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The finishing touches are being applied to a new public art mural at Yorktown Center in Lombard.
Veronica Martinez of Chicago and Edgar Sosa of Cicero are the artists behind “Flourish.” The nearly 2,430 square-foot painting in two pieces adorns the shopping center’s main entrance.
Like two giant blocks from the video game “Tetris,” the multicolored murals visually pop amid the outdoor dining patio of a Honey Berry Pancakes and Cafe. Its creation was commissioned by Yorktown Center’s 2021 Mural Project.
“Flourish” takes its inspiration from Lombard’s famous flora, its history and iconic Chicago landmarks. It’s a design that is both abstract and representational.
“At first we had the idea of color, but it didn’t really have as deep as a meaning that it currently has,” Sosa said.
A trip to Lombard’s Lilacia Park inspired the artists to incorporate the 19th century Lombard settler Sheldon Peck into the design. Not only was Peck a folk artist himself, but his abolitionist stances and role as a conductor for the Underground Railroad jibed with Martinez’s own artistic work driven by social justice movements.
“The more we kept digging, the more rich information we discovered about this community,” said Martinez, noting that keen mural observers will find Peck’s historical home and portrait in the design.
“The way that Veronica and Edgar were able to weave the Lombard history, the western suburban history while also incorporating those pieces of the Chicago skyline is so incredible,” said Yorktown’s marketing manager Emily Barack.
Both Sosa and Martinez also chuckle about their initial mural work that started on July 7. Yorktown shoppers might have been mistaken that the murals were just a squiggly mass of blue doodles across a white background.
“It actually served as a grid for us — knowing how big and how proportional an object or shape was going to be,” said Martinez about the artists’ mapping technique to accurately enlarge their design to scale on the walls.
Sosa added that they named the mural “Flourish” and made it extra colorful as a contrast to last year’s turmoil with so much societal upheaval and global sickness. Both Martinez and Sosa also were delighted by all the passerby encouragement as they painted.
“People would yell out their compliments over the noise of the hydraulic lift,” Sosa said. “That made it even better for us.”
“Flourish” joins the ranks of four other murals at Yorktown. These include the Brookfield Zoo co-sponsored mural “Yorktown Butterfly” by artist Kelsey Montague, plus “Rise & Shine” by Chicago-area artist Molly Z.
But “Flourish” has extra prominence according to Barack, since an estimated 1.4 million vehicles pass by Yorktown’s facade along Butterfield Road each month.
“So these artists have a huge impact not only on the property itself, but a visibility in our community that is unmatched,” Barack said.
Looking for a dog cafe or other activity with your furry friend? Chicago has plethora of options
CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago tends to be a dog-friendly city; so if you’re looking for some fun things to do with your four-legged friends, here are some exciting and unusual suggestions.
Coming out of the COVID pandemic, when a lot of time was spent at home with pets, having a little summertime fun with your furry friends could lessen separation anxiety.
Pet expert and radio host Steve Dale joined ABC 7 Chicago’s Roz Varon in exploring dog-friendly Chicago.
There’s nothing like that special bond between you and your pup.
“Neuro-chemicals in our brain do a happy dance when we’re with our dogs, and, for most people, that’s true even by looking at a dog,” Dale said.
RELATED: Tips to help pets deal with separation anxiety
Dale joined Lola, Sassi and Varon, as they discovered some dog-friendly places on and off the beaten path.
“There are so many wonderful landmarks in Chicago, historic places – where can you bring a dog to enjoy the nature and the landmark at the same time?” asked Nick Pullia, with Navy Pier. “Navy Pier’s about it, right?”
And it’s not just the pier.
“These Seadog boats behind us are dog-friendly,” said Grace Fuller, general manager with City Cruises Chicago. “We love having people bring their dogs; dogs always ride free, always have. The crew gets really excited; we love having them on board, dogs love it. It’s such a unique experience to have with your pet!”
From boating to shopping, Yorktown Center in Lombard has been named the No. 1 dog-friendly mall in America by the pet travel website Bring Fido. Most stores display a paw, letting you know it’s OK to shop with your pup. You can dine with your dog at restaurants with outdoor patios, and then chill at the dog lounge.
