March 15 update: local cancellations and closings


As of 10:30pm on Sunday, March 15

compiled by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 15, 2020) – Governor Pritzker’s closing of Illinois bars and restaurants goes into effect Monday evening, and that will impact Lansing establishments. As we get more detail about the accommodations local eateries are making, we hope to publish a compiled listing.

In the meantime, the list below contains updated information. Events are listed in general chronological order.

St. Ann Church—formal liturgies suspended

St. Ann Church and all churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago have suspended formal liturgies. St. Ann Church will be open for private prayer during regularly scheduled Mass times:

  • Monday–Friday at 7:30am
  • Saturday at 4:00pm
  • Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30am

Personal devotions, such as Friday Stations of the Cross and Wednesday evening Rosary, may proceed uninterrupted, but should involve no physical contact. Confessions will be heard behind the screen at 3:00pm on Saturdays as usual.

Early Voting still available

In order to offset crowds on Tuesday, March 17 (Election Day), Early Voting will be available on Monday, March 16, 9:00am–5:00pm. Early Voting takes place in the glass-walled Quiet Room on the second floor of Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, Illinois.

St. Ann School—closed

Effective Monday, St. Ann students will engage in e-learning activities from home. The weekly Religious Education program will also be suspended, and the upcoming Confirmation retreat rescheduled.

District 215—e-learning practice on Monday at 11:00am

Faculty and staff of will report as normal on Monday, March 16, to develop e-learning strategies. Students should be prepared to participate in a test run for e-learning on Monday, March 16 at 11:00am. An “E-Learning Day Today” link will be available at Log-in instructions were provided in an email on Sunday evening. Monday is a practice run. E-learning will begin in full on Tuesday, March 17, and will continue through Friday, March 27. The district’s regularly scheduled Spring Break will run from March 30 through April 3.

Students can pick up grab-and-go meals at their nearest District 215 location between 10:30am and 12:30pm, Monday–Friday, March 16–March 27. These meals will include both breakfast and lunch.

Updates will be posted continually on the website.

District 158—closed for students through March 30

See the March 13 release, which includes information from Superintendent Nathan Schilling.

District 171—closed for students through March 30

From the Sunnybrook School District 171 Facebook page: “Good day parents, staff and students. In response to the Governor’s directive, Sunnybrook School District will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020, until March 30, 2020. The District is activating our eLearning Plan effective Tuesday. In addition, Spring Break starts immediately thereafter. Therefore school will resume for students on Monday, April 6, 2020. Please note the school will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020. If you should have questions, please contact the District Office at 708-895-0750. To learn more about our eLearning Plan or to get access to resources please visit the District website at

Patti Leach Youth Center—closed

The Youth Center will be closed for the rest of March and will use the time for a deep cleaning of the entire Center.

Lansing Christian School—closed, starting Tuesday, March 17

Classes at the school have been cancelled, as has the Cultural Fair that was scheduled for the evening of March 17. Sports games, tournaments, and band and choir concerts have been cancelled through the end of March.

From the Lansing Christian School Facebook page: “The CART store will be open on Monday morning but then closed till further notice. The scheduled CART monthly order WILL NOT GO OUT ON Tuesday, March 17. More information will be given out later as to when that order will be placed.”

Lansing Public Library—closed Wednesday until further notice

Following Early Voting on Monday and regular business on Tuesday, the Lansing Public Library will be closed on Wednesday until further notice, and events scheduled there will be cancelled or rescheduled.

Chamber Business Expo—rescheduled

“Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus we are postponing our 3rd annual Business Expo,” wrote Chamber Director Amy Todd in an email to participants. “The health and safety of our community is our first concern. We will announce a new date very soon. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.” The event had been scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

Human Relations Commission meeting—cancelled

The meeting that was scheduled for Thursday evening, March 19, has been cancelled.

South Suburban College—extending Spring Break

South Suburban College (SSC) is extending its Spring Break for students through March 22, 2020 as a precaution related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The college is also implementing a Spring Break for all Adult Education classes next week. Students with a clinical rotation will be contacted with more details. SSC will remain open and maintain standard operating hours. All employees will continue working through the extended break. Classes will resume on March 23 to keep the Spring 2020 Semester on schedule. The college is working to ensure all credit classes may be offered in an online format, if necessary. All campus events scheduled through March 22 are postponed. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament—which was scheduled for next week in Danville, Illinois—has also been postponed. Currently, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at SSC. Visit for ongoing updates.

LARC Annual Appreciation Dinner—rescheduled

LARC posted the following information on their Facebook page: “LARC shares a very strong sense of responsibility to its clients, staff, families, donors, volunteers and the community at large. As a result, we will be rescheduling our Appreciation Dinner, which was to be held on Friday, April 24. …Those who have already made their reservations may contact us for an immediate refund, or may do so following the announcement of our new date, should they not be available.” LARC is still accepting ad book sponsorships and in-kind donations for the Silent Auction that is a traditional part of the Annual Appreciation Dinner. LARC is located at 19043 Wentworth Avenue. Questions can be directed to the Development Office: 708-474-1540 or [email protected]

South Holland Master Chorale—rehearsals and concerts cancelled

Director Albert Jackson consulted with the Chorale’s Board president, and together they agreed to suspend rehearsals effective immediately and, as a result, cancel the June concerts. “This may come as a relief to some and as an aggravation to others,” Jackson wrote, “but given the number of worldwide unknowns at this point in time, there is no other sensible course remaining to me. In my 40+ years of ‘swinging the stick,’ I cannot ever remember cancelling a concert, so I did not arrive at this decision lightly.”

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