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outh Holland is home to a diverse roster of businesses and industries. They number more than 800 firms and no one company dominates the community's labor market. Only 19 of the village's top 40 employers have 100 or more workers.

Unocal, Levelor and Carl Buddig are some of the names among South Holland businesses. Unocal oversees production of petroleum products in plants located elsewhere, Levelor makes window blinds and drapery hardware and Buddig is a meat processor.

Other products produced in the community include laundry and cleaning products, nuts and bolts, processed foods, meat packing, corrugated and solid fiber boxes, fabricated rubber products, cold finished steel products, and engines and electrical equipment.

South Holland manufacturing and corporate offices are located in a wide belt on the village's west side that extends from its northern boundary to its southern boundary. Another smaller industrial sector is located just to the east of the Calumet Expressway on the village's far east side. The western industrial belt is benefited by rail service as well as having good access to 1-80-294.

South Holland has a full-time Economic Development Director and an Economic Development Commission to entice new business to the community. Several economic incentives are used to retain existing business and attract new. It has in place several Tax Increment Financing districts that provide infrastructure improvements and financing. In addition, the village offers real estate tax abatement and sales tax abatement incentives.

The presence of South Suburban College in the community is a major asset to business and industry. The college's Business and Career Institute tailors programs to meet specific local needs and its Business Conference Center on campus is an excellent place for business meetings and conferences.

Business travelers have a choice of seven hotels and motels located conveniently in the village, several of which are well-known national names. Area restaurants offer everything from fast food to gourmet dining.

South Holland is a great place for business.

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amilies and friends pack the house whenever South Holland's high schools present a band or orchestral concert or play or musical. And the whole town shows up for the several annual festivals that take place in the village.

Specially loved is the annual Memorial Day Parade that begins at Thornwood High at the south edge of the village and marches up on South Park Avenue to Veteran's Park where memorial activities remember the Armed Services members who gave their lives for the nation's freedom. There's also a Memorial Day race, and a run and walk.

Veteran's Park is also the setting for the village's celebration of the Fourth of July, with its band concert and big fireworks display. It's a day of family picnics, organized games, and all around fun.

Each June or July, the South Holland Business Association sponsors Appreciation Days, when they show their collective appreciation to customers who have shopped South Holland stores during the year. Labor Day weekend celebrates South Holland heritage, with activities set in both Paarlberg Park and Veteran's Park. There are visits to the Paarlberg Museum, house, and barn, an arts and crafts and antique show, food booths, live entertainment and an annual car show.

Each Thursday evening throughout the summer, the South Holland Municipal Band gives a concert in 21-acre Veteran's Park, playing for families who come to eat picnic suppers and listen to the band.

The South Holland Public Library is a cultural focal point in the community. Located to the south of the Village Municipal Complex, the 30,000-square-foot library possesses nearly 88,550 books and has an annual circulation in excess of 180,700. In addition to its vast book collection, the library offers 246 periodicals, a large print book collection, books with matching cassettes, puzzles, video cassettes, audio cassettes, CDs, and books on tape. As a member of the 84-library Suburban Library System, the South Holland Library is responsible for collecting newsletters on personal finances that are then shared with patrons of all of the libraries.

The library offers a wide range of programs. They include youngsters' story hours, summer reading, and a variety of other activities for young people. Also included are book discussion groups for adults and a monthly film program. The library has two meeting rooms that are available to local organizations. One can accommodate approximately 150 persons while the second can seat about 35 people.

South Holland's South Suburban College Performing Arts Center schedules a full season of concerts and performances that attract large and appreciative audiences. And, of course, South Holland's Midwest Carvers Museum is a highlight of any visit to the village. The museum displays more than 800 wood carvings and features hundreds of books and videos about carving and a gift shop. It is also home to the Midwest School of Woodcarving.

Beyond village borders is a bounty of cultural highlights. Minutes away in Munster, Indiana, the beautiful Center for Visual and Performing Arts is home to the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Indiana Children's Choir. Facilities of the center include an art gallery and a 370-seat theater.

In University Park, a few minutes away from South Holland, Governors State University's Regional Center for Technology and the Performing Arts has a 1,200-seat theater that attracts nationally-famed artists and area ensembles, orchestras, and theatrical groups. The theater is frequently the setting for concerts by the professional Illinois Philharmonic, the Southwest Symphony, and the university's String Quartet. Also on the Governors State campus is the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, widely praised for its collection of 22 outdoor sculptures.

