Business Comings & Goings: Ticketmaster Now Available at Wal-Mart
A look at new businesses coming into town and a fond farewell to those that have, for whatever reason, called it quits.
Fans of shows, concerts and sporting events can now buy their tickets at the Walmart store at 9245 W. 159th St. in Orland Hills or any of 77 Walmarts in the Chicago area that are now offering tickets to Ticketmaster events.
Customers can use touch screens in the store’s electronics department to buy Ticketmaster tickets. Once the desired event is selected, a Walmart employee helps complete the transaction and immediately prints the tickets.
"By integrating ticketing into Walmart stores, we are able to offer fans this very convenient way to learn about upcoming events, purchase and take home tickets without leaving their neighborhood," said Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard in a release. "In addition, Ticketmaster will continue to work closely with our clients to create exclusive high value offers for Walmart customers."
The service also is available at Walmarts in Bedford Park, Bolingbrook, Bourbonnais, Bridgeview, Country Club Hills, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Glenwood, Joliet, Lansing, Lockport, Matteson, Naperville, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.
Hhgregg to Open Orland Store
Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg expects this week to soft open its Orland Park store in the former Sports Authority at 1385 Orland Park Place Dr. in Orland Park. The store is the largest of 14 stores the retailer will officially open on Sept. 15 when it establishes itself in the Chicago market. Ads for the chain started appearing last week on Chicago TV channels.
Tinley-Frankfort Rotary Club is Growing
The Tinley Park-Frankfort Rotary Club, which was established in 1975, recently received an award for growing its membership to almost two dozen members.
“We are extremely honored to have won third place for membership growth,” said immediate past president Paul Lyons. “It is a testament to the dedication of our club members that we have achieved this great award.”
Its members, who meet on Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. at Lincoln-Way North High School, 19900 S. Harlem Ave. in Frankfort Square, include professional and community leaders from both Tinley Park and Frankfort.
For information, contact President Karen Wegrzyn at 708-359-4715 or visit the club’s website.
Orland Fire District Shows Off
The Orland Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours Open House on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Orland Fire Protection District’s newly remodeled administration building at 9790 W. 151st St. There will be displays and information to assist you with knox blocks, fire inspections, sprinklers and more. Refreshments will be provided by Pompei Little Italy.
Bettenhausen Unveils Ram Dealership
Bettenhausen Automotive is unveiling its new Dodge Ram Dealership at 8355 W. 159th St. in Tinley Park with a Family Fun and Race Cars Business After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 4-8 p.m.
There will be food, fun, race cars, inflatable slide for the kids, refreshments for all ages, entertainment and Bettenhausen giveaways.
Southland Chamber to Spotlight Media
The Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce puts the spotlight on “Media and News … the Challenges and Successes” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 at its Regional Consensus Luncheon. Three expert panelists will address this topic. The luncheon will take place at the Holiday Inn-Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 S. Convention Center Drive, and is open to the public. The cost is $30 for chamber members, $40 for non-member. Reservations and information are accessible online at www.chicagosouthland.com and by phone at (708) 957-6950.
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