Comings & Goings: Bakers Square closes last south suburban location

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Bakers Square, which once had several locations in the Chicago marketplace, has closed its last south suburban location, in Orland Park. Last year, before the pandemic hit, the chain closed without warning all but one of its south suburban locations from Lansing to Orland Park. Locations closed include 3545 Ridge Road in Lansing, 4839 W.…

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Dick’s Sporting Goods to open Friday at Chicago Ridge Mall

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By Bob Bong Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its newest Chicago-area store this week in the lower level of the former Carson’s store at Chicago Ridge Mall. “I think they will do gangbusters,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. He said the grand opening ribbon cutting at 9800 S. Ridgeland Ave. will be at 9…

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Disney Store closing at Chicago Ridge Mall

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By Bob Bong Walt Disney Co. will be closing its Disney Store inside Chicago Ridge Mall on or before August 18. The company announced in March it would be closing more than 60 of its brick-and-mortar locations to focus on its online business, which is about a third of its retail stores. All store merchandise…

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Comings & Goings: BETA wrestling academy opens in Justice

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By Bob Bong Joe Phelan has been coaching wrestling in the southwest suburbs for about 30 years. He started with the Badgers Wrestling Club at Argo High School and has been involved one way or another ever since. A month ago, Phelan dipped into his savings to open Beast Elite Training Academy at 7750 S.…

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Comings & Goings: Cannabis store opens in Chicago Ridge

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By Bob Bong Ascend Wellness Holdings has opened its second Illinois cannabis dispensary in Chicago Ridge. Ascend by Midway – Chicago Ridge opened at 9820 S. Ridgeland Ave. in a former Pier 1 store that closed last year when the chain went out of business. Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar, who was just re-elected, was…

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Comings & Goings: 5 Guys closes in Chicago Ridge

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By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge Mall, which is losing its Sears anchor store by the end of April, has also lost one of its many food outlets with the recent closing of 5 Guys gourmet hamburgers. The company did not respond to requests for information, and Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar said he didn’t know…

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Comings & Goings: Bandana’s BBQ opens in south suburbs

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By Bob Bong St. Louis-based Bandana’s BBQ announced that its latest location in Tinley Park is now open for carryout and curbside service with dine-in service coming soon. The restaurant is in the former Dugout and Applebee’s building at 16200 S. Harlem Ave. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To…

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Comings & Goings: Andy’s Frozen Custard opens in Palos Heights

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Missouri-based Andy’s Frozen Custard opened the doors without fanfare at 11 a.m. Friday at its Palos Heights location at 12805 S. Harlem Ave. A grand opening may be held in the spring. The Palos Heights location is the chain’s fifth in the south suburbs. The company first moved into the Chicago marketplace in 2011 in…

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Comings & Goings: Palos Hospital to join Northwestern Medicine

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By Bob Bong Palos Health announced last week that it will join Northwestern Medicine on January 1. Earlier this year, the governing boards for both organizations approved the merger and definitive agreement. All regulatory approvals have now been received. “We look forward to welcoming Palos Health to Northwestern Medicine,” said Dean M. Harrison, President and…

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