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Ball Horticultural Company, Metabolix, Inc. and Floral Plant Growers LLC announce the Mirel®-based biodegradable SoilWrap® plant containers are now available at Home Depot stores. Gardeners just plant the container directly into the soil. Many varieties of plants are available in the containers.

Casa Real Mexican Restaurant and Nightclub, 960 E. Roosevelt Road, closed its doors at the end of March.

The Emerald Ash Borer devastated more than 100 trees in the parks of West Chicago Park District. Easton Park suffered the largest loss. In January Graf Tree Service on behalf of the park district applied for a reforestation grant administered by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. The park district received the $10,000 grant and used it to purchase 85 trees. Park district staff, Phil Graf Tree Care staff and volunteers planted the trees Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28.

Cantigny Golf, 27W270 Mack Road in Wheaton, is among the 30-plus golf courses chosen nationwide to host the 2012 summer TOUR Academy Junior gold camps, and just one of two in in the Chicagoland area.

Mapei celebrates its 75th Anniversary. It has grown from a three-man start-up company, manufacturing paints and coatings for commercial buildings in Milan, Italy to the Mapei Group and the of opening manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and commercial offices around the world, and employing 7,500 people. The product offering has expanded to the innovative development of more than 1.400 adhesives, sealants and chemical products for the building industry, and, at the same time, working with a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability.

The West Chicago facility is one of the eight-manufacturing/distribution centers in the United States. The property addresses are 430 and 530 Industrial Drive and 1600 Western Drive. Their products are featured when Menard’s has its “Made in the U.S.A.’ promotions, and are sold at other home improvement retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Support our local businesses that not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also donate generously to local clubs, churches, organizations and schools.

Contributing to the West Chicago Community “Keepers Garden” project was Ball Horticultural Company.

Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill holds its annual golf outing Saturday, May 5, and is donating a portion of the proceeds to Boy Scout Troop 33 for the purchase of some new equipment.
Some of the local businesses contributing to the DuPage Veterans Foundation fundraiser honoring World War II veterans are Konewko & Associates, State Bank of Illinois and West Chicago Printing Company. Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli, Dominick’s Cucina & Pizzeria and Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill are three of the four restaurants catering the event.  The fundraiser is Saturday, May 5, at DuPage Airport. Gates open at 11 a.m., and lunch with the veterans is at 12:30 p.m.



We Go Dreams Greenhouse & Garden Center, 1055 W. Washington Street, hosts an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Refreshments are served and persons have the opportunity to win some raffle prizes. The greenhouse has a new web page, It is easy to navigate and includes names of plants available, special services, online ordering for certain items and a wish list. The telephone number is (630) 293-0100. The greenhouse is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, has many activities scheduled for May. These include open houses and tours.

  • The Horticultural Department hosts an Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Additionally there is the annual sale for bulbs and a selection of freshly dug perennials, demonstrations, exhibits and children’s activities.

  • The National Public Gardens Day is Friday, May 11, with tours highlighting spring plantings at 10: 30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

  • Armed Forces Day celebration is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Professional Development Services and Training Plus in partnership with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce have a series of programs to help businesses build strong leadership skills with continuous improvement for “top performance” employees. Each series has six sessions, meeting once a month in the chamber training center, 306 Main Street.

  • Level 1 series is a repeat of the one for supervisors conducted last year. The fifth session “Get Your Employees Involved: A Guide to Success” is from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday May 9. The charge per session is $59 for members and $69 for non-members.

  • Level 2 series covers leadership advancement with the enhancement of skills, building of confidence and strengthening of professional development. The fifth session “Juggling Multiple Priorities-Part I” focuses on prioritizing work to support key results. It takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10.

The cost per session is $69 for members and $79 for non-members.   To register call Lolly Frederick at (630) 945-5805 or email

Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar and Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, celebrates its Third Anniversary, Saturday May 12. The festivities include door prizes and a champagne toast. Crowned Royale plays at 9:00 p.m.

John & Tony’s, 27W371 North Ave. Mother’s Day Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13. The price is $25.95 per person, $9.95 for children ages 5 through 12. The restaurant has added a lunch buffet to its menu, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Telephone number is (630) 520-0593.  The business is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, Mother’s Day Buffet is Sunday, May 13. The charge is $36.95 per person, $16.95 for children ages 6 to 10. For information and to make reservations, call (630) 260-8123.

Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive, Mothers Day Buffet is Sunday, May 13. Seating times are at 10:30, 11, noon and 12:30. The charge is $34.95 per person, $$16.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Call Erin at (630) 208-7633 to make reservations. The American Junior Golf Association Preseason Junior Tournament takes place from Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6.

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, Mother’s Day Buffet is Sunday, May 13. Morning seating hours are at 10, 10:15 and 10:30. Afternoon seating hours are at 1, 1:15 and 1:30. The charge is $29.95 per person, $18.95 for children under 12 and free for children under the age of 6. A Spring Craft Beer Dinner is at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The charge for the five-course meal is $39.95 per person. “Meet the Instructors,” a free golf clinic, is from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12. For information or fro reservations, call (630) 231-3100, extension 0.

Training Plus in cooperation with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce hosts the Lean Training program, “Cellular/Flow,” from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 14, or Thursday, May 17, in the chamber training center, 306 Main Street. The charge is $59 for members and $69 for non-members. To register, call the chamber office at (630) 231-3003.

Save the date. Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce holds its annual “Swing into Summer” golf outing Tuesday, June 12.

This monthly column covers information on new businesses, change of business locations, awards received by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services and recognition of employees receiving awards and promotions. The publishing date usually is the last Wednesday of each month.
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