Business Comings & Goings: Al's Beef/Nancy's Pizza Closes

Oak Lawn Chamber moves into new digs, Wilsons Leather opens at Chicago Ridge Mall.

The combined Al's Beef and Nancy's Pizza at 5128 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn closed at the end of business on Sept. 18. A receptionist at the corporate office in Orland Park confirmed the closing but had no details and requests for more information were not returned.

Oak Lawn Chamber Moving to Spiffier Location

The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce is in the midst of moving from its longtime location at 5314 W. 95th St. into new digs at the Metra Station at 95th Street and Tulley Avenue.

“We will open in our new location at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1,” said chamber director Julie Miller.

Miller said the move was necessitated by the pending sale of the 5314 W. 95th St. building by the village.

“Our membership does feel that the new location will give village businesses more exposure to the commuters who use that station,” she said. “We’ll have signs and brochures promoting member businesses available in the station.”

Miller said the new space is an unused ticket office and is about the same size as the existing office.

“It’s just me and an intern,” she said explaining that she doesn’t need a lot of room.

The chamber's website and phone number remain the same.

The village leases the station from Metra and maintains the interior and platform. The chamber is subleasing the space from the village.

Wilsons Leather Opens

Wilsons Leather, which features leather apparel, handbags and accessories, is now open at Chicago Ridge Mall. The store will hold its grand opening on Friday. The store is one of nine the retailer has opened or plans to open this year. For information, visit them online at Wilsons Leather. 

Alberto’s In New Location

Alberto’s, a tailor and embroidery shop, moved earlier this summer from its longtime home at 3656 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park into a new location in the village at 3632 W. 95th St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call 708-425-4971.

PADS Opens Permanent Homeless Shelter

South Suburban PADS, in partnership with Turnstone Development, opened a 77-unit permanent supportive housing facility on Tuesday at 4411 Gatling Blvd. in Country Club Hills.

The permanent shelter for the homeless, known as the Country Club Hills Wellness Center, is the first of its kind in the Southland. It has a combination of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.

The five-story facility features a library and TV/community room on each floor, a children’s playground, classrooms and program offices, computer lab, and a culinary career center.

Future plans call for a vegetable and herb garden and a wellness clinic.

 Country Club Hills donated 3.5 acres of land for the facility.

PADS is an inter-faith program providing shelter and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Southland. It opened its first emergency shelter 22 years ago.

“Our ultimate hope was to bring an end to homelessness,” Mike Wasserberg, executive director for South Suburban PADS, said in a release.  “While other agencies were providing some services, PADS plan was to create an organization dedicated to serving only individuals and families experiencing homelessness.”

Oak Lawn Market Features Corner Bakery

Today’s Oak Lawn Farmers Market is featuring Corner Bakery Cafe.

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.

Donna September 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Duke's in Burbank.
Catherine Espada September 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Liz Chim September 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I hate that you have to leave Oak Lawn and go to the surrounding suburbs for so many things. I feel like Oak Lawn has good potential, but they need to bring more restaurants and higher quality stores to the area. Not a lot to choose from...we are in Orland way more than I'd care to admit. I'm hopeful that the development at 111th and Cicero will bring good things, but I'm not holding my breath!
Ron October 03, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Moved out of Oak lawn and glade I did. It is more like old lawn and they need to make some changes. I now live on the North Side so many resturants and so much to do. Oak Lawn needs to take some lesons from the Village of Lagrange. Nice main street with a lot of nice shops and restaurants. Oak Lawn let time pass and not enough positive change.
Melissa November 18, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Of you need beef, go to Pop's! Best beef I've ever had, I go there all the time and a huge sandwich is less than 5$ !


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