Oak Park's Under The Ginkgo Tree up for sale

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By Lacey Sikora

Contributing reporter

After 25 years in the bed and breakfast business, Gloria Onischuk, has decided it's time to retire and to sell the landmark home. She and her husband Daniel raised their eight children in the home on north Kenilworth and opened the bed and breakfast as Under the Ginkgo Tree in 1989. In May they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the business. Gloria, who loved to share the wonders of Oak Park with visitors from around the world, said the time is right to retire and wishes to thank the Oak Park community for years of support.

The 1890's Queen Anne style home at 300 N. Kenilworth is listed by Margaret McSheehy with Historic Homes Realty for $1.3 million. With six bedrooms, five and one half bathrooms, a finished third floor and a four car garage with a side drive, the home is ready for a family or for someone else to take the reins of the bed and breakfast. The Onischuks restored the home in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, and today it boasts a welcoming wrap-around porch, ornately carved woodwork on the first floor, a chef's kitchen and two fireplaces.

McSheehy notes that the home would make a perfect family home with its updated bathrooms and kitchen, and calls the house a wonderful opportunity to own one of the most beautiful homes in the Chicago area.

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Boyd McDowell from Chicago  

Posted: August 6th, 2014 1:15 PM

Not only is Gloria a fantastic hostess, but a wonderful next door neighbor! When my wife and I moved next door shortly before Christmas '86, as soon as the van pulled away Gloria and Angel arrived with a plate of Christmas cookies for their new neighbors. We miss you Gloria!

Victor Yipp from Oak Park  

Posted: August 3rd, 2014 5:41 PM

Iris and I were delighted and privileged to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary at Under The Ginkgo Tree. Our warmest wishes to you and your husband, Gloria.

Stephanie Clemens from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2014 2:08 PM

Gloria has been the best hostess to dancers from all over the world who have come to workshops and to teach at the Academy of Movement and Music and MOMENTA - and to my own family. We will miss having Under the Gingko Tree in our lives!!!


Posted: July 31st, 2014 1:52 PM

Congrats to Gloria! Always a wonderful person to deal with and very supportive of the community. I wish her much luck!

Brigid Kane  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 1:09 PM

Back in the early 1980's, I worked at a mall store with a young lady who would become an Onischuk daughter-in-law. Many evenings, I would trek my weary way east while Gloria travelled the same street west, always surrounded by three or four of her youngest children, always carrying a bag of groceries - always smiling. In my mind's eye, that stretch of Lake Street in front of Certifiedland will always 'belong' to Gloria, and I wish her the very best in her retirement.

David Olson from Berwyn  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 12:05 PM

I've never stayed at the Ginkgo Tree B & B, but I experienced Gloria's hospitality in another way. In 1996, while standing in line at Cardinal Bernardin's wake, I met and chatted with Gloria, told her I lived in Berwyn. She asked me where I parked (meaning in Chicago). I told her I parked in Oak Park and took the Blue Line train. She offered me a ride back to my car in Oak Park - what a nice, classy lady!

Phil from Oak Park  

Posted: July 31st, 2014 7:31 AM

Congratulations and happy retirement! With a dearth of hotels in the area, many annual visitors, and a wealth of "grand dame" properties, I've always been amazed there are so few B&Bs. Sad to see you go, but hoping others fill the void.

Diane Grah from Orland Park pv   

Posted: July 31st, 2014 5:11 AM

Gloria has been generous to many nonprofits over the years and a gracious host. I want to wish her and her husband the best and hope that the next owner will care for the home like Gloria's family has.

Lanny Lutz from V O P  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 8:29 PM

You were the BEST !! Always happy to have family and friends stay there. Thank you for wonderful service over the years. Lanny

Val Camilletti from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 6:10 PM

Eight kids & a B & B for 25 years --- yikes. It's about time you decided to sit down for a few minutes --- Happy, happy retirement.

Mary Kay O'Grady from Oak Park  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 4:44 PM

I lived there for three months while our house was being expanded. Gloria is one of the most lovely, generous people I've ever met.

Sheila from Oak park  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 4:42 PM

What a lovingly, kind lady- she opened her arms - and table- to our young family living across the street, and we will be forever grateful! I agree you won't be able to sit for any length of time Gloria, but travel and explore- so well deserved!

Kathleen Wrobel from Oak Park  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 4:33 PM

Gloria made Under the Ginkgo Tree such a wonderful and integral part of Oak Park. Well done dear lady. Bless you in your retirement.

Ron and Lynne Nott  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 3:53 PM

We had hoped to get another visit in but we're thrilled that you're going to become a "lady of leisure". I really doubt you can sit still for longer than 5 minutes but give it your best shot. Tell Dan bye for me.

Laurie Kokenes from Forest Park  

Posted: July 30th, 2014 3:13 PM

Congratulations, Gloria! I'm sure you have a lifetime of memories you'll cherish forever. Such an amazing place and because of it's natural beauty and Gloria's charm and talent. I'm thrilled to hear you're finally coming out from under the 'bed!' Enjoy your retirement!

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