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'Happenin' Homewood?' Will Incoming Businesses Revamp the Local Economy?

Some exciting new places are coming to Homewood, but is this what our community needs?

In a time where vacancies are prevalent and local shops are closing their doors for good, things seem to be looking up for Homewood.

Today, . The hotel would put Homewood in the same league as St. Charles and Geneva—and would make it the only South Suburb with a boutique hotel. On top of that, the old Bakers Square building in the Southgate business district is going to become , and Chipotle will be moving in on Halsted before the year’s end.

All these changes will undoubtedly have an impact on the community, though. Will a chain like Chipotle take away from the local feel here? What will the Central Business District be like if it starts catering to tourists? What is the likelihood of success for these new places? Is this the beginning of something big for Homewood?

We want to know what you think! So far, responses have been extremely positive on our Facebook page:

  • Kate Duff:"This is really great news."
  • Ann Druetzler:"WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • David Parry:"At first glance I was a tad skeptical, but on closer inspection it does actually make sense given the selection of ratty scumbag hotels in the area."
  • Dina Lyles Harrison:"I worked for "Doc" Dr. Gendreau years ago and he's a pretty remarkable guy. I think we will all be impressed. I'm very excited by all the new additions planned. I can almost feel home values rising."

Tell us what you think in our poll!

Steve Burke April 03, 2012 at 11:57 PM
it'd probably be better at the site of the old restaurant at 175th and halsted.
Genvieve LaChappele April 04, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I gave up on haltsted street last week when a panhandler followed me to my car. This has happened before and usually I go back into the store and get security. The warmer the weather the worse it becomes.
Genvieve LaChappele April 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
175th and halsted can command it's own section in the police blotter.
Ryan Fitzpatrick April 04, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I'm pretty sure that's actually in the plan. Check the concept drawings on the "Cottage on Dixie" announcement article for specifics.
Steve Burke April 17, 2012 at 03:56 PM
it basically is the police blotter. still, it's nice having most of those stores.

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