What Should Go Here? 1744 Ridge Road

With all this talk of new restaurants and a new hotel coming into town, do you think Homewood can keep up the trend?

You might recognize this vacancy as the soapy-windowed property along the walk to Dairy Queen. It sits across the street from the and it's situated within a village TIF district, making it eligible for funds. Right now it's sandwiched between a hair salon and a boutique shop.

So we turn the question over to you ...

What should go here?

A restaurant? A shop? A service? We want to know!

Please share your ideas in the comments section.

Concerned mom April 07, 2012 at 02:02 AM
A big trend in the city are indoor playground/family cafe - like The Little Bean in Lincoln park. I would love to open one in Homewood because there is nothing around us like that. As a mom I think it would be great....thoughts??
Andrea April 07, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I like that idea MrsC. I also liked the idea of a teen center. We used to have Off the Alley, which brought a lot of people in for bands. They didn't serve alcohol so it was a great place to hang out. Local bands have no options for a venues if they're young people. I know The Zone does have some live entertainment, but it would be great to see a place devoted to encouraging young musicians.
Maxwife April 07, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Yarn/needlework store would be a great addition to the area! Currently, the closest type of store like that is in Orland. Re: organics--Whole Foods is coming to Orland this autumn!
Kyle duran April 07, 2012 at 01:03 PM
A Chicago sports store
Amy April 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Ugh! No convenience stores, hair salons, cafes, aisian dining, or travel agencies, please! How about an antique store or a museum? Unfortunately, the land there is basically swamp land, I think, which explains the sinking. The vacant lot on that corner can't support anything either. But if it can't be used then it needs to be torn down or fixed.. Someone has put junk in the back and it looks terrible! That land could make a nice nature area with places to sit and eat your DQ or basketball courts. We do need a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and a good bookstore on Halsted!
Ernie Souchak April 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Speaking of eyesores, what about that dump between the DQ and the 1744 building??? Could that property look any UGLIER??? Is there anyone from the Homewood Beautification Committee that could help THAT owner have an idea?
babyboomer April 07, 2012 at 03:48 PM
How about a scaled down Traders Joes?
babyboomer April 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I also like the Einstein Bagel idea. We have authentic bagel places around here!!
audrey w April 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
If you're looking for organic produce and meats go to Bizios. They have the best selection and great quality produce. If you haven't been there for awhile, know that John Bizio now buys the produce himself and ever since there has been a marked improvement in quality.
Koda April 07, 2012 at 05:54 PM
How about contacting the people who own the property/lot to find out what their plans are, and to learn more about the structural integrity of the building
GladvilleGirl April 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I'd love a Powell's (used books) myself. Somebody suggested an animal shelter, and it would be nice to see Cat Habitat (currently in Petco) get their own space. The other thing I miss from college is good middle eastern food. Shwarma, anyone?
SHUSSBAR April 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
+1 for middle eastern or north african food. +1 for a Trader Joe but the place looks small A bakery (bread and pastries)that makes bread daily like in Europe and opens early
Steve Ploum April 08, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Certainly a teen center would be cool, But i would also love an Indian restaurant or a Mediterranean restaurant. I could also see a cool second hand store, like flashy trash or strange cargo coming to town.
GladvilleGirl April 08, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Bleh on the teen center thing. I was a teen when Off the Alley was big and my friends and I always had better things to do than hang out there. Teens make their own fun.
Phillip R Baggs April 08, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Instead of a teen center, why not have Homewood days year round or move in a Brunswick Zone. They would both go well with the boutique hotel.
Homewood business man. April 08, 2012 at 12:26 PM
How about a bulldozer, few truck load of black dirt and a few trees to start. I think the Homewood residents have looked at that eyesore for about 30 years to long.
Phillip R Baggs April 08, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Lamborghini dealership?
Genvieve LaChappele April 08, 2012 at 02:12 PM
People can hardly afford to buy groceries let alone organic. Aldi is the fastest growing chain right now. Trader Joe's wouldn't go on Halsted street what makes you think they would go into a residential neighborhood street like Ridge. There is a reason that the building has been vacant for around 20 years. Our state is not known for being a business friendly climate anyway. The feasibility study on that property would be laughable. I love Homewood as much as the next person but we have to be realistic. If this property was a revenue producer, someone would be in it.
Homewood Jim April 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Agree with you 100%. What remains a mystery is that somebody apparently owns it, and has paid the real estate taxes. My wife thinks it has been vacant over 30 years. That's a lot of tax money to be offset by no rent or other revenue. If a house sat vacant for 20 or 30 years wouldn't the Village of Homewood condemn it and tear it down? Does anybody know the real story here?
Hernendo RevolveR April 08, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Place a government office there to help citizens obtain legal ID so that they can vote.
Ernie Souchak April 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Are you serious? Secretary of State Drivers Services facilities issue picture ID's as well as drivers licenses. Please tell me you weren't serious. Or did you mean illegal "citizens" ?
Steve Burke April 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
if there are structural issues that have been there for years, leaving the property vacant, can the village condemn it?
Stan Dreyfuss April 09, 2012 at 01:54 AM
No used book store!! All of the ones I have seen around the Chicagoland area in the last 20 years or so are closed. We need something that has staying power.
Peg Boivin April 09, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Apparently you don't live near the Brunswick Bowl on 183rd Street or you wouldn't ever suggest one in your neighborhood.
Phillip R Baggs April 09, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Ryan, The real story here is who owns the building and why have they been paying property taxes on it for 30 years without incomes. Something smells here....get to work scoop.
Resident April 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Orland is too far and the traffic around there is terrible.
Resident April 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Resident April 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Great American Bagel is on 183rd in Homewood.
Resident April 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Build it and they will come...
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 06:44 AM
This is a really cool idea.


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