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Cord Cutter Packages from Comcast & AT&T
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Plain Sep 27, 2014.

Daycare Opening

Started Nov 21, 2013

Get a Sneak Peek at Your 2011 2nd Installment Property Tax Bill
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Plain Jul 2, 2012.

 

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Favorite thing about living in the Oak Park area
We live in Forest Park, but my business is in Oak Park. Favorite thing would have to be the location. It is great to live in such an urban-lite community and still retain easy access to the city.
Least favorite thing about living in the Oak Park area
Fiscal responsibility isn't exactly our calling card.
Interests & Hobbies
Meeting new people and playing tennis. I'm an avid reader, admitted coffee snob, and enjoy getting involved in community organizations as well.
Favorite local restaurant
Gaetanos & Aripos
Favorite local shop or business
Blue Max & Counter Coffee (I frequent both)
My Oak Park area business
I run my own lifestyle financial planning practice here in Oak Park. I offer an alternative to your typical advisor. You can check out my website to see what I'm talking about.
My website
http://www.brianplain.com

Twitter and LinkedIn

If you'd like to follow me on Twitter, I'm @BrianPlain and @OakParkPlanner.

Here's my LinkedIn profile if you'd like to connect.

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Local Business Owners

A group for local business owners to share ideas, network and meet other business owners.
May 7
Kristi commented on Brian Plain's blog post New Restaurant Coming to South Blvd & Oak Park Ave
"I think you're right, Brian-- it looks like Palikuca is no stranger to overcoming obstacles when it comes to opening restaurants and I think he is up for the challenge. I think Hamburger Mary's has seen it can be a little easier said…"
Apr 30

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Bri commented on Brian Plain's blog post New Restaurant Coming to South Blvd & Oak Park Ave
"Looks promising.  "
Apr 30

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Brian Plain commented on Brian Plain's blog post New Restaurant Coming to South Blvd & Oak Park Ave
"That was my first thought when I saw the article too, Kristi. Given that this isn't the owner's first rodeo, I'm hopefully this one actually happens!"
Apr 30
Kristi commented on Brian Plain's blog post New Restaurant Coming to South Blvd & Oak Park Ave
"Becca, the Wednesday Journal reports Citrine plans to have a wood burning stove and offer a variety of meat and seafood/Mediterranean dishes (and probably at least one steak/pasta dishes). It sounds marvelous. Guys, I am SUPER excited about…"
Apr 30

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Becca commented on Brian Plain's blog post New Restaurant Coming to South Blvd & Oak Park Ave
"Cool. I wonder what they will be serving?"
Apr 28

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New Restaurant Coming to South Blvd & Oak Park Ave

I stumbled across this article on Crain's tonight. Sounds like there will be new restaurant, Citrine Cafe, coming to the corner of South Blvd and Oak Park Ave in the fall. It appears the owner is an Oak Park resident who owns & operates a number of other restaurants, including…See More
Apr 28

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Brian Plain replied to Becky S.'s discussion Looking for Daycare/Preschool
"Hi Becky - Overall, we've been pleased with OPBB. Coming from an in-home daycare, it was an adjustment, but the flexibility regarding drop off and pick up times really helps with our schedules. Our daughter started at OPBB at 15 months and she…"
Apr 28

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Brian Plain replied to Becky S.'s discussion Looking for Daycare/Preschool
"Hi Becky - While we had our daughter in a home daycare as an infant, I know her current daycare center, www.oakparkbuildingblocks.com, offers infant care. And I believe it is quite literally across the street on Cuyler from your daughters current…"
Apr 27
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Apr 12

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Brian Plain commented on Joyce Porter's blog post Party rooms
"Only other one that comes to mind is Maya Del Sol. Been to a few events in their private room and they have all been well done."
Mar 29

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Brian Plain replied to Becca's discussion Oak Park Preschool Recommendations
"FYI - It may have changed since we last looked, but I remember Dominican's programs starting at age 2."
Mar 29

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Brian Plain replied to Martina's discussion Moving to Oak Park/RiverForest
"Since you mentioned enjoying walking and biking, it's probably worth noting that a lot of kids in Oak Park do walk to school, or at the very least, to their elementary schools. No matter what area you pick, chances are you won't be more…"
Mar 28

