Thanks to Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for finding new ways to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic!

While the majority of its 500 restaurants are open and offering drive-through service, some of its dine-in-only restaurants have shifted operations to support their local communities until they can once again prepare their chicken finger meals.

One of the innovative ways Cane’s Crewmembers have been giving back is by sewing three-ply cloth masks. On May 19, 1,000 of these masks were donated to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL.

Teams of Cain’s employees are being paid to produce the masks, many of whom had never sewn before this initiative began. The teams work in block-schedule shifts in adherence with the company’s social distancing procedures.

“Our team is extremely proud to have the opportunity to step up and support our community in such a unique and meaningful way,” said Leader of Restaurants Olivia Fazzola. “Healthcare workers are putting their Community first, and we are honored to show our appreciation to them with these donations.”

“We are excited to have been chosen as the recipient of these handmade masks. This thoughtful donation will help us stay safe and healthy as we care for all those who come to us during this unprecedented time,” said Octavia Bonds, Community Relations Coordinator, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

Raising Cane’s is also supporting local healthcare workers with its nationwide neck-gaiter campaign. Local Chicago area restaurants continue to sell their limited-edition supply, and 100% of the net proceeds made from these sales will be donated to Loyola Medical.

Through their partnerships with Loyola Athletics, Chicago Wolves and Oak Lawn Community High School, Raising Cane’s has been able to provide 1,248 meals across the Chicago area to healthcare workers, including Christ Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital.

Healthcare workers at OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Hospital receive face masks made by the employees at Raising Cane's

Our local Culver’s is taking part in a company-wide promotion to benefit local food banks. From May 19–24, a dollar from every Concrete Mixer sold will be donated to the Evergreen Park Village Pantry. This initiative is a wonderful way to support our local food bank and the many residents who use it during the pandemic. Culver’s, located at 9515 S. Kedzie Ave., is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

 

OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center and the State of Illinois have partnered to create a program allowing people to recover at home, yet not feel alone.

To register, simply, call our 24/7 Nurse Hotline(833-673-5669), or visit our website www.osfhealthcare.org. There clients will be assessed and enrolled and then followed up with a delivery of a care kit, which includes: thermometer, hand sanitizer, COVID resource guide, and a tablet, pre-loaded with applications to communicate to our clinical team and even support for monitoring their mental health.

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Following are local restaurants that are OPEN with adjusted accommodations to comply with the No Dining-In restriction.

Porter Cullens Irish Pub & Restaurant

Carryout & Delivery 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
(708) 907-5558
www.portercullens.com


Culver’s 
Drive Thru ONLY 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
(708) 423-0000
www.culvers.com

 


Jimmy John’s
Delivery and Pick Up ONLY
Open (shortened daily hours)
(708) 636-6666
www.jimmyjohns.com

 


Cousins Subs
Delivery and Curbside Pick Up 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
*FREE delivery extended till 3/31 (for orders placed via website and mobile app)
*FREE sandwich for signing up for loyalty program

(708) 572-846.
www.cousinssubs.com

 


Barraco’s
Open 24 Hours for Carryout, Delivery
(708) 424-8182
www.barracos.com

Raising Cane’s Chiczken Fingers
Drive Thru & Takeout Open 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
(708) 423-1287
www.raisingcanes.com

 


Cravings
Carryout and Delivery (via UberEats) 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
(708) 424-3131
www.cravingsshop.com

 


Chi-Tung Chinese Thai & Japanese Restaurant
Carryout and Delivery 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM
*All online orders qualify for a discount UP TO 10%
www.chitung.com

Cool Clouds Vapor Shop

 

Cool Clouds is a retailer of electronic cigarettes and e-liquids, also known as vapor products. The business, located at 3837 W. 95th St., assists adult smokers in their transition away from combustible tobacco products. 

The store is owned by Evergreen Park residents Bridget Carey and Reid Nuttall. Both are former smokers who enjoy helping other adults find a less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes. Their approach starts with educating customers about the range of smoke-free products available, then finding a good fit.

“We walk our customers through the process, asking questions about their smoking habits and how much they smoke, as well as finding their level of comfort with this technology,” said Nuttall. “Then we work with their budget, lifestyle and goals to find a device, nicotine level and flavor that will be satisfying and make the task of quitting smoking less daunting.”

