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  • Sports Authority will replace the shuttered MC Sports at the southwest corner of Route 22 and Route 12 in Lake Zurich.

    Sports Authority filling MC Sports space off Rand Road in Lake ZurichApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    One sporting goods retailer will replace another in a mall off Rand Road in Lake Zurich. Sports Authority plans to open in May, filling the spot vacated by MC Sports. Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton said Wednesday he was pleased to learn of Sports Authority's arrival in the Village Square mall. “Isn't that the life cycle of retail?” Poynton said. “You lose something and you pick something up.”

     
  • Proposed redevelopment plans for the Hickory-Kensington area in Arlington Heights include a mix of retail and commercial property. The village will host an public meeting Wednesday night on the project and a tax increment financing district intended to support it.

    Arlington Heights to hold meeting on TIF district proposalApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights will hold a public hearing Wednesday night to discuss plans and a timeline for the proposed new Tax Increment Financing district in the Hickory-Kensington area of town. The area — defined by Dryden Avenue to the east, Miner Street to the north, Belmont Avenue to the west and Northwest Highway to the south — is largely industrial, but has seen some redevelopment in recent years with the addition of Mariano's, Walgreens and new townhouses.

     
  • A fan system blowing through a flight chamber creates the conditions for indoor sky diving, and instructors at iFly facilities like the one likely coming to Naperville help people start flying from the ground up.

    iFly facilities nearing completion in Rosemont, NapervilleApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Visitors to two new businesses in Rosemont and Naperville will soon be able to fly — if but for a moment, and with the help of some high-powered fans. Construction on the two iFly indoor sky diving facilities — each one about 7,000 square feet with nearly 50-foot-high wind tunnels — is nearing completion. “We have numerous patents on the technology,” Stuart Wallock, the chief marketing officer, said.

     
  • Some homeowners required to have federal flood insurance like Cheryl Brady of Wheeling have seen their premiums jump. A new law approved this month limits the size of annual increases.

    Suburbs hit with flood insurance rate increasesMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Homeowners in suburbs like Des Plaines, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Addison and Aurora who have to keep a close eye on rising waters nearby will also have to worry about rising flood insurance rates. How far or for how long the rates will climb is unclear. “With all these hurricanes and tornadoes, I’m sure FEMA’s struggling, but do you have to take it out on us?” one homeowner said.

     
  • Schaumburg recommends tax break to lure truck repair businessMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg trustees have recommended that Cook County grant a tax incentive that would bring a Wood Dale-based truck repair business to the village’s Spectrum Industrial Park. If the county grants the Class 6B incentive, AA Truck Repair would relocate to a former FedEx site in Schaumburg. The existing 34,882-square-foot facility — vacant for 3½ years — lies on a 2.93-acre lot at 700 W. Estes.

     
  • Schaumburg approves Fiat, Maserati dealershipMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg trustees this week approved a long awaited expansion of the Zeigler Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership at 208 W. Golf Road to include a Fiat and Maserati dealership as well. “A new car dealership is always good news,” Community Development Director Julie Fitzgerald said. “This is particularly exciting because it’s a new dealership we don’t have right now.”

     
  • Elk Grove tightens rules on providing tax incentivesMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village is tightening its rules on how many business property tax breaks it will support. Mayor Craig Johnson said for years, Elk Grove has supported businesses receiving Cook County Class 6b tax incentives, which many businesses argue is necessary to be able to afford the cost of building improvements. But Johnson said some businesses don’t make the improvements they promise to do.

     
  • The Mill Race Inn in Geneva in 2007. It closed in 2011.

    Shodeen buys Mill Race Inn in GenevaMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Shodeen Inc., a Geneva-based real estate management and development firm, has bought the Mill Race Inn restaurant. It hasn't announced plans for the site, but says it intends to keep the oldest, historically significant part of the building, a portion built in 1846.

     
  • Rosemont is preparing to demolish four buildings in a former light industrial area south of Balmoral Avenue, with an eye toward retail development.

    Rosemont building demolitions could clear way for new retailersMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rosemont is planning to demolish four remaining buildings in a former light industrial section of town, with the prospect of redeveloping the area for retail use. In total, the village has purchased and razed about a dozen buildings over the course of the last five years south of Balmoral Avenue on both sides of Pearl Street.

     
  • Demolition of Don Roth’s Blackhawk restaurant in Wheeling began Friday. It closed in 2009 after a 40-year run as part of the village’s Restaurant Row.

    Historic Wheeling restaurant demolishedMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Demolition of the iconic Don Roth’s Blackhawk restaurant in Wheeling, which closed five years ago, began Friday. The restaurant, one of the original features on Wheeling’s famed Restaurant Row, closed in 2009 after 40 years on Milwaukee Avenue just north of Dundee Road. The building was originally a farmhouse dating from the 1880s, and village officials said there was no way to save it.

     
  • The Garden Fresh store in Wheeling is closing March 25 and reopening March 26 at a bigger location in Buffalo Grove.

