March 4, 2021

Steven Campbell, small business champion and outspoken critic, dies at 71

Steven Campbell, a Riverside resident whose property holdings in Brookfield made him an influential figure…

Steven Campbell, a Riverside resident whose property holdings in Brookfield made him an influential figure who commanded respect and admiration from other business owners and his tenants for his generosity while simultaneously irritating and exasperating local officials for battling them relentlessly over property issues large and small, died Feb. 27 at his Riverside home of natural causes. He was 71 years old.

Raised in LaGrange and a graduate of Lyons Township High School, Campbell by the 1980s had established a shop called Coachworks on Ogden Avenue, restoring high-end automobiles.

He would increasingly turn to buying commercial property along Brookfield’s main drag and by the end of his life owned parcels along both sides the village’s entire stretch of Ogden Avenue, including a substantial number of parcels west of Maple Avenue.