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Itasca is a suburb that is envied by its neighbors. It is well positioned to thrive because of its diverse economic base and a wide range of businesses, large and small, new and well-established. While many of those businesses employ scores of people and provide services or ship product to the entire world, others primarily serve the Itasca and other Chicago area communities.

The Residences at Hamilton Lakes
Itasca is not a populace, crowded community. As of 2014, the village reported population was only 8,800, making it one of the suburban area’s smallest communities in terms of population.

Itasca’s residents like its size. But in order to create a more vibrant mix of restaurants and entertainment venues within the premiere Hamilton Lakes complex, Hamilton Partners and M & R Development of Chicago are currently adding to that population by constructing 297 luxury apartments in three four-story buildings along the west side of Arlington Heights Road near the Elk Grove Bank building.

Be the first to experience the lifestyle of The Residences at Hamilton Lakes. There are exclusively-designed studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartment homes. Apartments range in size from 472 to 1,480 square feet. All of the apartments feature engineered hardwood floors, full-size stackable washer and dryer, porcelain tile bathroom floors, black Leedo kitchen and bath cabinetry, stainless French door Energy Star refrigerators, gas ranges, elegant quartz countertops, designer tile backsplashes, stainless faucets and stainless under-mount kitchen sinks.

Rents range from $1,340 to $3,185 per month, depending upon the size of the apartment.

The Residences at Hamilton Lakes also have an amenity package that cannot be beat. Residents will enjoy amenities such as the Rejuvenation Center, complete with a steam room, sauna and hot tub which open to the outdoor pool, outfitted with cabana for a true VIP experience. And you can forget the gym membership. Visit the 24-hour Flex Fitness Center which is a fully-equipped fitness room and the Movement Studio, highlighting on-demand workout programs. They are also pet friendly, so bring your pup and visit the Paw Spa.

Perks also offered include heated indoor parking, free outdoor parking, car charging, a bicycle sharing program and additional storage.

The Residences at Hamilton Lakes offers both luxury and practicality.

All three buildings are now available for residency. This prime location is only minutes from shopping, dining and entertainment. Discover the lifestyle you’ve been looking for at The Residences at Hamilton Lakes.

Itasca Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer enthusiasts have a new reason to flock to Itasca and the Itasca Country Club. The new Itasca Brewing Company Nano-Brewery has been crafting and serving beer in the lower level of the Country Club since January.

The Itasca Brewing Company is run by Mike Valente, a graduate of Western Carolina University, the Siebel Institute of Beer Technology in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany. He also learned much of the business while working at the Heinzelmannchen Nano-Brewery in Sylva, N.C.

A native of Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Valente gravitated to working in Itasca because of extended family that lived in the community and a love for its close-knit nature, he said. So once he had his international diploma in brewing, he put together a business plan and began scouting for brewery locations in and around Itasca.

The Itasca Brewing Company opened earlier this year in the lower level of the Country Club, located at 400 E. Orchard St., Ste. B. Now that they are operating, the Itasca Country Club offers a restaurant, a brewery and tasting room and an upstairs catering facility for weddings and other special events.

“Our bar and tasting room (which holds about 55+ people comfortably) has 15 taps for 15 different flavors and those who want to consume it somewhere else can have it freshly poured into 32 ounce or 64 ounce growlers sealed on site for offsite consumption. We often do that for golfers heading onto the course and for those wanting to take one downtown on the train,” Valente said.

Our business plan includes distribution of our wide variety of beers to the surrounding communities, he added.

The Itasca Brewing Company is also working with couples who are planning weddings. Valente said he has a wedding package that will allow couples to collaborate with the brewery to create a special brew
for their event.

Beers offered regularly in the tasting room include a variety of English- and German-style ales, IPAs, pale ales and rotating seasonal brews. In addition to craft beer, Itasca Brewing Company also makes a variety of hand crafted sodas, including Mike’s award-winning root beer.

For current hours and upcoming events, check out the Itasca Brewing Company website at www.itascabrewingcompany.com.

Solberg Manufacturing
Solberg Manufacturing is one of the “elder statesmen” of Itasca industries. It moved to the community in 1977 – from the Evanston garage in which the company had been founded nine years before.

Forty years later, Solberg has three facilities in Itasca and employs approximately 150 full-time employees in Itasca, and another 50 around the world, according to Patti Landreth, accounting and human resources manager. The firm is now run by the two sons of its founder, Charles Solberg, Sr. – Charles Jr. and Tor. Three grandchildren are also part of the company.

Solberg Manufacturing makes and markets industrial air and gas filtration products and systems of varying sizes that are used on vacuum pumps, blowers, compressors, engines, turbines and many other types of rotating equipment. They range in size and complexity from simple inlet filters for protecting shop compressors, to sophisticated filtration systems used in critical aerospace manufacturing processes.

“Solberg has a very diverse customer base around the world, which use the products that are manufactured right here in Itasca,” Landreth said. “Our products can be found on equipment produced by General Electric, Siemens, Caterpillar, Ingersoll Rand and many, many others.”

Solberg Manufacturing is certified B-Corp in Illinois which means that it strives to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

“Among many of our commitments to employees, two that stand out are to ensure a safe working environment for everyone and to offer a living wage to all employees,” Landreth said. “We also engage in a number of charitable activities and events each year in support of the community including: The Alliance for the Great Lakes, Big Shoulders and American Cancer Society to name a few.”

Solberg captured the community’s attention this year when it installed and held a ribbon-cutting for a huge solar panel roof on its facility at 1025 Hilltop Dr. That new roof provides 100 percent of the power needed for that facility and overages are regularly sold to the electrical grid.