NEWSLETTER                                           September 2016

Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street
Bedford Park, IL.  60638

Quarterly Luncheon - September 20

Workers' Compensation 101-102 For BPCIA
Speakers: Gene Keefe & John Campbell
September 20th
Mid-level presentation for managers and executives about dealing with workers' comp claims including accident investigation, compensability, claim management, legislative and legal developments. Expect an interactive discussion of workers' comp issues that will be entertaining and informative. Veteran WC trial lawyers Gene Keefe and John Campbell are also adjunct professors of law at The John Marshall Law School and can review strategies to avoid work injury claims, early intervention and how to maximize strong outcomes when an unfortunate injury occurs at your workplace. They will also discuss how workers' comp interacts with other state and federal benefit programs like FMLA, ADA, Older Workers' Benefit Protection, Unemployment and OSHA.
DATE:   September 20, 2016 (Tuesday)
COST:   $25.00 per person (Non-members $35)
PLACE:   Marriott Chicago Midway  6520 S. Cicero Avenue 

TIME:   11:30 A.M. Registration / 12:00 NOON Luncheon                                             

Business Expo - October 13
Thursday, October 13th from 3 to 7 p.m. the BPCIA is hosting its ninth Networking Business Expo at the Marriott Chicago Midway Hotel (6520 S. Cicero Avenue). The expo is an excellent networking opportunity and a wonderful way to showcase your business. To encourage more foot traffic, admission to the expo is FREE!   Hors d'oeuvres will be provided along with a cash bar.
Reserve your exhibit table now , as space is limited to approximately 50 exhibitors . Skirted 6' tables are $150.00 each. Electricity is available for your display, but you must request it when making your reservation. Money must be submitted with your reservation to secure your space.
Every exhibitor is encouraged to donate a nice quality raffle prize. We would also encourage displaying members to offer handouts to the attendees at their tables. Please discuss your raffle choice when making your reservation.

Area around Midway ready for retail takeoff - 65th & Cicero
The retail landscape near Midway Airport finally is starting to look up. A number of developments are breaking ground along Cicero Avenue, hoping to give people on the road to Chicago's No. 2 airport a reason to stay, shop or dine. The projects could change the Midway streetscape, which includes a plethora of shuttered buildings and vacant lots for sale along Cicero, for good. The catalyst may be Vib Chicago, an $8 million boutique hotel set to rise on the 1.1-acre site of a long-closed rental car facility at the southeast corner of Cicero and 65th Street, across from the Midway Hotel Center and just a few blocks south of the airport. The three-story, 74-room hotel is part of a new urban boutique offering from Best Western.  The sale was a breakthrough for the dormant Midway market, said Fahim Lakhani, vice president of acquisitions at Chicago commercial real estate firm First Western Properties, which represented local hotel developer Amit Patel in the transaction.  "The hotel project is benefiting from a property tax incentive, approved in March, which will save developers an estimated $466,000 over five years, the city said. Construction will be completed during the second half of 2017, according to Lakhani. Meanwhile, Lou Malnati's purchased a 16,000-square-foot former used car lot near the hotel development, with plans to open a 5,000-square-foot, full-service pizza restaurant by spring 2017. The chain adds about four locations a year, and had been scouting the Midway area for some time before settling on what it hopes will be a hot corner.  The Vib already has spurred adjacent development. Lakhani sold the corner outlot to Panda Express, which is building a drive-through restaurant expected to open later this year. . Other major restaurant chains also are looking at nearby sites, Lakhani said. "The great part about this hotel is that it's going to be facing the street," Lakhani said. "The hotel complex that's already there is enclosed. You're not going to leave that complex necessarily to go out and visit these retailers. "Built on the site of a former Cracker Jack factory across the city border in Bedford Park, the Midway Hotel Center broke ground in 1988, with similarly high hopes for improving the neighborhood. The fenced 10-hotel complex - which last year added the Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway - has been much more of an island. The work outside Midway coincides with a $248 million renovation of the South Side airport. The plan includes more parking, a concessions upgrade and expansion, and a widening of the pedestrian bridge over Cicero Avenue to alleviate security line bottlenecks. Work on the project will begin next year and is expected to run through 2019, according to Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Owen Kilmer.

  By Robert Channick Chicago Tribune

TSA Pre-Check Enrollment Center Opens Near Midway

The Transportation Security Administration renewed its push to get airline passengers to sign up for the TSA pre-check program.

The agency opened a temporary enrollment center at the Hyatt Place Hotel in the 6500-block of South Cicero Avenue near Midway International Airport.

It will be open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The application fee is $85 and is good for five years.

To make an appointment, apply online at

Travelers approved for TSA pre-check can get through security lines easier and faster.

2016 Golf Season

  The BPCIA Golf Committee is happy to say that the early morning shot-gun start has proven to be very popular!  We had many more people stay for dinner and the program.  If you have any feedback you'd like to share please email and let us know your thoughts. 
There are many people to thank for the success of the outings.  We truly appreciate your continued support and generosity.

Outing Sponsors:
Belt Railway of Chicago
BMO Harris Bank
First Midwest Bank
Garfield Ridge Contractors
Ingredion Inc.
Nexus Distribution

Hot Dog Sponsor:
The Village of Bedford Park

Beverage Sponsor:
John J. Moroney Company

Beverage Cart Sponsors:
Briski Hardware
Sharlen Electric Company
The Weglarz Company

Longest Putt:
Nalco Company

Closest to the Pin:
Midwest Business Consultants
Briski Hardware

Hole-In-One Sponsorship:
ServPro Bedford Park / Burbank

Hole Sponsors
Bedford Motor Service Inc.
Chicago Office Products
GLS Transport
Hallberg Insurance
Independence Tube Corporation
Jett Cutting
Magoo's Bar
Midway Hotel Center
Midwest Warehouse & Distribution
R & W Machine
Reavis High School
Sebis Direct
The Concord Group
U.S. Bank
Wintrust / Beverly Bank
Wirtz Rentals / Summit Division

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Bedford Park - Clearing Industrial Association
5101 West 67th Street, Bedford Park, IL.  60638

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