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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 Ploum April 03, 2012 at 12:13 PM
With Ravisloe's wedding trade, the hotel is sooooo needed and I'm thrilled it is happening. I think the corporate corridor on halsted is fine and let's face it, handy. The quaint down town will survive because it's quaint, it provides a different experience, and if the hotel is there, it will add to the feel and most importantly, pedestrians and customers. Fine dining in southgate is huge too. Now more cool, hip, shops will find the downtown and southgate more attractive. Thumbs up all around.
Linda T April 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Excellent news! Chipotle is about the best you can get in terms of a corporate chain restaurant. They source much of their meat from sustainable, pasturing farmers, making their food much healthier than the majority of chains. The upscale restaurant in the former Bakers' Square location is fantastic too, especially since they plan to source some of their ingredients from local, sustainable farms. This will mean tastier, cleaner, safer, more healthful food. Way to go Homewood!
Linda T April 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM
p.s. When you gonna sweet-talk Trader Joe's into opening a store in Homewood? Many of us from this area go all the way to Orland Park to shop Trader Joe's, and we NEED a location around here!
Ron Wexler April 03, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Amazing...The entire HF area is amazing and its great that these outside business people see in our area what so many of us do! I think Trader Joes, Meijer and Whole Foods should come play with us next!!
ridgeroadmike April 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I'm not holding my breath. I hope it works, obviously, but there's a lot involved here and I'm not going to be jumping for joy just to get my hopes dashed. In the end, let's call it "guarded optimism." I see no reason not to try, however. And the idea of putting a place like Chipotle in the Halsted corridor is right as well as making the downtown area more "quaint." Bringing upscale dining into the area is great, too. It's not a bad idea to make HF a destination area. I just hope it all works out.
Richard Wilson April 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Hey Ron, not a Meijer because we love Walts.
SRJ April 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Trader Joes!! (On Dixie) Tear down that eyesore old medical building
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 (Editor) 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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