Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Leona's chain plans to put more focus into urban areas, but Oak Park location on Madison Street still does well.
Crain's Chicago Business reports that the Leona's Restaurant chain is planning to close three of its suburban locations to focus more on its urban restaurants and delivery operation. Luckily, for fan's of Oak Park's Leona's, located at 848 Madison St., the restaurant might be spared the chopping block. Leona's owner and CEO Leon Toia told Crain's that he hasn't yet decided to close the Oak Park location, mainly because the restaurant's sales are similar to its eight locations in Chicago. The move to downsize comes from the brand's decision to focus on locations with greater opportunities for delivery and on smaller restaurants. According to Toia, locations in the city benefit from having a larger delivery base. Its Sheridan location in …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Village's plan is to continue the downtown Forest Park streetscape on Madison Street between Des Plaines Avenue and the Wisconsin Central Railroad Tracks.
The villages of Forest Park and River Forest received some exciting news today: they'll get $1.3 million in federal money to improve Madison Street on the west side of Des Plaines Avenue. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today on their website that a $1.3 million grant was awarded to Forest Park as part of a $50 million investment in local transportation improvement projects. The investment will fund a total of 54 community projects—including walking trails, bike lanes and general street beautification—and will support more than 400 jobs, according to a press release from Governor Pat Quinn and Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. See a full list of how that $50 million will be broken up here. Forest Park …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Exceptions for snow routes if there's more than 2 inches of the white stuff.
Forest Park will lift its overnight parking ban until Jan. 1. Folks will need to call the overnight parking line, 366-7272 after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 to get an on-street parking permit as the ban goes back into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. If two inches of snow falls however, parking restrictions on snow routes will be in effect. Also free parking will continue along Madison Street and Roosevelt Road through Jan. 2 is free. So that means when folks want to shop or dine they won't need to bring extra change with them.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
No change needed for the meters along Madison Street, Roosevelt Road.
It's be a holiday from change in Forest Park. Shoppers won’t need to bring extra change with them when they go shopping in the Forest Park business districts this month. To attract business, the village has put red bags on all meters along Madison Street and Roosevelt Road and in the municipal lot on Thomas and Madison streets. That means you're free to park for free until after the first of the year.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Holiday Walk in Forest Park will feature sleigh rides, photo-ops with Santa and local business open houses.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Video stores are a relic of the past. What's your vision for the future of this vacant Madison Street storefront?
Last week's installment of "Visions for Vacancies," which focused on the space that once housed Billy's Fruit Market, drew some impassioned responses on Patch and our Facebook Page. This week, we head just up the block to Madison Video, the video rental store at 500 Madison St. which shut its doors in December, the victim of changing business model that's taken customers out of brick-and-mortar stores and onto the Web. So what kind of business would fit there now? (Remember, there's all this talk of transforming Madison Street into a pedestrian friendly corridor.)
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Village President calls plan to connect Oak Park and Chicago "transformative."
The elusive quest for the safest bike route from Oak Park to the city just got a lot more interesting. A plan reportedly under consideration by Chicago's Department of Transportation would create 10 miles of bike lanes, stretching west along Madison Street from the Loop to Oak Park. During Monday's Oak Park Village Board meeting, a representative with the urban planning firm Altamanu Inc. said CDOT representatives told him the city was considering the new route. John Mac Manus, co-founder of Altamanu, has been working on Oak Park's Madison Street "road diet,” which aims to reduce motor traffic and make the corridor more friendly to cyclists and pedestrians. Related: A More "Complete" Madison Street? The news was echoed at Monday’s …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
$9.3 million project to narrow busy stretch of road under consideration as Oak Park officials budget for the future.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Illinois Housing Development Authority rejects application from Oak Park developers, but door remains open for more state funding on controversial affordable housing project.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Overnight blaze damages Forest Park restaurant.
Update, 3:23 p.m. Crews from seven other towns, including Oak Park and River Forest, joined Forest Park in fighting the blaze, which took about four hours to strike, Forest Park Chief Steve Glinke said. A cause could be determined by next week, Glinke said. Update, 11:07 a.m. Madison Street is open in both directions. Update, 10:27 a.m. Forest Park Chief Steve Glinke said no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Glinke said three witnesses reported seeing overnight lightning strikes. Data from the National Weather Service seems to back that up. Meteorologist Richard Castro said "one little storm cell" over the Forest Park area produced four lightning strikes between 3 a.m. and 3:05 a.m. and …