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Nothing like a suburb. Berwyn’s Best Page 10

Berwyn Events Page 18

Berwyn Bungalows Page 31

The Berwyn Magazine is published quarterly and the Community Resource Guide is published annually.

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Berwyn 2921 S. Harlem Avenue 708-484-4111

Willowbrook 7000 S. Madison Street 630-325-2300

Directors John R. Adolf Matthew M. Boyle Robert F. Marik Joseph J. Adolf Staff

Berwyn Chapel

Cristina Herrera Barbara R. Bossany Donna M. Boyle Eric Hrastinski Karen Halla Christine Docekal

Willowbrook Chapel

Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services Ltd. is a fourth generation family owned and operated business that was established in 1882. We believe in customizing services to everyone’s individual wishes, providing affordable cost options, and offering these services in a beautiful, modern, and comfortable surrounding. Pre-arrangement counseling sessions are available at no cost for those wishing to discuss their final plans in advance. To see our facilities, stop by for a personal tour, or visit us on the web at

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Dear friends,

Dear neighbors,


500 recreational he City of Berwyn has become activities to four lively a stand-out commercial corridors community in that have experienced the Chicagoland a growth spurt even area for both families during tough economic and entrepreneurs times. thanks to our charming The City of Berwyn neighborhoods, lively has partnered with the business community and Berwyn Development flourishing cultural scene. ROBERT J. LOVERO Corporation to ensure For the past century, that Berwyn remains Mayor Berwyn has proudly been a vital place to live, called the ‘City of Homes’ work and visit. Our because of our architecturally rich remarkable progress can also be neighborhoods that showcase attributed to the significant role a variety of housing styles, most that our residents have played in notably our iconic and nationally realizing that vision, volunteering recognized bungalows. countless hours to planning More recently, the economic sessions, special events and revitalization of our business other city initiatives. I welcome districts has made Berwyn not both our longstanding residents only a great place to live but and newcomers to take an also a thriving destination to active role in Berwyn’s tradition visit. We completed an Active of community involvement and Transportation Plan in order to entrepreneurship as their energy shape a more walkable and has helped to drive our success and sets Berwyn apart. bike-friendly environment for residents and visitors. The list of Respectfully, our amenities runs the gamut Mayor Robert J. Lovero from 25 parks and more than


Jousef Mondragon Berwyn Resident


John Aranza Horrorbles & Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

VICE PRESIDENT Scott Lennon Berwyn Resident

TREASURER Guy Hollis Culver’s


Jennifer Mitchell Holistic Divorce Resolution, Inc.


Anthony Griffin Berwyn Development Corp.

Scott Steiner MacNeal Hospital Angela Tomassetti Fit Club


Christine Tully Aranza Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits Tom Benson World’s Largest Laundromat Anthony Belcaster BMO Harris Bank, NA Tony Laureto Berwyn Resident Alba Lovero Berwyn Resident Loren Middleton The Veltway Corporation Brendan O’Connor Big Guys Sausage Stand Gilbert Peña Berwyn Resident Andy Sotiropoulos Connie’s Family Restaurant & Cocktails




elcome to designed to orient new Berwyn! With residents as well as our convenient provide a reference location to established locals and access looking for something to transportation, a new to do in the city. diverse mix of unique The BDC is proud to shops and restaurants, offer a directory of our acclaimed recreational member businesses. I and cultural institutions highly encourage you and unparalleled housing JOUSEF MONDRAGON to visit our members stock, Berwyn is the place BDC Board because our combined to be. Take a moment President dedication is the engine to browse this resource that assists in putting guide and you’ll quickly find that Berwyn in the center of it all. Buy Berwyn has everything you need Berwyn! from day-to-day household We also hope to inspire you basics to top-quality professional to get involved. You have the services. After you see all that opportunity to volunteer at Berwyn has to offer, I’m certain our events, provide thoughts you will agree that Berwyn is on important initiatives and Nothing Like A Suburb. bring your creative ideas and As a public-private partnership enthusiasm. It is through all of our with the City of Berwyn, efforts that Berwyn will become the Berwyn Development an even more vital and enjoyable Corporation (BDC) focuses its place to live, work and operate a efforts on activities that support business. and contribute to the economic All the best, growth and vitality of our proud Jousef Mondragon City. This resource guide is


Judy Saraceno-Swenson



Amy M. Crowther

RECEPTIONIST Christina Pennell



3322 S. Oak Park Ave. • Berwyn, IL 60402 • 708-788-8100 •

The Berwyn Magazine is published quarterly and the Community Resource Guide is published annually.

Wednesday Journal, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302 PHONE 708-524-8300 FAX 708-524-0447 ONLINE ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Dawn Ferencak, 708-613-3329 ADVERTISING SALES Joe Chomiczewski, 708-613-3362 PUBLISHER Dan Haley, 708-613-3301 EDITOR Lacey Sikora DESIGNER Claire Innes

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You’ll never run out of things to do at the North Berwyn Park District, but you may have trouble figuring out what to do first.

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Art Fitness Dance Sports Theater Think Green! Kids Garage Sale Flea Market Summer Camp Family Fun in the Park Movies in the Park Golf Outing Senior Summer Bash Fiesta Nuestras Raíces Haunted Story Telling Fall Fest & Pumpkin Patch Class Clowns Comedy Show Santa’s Workshop

Executive Director Joseph C. Vallez

1619 Wesley Avenue Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 749-4900 Info WWW.NBPD4FUN.ORG

Board of Commissioners

Ann Mackin, President Jeanmarie Hajer-O’Connor, Vice President Jim Kearns Jr., Treasurer Mark Sladek, Commissioner Mario Vazquez Sr., Commissioner

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Oak Park Ave Stop



Bicycle Path Park Path


PACE Bus Route






CTA PINK LINE 54th/Cermak Stop

Train Tracks


Metra Station

City Hall


Police Station





Post Office

Health Department Library








Fire Station



Cultural Center


Berwyn Development Corp



MacNeal Hospital



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In the Heart of It All BY LACEY SIKORA Contributing editor


hen it comes to transportation, Berwyn lies right in the heart of the Chicagoland transit system. Located just eight miles west of the Loop and in between I-290 and I-55 with convenient access to both, the suburb offers easy access to commuters whether they travel by car, on the CTA’s Blue or Pink Line or on Metra. Describing itself as Nothing Like A Suburb, Berwyn stands out because it offers an urban experience through its variety of transportation modes that also support active transportation like walking and

biking. These options coupled with ease of access to both downtown Chicago and the far west suburbs has helped Berwyn attract area professionals looking for a place to call home. Metra-BNSF trains offer a quick commute to counties throughout the Chicagoland area. Berwyn’s Downtown Depot District has three stations: LaVergne, Berwyn and Harlem. CTA’s Blue Line is just four blocks north of Roosevelt Road, while the Pink Line is less than a mile east of Berwyn’s limits on Cermak Road. Multiple PACE Bus routes tie Berwyn to these stops, along with many other destinations throughout the surrounding area. In recent years, Berwyn has prioritized bike infrastructure, providing dedicated

routes in town that connect to regional routes and trails. BDC Urban Planner Kurtis Pozsgay, AICP stressed that Berwyn is a natural choice for a first time home purchase for renters in Chicago concerned about commute times and quick access to Chicago. Moving to the suburbs provides the opportunity for a yard, but it doesn’t have to mean loss of access to Chicago’s amenities. Whether it’s commuting for work or making a trip downtown for a sporting event or concert, many people still want convenient transportation options to get around town and access to job centers. A 12-minute train ride to downtown keeps local residents connected to Chicago for both work and leisure time.

BDC Chamber Director Amy Crowther notes that access to transportation is a key factor for many homebuyers choosing Berwyn. “They see that downtown is minutes away on the CTA, Metra or 290 and they love that they can still be connected to Chicago while living a bit outside of the city in their own home.” In support of its senior citizens, the City of Berwyn also provides rides for seniors on a “senior bus,” ensuring that residents of all ages can enjoy all that the village has to offer. For residents of all ages, Berwyn’s location in the heart of it all makes it easy to take advantage of all that the suburbs and the city have to offer. See map on Page 5.

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CONTENTS Quick look Mayor’s Letter ................................. 2 President’s Letter ............................ 2 Board of Directors and Staff ....... 2 Active Transportation..................... 5 Sustaining Members...................... 8 By the Numbers .............................. 9 Berwyn’s Best .................................10 New Residents Guide.................... 13 Calendar of Events ........................18 Our “Why Berwyn?” Brand ......... 22 Arts & Entertainment.................... 23 Historic Points of Interest............. 29 Celebrating the Bungalow .......... 31 Business Resources ...................... 32 Business Districts........................... 33 City Hall Directory......................... 38 Parks & Recreation....................... 39 BDC Philanthropic Grants ..........40 Wrestling at the Eagles .................41 BDC Members Directory ............45

At left, Proksa Bridge.

Photo on cover courtesy Still & Motion Motion, LLC

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BDC Trustees

Byline Bank MacNeal Hospital Morning Noon Night Plumbing & Sewer Paisans Pizzeria & Bar Republic Bank of Chicago


BDC Investors



Central Federal Savings & Loan Culver’s Keystone Ventures, LLC Waste Management

BDC Leaders

Baird & Warner/Sandra Dita Lopez BMO Harris Bank N. A. Chicago Glass Blocks Chicagoland Moves/Patti McGuinness Craig’s Shoes Del Galdo Law Group, LLC Famous Dave’s Jimmy John’s Lavergne’s Tavern MG Computer Oak Street Health MSO, LLC Pav YMCA Roy Strom Refuse Removal Service, Inc.

People have trusted our Passbook Savings since 1892. Today, you can track your savings by the Book or go Online. Either way your accounts are safe, accessible and insured.

A great choice in banking.

Established 1892 Berwyn 6940 W. Ogden Avenue 708.222.2300

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5953 W. Cermak Road 708.656.5000

LA GrAnGe PArk

1921 E. 31st St. (31st & Maple Ave.) 708.469.3250

Providing sound financial services to the community for 125 years.

Equal Housing


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Approximate miles


Latino: 32,871 | White: 17,818 African American: 3,660 Asian: 1,891 | Other: 825


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Data a based on 2010 Census, 2015 Estimates with 2020 Projections Calcula ated using In/Out Places




3,000 1,100 in The Central Berwyn Bungalow Historic District

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BEST FROZEN DESSERT Winner: Gina’s Italian Ice Specialty: Lemon Italian Ice: The homemade Lemon Italian Ice is made daily on-site and mixes finely shaved ice with bright yellow lemons and sugar. It’s a simple yet perfect summer cool-off combination. Other Top 5 Finalists: 3-D’s Cool Creations, Culver’s, La Michoacana Premium and Tastee Freez

BEST COMBO Winner: Buona Restaurant Specialty: Combo sandwich topped with hot giardiniera and sweet peppers and lightly dipped in gravy Other Top 5 Finalists: Big Guys Sausage Stand, Bubba’s Place, Carla’s Place and Novi’s Beef

BEST TACO Winner: Tacos Y Salsa Specialty: Taco Jarocho: Fresh grilled tilapia glazed with garlic and lime and drizzled with a special chipotle sauce in a flour tortilla Other Top 5 Finalists: La Lupita Restaurant, El Meson Express, Zacatacos and Lalo’s Restaurant

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BEST PIZZA Winner: Paisans Pizzeria & Bar Specialty: Supreme Pizza: Thin crust covered in sweet tomato sauce; filled with sausage, onions, mushrooms and green peppers and topped with pepperoni and a shredded in-house blend of premium mozzarella cheeses. Dough and sauce made daily from scratch. Other Top 5 Finalists: Benny’s Pizza, Bubba’s Place, Nonno’s Pizza and Waldo Cooney’s Pizza


BEST BEST COFFEE Winner: Avito Caffe Specialty: Caffe Nutella: A cafe latte with a healthy scoop of Nutella hazelnut spread steamed into the milk. The drink is built around fresh roasted La Capannina espresso shots for a masterful blend of Arabica and Robusto coffees that encompass the essence of Italy. Other Top 5 Finalists: Café Latino, Friendly Coffee Lounge, Happy Buddha Café and Mission House Café

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Services We Provide Children’s Dentistry • Preventive • Cosmetic • Restorative • • Dental Implants • Periodontics • Endodontics •

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(Exclusions may apply. Call for more information)

Dr. Olivia Lares

708.484.0212 • 3340 South Oak Park Ave. #308 Berwyn, IL 60402

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NEW RESIDENTS GUIDE New residents directory Facts you should know about Berwyn! As a resident of Berwyn, you should be aware of the basic laws and services offered by the City of Berwyn.

