Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ten former La Grange Business Association leaders, including Clipper Ship Gallery owner Bert Jacobs, joined together for this photo during a farewell party for Jacobs, who was called a fixture in the community.
Western Springs resident Bert Jacobs has been running the Clipper Ship Gallery in La Grange since 1987, but he's now setting sails and closing the business. Over that time there have been many presidents of the La Grange Business Association, Jacobs being one of them, and on Wednesday 10 gathered to wish him well. The former LGBA presidents included: Sign up for the daily Patch newsletter: La Grange / Western Springs Others were invited but couldn't attend, including Steve Pleimling, Mark Reich, Tom Fey and Honor Lorenzini. "The village has seen lots of growth because of you, Bert, and all the past presidents," LGBA director Nancy Cummings said. Community members gathered at Palmer's to toast Jacobs and enjoy a cake that showed a print …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Palmer Place vs. Harry's, Brixie's vs. Tavern on La Grange are the final matchups in our bracket for the best.
With March Madness in full swing, a handful of readers chimed in last week to share their favorite place to watch a game in the La Grange and Western Springs area. We picked eight area bars and restaurants and had readers vote, and now we're down to a Final Four: Palmer Place (La Grange) vs. Harry's (Countryside) and Brixies (Brookfield) vs. Tavern on La Grange (Countryside). VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES BELOW Now, I could sit at home and watch the games all day and night, but after a while I think I'd get cabin fever. It's nice to go out with friends, grab a beer and some food and watch someone else's TV. See the first-round voting here. When voting, things I would consider are the quality of food, the beer selection, the number and …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
March Madness is my favorite time of year. But I'm looking for some advice—where should I go watch the games?
The first weekend of the NCAA tournament is perhaps the best four days in sports. March is a month I love for many reasons (St. Patrick's Day, being born, spring break) but the Madness is right up there. Now, I could sit at home and watch the games all day and night, but after a while I think I'd get cabin fever. It's nice to go out with friends, grab a beer and some food and watch someone else's TV. See the full NCAA tournament schedule here. My plan, then, is to explore the options in and around La Grange and Western Springs. And what better way to do that than with a bracket of our own? I picked out eight options to face off. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES BELOW In the meantime, I'll be visiting these establishments to get my own take and …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Dozens of boys, men and even one brave little girl had their heads shaved Thursday at Palmer Place in support of childhood cancer research.
Spirits were high and the heads were bare Thursday night at the annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser at Palmer Place in La Grange. Dozens of participants raised nearly $35,000 for the charity, which supports childhood cancer research. Men, women and children all stepped up to shears wielded by Floyd's 99 Barbershop, though perhaps the most fanfare surrounded 9-year-old Sadie Madden, who was even featured on Thursday night's ABC 7 evening news. The La Grange native raised more than $9,200—the most of anyone who participated—in honor of her late grandmother. Get news alerts and Facebook updates from these Patch sites:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
And counting! After Sadie Madden lost her grandmother to cancer, she was determined to make a difference. Now she's blown away her $500 goal for St. Baldrick's, which is Thursday night at Palmer Place.
Sadie Madden is a 9-year-old La Grange resident with long, curly red hair. By the end of Thursday she'll be bald. After Sadie lost her grandmother to cancer a few years ago, she asked if she could participate in St. Baldrick's, an event where people get their heads shaved and raise money for childhood cancer research. The event, sponsored by Floyd's 99 Barbershop and Palmer Place, starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Palmer's, 56 S. La Grange Road. At first her mother, Kasey, didn't sign her up for the event. But after Sadie said this, she understood: "You’re not taking me seriously. Don’t you get it? What’s me feeling a little goofy compared to a kid getting cancer," Sadie said. They set a goal of $500, and within hours they topped …
Looking for live music, corned beef and green beer over St. Patrick's Day weekend? Here's where you can find it around La Grange, Oak Park and everywhere in between.
St. Patrick's Day falls on a weekend this year, which means there will be plenty of fun to be had at local bars and restaurants. If you're looking to hear Irish music, drink green beer or eat some corned beef and cabbage, we've got you covered. Check out our map above for details, or read below for information about St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the western suburbs. Is your info missing? Comment below with the details, or email editor Michael Sewall and we'll get it added to the map. Palmer Place begins a weekend of fun on Thursday with a St. Baldrick's fundraiser. Every year, Palmer's expands its tent in the back and will feature bagpipe bands and other live music every night. Corned beef and cabbage is also available Thursday …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Patch editor Michael Sewall is joining others to get his head shaved and raise money for childhood cancer research. Find out how to donate and get more details about the event, which is March 14.
After a successful first year, St. Baldrick's is returning to Palmer Place in La Grange to help raise money for childhood cancer research. And Patch is getting in on the action. I'll get my head shaved if you help me reach Team La Grange Patch's $1,000 fundraising goal. The event, sponsored by Floyd's 99 Barbershop and Palmer Place, starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Palmer's, 56 S. La Grange Road. The local firefighters union also has a team participating, among others. Now, March 14 is my birthday and I had planned to go to Palmer's for dinner with friends and family. How perfect when I realized I could also get my head shaved for a good cause! I participated in St. Baldrick's last year when I was editing the New Lenox Patch site. …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Five years after legislation banned smoking in Illinois bars and restaurants, some La Grange restaurateurs say business is better than ever.
Some locals feared that a 2008 statewide smoking ban would curb business at restaurants and bars. But on the five-year anniversary of the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, the La Grange Doings reports that most Illinois residents—local restaurateurs included—support the ban. “If anything, it’s better for business,” Phil Palmer, co-owner of Palmer Place, told The Doings. “Smoking areas were areas where most people didn’t want to sit, and now you can use all your areas for every type of seating. People just like a nonsmoking environment for dining.” More than two-thirds of Illinois residents agree that the ban has been a positive move, according to an American Lung Association survey of 601 people. Read the rest of the story here.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Palmer Place’s Steve Palmer’s creation kicks off in McCook at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday night as a celebration of beer, food, live music and charity fundraising.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
The second annual Brew Moon Beer & Bands Fest will kick off at 5:00 p.m. tonight at The MAX in McCook. The brainchild of Palmer Place’s Steve Palmer, the event will raise money for Betty Love Alzheimer’s Charities while offering beer-tasting, food and live bands. Conceived as both the ultimate party and a great charity fundraiser, Brew Moon is in its second year as a celebration of craft brewing and beer. Attractions will include samplings of 200 craft and import beers, home-brewing information, a Bags tournament from the Greater La Grange YMCA, and live shows from the bands Railroad Gin, Spare Parts and South of 80. “We are excited and proud of the entrepreneurial spirit which has led to finer more artisanal beers and the way the market …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Over $19,000 was raised before the fundraiser at St. Baldrick's with donations still coming in through the night.
Bald heads were abound at Palmer Place on Thursday evening at a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation sponsored by Floyd's 99 Barbershop and the local firefighter's union. Kids ran wild as servers carried teetering trays of potatoes and corned beef overhead (they did an amazing job) and adults sampled green beer and whiskey. The staff at Floyd's 99 buzzed the night away, adding even more shaved heads to the mix while patrons danced to an Irish music group playing classics like Whiskey in the Jar. "We thought it would be a great event to get involved with and bring the community together for a good cause," said Michelle Zaper, Floyd's 99 manager. Zaper, along with La Grange firefighter and Floyd's 99 customer Brian Cramer, decided to …