The Veltway is the live music, food and entertainment district in the Berwyn and Oak Park community. More specifically the Veltway is the epicenter for many of the areas musicians, culinary artists, Graphic designers and photographers. The area features nightly music entertainment in the three iconic music venues along the strip; FitzGerald’s Night Club, The Friendly Tap, and Wire. These venues host local and touring acts from around the country. This strip has exciting and emerging dining enclaves including the award winning and critically acclaimed, Autre Monde Cafe which boasts a great patio and delicious Mediterranean fare, or Big Guys Sausage Stand, and neighborhood classics such as “Chicago’s Best” featured, Gina’s Italian Ice, as well as classic Italian cuisine at Capri Ristorante, and Salerno’s just east of Harlem in Oak Park. Additionally, Oak Park’s Kinslahger Brewing Company just opened its doors in the spring of 2015, it is a very welcomed addition to our community. This area is a unique and vibrant entertainment corridor for the area and the surrounding communities.
“Beale Street in Berwyn”
The Veltway Corporation’s objective is to establish an entertainment corridor that rivals the notoriety of “Beale Street” in Memphis, or Frenchman Street in New Orleans, and to establish a community-wide arts and music festival designed to attract artists and patrons from across the country. To facilitate the growth and public cognizance of this corridor, The Veltway Corporation was founded in 2014. The Veltway Corporation is a non-for-profit corporation established with specific objectives of broadening the recognization and public support of the artists and businesses along Roosevelt Road, The Veltway Corporation produces and co-supports many community events such as, The Green Mile Pub Crawl, Make Music on The Veltway, and The Concert Across Chicago to End Gun Violence . The Veltway Corporation works in close alliance with The Berwyn Development Corporation, Why Berwyn, Berwyn Arts and Music, and The Oak Park School of Rock. Our initiatives are attained through volunteer efforts and sponsorship fees.