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Lisa Predko-Vasquez and Robert Vasquez, BerwynLISA PREDKO-VASQUEZ AND ROBERT VASQUEZ
BERWYN

In the ten years since Lisa Predko-Vasquez, a 35-year-old photographer, and her husband, Robert Vasquez, a 43-year-old ad exec, found their corner lot in Berwyn, they’ve converted the oversize backyard into a private oasis, with a tiki head carved from a tree stump and enough space for lawn darts. When not relaxing at home, the pair takes bike rides that end up at the Tastee Freez (6621 W. 26th St.; 708-749-7377) or Henry’s Drive-In (6031 W. Ogden Ave.; 708-656-9344) in Cicero. Justice Produce (6901 W. Ogden Ave.), a Mexican grocery near their house, is great for veggies. Bodhi Thai (6211 Roosevelt Rd.; 708-484-9250) does good takeout, and Lalo’s (3011 S. Harlem Ave.; 708-484-9311) is the spot for listening to mariachis on a lazy Sunday. Truth be told, the couple prefers to hole up at home, but if she was to go out, Lisa might visit FitzGerald’s (6615 Roosevelt Rd.; 708-788-2118) for its alt-country acts or Olive or Twist (6906 Windsor Ave.; 708-484-1808), a martini bar next to her friend Laurie Richter’s gift shop, Fly Right Gifts (6902 Windsor Ave.; 708-484-7899). She might even be persuaded to try Cigars and Stripes (6715 W. Ogden Ave.; 708-484-1043). One reliable lure is the Berwyn Rt66 Car Show (berwynrt66.com), which in September takes over a three-block stretch of Ogden Avenue, part of the historic road. Every year the Vasquezes walk the show to look at the lowriders and vintage classics—and, of course, they throw a raucous backyard party in its honor.

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