In the heart of Oak Park's thriving downtown business district, the seven-story building at 1010 Lake Street is home to the Visit Oak Park Visitors Center, the Downtown Oak Park organization, and a host of medical and service professionals.
But on Saturday, June 3rd, with the third floor transformed into a festive pop-up celebration and unveiling for revelers, it became known as something else: The Uncork VIP Lounge.
It was a welcome complement to the annual wine festival, Uncork Illinois, which featured 15 wineries along Marion Street in Downtown Oak Park. The lounge also helped people "beat the heat" on a sweltering day, said DTOP Executive Director Max Austin-Williams.
To express thanks to their tenants as well as the community for supporting Oak Park, 1010 Lake Street was the presenting sponsor of Uncork Illinois, Guests also received a commemorative wine glass to mark their wine festival memories.
For five hours that afternoon, a photo booth, a DJ, a wine station featuring wine from forthcoming Oak Park restaurant Cooper's Hawk, a buffet of food and snacks, and ample seating took shape to welcome hundreds of guests throughout the day.
"We're so pleased with the relationship forged between DTOP and 1010 Lake. This partnership benefits not only the business district but the entire community," said Austin-Williams. "This year, thanks in large part to 1010 Lake Street, Uncork Illinois offered attendees an even more dynamic experience with the addition of the VIP Lounge."
In addition to extending invitations to those who turned out for the sixth annual Uncork Illinois, organizers welcomed tenants in the building, along with members of the Oak Park and River Forest Chamber of Commerce, members of Downtown Oak Park, and municipal leaders, among others.
OPRF Chamber of Commerce Director Cathy Yen, Oak Park Village Trustee Dan Moroney, Oak Park Village Clerk Vicki Scaman, former Oak Park Village President Cliff Osborn, and a variety of business owners and residents from Oak Park and surrounding communities were among the party-goers.
Uncork VIP Lounge organizers were especially pleased to serve Wonder Works volunteers who arrived as a group. Proceeds from Uncork Illinois went to support Wonder Works, a children's museum on the northern end of Oak Park.
Built in 1964, 1010 Lake Street was once known as the IBM Building. In 2014, Chicago-based UrbanStreet Group & Cincinnati-based North American Properties purchased the building.
The new owners recently made significant investments and upgrades to the building, including a new entranceway, a total renovation of the lobby and the development of new spec suites.
"There are even more plans ahead, including some exciting new programs and amenities for our tenants to create a place they are proud to call home," said Tim Perry, of North American Properties. "We want 1010 Lake Street to be exceptional and timeless—a place that not only elevates business, but is where the new iconic Oak Park works and meets."
"Through both Uncork & The Uncork Lounge, we wanted to give back, thanking our guests for supporting Downtown Oak Park and Wonder Works, while also offering a fun, relaxing outlet for people to enjoy the wine festival," Perry added. "We were thrilled with the enthusiastic response. Most of all, we are excited about being in Oak Park, and are committed to being an engaged and active contributor to the community."
For more information about 1010 Lake Street, please visit www.1010lakestreet.com.
*Submitted by Inside Edge PR