Emergency Notification Receive alerts and updates by signing up for emergency notifications and community announcements. You can choose your preferred method of contact (phone, text or e-mail). Visit and click on “City of Berwyn Emergency Alert Program” to register. If you do not have access to the internet or need assistance registering for emergency notifications, leave a message at 708-749-6563, and a representative will call you to complete your registration.

Crime Reports The Berwyn Police Department shares information on reported criminal incidents on CrimeReports. com. By registering on this site, you can be notified if crime is reported in your area.

Exceptions are provided for those with a parent or legal guardian and those persons going to or from their place of employment.

Dog and Cat Regulations City ordinance limits the number of pets (combination of cats and dogs) to three (3) per building or using the same premises. All dogs and cats must be licensed with the City at a fee of $10.00 per year, per pet, due in June. Applications are available at City Hall.

Garbage Pick-up Place bagged household garbage in the waste containers provided by Waste Management for weekly pickup. The disposal of large household appliances, building materials, or other large accumulations of materials can be arranged directly with Waste Management at 800796-9696.

Recycling & Yard Waste

Library cards are available at no charge to residents. Please note that residents must provide documentation to verify their identification and residency. For more information, call the Berwyn Public Library at 708-795-8000.

Recycling bins are available from Waste Management (800- 7969696) for clean recyclable items such as aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, tin cans, magazines, and newspapers. Pick-up is the same day as garbage pick-up. Yard waste, including grass clippings and leaves, may be placed in large brown paper bags, or in your own plastic garbage cans (32 gallons or less in size) identified with a Yard Waste sticker (provided free at City Hall). Yard waste is picked-up from April 1 through December 31. Do not rake leaves into the street as they block storm drain sewers and damage street sweepers.

Bicycle Registration

Electronic Recycling

U.S. Post Office 6625 W Cermak Road 708-484-5392 -

Library Cards

No-fee bicycle registration is taken at the Berwyn Police Department.

Curfew Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to be in public places between 11:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and between 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights.

Electronic items (excluding refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners) can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Public Works located at 1 Public Works Drive. ComEd offers an appliance rebate program where they will pick up your appliance for you and offer a rebate on select Energy Star certified appliances. The application can

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be found at https://catalystweb. rebate-application/ and for further information you can call (888) 9897442.

Street Maintenance Residents should be aware of the Street Maintenance Schedule for their block. Check the signage on your block. No parking for your side of the street will be enforced during your regular Street Maintenance Schedule as posted for your block. No parking for your side of the street will be enforced from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or as posted. This will allow for additional street cleaning and snow removal passes, as well as regular maintenance activities. For information, call 708-795-5600.

Snow Removal For snow emergency information, call 708-749-6514. Parking on a snow route after 6 inches of accumulated snow has fallen is strictly prohibited. The parking ban will remain in effect until the snow has been completely removed from curb to curb. Snow routes are signed accordingly. Always

follow all signage on a snow route. Your vehicle will be ticketed and/ or towed if it is parked on a snow route. The following streets are snow routes: (East/West) Roosevelt Road, 16th Street, Cermak Road, 26th Street, Riverside Drive, 31st Street, Stanley Avenue, Windsor Avenue, 34th Street, Ogden Avenue and Pershing Road. (North-South): Harlem, Home, Oak Park, East and Ridgeland Avenues. Snow removal for residential streets will follow the street maintenance schedule. It is the responsibility of you and/or any visitor of your residence to be aware of the signage posted near your home. No parking for your side of the street will be strictly enforced from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or as posted. This will allow for additional street cleaning and snow removal passes, as well as regular maintenance activities. If you are towed, contact the Police Communication Center at 708-7952129.

Depot District Parking The Berwyn Municipal Parking Facility is located south of the Berwyn Metra train station in Berwyn’s

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Historic Depot District at 3320 S Grove Avenue. Depot Permit Holders can park on the first four levels with a City of Berwyn Depot Parking permit, which can be obtained at Berwyn’s City Hall. Daily permits can be purchased at the pay stations located on the first floor of the two stairwells for $3.00. The fifth, and top, level is open to the public at an hourly rate of $0.25. Daily pay parking is also available at the Municipal Lot at 32nd Street and Oak Park Avenue. It is open to the public at an hourly rate of $0.25. Depot parking permits for Metra commuters, employees and residents are sold as annual and quarterly permits on a first-come, first-served basis at City Hall. Parking areas are located in the Municipal Parking Facility and along Windsor Avenue and Stanley Avenue from Ridgeland Avenue (LaVergne Station) to Harlem Avenue (Harlem Station).

Vacin Fairway Parking Permits The Vacin Fairway is the parking area behind the stores on the north side of Cermak Road. Visitors can park for free for up to two hours. If longer parking is needed, annual permits can be purchased at the Collector’s Office in City Hall.

Commercial Truck Parking Locations for commercial truck parking have been made available in the Vacin Fairway, Library Parking Lot and along the Depot parking areas. Annual and quarterly permits are available. Contact the Collector’s Office in City Hall or the Parking Department at the Police Department for permit pricing and parking locations.

City Speed Limit and General Parking The speed limit is 25 mph unless posted otherwise. All alley speed limits are 15 mph unless posted otherwise. Parking is for residents only between 3 a.m.-6 a.m. on all streets unless posted otherwise. Visitors will require a parking pass. Residents and visitors should be sure to check the block in which they are parking for any additional signed parking restrictions.

Vehicle Stickers City ordinance requires that any resident owning and/or operating a car, motorcycle, truck or bus or RV within the City must obtain a Berwyn vehicle sticker each year. Stickers are

renewed annually on June 1 and must be displayed by July 1. New residents must purchase a Berwyn sticker at City Hall or the Police Department Parking Division within thirty (30) days of residency. Stickers are available online, by mail or in person. If you are seeking a sticker and your vehicle registration matches your current Berwyn address, you will need to show proof of license plate number and a valid driver’s license. If you have recently moved to Berwyn, you must show an updated vehicle registration with the new Berwyn address. Changes to your vehicle registration can be made at the Secretary of State or Currency Exchange.

Visitor Parking Passes Visitor parking passes for designated residential parking zones are available for qualified vehicles. Booklets are available in packets of 15 for $5, and may be purchased at the Berwyn Police Department Parking Division, 6401 W 31st Street or the Collector’s Office in City Hall, 6700 W. 26th Street. Proof of residency is required. For more information, call 708-795-5600.

Voter Registration Residents may register to vote at the Berwyn City Clerk’s office located in City Hall at 6700 26th Street during normal business hours. Online registration is available at ova.

Garage Sales A permit is required to have a house, garage or yard sale. Residents are limited to two sales per year. The first permit is free and the second costs $20. Signage rules allow you to have two signs on city parkways, which may be rented with a $10 deposit per sign. Signs can be displayed between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sales can be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits can be obtained at City Hall.

Building Regulations Residents must obtain a permit from the Building Department located in City Hall before proceeding with building repair or remodeling projects. All contractors and subcontractors must be licensed and bonded with the City before permits can be processed. Information is available through the Collector’s Office at 708-788-2660.

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and persons with disabilities, including low-cost transportation, lawn service, leaf-blowing, snow removal, a handyman program for minor home repairs, and social programming. Residents must be pre-approved. For more information or an application, visit all/files/pdfs/Senior/Application_ Senior_Services.pdf or call 708484-2510.

Permit Regulations for Home/ Business Improvement and Construction Permits are required on all improvements made to buildings and property, including but not limited to the following work: electrical and plumbing; concrete or asphalt; HVAC or boiler; all demolition (including permit for dumpsters); dormers or additions; interior and exterior structural alterations; garages; replacement windows and glass block; porches, decks, and steps; sewer replacement; fences and gates; swimming pools and hot tubs; roofing; kitchen and bathroom remodeling; cabinet removal and replacement; and drywall. Permits are not required for inside painting, cleaning, appliance installation or replacement and floor coverings. For more information, go to http://www. Forms/When_permits_are_needed. pdf or call the Building Department at 708-788-2660.

Compliance Inspections At the time a property is listed for sale with a realtor or “by owner,” the property must be inspected for

Residential Flood Mitigation Program For information on the City’s Residential Flood Mitigation Program, Downspout Disconnection Assistance Program or MWRD Rain Barrel Program, please visit http:// Information. Pyrce Park, spray pool

compliance with all city ordinances. If violations do exist, this ordinance allows the seller adequate time to rectify any problems prior to sale, therefore expediting the closing on the home.

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Services for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities The mission of the Senior Services Division is to provide quality services for Berwyn’s seniors

Sidewalk Replacement Program If you would like to have the public sidewalk in front of your property replaced, the City of Berwyn is offering a cost share replacement program. Please visit http://www. for more information.

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EDUCATION DIRECTORY Berwyn North School District 98

Morton Alternative High School

Dr. Carmen Ayala, Superintendent

1874 S 54th Ave, Cicero 708-222-3080

Administration Center

Morton Freshman Center

6633 W 16th St 708-484-6200

1801 S 55th St, Cicero 708-863-7900

Private Schools

Havlicek Elementary School

Concordia Little Lambs Preschool

6401 W 15th St 708-795-2451

3144 S Home Ave 708-795-7563

Jefferson Elementary School 7035 W 16th St 708-795-2454

St. Joseph High School

Lincoln Middle School

10900 W Cermak Rd Westchester 708-562-4433

6432 W 16th St 708-795-2475

Prairie Oak School

St. Leonard School

1427 S Oak Park Ave 708-795-2442

3322 S Clarence Ave 708-749-3666

Berwyn South School District 100

St. Odilo School

Mary Havis, Superintendent

2301 S Clarence Ave 708-484-0755

Superintendent’s Office, Curriculum Office and Special Student Services

The Children’s School

3401 S Gunderson Ave 708-795-2300

Emerson Elementary School 6850 W 31st St 708-795-2322

Freedom Middle School 3016 S Ridgeland Ave 708-795-5800

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J. Sterling Morton High School District 201

Hiawatha Elementary School

Komensky Elementary School

6539 W 26th St 708-795-2327

2515 S Cuyler Ave 708-795-2342

Dr. Michael Kuzniewski, Superintendent

Irving Elementary School

Pershing Elementary School

Superintendent’s Office

3501 S Clinton Ave 708-795-2334

6537 W 37th St 708-795-2349

Heritage Middle School 6850 W 31st St 708-749-6110

Piper Elementary School 2435 S Kenilworth Ave 708-795-2364

2423 S Austin Blvd, Cicero 708-222-5700

1428 S Wesley Ave 708-484-8033

Community College District 527 Dr. Stanley Fields, President

Morton College 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero 708-656-8000

Morton West High School 2400 S Home Ave 708-780-4100

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Berwyn Public Library

Keshia Garnett, Director 2701 S Harlem Ave 708-795-8000 ext. 6318 The Berwyn Public Library offers the Berwyn community world-class access to educational resources, programs and staff. Through literacy-promoting activities that include family storytimes, youth and adult reading programs and an adult literacy center, the library seeks to educate and empower its public. The library offers Spanish-language materials, print and electronic books, downloadable movies and music, wi-fi, dedicated computers with access to the Internet and productivity software, video games and a broad collection of print and online magazines.

