Montoya: Big things planned for Berwyn coming this year
It’s been a very busy year for the Berwyn Development Corporation's Economic Development and Chamber Services commissions. To date, we’ve been very fortunate to see new businesses open and existing businesses expand in all of our major corridors. Projects currently under construction include Frank Thomas’s Big Hurt Brew House, which is currently under construction on the southwest corner of Cermak Road and Oak Park Avenue; Torres Fresh Market, on 26th Street; and Familia Fresh Market, on Oak Park Avenue in the Depot District.
As proud as we are of our accomplishments in the first half of the year, there is more to come. According to Chicago Magazine, one of the five best things to do in September is to attend the Berwyn Route 66 Car Show. This year will be bigger and better than ever, starting with a welcome party Sept. 5 at Paisans Pizzeria & Bar to officially welcome all of our out of town guests to the Car Show Sept. 6.
The BDC's Depot District Special Events Committee will celebrate its 13th annual Oktoberfest this year as well. The successful two-day event takes place in the Depot District on both sides of the Metra tracks between Oak Park and Home Avenues. Visitors will enjoy great local food, live performances, amusement rides, kids' activities, crafters, vendors, and of course, a world class beer garden.
To close out the month, the Berwyn Historical Society’s eighth annual Historic Berwyn’s Bungalow Tour will be coming up in September. Cited as the Best Neighborhood for Bungalows by This Old House magazine, Berwyn boasts one of the largest concentrations of Chicago-style bungalow homes in the nation. Docents will share the history of each house on the tour, as well as indicate any special or unique features the house may have. Tour-goers may walk, bike, and/or drive between tour houses.
And finally, it’s all about BerwynStyle! Since 2007, the city of Berwyn, in partnership with the BDC, has successfully deployed its “Why Berwyn?” marketing campaign both to entice visitors and residents alike to enjoy the entertainment, dining and shopping options in Berwyn and to highlight Berwyn as a prime location for business. Throughout the region, many have seen the rising sun bulls-eye and strategically placed bungalow, in conjunction with a bold statement clearly encapsulating the Berwyn brand. Now, in its eighth year, the 2014 campaign proudly introduces “BerwynStyle – Est. 1908 – ” to carry the tradition forward. For more information on the items mentioned above, or to learn more about what's going on in Berwyn, please visit www.whyberwyn.com.
Mal Montoya is president of the Berwyn Development Corporation