Business Comings & Goings: Chuck's Fest Returns to Toyota Park

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Chuck’s Fest, a beer, food and music extravaganza, returns this weekend to Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

The fest was started in 2008 by Chuck Pine, owner of Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café in Burbank. The three-day festival moved two years ago to Toyota Park.

A new food offering this year will be smoked goat, which will be done on Saturday at the fest alongside Birrieria Zaragoza, a Mexican restaurant in Chicago renowned for its roast goat.

Back this year will be the beer tasting on Saturday featuring 80 brewers serving more than 120 craft beers.

“It’s probably the biggest beer tasting event in Chicago,” Pine said. “We’ll have VIP tasting from noon to 3 p.m. for $45 to give connoisseurs a jump on the sampling. They’ll be able to sample everything we have including some brands that we have in limited supply.”

Activities for kids include a balloon launcher, face painting and a bounce house.

Bands will be on stage throughout the festival.

There will be big screen TVs located so fans can keep tabs on their favorite college and pro games over the weekend.

For a complete list of beers and food and bands, visit Chuck’s Fest 2012.

Fall on the Green Pre-Empts Oak Lawn Farmers Market

The Oak Lawn Farmers Market is being pre-empted this week for the annual Fall on the Green Festival this weekend on the Village Green.

The three-day festival will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

This family friendly event will feature food, entertainment, games, and vendors of all types. There is no charge for admission, parking or rides. The only cost is the purchase of food and drink. 

For more information and a map of the festival grounds visit Fall on the Green.

Insurance Agency Opens in Evergreen

Jeanne Jarosz held a grand opening on Sept. 1 for her American Family Insurance agency at 3352 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park. For information and hours, call 708-425-4900.

Breakfast with Your Legislators

the Beverly Area Planning Association, the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce and the will hold their annual Breakfast with Your Legislators on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the SXU Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St. in Beverly.

Cost is $20 per person for BAPA and chamber members, $30 for non-members.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and the program starting at 8 a.m. Registration is required by Sept. 10.

For information and to reserve a spot, call 773-233-3100 or reserve a spot online at the Beverly Area Planning Association. Please specify to which organization you belong.

Taste of Mt. Greenwood on Sunday

The fourth annual Taste of Mt. Greenwood festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Chicago Ag School.

The family friendly event features crafters, a car show, petting zoo, children’s games and a hay ride.

Community restaurants will be on hand serving their specialties.

General admission is $5 per person with free parking. Hours are Friday, Sept. 7, 5-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you see a new business in town or wonder what happened to an old favorite, drop me a line at bob@chicago-patch.com.

You can also catch up on Comings & Goings in other parts of the Southland at www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.


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