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  • Pole dancers strip away stereotypes in championship Aug 14, 2014 6:32 AM
    This isn't your pervy uncle's pole dancing. The pole-dancing championship this weekend in St. Charles features gymnastics, athleticism and performances from suburban performers as well as last year's champion--a 26-year-old man. “That's the challenge, to break that stigma people have,” says Sarah Ritzman, who with Caroline Patel, owns Tiger Lily Vertical Fitness and Dance in Geneva. “We're making people realize there's more to it than that."

     
  • New Moretti’s to open by spring in Rosemont Aug 13, 2014 6:13 PM
    The Schaumburg-based restaurant group that operates the chain of Moretti’s restaurants throughout the suburbs is bringing its newest location to Rosemont, and paying the village $3.4 million to buy the strip mall where the eatery will be built. Ala Carte Entertainment “had extra money and wanted to buy the whole center,” Mayor Brad Stephens said.

     
  • Lake in the Hills offers incentive to draw new business Aug 13, 2014 4:25 PM
    Lake in the Hills officials are offering a carrot to draw new businesses to town that are looking to locate in areas where existing buildings require upgrades or remodeling. “The incentive is open to retrofitting and (new) construction of retail space,” said Gino DeVivo, village economic development representative. “It is designed to improve the competitive advantage of the village to attract new business investment by promoting reinvestment in existing spaces and new construction.”

     
  • New Lombard brewery hopes to open doors in November Aug 12, 2014 5:17 PM
    Construction begins this week for a new brewery called Noon Whistle, which hopes to open Nov. 1 at 800 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard. The brewery will include a tasting room, where eight rotating beers will be available on tap.

     
  • Drive-through coming to Geneva Panera Aug 11, 2014 3:47 PM
    A new drive-through lane at the Panera in Algonquin opened recently along the Randall Road corridor. It's a preview of what's to come further south on Randall. By next summer, the Geneva Panera will move to a larger location and open a drive-through, officials said.

     
  • Mt. Prospect Blues Bar’s liquor license suspended Aug 11, 2014 9:35 PM
    Mount Prospect officials suspended the liquor license of Blues Bar in the village’s downtown after the business’ state license expired last week. The state license cannot be renewed, officials said, until the business’ owners pay overdue taxes.

     
  • Des Plaines noise rules could change following dispute Aug 11, 2014 8:10 PM
    A neighborhood dispute over noise from the Black Ram restaurant in Des Plaines appears to have simmered down — at least for now — after the restaurant’s installation of a patio didn’t prove to be as much of a disturbance as nearby residents feared. But the episode has led Des Plaines officials to re-examine their noise ordinance in hopes of averting future disputes.