About Vapor Products

According to the Cool Clouds website, vapor products are electronic devices with three components: a battery power source, a heating element, and e-liquid. E-liquid is applied to the heating element directly or passively with the use of a tank and with the power of the battery, the liquid is heated to the point that it becomes vapor. 

Vapor products include electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, mods, pens, cigalikes and vapes. The one unifying characteristic is that these devices do not burn, so they do not expose users to harmful smoke or tar. 

E-liquids usually contain a mix of these four ingredients:

  • PG (Propylene Glycol) is used as a base and a stabilizing agent.
  • VG (Vegetable Glycerin) assists in producing a thick cloud of vapor.
  • Natural or artificial flavors that impart a sweet or tobacco-like taste.
  • Nicotine can be included at various levels, allowing customers to decrease nicotine over time if they choose. E-liquids are also available without nicotine.

The Evergreen Park shop opened in 2014 and is their original location. They also have a second store in Tinley Park. 

Cool Clouds also offers a range of CBD (cannabis) products, as well as glass and accessories for customers who use cannabis.

To learn more about Cool Clouds, visit them online at https://www.coolcloudsvapor.com/.

 

Unidad, the popular Latin themed restaurant, is hosting a unique holiday promotion this month for its customers. When you dine in the restaurant this month, you’ll receive a sealed red envelope that contains a surprise gift inside. But don’t open it!

Instead, take the unopened envelope back to Unidad and have dinner there Sunday–Thursday, January 3–31, to redeem your prize! The giveaways range from a free margarita to a big screen TV.

Evergreen Park is a great place to live, work, study, and do business, according to its number one fan, Mayor James Sexton. He presented a snapshot of the Village’s progress over the past year at the 2019 State of the Village Luncheon, held September 26 at the new Community Center.

“The future of this village has never been better,” Sexton told the gathering of Chamber members, local officials, and reporters. ‘The large national retailers have found Evergreen Park, and they are enjoying themselves here. More and more are coming.”

The Village issued 514 business licenses to brick-and-mortar locations over the past year, Mr. Sexton said. New developments and expansions include the following:

  • The Olive Garden plans to take over the space previously occupied by Applebee’s at 95th and Western. They will demolish the existing structure and rebuild, opening in late 2020.
  • Core Fitness has expanded its facilities, doubling its studio space and allowing them to greatly expand their fitness center in addition to their physical therapy and other services.
  • LA Fitness may move into the existing Planet Fitness space at 95th and Western.
  • LePar Animal Hospital purchased the old Souzy’s restaurant next door and plans to open a pet grooming and daycare business there.
  • A restaurant called 95th Street Barbecue is opening where Famous Dave’s used to be.

The Mayor also reviewed the Village’s balanced budget, which was just over $28 million this fiscal year. He praised the two local school districts, which account for more than 70% of Village expenditures. “Without good schools, you don’t have good kids. And if you don’t have good kids, you don’t have a good town,” he said.

He also commended the Village’s law enforcement departments. With 62 full-time police officers, Evergreen Park has more than double the national average, Mr. Sexton said. The Police Department provides funeral watch and vacation watch services to local community members, offering to stop by a residence three times daily to make sure the house is safe. For businesses, they offer Walk & Talk service, in which an officer parks a patrol car outside a business, gets out, and walks around.

Throughout his speech, the mayor urged residents and business owners alike to keep the Village of Evergreen Park strong by shopping within its borders. He urged the audience to remember our longtime small, family-owned businesses, including Barraco’s, Evergreen Doors, and Wolf’s Bakery.

“One percent of most everything you buy in Evergreen Park comes directly back to this Village,” he said. “. . . So please, if you have the opportunity, shop here and shop local.”

Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce Officers and Mayor James Sexton post at the 2019 State of the Village Luncheon September 26 

Do you know a younger person heading to college this fall? Chances are, she or he would benefit from taking a self-defense class before leaving home. The Academy of Self Defense and Fitness is offering a series of summer seminars to help students protect themselves from threatening situations they might encounter on college campuses.

The 75-minute seminar will cover self-defense basics for young adults. It will be offered on several dates in June, July, and August. For details and to register, please see the attached flyer.

Self defense seminar for college bound students offered this summer by the Academy for Self Defense and Fitness in Evergreen Park, IL