Business Comings & Goings: Metra Station to Open in Tinley Park
A look at new businesses coming into town and a fond farewell to those that have, for whatever reason, called it quits.
Commuter Appreciation Day, in honor of the new station, will begin at 5 a.m. March 22. The station serves about 2,400 daily commuters and features a clock tower, a great hall, a covered drop-off area and veranda, two restrooms and a fireplace.
Work begins next week on a pedestrian underpass that is expected to be completed by the end of August.
One feature of the new station that will not be ready by Thursday is the full kitchen and Internet café. The village has extended into April the deadline for vendors to apply to operate the kitchen and café.
Anyone interested in running the café can download the Request for Proposals or pick one up at Village Hall, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave. For information, call Donna Framke at 708-444-5045.
Irish Patriot Opens in Orland
Owner Vincent Tuohy said the Irish pub opened last Wednesday. Its beer garden was scheduled to open Friday and the full menu is expected to be available starting today.
Tempcon, a heating contractor at 13341 Southwest Highway in Orland Park, will be holding a liquidation sale from today through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. On the block are vehicles, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment as well as piping. For a complete list of inventory, call 815-725-5544.
Starbucks to Close
Area coffee lovers will have to find a new source of caffeine now that the Starbucks coffee shop at 13000 S. LaGrange Road in Palos Park has closed. Sunday was the coffee shop’s last day.
The shop’s employees will not lose their jobs, however, as they are being transferred to other Starbucks. In fact, about half are moving to the Starbucks at 143rd Street and LaGrange in Orland Park.
Brookside Marketplace Sold
The $47.4 million sale of Brookside Marketplace at 191st Street and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park from Ryan Companies Inc. to DDR Corp. was completed last week.
DDR operates six other shopping centers in Illinois including the Home Depot center at 159th Street and Harlem Avenue in Orland Park.
DDR has expressed interest in further expanding the shopping center, but no concrete plans have been announced.
Kids Expo Comes to Tinley
Frankfort-based Family Time Magazine is bringing its popular Kids Expo to the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., on Saturday and Sunday.
The first 3,000 guests will receive a gift bag.
Activities run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and include swing and salsa dance lessons from Heart and Sole Dance in Tinley Park, a Dino Jump, climbing wall and visits by Ronald McDonald.
Admission is $2 for kids 12 and under and $8 for adults. Peruse the full event lineup before going.
Starting a New Business Seminar
Centerpoint SBA from Governors State University will hold a free seminar on “Starting a New Business” at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Tinley Park Village Hall Kallsen Center, 16250 S. Oak Park Ave. Register by calling 708-534-4927.
Free Document Shredding
You can shred documents for free from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24, at the Baird & Warner office, 9145 W. 151st St. in Orland Park.
Business Before Hours at Indoor Golf Links
Indoor Golf Links of America, 16356 S. 104th Avenue in Orland Park, will host a Business Before Hours event from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, for the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to the chamber at 708-349-2972 or at its website.
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