About Noah Festenstein

Agreements OKd For London Crossing Development

By Noah Festenstein | August 18, 2023

Redevelopment agreements worth $10.8 million and over $2 million in tax increment financing (TIF) incentives were approved by Wheeling trustees for a large plot of unoccupied land at 889-903 W. Dundee Rd. The redevelopment is proposed to include a retail/commercial use building and one smaller retail building with a drive-through. This is part of the “London Crossings Project” which has […]

Wheeling Bakery Plans For Farmers Market

By Noah Festenstein | August 17, 2023

West Town Bakery in Wheeling plans to host a farmers market at its 781 N. Milwaukee Ave. location. After receiving permits from village trustees Monday, Aug. 7, the bakery plans to host its farmers market in the east parking lot near the Westin hotel. West Town Bakery shares its building with Okay Cannabis dispensary for a “hybrid” experience. For the […]

Referendum Snafu Ties Up Mental Health Tax Levy

By Noah Festenstein | August 16, 2023

The initial levying of tax revenue for the new Wheeling Township 708 Mental Health Board is at risk after it was determined the wording of a November 2022 referendum question approved by voters was incomplete. Several Wheeling Township taxpayers attended Wednesday’s (Aug. 9) mental health board meeting at the township hall in Arlington Heights, 1616 N. Arlington Heights Rd. New […]

‘Kids Island’ Daycare Ventures To Wheeling

By Noah Festenstein | August 16, 2023

Wheeling-area residents now have another option when it comes to sending their kids to daycare. A new daycare, Kids Island Learning Center, received special use approval for the operation of a new facility on the first floor of 135 N. Milwaukee Ave. The day care is relocating its current facility in Elk Grove to Wheeling. According to the meeting memo […]

This Year’s ‘56 Music Fix’ Includes 16 Locations In Mount Prospect

By Noah Festenstein | August 13, 2023

Just around the corner is the three-day 56 Music Fix held at a number of bars, restaurants and shops in Mount Prospect. In its fifth installment, the local music festival will spotlight performers at 16 locations in Mount Prospect this weekend. Every day from Friday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 20, customers and music lovers can find live entertainment at the […]

Bike-To-School Event A First For Wheeling Park District

By Noah Festenstein | August 09, 2023

An event unseen in Wheeling Park District history will serve as an ode to school being back in session for area students and families. The park district, in coordination with the Wheeling Board of Health and the fitness center is in for a Back-to-School Bike Ride from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. “It is a partnership with the […]

New Principal Ready For New School Year At Rosemont

By Noah Festenstein | August 09, 2023

As Rosemont Elementary School Dist. 78 students get ready for a new school year in one week (Aug. 15), a new principal is getting ready to start as well.  Peter Schaul has taken the place of Laurie Kovalcik after her retirement from the position this past year. “Our highest priority is our children,” Schaul told Journal & Topics. “Listening, communicating […]

East Wedgewood Park Renovation Comes With A Rename

By Noah Festenstein | August 08, 2023

A newly renovated park is coming to Wedgewood Lane and Oxford Place in Prospect Heights. After the sale of West Wedgewood Park a decade ago and some grant funding delays stemming from 2022, the Prospect Heights Park District (PHPD) is now on the cusp of renovating East Wedgewood Park, while also renaming it to just “Wedgewood Park.” Parks Director Christina […]

Bounce On Over To Woodfield For Special Event Aug. 26-Sept. 4

By Noah Festenstein | August 08, 2023

Jump for Joy Chicago announced plans to bring a bounce house festival to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg later this month. As a part of its inaugural “Bounce the City” tour, the inflatable festival, comprising eight bounce attractions, will run from Saturday, Aug. 26 to Monday, Sept. 4. The company is planning an assortment of bounce houses, including a “exhilarating 600+ […]

UPDATE: Body Pulled From Lake Arlington Friday Morning

By Noah Festenstein | August 04, 2023

UPDATE (Monday, Aug. 7): The Cook County Coroner’s office report this case as a suicide. A death investigation went underway as Arlington Heights police reported a body was found deceased in Lake Arlington Friday morning, Aug. 4. According to Arlington Heights police, officers learned a Wheeling resident was recently reported missing by family members, with concerns of their wellbeing. A […]

