TIF Success in Oak Lawn: Development is on the Horizon

October 15, 2014  | Article by Steve Metsch in the Southtown Star | A Chicago Sun-Times Publication


The next piece of Oak Lawn’s Stoney Creek Promenade is being built – construction started this week on a Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.

It is the second big name that’s part of the upscale retail development planned for the northwest corner of 111th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn. The first, Mariano’s grocery store, set sales records in its first day of business, officials have said.

“Not long ago, there were a few cars and a lot of seagulls out there,” said Trustee Mike Carberry of the site that formerly was home to a Kmart, a shuttered Dominick’s grocery store and other retailers like a muffler shop, hair salon, restaurant, and chiropractic office.

At the Cooper’s Hawk site on Wednesday, workers were busy with earth-moving machines, prepping the land for eventual construction of a 10,000-square-foot restaurant that will face 111th Street, just west of a planned retention pond.

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