Business Comings & Goings: Wade Boggs Invests in Oak Lawn Couple's Field of Dreams

Mexican American grill now open in Evergreen Park, brewpub prepares to open in Beverly.

Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs last week became the latest investor in the All-Star Ballpark Heaven project of Oak Lawn couple Michael and Denise Stillman.

Boggs told the Sun-Times he joined the Stillmans because their plans for a 24 field baseball complex on the site of the Kevin Costner baseball classic “Field of Dreams” in Dyersville, Iowa, would give kids in the Midwest a place of their own.

“The proximity throughout the Midwest and the West gives parents in these tough economic times an opportunity to have a tremendous facility, expand their baseball dreams of going to the next level and possibly going to the Major Leagues,” Boggs told the Sun-Times.

No details were disclosed about the amount of Boggs’ investment, but it is the largest so far, Denise Stillman told the newspaper.

The project has an estimated cost of $38 million and is expected to be at least partially ready by April 2014 in time for the 25th anniversary of the movie’s release.

Boggs, 54, played for 18 years and spent most of his career as 3rd baseman for the Boston Red Sox.

The Stillmans also have announced the hiring of Chicago White Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard, the so-called Sod Father, to design the ball fields to Major League standards.

Mexican American Grill Opens

Frank O’s Mexican American Grill opened in early summer in the former Smok-N-Q restaurant at 2942 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park. The eatery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and occasionally is open on Sundays. For information, call 708-423-5301.

Brewpub Set to Open In Beverly

A new brewpub will soon be open on Western Avenue. Owners of Horse Thief Hollow, 10426 S. Western Avenue, say they plan on opening within the next couple of months. 

Brewery equipment will be on site and the unique menu will feature smoked meats and items made to compliment the wide selection of beers.  

Calabria Imports Changes Up EP Menu

Owner Pat Roberto has announced a new menu for the Calabria Imports location at 3512 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park.

The main location for the Italian restaurant is at 1905 W. 103rd St. in Chicago’s Beverly community.

For information and to check out the new menu, visit them online at Calabria Imports Evergreen Park.

Market Features Simply Sweet Creations

Today’s Oak Lawn Farmers Market is featuring Simply Sweet Creations.

Evergreen Park Car Show Coming Up

The annual Evergreen Park Classic Car Show is coming up on Friday, Oct. 12, at Yukich Field. The show features classic cars, an old-fashioned Good Humor Ice Cream Truck, music and refreshments. Do you have a classic car to show?  Visit Evergreen Park Classic Car Show to download an entry form!

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.


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