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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.

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'm a bit of 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

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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
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

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

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Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post Falafill Has Left the Building
"Well that didn't take long... http://www.7sandwichshop.com/"
Sep 24

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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

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Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post Falafill Has Left the Building
"Interesting. Looking at their website, it appears to be a small-ish franchise. Perhaps same owner, but different concept coming per their note? A falafel expert I am not, but we only went once. It will be interesting to see what fills the…"
Sep 16
Carnivore Oak Park commented on Brian Plain's blog post Carnivore coming to Oak Park
"Greetings friends!  We're probably a few days from opening (never can tell, when inspectors are involved) and we have roughly 72 hours left in our kickstarter.  We're going to be at the shop for the rest of the week finishing up…"
Aug 19

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Becca commented on Brian Plain's blog post Carnivore coming to Oak Park
"Ooh, thanks for the update, Brian. I'll have to check it out. "
Aug 13

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Brian Plain commented on Brian Plain's blog post Carnivore coming to Oak Park
"I saw tonight on Canivore's Facebook page that they are running a small Kickstarter campaign (only looking for $8,000) as it looks like their rehab turned out to be more extensive than anticipated to say the least. Just passing it along if you…"
Aug 12
Rada Burns commented on Brian Plain's blog post Carnivore coming to Oak Park
"Sweet deal."
Jul 24
Brad commented on Brian Plain's blog post Carnivore coming to Oak Park
"Heck yea! In on the salmon! Love the concept."
Jul 24

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Becca commented on Brian Plain's blog post Carnivore coming to Oak Park
"Nice! This sounds awesome. Thanks for posting!"
Jul 23

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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!…See More
Jul 23

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Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post Mysterious Restaurant Coming to Madison Street
"Here's a story from the Forest Park Review on the new restaurant slated to open in September. Not sure how closely (or not) Axcan will mimic the owner's other restaurant that is located in Clarendon Hills, but here's their…"
Jul 15
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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!…

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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

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

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