Visions for Vacancies: 4928 Main Street

Downers Grove Patch asks readers to play developer and share their ideas for open storefronts around town.

We're trying something new here on Downers Grove Patch where we'll supply a photo of a vacant storefront around town and ask you, the reader, to tell us what kind of business you think should be in that spot.

To get this feature started, we're looking at 4928 Main with its distinct blue facade just north of the tracks downtown and next door to . Taking this specific space for what it is and where it's located, what would you like to see fill it?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

DFL56 July 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I'm not sure how big this particular space is but I think Downers Grove needs: A big, fun, family friendly Mexican restaurant with margaritas and a patio. A place for pre-teens/teenagers to hangout. Maybe a sandwich place with Wi-Fi? A toddler indoor playground. A higher end restaurant that is not Italian. A store for men such as clothes or gadgets. Anything but another knick-knack/card shop/home furnishing store.
Helene July 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I think a coffee/sandwich shop would be ideal.
Tony Cesare July 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
To me it screams 'Real Estate Office', which is fine.
Dan F. July 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Permanent PADS shelter. Convenient access to train station and methadone clinic. Moose has cheap beers too.
Tony Cesare July 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Oh dear God...
Glenn Davis July 17, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Just what DG needs, more belligerent homeless people
Carol July 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
How about a restaurant that's not Italian? I'm with DFL on a great Mexican place.
Jana July 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
How about a hobby store? There is a nice one in elmhurst that is really cool, and we have nothing like that here.
Jana July 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
David Fisher July 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Harware store or Hallmark Shop. New Butcher shop with reasonabbly priced meats unlike LTG or Standard mmarket. Bring Back Chucks Meats! We have a great hobby store at 75th btw. OakRidge Toys and Hobby. They have everything that Elmhurst store has and more.
Paul July 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
No mexican place!!! Las palmas has great food and is right on the border on westmont and downers. But a nice restaurant would be great.
DFL56 July 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I like Las Palmas. To me I'm thinking about what downtown DG needs. I'm in walking distance to downtown and I keep ending up at Emmett's for dinner. To me Ballydoyle and Another Round don't have good food. Zest is good but pricey. I don't feel like paying big dollars for pasta at an Italian place (of which there are several). And the wife keeps shooting down my attempts to take us and the kids to Alfredo's (though while I like the food she can't get over how it looks like a hole-in-the-wall hot dog joint). I think a family Mexican restaurant downtown would do great business.
DFL56 July 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM
i like the hardware store idea. right now i'm always taking the short drive to Ace on 63rd. Would be nice to walk downtown for small purchases
Kent Frederick July 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM
How about a German restaurant, possible with a band on weekends playing polka music. A butcher shop that is reasonably priced is also a good idea. I hate driving all the way to Western Springs to shop at Casey's.
Sue G July 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Asian bistro! Or sushi. Or Recycled goods retail (old tv turned fish tank, old dresser turned tv stand, old t shirt turned headbands etc)
Sarah July 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Excellent ideas: A big, fun, family friendly Mexican restaurant with margaritas and a patio. A place for pre-teens/teenagers to hangout. Maybe a sandwich place with Wi-Fi? A toddler indoor playground. A hallmark store A butcher shop
Patrick July 18, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Well, all the massage parlors are on Ogden, so maybe one in town?
Jackie Gustafson July 18, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Bring back Grove Discount or a hardware store. We need useful stores. There is too much boutiquey stuff in town. No real reason to shop there except maybe Anderson's and the paint store.
Paul July 18, 2012 at 03:49 PM
How about a good, true barbecue place? Ribs, brisket,chicken, etc.
William Baker July 23, 2012 at 01:48 AM
a antique store
William Baker July 23, 2012 at 01:50 AM
most of homeless people are very nice, be happy you arent homeless.
Rachel August 07, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Wholeheartedly agree with a nice Mexican restaurant (a la Front Street Cocina/Cantina in Wheaton/Naperville), sushi, or barbecue.
Mary Hoberg September 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Yep, inexpensive Mexican restaurant would be great there.
Kate Pasulka August 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM
I know this is an old listing, but I'm actually interested in finding out more about renting this space for my small business venture. I've called the number listed on the door and no one answers and the voicemail is full. Any ideas of how I can get more info?
Mary Hoberg August 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Check with the downtown Downers Grove management corp at 630-725-0991.


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