From a sleepy-eyed bedroom community to today’s vibrant business-friendly village which is home to more than 900 businesses and industries, the Village of Carol Stream is both diverse and dynamic. Bursting with civic pride, the Carol Stream community boasts amenities including a bustling business-friendly environment, much sought-after traditional neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, modern schools, a large Gold Medal award-winning park system, a full-service library and a community of churches serving many religious denominations.
The strength of Carol Stream’s business community can be measured in many ways, but none is more telling the diversity of businesses which call Carol Stream “home.” Whether family-owned and operated, larger corporate operations, service, entertainment, or industrial leaders, Carol Stream provides a welcoming business-friendly home to all. The diverse and strong business community fuels Carol Stream’s economy.
Among the diverse local businesses calling Carol Stream home are Village Tavern & Grill, Glenbard North High School and Rockin’ Jump.
Village Tavern & Grill
291 S. Schmale, Carol Stream
Family-owned and operated, the Village Tavern & Grill has been a popular Carol Stream gathering spot for more than 20 years.
Best known for its comfortable, Cheers-like atmosphere, family-friendly homemade favorites, its the all-you-can-eat fish fry on Wednesdays and Fridays and the “world-famous” chicken fingers waiting to be dunked into top secret honey-mustard sauce, which first come to mind for frequent diners. However, hearty portions and fresh foods are the secrets to success, said owner Mike Coughlan, a longtime Carol Stream resident who takes great pride in the neighborhood eaterie’s community ties.
Other fan favorites include pub-worthy starters like beef, barbecue pork, and pot roast sliders, a melt-in-your-mouth and fall-off-the-bone half- slab of baby back ribs, beef stroganoff, nachos, a nacho burger, signature grilled or fried chicken Caesar salads, Buffalo wings and the “best overall chili” – an honor awarded seven years in a row.
Serving as an archive of Carol Stream history and ambience, this year the 250-seat establishment will receive a shiny new paint job, all new booths, seating and bathrooms and the exterior will receive a complete facelift to keep ambience as fresh as ingredients and home-cooked entrees.
A native of Boston who helped create famed eateries and night clubs across the country, Coughlan takes great pride in civic commitment. His restaurant sponsors the Eat Out 2 Help Out program providing donations of up to 20 percent of pretax sales receipts to favorite customer-supported charities; is a frequent sponsor for Carol Stream sports teams and clubs; participates in the Carol Stream Christmas sharing program; donates to Dine Away Hunger to aid underprivileged families through the People’s Resource Center; and aids in a multitude of local high school fundraising efforts offering a portion of each diner’s dinner tab to benefit the community.
“It’s always a local group or cause,” said Coughlan, who together with Mary Kate Sheppard, general manager, handle day-to-day operations.
Community ties run deep. “We measure our success one diner at a time and hope to see guests multiple times each week for lunch, a happy hour after work, drinks and appetizers on the patio, a family dinner and special celebrations.”
Glenbard North High School
990 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream
(630) 653-7000 | www.glenbardnorthhs.org
John Mensik, principalGlenbard North High School is a public four-year high school located at the corner of Kuhn and Lies roads in Carol Stream. It is part of Glenbard Township High School District 87, which also includes Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn; Glenbard East High School, Lombard, and Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn.
The North campus is the largest among the four high schools in Glenbard Township District 87, currently serving approximately 2,300 students – many who reside in Carol Stream as well as portions of Glendale Heights, Hanover Park and Bloomingdale.
The school, known for its motto “where excellence is tradition,” is ranked 1,389 in the National School Rankings and earned a silver medal based on student performance on state-required tests and how well prepared students are for college. The school also has been recognized for five years by the Washington Post as one of the top high schools in the state and among the best in the nation, challenging students with more than 22 advanced placement curriculum offerings.
