Monday, December 31, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
This year in Proviso Township was eventful. Below, we give a recap of some of the highlights from 2018.
The Year In Economic Development
The start of 2018 was marked by two grand openings in two weeks in Bellwood and Broadview. On Jan. 11, community leaders hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official grand-opening of Thornton’s Gas Station in Bellwood and on Jan. 17, Broadview leaders hosted formally opened the reopening of Broadview Family Restaurant, formerly the Marquee.
Below is a list of other notable business developments in the Proviso Township area, along with developments in nearby shopping centers.
- Aldi in Melrose Park, 1345 W. North Ave., reopened on Aug. 24 after undergoing extensive renovations.
- The Super Target at 800 Broadview Square in Broadview was “one of 18 Chicago-area stores Target is remodeling this year, on top of six completed last year, as the chain invests in revamping more than 1,000 of its 1,835 stores by 2020,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
- Ross Dress for Less opened its new Broadview location on July 21. The store, located at the northeast corner of S. 17th Ave. and W. Cermak Rd., was one of three new Ross stores opening across the Chicago metro area that day.
- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts officially opened its third location in the Chicago area at 110 S. Mannheim Rd. in Hillside on Oct. 9, to much fanfare.
- Tony’s Fresh Market became the third major retailer to close its doors in North Riverside this year when the grocery store moves its operations about a half mile away to the Cermak Plaza in Berwyn on Nov. 28.
- In February, real estate developer IFF announced that it was interested in buying up abandoned and foreclosed buildings, and vacant lots, in Maywood, Bellwood, Berwyn and Forest Park in order to build 16 multiunit rental housing developments tailored for disabled tenants.
- In January, Crain’s broke the news that Loyola Medicine in Maywood was planning to pay roughly $270 million to buy MacNeal Hospital.
- According to a May report released by the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the planned closing of Carson’s in North Riverside Park Mall resulted in at least 159 lost jobs.
- In November, reports surfaced that the Sears store at North Riverside Park Mall was among roughly 500 Sears and Kmart locations its parent company hoped to auction off in January in order to pay its debts.
- In October, reports surfaced that Mattress Firm planned to close up to 700 stores as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including the one at 7550 Broadview Village Square (Suite 7600C) in Broadview.
- Roughly a year after opening inside of Forest Park Plaza, HOBO — the home improvement store located at 7630 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park— seemed poised to close, according to a notice the store’s parent company filed on Oct. 19. By December, the store was empty.
- Leamington Foods, located at 550 Mannheim Rd. in Hillside, closed in September.
- Tropical Time Jerk Chicken, 1117 S. 1st Ave. in Maywood permanently closed in September and moved to 22 W. Lake St. in Northlake, between Lake and Wolf, where it reopened in October.
Stories Where The Local And The National Intersected
When Bellwood police officer James Eric Davis Sr. and his wife, Diva, were murdered on March 2 by their son, James Eric Davis Jr., on the campus of Central Michigan University, where the couple was reportedly picking him up ahead of spring break, the story made both local and national headlines. The grief in Bellwood was particularly palpable, with Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey calling Davis Sr. his “hero” during a eulogy.
Less than a month later, on March 31, Bellwood itself was the scene of another incident that made national headlines — the ambulance crash that left three people dead, including the driver. An ABC7 I-Team report later showed that the emergency medical technician driving the ambulance had cocaine in his system and a lengthy criminal and drug history, promting state officials to announce in November that they were taking steps to toughen regulations related to the issuance of licenses for emergency medical services.
“There’s power in love,” was the major theme in Bishop Michael Curry’s address during the May 19 wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, held Saturday morning. Curry — the first African American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church (an affiliate of the Church of England) — brought a little bit of his roots with him to England. Curry was baptized at St. Simon of Cyrene Church in Maywood, and born in the village, before moving to New York.
The Milwaukee Police Department released video footage of the Jan. 26 arrest of Maywood native, Proviso East graduate and Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown. There was significant buildup to the release of the footage, with even Milwaukee’s mayor, Tom Barrett, calling the video “disturbing” and “disconcerting,” according to media reports. After significant public backlash against the arrest, Brown later announced that he was filing a civil rights lawsuit against Milwaukee and its police department.
The Year In History Making
On Dec. 1, the Maywood Park District held a private soft opening for the historic former children’s receiving home at 809 Madison St. in Maywood, which was recently renovated after sitting empty for nearly two decades. The facility, which is now a community center operated by the Maywood Park District, also has a name — the Lightford Recreation Center.
Last fall, Lauryn Craine-Farries made history when she opened her college acceptance letter and found a scholarship offer inside. When she enrolled at Missouri Valley College this fall, she became the first woman in Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s 100-year history paid to play golf at the collegiate level.
On March 24, the Triton College men’s basketball program won its first-ever NJCAA D-II National Championship, after defeating Pima Community College in Arizona 89-85.
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