Video stores are quickly joining typewriter repair shops and evening newspapers as relics of yesteryear. Madison Video, a staple at 500 Madison St. for almost 25 years, quietly shuttered in December. With that, just one video emporium remains in Oak Park, where once there were a dozen back in the go-go days of VHS in the 1980s.
Call it therapy for the Oak Park entrepreneur. The Oak Park Development Corporation is partnering with Senior Core of Retired Executives (or SCORE) to offer counseling for area small businesses, or someone looking to become their own boss in the near future.
A recently released government report is shedding more light on the spectacular failure a couple of years back of Corus Bank, an institution with its roots as River Forest State Bank on Lake Street. The gracious one-time flagship is now an MB Financial branch.
After months of discussions and dozens of hearings, a 20-story Oak Park high-rise got the final thumbs up it needed Monday, setting the wheels in motion to start construction. Village trustees voted 6-0 on Monday to approve the apartment tower, slated for the northeast corner of Lake Street and Forest Avenue.
A long-vacant storefront in downtown Oak Park may soon get a tenant, though probably not one that the village had originally coveted. Oak Park Apartments, the hulking Whiteco Residential project, just north of Lake Street on Harlem Avenue, is applying to open a Weight Watchers clinic at 477 N. Harlem.
When a water main breaks under the expressway, Oak Park can't shut down six lanes of traffic to dig a giant hole. So crews had to get a little creative last week. The solution: a company from Missouri had to string a 240-foot-long piece of fabric through the busted pipe and pump it full of hot water to try and repair the artery.
Last June, an appeals court ruled that the Village of Oak Park and City of Chicago had to cover the National Rifle Association's legal fees in their long-running court battle. But the final tab is still up for debate.