Three National Retailers Coming to Oak Forest in 2016


Oak Forest residents have a lot to look forward to in the New Year as three national retailers – Family Dollar, Starbucks and Ace Hardware – prepare to move into town this spring.

Family Dollar will build a new 8,300-square-foot facility at 5400 W. 159th Street while Starbucks will share space with ATI – a nationally-recognized physical therapy provider – in a newly constructed 5,000-square-foot building in the city’s Gateway Development at the northwest corner of 159th and Cicero Avenue. Ace Hardware will transform the former House of Brews/Numero Uno site at 154th and Cicero Avenue into an 11,000-square-foot retail center with a log-cabin exterior and a garden center in the rear parking lot. Construction at all three locations is expected to begin in March.

Additionally, the neighborhood surrounding the Gateway Development will receive connecting east and west sidewalks from 155th Street to 158th Street from Lamon Avenue to Long Avenue thanks to funding from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The RTA’s Access to Transit Improvement Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grants will cover the total cost of the project, which is approximately $560,000.

This initiative to create a safer, walkable neighborhood that is conducive to the average commuter and promotes this area as a commuter destination is vital to our overall vision for the city. With these improvements and other programs to spur development, we can promote Metra ridership and transit systems by creating a true transit-oriented neighborhood that is inviting to cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.

Once the sidewalks are in place, we will seek additional improvements to the area, including wayfinding signage to provide direction to the train station, ADA accessibility points to existing infrastructure, and new pedestrian lighting to ensure safe walkability of the transit-oriented neighborhood.

Also in 2016, we will continue to spread our All Good Things Close to Home message through a multi-faceted marketing campaign that will include digital and print advertising opportunities with the Chicago Transit Authority and Metra. The ads are designed to capture the interest of workers and employers in Chicago’s Loop as well as families traveling downtown.

The goal of the six-month campaign is to raise our profile and give potential home buyers reason to check us out. The ads will showcase active lifestyles and community events and direct people right to

So, as you travel around the Chicago area this year, keep your eyes open for our ads and let us know what you think on our Facebook page.