If you get a chance, take a walk by the Elmhurst Police Station on First Street and get a view of a newly installed/created 'demonstration rain garden' that they've recently built out front. As of the past few days, the construction fence was still up around the project, but it appears that all of the work is complete and now they're just wrapping up the project. The City of Elmhurst is - kind of - putting their money where their mouth is on this. I say 'kind of' because they, ummm, didn't use their own money I don't think; they got a grant. Details on the garden can be found here on the Elmhurst Storm Water Plan site where they describe the project: The Project Involves the construction and maintenance of a rain garden, sized between 800 and 1,200 square feet, to include an engineered soil mix to promote infiltration, as well as a variety of native shrubs, grasses, and forbs, immediately south of the Police Station. The goal is to reduce
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When we first moved to town, t here was an Anderson's bookstore right in the Elmhurst City Centre . For real. Then they closed down, scurried back to Downtown Naperville and a weird hookah place opened up in the same location just north of Francesca's on York. Today? That tobacco/hookah place is now closed and gone with the windows paper'd over and a 'for lease' sign up in front. We lose another retailer and the associated sales tax, but we get a brand-new opportunity for something great. I would think that parking is one of the tough parts with this location, but with the new apartment buildings gaining occupancy just north of this, there should be some demand for the space, right? But then again, right across the street from this is that other newly renovated set of storefronts ( where the old Salt Creek Pottery was located on the east side of York, just south of City Hall) that are all totally vacant, too. Perhaps, retail isn't in the Elmhurst Ci
What was Wok 'N Fire just six months ago is now an empty restaurant as Bok Choy has announced their closing in the Elmhurst City Centre. The sign thanks customers for 15 years of support and asks them to visit the Addison location. We only visited Wok n' Fire once during our 10 years in town and didn't make it into Bok Choy, so this is hardly a loss for the dining scene for our family, but it is a shame to see another place go in the City Centre. New places have come ( Red Arrow Tap Room ) and are on their way ( Beerheads ) but we'll just have to add this to the long list of "So Long..." posts here on the blog about vacancies in the Elmhurst City Centre. A few of the most recent: So Long, Theatre History Society of America So Long, Salseria in Elmhurst City Centre So Long, Cold Stone In The Elmhurst City Centre
Earlier this week on my walk to the train, I noticed this "Office Suites Available" sign at 152 York Street - right sandwiched between the Gaming Goat and the York Theatre . The door leads to a 2nd floor suite that used to be occupied by the Theatre Historical Society of America . Yeah...the Elmhurst City Centre used to be home to them. And they were tucked away in a 2nd floor suite above the York Theatre. But, now they're gone. Turns out, last summer, news broke that the group was moving to Pittsburgh . Somehow, I missed all of this. And that, right there, might have been the problem. We just weren't paying attention: After more than two decades in Elmhurst, the Theater Historical Society has decided to move its headquarters to Pittsburgh. In a newsletter published on the organization’s website , the board of directors said the move is motivated mostly by the space limitations of their location above the York Theater, 150 N. York St., in downtown
If you walk by the Salseria on the east side of York Street right in the heart of the City Centre, you'll come across a few signs announcing the closing of the restaurant including the one above and the one below that say "See you Soon" and "Thank you Elmhurst for 12 great years". They also herald a new concept coming to the location: Victory Meat and Seafood. When I came across the news of the Salseria being closed, I had to ask Nat how many times we went there. The answer? Just twice. And both times, I guess we didn't love it. But other folks must have, right? No way a place survives for 10+ years without being pretty good? The new place is going to feature " 5-varieties of fresh Oysters daily ", so it will be a bit different and will likely fill a need in town, but because they're going to be opening in August of this year, we'll have to think about coming back as 'tourists' to the Elmhurst City Centre. So long,
Back at the beginning of the month, I posted a photo of a relic from a long-gone Burny Brothers Bakery on York Street in Elmhurst that had recently been unearthed by the construction crew and owners of the soon-to-open Beerheads bar right in the heart of the Elmhurst City Centre. You can see all the posts about the Beerhead Bar & Eatery construction here . In that post, I expressed my hope that between the owners of the building, the contractor and the folks behind Beerheads , there would emerge a sense of history and conclude that retaining this cool relic would only add to the flavor of their new place. Well...guess what? They're all over it! Seriously. I heard heard from the owner of Global Builders, Carmen Gratace, who said that they've confirmed with the owners that the 'welcome mat' from Burney Brothers is indeed staying. Kudos to Global Builders. You can find their site here . We should applaud both Carmen and his entire company for going the e
If you walk by the construction site of the new Beerheads Bar on the Northeast corner of First and York in the Elmhurst City Centre, you'll see a bit of progress on the building. I last posted about the status of the project here on the blog in February . You can go down the whole rabbit hole of posts related to the site here on the blog . But, in addition to seeing the exterior construction progress, if you look inside one of the new doorways, you'll also see this - the photo above. It is a relic from the past. And was a stonework 'welcome mat' for Burny Brothers. I had never heard of Burny Brothers, but 'teh Googles' quickly educated me. From this Burny Brothers archive site : Burny Brothers Bakery was founded in 1910 in Chicago, Illinois by a working-class immigrant family, and grew to become a successful, uniquely American enterprise. The founding family sold its interest in 1963 to Beatrice Foods Co., which in turn sold the wholesale divisi
