Monday, January 14, 2013
The current program runs through the end of January on Friday and Saturday nights; the $3,500 monthly cost is split by the Village and the Business Association.
Visitors to downtown La Grange can enjoy a valet service, subsidized by the Village and the La Grange Business Association, on Fridays and Saturdays through the end of this month, free of charge except for tips, The Doings La Grange reports. According to the paper, the program is meant to push cars to locations further away from the downtown center south of the tracks to free up space for customers; the Village estimates $200 extra a day in sales to local businesses per extra parking space. “It’s not that La Grange doesn’t have enough spaces; it’s just human nature that everyone wants the closest spot, and that causes problems,” new LGBA President Steve Jasinski told the paper. “We’re trying to think outside the box.” The service is …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Check out some photos from the Holiday Walk in the La Grange downtown, and please feel free to add some of your own!
The La Grange Hometown Holiday ("Holiday Walk"/"Christmas Walk") event took over downtown La Grange on Saturday afternoon and evening with a wealth of Christmas and holiday fun for residents of all ages. The La Grange Business Association, who sponsored the event, provided us with some terrific photos from the event, from marshmellow-roasting to Santa; check them out above! And we're certain that there were plenty of other shutterbugs there; how about sharing some of your own snapshots as well? How did you like the Hometown Holiday? Let us know in the comments!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Each week, you drive through the downtown area or wait for a train. So, you think you're familiar with the buildings. But, years ago, the area looked quite different.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- John Devona
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
As you drive through our quaint downtown area, it’s hard to imagine any of the buildings not being here. But, in the 1930’s, you would have seen vacant lots between some of the commercial buildings, including where Starbucks and the FNBLG bank is now located. Also, note the old corner entrance to what is now the BMO Harris Bank. See first photo. Further east, the buildings were even more different in 1930. A Texaco gasoline station and garage occupied the southwest corner of Wolf and Burlington, while the now-vacant Odegaard’s building had not even been built as yet. But, notice the size of the trees along Burlington! See second photo. By the 1940’s, the town was really starting to develop. As you can see in the third photo, all of the …
Friday, September 7, 2012
The auction kicks off at 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Village Hall, or back inside the Parking Garage if there's rain.
That's right, another summer art season in downtown La Grange has come to a close. But, that also means it's time to auction off the beautiful grandfather clocks in the Hour Town exhibit to the highest bidder. Tonight, the La Grange Business Association will be auctioning off the wonderfully decorated grandfather clocks that have lined the streets of La Grange all summer. The celebration gets started at 5 p.m. rain or shine. If the skies are clear, the auction will be held on the front lawn of Village Hall, 53 S. La Grange Rd. If it's raining, the event will be moved into the parking garage just behind Village Hall. Food from local restaurants, cold treats from Tates Ice Cream and a cash bar will be available. The auction will begin at 7 p…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
La Grange has become known as a destination for great food in the west suburbs, but are restaurants overcrowding everyone else?
This is a problem that, actually, is not really a problem at all, right? Can we really have too many restaurants in downtown La Grange to choose from? The downtown area has become a destination for diners in the western suburbs due to a wealth of great food and great options. Still, some residents have told me they're still hungry for something more. Specifically, residents seem to want more retail options in the village's downtown area. I don't think any La Grange resident wants to see a restaurant close, but it does sound like some want more diversity. What do you think? Vote in our poll below and tell us in comments if there is a specific store or type of business you'd like to see more of. Tell our readers about businesses which have …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Village Board President Elizabeth Asperger and La Grange Business Association President Ryan Williamson wore a Palmer Place uniform and served guests to kick off La Grange's first Restaurant Week.
With La Grange Restaurant Week kicking off this Friday, Village Board President Elizabeth Asperger and La Grange Business Association President Ryan Williamson got a crash course in the restaurant world on Monday. The two presidents donned Palmer Place uniforms and worked for tips during lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday to promote La Grange's first Restaurant Week and raise money for the St. Francis Xavier Food Pantry. Without even a day of serving experience between them, they set out to take orders, run food and work their hustle. "We're delighted to do it for our fabulous restaurant community," Asperger said rather eloquently. "Liz made me do it," Williamson laughed. "I was going to say the same thing about you," Asperger …
Fireside, La Grange's new brick oven pizza joint, opens on Harris Avenue today.
If you're looking to put the flame back in your relationship, you might want to try doing it with a wood burning brick oven this Valentine's Day. They do say after all, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Just in time for Valentine's Day, is the opening of Fireside Wood Fired Pizza & Cafe, located at 18 W. Harris Ave. in downtown La Grange. Fireside officially opens for business today, and they're expecting a big turnout. The restaurant is a fast casual concept, which means there's a table if you want to bring the family in for dinner, but there's no server. It also means you wont have to wait long for your food. Fireside can cook up a pizza in two minutes in their 700-degree oven, imported from Italy. Fireside specializes in…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Which is needed more in downtown La Grange, a greater police presence or more parental supervision?
Ah, teenagers. Looking back on those confusing years few of us can get nostalgic without shuddering over more than a few regrets over our actions. As we get older, we start to walk the line between becoming the old guy on the porch with the hose yelling at those "young punks" and being understanding adults of the difficulties of adolescence. On Jan. 5, La Grange Patch published a report from the La Grange police blotter about a group of young kids being generally vulgar and dumb in downtown La Grange at night. Since I edit the police blotter for La Grange, I can tell you it's not unusual to see reports of skateboarders in the parking garage, kids throwing things in the street, or generally misbehaving in the downtown area. Though, to be …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
La Grange's Hometown Holiday was full of smiles and cheer.
You can upload your Hometown Holiday photos too! Just click the link under the album.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Nothing beats a sidewalk seat for viewing the La Grange Pet Parade. But in case you missed this year's event, we offer a video peek at some of the highlights.
In case you were not able to attend the 65th Annual La Grange Pet Parade, which marched through the streets of downtown on Saturday, we shot a little video to show you some of what you missed. We wish it were possible to present the entire parade here, but with more than 100 organizations taking part—the parade lasted about an hour and a half—we selected some of our favorites. We've put together a highlight reel for your viewing pleasure. Check out some of our favorite parts from a parade that was packed full of amazing participants. See someone you know? Give them a shout out in comments and tell us what your favorite parts were. Also, feel free to upload your own photos as well and show us your own great shots!