Thanks to our residents and the business community for the support and feedback we received in 2017. I held a number of informal public “Meetings with the Mayor” this year which were an invaluable means to gather feedback and learn how we’re doing and gather feedback. The village board and I are committed to our core mission of revitalizing, redeveloping and renewing the excitement in our community while exercising financial discipline to ensure Bloomingdale continues to prosper.
Last year, 2017, started with the opening of Mariano’s and every month thereafter, there were ribbon cuttings, grand openings, remodels and expansions. We welcomed Lakeview Memory Care, DuPage Medical Group, a variety of eateries, plus more than 15 new businesses in Stratford, including Wild 1 Harley Davidson, which opened in November.
Our community events were no less exciting. From the concerts in Old Town Park to the July 4 fireworks at the Bloomingdale Golf Club to the 44th annual Septemberfest – the spirit of community reigned. Capping off the year, the Dec. 1 Lighting of the Bloomingdale Christmas Tree and Festival of Lights, drew more than 1,000 people.
It was great to see Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce members and Old Town businesses (current and soon-to-open) take part in the festivities. The entire event was a wonderful finale to 2017, and a prelude to an exciting 2018 with more development in the works.
In Old Town, Alcentro Trattoria (casual Italian restaurant) and Wolfden Brewery (craft beer brew pub) continue construction and are projected for spring and summer openings. Urban Air Bloomingdale, an indoor trampoline and adventure park, opened in January on the west end of Springbrook Shopping Center on Lake Street.
Further east along Lake, the old Marathon gas station on the southeast corner of Lake and Circle was demolished to make way for a new Dunkin’ Donuts complete with drive-through. Directly across, on the north side of Lake, the former Shell station will be Lucky’s Dog House (fast food hotdog/beef stand). Both restaurants project fall openings.
Stratford Square Mall is also drawing new businesses. In spring, the new Harley Davidson store opens an outdoor motorcycle training facility and Picklemania (a Pickle Ball facility) will occupy space in the old JC Penney facility. Another welcome addition is the new 25 West (brew-pub restaurant) located in the old Ballydoyle space, opening this summer!
We have enjoyed a great partnership with the Bloomingdale Chamber since its inception 36 years ago. Each year the chamber becomes more active in the community. As a local businessman, I believe the chamber is not only a great ambassador to the business community, but also an integral part of the community of Bloomingdale.
Mayor Franco Coladipietro