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May 26, 2015 10:23AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Photo courtesy Martika Gartman Photography

 The Lisle Village Board passed the redevelopment agreement for Main Street Village on Mon., June 15. Site and foundation work will commence this fall to deliver a beautiful development to downtown Lisle by spring of 2017. The development will include 201 residential units and nearly 15,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. 35 public parking spaces are planned in addition to the residential and tenant parking. Two public plazas will allow for restaurant seating and pedestrian gathering, and a fountain will grace the corner of Burlington and Main St., providing a vibrant residential environment and a catalyst for future restaurant, residential and business development in downtown Lisle. Look forward to celebrating ground breaking on the Old Village Hall Site this fall. Watch for details.

The Darien Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Aug. 21 for Art Island. Friends, family and chamber members gathered to welcome them to the Chamber.

The Darien Chamber Women in Business present the Feel Good about Yourself Fashion Show & Mini Expo on Mon., Oct. 5 from 5–7:30pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit “Paint the Town Pink”.

The Westmont Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau, and the Village of Westmont wish to extend a warm Westmont welcome to the Hinsdale Dance Academy (HDA), which has opened its new state-of-the-art facility on 645 Blackhawk Drive. HDA is celebrating its fourth school year as a Western Suburbs Academy for Classical Dance Education.

The business community and elected officials gathered at HDA on Sept. 21st with owner Jennifer Grapes, for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening Celebration. The Mayor of the Village of Westmont, Ron Gunter, remarked, “Hinsdale Dance Academy is a superb addition to our Westmont Fine Arts business community. We look forward to their continued success and growth.”

Their new Westmont facility has over 7,000 square feet of space, featuring three studios equipped with Harlequin dance floors, ample parking, and flexible class schedules. All of their leading faculty members are either current or former dance professionals. The owner, Jennifer Grapes, is a former world-traveled principal ballerina. HDA is also the only academy in the western suburbs to be an official Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy. ABDA’s comprehensive curriculum for dancers age 3-6 was designed by leading dancers and child psychologists.

HDA hosts a wide range of adult classes to promote flexibility and strength, as well as teen classes geared toward helping students achieve skills in cheer/dance team and theater. 630-484-3241,

Congratulations to these Westmont businesses that celebrated their anniversaries with a ribbon cutting ceremony: Hope’s Front Door on Sept. 17 (15 years), Citrus Diner on Sept. 29 (1 year), Salt Creek Ballet on Oct. 6 (30 years), and No Corner Suns on Oct. 7 (1 year).

The Wireless Zone celebrated their Grand Opening at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 29.

TiAmo Pizzeria’s ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Sept. 10 from 5-7pm. Join their family, friends The Lisle Chamber of Commerce and customers as they celebrate with them.  6480 College Road.

Blue Beaker participated in the annual Chicago Yarn Crawl. Crawlers passports were stamped at each of the 26 participating yarn stores in the Chicago area they visited. Raffles and knitting patterns were given away. 243 crawlers visited Blue Beaker – bringing new visitors to downtown Westmont. 140 N Cass Ave.

Trick or Treating in downtown Lisle, hosted by the Lisle Chamber of Commerce will take place on Oct. 31 from 12-3pm. Visit shops on Main Street with your children and they can start their Halloween festivities early. 

On Fri. June 12, award winning, lifestyle advertising photographer Kevin Michael Schmitz was in the Chicago area conducting one of his exclusive workshops. He had 8 participants in the workshop including photographers from St. Charles and Westmont. 

Schmitz needed a vintage sports car for their shoot at a 3.5 million dollar home in Western Springs. Martika Gartman of Westmont, a workshop participant, visited Cruisin’ Nights on June 4th in search of the perfect car. “When I saw that 1974 Red Triumph Spitfire 1500, I knew it was the one!” said Gartman.

Spitfire owner Ralph Hansen was impressed with the on location sets, photographers, and models.  He stated that he felt as if he were a part of the whole process.  “…I never knew how much goes on behind the scenes at these photo shoots. It was a great learning experience for me, and watching the models move so fluidly with each click of the camera was amazing.” The work will be published in LA Fashion Magazine in the fall.   His workshop touched Westmont.  

Rev3 Innovation Center is now open for business at NIU-Naperville Campus.  It is a place where incubation and collaboration manifests into reality.  Rev3 is a bridge that helps inventors and entrepreneurs design and launch the technology of the future.  1120 E Diehl Road, Naperville. Nic Zito, 630-955-2087,