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Downtown Tinley

Downtown AerialIt doesn’t matter if you’re a lifelong resident of Tinley Park or just a visitor passing through – it’s likely you’ve spent more than a few hours in Downtown Tinley, shopping for treasures at a local store or throwing back a few drinks as a band rocks out on stage.

Located on Oak Park Avenue between 166th and 183rd streets, Downtown Tinley is where you'll find amazing events, delectable dining, wonderful local shops, services, treats, fun activities, health, beauty and more. The Village has so many great special events yearlong that you'll never be at a loss for something fun to do! Be sure to "Like" the Downtown Tinley Facebook page to keep updated on everything going on.

Despite its reputation as a prime place for fantastic food, live music and great deals, Downtown Tinley still has room to grow even bigger and better. The Village has initiated several endeavors such as the Downtown Tinley Playbook, Harmony Square and the New Bremen TIF District that it hopes will help Downtown Tinley thrive and give businesses the tools they’ll need to succeed in the coming years.

Downtown Tinley Initiatives
The Village has initiated several endeavors that it hopes will help Downtown Tinley thrive and give businesses the tools they’ll need to succeed in the coming years.

Harmony Square
Harmony Square PlazaHarmony Square, the crown jewel of the Village’s music brand, will be located in Downtown Tinley and will feature programming at least 250 days of the year. Designed as a “third place” for residents and regional visitors to go after home and work, Harmony Square will have a lawn section and stage for concerts, a splash pad that in the winter will transform into an ice rink, and a beautiful park that will be surrounded by shops and restaurants catering to the musically-minded.

Harmony Square is a key component of the Village’s recently completed branding initiative that puts music at the core focus of Tinley Park’s brand. The plaza will be a place where everyone from residents to visitors can gather to celebrate the magic of music together.

Oak Park Avenue Playbook
The Village offers the Oak Park Avenue Playbook, a series of incentive programs for Downtown Tinley business owners that encourages them to invest in and improve their respective properties. Available incentive programs include:

  • Facade Improvement
  • Code Compliance
  • Sign Grant
  • Retail Grant

The Village has budgeted as much as $350,000 per year for these programs, which could allow for 10 or more projects annually. One site can use as much as $70,000 in grants per year. The key goals of the new incentive programs are to:

  • Strengthen the pedestrian-friendly business district
  • Create a stronger synergy of specialty dining and retail
  • Maintain safe buildings with distinctive architecture and signage
  • Improve economic viability and competitiveness of existing buildings
  • Spur start-up, attraction and expansion of sales tax-producing businesses
  • Build public spaces with an orientation to music and entertainment
  • Enhance the aesthetics of the entire corridor

The Village looks forward to working with businesses in creating a downtown that everyone – from residents to visitors to business owners – can enjoy and be proud of.

SIP Before and After
New Bremen TIF District
The New Bremen Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District is bounded by 172nd Street on the north, 179th Street on the south, 67th Avenue and 66th Court on the east, and 69th Avenue on the west. At about 89 acres, the new TIF district consists of 275 tax parcels and includes commercial, residential, government/institutional, mixed-use, railroad and right-of-way land uses.

The New Bremen TIF replaced the Main Street South TIF, which was created in 2003 and was set to expire in 2026 after its 23-year life cycle had run its course. Due in part to the 2007 recession, which greatly hindered development in the area, the remaining eight years left on the TIF were insufficient to allow any meaningful development to occur. In response, the Village decided to create the New Bremen TIF in order to give a new set of 23 incremental tax years to support redevelopment and infrastructure improvements in Downtown Tinley.

Dining, Shopping and Services
Downtown Tinley is filled with many locally owned, independent businesses. See the Downtown Tinley Business Directory for a complete listing of restaurants, shops, service businesses and more located in Downtown Tinley.

Dining and Specialty Food
Find a quick bite to eat or have a romantic dinner in Downtown Tinley! Choose from a variety of restaurants specializing in pizza, pasta, barbeque, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and more. Treat yourself with candy, popcorn, ice cream and delicious baked goods, or enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee or tea with a friend. Whether you want to pick up dinner at a gourmet market or carry out a homemade meal from a local restaurant, you can always find something for everyone in Downtown Tinley!

Pick up a gift for a loved one to celebrate a special occasion, fix up or decorate your home, find a bargain or buy a new car – there's so much to shop for in Downtown Tinley. From beautiful artwork, original designs and jewelry to flowers, bicycles, fish tanks, trophies and more, explore the many unique shops throughout downtown.

Services, Spas and Beauty
From financial services and insurance providers to give your budget a makeover, to salons, barbers and nail spas to give yourself a makeover, there are many Downtown Tinley service businesses to fit your every need. Primp your poodle and then schedule her annual checkup. Get fit or learn a new dance. Book a family portrait and drop off your laundry. Cross those errands off your list in Downtown Tinley!

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