Township of Berwyn and Public Health District 6600 W 26th Street 708-788-6600 Elizabeth A. Pechous, Township Supervisor & President Thomas J. Pavlik, Township Clerk & Secretary David J. Avila, Assessor & Treasurer Amelia “Aimee” Sordelli, Trustee

Beverly Pastorek, Trustee Donna Calvello, Trustee Edward Espinoza, Trustee The Berwyn Township Assessor’s Office assists homeowners with filing of Property Tax appeals and applications for Cook County Property Tax exemptions (Homeowner, Senior, Disabled, and Veteran) and serves as a liaison between the Cook County Assessor’s office and our residents. The General Assistance offers financial assistance for qualifying individuals in accordance with the Illinois State Statutes. The Berwyn Public Health District services include our clinic which offers immunizations, school physicals, hearing, vision, blood pressure screenings, dental education and services for schools. KidCare / Access To Care application assistance is provided. Rx takeback program and Sharps disposal services are also offered to keep these items out of landfills and water supply. The Sanitation Department is responsible for inspections of food service businesses. We work in tandem with the City of Berwyn regarding residential complaints. Berwyn Birth and Death certificates are available through our Vital Records Department for a fee.

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Sat., Apr 23 from Noon-6:00PM Grab your putter and 3 friends and tour the Depot District’s repertoire of taverns and restaurants. Each venue will display a handmade mini-golf green to challenge the event’s spirited crowd. Foursomes and individuals can register to golf at

Thurs., July 28 from 5:00PM-9:00PM Pick up a pass to tour Cermak Road’s eclectic mix of bars and restaurants serving regional small plates, sweets and spirits. Stick around for an after-party with entertainment. Tickets include food and drink samples and after-party. Pick up tickets at



Tues., Jun. 7 & 21, Jul. 5 & 19 and Aug. 2 & 16 from 6:00PM-9:00PM Enjoy the summer evenings in Berwyn’s Depot District while taking in a stroll through a combination of car show and nightlife activity. Display your vehicle at no cost at Windsor & Grove Avenues. FREE!


Sat., Jun. 4 from 8:00AM-3:00PM One person’s junk is another’s treasure. Wrap up your Spring cleaning and join the annual community garage sale in the Depot District Parking Facility at 3320 S. Grove Ave. Five floors of deals await! The event will also offer free electronic recycling. Register for a booth at


Sun., July 3 starting at 8:30 pm Enjoy a fireworks display at Morton West High School Football Stadium, 2400 Home Avenue. Event is sponsored by World’s Largest Laundromat.


Sat., July 16 from Noon-10:00PM Take in a Saturday matinee of live local bands, artists, food and drink in the Depot District. Festival will be produced by The Outtaspace. FREE!

Sat., Aug. 27 from 7:00AM-4:00PM Showcase your classic, muscle or specialty car, motorcycle or truck or attend as a spectator to discover the great automotive heritage of Berwyn’s Historic Route 66. The show features an array of vehicles on display, live music and a food court. Event takes place on Ogden Ave beginning at Oak Park Ave. Register your display car at FREE for spectators.

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Fri., Sept. 16 from 6:00PM-11:00PM & Sat., Sept. 17 from Noon-11:00PM Join us at Berwyn’s biggest party of the year. The event boasts an international food court, live bands with headliners 16 Candles and Wedding Banned, carnival and amusements, family pavilion, crafters and vendors. And let’s not forget the Beer Garden! Event takes place in the heart of the Depot District at Windsor & Stanley Avenues. FREE!



Sun., Sept. 25 from Noon-5:00PM The Berwyn Historical Society is proud to invite all who love architecture to their annual Bungalows & More Tour. Tour goers will be led by docents while viewing the interiors of selected homes. Learn how older homes have been preserved or adapted for modern living! Tickets can be purchased at



Sat., Oct. 22 from 5:00PM-11:00 PM Dress in your un-dead best and head to Roosevelt Road for the Zombie Walk & Pub Crawl. The event willfeature zombie make-up, a pub crawl, food and an after-party designed to rival even your fondest memories of Thriller. Tickets include drink specials and after-party. Pick up tickets at 2016 Berwyn Community Guide | 19

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Berwyn postcards circa 1929 and Greetings from Berwyn, Illinois - Large Letter Postcard by Shook Photos, via Flickr.

Berwyn was notable for the sculpture Spindle, created by artist Dustin Shuler and located in the Cermak Plaza shopping center along with other works of art. The Spindle was shown in the movie Wayne’s World. It was demolished and scrapped on the night of May 2, 2008, to make way for a new Walgreens. Grassroots efforts to Save the Spindle failed to raise the $300,000+ that it would have taken to dismantle and relocate it.

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1880 farm house

1907 Four-square home

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The Berwyn Public Library, circa 1929


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n partnership with the Berwyn Development Corporation, the City of Berwyn launched an Integrated Marketing Campaign in 2007 in order to differentiate the City of Berwyn from the many suburbs of Chicago. Last summer, the team launched a refreshed look for the marketing campaign to better reflect our community’s rich history and forward momentum. Billboards and CTA El platform signage in Chicago displayed three bold messages that used humor and fact to position Berwyn as “Nothing Like a Suburb.” Berwyn is a thriving, self-made city defined by our local pride, accessible nightlife and warm, welcoming attitude. WHYBERWYN.COM - A newly revamped, responsively designed blog provides visitors with a stream of information on the area’s real estate, businesses, schools, parks and recreation, cultural hot spots and special events. Follow us at: Facebook @WhyBerwyn Twitter @WhyBerwyn Instagram @WhyBerwyn In town, you will see Buy Berwyn signage encouraging residents to shop locally as well as street pole banners that identify and unify our major commercial corridors.

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The Arts are alive in Berwyn By Lacey Sikora Contributing editor


art of Berwyn’s appeal for residents and visitors alike is the community’s enthusiastic embrace of the arts. From a growing music scene to theater and the visual arts, Berwyn supports its local artists and recognizes the importance of art in the lives of children and adults. Loren Middleton helped dub the stretch of Roosevelt Road between

East Avenue and Harlem Avenue as the Veltway. The corridor had long been home to live-music stalwart FitzGerald’s Nightclub and hometown favorites Buona and Gina’s Italian Ice. With a newly completed streetscape, live music introduced at Friendly Tap and Wire and a growing, eclectic mix of dining options at like Autre Monde Café & Spirits, Bodhi Thai Bistro, Big Guys Sausage Stand, Culver’s and Capri Ristorante, Roosevelt Road See ARTS on page 24

16th Street Theater “Merchild.”

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“Being a musician and kind of falling in love with the community and support network, I think this area is a real lightning rod for the community.” LOREN MIDDLETON Musician

Blues Tuesday at FitzGerald’s Nightclub

has experienced a renaissance, and the Veltway has become a destination that residents and visitors have embraced for a night on the town. Middleton was first drawn to the Veltway through his own love for music. For his two bands, newer clubs like Friendly Tap and Wire act as an incubator for emerging artists. “Being a musician and kind of falling in love with the community and support network, I think this area is a real lightning rod for the community.” Like Middleton, musician Aaron Mitchell and his wife Jennifer were drawn to Berwyn by the selection of local hotspots and the great housing stock. They quickly found a home base for his band Dirty Green on the Veltway, and he looked for ways to help the arts continue to grow in Berwyn. In 2014, he founded BAM, Berwyn Arts & Music, a nonprofit organization bringing arts programming to youth in Berwyn. Partnering with local youth organizations, BAM brings arts programming into local schools and in July sponsored BAMfest, an arts and music festival, in conjunction with the Berwyn Park District. For adult artists, Mitchell recently founded The Outtaspace, as a vehicle of connecting local artists with the community at large through the sponsorship of arts exhibitions, performances, workshops, pop up galleries and events. Mitchell is currently working on bringing the The Outtaspace to its own brick and mortar building in Berwyn’s Depot District.

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The Berwyn Arts Council is a key part of the Berwyn arts scene. The 501(c)(3) organization is made up of Berwyn residents, business owners and artists to support and promote the arts within Berwyn. With events such as a spring popup art show at the Friendly Tap and the Kaleidoscope Art Fair in the summer at the Berwyn Gardens, the Berwyn Arts Council works to connect the public to the arts. Through projects and scholarships for arts education, the Berwyn Arts Council reaches out to local schools See ARTS on page 27

Above left, Sangria class at Autre Monde Cafe and Spirits. Harlem Avenue Lounge.

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and aims to provide arts education for local children. The Berwyn Arts Council advocates for public art, encourages young artists within the community and creates networking opportunities for artists to share ideas. Rob Thomas, managing director of the 16th Street Theater along with artistic director Ann Filmer, is proving that Berwyn is also breaking new ground in the theatrical arts. Since 2008, the theater has been recognized as a playwright’s theater, featuring provocative new content in world and regional premiers. Not only is the content something that can’t be seen elsewhere, but Thomas points out that it is also a great deal. “We produce theater that people can afford to see. With ticket prices at $18 for a single show for Berwyn residents and $20 for others, there are also subscriber series and the $100 club, which includes admittance to opening night parties and events.” On the south end of town, live entertainment can be found at spots See ARTS on page 28

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like Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge. The bar and restaurant maintains a calendar of live music, comedy, movie screenings and more. Ken Zimmerman has been part of the Berwyn arts scene from the very beginning, opening the Harlem Avenue Lounge in 1980. What started out as a neighborhood bar turned into a blues destination with his Tuesday night front porch solo shows, Thursday night blues jams and regular shows on the weekends. Zimmerman notes that the blues is a musical genre that appeals to all. “I’ve always enjoyed the blues. It’s a music that appeals to many age groups. It’s not a fad.” On Saturday nights, Zimmerman sees people ages 21 to 80 years old sitting next to each other, enjoying high quality music. While the atmosphere is low-frills, it’s all about the music, and he sees the Harlem Avenue Lounge as a destination for locals as well as those looking to escape the high cover and parking charges of the city scene. Live Comedy Show at Cigars & Stripes

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Historic Route 66 Scenic Byway Wayside Exhibits & Information Kiosk Berwyn’s four exhibits feature the origin of the Ogden corridor and its early history, its first auto-oriented “fast food” restaurants, and its automobile-based economy and car culture. Exhibits are located: (1) adjacent to the parking lot of the LaVergne Education Center located at 3401 S. Gunderson, (2) South side of Ogden Avenue and Maple Avenue, (3) North side of Ogden Avenue and Wenonah Avenue, and (4) North side of Ogden Avenue and Clarence Avenue. The kiosk is located on the North side of Ogden and Lombard Ave.

