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What Should Go in Place of the Former Cardinal Fitness?

It's time to weigh in on the fate of an empty space on the first floor of a building near the intersection of 171st Street and Oak Park Avenue in downtown Tinley Park.

It once was a well-attended gym in .

But now, the formal home to Cardinal Fitness at 17200 S. Oak Park Ave. sits vacant. It has been so since fall 2011, when the company announced that all Cardinal Fitness centers were being renamed "Charter Fitness.

The gym .

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The conversion from Cardinal to Charter began Sept. 1, 2011 at all 10 of the company's Southland locations. Most just reoccupied the already existing gymnasiums—Not the case here in .

Now that we're all staring at an empty, downtown storefront, we're smacked in the face with the question, "What should go here?"

Another gym? A daycare center? How about a quaint coffee shop?

How high should the village aim? Tell us in the comments.

D Pavlick April 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I think it would be an awesome Coopers Hawk sattelite bar. Wine tasting and appetizers. Since the one in Orland is SOooooooooooo busy all the time, maybe this could handle the overflow.
Carrie Frillman April 21, 2012 at 03:31 AM
It IS so busy! Any time I want to sit at the bar there, I have to go super late just to get a seat and even then, it's no guarantee. What a creative idea, D!

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