Portage Park Making a Comeback

Six Corners. Photo by Antonio Vernon
Six Corners. Photo by Antonio Vernon

Once Chicago’s most popular shopping district outside the Loop, Portage Park’s Six Corners has recently seen some hard times. According to Quay Tao, owner of two Six Corners restaurants, The Portage and Community Tavern, five years ago, when he moved his businesses in, the area was like a “ghost-town.”

Due to two redevelopment projects some members of the community are feeling optimistic about the direction the area is now heading. Chuck Giovenco, general manager of Fantasy Costumes, said that things are “finally going in the right direction” for Six Corners.

“We are extremely excited and have been looking for opportunities at Six Corners for a long time. I think the Six Corners Association and Ald. (John) Arena have done a great job improving this iconic, historic retail district, and I think we’ll be able to make a contribution to continuing to evolve the area,”

said Peter Eisenberg, principal with developer Clark Street Real Estate.