Brian Plain
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  • Oak Park, IL
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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
My Oak Park area business
I run my own financial planning practice here in Oak Park. I focus on lifestyle design for successful professionals and their families.

You can check out my website for more information.
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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 replied to Corinne M.'s discussion First Birthday Party/Baptism
"Corinne - Based on your need for indoors and entertaining a wide age range, you might want to check out Wonder Works."
Apr 2

Brian Plain replied to Joyce Porter's discussion Tax Preparer
"Hi Joyce - I'd recommend Judith Rousset of Veritas Tax and Law here in Oak Park. She's done work for a number of my clients who needed tax preparation help and I'm been pleased with both her communication and quality of…"
Mar 2

Brian Plain replied to Bob Walicki's discussion Office Share in OP
"Hey Bob - If you're specifically looking for a shared office situation, try searching Oak Park on Craigslist Chicago under Housing - Office / Commercial. There are usually at least a few listings out there of businesses looking to split hours…"
Feb 25
aplomin commented on Brian Plain's group Local Business Owners
"I would like to introduce the West Side Business Network (WSBN), a collection of networking groups created by Austin Weekly News with the goal of bringing professionals together from Chicago's West Side and the suburbs. The groups…"
Feb 24
aplomin joined Brian Plain's group

Local Business Owners

A group for local business owners to share ideas, network and meet other business owners.
Feb 24

Brian Plain replied to D.Lutz45's discussion Oak Park Plumber ASAP
"I've tried a few different plumbers over the last six years or so, but I now use Tim Stefl Plumbing exclusively. I believe they have 4 or 5 guys who work for them (including Tim, the owner), but everyone I've had come out has been on-time…"
Feb 9

Brian Plain replied to Becca's discussion What to do with unused Waterford Crystal items?
"If you find somewhere on the Waterford Crystal items, be sure to share. I think we have a few items that we got as wedding gifts that we've never touched. Speaking of Divine Consign, you could try their consignment clothing store (Trends) for…"
Jan 21

Brian Plain replied to Scott's discussion Lake / Oak Park Ave. Leased
"Looks like just did an article on it today. "
Jan 8

Brian Plain replied to Susie's discussion Recommend your gym
"Hi Casey - Welcome to the area! I know that the Tennis and Fitness Center doesn't have classes as they don't have a pool. FFC and Gottlieb both have a pool, but I'm not sure if they do any youth swimming classes. The YMCA on Marion…"
Jan 8

Brian Plain replied to Susie's discussion Recommend your gym
"Haven't been to Gottlieb or LA Fitness before, but I belong to the Tennis and Fitness Center and my wife belongs to FFC. If you're not playing tennis and more interested in working out, I would say FFC is your best bet. The enrollment fee…"
Dec 26, 2013

Brian Plain replied to D.Lutz45's discussion Affordable appliance repair
"I'd try Greg at Spin Doctor Appliance Repair. 708-715-7746 or Our microwave was acting up and Greg came out to check it out. Basically, he told us he could fix it for about $100 (which included parts and labor),…"
Dec 22, 2013

Brian Plain posted a discussion

Daycare Opening

Hello All - I just wanted to mention for anyone looking that I just found out our home daycare provider (Candy Montanez) in Oak Park has an opening starting in December.We've had our now 5 month old daughter with Candy since she was 3 months old and she's been great with both us as first time parents and our daughter. She's very reasonable, licensed & experienced and as she was one of (I believe) 17 kids growing up, there isn't much she hasn't seen.Here's her contact information:Candy…See More
Nov 21, 2013

Brian Plain replied to Becca's discussion Local Photographer
"Hey Becca - Funny you should ask as we just did family photos this past weekend. I've used Eileen Molony here in Oak Park for both work and family photos now and have been very happy with the results.  "
Nov 12, 2013

Brian Plain replied to Lyn's discussion Car insurance recs - local agent?
"No problem, Lyn. Geico has some agents, but not as many as State Farm, American Family, Allstate, etc. You might consider shopping your policy and then presenting it to your current company to see if they will match it. Probably the least amount of…"
Nov 4, 2013

Brian Plain replied to Lyn's discussion Car insurance recs - local agent?
"Hi Lyn - If you're looking strictly for the cheapest price, than an online provider like Geico is usually the way to go. If you're looking for a personal relationship with a local agency, I'd recommend Liz Axtell at American…"
Nov 3, 2013

Brian Plain commented on Becca's blog post New Coffee Shop Opening in Forest Park
"Gluten-free, Joyce."
Nov 3, 2013

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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

Adding a Live Here Oak Park Badge to Your Website

It's great to see our online community grow and I thought I would point out a feature of the website I just noticed today that can help our community expand even more. It is on the Live Here homepage on the lower right side and it is called Badge.

If you have an external website/blog, you can click on the Badge section and get the code to add a Live Here Oak Park badge to your external website/blog. It is an easy way to let more people know about our community here.

If… Continue

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 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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