Hawthorne Museum at Morton College 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero 708-656-8000 ext 2320

This museum provides a lens through which you can view the rich industrial history of our community, and, by extension, the history of 20th Century America. The museum chronicles the history behind Western Electric’s Hawthorne Works plant that manufactured famous inventions from Bell Labs from vacuum tubes to transistors, sound for motion pictures, the loudspeaker, the microphone, the transcontinental phone line, radar and ship-to-shore equipment for the Signal Corps and fiber optics.

World War I Memorial 3401 S Gunderson Ave (at corner of Ogden Avenue, 34th Street & Ridgeland Avenue)

In 1919, the Berwyn Women’s Club built the memorial to honor eleven Berwyn residents who gave their lives in World War I. The site includes a plaque and flag pole and hosts patriotic ceremonies. In 2011, the site was designated a historic landmark.

Berwyn Route 66 Museum 7003 W Ogden Ave 708-484-9349

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The mission of the Berwyn Route 66 Museum is to discover, present and preserve the history of Route 66 as it passes through Berwyn. The museum includes a gallery of memorabilia and information on the history of Berwyn’s share of the “Mother Road.”

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City of Berwyn Mayor Robert J. Lovero Single Family Rehab No Interest Loan Program The City of Homes

Eligible Projects • Correct code violations • Electrical Upgrade • Plumbing Upgrade, sump pumps, sewer back-up valve • Furnace, Boiler etc. • Roof repair - Replacement Windows & Doors • Insulation Weatherization ‡*XWWHUGRZQVSRXWVVRI¿WIDVFLD

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• Cosmetic Home Improvements are not eligible.

The purpose of this program is to assist low to moderate income homeowners make needed repairs to their homes. The City of Berwyn Community Development Department, through an annual grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), fund programs within the City of Berwyn meeting to the needs of our community. The Single Family Rehab - No Interest Loan Program offers eligible residents deferred no interest loans to make necessary improvements to their home.

To qualify for a loan: • You must own and live in your home. • Your home cannot be in foreclosure. ‡$OOSURSHUW\WD[HVZDWHUELOOVDQG¿QHVPXVWEHSDLG • Your household income must meet HUD requirements. • Other requirements as stated by HUD.

Community Development Department Phone: 708-795-6850 The City of Berwyn Community Development Department 6420 W. 16th Street Berwyn, Illinois 60402

Housing Rehab Coordinator Phone: 708-749-6557 Fax: 708-749-9457 E-mail:


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CELEBRATING THE BUNGALOW Berwyn: The City of Homes BY LACEY SIKORA Contributing editor


erwyn has long been sought after for its charming housing stock, and the near west suburb recently gained national recognition for the many Chicago-style bungalows that dot its streets. On August 18, 2015 the Central Berwyn Bungalow Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. Alicia Ruiz, President of Berwyn’s non-profit Community of Homes Organization (CoHo), notes that earning that designation was a long process that recognizes the unique nature of Bewyn’s housing stock. “This is one of the nation’s largest historic districts in Illinois and one of the largest districts in the country. Bungalows are found throughout our community, but the core area that received recognition is bounded by Cermak Road on the north, 26th Street on the south, Ridgeland on the east and Home on the west.” Of the 1,506 residential structures in the district, 1,360 of them were designated as contributing to the historic nature of the area. In order to encourage the preservation of Berwyn’s housing stock, CoHo created the Berwyn Bungalow Preservation Initiative (BBPI) to provide resources and incentives for homeowners to restore and maintain these homes. Participation in BBPI is voluntary, and offers homeowners design guidelines for restoration, the ability to register homes as national landmarks and the opportunity to take advantage of the Illinois Property Tax Assessment Freeze for certain improvements. Explore to learn more. Ruiz says that beyond the architectural awards, Berwyn bungalows offer a great place to raise a family. As a realtor with Re/ Max Partners, she sees that Berwyn’s location and historic housing stock are big draws for people looking for a place to call home.


“People are drawn to the location that is away from Chicago because it offers an affordable, livable, walkable and transit-oriented place to live. We’re an urban suburb. You can walk to schools, shops and restaurants. Downtown Chicago is minutes away on the CTA, Metra or I-290. You can find a great house, with sound structure, charm and character that is affordable. The mortgage payments and the taxes aren’t going to drown you.” The hometown feeling that Ruiz praises is also what drew her to Berwyn. “I practice what I preach. I live, work and play here. I can walk to my office, and I can be involved with the PTO at school and volunteer with CoHo. I love to share my community with people. It’s a place where you can grow your roots deeply, raise a family and build a life.”

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Score Chicago, a nonprofit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, works closely with the Berwyn Development Corp. to promote the development and growth of local businesses. Working from BDC’s offices, Score Chicago provides free small business mentoring from volunteer executives and business owners with years of successful experience. Score Chicago also holds low-cost workshops and seminars at varying locations throughout Berwyn and Cook County. Available by appointment at the Berwyn Development Corporation Fourth Tuesdays from 9:00a.m. 12:00p.m.

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The Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) markets Berwyn regionally and nationally as a prime business and leisure destination. We are here to promote Berwyn’s energy and culture to visitors and residents and to create unique development opportunities for business. The BDC is a public-private partnership with the City of Berwyn that provides economic development and Chamber of Commerce services to all segments of the Berwyn community. We are a not-forprofit membership organization that serves over 300 business and individual members. The BDC continually strives to develop new programs, services and events.

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Berwyn is for Business


BY LACEY SIKORA Contributing editor

n creating a robust business environment, the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) has partnered with the City of Berwyn to answer the question: Why Berwyn? With four vibrant commercial corridors, countless independent stores, and a great track record of attracting new business while serving the needs of its existing base, Berwyn has a business environment that is buzzing with activity. For 33 years, the BDC has worked with the City of Berwyn to lead business development initiatives. Tony Griffin, BDC Executive Director, noted that Berwyn’s density works in its favor in recruiting new businesses to open up in town. “We have a great

track record for attracting new business, and we have about a quarter million square feet of new retail space because of our density.” The BDC works hand-in-hand with the City to walk businesses through the development process. Griffin remarks, “We’re comprehensive. We start at business recruitment, assist with their grand opening and offer a wide array of marketing and business resources through our Chamber Services division. We are here to educate our businesses on topics like changing technology and social media while also troubleshooting concerns like See BUSINESS on page 34

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parking. We are there to hold their hands throughout the process.” Berwyn boasts four major commercial corridors: the Depot District, Roosevelt Road, Cermak Road and Ogden Avenue, and in each, the BDC works to retain a distinct hometown flavor. See summaries on page 37. Recently, in partnership with the City of Berwyn, the BDC completed a complete rehabilitation of the Cermak Rd and Harlem Ave intersection, bringing in 142,500 square feet of new retail, including a Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, Meijer Marketplace, and Ross Dress for Less clothing. In collaboration with the neighboring communities of Oak Park and Cicero, the BDC also worked to rehabilitate the Roosevelt Road corridor, turning it into a destination for music and dining. Mainstays FitzGerald’s Nightclub, Buona’s flagship restaurant and Turano Baking Company headquarters were joined by newcomers such as the award winning Autre Monde Café &

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BUSINESS DISTRICTS Spirits and Big Guys Sausage Stand, live entertainment venues Wire and Friendly Tap, Capri Ristorante, Bodhi Thai Bistro and national chains such as Culver’s. Ogden Avenue is Berwyn’s stretch of the Mother Road, Historic Route 66, and maintains a base of auto-oriented establishments. New developments include Paisans Pizzeria and Bar, Berwyn Kia, JD Byrider and scenic byway wayside exhibits, which joins longstanding businesses such as Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge and Berwyn’s Toys & Trains. The Depot District extends across both sides of the Metra Line with a mix of independent shops, restaurants and lounges. The BDC has helped welcome an eclectic mix of establishments, including Olive or Twist, Reel Art Collectibles, Godson’s Lounge, Hookah Hana and Tonini’s Italian Market.

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BERWYN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT 6600 26th Street • Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 788-6600 • Fax (708) 788-0432

B E R W Y N T O W N S H I P S ER VICES • Berwyn Township Assessor is available to assist Berwyn homeowners with Homeowner, Senior, Senior Freeze exemptions , duplicate tax bills, name changes, and assistance with property tax appeals. • Our Township General Assistance Program offers assistance for individuals meeting program requirements including unemployed Berwyn Adults seeking employment or those applying for disability.

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Medical Services for Berwyn Residents Include: • Free childhood immunizations until 18 years of age • Low-Cost physicals for school and daycare • Free Flu Shots for children and low-cost shots for adults • Special Events-Healthy Heart, Well-Woman, Health Fair Health Screenings • Vital Records Office maintains Berwyn birth and death records • Sanitation Department conducts inspections of food-related businesses • Medical Waste Disposal - Special Sharps Program for Residents • Medical Take Back Program THOMAS J. PAVLIK

Township Clerk Secretary, Board of Health AIMEE SORDELLI Township Trustee

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Business Districts Roosevelt Road

Roosevelt Road, or 12th Street in Berwyn, marks the border between the Village of Oak Park and the City of Berwyn. This corridor is an entertainment and dining destination with nationally known live music venues like FitzGerald’s Nightclub and Wire and jukejoints like Friendly Tap serving up everything from country and rock to jazz and blues. Roosevelt Road offers the best that contemporary dining has to offer from fine dining at Autre Monde Café & Spirits and Capri Ristorante to hometown eats… all with an urban edge. The corridor is also home to the national headquarters for Turano Baking Company and Buona Restaurant.

Cermak Road

Berwyn’s densest commercial area, Cermak Road was once known as the “Bohemian Wall Street” due to the large number of savings and loans located here. Today, this corridor is an eclectic mix of retail and restaurants including iconic green energy powerhouse Cermak Plaza. Cermak Road boasts a wide array of shopping options, from major national retailers at the corridor’s western gateway at Cermak Rd & Harlem Ave to locally owned boutiques along this densely developed boulevard. On Main Street, you’ll find a mix of traditional Czech spots, Latin-American inspired haunts and Frank Thomas’s new Big Hurt Brewhouse.

Depot District

Berwyn’s quaint, walkable city center extends across both sides

of the Metra Line with a mix of independent shops, restaurants and lounges and access to parks. Visitors have a variety of transportation options via train, bus or biking in this transit-oriented district. Home to MacNeal Hospital and a variety of medical services, the Depot District also has an array of independent shops offering rare finds that appeal to collectors and those seeking specialty items. Downtown has something for everyone from takeout to white table cloth dining and energetic karaoke bars to the relaxed cocktail lounge. This area is home to some of our community’s biggest annual celebrations, including Berwyn’s Oktoberfest.

Ogden Avenue

Ogden Avenue is Berwyn’s stretch of Historic Route 66 – the Mother Road – designed for automobiles when the car was king of American culture. One of the first eastern suburban communities along this stretch, we celebrate our heritage at the Berwyn Route 66 Museum, the annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show and through our four scenic byway wayside exhibits. Streetscape improvements incorporate a 1950s automotive theme for the now thriving business highway that is home to a number of auto-oriented businesses like Berwyn Kia, J.D. Byrider and Ogden Top & Trim as well as awardwinning dining stops like Paisans Pizzeria & Bar, Cigars & Stripes BBQ Lounge and Avito Caffe.

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GOVERNMENT City Hall City Hall

6700 26th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 Normal Business Hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. 788-2660

Police Department

Police Chief James D. Ritz 708-795-2100 6401 W. 31st Street Berwyn, IL 60402 Manned 24 hours a day for emergency and service calls Administrative Hours Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Non-Emergency 708-7955600 Dial 911 for Emergency

Records Window

Monday thru Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Parking Window

Monday, Wednesday and Friday–9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday - 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. During June only, Parking Dept is open for sale of vehicle stickers.

