Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Guests can take tours, hear live music and learn more about the new downtown music school.
School of Rock won’t officially be in session until June 11, but the new downtown Plainfield music school is inviting residents to an open house party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Owner Jason Fein said prospective students will get to see what School of Rock, 24026 W. Lockport St., can do for them by hearing live performances from students at the school’s Mokena location. School of Rock instructors will also offer free trial lessons, and guests can enjoy tours and meet the staff. Refreshments will also be served. “It’s open for everyone to come by,” Fein said. Fein’s band, The Run Around, will also host a pre-party and concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the House of Blues in Chicago. Classes at Plainfield’s School…
Monday, May 6, 2013
May 8 meeting is to discuss proposed National Register of Historic Places for the district.
Nearly two years ago — with support of more than half of downtown building owners — the village board approved the creation of a Downtown Historic District. Now the district is in the running to become part of the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district includes more than 55 properties and runs along Lockport Street from Route 59 to James Street. Downtown property owners are invited to a meeting to learn more what the National Register designation would mean at a meeting set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St. According to Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) Chairman Michael Bortel, if the district’s application is approved, Plainfield will be one of 15 communities in Chicagoland to …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
School of Rock will host a grand opening this spring.
Budding rock stars will get the chance to work with experienced musicians when School of Rock opens this spring in Plainfield. Owner Jason Fein said a grand opening for the music school is tentatively scheduled for early May. Opening up shop in the historic Steiner building at 24026 W. Lockport St., School of Rock will give kids the chance to perform live rock shows. “Basically, we get these kids up on stage,” said Fein. “We put on six legitimate rock shows per year.” Get local news delivered straight to your inbox – sign up for the Plainfield Patch newsletter. Students will also get experience playing a range of musical styles, from grunge to metal to punk, he added. “We change it up and the kids learn a new style of music,” said Fein. “…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
After the shutdown of MainStreet Plainfield, the chamber will take over responsibility for organizing the summertime event.
Fans of Plainfield’s Cruise Nights can take heart: The downtown Plainfield classic car nights will be back this summer, according to the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The fate of the Tuesday night event was uncertain after MainStreet Plainfield — which was responsible for organizing Cruise Nights and other downtown Plainfield events — went out of business. Read: MainStreet Plainfield Closes Up Shop Board chairman Dave Kaleta said the chamber board met Thursday, voting unanimously to resume responsibilities for Cruise Nights, along with several other former MainStreet events. The downtown “Spooktacular” Halloween-themed event and Candlelight Christmas will return this year under the chamber of commerce leadership, Kaleta said. While …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Study will investigate potential routes for diverting traffic away from downtown if the I-55 interchange is built.
Village officials want to make sure that a proposed Interstate 55 interchange at Lockport Street doesn’t bring even more traffic to an already-congested downtown Plainfield. On Monday, trustees signed off on a plan to pay Joliet-based engineering firm Strand Associates more than $93,000 to explore the possibility of a Lockport Street bypass. In a memo to the board, Superintendent of Public Improvements Randy Jessen said the feasibility study will take a look at several potential routes to build a new road between Lockport Street and Route 126 and the proposed 143rd Street extension. Read: Village: Noise Study Approval is ‘Definitely Progress’ on 143rd St. Extension “It would be just west of Four Seasons Park, and there would be a new road …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Owner Amanda Chakravarty said the business is expanding after outgrowing its current location.
It will be a bittersweet goodbye when next week as a Plainfield business bids farewell to its first home. Since 2010, Art Cube Studios has offered art classes for all ages out of Plainfield’s historic Flanders House, 24044 W. Main St. Now it’s time to move on as enrollment continues to increase at the studio. The business is scheduled to make the move into a new location at 15116 S. Des Plaines St. in downtown Plainfield, owner Amanda Chakravarty said. The new studio is next to Front Street Cantina. “We love the Flanders House,” Chakravarty said. “It has such a home-like feel. Kids come in and they take their shoes off because it feels like home.” But Art Cube has grown, with an estimated 150 to 200 students enrolled in classes at any …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After seven months, the Irish pub is out of business.
A week after announcing it was cutting back hours due to slow business, Mickey O’Neill’s has closed for good. The Irish pub and restaurant, 24102 W. Lockport St., opened June 4, 2012. Get Plainfield news delivered straight to your inbox – sign up for the Patch newsletter. On Tuesday, a representative for Mickey O’Neill’s confirmed via email that the pub, which hosted live music and events including a regular trivia night, had called it quits. “We have unfortunately closed our doors for good,” the email said. Owner Chuck Rizzo did not respond to a message left by Patch on Tuesday. The restaurant was the latest venture for Rizzo, who also owns Rizzo's in downtown Naperville and Charlie's Bar & Grill in Elmhurst. Mickey O’Neill’s had recently…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Events include Breakfast with Santa, Stocking Stuffer Stroll and more.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Events include Breakfast with Santa, Stocking Stuffer Stroll and more.
Fresh off its Candlelight Christmas event, MainStreet Plainfield has more holiday-themed fun in store for shoppers in downtown Plainfield this season with its Dec. 8 Holiday Open House/Stocking Stuffer Stroll. Sponsored by The Wandering Dragon Game Shoppe, 23 businesses are participating in the Stocking Stuffer Stroll. Guests can stop by downtown merchants with their stocking to receive a free holiday treat. Stockings cost $5 each, with proceeds benefiting MainStreet Plainfield. Guests must have stockings to participate; they are available for presale at the following locations: Stockings will also be available the day of the event at Bin 48, Moe Joe's, Plainfield Public Library and The Loft Hair Salon. Kids can enjoy both breakfast and …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
61st annual holiday event is at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Plymouth Congregational Church. Revelers will sing as the life-size Nativity scene is illuminated.