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Berwyn Development Corporation Gears Up for 2nd Annual Green Mile Pub Crawl

by Lauren Pinkston

The Green Mile Pub Crawl gives revelers a chance to get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day with a March 13 party along Berwyn’s Roosevelt Road.

Don’t expect too many marching bands, however.

Organizer John Aranza said it will highlight Roosevelt Road as a “destination point”.

“It’s not a typical St. Patrick’s day parade,” Aranza said, “It’s more to showcase the quality of businesses we have.”

Local businesses, such as Fitzgerald’s, Big Guys Sausage, Autre Monde, and others will host special music performances and food and drink specials for the evening.

And this year the organizers are going to showcase more musical acts, including the Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums.

“Band of Brothers is a group of retired firefighters from the Illinois area who play traditional music,” Aranza said. “They’ll be moving to different locations on Roosevelt to play bagpipes throughout the night.”

The Pub Crawl is set to kick off on Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. and going to  11 p.m. Wristbands for the event costs $10 and include a shuttle service down Roosevelt Road as well as drink specials at participating venues.

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SCORE to offer help for local businesses

By Anthony Garcia

Starting up a new business isn’t easy, with customer service, marketing and dozens of other tasks. But Berwyn startups now have help.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., SCORE, a Chicago resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration will be offering free business counseling to anyone interested.

SCORE will offer a variety of tips including how to begin a plan of attack for startup businesses and offer help to existing businesses seeking to further grow and expand. SCORE will also give feedback to people who want to showcase product or service. Continue reading

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Depot District reconstruction goes from uncertain to well underway

By: Anthony Garcia

Like an aging starlet, Berwyn’s Depot District has been long overdue for a facelift. This summer, it will be getting one.

Photo courtesy of amerciantowns.com

Last month the Berwyn city council unanimously voted to begin reconstructing the Depot District in an effort to keep Berwyn’s streets modern and contemporary. The business districts along Cermak Road, Ogden Avenue and Roosevelt Road have already been redeveloped. The Depot District is the last untouched area. Continue reading

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