     
  • Hanover Park man ditches convenience for franchise Aug 11, 2014 11:18 PM
    Humza Khan of Hanover Park loves buildings. He loves what you may not notice, like the ceiling, the floor plans, the color and the design. So it’s no surprise that the 28-year-old left behind a secure job with his family’s 7-Eleven businesses to pursue his dream. He has taken his test to obtain a license as an inspector and aims to launch his own franchise of Pillar to Post, a building inspection firm, by early September. “Growing up in Chicago, one of the most beautiful cities in the world that contains incredible architecture in the hundreds of buildings, I was always interested in buildings and design,” Khan said. “I would notice crown moldings, cabinetry, floor plans of houses and just overall color schemes and think about the design style of each structure. It was a passion that slowly grew as I got older.” He said he once considered a career in interior design but was more interested in the overall area of real estate, architecture and remodeling. “I initially began researching different business opportunities within the architecture and real estate areas and after several months of research, I found Pillar to Post,” he said. The franchise appealed to him because it combined the two things he has always loved and has been good at, architecture and people skills, he said. “The business plan and methodology guided a new business owner to succeed and their code of business ethics allowed for a newcomer to provide honest, necessary, informed information regarding a building so a potential buyer can have peace of mind in their purchase,” he said. Khan was born in downtown Chicago. At 3, his parents moved to Hanover Park. When he was 18, he began working at 7-Eleven in Glendale Heights, owned by his older sister’s husband. For the next 10 years, he worked with his brother-in-law and they expanded the business and opened two additional locations, one in Park Ridge and another in Glendale Heights. Khan began as a sales associate and worked his way up to general manager of the two Glendale Heights stores. The experience has taught him about customer service and customer satisfaction to build loyalty. He said after much thought and deliberation, he decided it was time to combine his passion with his business skills and create something for himself. “Starting this company has been wonderful and terrifying at the same time,” Khan said. “It takes a lot of courage and confidence to leave an existing profitable family business to go out and try to follow my dreams.” He also wants to help people build their own dreams as well. “My goal is to continue to build and grow and help the residential community of my hometown to buy and sell property with confidence,” he said. Rosemont legacy continues Jacqueline Stephens Breisch is a new associate in the Lake Forest office of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP. She has extensive experience in family law cases involving custody, maintenance, child support, property division, and finding creative solutions to deal with complex financial matters associated with divorce. The Rosemont native recently moved back to her hometown where her grandfather, Donald E. Stephens, was the founding mayor of Rosemont and served for nearly 50 years. Her uncle, Brad Stephens, took over as mayor in 2007. Specialist now at Lutheran General Anastasios Raptis of Libertyville is the new stem cell transplant medical director at Advocate Lutheran General in Park Ridge. Raptis is a hematology/oncology specialist, with nearly 30 years experience in performing all types of stem cell/bone marrow transplants and was recruited from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. FastTracks Meghan O’Kelly was named the Young Professional of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America Chicago at its annual Skyline Awards Gala. The group recognizes the best communications practitioners, campaigns and tactics in the Chicago area. O’Kelly, a Hoffman Estates native and 2004 graduate of Fremd High School, is the corporate relations division manager for the Midwest region at Northbrook-based Allstate Insurance Co. Owner Sheryl Martinec cut the ribbon on her new Flour Shoppe Bakery and Confectionary in Cary. Those who were on hand to welcome Martinec included Lynn Caccavallo, associate director of the Cary Grove Chamber of Commerce; Dave Evans, the chamber board president; Brad Ball, executive director o the chamber; among others. Tom McDonald has been appointed regional sales manager of Corporate Life & Pensions at Zurich Global Life in Schaumburg. ... Andre Richards is the new director of brand strategy and management at Oak Brook-based Delta Dental Plans Association, a dental benefits provider. ... Kaylee Phalon is the new financial adviser at Edward Jones at Naperville’s Fifth Avenue Station. She joins Financial Advisor Mark Putbrese, who has served clients in the Naperville area for about 20 years. Glenview native Megan Tamte, founder and CEO of Edina, Minnesota-based Hot Mama stores, has changed the company name to Evereve. It will open at the Main Street Promenade in Naperville on Aug. 20, and is one of the company’s eight Illinois locations. It’s also the first brick-and-mortar store nationwide to make the name change. ... Beth Wagner is the new marketing coordinator at Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical Inc. in Crystal Lake Stephanie Nelson of Park Ridge, event manager for CDM Media said the Chicago-based company has recently expanded to New York and Cardiff, United Kingdom. It is a business-to-business technology, marketing and media firm that specializes in reaching executives through events and strategic online content. • There’s more to business than just the bottom line. We want to tell you about the people that make business work. Send news about people in business to akukec@dailyherald.com. Follow Anna Marie Kukec on LinkedIn and Facebook and as AMKukec on Twitter.

     
  • Ag tourism touted as way to boost rural economies Aug 10, 2014 7:00 AM
    Ag tourism refers to working farm enterprises geared to visitors, encompassing farm stands, pumpkin patches, barn dances, zip-line rides, pick-your-own berries, corn mazes and even weddings. Farms engaging in ag tourism generated roughly $700 million in 2012 — a 24 percent increase over five years, according to the most recent U.S. Agriculture Department statistics.

