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Buisiness Highlights

  • Graf Tree Care - 30th Annual Conference of Illinois Arborist Association

  • Brilliance in Business Awards

  • Mid City Cocktail & Supper Club - One Year Anniversary

  • Cascade Drive In Theater


West Chicago resident Phil Graf, owner of Graf Tree Care, and Steve Lane, the company’s GIS Coordinator, were speakers at the 30th Annual Conference & Trade Show of the Illinois Arborist Association. The topic was “How to Use GIS to Manage Urban Forests.” The Geographic Information System basically is a map of trees, and the record data of size, condition ratings and specifics of problems, such as disease or infestation, which helps municipalities, park districts, homeowners and others with access to such information of location pruning, planting and addressing problems. Both the City of West Chicago and the West Chicago Park District used Graf Tree Care to gather GIS data. The City not only had knowledge of locations of the ash trees, but also knew which ones were infected with Emerald Ash Borer, were treatable or needed to be removed. Having the GIS data, the park district, knew the trees and locations of ones destroyed in the July 2012 storm.

Recipients of the City of West Chicago 2012 Brilliance in Business awards are Sims Recycling Solutions, 1750 Hawthorne Lane, for Green Initiatives, Chiquita Food Market Plaza, Roosevelt Road and Joliet Street, for Community Image, Bob’s Salt & Feed, 126 Wood St., for Small Business, Daniel and Associates Real Estate, 465 E. Roosevelt Road, for Community Service, and DuPage Airport Authority, 2700 International Drive, for Economic Development.

Mid City Cocktail & Supper Club, 124 Main St., celebrated its One Year Anniversary Oct. 1 and now features a new menu. Sandwich meals are a “Create Your Own,” include a side dish of choice, and cost $6.95. Meat selections are grilled chicken breast, 1/3 hand packed beef Patty or 1/4 All Beef Hot Dog. The next steps include a choice from 5 cheese selections; a choice of three toppings from a list 16 selections, an optional step four of premium toppings with the added cost of 75  cents, and a choice from seven toppings. Sides are hand-cut fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, green bean fries and hand cut ranch chips.  Also on the menu are salads, chicken strips, wings, loaded fries and a three-cheese grilled sandwich.  Five different appetizers are available. The price for the Friday Fish Fry is $4.99.

A DJ provides the entertainment Thursdays. On weekends, entertainment varies and may feature comedy, band, soloist or a DJ.  Décor includes old pictures of downtown West Chicago. The restaurant is one of several businesses using historic photographs from the West Chicago City Museum as part of their décor.

New hours are 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cascade Drive In Theater, 1100East North Avenue, needs to convert to digital projection or close in 2013. The owner has a bid of $100,000 to convert and is asking for donations to raise these sums.  The cut off date for donations is Friday, Nov. 9. For further information or to contribute, visit

Support our local businesses as they not only contribute to the community through taxes, but also generously donate to clubs, churches, organizations and schools.
Contributing to the “Chili for a Cure” event, sponsored by Illinois Association of Fire Fighters Local 3970 were Augustino’s Rock and Roll Deli, Aunt Sue's Soy Candles, Bowling Green Sports Center, Charter Fitness, Egg Yolk Café, El Coco Loco Restaurant, Family Video, Happy House Hot Dogs, Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, Jewel-Osco, John & Tony's Restaurant, John B. Reynolds & Sons, Krage’s Tire Center, Pal Joey’s Restaurant, Scooby's Red Hots, Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, St. Andrews Golf & Country Club and Starbucks.



St Andrews Golf & Country Club, 2241 Route 59, has a Friday Night Fish Fry from 5 to 8 p.m. now until Nov. 18. Diners have a choice of plated or all you can eat.  A Turkey Shoot takes place Saturday, Nov. 10. The shotgun start is at 9:30 a.m. The two-person, best ball format is $69.50 per person.  For further information, call 630 231-3100, Ext. 0. St. Andrews is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Hawthorne’s Backyard Bar & Grill, 1200 W. Hawthorne Lane, hosts a fundraiser for Melanoma cancer starting at noon Saturday, Nov. 3. Proceeds help with the medical expenses for a local family. For further information, call 630 293-6700. The restaurant is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, has several fun events in the month of November. The Toy Soldier Show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Visitor’s Center. It includes displays and sales of small-scale soldiers and armaments, plus demonstrations of painting techniques.  The Veterans Day Luminary Tribute is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. In addition to the more than 2,000 candles honoring those who served and sacrificed for America’s freedom, there are special programs in the First Division Museum and the Visitor’s Center. The annual Jewelry & Accessories Show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Visitor’s Center. The Shades of Crimson Poinsettias Display, is from 10 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the greenhouse, enter at Shaffner Road. The display includes 3,000 plants of more than 15 varieties. Cantigny is a member of Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce.

Training Plus and Professional Development Services in Partnership with the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce present a second series of leadership development programs to enhance skills, build confidence and strengthen professional leadership ability. The six monthly sessions focus on “Leadership Development for Continuous Improvement of Today’s Leader: Sharpen Your Skills.” These take place from 8 to 11 am. in the Chamber Training Center, 306 Main St. The second part of “Leading Today’s Workforce,” is Tuesday, Nov. 8. This part is a step-by-step guide to building leadership skills for tomorrow, identifying characteristics needed by a leader and implementing the components of active listening and utilizing the characteristics of the language of influence. The charge for each session is $69 for chamber members and $79 for non-members. Each session is a stand-alone. To enroll, call Lolly Frederick at 630 945-5805, Evelyn Canabal at 630 293-7071 or the chamber at 630 231-3003.

This monthly column covers information on new businesses, change of business locations, awards received by businesses, new offerings of products and/or services, and recognition of employees receiving awards and promotions. The publishing date is usually the last Wednesday of the month. Businesses with “highlights” to share can email me at


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