran’s Memorial. I was a patient in the hospital in Nov. 1979 and my room had a view of this memorial. I was actually there on Veteran’s Day and I saw the ceremony from my window.
On the other corner is the Alex Lopez Park with two interesting monuments.
Another monument in South Chicago Heights, marking the site of the home of one of the first settlers in the area, Adam Brown.
Our biggest attraction in South Chicago Heights is the Hi-Way Bakery, THE destination for great pastries and conversation since 1949. My family got doughnuts from there on Sunday mornings during my childhood. On April 3, 2004, John Koester became the new owner.
They are located at:
- Hours: Mon, 5am – 2pm; Tue – Sat, 5am – 4pm; Sun, 6am – 1pm
The iconic sign is the original, and is in need of repair. With enough donations, John hopes to get it restored to it’s former luster. Interesting history about the the sign, the pastry chef is speculated to be the daughter of the original owner. Back then having a woman on a sign portraying such a respected profession was just not done! They did it though and the sign is a piece of important history in South Chicago Heights.
Inside was warm and welcoming, likewise with the staff. It smelled so good in there! We bought a baker’s dozen of fine pastries and John took a picture with us. Thanks for the great memories and treats John!
Our tour continues with a stop at Gaby Iron and Metal, where we sometimes brought our recylables.
Our last stop was the South Suburban Humane Society. My Girl Scout troop used to volunteer there, often walking the dogs.
That concludes our visit to the Chicago Heights. It was good to revisit places I have been, plus see things as well.