5 Happy Stories in the Suburbs This Week (& One Way to Keep the Good Going)

From bagpipes at sunset to daffodils for COVID-19 patients, happy stories are blooming all over Chicagoland. We’re starting our week off with five joyful moments — plus, one way to spread the love!

An Elmhurst man has been playing the bagpipes for his neighbors every day at sunset.

Every day since the stay-at-home-order began, Brian Costello has donned his kilt and cap to bring cheer through music. “It’s a little thing to do, but it means a lot to people,” his neighbor, Christine Falkenberg, told the Chicago Tribune. Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune.

An Oak Park family has been creating amazing and hilarious recreations of famous artwork.

It started as a school assignment and turned into a series of masterpieces. See all the pictures here on Kidlist.

A young father is finally reunited with his family after recovering from COVID-19.

Though he’s young and healthy, 30-year-old Jonathan Davila spent 44 days in Elmhurst Hospital with COVID-19. He was finally reunited with his wife and kids as hospital workers cheered his release. Read the full story at the Daily Herald, along with other good news stories, in their Good News Sunday round-up.

Edward-Elmhurst Health sends recovering COVID-19 patients home with a live daffodil as a symbol of their recovery.

They’re also putting a daffodil lawn ornament out front of Edward Hospital or Elmhurst Hospital for every patient they discharge. (As of today, their website reports “482 patients with COVID-19 discharged and healing at home!”)

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An Illinois mom has been creating imaginative chalk art — starring her kids.

She’s even been featured on the Today Show and by People magazine. Follow @stacylazzara to keep up with their incredible adventures!

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When you had one job to do. #chalkyourwalk

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Now, keep the good going!

Pillars Community Health in La Grange is collecting unused or fabric masks to give to their patients. Drop off your donations at 110 Calendar Avenue in downtown La Grange.

Even if you can’t donate masks, be sure to follow Pillars on Instagram to hear more about the good they’re doing in our community and leave words of encouragement!


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About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a mom to two boys (ages 2 and 4) who "certainly has her hands full," as strangers in grocery stores tell her. She's doing her best to keep up and get comfortable with the mud pies and tree-climbing her kids love. In addition to writing and editing, Rachel frequently pillages the Naperville library, plays nerdy board games with her husband, and collapses into a tired heap at 8:30 p.m.

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