    Wheeling regrets loss of grocery storeMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Now that the Garden Fresh grocery in Wheeling is closing March 25, so it can reopen in Buffalo Grove on March 26, Wheeling is hoping to attract another grocer to that space. But that might be a tall order, said John Melaniphy, Wheeling’s director of economic development.

     
  • Empty shopping cart holders sit in the former Dominick’s parking lot in Buffalo Grove’s Chase Plaza on Lake-Cook Road. An unconfirmed report suggested that Elgin-based Butera Market will be converting it into a Piggly Wiggly.

    Report suggests Piggly Wiggly coming to Buffalo GroveMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The former Dominick’s on Lake-Cook Road in Buffalo Grove will be converted by Elgin-based Butera Market into a Piggly Wiggly, a website affiliated with Crain’s Chicago Business reported Friday, citing unnamed real estate sources. Dominick’s and Butera Market officials were silent on the matter Friday, while Buffalo Grove Deputy Village Manager Jenny Maltas said she’d neither seen nor heard any evidence of such a transaction.

     
  • Under pressure to move before year’s end, Illinois lawmakers balked at acting on tax incentives aimed at keeping several large companies in the state. The Senate approved breaks for Archer Daniels Midland, OfficeMax/Office Depot and another company, but the House adjourned on Dec. 3 after passing landmark pension reform, essentially kicking the incentives decision down the road.

    Office Max to begin move out of Naperville in AprilMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Office Max plans to begin moving 1,600 jobs out of Illinois next month, with some positions permanently eliminated — a move that comes months after Illinois lawmakers declined to give the company the millions in tax breaks it requested from the state. The company, which recently merged with Florida-based Office Depot, will begin the process of permanently closing its Naperville operations in April.

     
  • Elk Grove Village is creating a TIF district in a 917-acre area of a sprawling business park next to the O'Hare International Airport.

    Elk Grove Village passes TIF district for business parkMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village officials have approved a sprawling TIF district that could generate nearly $900 million to help revitalize an aging business park. “We're trying to take the bold step to one, stop it from sliding any further, and two, make it stronger (and) more viable for the future,” Mayor Craig Johnson said Tuesday.

     
  • Sunstar Americas Inc.’s 302,000-square-foot North American headquarters is expected to bring 400 new jobs to Schaumburg. The building will sit north of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway east of Roselle Road.

    Schaumburg approves Sunstar Americas development pactMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg officials have approved a redevelopment agreement for the Japanese firm Sunstar Americas Inc. to bring its North American headquarters and 400 new jobs to a site overlooking the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Though the project first was announced last summer, the redevelopment agreement outlining its eligibility for $3.3 million of funding from a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district was just signed off on this week.

     
  • Schaumburg to get second Chick-fil-A in 2014Mar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Schaumburg trustees this week approved a second Chick-fil-A restaurant to be located on the former site of Zippy’s at 90 N. Barrington Road. The village’s first Chick-fil-A at 935 E. Golf Road — a short distance west of Woodfield Mall — opened in September 2011.

     
  • The owners of a property near Glen Ellyn have filed a federal lawsuit against DuPage County in an effort to allow a gas station to be built on their land.

    Property owners sue DuPage to build gas station near Glen EllynMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A federal lawsuit alleges DuPage County committed an “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” act by refusing to let a gasoline station, convenience store and car wash be built near Glen Ellyn. The suit, filed Monday by Nebraska-based Buck's Inc. and the land owners, is asking the court to declare the project can proceed at the northeast corner of Butterfield Road and Route 53.

     
  • Elk Grove Village officials are considering a Tax Increment Financing district to spur redevelopment of the village’s aging business park.

    Elk Grove Village board to vote on massive TIF district TuesdayMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elk Grove Village trustees will vote Tuesday on creation of a special taxing district that could generate nearly $900 million to help pay for redevelopment projects in a large portion of the village’s sprawling business park. The proposed Tax Increment Financing district is needed, village officials say, to revitalize an aging industrial park where property values are declining and occupancy rates have dropped.

     
  • Pure Barre fitness studio and other new shops are transforming the Main Place building on the south side of Jefferson Avenue east of Webster Street in downtown Naperville. Apricot Lane clothing boutique also opened recently, and a new space is under construction for a Sephora cosmetics store to open later this spring.

    New shops changing landscape of Naperville’s Jefferson AvenueMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    A string of storefronts on Jefferson Avenue in the heart of downtown Naperville is experiencing a transformation with the recent opening of two shops and construction of new space for a third. Apricot Lane, Pure Barre and Sephora will join the downtown shopping scene by the time the transformation is complete, which could be as soon as May, Main Place property owner Steve Rubin said.

     
  • Thomas Poynton

    Jewel-Osco tightens grip on Lake Zurich with 2 stores in same areaMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jewel-Osco is about to gain quite a foothold in Lake Zurich. After moving into a vacant Dominick's on Rand Road later this year, the supermarket also intends to continue operating in a second location about a half-mile east. “From where I sit, this is a great outcome,” Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton said. “We had a potentially long-term empty space that is now filled.”

     
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