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Lansing Voices:
What do you love about Lansing?


Thoughtful comments and photos submitted via email and Facebook

love LansingThe Lansing Journal is a community newspaper. We welcome input from fellow residents who have thoughtful things to say about topics that are important to our community.

This month we asked people a simple question: “What do you love about Lansing?” Responses are below—

Karen Kijewski (part of four generations living in Lansing)

Love the tradition of the Lansing Halloween parade! I have lived in Lansing for 55 years, and we were in the parade every year! Our children are 33, 29, and 17, and they have been in it every year, and now our grandchildren who are 9, 4, and 1 have been in the Halloween parade!
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Barb Dust (Lansing Historical Society)

What I love about Lansing is the spirit of volunteerism that is still present in this community. I network with other Historical Societies in the area and realize that many are struggling to get volunteers for activities. I am pleased to say that we had over 40 people come out to help with the Festival of Lights in some way this year, whether to move furniture, haul out the trees and ornaments, decorate, act as guides, and take down everything and clean up! Our members are great, but we also had many other community people help out just because they wanted to.

Lansing has a great history of civic participation. The 1954 Centennial involved over 12,000 people. We used to have the Lansing Civic Choir and Floodlighters Drama Group. My hope is that we can build on L.A.C.E. and other groups to encourage even more people to come on out and get involved.

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Patty Grigutis

My favorite thing about Lansing is the close community feeling. I love cruise nights, Good Neighbor Day parade, and Autumn Fest. We have awesome restaurant choices.

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Margot Sanders-Price

I love the maturity of residents that refuse to participate in the rumor mill and appreciate hearing the truth no matter how much it may hurt.

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Joanne Pritchard

I love the diversity in Lansing. We have great parks that are near to Chicago, and there is tons of shopping nearby.

Jennifer Yos

Location. (I can drive to the city, to Midway Airport, and to the Indiana State Dunes usually in less than an hour.) Rico’s pizza. The Lansing Public Library. The bike trails. Erfert Park. The Lansing Journal.

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Joann Kijewski

Love the “small town” feeling of living in Lansing. I am a country girl transplanted to the city and therefore enjoy the friendships we share in the Village of Lansing. So many opportunities to help each other in this town.

Karen Kijewski (again)

Love the Fat Friday Bash! We look forward to a fun Mardi Gras Party every year!

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Jim, Joann, and Karen Kijewski (Photo provided)

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Karen Kijewski (one more time)

Love Lansing Autumnfest! It’s a great fest for all ages! Love Military Day, the bands, marketplace, the food vendors, all the community groups being involved with this great event!

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Ken Jongsma (former Lansing resident who receives Lansing news via email every day)

Love The Lansing Journal keeping us informed about our town.


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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.