“It’s a space where dogs and their owners can come to hang out, take a quick break from shopping and to get a little bit of energy out, while on their leashes,” said Emily Barack, marketing and business development manager with Yorktown Center. “We do have some bridges and some other fun activities for the dogs to take part in and mix and mingle with each other as well.”
And don’t forget about food: The Perch Kitchen and Tap in Wicker Park has a spacious patio that really caters to your Perch pup.
“We do have our dog menus, our hefe-woof-zen, which is our doggie beer, made with chicken stock and water. We also have the power bowl and the pupsicles,” said Makenzie Monastero, assistant general manager at Perch.
They also do themed puppy photo shoots every couple of months.
You can even participate in America’s favorite pastime.
“Years ago, I talked to the Chicago White Sox,” Dale said. “I had this idea: You can attract more people to come to what was then Comiskey Park, if you let people bring their best friends with four legs.”
And the rest is history.
One final stop: Next time you go to Starbucks with your pooch, don’t forget to ask for a Puppuccino. The Puppuccino is really just a cup of whipped cream, and it’s free.
There are many restaurant in Chicago and the suburbs that allow dogs, as long as they have outside patios. Just ask when you make reservations.
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Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois allows customers to shop with dogs
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Take your fashionable fren inside of 58 stores and bask in the glory that only a full-service canine retail encounter can provide. With comfort stations complete with bags, wipes, and trash receptacles (you *must* clean up any accidents immediately!) conveniently sprinkled throughout the shopping center, we are truly unsure as to why you’d shop anywhere else. Ever.
Tippy-tap on over every third Thursday from 5-7 p.m. for Yappy Hour complete with snacks, or grab a tasty bite on the dog-friendly patio at BRIO Tuscan Grille. Just make sure you’re on your best behavior. Oh, and your pup’s gotta follow some rules too.
Pals need to use non-retractable leashes no longer than 6 feet, be supervised at all times, be up-to-date on licenses and vaccines, and follow each individual store’s policies (look for a pawprint sticker to know your furkid is welcome). And not like your dog ever would, but he’s gotta be sure not to approach any human or doggo shoppers without consent (we know–he’s woke).
For more information, check out Yorktown’s Canine Code of Conduct. (Seriously. Do not mess this up. This is the best thing that has ever happened to us).
Happy shopping, friendos! And for dog’s sake, get that kid an extra pretzel. He deserves it.
Where does your pup like to get his shop on? Woof at us in the comments–we’re all ears!
(Photo by Braedon McLeod)
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This year, there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That means a shorter holiday shopping blitz, beginning in earnest on Black Friday.
“It’s been a very interesting November,” says Casey Runyan, managing editor of Brad’s Deals, a discount tracking website. “I’ve never seen this volume of Black Friday-worthy pricing actually coming out early.”
So if that rush is adding to your stress levels, consider this Black Friday shopping guide.
1. The best TV deals
Shoppers should use caution when it comes to some of the Black Friday doorbusters on televisions, Runyan said.
“They’re on sort of outdated technology, and so it may sound like a really good deal, but if you spent a little bit more, you would actually be a lot happier with your purchase,” the Elgin native said.
Her top Black Friday TV deals?
At Best Buy, a 70-inch Samsung 4K Smart TV with high dynamic range, or HDR, is selling for $549.99, or $350 off the previous $899.99 price.
Her other pick is a 65-inch Vizio 4K ultrahigh definition, or UHD, TV for $599.99 at Costco (was $629.97).
In terms of discounts, Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to buy a 4K TV, according to Kristin McGrath, editor and shopping expert at BlackFriday.com. Shoppers can expect $100 off and much more on high-end sets, with Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Amazon featuring the most impressive discounts, McGrath said via email.
“Don’t stop at the price tag. Check the model number and look it up online to be sure you’re not getting a low-quality model or derivative model made just for Black Friday,” McGrath said. “Looking up the model number also tells you if you’re looking at an older TV set the retailer just wants to unload.”
