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Buisiness Highlights

  • Hawthorne’s Backyard - Fat Tuesday and Valentine’s Day

  • Grand Opening of A.R.S. HVAC Supply, Inc.

  • We Grow Dreams Eighth Annual Bowlathon


Lyda Fester is the recipient of Daniel and Associates Real Estate 100 Percent Club—Top Selling Agent in 2012.

DuPage Airport Authority abated its 2013 tax levy by $500,000, bringing the total abatement since 2010 to $2.5 million. According to the press release “In 1993, the airport levied $20 million in property taxes. This latest abatement lowers the Authority’s 2013 levy from $5.9 to $5.4 million. The Authority “reduced its reliance on property taxes because of its success in generating increased revenues through hangar leasing, fuel sales and other airport-related activities.” Also the Authority saved funds with the institution of solid procurement policies, elimination of middle management positions and implementation of rigorous cost controls. “The airport now produces a profit and is debt free.”

La Alianza Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill, 960 E. Roosevelt Road, recently opened, previously the location of Casa Real Restaurant.

Changarro Cucina, owned by Riccardo, recently closed its doors. Andy Patel, who owns the property at 1400 W. Roosevelt Road, is keeping the site open as Changarro Mexican Restaurant. There are daily drink and food specials.

After 37 years in town, Dominick’s Cucina & Pizzeria at 207 Main Street has closed.

The snow and ice covering the ground Sunday, January 27, did not deter persons from participating in the Fourth Annual Ovarian Cancer Turkey Bowl Fundraiser at Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill. Fifty-four teams participated, drawing a crowd of 400 to 500 people during the day. Not only did guests have fun, but also the true purpose of the event to raise money for the worthy cause was successful.

Sam’s Auto, 101 East Washington Street, closed its doors in December. Sam Chripzak was the owner for more than 20 years

David Sabathne, CEO/President of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, recently graduated and received recognition from the Institute for Organization Management program. This signifies his completion of 96 hours of course instruction in not-for-profit management.
IOM is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and fosters individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities. Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has educated tens of thousands of association, chamber and other not-for-profit leaders in how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.

ReMax Cornerstones, the Cindy Banks Team, is a top 10 ReMax team in Northern Illinois. The office is located at 480 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 102.

Midcity Cocktail & Supper Club, 124 Main Street, was featured in the Cheers section in the “Daily Herald” Time Out, Feb. 1 issue.

City Council recently passed a resolution to establish a Downtown Business Grant for retail and restaurant investment. This is for new businesses and exiting businesses that expand in the downtown TIF district. The program requires applicants to make a three-year minimum commitment. The amount is limited up to $10,000. Applicants must submit a business plan and meet with and receive approval from the “Selection Committee,” comprised of City staff. To view the requirements and application form, visit the city’s website, click on government, then on community development or at City Hall, 475 Main Street. For further information, email Community Development Director John Said at or call 630 293-2205, est. 140

Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also generously contribute through monetary and in-kind donations to clubs, churches organizations and schools.
Contributing to the Winter Wonderland Party of Shining Light held January 27 were Ball Horticultural Company and Cardinal Fitness.


    St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Rt. 59, Spring season Friday Fish Fry runs from Feb. 8 through April 6. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Dining option is plated or all you can eat, Call 630 231-3100, ext. 0 for more information.  The club is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

As part of its Grand Opening celebration, A.R.S. HVAC Supply, Inc., 210 Main Street, has a Ribbon Cutting ceremony through Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce at 10:00 a.m. and a Home Improvement Show from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The business sells equipment parts for appliances, furnaces and air conditioners, plus is a resource of information on maintenance.
The owner is West Chicago resident Gabe Fernandez, a graduate of Community High School District 94. After receiving HVAC certification, he was employed as a distributor, working at inside and outside sales. The store manager is James Patterson.
Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda assists in the ribbon cutting. Vendors in the home improvement show are Airmergency Heating & Cooling, Quality Home Exteriors, CS Enterprises Landscaping, DJC Refrigeration, R & R Painting & Repair, and Zion Countertops. Adding local flavor is another recently opened business, Paleteria Rosy Ice Cream, 208 Main Street, which is offering free popsicles to children. At the end of the event, there are random drawings for a $25 gift card from Best Buy, a DVD player and a flat screen television.  For further information, call 630 520 0871.

We Grow Dreams Greenhouse and Garden Center host its Eighth Annual Bowlathon from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2012 at Brunswick Zone, 1555 West 75th Street in Woodridge. Persons bowl three games with prizes for various levels of achievement.
Also there is a Grand Raffle for three prizes. First prize is a one-week stay in the Sea Glass Inn at Palencia, Belize. Second prize is one-week stay in private home at Bald Head Island, North Carolina. Third prize is a three-day, two-night stay in a two-story villa at Grand Bear Resort in Utica. The ticket price is $10 or six for $50.
For further information or to register for the Bowlathon and/or purchase tickets, visit the website or call (630) 293-0100. The greenhouse is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, has two events that include special dining options.
The first one celebrates Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12 and features a Creole menu.
 The other is from 5 to 10 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The menu includes appetizers and three entrée choices of steak filet, chicken Vesuvio or tilapia, sides, and dessert. Linen tablecloths and acoustic guitar music add the perfect touch to the evening of romance. The charge is $25 per person. To make your reservations, call 630 293-6700. The restaurant is a member of Western DPage Chamber of Commerce.

John & Tony’s Restaurant, 27W371 North Avenue hosts “Love Boat Adventure,” a get away adventure of food, fun, music and dance from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The special buffet menu includes three entrees, sides, salad, soup, fresh fruit and desserts, plus soft drink, tea and coffee.  Entertainer Sandy Haynes provides the memorable music of the big band era, the 40s, 50s and 60s, plus some improvisional flute playing.  The charge for the afternoon of fun is $20. To make a reservation, call 630 520-0593.

Training Plus and Professional Development Services in partnership with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce offers a series of leadership development programs to enhance skills, build confidence and strengthen leadership ability. The six monthly sessions focus on “Bold New Moves for Leaders—Training to Meet Today’s Workplace Needs.”  The first series is a two-part program providing a step-by-step approach to successfully transition supervisors and managers into leaders. “Leading Today’s Workforce” is from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, and April 11, in the Chamber Training Lab, 306 Main Street. The charge for each session is $59 for members and $69 for non-members. To enroll, call Lolly Frederick at 630 945-5805 or the chamber office at 630 231-3003.

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 or recognitions. The publish date is either the last Wednesday or the first Wednesday of the month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at


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