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Video: So many reasons to be at McJournal Night


Prize wheel, Grimace, the Memorial Junior High Band, Lansing Fire Department vehicles, plenty of parking, and meeting your favorite local journalists

All on Thursday, February 29, 4–7 p.m.

LANSING, Ill. (February 23, 2024) – After months of planning and promoting, McJournal Night is finally on this week’s calendar: Thursday, February 29, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Lansing McDonald’s, 17810 Torrence Ave., Lansing, Illinois.

The event is a fundraiser that will allow The Lansing Journal to continue providing local news to our community, but as Josh and Melanie explain in this week’s video, it’s also an opportunity to connect.

“We have thousands of subscribers and supporters,” says Melanie around 10:45, “and many of them we don’t know in person. So we would love for you to come on out and introduce yourselves…. We’re looking forward to making that personal connection with our community.” Watch to see who will be there —

Where to park on McJournal Night

Parking in the McDonald’s lot is accessible from Torrence as well as 178th Street. In addition, The Lansing Journal is grateful to local businesses Phillips Chevrolet and Johnny K’s, who generously made room in their parking lots for McJournal Night attenders. In addition, a municipal lot is available on the east side of Torrence, and street side parking is available along 178th Street.

McJournal Night parking
In hopes of an overwhelming turnout on McJournal Night, The Lansing Journal has verified multiple parking options.

Things to remember on McJournal Night

  1. Orders at the drive-thru and in the lobby will both count as part of the fundraiser, but we hope you’ll come in the lobby and say hi.
  2. Make sure you say “The Lansing Journal” when placing your order. (That triggers staff to print an extra receipt that gets counted toward our total.)
  3. Bring cash for pies, so we can get 100% of your pie purchase.
  4. Bring the whole family — Grimace wants to meet everyone, and so do we!
  5. We hope you’ll join us in the lobby for a while. We are looking forward to spending time with you in person.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.