The Biz Week That Was: Tiny brews, outdoor theater daily showings and new outlet stores among highlights

McHenry Outdoor Theater begins daily showings, kicks off getaway contest

Starting May 24, the McHenry Outdoor Theater in Lakemoor switches from being open weekends only to operating seven days a week with a double feature of “The Garfield Movie” and “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.” Several first-run films, including “Inside Out 2” (June 21), “Despicable Me 4” (July 3), “Deadpool & Wolverine” (July 26), “Beetlejuice Beetlejuice” (Sept. 6), and much more, will screen at the outdoor theater on 1510 Chapel Hill Road.

Nano brewery proposed for downtown Arlington Heights

What started as Arlington Heights resident Eric Lamkins’ home-brewing hobby is poised to become a full-fledged business in the village’s downtown. But Lamkins’ Spent Grain Brewing truly will be the definition of a small business. Inside the recently closed Bangkok Cafe at 17 N. Vail Ave., will be a nano brewery, where the bearded brewer will craft small batches of his favorite suds.

Construction giant sues tollway for firing; warns of delays, costs, safety issues

A longtime Illinois tollway construction company sued the agency Wednesday, saying executives broke a multimillion-dollar contract to rebuild an interchange without explanation. Judlau Contracting Inc. has a 10-year history with the Illinois tollway, which has paid the company millions of dollars to undertake some of its major projects.

Schaumburg poised to approve TIF district to help modernize aging industrial park

Schaumburg trustees Tuesday will consider the creation of a tax increment financing (TIF) district to help fund public improvements and attract new private investment to the aging 573-acre Centex industrial park near the village’s southwest corner. A TIF district, which takes a portion of the property taxes normally received by the area’s local governments, operates for 23 years unless the public improvements it funds can be paid off earlier.

Rosemont mall nears full occupancy with latest additions

Despite the nationwide decline in brick-and-mortar retail, Fashion Outlets of Chicago boasts a 97% occupancy rate of its two-floor, 530,000-square-foot indoor shopping center in Rosemont. That’s with the recent addition of the first Midwest outlet of contemporary luxury brand Alexander McQueen, a London-based fashion house founded in 1992 by designer Lee Alexander McQueen. By year’s end, officials expect the mall to reach full occupancy, with the addition of Vuori, 7 For All Mankind, Marc Jacobs and Sandro.

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