The Conservatory of Music and Dance makes its home in nearby Park Forest, and the American Dance Center Ballet Company is located in Richton Park. Park Forest's Illinois Theatre Center offers professional theatrical performances and the Chicago Heights Drama Group, in Chicago Heights, has been presenting community theater for more than 60 years.

South Holland's proximity to Chicago opens its myriad of entertainment, cultural, and professional sports events to village residents. They're always ready with applause.

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outh Holland families enjoy the great outdoors in the forest preserves that border much of the village's southern edge and in the community's own well-equipped parks.

Thirty-one parks totaling more than 143 acres are dispersed throughout the entire village, so that every house is only a few blocks away from a place of relaxation and enjoyment. Most of the parks have playgrounds for youngsters and several have softball fields, soccer fields, shelters, tennis courts, jogging and bike paths, restroom facilities, volleyball courts, or Little League/Babe Ruth ballfields. In winter, the parks and recreation department creates 10 ice rinks in village parks for family fun.

In early 1996, the village observed the opening of the Little Calumet Bikeway, a jogging and bike path that winds through the community alongside the Little Calumet River towards Gouwens Park and Sports Complex.

The parks and recreation department plans a comprehensive, four-seasons program of activities, sports, and recreation for residents of all ages. These are conducted in village parks and recreation facilities, at schools, and at privately operated recreation centers.

For the youngest of residents there is preschool day camp, "Little Dragons" wado-ki pre-karate, and gymnastics. For slightly older youngsters the department offers such fun as day camps, mini-sport camps, youth gymnastics, youth soccer, golf lessons, and a summertime fishing derby.

For teenagers, there's tennis tournaments, micro soccer, baseball, and karate. Throughout the year, the parks department sponsors the highly successful Hire-A-Teen program, designed to find short term and part-time jobs for young people in the community. Under the program, residents and businesses hire teens to do everything from housework and lawn mowing to washing home or store windows.

Adults have a choice of activities like golf lessons or the Recreational Golf Tour that takes players to eight area golf courses during the summer season. They can also participate in "slimnastics," recreational swimming, coed volleyball, lap swimming and water walking, ladies exercise class, candlelight bowling, aerobic step circuit, yoga, and ceramics. There are also programs specially designed for seniors, like senior country line dance, senior exercise, and participation in the Southland Senior Games.

Several clubs are promoted by the parks and recreation department. Among these is the Mom and Tot's Getaway Club that has a special event every week during June, July, and August. The Walking Club is another, its purpose defined by its name.

The department also organizes several trips to places and events, such as the Taste of Chicago, Kane County Cougars ballgames, and the wineries in Paw Paw, Michigan.

Several private facilities cooperate in parks and recreation department programs. Among these are the Illinois Gymnastics Experience, Villa Olivia Ski Area, and the South Holland Bowl.

The most avid golfer will find challenge on one or more of the eight golf courses in the immediate area of South Holland. More than 50 other public and private golf clubs are within easy reach.

Hundreds of acres of forest preserves are just to the south of the village, including Brownell Woods, Jurgensen Woods, and Wampum Lake Woods. They offer hiking and nature trails, picnic sites, and fishing.

In South Holland, there's great family fun awaiting.

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outh Holland residents have quick access to high quality medical care when needed, thanks to the presence of five excellent medical centers only minutes away.

Ingalls Memorial Hospital is a 704-bed medical and surgical center in neighboring Harvey. It has more than 400 physicians and surgeons on staff, representing all major medical specialties and subspecialties. An Ingalls Family Care Center is minutes to the east of the village in Calumet City.

It offers immediate care for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Ingalls Center of Outpatient Rehabilitation is also located in Calumet City.

Ingalls Memorial Hospital is a state designated emergency medical services hub, dispatching and training all EMS teams in the south suburban area. Complete diagnostic services are available in the hospital and at Ingalls Family Care Centers, including magnetic resonance imaging, CAT scans, x-ray, mammography, and ultrasound. The hospital's Maternity Suites is the largest maternity unit in the south suburbs, providing optimum care and all the comforts of home.

The hospital offers comprehensive cardiac diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. In addition, it offers the convenience and economy of same day surgery. It also provides treatment for chemical dependency, psychiatric services, occupational services, and a wound and ostomy care center. The hospital's Irwin Retina Center is renowned for its retina research and offers cutting edge therapies, laser surgery, and the latest technologies.

