From the President
The Hazel Crest Chamber of Commerce partners with local and regional Chambers to protect and enhance a healthy business environment for the benefit of our members and the community we serve.
Recent achievements include a cooperative effort to retain, attract and create business along the 183rd Street corridor, from Halsted Street to 80th Avenue. Representatives from the towns, cities and chambers of commerce along the corridor have been working diligently to increase and promote the economic development of the corridor.
The Chamber hosted a Fall Business Expo for the Hazel Crest business community. A partnership has been developed with local school districts to adjust current curricula to better prepare our business leaders of the future. Chamber businesses were well-represented during a Regional Chambers Summit which resulted in the identification of key local and regional business-related issues including the need for property tax reform.
These are efforts that affect our businesses and community. Please continue to support your Hazel Crest Chamber of Commerce.
Hazel Crest is a charming community originally settled in the 1870s, named after the area's abundant hazelnut bushes. The village developed around the Illinois Central Railroad; the first 80 acres were platted in 1890. Hazel Crest actually de-annexed itself from the neighboring community of Homewood to become incorporated in 1912. The village government is classified as Trustee-Manager, with trustees, the village president and village clerk serving as elected officials. The village manager is appointed to administer the daily operations of the village.
More than 14,000 residents are proud to live in this diverse suburb of Chicago. A variety of housing choices exist, each offering its own architectural and cultural charm. Although primarily residential, the community provides many opportunities for businesses.
Hazel Crest is situated 25 miles south of Chicago, within easy access of interstate highways I-294, I-80, I-57, and I-394. By car, downtown Chicago, Midway and O'Hare airports are 30, 40, and 50 minutes away respectively. Two METRA stations provide convenient, rapid transportation to downtown Chicago within 33 minutes via express trains; and 48 minutes for regular service. Commuter parking and feeder bus service are both readily available. Limousine and bus service are available locally and at both airports.
Hazel Crest is an attractive choice for large and small businesses alike. It is home to Mi-Jack Products, Inc., manufacturer of construction equipment such as industrial cranes often seen on interstate construction sites. The Palmer Lake Business Park houses several companies including construction management company Graycor, Inc.; Southwest Community Services, a job training facility; Ruklic Screw, wholesale distributers; and is the corporate headquarters for general contractor Gierczyk Investment & Realty. Hazelcrest is the headquarters for Shop-n-Save, a Chicagoland grocery chain.
The Bank of Homewood and Financial Federal Trust and Savings is also located in Hazel Crest. The village also boast a nimber of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines.
The village has a broad range of housing choices all in high quality, attractive areasfrom moderate to upscale, from new subdivisions with larger single-family homes and townhouses, to bungalows and ranches in established neighborhoods. Housing prices range from $65,000 to $350,000. Residents' pride in their community is demonstrated by the active homeowners associations. Also, Waterford Estates, a luxury rental retirement community in Hazel Crest, features independent living for those who want or need a little extra help. Waterford Estates offers daily meals, weekly housekeeping, transportation, 24-hour security, beauty/barber shop, indoor pool, activities, and much more.
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