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So when will it be Edna Stewart Day in Chicago?

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The call came in.

Edna Stewart -- she of the famed soul food restaurant Edna's on the West Side -- is being honored Sunday with her own day, her brother-in-law, Ronald McCommon told me. The event is at Stewart's church, Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 600 S. Tripp.

Fantastic news! If only...

Two more calls set the record straight. Stewart is indeed being honored Sunday, along with three other leaders in the African-American community, but for an event celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Congress. Also attending: U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, Ald. Emma Mitts and Ed Smith and a host of other dignitaries.

Stewart is now 71, says her brother, Sam Mitchell Jr. On March 9, her restaurant at 3175 W. Madison turns 44.

In November, Stewart was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It spread to her stomach and lung, McCommon says. "She's going through chemotherapy and doing a hell of a job with it," McCommon says.

"She has good days and bad days," Mitchell says. "But we're hoping she's going to pull through."

Edna is at her restaurant every day.

So Sunday will not be Edna Stewart Day, after all. Which begs the question -- when will it be?

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