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Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church & School-Wels
6218 Capulina Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053
The Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1902, and quickly developed the school in 1906. ItsMore longstanding history makes it the oldest congregation in Morton Grove. The church offers services on Sunday at 8am and 10:30am. The school caters to youth from all over the region, from pre-school through eighth grade. In addition, Precious Child is another service offered with Jerusalem Lutheran. Programs are open for children from age 3 through 8th grade, with full or half-day preschool, only full-day kindergarten, and grades 1 -8 full-day. Extended care is available, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., for students of the preschool and Jerusalem School as well.  
Precious Child Early Learning Center
6218 Capulina Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Precious Child Early Learning Center is a Lutheran preschool located in Morton Grove, run out of the Jerusalem LutheranMore Church. The learning center provides full and half-day programming for children ages 3 and 4. Parents are given the option of enrolling their children for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week. Extended care services are also offered for parents who need to drop their children off a bit early or pick-them up late.
Grennan Heights Park
8255 N Oketo Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Grennan Heights is one of the Niles Park District's most popular parks. It's where children's soccer teams play andMore parents cheer them on, and there is also a baseball field with bleachers, tennis courts and a well-shaded playground.The building contains a gymnasium, basketball court, men's and women's locker rooms, a lounge area and a preschool. 

The parks hosts summer camps each year, and on the day of the Fourth of July parade (one of Niles' biggest community events), the parade route finishes at Grennan Heights, and there are tents, children's games, a band and food for a huge community celebration.

Niles Park District
6676 W Howard St, Niles, IL 60714

The headquarters location for the Niles Park District, it houses the preschool and the banquet facilities.More  The golf course is adjacent, and the indoor tennis complex (Tam) and the fitness/track/gymnasium facility (Golfview) are nearby.

The park district has 25 locations overall, including 14 parks, one ice rink (Iceland), one water park (Oasis) and the aforementioned golf course and recreational buildings. It operates a restaurant and is a member of the Maine-Niles Association for Special Recreation, which provides recreation for patrons with special needs.

The park district is a unit of government with taxing authority. It is governed by a board of directors who meet monthly. The executive director is Joe LoVerde.

Some examples of recreational opportunities the district offers include swim classes (in summer), a licensed preschool for three- and four-year-olds,  junior golf programs, a variety of summer camps for children, concerts in the park, hockey lessons and one of the largest youth basketball programs in the area. The district also plans seasonal special events. 



St. John Brebeuf School
8301 N Harlem Ave, Niles, IL 60714

St. John Brebeuf is not only a school, but a hub of activities for families and children. Throughout the school year,More the parking lot is filled with parents bringing their children to school, then later for basketball and volleyball games, Scout meetings, religious education and other endeavors.

It is the only Catholic school in Niles, since St. Isaac Jogues and Our Lady of Ransom parishes closed their schools. St. John Brebeuf, or SJB as locals affectionately call it, accepts children from those parishes and St. Martha in Morton Grove at parishioner rates for tuition.

St. John Brebeuf accepts students from preschool through eighth grade, and the school figures prominently in the life of the parish. Parents actively volunteer in the school, organizing everything from athletics to holiday parties to fundraisers, including the annual fundraising gala. 

"Our school is a place where learning occurs in an atmosphere of faith, care and challenge," says principal Margaret Whitman, who invites interested parents to call to schedule a visit.  

St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church
7373 N Caldwell Ave, Niles, IL 60714

This Greek Orthodox congregation started in 1951 in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, then bought this propertyMore in Niles in the 1970s. It built a school building in 1984 and the church in 1988. Rev. Dean Botsis, the pastor, has been with the congregation since 1982.

Sunday school is provided for children ages 4 and up, and bible study is offered weekly. There are programs for school-age children and college-age and post-college young adults. The church sponsors Boy Scouts and may soon sponsor Girl Scouts. 

The church offers Greek school for children from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 9am to noon on Saturdays. It also offers Aristotle Greek Preschool from 9 am to 1 pm weekdays. Its website is www.aristotlegreekschools.com.

Every summer, Greek families come from all over the Chicago area to attend St. Haralambos' Big Greek Food Fest, usually held in July. 

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