Coffee for Champions Friday morning at Dunkin’ Donuts

By Bob Bong

Local police will all be hanging out at Dunkin’ Donuts across the south and southwest suburbs on Friday to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The event formerly known as Cop on a Rooftop has been rebranded Coffee for Champions and will take place from 5 a.m. to noon Friday.

Coffee for Champions was selected to better represent what this wonderful event is about – Dunkin’ and the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run championing raising funds and awareness for the Special Olympics athletes in their local communities.

Each guest who makes a donation to the Torch Run will receive a coupon for a free donut.  Guests who donate $10 or more will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium hot coffee. This year’s goal is to raise more than $870,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

For a complete list of participating locations, visit

Here’s a list of some area locations where local police will be hanging out.

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In Palos Heights, officers will be at the Palos Heights Dunkin, 12807 S. Harlem Avenue.  

Due to COVID-19, this will be the only fundraising event in Palos Heights for Special Olympics. Since 2016, the Palos Heights Police Department has raised $122,865.69 for Special Olympics. 

In Palos Park, officers will be at the Palos Park Dunkin’ Donuts at 130th Street and LaGrange Road.

Officers will be collecting donations from customers, and every dollar collected will go directly to the Indiana Special Olympics. 

In Orland Park, officers will be Dunkin’ locations at 8940 W. 159th St., 11309 W. 143rd St., 14461 S. LaGrange Road and 15615 S. Harlem Ave. 

In Chicago Ridge, officers will be at the Dunkin at 6408 W. 95th St. 

In Hickory Hills, officers will be at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 7847 W. 95th St.

In Oak Lawn, officers will be at the Dunkin’ at 10801 S. Cicero Ave.

In Worth, officers will be at the Dunkin’ at 6707 W. 111th St.

Bridgeview officers will be at the Dunkin’ at 7949 W. 79th St. in Bridgeview and the location at 8049 S. Harlem Ave. in Burbank.

In Brookfield, officers will be collecting at the Dunkin’ at 9208 Ogden Ave.

In Countryside, officers will again be at the Dunkin’ at 5500 S. La Grange Road.

In Hodgkins, officers will be at the location at 9400 Joliet Road.

Justice police will be at the new Dunkin’ at 7801 Archer Road.

In McCook, officers will be at 8147 W. Joliet Road.

Willow Springs officers will be at 8424 S. Willow Springs Road.

Tinley Park Burlington moving into new digs

The new Burlington store in the Tinley Park Plaza is almost ready to open. (Photo by Bob Bong) 

By Bob Bong

Burlington has announced it will be opening its new store in the Tinley Park Plaza on Friday, Sept. 17

The retailer has the date posted on its website as it prepares to move from its longtime home at 7061 W. 159th St. (next door to Hobby Lobby) to newer, smaller digs just around the corner in the new part of Tinley Park Plaza, which is being remodeled by owner Brixmor. 

Burlington moved into its current home after Kmart moved out in 1995 and into a new home at 16300 S. Harlem Ave. That site closed a few years ago and is going to be turned into a warehouse for Pete’s Fresh Market. 

Burlington operates five other south suburban stores in Matteson, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Lansing, and Burbank, as well as locations in North Riverside and Joliet.

Burlington’s business neighbor, Hobby Lobby, is expected to remain in its half of the former Kmart. 

The Burlington space is not expected to be empty for long as Tinley officials have said a Floor & Décor store will be taking over the space.  

Atlanta-based Floor & Decor is a specialty retailer of hard surface flooring, offering tile, wood, stone, related tools and flooring accessories. The company was founded in 2000. It has eight Chicago-area locations, but the Tinley store would be its first in the south suburbs. The closest store is in southwest suburban Countryside.

Village officials have said Floor & Décor is expected to bring more than 100 full-time jobs when it moves into the 70,000-square-foot space. 

In addition to Burlington, a new grocery store is moving into the redeveloped Tinley Park Plaza. There has been no official announcement on which grocer is going to be the new tenant. 

Another new tenant in the redeveloped plaza will be Phenix Salon Suites.