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Jimmy’s of Chicago caters
to windy city neighbors
by Joan Westlake East Coast but only here can you fi nd the
Fans of the Windy City from around the Valley have rolled fl ank steak cooked in red marinara
been fi nding their way to Jimmy’s of Chicago since the sauce. And, we serve the Chicago classics
fi rst plate of homemade Italian food was served in the stuffed mushrooms and stuffed artichokes.”
Gilbert restaurant this past December. Other classics are the authentic Italian
Owner Kerry Kersting says the establishment has Beef or the meatball sandwiches. Popular
the same menu as his brother-in-law’s Jimmy’s Place homemade pasta dishes include cavatelli
located just outside Chicago. Kersting adds that it is with spicy vodka sauce, gnocchi and ravioli.
his wife Zalena’s family recipes that make the menu at The extensive menu has numerous pasta
both locations so authentic. dishes and 10 different sauces. The pizza is
“Half the people fi rst walk in here because of Chicago-style thin crust.
‘Chicago’ in our name,” admits Kersting. “I wasn’t Every order is made from scratch. Even
surprised by that but have been amazed by how with their extensive menu selections,
STSN photo
many have been to the Jimmy’s in Illinois. One guy Kersting says regulars sometimes order off
HOMEMADE: Katie Jasken, left, with some of the wine offered at Jimmy’s,
came in and we found out he was my sister-in-law’s the menu, requesting items such as piccata. while Deni Daily holds the restaurant’s menus.
fi rst boyfriend and part of the family that makes the Daily specials include a Halibut Italiano. A
famous Eli’s cheesecake that we bring in.” house staple is the Vesuvio potatoes, which section for smaller portions suitable for children or
He adds that in a short time, Jimmy’s has attracted a are quartered, browned and then cooked with the smaller appetites.
solid clientele of regulars, some who dine at the eatery entrée’s meat. With booths in the front and an expansive bar area,
three or four times a week. Prices range from $5.95 for big sandwiches to $20.95 there’s a real neighborhood feel to the place. A private
“We serve dishes that you just can’t fi nd in the for the fi let. Most pasta dinners are around $12 and
Valley,” he says. “Braciole is big in the Midwest and full dinners $14.50. You can order from the Extras See Jimmy’s Page 42
Check out Montessori ‘Sprinkler’ teaches
Christian Academy
kids good hygiene
by Joan Westlake
Parents can see fi rsthand the
renowned teaching methods of
Dr. Maria Montessori during
the Chandler’s Montessori
Christian Academy’s summer
program for pre-kindergarten
through sixth-grade students.
Mark and Jennifer Richards,
who opened the doors to the
academy seven years ago,
moved the school to an inviting
house on Chandler Heights
Submitted photo
between McQueen and Cooper
PLAYGROUND: Plenty of outdoor play space is available for
this spring. More than an acre children at Chandler’s Montessori Christian Academy, on 1
of property allows for a wealth
acre of land.
of outdoor education including planting a garden, picking fruit for juicing and
raising little critters.
Mark points out that this is the only Christian Association Montessori
Internationale institution in the state. He cautions that in America, the Montessori
name can be used by anyone. To be certain the school is an authentic Montessori,
look for the AMI designation.
Jennifer is a second-generation Montessori teacher with decades of experience. STSN photo
Her mother has a large school in Texas.
CLEAN & HEALTHY: Children learn how to stay healthy this month as Chandler re-airs
“Dr. Montessori was a devout Catholic and her philosophy is Biblically based,” the “Sprinkler’s Clubhouse” episode, “Hygiene, Bye Germs.” In the show, Sprinkler the
Mark explains. “She started by teaching what were called the ‘throw-away children’
Clown and his puppet friend, Dusty the Dragon, learn about hand washing, exercise and
– the blind, deaf and those in the poorest of poor neighborhoods.”
eating right to help stay healthy during cold and fl u season. The current airing of the
show coincides with the recent outbreak of swine fl u, and is meant to provide parents
The results she achieved astounded the world. Her hands-on approach to
with a tool to teach children good habits without alarming them. The show, geared to
learning encourages and directs each child’s natural curiosity and offers respect children from kindergarten through third grade, airs daily at 7 a.m. on Chandler Channel
for the child as a person. The Montessori method is known for being effective with
11, and at 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The show is also available online at
very bright children who often struggle in typical education environments that
require sitting at a desk for hours at a time.
See Montessori Page 48
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