The closing of the Oak Park market

The sad thing about this, is that this is another business in Oak Park, IL that failed and the residents nor the village of Oak Park, IL did not come out to support this fledging business. To hear that the owner was hoping that residents from the Austin area would come out or that he understood those Austin residents believe the market was for “oak parkers” says a lot.

As I have always said there is a lack of marketing in Oak Park, IL I mean you cannot even post a real estate sign to sell your home, so the marketing of a new business from a customer standpoint is non existent. For the owners to believe that Oak Parkers would come out to support the store was foolish because it was on North Avenue which most in Oak Park, IL feel is part of Chicago or the “border” so not really part of Oak Park, IL. Plus, Oak Park, IL residents rather spend their money within the core of Oak Park, IL (not downtown as much) than on the outskirts. Playing Devil’s advocate, naming your business “Oak Park” does not mean that people from Oak Park, IL will automatically come out either.

The other part of this statement by the owner that the people form the Austin area believed that this store was for Oak Parkers is telling. Well, he did name the store for Oak Park for one! Second what does that say when a store is linked to the village and the neighboring residents from Chicago for example do not want to patronize it? What type of negative connation is linked with Oak Park in general that makes people stay away and not patronize stores that are needed in the area?

I think the answers are in the comments as a few commenters feel badly about how the store was ran, but also about their neighbors for not coming out to support a business in their namesake. The comments are golden so read a couple! The main point is that there was no practical research is this business plan when you drive down North Avenue you see that the businesses on this border have extensive difficulty if they are not practically based in the demands of the community. Nor believing that the residents would come out to support anything that espouses the name “Oak Park” is foolish, Oak Park, IL is the snake eating its own tail, chewing on its own lies and paying the price.

This is the article that talks about the closing of the Oak Park market:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-15-2019/Oak-Park-Market-near-closing/#Comment-1b4eb16ad29bf7e5da92832cc1028019

Oak Park, IL: the Connelly’s Public house letter

Meanwhile as I was ranting and raving about how Oak Park, IL does not take care of the local businesses in its downtown area. I believe I forgot to post the letter that Connelly’s Public house (that’s the name!) posted to their door when they closed slamming Oak Park, IL for their business failing due to the construction of the nearby condos in the area on South Boulevard.

The posted letter is damning, funny and altogether true, Oak Park, IL does forget local businesses in their village and does not promote them the way they should.  Because unless you physically walked in the are you would not have known that Connelly’s Public House was there or that the Chinese restaurant before it was replaced by it! Oak Park, il is sure quick to remember its “history” but not to promote its present commerce bodies in the area.

When you think of the tax revenue alone that is lost by failing businesses in the area as residents, it does make you sick to your stomach. In the photos I got of the area during construction, you can see it is a nice sunny day, however there is no traffic, car or foot in the area. However, if you go a block north there was tons of traffic. Oak Park, iL must do better in promoting and acknowledging that businesses are in the area for them to flourish and help us care the immense tax burden that the village officials like to heap on everyone here. Hell, to even bring in tourists and local shoppers or even establish a better night life scene Oak Park, IL has to do better by looking out for businesses like the Connelly’s Public house before the entire downtown area becomes a ghost town.

The closing of the Wrigleyville Taco Bell-Oak Park, IL blog related

Making news is the closure of the Wrigleyville taco bell, I have been there only once (seriously). The hilarious thing is how this location is being lambasted on yelp.com by other Chicago Cubs fans. Mostly due to the crappy service most people received there, and of course the food. I went there years ago and got sick off the food and never went back. Therefore the idea that this restaurant is getting such hoopla is crazy, if you are screwing up your customer’s orders then you should be closed. I believe what is making headlines is that this “iconic” location is being replaced with something totally different and better.
Having restaurants in Wrigley field already kills the need for exterior restaurants, especially crappy ones. The neighborhood is changing again bringing more traffic woes, more jobs and increases in property values (higher taxes). But Wrigleyville has always been evolving, changing, and not always the way we like, only Wrigley field has basically remained the same sans lights or extra seating. The fact that it is such a big deal, is a mystery to me, I know that in fifty years all of Wrigleyville will be entirely different from what it is today.
That may be negative or pessimistic or some shit, but realistically change is inevitable. we can do now is demand that as cubs fans what replaces this piece of shit restaurant is along the lines of the spirit of the old ballpark. Replace them with Businesses that enhance the experience for the Fan visiting the area, tourist going to the game or the residents living there. The best way we can ensure that these businesses stay in line with the cubs spirit is with our wallets, and save our tears not for this shitty taco bell but for something more important, like when the Cubs lose 😢