Stephen Palmer


Stephen Palmer was appointed to the Metra Board of Directors in 2016 by suburban members of the Cook County Board. Mr. Palmer, a lifelong resident of the Village of La Grange, is the president of the Stadium Club Restaurant and Bar in McCook. He had been owner and operator of Palmer Place Restaurant, a casual dining restaurant in La Grange, from 1990 to 2022.

Mr. Palmer is a strong believer in community service and as such has served on:

  • Board of Directors Illinois Restaurant Association since 1991, Chairman of the Board 2003
  • Village of La Grange Community and Economic Development Commission since 1998
  • Lyons Township Mental Health Commission since 2013
  • La Grange Business Association since 1990 – President 1995 and 2006
  • West Suburban Chamber of Commerce since 1990 – President 2008 and 2009
  • The Legacy Guild since 2012 raising money for college scholarships for children who have lost a parent.
  • 2011 Founder of Brew Moon Beer & Band Fest, McCook. The festival is a unique partnership between business, local government and civic groups with the purpose of raising  funds for local nonprofit organizations.
  • Founding member of the H-Foundation for Cancer Research 2000-2010

Mr. Palmer served in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1985 to 1990, where he was a Combat Medic and Chemical Op Specialist. He also served as a POC Fire Fighter EMT for the Village of La Grange 1983-1990 and was a Certified Firefighter I &II/EMT.

Mr. Palmer lives in La Grange with his wife Jennifer and two children. They are active members of St. Francis Xavier Parish.


Stephen Palmer