Noon Whistle looking for a new location?

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

A somewhat cryptic message appeared on Noon Whistle Brewing Co.'s facebook fan page Sunday night suggesting that the new microbrewery will not be moving in to the proposed location at 18 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park.

Shortly after 10 p.m. a message appeared on the company's facebook page stating: "Sorry Oak Park, 18 W was just not meant to be..." The company's twitter feed, @noonwhistle, stated nothing about the announcement as of Sunday night. 

Messages sent to the facebook fan page were not immediately returned. Plans to move into the location faced some opposition from existing tenants. The location is currently home to Derby Lite, a roller derby fitness club, and Legacy Sports Camp, an athletic training facility for kids. 

Wednesday Journal will up the story as it develops.


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M on Ridgeland from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 3:51 PM

Thanks for the clarification on the posting by Noon Whistle. Hope they can find a site in OP. Wish the mess on Harrison St with all the empty buildings would be fixed so we can offer space to these businesses. Home Juice also has been empty so long. Now La Majada may go too. Terrible down here.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 3:33 PM

Just to clarify, it appears that the tweet, a screenshot here, that the reporter is writing about, is not the same that you, Marty speak about. This pictured tweet, the reporter writes was posted shortly after 10 pm last night, has been deleted from the Noon Whistle account. And this morning, around 7:30, Noon Whistle tweeted the one that Marty quoted. Just want to make sure we are all on the same page. :-)

M on Ridgeland from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 2:05 PM

I really hope that we have not lost a new business due to all the bad comments that some in this community had posted. I also feel bad for the building owner loosing out on a long term lease. Noon Whistle I hope you find another site in OP and please look on Harrison st. The Old Pans building might be just right if its out of the courts yet! Boy, let not screw this up please! We need new revenue in this town, whatever the size of the business.

Jim Kelly from OP  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 2:00 PM

Marty, Bring them south! I'm told La Majada is for sale, and it's one of the few available properties on Harrison St. that is not tied up in receivership involving the infamous Mr. Kleronomos.

Roxann Lopez from Oak Park, Il  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 12:30 PM

I agree with @Done. Lombard and Harrison needs businesses! SE Oak Parker's would love a pub, microbrewery, anything! We need options and we need business revenue!

Marty Bracco from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 12:14 PM

The full tweet said..."Noon Whistle Brewing ?@NoonWhistle 5h 18 w Chicago was not meant to be! We are working with OPEDC and our Real Estate Agent to find a place in Oak Park." ....So the process continues...hopefully it wasn't due to some irrational comments. More likely a space/build out cost issue.


Posted: February 24th, 2014 11:53 AM

OP will be fortunate if they dont tell us to stick a whistle where sun does not shine. Let me get this right - they were going to invest $600-$1MM and we have are giving them grief in this economy, in a town desperate for business taxes revenue? Good luck. The sad part is if we spent all our energy living up to the value we espouse vs. downing others/whinning, we would not be int eh crap situation we are in.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 11:44 AM

Or the disaster at Lombard and Harrison - is anything ever going in there? A micro-brewery would be an outstanding addition to that corner.

Scott from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 11:40 AM

Marshall Fields Building? It makes me sad that the first thing people see when they come into my hometown is an empty store with bags covering the windows. Maybe the village could make them clean it up? Maybe some nice window decals could help clean it up. The space at op ave and south blvd is also empty and could work well. I really hope they stay in OP.


Posted: February 24th, 2014 10:06 AM

This is truly sad. Business people are going to invest hundreds of thousands and bring jobs to area. BUT, whiny little OP'ers start a crap storm scaring banks, investors etc. Regardless of reason giving, we need to do some serious soul seraching and start to regain those values that made OP great. OPEN MINDS, EQUIALTY and FAIRNESS. Just because someone is different (not in your group) does not mean they are bad, We need to open our minds and hearts and THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted: February 24th, 2014 9:56 AM

Of course! Yet another example of our entitled exceptionalism - we deseve to have what we want and we are so much better/smarter than everyone else. I am sure someone used relationahsips to kill deal. Again, declining schools, rapidly rising taxes, bad business reputation. We are so arogant that we do smell our own crap!

Southtown from Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 8:54 AM

Come on down to Southtown or Madison St! We would love to have you.

Chicago-Oak Park  

Posted: February 24th, 2014 8:22 AM

Best decision for all........I think there is plenty of space in the Village that would be better suited for Noon Brewing.


Posted: February 24th, 2014 7:59 AM

I'm sure all the nice comments in the last story helped. There you whiners, you can have the rollerderby location back. I'm sure that'll generate more tax money than the Brewing Compnay. #morons.

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