Local business owners and landlords got a big shout out Tuesday, as the Oak Park Development Corp. announced its annual Nicholas Award winners.

OPDC — a nonprofit that’s existed since 1974, receiving tax dollars and working to spur economic development in the village — named 17 recipients in the 32nd year of giving out the award.

The Nicholas is named after Robert E. Nicholas, a pioneer Oak Park commercial developer, and is given to people who made large investments in commercial properties around the village. The following projects represent some $3 million in upgrades to properties, and created about 200 jobs, according to OPDC.

Here are the winners:

  • 1053 Lake St. (future home of Falafill restaurant)
  • 109-111 N. Oak Park Ave.
  • 312 Photo Booth & The Vintage Photoshop, 128 Harrison St.
  • Open Door Repertory, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.
  • Black Tie Formalwear, 97 N. Harlem Ave.
  • Best Vacuum, 148 N. Oak Park Ave.
  • Cheryl’s, 1018 Lake St.
  • Heritage Tile of Oak Park, 144 N. Oak Park Ave.
  • Hutong, 1113 Lake St.
  • Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, 1101 Lake St.
  • Munch, 104 N. Marion St.
  • Oak Park Segway Experience Center, 715 Lake St.
  • Oak Park Vintage Market, 1117 Chicago Ave.
  • Eyrie, Il Vicolo Trattoria and Spex; 116-128 N. Oak Park Ave.
  • Seven Ocean, 122 N. Marion St.
  • Stinger Golf, 200 Lake St.
  • Sugar Fixe Patisserie, 119 N. Marion St.

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