Shaq Checks In At Rosemont Big Chicken

By Noah Festenstein | August 04, 2023

It’s been three weeks since Big Chicken opened in Rosemont. But it was on Friday, Aug. 4 that one of the restaurant’s owners, Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq), stopped by to cut the ribbon in front of fans, village officials and first responders who came by after hearing he’d be there. The basketball star, NBA personality and professional DJ arrived at Big […]

Water Main Break At North School Park Resolved

By Noah Festenstein | August 02, 2023

A water main break in front of North School Park in Arlington Heights during Tuesday night’s (Aug. 1) National Night Out caught some visitors by surprise. According to Arlington Heights Public Works, the age of the pipe caused the main under Evergreen Avenue and Eastman Street to break. Public works utilities Supt. Scott Schweda said it only took a few […]

Wheeling Park District Board Seeks To Appoint Two-Year Term For Vacant Seat

By Noah Festenstein | August 02, 2023

The Wheeling Park District Board of Park Commissioners is seeking an immediate member of the public to occupy a vacant seat on the seven-member board. The objective is to appoint someone to the seat for the 2023-2025 term until the next election. According to Wheeling Park District Supt. of Marketing and Communications Juan Acevedo, former board member Jim Whittington “decided […]

Sinkhole Closes Wheeling Road From Hintz To Dundee For Two Days

By Noah Festenstein | August 02, 2023

Wheeling Public Works reported Wednesday afternoon (July 26) a sinkhole near 411 Wheeling Rd., forced the road to close from Hintz to Dundee roads until Friday night. A release from the village stated an inspection discovered a 48-in. defective stormwater pipe beneath the street that required emergency replacement. The closure started at 4 p.m. Wednesday and remained closed until repairs […]

Village Envisions Downtown Improvements In Future Master Plan

By Noah Festenstein | August 02, 2023

Redevelopment opportunities are on the minds of Arlington Heights village officials creating a vision, or master plan, for certain improvements with hopes of attracting new downtown development, entertainment, and enhancing quality of life. With plans by the Chicago Bears for a potential $5 billion stadium district development five minutes down the road at Arlington Park, village officials have been looking […]

Cell Phone Use Most ‘Popular’, Speeding Least, In Latest AH Traffic Enforcement Campaign

By Noah Festenstein | August 02, 2023

It has been a busy past month for the Arlington Heights Police Department. In a recent press release from the department, police say they ran a successful Independence Day Enforcement Campaign which witnessed a total of 165 traffic violations. The campaign lasted from June 16 to July 5. The campaign was held in cooperation with the Illinois Dept. of Transportations […]

Hersey Student Wins ComEd EV Rally Race In Chicago

By Noah Festenstein | August 01, 2023

Among 45 young women competing in this year’s ComEd second annual EV Rally, a team of five high schoolers, which included Hersey incoming sophomore Vivienne DeRosa, won the race with their self-made rally car. “The experience was really like none other,” DeRosa told Journal & Topics. “Where else in the country exists a program like this?” The ComEd EV program, […]

Strip Mall Fire: Nine Businesses Will Begin Clean Outs, But All Remain Unopened

By Noah Festenstein | August 01, 2023

It has been 42 days since a fire at 1209 N. Elmhurst Rd. paused operations for 12 Prospect Heights businesses. Now, it’s been learned it could take longer until businesses can reopen. Those traveling near Wheeling High School at the corner of Elmhurst and Hintz roads may have noticed the dormant strip mall on the east side of Elmhurst, just […]

Chicago Yacht Race Lasts Over Two Days — With A First Place Finish For Park Ridge ‘Helmsman’

By Noah Festenstein | August 01, 2023

About 240 boats and more than 2,100 participants from 16 countries were registered for the 114th edition of the Chicago Yacht Club Race. One of those racers comes from Park Ridge, taking first place in the event’s T-10 boat section category. Racing since she was 8 years old, Carrie Webb, 32, took to the waters of Lake Michigan Saturday, July […]

Replacement Hired As Hersey Principal Goes On Medical Leave

By Noah Festenstein | July 28, 2023

A change of scenery for the higher-ups at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights will see a new principal taking the helm. Dist. 214 board members at a special meeting Wednesday (July 26) at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights signed-off on a one year principal contract for Heath McFaul. For the past two years, Keir Rogers has been […]