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Shake Shack is now open in Oak Lawn. (Supplied photo)

Shake Shack is now open in Oak Lawn. (Supplied photo)

Oak Lawn officials praise new restaurants

By Joe Boyle

The recent wave of restaurant grand openings has Oak Lawn officials excited about the future of the village.

Trustee James Pembroke (4th) said the recent opening of Shake Shack has received an immediate positive response.

“Shake Shack has had an impressive opening,” Pembroke said during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Tuesday night. “Matter of fact, it is hard to even get in there.”

Shake Shack opened at 4071 W. 95th St. in the new Oak Lawn Commons. Pembroke and Mayor Terry Vorderer have visited the new restaurant, which offers a variety of burgers and crinkle cut fries.

Vorderer and Pembroke also gave high marks to the new Birdies Sports & Grill, 4036 W. 111th St., located in the Ranch Manor Shopping Center.

“It was a great opening,” Pembroke said about Birdies. “They are doing very well.”

Vorderer agreed with the accolades regarding Birdies.

“I cut the ribbon at Birdies,” Vorderer said. “They have golf simulators in there that are state-of-the-art. The place is busy and the food is phenomenal. I must admit that I have been there several times since.”

Vorderer also wanted to mention the positive impact the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce has had on the village. The chamber is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Vorderer said he attended a dinner celebration for the chamber last week at Stony Creek.

“They are the bloodline of the village,” Vorderer said. “They do so much for the community and the village as a whole. They have been a great help for all these years.”

According to a Facebook post, the chamber has more than 350 businesses as members.

Pembroke also wanted to thank residents of District 4 who have brought up a variety of issues. He pointed out that neighbors mentioned that there are areas of debris in the district that have attracted rodents.

Village Clerk Claire Henning said that a free community shredding event will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the south parking lot of Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, 5345 W. 99th St. A two-box limit will be imposed for each vehicle.

Vorderer also mentioned that he has been invited to take part in the next Honor Flight Chicago. Veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are invited for a trip to Washington, D.C. The veterans will take off from and will be returned to Midway Airport on the same day.

“I was honored to be invited,” said Vorderer, a Vietnam Army veteran. “I have been told by so many people that have gone that you will never forget it. They treat you so well.”

The board also approved a tent sale at Amazon Fresh, 4031 W. 95th St., from Oct. 20 through Oct. 30. A resolution was approved for a termination agreement between Norcomm and the Village of Oak Lawn. Norcomm is a private 911 call center.

Oak Lawn Board members had a brief discussion on setting trick-or-treat hours for Halloween. The board members eventually decided on setting trick-or-treat hours from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The board approved that by a 5-1 margin, with only Pembroke objecting.

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