Monthly Archives: December 2015

December 23rd, 2015

Gabriel’s holiday hours

gabriel christmas lights 2015

In celebration of Christmas and New Years, Gabriel will observe the following holiday hours:

  • Christmas Eve – closed at noon
  • Christmas – closed
  • New Years Eve – closed at noon
  • New Years Day – closed


Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

December 21st, 2015

Making spirits bright

christmas 2015 cja

Gabriel is proud to once again partner with Chicago Jesuit Academy to make their students’ Christmas celebration a little brighter and merrier.  As part of their last day of school before winter break, Gabriel donated gifts for each student specifically chosen with his interests in mind.  Gifts included science kits, drawing supplies, fiction books, LEGOs, non-fiction books, sports equipment, and games.  As you can tell from the pictures above, the young men were thrilled with their gifts.

Chicago Jesuit Academy (CJA) offers children with educational and economic needs access to a Catholic, college preparatory middle school education in the Jesuit tradition. In order to qualify for admission to CJA, each young man needs to have passed the fourth grade and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program or his family must be experiencing an extraordinary financial hardship. CJA seeks to serve students who could not otherwise afford a private education. CJA is a full-scholarship institution.

This year, Gabriel’s staff and matching gifts donated presents for 148 students at CJA, plus another 45 foster children with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Merry Christmas to our friends at CJA and DCFS!


December 10th, 2015

Thornton Reservoir fills for the first time

The Thornton Composite Reservoir is online and recently took on water for the first time while MWRD’s time-lapse camera was recording. A stormy Thanksgiving holiday resulted in 400 million gallons of combined sewage and stormwater flowing into the reservoir where the water level reached 17 feet. Though this is a lot of water, it’s only five percent of the reservoir’s 7.9 billion gallon capacity.

See the video from the MWRD’s Facebook page:

Gabriel toured the reservoir in June before it was completed as part of the MWRD’s flood management program.  See photos from our tour from this earlier blog post.