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Buisiness Highlights

  • Hawthorne’s Backyard & Grill

  • Little Details

  • Changarro Cocina

  • Fireground Supply Inc.

Hawthorne’s Backyard & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne lane, was the featured restaurant in the Mystery Diner article in the Thursday, April 11 edition of “The Press.” New to the menu is deep-dish pizza, made from scratch. Now is the sole owner Lou Kopinski.

Little Details, a consignment and resale shop, is the new retail business at 100 Arbor Avenue. The owner is Julie Rubio, a 16-year resident of West Chicago. Merchandise includes small accent furniture, home décor and fashions accessories such as jewelry and purses. Her love of decorating is highlighted with the placement of various items in individual settings throughout the building. As she listens and talks with customers, Rubio helps them with choices to create a refreshing change within the existing spaces of their home. Inventory is updated weekly
Rubio has loved decorating since she was a child and opening Little Details is a dream come true. She also is following somewhat in the footsteps of her mother, who owned resale businesses throughout her life.

Take time to stop in, browse and find the perfect accent piece for your home. Hours are from 10:30 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To view some of the merchandise and learn more about the business, visit the website The telephone number is 630 520-0428.

Changarro Cocina, 1400 S. Neltnor Blvd., was the featured restaurant in the Dining Out section of the April 1 “Daily Herald Business Ledger.” The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

West Chicago has a variety of businesses located throughout the community. This is some information about Fireground Supply Inc. located at 245 W. Roosevelt Road, Bldg. 10, Suite 72. The business, owned and operated by firefighters, began full time operations in July1999 in Glen Ellyn. With the establishment of an “independent partnership with W. S. Darley, in January 2002, the company is able to offer almost any product within the fir and rescue service at competitive pricing, according to their website. With its move to West Chicago in 2004, the company added station uniforms to its product line, plus fire gear repair.  A seamstress provides on-site alteration on uniforms.

It definitely is warm weather season, no matter what the temperature is. Tastee-Freez, 130 Fremont St., is open.

     Although the business is not located in West Chicago, it is well known to most persons in the community. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles, celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. Its indoor/outdoor pool was the first one in the United States.

Kramer Tree Service, 300 Charles Court, is the recipient of two customer service awards. One is the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award and the other is the 2012 Better Business Bureau Complaint-Free Award.

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.
Businesses donating to the FOP West Chicago Lodge 85 fundraiser for Officer Joe Stewart were NAPCO Steel Augustino’s Rock and roll Deli, St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, Dunkin Donuts, Uncle Mikey’s What Not Shoppe, Chiquita Food Market, Extra Value Liquor, Shell Route 59, El Coco Loco Restaurant and Egg Yolk Café. Others were Mr. A’s Liquor, SBI-West Chicago, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, Midcity Supper Club, Parra Bakery, Mr. papa’s restaurant, Blossom Events, Cortez Bakery, Tastee-Freez, Salon Bronzino and Area DuPage Towing.
Contributing businesses to the Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Run were Auto Truck, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s Restaurant, SBI-West Chicago, Jel-Sert Co., Ball Horticultural Co., General Mills, Kramer Tree Service, Haggerty Ford, Dan Jimenez State Farm, Fireground Supply, R&M Specialties, NAPCO Steel, Jimenez Carniceria, Advanced Urethane Technologies, Groot Industries, and Action Pawners & Jewelers II Inc.

     For the West Chicago Library District Tribute to the late Mayor Mike Kwasman and the 50th Anniversary of the movie  “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Starbucks donated coffee and Egg Yolk Café donated fresh fruit.



  • Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, hosts several activities for families in May.

  • On Sunday, May 5, there are two events. The Greenhouse Open House is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes demonstrations, tours, exhibits, plant sales and children’s activities. National Public Gardens Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Horticultural staff conduct special tours highlighting spring plantings.

    • There are two events Saturday, May 11. Tree Climbing Competition, conducted by the Illinois Arborist Association, is at 10 a.m. in the picnic ground area. Kramer Tree Service is one of the competitors. “Beads, Bangles and Baubles, ” the Jewelry & Accessories Show, is from 10 4 p.m.  in the Visitors Center.

    • Mother’s Day Brunch is Sunday, May 12 in Le Jardin. The cost is $38.95 for adults, $36.95 for senior citizens, $16.95 for children ages 4 to 10 and no charge for children 3 and under. Call 630 260-8194 to make reservations.
      Armed Forces Day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The museum’s historic military vehicles are on display. The Vintage Baseball Match is at noon Sunday, May 26, on the parade field. The rules of 1858 apply when the home team DuPage Plowboys takes on the St. Louis Unions. Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

  • 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 second series is from 8 to11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Chamber Training Lab, 306 Main St. The second series, “Confronting Conflict in a Positive Way,” focuses on teaching persons to turn conflict into a win/win situation. The charge for each session is $59 for members and $69 for non-members. To enroll, call Lolly at 630-945-5805 or the chamber at 630 231-3003.

  • Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, hosts its annual Backyard Golf Outing, Saturday, May 11. The shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. The $90 charge includes golf, cart, driving range and food at the course, followed by the pig roast at the restaurant. There are many prizes and raffles. The winning team has their names engraved on the annual golf outing plaque. Proceeds benefit West Chicago Boy Scout Troop 33. For further information or to register call 630 293-6700. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

  • St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, has several events in May. To make reservations or for more information, call 630 231-3100, ext. 0.

  • The first is the Mother’s Day Brunch, Sunday, May 12. Morning seating times are 10 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Afternoon seating times are at 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The price is $31.95 per adult, $15.95 for youths under the age of 12 and no charge for children under the age of 6.

  • The Senior Scramble for two-person teams is Sunday, May19, with a 9:30 start time. It is open to persons age 60 and over. The cost is $49.95.

  • Thursday Nights Live on the Lawn is from 6:30 to 9 p.m., starting May 23 and ending Sept. 26.

  • The golf club is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

  • John & Tony’s Restaurant, 27W371 North Ave., Mother’s Day Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $25.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 5 to 12. To make reservations call 630 520-0593

  • Prairie Landing Golf Course, 2325 Longest Drive, hosts a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 1 p.m. Sunday, May12. The cost is $34.95 per adult and $16.95 for children. Call 630 208-7600 for more information or to make a reservation. The business is a member of DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

  • Training Plus in partnership with Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce offers a 10-hour OSHA Safety Training Course from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays May 23 and 30, in the Chamber Training Lab, 306 Main St. The course is designed for manufacturing and service industries and focuses on regulations per OSHA Standard CFR Part 1910.  Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a course completion wallet card. The trainer is John Newquist, an OSHA Authorized Safety Professional. He retired as an OSHA Area Director of the Peoria Area office. The charge is $129 for members and $139 for non-members. Pre-registration is required; seating is limited. For further information or to register, call Lolly at 630 945-5805 or the chamber 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 recognition. The publish date is either the last Wednesday or the first Wednesday of each month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at


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