Fire Department

Fire Chief Denis J. O’Halloran DO’ 708-749-6474 Station #1 6434 Windsor Ave. Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1646 Station #2 6615 16th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1645 Station #3 6700 26th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1644

Public Works

One Public Works Drive Berwyn, IL 60402 Normal Business Hours: Monday thru Friday: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Public Works -708-749-4700 Sewer & Water -708-788-1514

Community Development/ Community Relations 6420 16th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 Normal Business Hours Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. 708-795-6850

Local Government

Mayor Robert J. Lovero 708-788-2660 x 3203 1st Ward Nona N. Chapman Phone 708-484-NONA (6662) 2nd Ward Jeffrey G. Boyajian Voicemail 708-749-6402 3rd Ward Margaret Paul Voicemail 708-749-6403 4th Ward Robert W. Fejt Voicemail 708-749-6404 Work 708-788-0113 5th Ward Cesar A. Santoy Home 708-484-2414 Voicemail 708-749-6405 6th Ward Theodore J. Polashek Phone 708-785-4TED (4833) Voicemail 708-749-6406 7th Ward Rafael Avila alderman7ward@sbcglobal. net Home 708-788-0355 Voicemail 708-749-6407 8th Ward Nora Laureto Home 708-788-4097 Voicemail 708-749-6408 City Clerk Thomas J. Pavlik 708-749-6451 City Treasurer Joseph M. Kroc Work 708-749-6400

City Hall Staff

Administrative Assistant to Mayor Ruth Volbre 708-749-6433

Courtesy BDC

Deputy Clerk Lillian A. Guerrier 708-749-6452 Deputy Clerk Sandra Anderson 708-749-6453 Building Director Charles D. Lazzara 708-749-6436 Building Department Permit Counter Shannon Reberski 708-749-6442 Maria Bilotto 708-749-6443 Blight Administrator Mary DelMedico Gaddini 708-749-6437 Compliance Department Peggy Slivka 708-749-6449 City Attorney Anthony T. Bertuca 708-749-6435

Administrative Assistant to the City Attorney Kelly M. Cimaglia 708-749-6431 City Administrator Brian Pabst 708-749-6432

Recreation Director Anthony Martinucci 708-749-6530 Water Department Supervisor Angie Wagge 708-749-6463

Director of Community Development Regina Mendicino 708-749-6552

Collection Supervisor Jeannette Rendon 708-749-6459

Director of Information Tech James J. Frank 708-749-6570


Director of Public Works Robert Schiller 708-749-6510 Finance Director Rasheed Jones 708-749-6468 Senior Services Director Mary Depcik 708-749-6489

Waste Management 800-796-9696 ComEd Customer Service 800-334-7661 Nicor Gas 888-642-6748 Comcast 866-594-1234 AT&T 800-244-4444

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The BPD provides over 200 activities in 13 facilities on the south side of Berwyn.

Freedom Park Office – Main Office 3701 S Scoville Ave Administrative office, board meeting room, and preschool classroom. Also, lighted synthetic field turf soccer field, picnic area, children’s water park, and playground area. 708-788-1701

Friendship Park and Piper School Playground 25th St & Kenilworth Ave Courtesy BDC

Karasek Park 6846 W Windsor Ave Walkway, tables, benches and plantings

Mraz Park Riverside Dr, 23rd St & Grove Ave Veteran’s flagpole and Centennial Fountain.

Serenity Park 6647 W 26th St Community garden plots.

Unity Park & Komensky School Playground 25th St & Cuyler Ave

Sunshine Park 29th Pl & Oak Park Ave Sand volleyball, bocci ball courts, playground, picnic area & gazebo.

Liberty Cultural Center 6445 W 27th Pl Gymnasium, basketball court, stage, kitchen and two multipurpose rooms. Available for rent.

Proksa Park 3001 S Wisconsin Ave 708-795-2892 Activity Center with rooms for rent, preschool classroom, lighted tennis courts, lighted baseball diamonds, picnic

groves, ponds, creek with bridge, children’s garden, and playground area.

Hett Park

Pyrce Park

Jefferson Park Field

16th St & Wesley Ave Spray pool, two age-specific modular play units, a swing-set, pergola structure, benches, and garden areas.

16th St & Wenonah Ave Artificial surface used for teeball, soccer, flag football.

34th St & Kenilworth Ave Playground area.

19th St & Cuyler Ave Home to Brocato Playground, the Studio: a new dance and fitness facility, as well as, a newly constructed water park.

Karban Park

Janura Park

Berwyn Gardens

3430 34th St Dog Park

28th St & East Ave Ball fields and tennis courts.

15th St & Maple Ave Open seasonally. Hours are Monday - Friday from 2:30 pm - Dusk and Weekends from 9am - Dusk.

Smirz Skate Park

Kriz Park

34th St & Highland Ave Skate park and playground.

15th St & Maple Ave Pool and tennis courts.

“New” Park

Baseball Alley

6514 W 27th Pl Facility being developed.

Alley at 29th Pl & East Ave.

Hessler Park

City of Berwyn Recreation Dept.

This City department operates leisure, athletic and recreational activities and maintains over 23 acres of park and play lot grounds.

Pavek Community Center – Main Office 6501 31st St 708-788-2010 department Gymnasium, pool, sport courts and meeting rooms.

North Berwyn Park District (NBPD)

Between Grove & Maple Aves North of Cermak Ave (along Vacin Fairway) Game tables, a gazebo and shelter, two age-specific modular playsets, a sand volleyball court, and garden areas.

Havlicek Elementary School 6401 W 15th St & Ridgeland Evening programming

The NBPD provides leisure and recreational services to the North Berwyn community.

Prairie Oak Community Gymnasium

NBPD Community Center – Main Office

15th St & Oak Park Ave New Gymnasium that supports soccer, volleyball, basketball and special events. After school programming.

1619 Wesley Ave Administrative offices, one dance room, two preschool centers, two multiple purpose rooms, board room. 708-749-4900

Kriz Skate Park

Lincoln Middle School 6432 W 16th St & Gunderson Evening programming

Mothers on a Mission Playground 21st St & Kenilworth Ave “All-inclusive” playground has unique play equipment accessible to children in wheelchairs as well as sensory boards for fun learning.

Unity Park 1227 Kenilworth Ave Picnic area and play equipment.

Cultural Center & 16th Street Theater 6420 W 16th St Visual, performing, music, literary, martial and media arts and senior activities.

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The Fraternal Order of Eagles operates the Berwyn Eagles Club at 6309 W 26th Street. From its iconic neon sign to its classic tavern vibe, the Eagles Club has a rich history and ambiance to match. Without describing it in detail, you will need to experience it for yourself! Today, the venue hosts an assortment of events, including charitable boxing matches and men’s and women’s wrestling. Part of Lucha Libre Total Chicago Wrestling Organization, a wrestler known as Demonic, pictured above, gets a headlock in on Wild Liger during a workout. The club is also home to Shimmer Women Athletes professional wrestling, AAW Wrestling and more.

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PARKS & RECREATION Performing Arts

16th Street Theater 6420 16th St 16th Street Theater has become one of the area’s most intimate and highly regarded presenters of engaging and thought-provoking new plays. Chicago Reader named 16th Street “Best Emerging Theater” for bringing excellent, diverse and affordable theater to all in our community. The theater is Broadway in Chicago’s 2013 Emerging Theatre Award Winner; Chicago Magazine’s 2013 Best Emerging Theatre; and American Theatre Wing 2013 National Theatre Grant Winner. 708-795-6704

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (JPAC) at Morton College 3801 S Central Ave, Cicero JPAC is a professional non-equity 250-seat theatre on the campus of Morton College. Now in its 33rd season, JPAC produces 6 shows a season and has become known for Chicago premieres of new and rarely produced work and for lavish productions of Broadway musicals. Today the acclaimed theatre is one of the busiest non-equity theatres in the Chicago area. WGN Radio deemed the JPAC “…a cultural treasure.” 708-656-1800 STACEY RUPOLO/Contributor

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BDC MEMBER DIRECTORY Accountants/Tax & Bookkeeping Services

Mega Refunds Inc

Del Real Tax Group

Ronald C. Peters, CPA

2209 S Highland Ave, Ste C Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-0082

Evenhouse & Co. P.C. 310 W Lake St Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-832-3225

Gladys R. Wilson & Associates 6616 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 gladyswilsonassoc. com 708-484-8745

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service 2825 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1434

John P. Bensfield, CPA /Bloom Associates, Inc 6912 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-7600

6320 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-637-4136

6940 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-771-6665

Advertising & Marketing

Entire Marketing Group LLC 6900 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1119

PSL & J Inc 7301 W 25th Street, #186 North Riverside, IL 60546 630-640-9629

Shoestring Business Marketing 7640 Wilcox, #2 Forest Park, IL 60130 shoestringbusines 708-657-4641

Proksa Park

Courtesy BDC

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Welcome to J. Sterling Morton High School District 201.

2016 AP District of the Year by College Board

2015 College Admissions Morton West graduates are attending colleges and universities from coast to coast.

The Morton West Class of 2015 is attending colleges and universities in 11 states. In total, students were accepted to over 100 colleges and universities.

2015 Morton West graduates are attending these Chicago colleges.

The Home of the Mustangs.

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BDC MEMBER DIRECTORY Assisted Living Facilities & Adult Day Care Services

Cantata Adult Life Srvs. 8700 W 31st St Brookfield, IL 60513 708-485-1155

Del Galdo Law Group, LLC 1441 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-222-7000

Apparel & Accessories

Jaci’s Resale Shop 6615 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Jacis-ResaleShop 708-317-4539

Studio ARQ LLC

D. R. Walega, Architect, P.C.

329 W 18th St, Ste 904A Chicago, IL 60616 312-846-6415

2532 S Wesley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-2181

A supportive community of moms and dads. Your go-to guide to family fun. A trusted resource for expert parenting advice.

Robert J. Lovero, Attorney at Law

Auto-Custom & Restoration Services

Ogden Top & Trim Shop Inc

Holistic Divorce Resolution, Inc


3306 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-0230

6536 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-9777


Berwyn Fire Station

Richard Kocurek, Attorney at Law

6840 32nd St Berwyn, IL 60402-2459 708-222-7335

6609 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-5422

Please Join the in Celebrating Edward A. Karasek’s 50 years of Dedicated Service as a Commissioner for the Park District

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Established in 1920, The Berwyn Park District has been in existence for 96 years Edward A. Karasek Became a Berwyn Park District Commissioner in March 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of service

Under Comissioner Karasek’s service, the park district has grown from 1 to 13 parks Thank You Comissioner Karasek for all that you do!


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Berwyn 8th Ward Alderman Nora Laureto sponsored a beautification project along the Roosevelt Road corridor with Youth Crossroads and Berwyn Arts & Music.

