In The News

Were you a Read to Ride winner in 2020?

Please contact Tom at the laundromat if your kid won a bike in our raffle. We have an important update about the bikes. ​

Read a book, win a bike

Read-to-Ride is back! Kids between 6 and 15 years of age can earn chances at winning a brand-new bike just by reading this summer.

2/27/2018 1:32:00 PM
Laundromat hosts national literacy summit, with book giveaways and pizza

This free event featured book giveaways, pizza, and entertainment. Some of the leading experts in literacy were here to see how we do what we do, from...

The fireworks are back, and they aren't going away any time soon

Thousands packed the Morton West stadium, and countless more lined streets and parking lots to get a glimpse of something not seen since 2009: Fireworks...

We're bringing back Berwyn's Fourth of July fireworks! A gift to celebrate our 10th anniversary

It’s been 10 years since the World’s Largest Laundromat re-opened its iconic doors after being leveled by a fire. And that is a reason to celebrate and...

New 90-pound washers can handle about nine baskets of laundry in one wash!

Got a huge load of laundry and want to get it all done in one machine? Or are you buried in big blankets and comforters? Our new 90-pounders are huge,...

6/8/2015 12:34:00 PM
Write-to-Ride gives kids a chance to win prizes for writing amazing short stories

Every summer, we run a reading program (Read-to-Ride) for kids aged 6-15. But this summer, we're very excited to debut Write-to-Ride, a storytelling contest...


Humanitarian Award for World's Largest Laundromat

Tom and Mark Benson with the 36-panel solar system.

The World's Largest Laundromat in Berwyn has been featured around the globe for its size, but now its owner, Tom Benson, and its manager, Mark Benson, are being honored for how they do business, not just how big they do business. Chicago's TEECH Foundation (Transforming, Educating, & Empowering Children and Humanity) is awarding the Bensons with their Humanitarian Empowerment Award for demonstrating a strong belief in the promotion of human rights.  

"Tom and Mark have helped transform the perspective of thousands of Americans by their personal example and consistent efforts to help the community and fellow man," the organization's press release says. "We wish to honor their endeavors and their vision." Among other things, TEECH points to the Laundromat's summer reading program, "Read to Ride" where kids are given raffle tickets for every book they read throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, 20 lucky readers ride off on new bicycles.

The laundromat has also embraced green energy, with 36 solar panels heating the 13,500-square-foot facility's water. "It's a great honor to be recognized with this award," Tom Benson says. "We treat the customers the way we'd treat family, and they keep coming back. Its just good business." The Humanitarian Empowerment Award ceremony is meant to embrace the Chicago area's diversity.





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