News from Friends of Portage Park

It’s Market Time!!! 

Sunday, June 5 is our first market of the season! We are excited to be back into the full swing of things, and all of our vendors are looking forward to seeing all of their wonderful customers.  Our musical guest will be the fabulous, David Chiriboga playing Flamenco guitar.  You won’t want to miss this!!  Thank you to our vendors, customers and sponsors, for helping us make it to our 8th season in beautiful Portage Park. 


Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce June Newsletter

dd1Economic Development

The chamber’s Economic Development Committee recently met with the city’s chief planner, Benet Haller, to discuss the master plan which he put together for our commercial corridor on Milwaukee. The plan is based on input from a community workshop which the chamber held last fall. A second workshop on the proposed plan is scheduled for this summer.
The plan includes interesting tidbits about the corridor:
1. Shallow depth of lots on Milwaukee resulted from a street widening in the 1920s
2. A high number of large signs, including billboards
3. A significant number of medical, dental and real estate offices
4. The lack of competing, nearby retail ‘main streets’
5. Few vacant sites to accommodate a large retail complex