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Brian Plain replied to Becca's discussion Oak Park Preschool Recommendations
"Hey Becca - We've had our daughter at Oak Park Building Blocks for about the past 6 months now and have been pretty happy with it. She's been in the Toddler room since she started there and she's had a blast. Let me know if I can…"
Mar 20

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Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post Mysterious Restaurant Coming to Madison Street
"So we've now done take-out, lunch and dinner at Axcan. Overall, it's solid, but I think it's all about how you set your expectations. We did takeout one snowy night recently. The flavors were very good, especially for the price, but…"
Jan 27

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Brian Plain replied to Becca's discussion Has Anyone Been to Grand Appliance and TV?
"I'm late in my reply here, but I bought a TV from them a few years back and they were quite helpful. No up-selling either."
Jan 27

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New Restaurant Coming to South Blvd & Oak Park Ave

I stumbled across this article on Crain's tonight. Sounds like there will be new restaurant, Citrine Cafe, coming to the corner of South Blvd and Oak Park Ave in the fall. It appears the owner is an Oak Park resident who owns & operates a number of other restaurants,…

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Posted on April 28, 2015 at 7:58pm — 5 Comments

Carnivore coming to Oak Park

I was walking back to my office this afternoon when a new (at least to me) sign on Pleasant Street caught my eye. Apparently there is a new butcher / seafood shop going in and it is due to open shortly. I snapped a few photos and here's the website for Carnivore. Sounds tasty to me and a welcome addition to the neighborhood!…

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Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:21pm — 6 Comments

Skrine Chops

Considering I live less than a half a mile away, it's amazing it took me this long to make my way over to Skrine Chops in Forest Park, but I did just that with a large group on Friday night after some tennis.

 

If you desire a wood cabin, but don't have the budget nor desire to drive into the middle of the woods, you should visit Skrine Chops. The food is no-frills (I'm not sure there is a vegetable on the menu), but it…

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Posted on January 24, 2011 at 2:44pm — 6 Comments

Oak Park Tennis Center

As I'm sure many of you have seen driving past on the Forest Preserve on Harlem Ave, the Oak Park Tennis Center (OPTC) has been undergoing a major new court construction project and I'm happy to announce that the nine new eco-friendly Har-Tru courts are almost completed and the Center is now open for the season.



OPTC is a public facility and all are welcome to join as Season Pass Holders or stop in for public play at an hourly rate. There are many leagues (Mens, Womens, and Mixed… Continue

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 3:58pm

Mancini's Making Their Move

According their ad in today's Wednesday Journal, it appears Mancini's will be closing their current location on Sunday, January 31st and opening their new location (1/2 block west) at 1111 Lake Street on Friday, February 5th.

I've walked by the new location a few times, but haven't looked inside. I would guess the space is at least slightly larger, but if anyone else has any details, feel free to share!

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 5:05pm — 4 Comments

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At 2:32pm on August 24, 2011, mara.nicandro said…
Thanks and I appreciate the offer, I know I will need it.
At 4:42pm on March 1, 2011, Jill Robertson said…
Thanks for the welcome, Brian! I fixed my website link right away. Looking for new ways to assimilate in the small business community here in Oak Park. Let me know if you have any secrets/ideas!
At 10:56am on December 9, 2010, Camille said…
Thanks Brian!
At 12:16am on December 9, 2010, cathleen kushnick said…
Hello Brian, Thank you for the kind words. I wouldn't call moving here in winter "brave" so much as *certifiable". I look forward to participating in the group.
Best, Cathy
At 12:53pm on December 3, 2010, Ann said…
Hey Brian-
Thanks.
Here's something interesting I'm involved with-in case anyone's cup overfloweth with cash destined to be spent on a good cause.

I have a piece in this show/ The auction is tomorrow night. Should be extremely cool.
http://buyartnotpeople.org/

-Ann
At 4:19pm on December 1, 2010, Nancy Kalinowski said…
Thank you Brian! Looking forward to the group meeting on the 16th. I will make sure to post our holiday schedule in the next few weeks.
At 4:16pm on November 15, 2010, Eden Novak DeGenova said…
Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to connecting with everyone!
eden
At 9:01pm on September 3, 2010, Mai Tuyet Pho said…
Thanks Brian, I appreciate it!
Mai
At 11:15am on May 13, 2010, Laura Kaufman said…
Thanks for the welcome, Brian.

Glad to have connected to this resource, and I look forward to meeting -- perhaps at a future Meetup.

Laura
 
 
 

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