If you haven't been in the Elmhurst City Centre in the past few weeks, you have likely not seen the progress being made at the old Plass Appliance site on the west side of York Street right in the heart of the City Center. These concrete block structures are the elevators, right? They're set way back from York and rise vertically in the middle of the site. We last covered this project back in January of 2016, more than a year ago when they tore the old building down . If you haven't been following along on the blog, here's the site concept for the location : it is a terraced building that will have offices/commercial on the first floor and I think it started as condos up stairs, but now is going to be offices? They're calling it the York Building and it will border both York Street on the front, but also that "Schiller" alley thing that connects the new parking deck over on Addison and includes Nu Crepes (who, somehow has survived all of the
I've covered the Elmhurst City Centre and the commercial developments and activities that take place down there on the blog for seven years. You can see all the 'Elmhurst City Center' posts here . There's a lot of them. But, there's big changes on the horizon for the downtown area. If you live in any of the areas that are bordering the City Centre areas, you've probably noticed the sign you see above posted on various corners around town. The reason is that the City is going through a process to adopt a new Downtown Plan. That plan sets forth some zoning changes that would amend the current zoning ordinance. Full details can be found here on the City of Elmhurst's site . The City of Elmhurst should be commended for transparency and their efforts to engage the public on this. In addition to these signs, they've also utilized a digital sign right on York. I mean...they're really trying! So, good work, City of Elmhurst. We happen to
If you live in Elmhurst and opened your utility bill recently, you probably saw this notice in the envelope that calls out the tax increases you're about to be hit with. They call it a 'Utility Bill Rate Increase', but let's all call it what it is: Government reaching into your pocket and taking more of your money for no new services. This increase is a 12.6% increase for this year, but if you read closely, they say that there are EVEN MORE tax increases coming in the next few years. They say, they *might* not be all the way up to 12.6%, but you can bet they'll be near 10% next year and the year after and the year after. Don't even get me started with the sewer costs. How does the City figure your sewer bill? Welp, they just take the consumption amount of water and charge you that rate for sewer fees. Even if it all doesn't go down the drain. Water your grass or garden? That water isn't going in the sewer is it? Nope. Doesn't matter.
If you walk past Hartmann Jewelers on the east side of York Street - just across the tracks - in the Elmhurst City Centre, you'll see this: papered up windows. And a little note that says that they're closed. The note says that if you left a piece with them, they'll be in touch to get it to you. There were once three jewelry stores in the City Centre. There's Cottage Hill Diamonds (still there!), plus this place Hartmann and one other. Can you remember? Well, it wasn't so much a jewelry shop as it was a pawn shop. Yep, for a sad period of time, we had a "GoldMax" on the west side of York Street in the City Centre. This was back in 2012 . We've been in Hartmann a few times, but it was ONLY ever on the downtown Trick-or-Treat days when the kids wandered in there to pick up a lollipop or Tootsie Roll. Oh well, I guess part of why they're closing is the community didn't support them. There was once three. Now there's just o
Back in April of last year, I posted some photos of a new eye doctor place opening on York Street in the Elmhurst City Centre called Spex here on the blog . If you walk by the place today, you'll see that they've rebranded to "MyEyeDr". Spex is a chain - you can see the locations here - and so is MyEyeDr - so I'm wondering if it is a franchise kind of thing? And the folks in Elmhurst decided to go a different direction? Here's the new page on the MyEyeDr page showing the Elmhurst location . Whatever the reason, they've spent a lot of money in awnings in just a year and a half, amirite?
At one point, I have to think that Elmhurst and our City Centre was one of the sweet treat capitols of the world. We had - what - three yogurt shops. And two ice cream shops. And a shaved ice place. All within like three blocks of each other. Now we're down to three total. TCBY on the yogurt side. And BrainFreeze on the ice cream side. And the shaved ice place that operates seasonally. And that's because the Cold Stone Creamery on the east side of York - right across from the bowling alley - is shuttered. That sign was posted on the windows earlier this month and if you walk by the place now, it is empty. All the signage inside and out is gone. The fixtures and furniture...gone. And while we're saying 'so long' to this place, I have to raise my own hand and say 'sorry'. We just flat out didn't support this store. Not sure the reason, but it wasn't in our world and didn't appeal to us. Maybe our kids are too young to see the ap
Last week, I posted a little update to the new restaurant coming to the Elmhurst City Centre right across the street from the York Theatre . At that time, I didn't know the name, but today we do: One Fifty One Kitchen and Bar. There's that new sign you can see above hanging on the fence if you walk by the site and you can check out their site here . The url is 151 Elmhurst, so maybe that's how people will type it when they search for the location instead of [one fifty one Elmhurst]?? The sign proclaims: An exciting new restaurant concept celebrating the bounty of the Midwest.