Ranked 58 within the State of Illinois by U.S. News & World Report on the listing of the nation’s most challenging high schools, Glenbard North is one of several educational institutions granting credits or advanced college placements based on student performance on AP exams. Nearly 41 percent of all Glenbard North students take advanced placement exams.
Glenbard North students and peers at other Glenbard district schools are among only nine school districts in Illinois accepted to the national AP/IB Equity and Excellence Project for demonstrating a commitment to ensuring that historically underrepresented students have the opportunity to succeed in Advanced Placement courses. The district has seen a 29 percent increase in the number of students taking AP classes in the past five years, and is focused on continuing to increase AP enrollment.
Recognized also for athletic talent and a competitive spirit, Glenbard athletes proudly don the school’s black and gold colors, and consistently rank among the best in conference and state IHSA standings. With a full complement of sports offerings, the school is a recognized powerhouse in the prestigious DuPage Valley Athletic Conference. The varsity baseball team has been recognized in the state’s elite final eight, and football led conference standings two of the past four years bringing home the state championship trophy in 2013. Individual tennis players have garnered placements in the state tournament; the badminton team has been a recognized state champion; and this year boys and girls track and field athletes, gymnasts, wrestlers and more competed at state with much success.
Local residents are among the first to applaud the school’s fine arts offerings including its award-winning theater program under the direction of Nathan King. The 2016 “Mary Poppins” production received rave reviews and was a crowd-pleasing favorite.
Participants in the speech team have been recognized at state competitions for the past two years, and community celebrations wouldn’t be complete without the musical talents of the Glenbard North marching band, orchestra, choir and other groups.
Notable alumni include Billy Corgan a musician/songwriter best known as the frontman for the Smashing Pumpkins; Ryan Diem, an offensive tackle for the NFL Indianapolis Colts and the starting right tackle for the Super Bowl XLI champions; Michael Quigley, a United States Congressman representing the 5th Congressional District of Illinois; and Kiele Sanchez, an actress best known for her work on television shows including Lost.
485 Mission St., Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 752-1400 | carolstream.rockinjump.com
The nation’s second largest Rockin’ Jump trampoline park in Carol Stream is literally “hopping” with activity. Totaling 46,000 square feet, the facility is dedicated to the bouncing arts and features an enormous arena made of stretchy trampolines. In other parts of the elastic arena, jumpers can zig and zag during games of dodgeball, vault off a trampoline launch pad into a huge pit of soft foam blocks or even joust using heavily padded jousting pads.
Second only in size to a 51,000-square-foot franchise in Buffalo Grove, the venue’s arena of stretchy trampolines with a rock climbing wall and foam pit beckons visitors to defy gravity.
The Carol Stream location features several exciting elements: the Vertical Ops rock climbing wall, Dunk Hoops and an x-beam. The Vertical Ops rock climbing wall has six lanes and is outfitted with speed climbing capabilities. Dunk Hoops features both a shorter hoop for children as well as a full-height hoop. Rockin’ Jump grip socks are required and are fully washable and reusable.
The Rockin’ Jump venue is open daily and offers special activities of all kinds and schedules to accommodate tots, those with special needs, tweens, teens and adults. For example, Rockin’ Tots time, a designated jump time period for parents and toddlers, takes place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
Safety is key at Rockin’ Jump. In addition to plenty of padding and netting, owners Dan Eberhardt and Shannon O’Connor re-enforce continuous Jump Safe staff training and employ trained Jump Patrol monitors to prevent overcrowding and unsafe jumping. With private party areas, the springy playground is a popular venue for kids’ birthday celebrations and other special events.
“Community integration is a hallmark of our business,” Eberhardt said, citing Rockin’ Jump’s sponsorship of the Carol Stream summer concert series and many local sports teams, participation in a wide variety of summer festivals, fun runs, and parades, and the enormously popular Carol Stream Park District Just Play! event.
Originally opened and with corporate headquarters in the San Francisco Bay area, today more than 25 Rockin’ Jump franchise locations are open or under construction.