The Illinois Office of Tourism created the “Illinois Made” program in 2016 to spotlight and promote the people, products and authentic, locally loved experiences throughout the state. This year five Oak Park Area businesses have been selected for this honor and statewide recognition.
Flùr at 1 Riverside Road in Riverside is a gluten-free bakery making delicious baked goods and pastries of the highest quality. They pride themselves on using only the best ingredients which are locally sourced whenever possible and never using artificial flavoring or preservatives.
Higgins Glass at 33 E. Quincy Street in Riverside is a family owned business specializing in one of a kind glass creations including bowls, plates, mobiles and more. Begun 70 years ago in a small studio in Chicago, it has grown and expanded into the stunning shop and studio in Riverside which has been featured in Architectural Digest, HGTV and more.
Rare Bird Preserves at 211 Harrison Street in Oak Park specializes in artisan fruit jams, curds and preserves. Using a proprietary combination of French and British techniques, they blend only the highest quality seasonal fruit and other locally sourced, sustainable ingredients into their products.
Scudiero’s Italian Bakery and Deli at 2113 W. Lake Street in Melrose Park is an icon of the area. With roots that can be traced to 1930’s Italy, this beloved bakery and Deli is known for its fresh, made-to-order subs and sandwiches. Having served famous customers like singer-actress Carol Lawrence and Frank Sinatra, Scuderiero’s hearty Italian menu continues to be a favorite for locals and visitors.
TAKARA at 7501 ½ Madison Street in Forest Park crafts funky, Organic and natural fiber clothing using linen, cotton and gauze. What began as a small accessory line 40 years ago has expanded over time to include an exquisite clothing line, sold in their Forest Park boutique.