2016 OPEDC Banner Year; 2017 Looks Bright

2016 was a year marked by exciting developments in Oak Park. The Oak Park skyline has already welcomed Vantage Oak Park and Elevate Oak Park: Vantage is a 21-story, 270-unit building located at Lake Street and Forest Avenue and Elevate is a 20-story, 271-unit luxury apartment building at the corner of Lake Street and Maple Avenue. District House, a 28-unit condo building on the corner of Euclid and Lake, is under construction. A developer, Jupiter Realty, has recently been selected to revitalize Madison Street through its proposed project, “The Bend.”

New business also grew in 2016. On Oak Park Avenue just south of the Green Line tracks, Citrine offers Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with American flair. Across the street, Spilt Milk Pastry was recently listed in Chicago Magazine’s January Hot List, a top 10 of Chicago eateries.  Hamburger Mary’s and Oak Park Brewing Company offer charity “hambingo,” delicious food and curated brews. Around the corner on South Boulevard, you will find Hit-It Fitness for group exercise and personal training. And just up the street, on northwest corner of Oak Park Avenue and North Boulevard, Yoga Loft has made its home.

On Lake Street between Forest Avenue and Harlem, Target will move into the retail space in Elevate Oak park. Coopers Hawk Winery & Restaurants will move into the ground-level floor of Vantage Oak Park. Spenga fitness studio, specializing in one-hour classes comprised of 20 minutes each of spin, strength training and yoga, will join them, adjacent to Nando’s Peri Peri.

Further east on Lake Street, Saigon Pho moved in after closing its Forest Park location. The Messy Crab, a seafood restaurant with Mexican roots and a full bar, put down roots. Novo, a chef-driven restaurant with a sustainable wine list, occupies the same block. Scratch Kitchen and Lounge, currently in Forest Park and specializing in burgers, fries and mac ‘n’ cheese, opened a new branch this month at 733 Lake Street.

Marion Street became home to La Notte Ristorante Italiano, offering a contemporary twist on old Italian favorites. Q-BBQ packed its Marion Street patio with diners in the warmer months, and 16 Suitcases opened Dec. 10, offering apparel for teens and beyond. JAYNE will open a new store at 122 N. Marion in spring. Nearby on North Boulevard, the boutique Two Story Farmhouse opened its doors offering stylish treasures, many of which support causes, while on South Boulevard, Wild Onion Brewery will be moving in soon.

In the Arts District, Happy Apple Pies, known for its delicious pies and its mixed workforce that includes those with and without disabilities, became the corner tenant in the old La Majada restaurant building at 226 Harrison Street. Finally, Sherwin Williams moved into 901 Madison Street.

”2016 was an incredible year for investment and development in Oak Park,” said John Lynch, Executive Director of OPEDC.  “Developers and business owners are recognizing our Village as the most active market in the western suburbs, and new residents are arriving every day to take advantage of what Oak Park has to offer.  We are only seeing increased interest in Oak Park as we head into 2017.”  For more, visit our website at opdc.net

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