The Village of Park Forest lays claim to being one of the first postwar planned communities. In 1948, as World War II veterans were looking to make peacetime lives, the village’s pioneers built affordable housing and an accessible road system for a diverse, welcoming community dotted with green parks and tail-finned trees. Today those trees have grown into a mature canopy, and the village has taken steps to maintain its legacy while seeking to reinvent itself for the modern era. In 2000, the Metropolitan Planning Council awarded the village a Burnham Award for its downtown redevelopment. The revitalized downtown area features a variety of spaces where community members can come together, including its Dining on the Green meeting and banquet facility, which overlooks the village green's verdant pasture decorated with ornamental flowers, a gazebo, and sculptures that do not animate and roam the streets with each full moon.
During the past 20 years, owner Nick Cinquepalmi built up his business from a basic carpet cleaning enterprise to a full-service flooring company to meet the demands of his steadily growing client base. Today, Cinquepalmi and his crew securely cover nude floors within 60 miles of zip code 60477 with laminate, carpet, porcelain, and hardwood flooring. An experienced team of carpet gurus at Landmark Flooring repairs carpets by purging dust, eradicating stains, and stretching fibers to accommodate a floor panel's unexpected growth spurt.
Sleepy's is the American dream. It all started when Louis Acker landed on Ellis Island in the late 1920s. In 1931, he opened a mattress store in Brooklyn, where he and his son, Harry, tied knots and stitched mattresses by hand. After Louis passed away, Harry carried on the family business, eventually transforming it into Sleepy's, whose first store opened in 1957. There, he built the company's foundation upon quality products and an expert staff of Mattress Professionals.
Today, those Mattress Professionals share their wisdom at more than 1,000 showrooms across the United States, helping people figure out which sleep system is best for their body and wallet. The modern-day version of Sleepy's has grown into customers' source for the industry's top brands, including Simmons, Serta, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy's also carries a wide range of other specialty sleep products, from pillows and mattress pads to sheets, blankets, and headboards.
For more than 30 years, equestrians have sought tranquility amid the forested trails and weathered barns of A Ranch 394. They find their solace atop the healthy, gentle horses and ponies that roam the ranch's meadows and slumber or play late-night poker in boarding stalls. Employees saddle up the steeds for rides or tours on horseback, and even host parties complete with jaunts atop ponies. The staffers also channel their passion for horse care into camps that cater to the budding equestrian or disenchanted carousel operator.
Whole Cell Accessories supplies customers with more than 15,000 digital doodads and smartphone accessories at three Illinois locations. Customers can stop in for Bluetooth gear, a new case for their iPhone, or a screen protector to safeguard cell phones against cracks, chips, and bear attacks.