2. Trendy products
There’s still plenty of hype around the Instant Pot, a pressure cooker and slow cooker in one. Walmart has a standard model for $49.
“With most kitchen appliances, I would say Black Friday is the time to buy,” Runyan said.
In the circulars, retailers also are promoting weighted blankets and at deeper discounts than in 2018.
“Last year, one of the breakout hits was weighted blankets, but the interesting thing was it was sort of a new trend,” Runyan said.
As for kid wish lists, “Baby Shark” merchandise and Scruff-a-Luv electronic pets are among the most popular toys, Runyan said.
Newcomers in the trendy mystery toy genre are Blume Dolls and Poopsie Surprise kits, according to an annual BlackFriday.com list of the hottest holiday toys. But shoppers will find more savings on toys and games that aren’t in such high demand, McGrath said.
3. Stick to the list
Above all else, do your research. Plan what you’re going to buy — when and where — to keep your impulses in check during the Thanksgiving weekend.
Retailers “may be changing up some of the offers day to day,” Runyan said.
“So it’s important to take note, if you’re really wanting to be very aggressive in your Black Friday shopping, to make sure that you know when the different sales are starting. And I recommend using calendar reminders or just making a list.”
4. Compare prices
McGrath recommends using a price comparison tool such as camelcamelcamel for Amazon to know if you’re actually getting the best deal.
“And stay focused on the sticker price — not the advertised discount,” she said. “A retailer might advertise a dramatic 75% off, but the original price might be a price it has never offered,” she said. “That 75% off might simply be a few bucks off the usual price — or even the same price you might find at an online retailer.”
5. Online perks
At the start of the month, Target announced free shipping on online orders through Dec. 21, with no minimum purchase required.
“There’s lots of other retailers that are doing similar things, where they’re either lowering their threshold for free shipping or just having entirely free shipping to encourage people to shop with them,” Runyan said.
But make sure your gifts will arrive for free in time for the holidays, McGrath said, or look into the retailer’s buy-online-pick-up-in-store option.
“Yes, you have to make a trip to the store,” she said. “But the retailer will likely bag up your purchases for you and have it ready for you at a designated pickup kiosk — and you won’t have to pay for expedited shipping if you order last minute.”
Santa’s posing with pets on Mondays through Dec. 16, 2019 at Yorktown Center mall in Lombard.
Photos by Andrew Johnston on the Chicago Tribune website.
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LOMBARD, Ill. (WLS) — Dogs and their owners gathered in a west suburb Sunday to fight cancer in both canines and humans.
The one-mile PuppyUp Walk was held Sunday morning at the dog-friendly Yorktown Center in Lombard.The Puppy Up Foundation facilitates grants to fund comparative oncology, a type of cancer research that looks at similarities of human and canine cancer.
ABC7’s Traffic Reporter Roz Varon, who’s a breast cancer survivor, emceed the event.
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Malls offer consumers everything they could ever want and didn’t know they wanted, all in one convenient place. They’re packed full of restaurants, activities and stores to keep humans entertained for hours, but what about dogs? Customers are likely to spend even more time and money if they don’t have to worry about being home for Fido’s afternoon neck rub and snack. Fortunately, these pet-friendly shopping centers give you plenty of reasons to stay all day and spend your pooch’s hard-earned paw-ket money.
1. Yorktown Center Lombard, IL
Yorktown Center is a popular dog-friendly shopping mall in Chicago’s western suburbs. Take your canine companion inside 58 stores with a paw print sticker in the window, including Gap and other big chains. There are a number of comfort stations for pets located throughout the shopping center with bags, wipes and garbage cans for clean up. When you’re hungry, dine on the dog-friendly patio at BRIO Tuscan Grille. Every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the canine public is invited to enjoy doggie food samples and crafts at Yorktown’s Yappy Hour. Pet owners can text WOOF to 89881 to get instant pupdates on Yappy Hour activities.
After your shopping exertions, spend the night at Staybridge Suites Chicago Oakbrook Terrace. Located just up the road from the mall, this pet-friendly hotel has an outdoor area for an evening stroll.
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