If you head down York Street through the City Center, you'll see this construction site that is just north of BW3 on the east side. Directly across from the York Theatre. There's an interior gut going on as they transform the former Cocomera into the Elmhurst Craft Kitchen and Bar (or some other name!) as well as an exterior facelift. I posted about this place here on the blog back in February and I heard that they were planning a big out front on the sidewalk outdoor seating section, so the facade work is likely to make it a bit more inviting? Based on the looks of things, they're a ways away from opening, so I'm thinking that this will be a fall opening at best? Should be a nice addition to the City Centre and we'll be sure to give it a proper shot with the kids once it opens.
It was just back in April that I chronicled the closing of Goalie's Goodies on the east side of York Street, just south of the tracks in the Elmhurst City Centre. Well....there's some good news: if you walk past the site today, you'll see this brand new awning up that welcomes a new business: Guac-n-Tacos. They have a new site up , but there (currently) isn't any info up there yet besides their new logo - which I've included below. Think this will be a great addition to the City Centre. The place isn't big, so it won't be a full sit-down place, I don't think? Probably a counter to order and maybe a counter to eat facing out the front window? We have a Chipotle in the core of the City Center and The Salseria nearby and those two seem to co-exist with Chipotle being the quickserve that (increasingly!!) seems like it is being overtaken by Teens/Tweens/E-Coli???? and the Salseria, which is a full-service sit-down place. Where will Guac-n-Taco
Thanks to Alderman Dannee Polomsky who posted this above on her public Facebook Fan Page, I stumbled onto the new City of Elmhurst website . At first blush, it appears to be a pretty big improvement in terms of pure looks, but they've also added some nice functionality and elevated the 'search box' to speed up the user experience and get people where they want to go faster. Also...they've made the new site responsive, so when you are heading there on your mobile device - as we are all wont to do more and more these days - the site responds to your device size and presents you with a format that works on mobile. That *would* have been a big miss in this redesign if they didn't get right, imho. The photography they're using on the page is neat - as there's a few drone shots showing a pretty unique perspective to town and they've done a good job of highlighting the town. Also, you can see some highlighted items across the main part of the site inc
Downtown Elmhurst just lost another business with the closing of Goalie's Goodies on the west side of York Street, just one block south of the tracks. If you walk by it today, you'll see this brown papered-up window along with this small sign that says they're moving to River Forest. Sad news for Elmhurst. I covered the opening of Goalie's Goodies here on the blog back in the end of April of 2013 . So, she made it for just under three years in Elmhurst. For those of you following along, you'll remember that Goalie's Goodies took the spot of the short-lived Bleeding Heart Bakery . We shopped - what I'd call - regularly at Goalie's Goodies. We'd buy packs of their corn for my Dad or for other gifts/parties. And the girls just loved the stuff, so often times we'd have dinner at Pints or somewhere else, and we'd end up at Goalie's Goodies for a few tiny bags of Cheese corn. On her website , Debbie (who I think *is* the Goalie!
If you walk by Mimmo's pizza place on York Street in the Elmhurst City Centre today, you'll see the front window covered in black plastic wrap. Are they closing? It is pretty odd because they have a 'Drivers Wanted' sign still up in the window and the menu and other promotional posters all hung between the glass and the black plastic. Anyone have the details? (**Update on 4/19/16: Heard from a source who is in the know that it looks like Mimmo's is being bought-out by another 'smallish family-owned pizza chain'. So...it looks like this place will keep serving pizza and salads and such. That's good for the City Centre. Once it reopens, I'll be sure we give it a shot!) I don't think it is a remodel because the place was gutted and cleaned up right before they opened not all that long ago. Unfortunately...we've NEVER been there. Yep...maybe that's part of the reason for the black plastic. Blame people like us who never patr
Listen...before you tell me I'm evil, I have to tell you that we have a dog and are totally dog people. We were there with you crazy people buying our dog fancy collars and bowls and what-have-yous. Right up until we had kids. Then Maisy...who I adore...just took a backseat. So...with that out of the way, can we all get a little laugh out of this headline from the local paper? Dog Flu cancels the Dog Parade?!? Kinda funny, right? And the second year in a row?!?! Carry on with your dog-loving self.