What Should Go Here? Openings at Market Place of Oak Lawn

With a Fairplay Foods taking over the old Dominick's space, other store fronts and freestanding parcels at 87th Street and Cicero Avenue which could stand some improvement.

Time to turn our attention to one of the village’s most notorious retail eyesores, the Market Place of Oak Lawn.

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Sandwiched between 87th and 89th Streets along Cicero Avenue, the Market Place was once home to a bustling and a Korvette Department Store back in the day. The shopping center is most famous for the tornado that loomed up behind it in 1967, captured in resident

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at the end of the summer, which we’re all happy about., , Five Star Furniture and a are prominent anchors, as well as several smaller storefronts, including a , and pet shop.

Three smaller spaces ranging in size from 3,000 to 3,750 square feet are available for leasing, and a free-standing parcel or “pad” that’s just waiting for something to be built on it. (There was a fence around the pad when we visited.) Robin Realty & Management Co. is the leasing agent.

So tell us, what should go here? A clothing store? Electronics shop? Restaurant or bar? How else would you improve this prime retail location? Tell us in the comments?


Read past 'What Should Go Here' columns:

WishOne June 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Why don't we ask Dave W since he knows it all and is the King of RE & Oak Lawn Patch?
james eichorst June 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
rest/bar should be constructed.as far as the open spaces I would try for a jewler,baker,health store.
STM June 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I would try to lure some ethnic delicatessen, like Frank & Joe's. They have a super good products and at reasonable prices.
zula 5 June 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
An OTB and strip club.
Jim Vertucci June 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
A Granite City type restaurant or P.f. Change. However, the residents of the neighborhoods in and around the neighborhood seem to be changing . So we'll probably get a dollar store and a JJ Fish or some other shitty fast food place. How does Chicago Ridge get decent places and we get crap?
Tracy Nickless Schorle June 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
it's possible 4620 that Chicago Ridge's Trustees work on behalf of the residents rather than bicker at each other. Oak Lawn is a great town and we need great businesses to make the investment. Cheap places bring cheap people and we don't need that. A Trader Joe's would be ideal, but let's face the facts, it's not likely. Mid-priced restaurants and businesses are a must - and they need to appeal to young families who are "forced" to stay because we are underwater on our homes.
Susan Nagel June 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I think we should bring back Taco Bell, just joking. Possibly a restaurant/bar like they have at Chgo Ridge. Maybe a Lalo's or a Fuji Steak House. It would be nice to enjoy a night out and not have to leave Oak Lawn.
WishOne June 20, 2012 at 06:43 PM
a Patch HQ?
Wendy June 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
You realize you can write to companies and let them know you would like them to locate in Oak Lawn, right? I emailed Uncle Julio's recently after an uneventful evening of Mexican food in Oak Lawn and heard a response within a couple of days. Sorry to anyone who wants an Uncle Julio's here, they're thinking of opening in Orland Park!
fakerealtor June 20, 2012 at 07:16 PM
PF CHangs in orland is failing. Granite city isnt doing that well either. How about we rely on experts and marketr studies instead loonie realtors losers who think they are smarter than all who post on here all day?
folksy June 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Sure Dave W anyone who disagrees with you is a bully. And is "for secrecy". And against world peace. And a cure for AIDS. You sure love getting those last words in. I feel sorry for your wife. Lol
rita June 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
a very true statement: we have so many fast foods restaurants (if that's what some folks called it) that serve all the same thing but under a diffrent name all up & down 95 and Cicero. We need to bring in something with a little more class.
Borninol June 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM
That's the crappiest corner in OL. I think we should give it to Burbank, it would fit in there!!!
OakLawnGuy June 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I think 111th / Cicero is the Current Crappy Corner CKing right now, unless you're a gull. I worked at that Korvette's for three years. I think it became one of the early large hardware outlets right after that: I want to say Builder's Square but I think it was a differently-named forerunner of that chain.
Jim Vertucci June 21, 2012 at 02:52 AM
hey fake, it was an example. Granite City and P.F. had done well for a long time. We have nothing like those restaurants anywhere close. You don't have to be a genius to figure that out. Uncle Julio's would be phenomenal. What makes you a pro BTW? When was the last time they did a study to figure out what to put around here? Rock bottom, Bar Louie, Red Robbin, Champps need I go on with what people would like around here?
Sharon Anhalt June 21, 2012 at 03:50 AM
i think an arcade should be put there. it would be a place for kids to have fun, make friends, and stay out of TROUBLE. this would help the community by keeping teens and pre teens in a safe and fun enviroment. that would be awsome!
karen June 21, 2012 at 04:05 AM
How about a Gameworks or Dave N Busters (preferably Gameworks)? Kids in the day and adults at night. Yep the money would be coming in for sure.
QC June 21, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Sharon , Oak Lawn already has two places very similar to what you suggested. #1Chucky Cheese and #2 Brunswick Bowl.
Sharon Anhalt June 21, 2012 at 04:27 AM
My Grandson wanted to write what he thought should go there. He's 10. There did used to be a drive in there before E.J. Korvettes.
Jim Vertucci June 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Sharon, unfortunately u see what kind of people go to the O.L. Chuck e Cheese and Brunswick. We wont have anything nice like that or Dave n Busters or a Gameworks that we could enjoy.
Sharon Anhalt June 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
It is Sharons grandson again, we could have a REAL arcade, Chuck e Cheeses is a baby like place and in the past 2 years multiple shootings have taken place in the area of Brunswick Zone. Also Chuck e Cheese is unsanitary and dirty. We should have a clean cool place that kids will want to go to.
Sharon Anhalt June 21, 2012 at 10:04 PM
And, I'm a kid I should know.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Nicely put, Sharon Anhalt's grandson (Is that Markie?)
Sandy June 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Trader Joe's! With gas prices these days driving to Orland Park is too far.


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