Auto-Dealers, New & Used

Berwyn Kia 7050 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-797-0300

J.D. Byrider

Dr. Paul E. DiFranco

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Forest Park Orthodontics 1129 S. Harlem Avenue Forest Park, IL 60130 (708) DO-ORTHO (366-7846)

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6539 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-956-7700

Auto-Repair, Service & Tow

Berwyn Kia 7050 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-797-0300

3D Collision Repair, Inc

Kenn’s Auto Repair Inc

7010 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-0200

2701 S Ridgeland Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-2445

ABC Automotive Electronics 7213 W Roosevelt Rd Forest Park, IL 60130-2440 708-488-9600

Berwyn Garage

Mike & Sons Auto Service 6333 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1767

Ron’s R & B Auto Body & Kustoms

6838 W 16th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-0755

6606 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-9400

Deece Automotive, Inc

Safelite AutoGlass

6545 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @DeeceAutomotive-Inc 708-484-6588

6538-40 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-3316

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Weimer Machine LLC & Automotive Repair Specialists 6732-38 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-3420


Pierre’s Bakery & Coffee Shop 6310 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Pierres-BakeryWest 708-788-8660

Turano Baking Company Mamma Susi Bakeshop 6501 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-9220

Vesecky’s Bakery 6634 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-4144

Banquet Halls

Paisans Pizzeria & Bar 6226 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-5325

Paisans Pizzeria & Bar 2901 Ogden Ave Lisle, IL 60532 630-922-4100

Pierre’s Banquets 3237 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-0444

Skylite West Banquets 7117 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-4333

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society 3300 Golf Rd Brookfield, IL 60513 708-688-8000

Bars & Lounges

Cigars and Stripes BBQ Lounge 6715 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1043

Famous Dave’s 7201 W 25th St North Riverside, IL 60546 708-447-8848

Fill Up Station 2627 S Ridgeland Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-6744

FitzGerald’s Nightclub & Sidebar 6615 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-2118

Flapjack Brewery 6833 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-651-2725

Friendly Tap 6733 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-9794

Godson’s Bar & Lounge 6910 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-897-4391

Kinslahger Brewing Company 6806 W Roosevelt Rd Oak Park, IL 60304 844-552-4437

La Aduana Sports Bar

Courtesy BDC

Lavergne’s Tavern

Paisans Pizzeria & Bar

The Outta Space, Inc

6546 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-956-7405

6226 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-5325

6840 W 32nd St Berwyn, IL 60402 773-972-3307

Lucky’s LLC

Paisans Pizzeria & Bar

V Bar

7123 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Luckys 708-285-4376

2901 W Ogden Ave Lisle, IL 60532 630-922-4100

2717 S Ridgeland Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-6278

Nine-30-Ten Sports Lounge

Presto Cafe

Wagner’s Lounge

3240 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-6262

6840 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Wagners-Lounge 708-484-9887

Sonny’s Slots and Cafe


6721 W 26th St Berwyn, IL 60402 773-842-0070

6815 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-669-9473

6710 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Nine30ten -sports-lounge 708-317-5568

Off The Traxx 3144 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Off-the -traxx-berwyn 708-637-4430

The Garage Smokehouse Beauty Services & Bar S Grove Ave Face2Face Spa Studio Olive or Twist Martini Bar 3202 Berwyn, IL 60402 6906 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1808

Facebook @Thegarageberwyn 708-956-7274

3245 S Grove Ave, Ste 207 Berwyn, IL 60402 708-637-4952

Lalo’s Restaurant

P Lounge

3011 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-9311

6814 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-2484

The James Joyce Irish Pub

La Fléur Spa

6736 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-4766

7138 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-1100

6830 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @LaFleurSpaInc 708-956-7928

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Hearts On Fire Diamonds Hidalgo Stacking Rings Varna Platinum High Quality Jewelry Amazing Diamonds Memorable Jewelry Collections

Courtesy BDC

Beauty & Skincare Supplies

Cannabis Dispensary

Chiropractors & Physical Therapists

Avon by Martha Santoyo

Seven Point

Alpha Pain and Wellness Center

6537 W 28th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-220-1871

Rodan + Fields/ Nona Chapman 3416 S Home Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-912-6973


Flapjack Brewery 6833 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-651-2725

Kinslahger Brewing Company Highly recommended to the LGBT community We respect your budget Flawless customer service & unmatched expertise Call today to schedule a consultation or visit us 6418 W. Cermak Rd., Berwyn • (708) 788-0880 Store Hours: M, TH, F 10:00 am to 8:00 pm TUES Closed (by appointment only) • SAT 9:30 am to 5:30 pm • SUN Closed

6806 W Roosevelt Rd Oak Park, IL 60304 844-552-4437

Candy Stores

Old Fashioned Candies 6210 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 oldfashionedcandiesinc. com 708-788-6669

1136 Lake St Oak Park, IL 60302 855-977-6468

Child Care Services

Children’s Ctr of Cicero-Berwyn 5341 W Cermak Rd Rm 102 Cicero, IL 60804 Childrenscentercicero 708-222-4503

Concordia Little Lambs Preschool 3144 S Home Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-7563

Kaleidoscope Kids Learning Academy 6958 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-9818

Sunny Days Kids Academy 6227 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @SunnyDays-Kids-Academy 708-484-0230

3253 S Harlem Ave Ste 1B Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-3880

Balance Body Therapy 3245 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 balancebodytherapy. com 708-956-7072

Dr. Natalie Martinez, D.C. 6326 W Roosevelt Rd Oak Park, IL 60304 708-660-9070

Multicare Health Center - Dr. Ted 3842-44 S Harlem Ave Lyons, IL 60534 multicarehealthcenter. com 708-442-3050

Tinnirello Chiropractic and Family Wellness Clinic, Ltd 2827 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-317-9191

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McDonald’s 6401 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-3002

McDonald’s 7031 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-8047

Mission House Cafe 6818 W 34th St Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Mission.House.Cafe 708-476-6235


Courtesy BDC


Coffee Shops

Happy Buddha Cafe

Jazi Mama’s Cafe

First Baptist Church of Berwyn

Familia Fresh Market’s Danesi Caffe

6305 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-6575

6916 W 34th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-8800

3308 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-956-7026

6836 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @HappyBuddhaCafeShop 708-317-5632

7124 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 312-877-0464

Computer-Consulting & Services

JEAH Communications, LLC P.O. Box 231 Menomonee Falls, WI 53052-0231 708-872-JEAH

• General Dentistry

• Sealants

• Crowns and Bridges

• Extractions

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• Preventative Hygiene Visits

• Tooth-colored fillings

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BDC MEMBER DIRECTORY MG Computer 4923 Main St Building, #2 Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-605-5395

Computer-Sales & Repair

AE Computers, Ltd. 6221 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-775-7500

Currency Exchanges

Cermak & Home Currency Exchange 6948 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-1722

Dance Studios

Peggy Rose Academy of Dance and Acrobatics 6829 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-8960

Courtesy BDC

Dr. Susan Klyber, DDS, PC Electrical Contractors 6725 W Stanley Ave Ste 6 Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-7505

J. V. Discipio, DDS

Dentists & Dental Labs

6737 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-0133

34th Street Dental Care

Precision Dental, Ltd

6411 W 34th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-6576

Berwyn Dental Connection 3340 S Oak Park Ave Ste 308 Berwyn, IL 60402 BerwynDentalConnection. com 708-484-0212

Diane C. Garrison, DDS 2550 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-9414

Donald Swiatek, DDS

6725 W Stanley Ave Ste 2 Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-0255

Ralph K. Erdmann DDS, PC 6725 W Stanley Ave, Ste 1 Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-0190

Dry Cleaners & Alterations

O’Brien the Cleaner Inc 6915 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-0106

3216 S Kenilworth Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-1962

Lyons & Pinner Electric Companies Inc 650 E Elm Ave LaGrange, IL 60525 708-588-6800

Phase Electric LLC 2347 S Highland Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-7905

Employment Services

SERCO 2138 S 61st Ct 3rd Fl Cicero, IL 60804 708-222-3100

Financial Institutions

BMO Harris Bank N.A. 6655 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-1900

Byline Bank

Central Federal Savings & Loan 6940 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-222-2300

FNBC Bank & Trust 620 W Burlington Ave LaGrange, IL 60525 708-482-7700

Forest Park National Bank & Trust 7348 Madison St Forest Park, IL 60130 708-222-2800

MB Financial Bank N.A. 7222 W Cermak Rd North Riverside, IL 60546 708-442-3532

Republic Bank of Chicago 2136 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-637-9100

Financial Services

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc 500 W Madison Ste 4000 Chicago, IL 60661 312-360-5956


Berwyn’s Violet Flower Shop, Inc 6704 W 16th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-1225

O’Reilly’s Flowers 6730 W Pershing Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-0997

Food & Beverage Distributors

Burke Beverage, Inc 4900 S Vernon Ave McCook, IL 60525 708-688-2000

3322 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-5600

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R.A. James Construction Inc 6735 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-3033

Robert R. Andreas & Sons Inc 3701 S 61st Ave Cicero, IL 60804 708-863-5735

Wilson Restoration Inc 5060 W Diversey Chicago, IL 60639 708-484-3800

Streeting Design, LLC 6815 W 30th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 616-485-1775

Grocery Stores

Familia Fresh Market 3308 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-956-7026

Tonini’s Italian Market 6950-52 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-4590

Masa Uno, Inc Tortilleria 6311-B W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook@masauno6311 708-749-4868

Food Delivery

Food 2 U Inc 6348 W 26th St 2nd Floor Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-3663

Courtesy of Eric Kleinberg

Funeral Homes & Services

Gardens, Landscaping & Lawn Care

Adolf Berwyn Funeral Home

Seguin Gardens & Gifts

2921 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-4111

Linhart Funeral Home 6820 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-2255

5621 West 31st Street Cicero, IL 60804 708-222-2772

General Contractors

Altierra Kitchens & Home Furnishings 139 S Oak Park Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 708-628-5383

2947 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-0606

Sokol Tabor Gymnastic 1602 S Clarence Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-7977

Women’s Workout World 6342 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-0010

Hair Salons & Barbers

Big Tease Hair Salon

Graphic Design

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits Bar


Gyms, Trainers & Fitness Instruction

Ahimsa Yoga Studio 3120 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-476-6109

Fit Club 6936 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 312-646-9797

6733 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Big-Tease-Salon 708-749-3300

Classic Touch Hair Designers 3214 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 classictouchhair 708-749-3292

Duchi Salon & Spa 3261 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-317-4456

Hair on Harlem 2823 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-6003

Healthcare Services & Supplies

Home Helpers 7115 W North Ave, Ste 265 Oak Park, IL 60302 homehelpershome 708-383-6949

Momentum 6508 W 34th St Berwyn, IL 60402 815-343-8212

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Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors

Ascot Systems Inc 6507 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-222-3000

Martin-Aire Heating & Cooling 6631 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-8782


MacNeal Hospital 3249 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-783-9100


Medical, Dental, & Behavioral Health Services for children from birth to18 years Make an Appointment Today 320 Lake Street, Oak Park 708.848.0528 Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. Bilingual staff.