     
  • Barbara Corcoran on her 2nd life with ‘Shark Tank’ Aug 10, 2014 7:34 AM
    Barbara Corcoran expects entrepreneurs to listen to what she says, and then do what they want. Even when they’re using her money to build their companies. Corcoran, now one of the investors on the ABC program “Shark Tank,” made her name running New York real estate brokerage Corcoran Group.

     
  • Owner: Puppy stolen from Naperville pet store Aug 9, 2014 11:19 PM
    A 3-month-old female boxer named Precious was taken from the Naperville Petland, the store's owner said Saturday. A man walked away with the puppy, while two women distracted the store's employees, owner Adam Stachowiak said.

     
  • Bigby’s Pour House in Rolling Meadows holds grand opening Aug 8, 2014 6:10 PM
    Bigby’s Pour House, a craft beer bar in Addison, on Friday celebrated the opening of its new Rolling Meadows site at 1649 Algonquin Road.

     
  • Fahey Medical Center in Des Plaines closes due to foreclosure Aug 8, 2014 4:22 PM
    A longtime medical clinic in Des Plaines has closed its doors due to foreclosure. An eviction notice from the Cook County Sheriff is posted on the doors of the Fahey Medical Center, which has been at 581 E. Golf Road since 1957.

     
  • Couples aiming for world record on vow renewals Aug 7, 2014 2:03 AM
    Whether you've been married 50 years or just tied the knot last weekend, you could add to those memories by being part of a suburban attempt this month to break a world record. A Schaumburg jeweler and hotel hope to attract more than 1,087 couples to a mass ceremony and party that would topple the record for the most couples renewing their wedding vows.

     
  • How Ye Old Town Inn owner fought suburb, won millions Aug 7, 2014 6:37 AM
    You can't fight City Hall, the adage goes, but Tod Curtis fought Village Hall, and his side came away with $6.5 million. The 75-year-old owner of Ye Olde Town Inn in downtown Mount Prospect claimed in a 2008 lawsuit that village officials and a local development company conspired to seize his land and redevelop the area without him. “Nothing's changed me,” he said. “I'm still making great pizzas.”

     
  • Batavia Green Fair aims to inspire eco-friendly lifestyles Aug 6, 2014 2:27 PM
    The Batavia Green Fair on the Fox, formerly known as the Batavia Green Walk, is returning for its seventh annual event with more than just a new name. Fair co-chairman Keith Line said this year, the fair will be more interactive and will reach a wider audience with various new activities, events and entertainment.

     
  • Wheaton council approves liquor sales close to church Aug 5, 2014 5:16 AM
    A Wheaton convenience store will now be able to sell liquor, despite opposition from two councilmen, leaders from a nearby church and at least one resident. The city council approved an amendment to the Wheaton City Code with a 5-2 vote Monday that allows for the sale of the alcohol in the 7-Eleven at 326 W. Liberty Drive. "I think you need to act with a little bit of trepidation," one councilman said.

     
  • Bank of America location to close in Elgin Aug 5, 2014 4:47 PM
    The Bank of America branch on Big Timber Road in Elgin is scheduled to close Nov. 14. “It’s nothing out of the ordinary,” said Diane J. Wagner, Bank of America’s senior vice president of media relations. “In terms of traffic patterns, we’re not seeing a large number of people transacting there.”

     
  • Gaetano’s Batavia restaurant opens Aug 6, 2014 1:01 PM
    Gaetano's, a respected Forest Park restaurant, is opening a second eatery in Batavia today. Italian-inspired dishes will be served in the space at Wilson and River streets that formerly held a coffee-and-wine bar.

     
  • Mount Prospect settles with Ye Olde Town Inn for $6.5 million Aug 6, 2014 5:24 AM
    Mount Prospect will pay $6.5 million to Ye Olde Town Inn, owner Tod Curtis and Curtis's lawyers, to settle the racketeering lawsuit Curtis filed in 2008.

     
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