It was a good run in River Forest for Huntington Learning Center, a tutor and college-test prep business, but after a quarter-century in operation there, the business has relocated to Oak Park.
Owner Robert Hauck said in a telephone interview that Huntington Learning Center has relocated to 1135 N. Harlem Ave. from its old River Forest location at 400 Lathrop Ave.
He said the relocation was the result of his lease ending and the owner aiming to bring in a different business. The new location gives him better visibility from Harlem Avenue and the ability to expand the business’ capacity, he said.
“The families in this area truly value education, and we appreciate the opportunities we’ve had to partner with local schools and families to benefit thousands of kids over the years,” he said in a press release.
Hauck has owned the franchise since 2005, making it one of the top-performing Huntington Learning Centers in the country. He noted his center is in the top 20 among some 300 in the nation. Huntington has about 20 locations in the Chicago area.
“When I knew I had to move, I wanted to stay in the Oak Park-River Forest area because the desire of students to do well in Oak Park and River Forest is positively there,” he said, adding that parents sometimes seek out tutoring for their kids here before the school directs them to look for help.
Huntington’s Oak Park location, he said, has a reputation for getting a five-point gain for kids on the ACT and an average 200-point change for those taking the SAT.
“We are in the top five of the whole Huntington system for our ACT-SAT prep,” he said.
Students are welcomed for instruction between 3 and 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. They’re open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The instruction focuses on reading, writing, math, study skills and college-exam prep. “We work on foundational skills that impact you across classes,” Hauck said.
David King, president of the Oak Park-based commercial real estate firm David King & Associates, brokered the deal.