Ice Cream Shops

Culver’s 6943 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-8000

Culver’s 8211 W Ogden Ave Lyons, IL 60531 708-442-0932

Gina’s Italian Ice 6737 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-0944

La Michoacana Premium 6533 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 lamichoacanapremium. com 708-637-4075

My Twist Inc 2315 S Cicero Ave Cicero, IL 60804 708-683-6263

Parad-Ice 6816 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @ParadIceBerwyn 708-317-4563


Jeff Boyajian Jeffrey S Janda August Kalal Edward Karasek Mary Karasek Nora Laureto Tony Laureto Scott Lennon Gary Lennon Alba Lovero Mario Manfredini Jousef Mondragon Mal Montoya Elizabeth A Pechous Gilbert Peña

Beverly Shaughnessy Amelia R. Sordelli Sandra J. Van Goethem

Insurance & Financial Services

American Family Insurance - Emma Pacheco Agency 6900 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-1100

Farmers Ins/Diana Castaneda-Torres Agency 2929 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 dcastanedatorres 708-484-9312

Farmers Ins/Melissa Terrazas Agency 6729 W 26th St, 203 Berwyn, IL 60402 mterrazas 708-749-4331

Frank Ross Ins Agency Ltd. 2409 W 104th St Chicago, IL 60655 773-233-3200

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State Farm - Bob Cottle Agency 6612 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-4400

State Farm - Jim Finnerty Agency 6643 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-3868

Jewelry-Sales & Service

Arcade Jewelers 51 E Burlington St Riverside, IL 60546 708-442-8110

Hursts’ Berwyn Jewelers, Inc 6418 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-0880





James & Williams Jewelers 7020 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-9200



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A&M Super Wash 24 HR Laundry 7043 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-1173

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Liquor Stores

World’s Largest Laundromat 6240-46 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 worldslargestlaundromat. com 708-749-1545

Route 66 Beverage 6847 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-0066

BANQUET HALL Available for Rent







Awake is a catalyst for relationship, justice, and leadership. Visit our website for information on classes, forums, and other ways you can make a difference. All are welcome. Services at 10:15 a.m. Sundays. 6720 West 31st St., Berwyn

Perfect for your wedding, Quinceanera, baptism, shower, or birthday. Up to 275 capacity! Call:

(708) 788-7977

Or visit 1602 Clarence Ave. (corner of 16th ) SOKOL TABOR Promoting fitness, fun, and family values For 150 years! 2016 Berwyn Community Guide | 55

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Spring is aroundthe the corner corner and the heavy rains. Spring is around andsosoare are the heavy rains.

Noon & Night Plumbing & Sewer is here to IfMorning you have flooded in the past, you most likely will help with your plumbing & sewer needs. again. Morning Noon & Night Plumbing & We deal with dripping faucets, garbage leaking Sewer can help you with your disposals, water issues. pipes & water leaks.

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• Sewer Maintenance • Hydro Jetting - “High Pressure H20 to clear the toughest blockages” • Flood prevention systems • Sewer Camera - To show condition of your pipes • Catch Basin Pumping - “Vacuum Truck” starting at $2995 Plumbing • Drainage Tiles • Sump Pumps/Sewage Pumps • Seepage tile • Battery Back-Up Systems • Sump pumps

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Medical Centers

JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers 6326 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-303-9234

Oak Street Health MSO, LLC 7000 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-8090

Primary Care Associates 6840 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-0042

Moving Companies The iconic Parky’s building on Roosevelt Road was recently brought back to life by award-winning Big Guys Sausage Stand.

Live Entertainment

16th Street Theater 6420 W 16th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-6704

FitzGerald’s Nightclub & Sidebar 6615 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-2118

Wire 6815 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-669-9473

Locks & Locksmiths

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center at Morton College PHS Locksmiths 3801 South Central Ave Cicero, IL 60804 708-656-1800

6810 W Roosevelt Rd Oak Park, IL 60304 708-386-3334


Engraving Manufacturers

SWF Products 7003 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-2325

Media & Communications

Shaw Media/Suburban Life 1101 W 31st Street Ste 100 Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-368-1100

Wednesday Journal 141 S Oak Park Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 708-613-3362

A-Available Moving Company Inc 2819 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-6683


Berwyn Rt66 Museum 7003 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-9349

Wonder Works Children’s Museum in Oak Park 6445 W North Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 708-383-4815

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CHOICE not chance There are some things in life you can control, and where you bank is one of them. As the president of Forest Park National Bank, I encourage you to consider banking with us. We’re strong, stable and committed to the community – all good reasons to make a switch from your current bank. Plus, you’ll feel confident with us as your resource for: Friendly & reliable customer service Personal & business lending products Online banking Mobile banking e-Statements Passbook savings And, much more! We place high value on our customers and look forward to serving you, too. So, get choosy and


Dan Watts, President

7348 West Madison Street 7331 West Roosevelt Road 708 222-2800 | MEMBER FDIC

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Above and Beyond Music Store 7009 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-4444

Music Production Services

Horse-Drawn Productions 6519 W 26th St Berwyn, IL 60402 773-463-7970


Music by Lise Berwyn’s Violet Flower Shop


Courtesy BDC

1433 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 773-497-8211

Ophthalmologists, Optometrists & Opticians

The Eyeglass Shop Inc 715 W Lake St Oak Park, IL 60301 708-848-6640


Awake! 6720 W 31st St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-738-7299

Berwyn Firefighters Union Local 506 PO Box 441 Berwyn, IL 60402 berwynfirefighters506. org 708-484-1645

Berwyn Historical Society

1401 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-0020

City of Homes Organization 1637 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-317-8887

Democratic Citizens of Berwyn 2140 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-8630

Friends of Morton Foundation 3801 S Central Ave, #137D Cicero, IL 60804 847-904-7060

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Spanish and Music Summer Camp! Choose your weeks, days and your hours! (Open from 7:30am to 5:00pm) Languages Currently Offered

Spanish Japanese Polish Italian

French Chinese German ESL And More!!!

Arabic Russian Hindi Sign Language

Instruments Currently Offered Piano Violin

Voice Guitar Cello Harp All Band Instruments All Orchestra Instruments And More!!!

Try out a class of your choice!

A trial lesson is just $28, a second trial is just $10, and the third is free!

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Ages 6 Months- 5 Years:

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• Parent and Tot & Preschool and Kindergarten Programs in SPANISH! ONGOING ENROLLMENT, taught by founder and director, Maria Fermi

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Call us about our Placement Visits!

And More!!

The Language and Music School

150 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park IL 60301 • (708) 524-5252

ALCUIN MONTESSORI SCHOOL Celebrating Over 50 Years of Montessori Excellence

Proksa Park ducks

Courtesy BDC

Italian American Civic Organization of Berwyn

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

6710 W 16th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-9473

410 N Michigan Ave Ste 900 Chicago, IL 60611-4213 312-494-6700

Kiwanis Club of Berwyn Berwyn, IL 60402

Rotary Club of Cicero, Berwyn & Stickney 1937 S 50th Ave Cicero, IL 60804 708-656-5382

Organizations Business

35th Street Chamber of Commerce 5947 W 35th St Cicero, IL 60804 35thstreetchamber 708-477-4504

Berwyn Development Corporation 3322 S Oak Park Ave 2nd Floor Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-8100

Forest Park Chamber of Commerce & Development 7331 W Roosevelt Road Forest Park, IL 60130 708-366-2543

Hispanic American Construction Industry Assn 650 W Lake St Ste 415 Chicago, IL 60661-1000 312-666-5910

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Riverside Chamber of Commerce PO Box 7 Riverside, IL 60546 708-447-8510

Veltway Corporation 402 Lake St, 200 Oak Park, IL 60302

Visit Oak Park 1010 Lake St, Ste 402 Oak Park, IL 60301 708-524-7800

West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry 9440 Joliet Rd Hodgkins, IL 60525 708-387-7550

700 E Adams St Springfield, IL 62701 217-525-9308

OrganizationsGovernment/ Municipal

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

Berwyn Public Library

PO Box 4554 Oak Park, IL 60304-0613 708-613-0550

2701 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-8000

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An Authentic Irish Pub

The James Joyce Irish Pub Established 2000

Located in Berwyn, the James Joyce is the fulfillment of the vision of its owners, Colin from Meath and Chalky from Dublin, Ireland. The pub has a unique and warm feeling with friendly staff and classic decor. Designed to reflect the classic style of a Irish pub, the James Joyce welcomes you to come on in and enjoy a pint and the craic that only your neighborhood pub can deliver. 7138 Windsor Ave., Berwyn, IL (708) 795-1100 | 2016 Berwyn Community Guide | 61

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BDC MEMBER DIRECTORY Berwyn Township 708 Community Mental Health Board PO Box 497 Berwyn, IL 60402 708-336-9790

Pillars 6918 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-995-3504

Pilsen Wellness Center 2600 W Ridgeland Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-317-5926

Township of Berwyn Public Health District 6600 W 26th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-6600

Organizations-Social Services

Solutions for Care 7222 W Cermak Rd, Suite 200 North Riverside, IL 605461443 708-447-2448

Bodhi Thai Bistro

Youth Crossroads

Community Support Services 9021 W Ogden Ave Brookfield, IL 60513 communitysupportservices. org 708-354-4547

3401 S. Gunderson, 2nd Floor Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-7400

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Painting Contractors

Pest Control Services

Forest Park Orthodontics

M Flores Painting Corp

1129 S. Harlem Ave Forest Park, IL 60130 708-366-7846

1231 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-317-5771

A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Pest Service Inc 3118 S Oak Park Ave Berwyn, IL 60402-3031 708-484-6126

Think local. Dwellings Real Estate Inc.

A trusted local company... with over 25 years experience. Clients

count on our Real Estate Brokers to treat them with care and integrity while using the latest market knowledge and technical solutions.

The perfect mix of friendly and professional. Working with Melissa has been a real pleasure. We would be more than happy to recommend working with her and Dwellings Real Estate wholeheartedly and without any reservations. ….C. Solumdson Theresa, I appreciated the ways you kept me informed as well as the ease and expertise with which you guided us. Thank you for all you did, the expected and the extra.….F. Carl




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Real Estate Needs/MarketAnswers Call/Text

(708) 606-4280

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Real Estate-Brokers & Management

Baird & Warner/Sandra Dita Lopez 1037 Chicago Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 708-697-5900

Baird & Warner/Linda Von Wogt 1037 Chicago Ave Oak Park, IL 60302 847-456-3376

Chicagoland Moves / Patti McGuinness 7640 Wilcox St #2 Forest Park, IL 60130 708-917-7482 Photo courtesy of Still & Motion Media LLC

Pet & Pet Care Stores

Still & Motion Media

Printing Services

The Urban Mutt

140 N LaGrange Rd Ste 7 LaGrange, IL 60525 708-714-4575

Able Printing Service, Inc

3212 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-8006


Plumbing Contractors

Morning Noon Night Plumbing & Sewer


8557 44th St Lyons, IL 60534 708-447-9640

7113 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-9030

Photography & Video

FlashMe Photography Inc 6930 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 773-629-9323

Sullivan’s Plumbing and Heating 7018 W 16th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-0700

Promotional Items & Apparel

6837 W Stanley Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @Able-PrintingService 708-788-7115

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Diamond Graphics Inc

Safeguard PerfectPartner Business Solutions

6625 W 26th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-2500

Physicians’ Record Co. 3000 S Ridgeland Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-3111


Plastering & Stucco Patching, New work, Ornamental plaster Complete Stucco, Patching & Re-Coating Services Licensed, Insured, EPA Certified Free Estimates v Work Guaranteed

Expert craftsmanship for over 50 years


23W328 Great Western Ave Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-3632 630-545-2642

3365 N Arlington Heights Rd Ste G Arlington Heights, IL 600047700 847-375-1472

David King & Associates Inc 1011 Lake St Ste 313 Oak Park, IL 60301 708-445-0505

Dwellings Real Estate 3208 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-606-4280

Lynx Real Estate Services LLC 2408 S East Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-395-7443

Pav Realtors 6308 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-7100

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It is our honor and privilege to provide families of Berwyn with the highest level of personalized and professional care when arranging funeral and cremation services. Kirk Carpenter - General Manager Peter Kennedy - Manager & Funeral Director Edward Wendling - Director of Family Services Funeral Directors John Isaacson Philip Dalcamo Frank & Lois Zefran


WWW.WOODLAWNCHICAGO.COM Please call or schedule an appointment to speak with our staff about any end of life, funeral or cremation related questions or concerns. 10% off any prepaid funeral prearrangements

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BDC MEMBER DIRECTORY RE/MAX Partners / Luis Ortiz 6420 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-387-3147

