Brian Plain
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  • Oak Park, IL
  • United States

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Brian Plain's Discussions

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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Profile Information

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

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.

Latest Activity

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."

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."

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…"

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

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

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
Clair Malo joined Brian Plain's group

Local Business Owners

A group for local business owners to share ideas, network and meet other business owners.
Dec 12, 2014

Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post Meat Lovers Rejoice, Carnivore is Open
"Stopped in today and picked up some (made to order) steak tacos off of their revolving lunch menu. They were excellent and at only $2 a piece, an absolute steal. I believe the lunch menu changes daily, but I also saw a bacon burger and pulled pork…"
Nov 29, 2014

Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post Mysterious Restaurant Coming to Madison Street
"We stopped in today to grab a menu when we were out for a walk. It sounds like they are having an official grand opening on Saturday, December 6th, although they are already open now. They've also got a pretty good deal on Groupon that we…"
Nov 29, 2014
Traci Weathers commented on Brian Plain's group Local Business Owners
"Traci's House - Learning, Sharing, And, Growing...Together! - celebrates its Grand Opening on Friday, November 21st, from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., during the Festival of Lights.  Located at 128 Harrison Street in the Arts District of Oak…"
Nov 12, 2014

Brian Plain replied to LizzK's discussion Late Night Food Options in OP?
"Here are a couple of nearby options in Forest Park and Oak Park: Scratch Kitchen (sandwiches) Piggyback Tavern (tacos) Slice Factory (pizza - not sure if it's open yet in Oak Park, but think they will be open till 11 pm) "
Nov 4, 2014

Brian Plain replied to Brian Plain's discussion Cord Cutter Packages from Comcast & AT&T
"No problem, Lyn.  I think they are dipping their toes in the water, but not exactly ready to give up the revenue that comes with their bundled packages just quite yet. Not even people cutting the cord yet and/or other available players in the…"
Sep 27, 2014
Lyn replied to Brian Plain's discussion Cord Cutter Packages from Comcast & AT&T
"This is really useful.  Thank you for taking the time to post this. I have been wondering why it was taking so long for these companies to put together a package that many of us are looking for.  "
Sep 26, 2014

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Becca replied to Brian Plain's discussion Cord Cutter Packages from Comcast & AT&T
"Thanks for sharing, Brian. "
Sep 24, 2014

Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post Falafill Has Left the Building
"Well that didn't take long..."
Sep 24, 2014

Brian Plain posted a discussion

Cord Cutter Packages from Comcast & AT&T

We cut our cable cord awhile back and between Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and a faster internet speed for streaming, we really haven't missed it.It seems like most people in the area have either Comcast Xfinity or AT&T for internet & cable, so here are two packages, one from each, that are well-priced for 12 month terms.The Comcast package includes all your local channels like NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX (in standard definition, but a HD antenna is a good substitute), 25 mbps download speeds,…See More
Sep 24, 2014

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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!…


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…


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

G.E.M. Deli and The "Shuckin" Grill Review

After stopping in Compass Eye Care yesterday (owner Al Licup just joined our forum by the way) to help pick out some glasses and contacts for my fiancee, we headed to downtown Forest Park looking for a late lunch.

Rather than reluctantly settling on Jimmy John's, I suggested we stop in GEM Deli just south of Circle Ave and Madison (the old La Bella Bistecca). While… Continue

Posted on August 16, 2009 at 4:40pm — 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-
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.

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!
At 9:01pm on September 3, 2010, Mai Tuyet Pho said…
Thanks Brian, I appreciate it!
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.

At 2:57pm on April 25, 2010, Amy said…
Thanks for the warm welcome!


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