South Suburban Hospital, in Hazel Crest, is an acute care facility that has long held its position at the leading edge of medical care. Its inpatient care units include medical/surgical, pediatric, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, oncology, diabetic, and intermediate and intensive care. It is active in the South Cook County Mobile Intensive Care System and its Cardiac Care Center is devoted to helping to prevent heart attacks and control heart problems, as well as providing the skilled treatment required by heart attack victims. In addition, South Suburban offers a 12-week Phase Two cardiac rehabilitation program. For working parents who can't stay home with an ill child, the hospital provides a unique daycare center, Tender Care, which utilizes the services of pediatric nurses.

Two Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers, with a total of 798 beds, can be readily reached by South Holland residents. One is located in Hammond, the other in Dyer, Indiana. The hospitals offer a wide range of medical services that include oncology, behavioral medicine, diagnostic imaging, birthing centers, renal dialysis, laser center, and surgery centers. Its north campus in Hammond has a wound care center. The south campus in Dyer has a regional head, neck, and a temporomandibular joint treatment center (the joint that joins the upper and lower jaw bones) and a hospital for dentistry.

Another of South Holland's nearby medical centers is Community Hospital, a 315-bed facility located in Munster, Indiana. It offers such diagnostic tools as CT scanners, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and four nuclear medicine cameras capable of three-dimensional Single Photon Computed Tomography (SPECT) scanning that can look at body functions and detect medical conditions that may not be revealed by other means.

Community Hospital is a full service facility offering cardiac intensive care, cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, internal medicine, neonatal intensive care, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, outpatient surgery, orthopedics, pediatric acute care, ophthalmology, and surgical intensive care.

South Holland, and the area surrounding it, has several excellent nursing homes for short and long term skilled nursing care. The village, itself, is home to three major retirement and extended care centers.

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he schools of South Holland are a source of village pride. They range from preschools and day care centers to a community college. In each, public and private, the goal is excellence in facilities, educators, curriculum, and students.

Elementary School District 151 serves most of South Holland with three elementary schools and one middle school. Taft School serves pre-kindergarten through the first grade. It is organized around the philosophy that all children can learn in a developmentally appropriate environment. Eisenhower School serves second and third grades and is guided by clearly defined learner goals and outcomes. Madison School, which serves fourth and fifth grades, provides the transition from primary grades to a middle school environment. The district's Coolidge Middle School, for sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, provides a broad range of academic programs that takes students through the transition to high school.

The rest of South Holland is served by Elementary School District 150, with a preschool, an elementary school and a junior high school.

hornton Township High School District 205 serves South Holland and its neighbors, Dolton and Harvey, investing more than $9,000 annually in each student. Close to 68 percent of teachers have a master's degree or above.

Of the district's three facilities, Thornwood High School is located on South Holland's far south side and serves most of the village. It has an enrollment of approximately 2,300 students. Students at all three high schools choose from nearly 200 different courses. These include several honors and advance placement courses designed for gifted students. The schools also offer comprehensive special education programs for developmentally disabled youngsters.

Students enrolled in high school business and technical programs can earn college credit through the Tech Prep program at South Suburban College.

Students receive credit for participation in five different bands and four choral ensembles. The school fields a complete roster of highly competitive sports teams for boys and girls.

South Holland's several private and parochial schools offer alternatives to public education. Included among them are a Montessori academy, a Christian elementary and junior high schools, Catholic elementary as well as a Catholic high school for girls, and nearby is a Christian high school. The village and its immediate area have numerous day care centers and preschools, all helps to working parents.

Students graduating from Thornwood High School and the other schools of District 205 frequently choose to start their college careers at South Suburban College on South Holland's west side. A two-year community college, South Suburban College serves the residents of South Holland and 19 other south suburban communities. It awards associate degrees in arts and science in nearly 40 different programs. In addition, it confers applied science degrees and certificates in 37 career-oriented technical studies. The college serves more than 11,000 students ranging from teenagers to senior citizens. More than 80 percent are part-time students.

Many South Holland students earning academic degrees at South Suburban College transfer to Governors State University, in nearby University Park. Governors State University was created to augment the Chicago area's community colleges by providing only the final two years of study toward an academic degree. It also offers master's degree programs.

South Holland's convenient proximity to Chicago allows students to commute to such top name institutions as Loyola, DePaul, Northwestern, University of Illinois - Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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