Realty of Chicago/David Dominguez 6619 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 312-607-7057

Realty of Chicago/Eddie Garcia 6619 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-768-7412

Real Estate-Developers & Management

6301 W Roosevelt LLC PO Box 1393 Oak Park, IL 60304 708-763-0987

North Berwyn Park District


Bern Realty 420 Clinton Pl River Forest, IL 60305 708-771-7600

Keystone Ventures, LLC 418 Clinton Place River Forest, IL 60305 708-366-0550

Klima Buildings 846 Community Dr La Grange Park, IL 60526 708-369-0126

Stanley Grove Property 2305 W Arthur Ave Chicago, IL 60645 773-671-4612

Rentals-Event Equipment & Party Supplies

AA Rental Center 30 N 9th Ave Melrose Park, IL 60160 708-343-8110

Jack’s Rental Inc

Big Guys Sausage Stand

6638-44 W 26th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-4300

7021 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-317-5213

Restaurants & Catering

Anthony’s Pizza 6237 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-1100

Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits 6727 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-775-8122

Benny’s Pizza 6806 W 26th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-1771

Bodhi Thai Bistro 6211 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-9250

Buona Catering 6833 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-2333

Byron’s Hot Dogs and Catering 1701 W Lawrence Chicago, IL 60640-4411 773-271-0900

Cafe Latino 6241 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-7602

Connie’s Family Restaurant & Cocktails 3271 S Harlem Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-3447

Culver’s 6943 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-8000


Famous Dave’s 7201 W 25th St North Riverside, IL 60546 708-447-8848

Home Run Inn Pizza 6817 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 Coming soon Fall 2016

Jimmy John’s

8211 W Ogden Ave Lyons, IL 60531 708-442-0932

7028 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-7800

Davila’s Restaurant & Bar La Lupita Restaurant 6739 W Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook @DavilasRestaurantBar 708-749-0103

6539 W Cermak Rd #1 Berwyn, IL 60402 708-788-8226

Di Nico’s Pizza & Gelato

La Notte Cafe Ristorante Italiano

6627 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-9900

6822 W Windsor Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-749-1800

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3202 S Grove Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Facebook@Thegarageberwyn 708-956-7274

2901 Ogden Ave Lisle, IL 60532 630-922-4100

Retail-Arts & Crafts and Party Supplies

Paisans Pizzeria

Mil Artes

3720 Grand Blvd Brookfield, IL 60513 708-485-6833

6306 W 26th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-656-0522

Paisans Pizza 5840 W 16th St Cicero, IL 60804 708-863-0606

Popeye’s Chicken 6935-43 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402

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Voices of Belmont Village

“The friends that I have made here have turned my life around.” To many, living at home means freedom and independence. But it can also be isolating. Belmont Village residents enjoy a lifestyle that keeps them physically active and mentally engaged, delighting in the company of friends old and new. At Belmont Village, you don’t have to live alone to be independent.

It’s not just your home. It’s your community.

OA K PA R K Distinctive Residential Settings | Chef-Prepared Dining and Bistro Premier Health and Wellness Programs | Award-Winning Memory Care Professionally Supervised Therapy and Rehabilitation Services

The Community Built for Life.® 708-848-7200 • Winner of the George Mason University Healthcare Award for the Circle of Friends© memory program for Mild Cognitive Impairment.

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6715 W Roosevelt Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-5000

Driver Just 4U Inc

Sports Facilities

Bounce Sportsplex

Travel Agencies

3310 S Grove Avenue Berwyn, IL 60402 630-430-0717


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Extreme Soccer Inc

16th Street Theater 6420 W 16th St Berwyn, IL 60402 708-795-6704

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center at Morton College 3801 South Central Ave Cicero, IL 60804 708-656-1800

Go Travel Inc 6536 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-431-0091


Cermak Animal Clinic 6911 W Cermak Rd Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-0101

Waste Removal & Recycling Services

Roy Strom Refuse Removal Service, Inc 1201 Greenwood Ave Maywood, IL 60153 708-344-5000


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What do Frank Lloyd Wright and Rush Oak Park Hospital have in common? Like the famous architect who pioneered a specific movement of architecture, doctors at Rush are experts and innovators.

Jessica Zhou, MD Radiation Oncology, Internal Medicine

Cassandra Bishop, RN Nurse Clinician

More than 100 specialists and sub-specialists — many from Rush University Medical Center — treat patients at Rush Oak Park Hospital. As a result of this commitment, the community hospital provides care that goes beyond conventional. Specialists at Rush are trained and experienced in numerous conditions, including: Heart disease

Sports-related injuries



Skin problems

Gynecologic issues

Thyroid and metabolic problems, including diabetes

Emergency stroke and neurological problems

Rheumatic disease, including arthritis and osteoporosis

Gastrointestinal issues

Urinary problems

Pain management

Rush Oak Park Hospital combines specialized expertise from a nationally recognized medical center with the convenience of a community health care setting.

Team up with a specialist at Rush Oak Park Hospital by calling 708.660.4636 or visit

Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

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BDC MEMBER DIRECTORY Waste Management 700 E Butterfield Rd Ste 400 Lombard, IL 60148 708-906-7717

Window & Glass Contractors

Chicago Glass Blocks 6036 S Central Ave Chicago, IL 60638 chicagoglassblocks. com 773-581-5081


Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo 3300 Golf Rd Brookfield, IL 60513 708-688-8000

Mission House Cafe

Your #1 Source for Glass Blocks We offer a wide range of Glass block and masonry work:

Since 1987

• Installation of Glass Block Windows • Masonry repairs

(773) 581-5081

• Tuckpointing • Chimney Rebuilds

• Installation of custom glass block Walls, showers, bars and more

Call today for a Free Estimate

We use American made Pittsburgh Corning glass block

Custom design specialists are available for consultations and product samples

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Photos courtesy of the Chicago History Museum

Houby parade, 1950s. A celebration of Berwyn’s and Cicero’s Czech heritage. Pronounced “ho•bee,” the festival centers around the Czech and Slovak word for mushroom, which was the object of a hunting tradition and a significant part of the Czech diet.

Berwyn Theatre in Berwyn, IL - Cinema Treasures.

The lunch counter at MacNeal Hospital. Date unknown (but the hairstyles provide clues!)

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Voted Chicagoland’s

#1 Neighborhood Restaurant - Open Table 2015

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Troy Stores Inc, which was a prominent Berwyn department store for several decades and expanded in the 1960s to include several shopping center stores, was founded by Mr. Vesecky`s grandfather, Rudolph, in 1916, and subsequently run by his father, Herbert.

Berwyn has one of the world’s largest laundromats, 13,500 square feet (1,250 m2) in size, with 161 washers and 140 dryers, a kids’ play area, big screen TVs, a bird sanctuary, and free pizza on Wednesday nights.

An Oak Park Tradition A

classic American Bistro setting makes us the perfect destination for any occasion. Share appetizers

with friends, enjoy a relaxed dinner for 2, just a glass of wine or late-night dessert and cappuccino. • Gift Certificates available •

RESTAURANT & BAR 151 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park • 708/386-2600 2016 Berwyn Community Guide | 73

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Your Door to the World

• • • • •

Vacation Packages Domestic & International Vacations Cruises Destination Weddings Honeymoons

follow us on

Find us on or at

708.386.6363 email:

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At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, our mission is simple: deliver world-class care to children who need it most – whether their families can afford it or not. For 90 years we’ve specialized in helping children affected by orthopaedic conditions, cleft lip and palate, spinal cord injury, and rehabilitation needs. And while expertise, dedication and generosity make it all possible, we believe our hospital is fueled by love. That love is what helped the Shriners network of 22 locations treat over 127,000 children last year alone, helping them at every step as they made the journey from patients back to kids.

Do You Know a Child Who Needs Expert Specialty Care?

For a consultation, or to refer a patient, call: Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago

773-385-KIDS (5437)

2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707

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Edward Cross & Son, Inc. Since 1937

The Berwyn Fire Department has

Lori Hannigan 518 N. Lombard Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302


professional firefighters proudly serving the citizens of Berwyn


Certified Paramedics

• Tuckpointing • Building Cleaning • Window Caulking

Emergency Medical Technicians staffing...

• Chimney Repairs • Fully Insured

Advance Life Support Ambulances

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local employees Providing quality child care, Head Start & parent programs since 1978.

(708) 652-1202 8 locations throughout the Cicero-Berwyn Community

happy employees!

Hire Local.

Place an ad on Wednesday Journal’s Local Online Job Board.* Go to or today!

Contact Mary Ellen Nelligan for more information. (708) 613-3342



Painting & Remodeling

“Professionals at Affordable Prices”

708 848-4800 • Exterior & Interior Painting & Staining SPECIALISTS!

Serving Your Community for over 25 Years!


INSURED • FREE ESTIMATES • ALL WORK GUARANTEED • EPA Certified to work on houses that contain lead paint • Home Insulation Specialist PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

Compassionate Home Care

“Making Life Easier” • State-Licensed • All Employees Thoroughly Screened • No Minimums (2 HR’S a week to 24 HR live-in) • No Advance Payments • Locally Owned/ Bonded/Insured

SERVICES: • 24 Hour Care • Transportation Companionship • Meal Prep • Light Housekeeping • Personal Care • Transportation • Errand Service • Transferring/Bathing/Dressing • Personal Emergency Response System 7115 W. NORTH AVE, STE. 265 • OAK PARK, IL 60302


Illinois License # 3001238

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Horror host Rich Koz, aka Svengoolie, regularly comments on “beautiful Berwyn” on his Chicago TV show.

Fill Up Station L










Bar • Beer Garden • Video Gaming


2627 S. Ridgeland • Berwyn, IL 60402 (708) 795-6744 | Follow Us on Facebook / Fill Up Station 78 | 2016 Berwyn Community Guide

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check out the berwyn blog on....

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This ain’t your average pizza place CICERO 5840 W. 16th Street Cicero, IL 60804 708-863-0606

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BROOKFIELD 3720 Grand Blvd. Brookfield, IL 60513 708-485-6833

BERWYN 6226 W. Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-5325

MORTON COLLEGE 3801 S Central Ave Cicero, IL 60804 708-656-8000

LISLE 2901 Ogden Ave Lisle, IL 60532 630-922-4100

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@WhyBerwyn @WhyBerwyn @WhyBerwyn @Berwyn Development Corporation

BERWYN CICERO BROOKFIELD MORTON COLLEGE An Annual Publication of the Berwyn Development Corporation 6226 W. Ogden Ave 3720 Grand Blvd. 5840 W. 16th Street 3801 S Central Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Brookfield, IL 60513 Cicero, IL 60804 Cicero, IL 60804 708-863-0606




LISLE 2901 Ogden Ave Lisle, IL 60532 630-922-4100

This ain’t your average pizza place LOCATIONS

BERWYN CICERO BROOKFIELD MORTON COLLEGE 6226 W. Ogden Ave 3720 Grand Blvd. 5840 W. 16th Street 3801 S Central Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 Brookfield, IL 60513 Cicero, IL 60804 IL 60804 BERWYN CICERO BROOKFIELD MORTONCicero, COLLEGE 708-863-0606

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3720 Grand Blvd. Brookfield, IL 60513 708-485-6833


6226 W. Ogden Ave Berwyn, IL 60402 708-484-5325


3801 S Central Ave Cicero, IL 60804 708-656-8000

LISLE 2901 Ogden Ave Lisle, IL 60532 LISLE 630-922-4100

2901 Ogden Ave Lisle, IL 60532

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