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

3 12 2021 10 59 48 AM 7886712

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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Comings & Goings: Costco to reopen Bedford Park store

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By Bob Bong Who says companies never listen? Costco announced last week that due to what the company said was negative feedback from its customers, the Costco Business Center at 7300 S. Cicero Ave. in Bedford Park would reopen on Aug. 31 along with another business center store in Orlando, Fla. The store was closed…

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Comings & Goings: Brown Sugar Bakery buys Cupid Candies

  By Bob Bong Brown Sugar Bakery founder Stephanie Hart announced last week she will be buying the Cupid Candies factory at 7637 S. Western Ave. in Chicago. Hart said she needs more space and will be moving her bakery kitchen to factory site but will keep her original shop open at 328 W. 75th St.…

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Comings & Goings: Steak-n-Egger can’t wait to reopen

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By Bob Bong Business owners who have been chomping at the bit got good news this week when Gov. JB Pritzker said Restore Illinois would move into Phase 4 on Friday. That means all kinds of businesses that have been shut or sharply curtailed since mid-March would be allowed to reopen as long as they…

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Comings & Goings: Costco closes Bedford Park location

6 18 2020 10 28 43 AM 3892114

By Bob Bong Costco has pulled the final plug on its Bedford Park location at 7300 S. Cicero Ave. In 2015, the California-based wholesale club converted the Bedford Park location from a full-service store to a Costco Business Center. It was the chain’s first business center in the Midwest and the 10thÊin the nation. The…

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Comings & Goings: Tona’s Pupusas begins new season at Summit Park

5 25 2020 10 21 57 AM 5841119

By BobÊ Bong Tona’s Pupusas, a Salvadoran restaurant that has operated at Summit Park in Summit for the past two summers, has reopened for the season. They are offering carryout only for the time being. The eatery specializes in pupusas, a kind of thick tortilla stuffed with a variety of savory fillings such as chicken,…

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