November 22, 2021
What's that gust of wind we're feeling? Sure, it's the weather, but it's also the whoosh of 2021 flying by. Before we know it, 2022 will be upon us.
There's so much news from our Chamber members to share... and this week, as you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, please know that we are so very thankful for all of you. Your commitments of time and talent, resources and ideas, are appreciated more than you know.
Thankful for you,
Vickie Austin
President/CEO
Women in Business host "The Power of the Press"

The Women in Business Committee invites you to attend "The Power of the Press: Boosting Your Business Through Media Relations," a media panel being held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, via Zoom. You can register here.

This all-star panel will be moderated by Janet Mathis, a former broadcast journalist and communications director at Gary United Methodist Church. Janet will lead a discussion with:
  • Craig Dellimore, political editor, WBBM-AM news radio 
  • Erica Loiacono, director of community engagement & communications, CUSD200
  • Jeff Reiter, senior manager of communications, Cantigny
  • Orrin Schwarz, editor, Daily Herald Business Ledger
Craig Dellimore
Erica Loiacono
Janet Mathis
Jeff Reiter
Orrin Schwarz
Learn how media relations can help your business grow. Cost for the program is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members which will go to support our upcoming "Reset for Success: Women in Business Expo" scheduled for March 18, 2022. RSVP here.
We had quite a week last week, from the Business After Hours at Mike Dyer's Edward Jones office and our #ThankfulThursday progressive luncheon at the DuPage Historical Museum to our ribbon-cutting at Ditka's Grill. Here are just a few moments captured...
Board members Christine Fenne (L) and Lulú Hertenstein share a smile at Mike Dyer's BAH
(L to R) Frank Kohout, Jim Atten, Marty Keller and guest Dipesh Sharma gather for a group shot at our BAH
Andrew Boston (L) receives a Graham's Chocolate gift certificate from Scot Lightbody at #ThankfulThursday luncheon
Paul Woodard of Ditka's Grill cuts the ribbon with an standing room only (SRO) crowd of Chamber members cheering him on
Mayor Phil Suess addresses the crowd at Ditka's Grill (photo credit: City of Wheaton)
(L to R) Brittany Johnson, Miguel Morna Freitas and Pat Keane share a table at #ThankfulThursday
Maximize your membership with Members Matter

Have you ever wondered what "Members Matter" is all about? We gather on a Zoom call and walk our members and prospective members through the many ways you can maximize your membership. Doris Barrera, administrative assistant, shares how to fully populate your profile in our database so that your website listing is complete. She'll teach you how to post your press releases, job openings and other deals to elevate your online visibility.

Join us at 9:00 a.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 24, so we can share about your benefits and help you get your return on investment. Register here.
Sizzling "Hot Deals" for your holiday parties

Planning a holiday party? Don't miss our Wheaton Chamber member "Hot Deals" from Best Booth Plus and The Moment on Main. How about you--anything you'd like to share for either member-to-member deals or "Hot Deals" for the community? Let us know and we'll help you post it on our website.
From our Chamber members
We welcome your news so we can share it with other Chamber members, whether that's via press release, an announcement, a ribbon-cutting or an upcoming event. Please send your news to us and we'll include here in "Monday Matters" as well as on our social media platforms.
Get ready for the holidays

There's a lot going on with our Chamber members this holiday season. Here are some of the celebrations and events coming up that you've shared with us. Don't forget to email us with your updates and press releases for what's happening with you.
Shop Small Saturday is coming up this week, and the Downtown Wheaton Association (DWA) is celebrating with a Cider and Cookie Stroll. Visit our members in the downtown area and join this effort to support our local businesses. Learn more about how to participate here.
So much to be grateful for

Next week we'll celebrate #GivingTuesday on November 30, and there are countless ways for you to give and support our Chamber non-profits. Click here to visit the list of our members who make a difference in our community through their services to those in need.
This is the 52nd year of Christmas Sharing of Wheaton Warrenville, providing food and gift cards to our neighbors in need within Community Unit School District 200. This long-time community effort has gone virtual and contributors are asked to give money which will help purchase food and gift cards that will be distributed via drive-through at three different church locations. For information on giving and volunteering, click here.
People's Resource Center has launched its Share the Spirit 2021 campaign... learn more here about how you can help PRC reach its goal of serving 700 families this year. Although they are no longer collecting toys, and the "layout" is a little different, there are lots of ways you can contribute. Donations will be accepted through November 29, and you can find a toolkit here for organizing a drive of your own. 

Cosley Zoo will host its Festival of Lights from November 26 through December 30. This annual event is a perfect way to celebrate the season, complete with twinkling lights, greenery with trees & wreaths for sale and that perfect gift for your favorite animal lover in their Wild Side Gift Shop.

This Friday don't miss the Wheaton Christmas Parade! The parade steps off at 6:00 p.m., beginning on Wheaton and Wesley avenue and heading south on Wheaton to Front Street, ending on Cross Street. Park in the Wheaton Place Parking Garage located at 232 W. Wesley Street with on-site traffic personnel directing. Kudos to the Wheaton Park District, the City of Wheaton and the DWA for hosting this year's parade. Here's a link with more information.
No matter the weather, the annual Reindeer Run is coming up. This 5K, a project of the Wheaton Lions Club Charities and the Wheaton Park District, will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, December 4, We hope to see many of you out there as runners, walkers or volunteers.
B.R. Ryall YMCA opened its Christmas tree lot today. Purchase your tree, wreath or garland at the Y and proceeds will go to their financial assistance fund which supports children and families in need. If you visit this Saturday, November 27, between 9:00 a.m. and noon, you can get a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Click this link for more info and a coupon for $10 off.
Cantigny is hopping with all kinds of opportunities to enjoy the holidays. Museum Store Sunday will be observed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 28. Visit Cantigny's Visitor Center gift shop and get 10% off gifts, and if you mention "Museum Store Sunday," they'll waive your parking fee.

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park is hosting two programs via Zoom that highlight military history. An author event and a presentation about Pearl Harbor will be held in December. Learn more here.
Our Chamber Events
This week:

  • Women in Business committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 23. Brigit Huyvaert of Leading Edge Lifestyle & Leadership Coaching is chair. This meeting will be a discussion of our vision for 2022 and an update on "Reset for Success: Women in Business Expo 2022" scheduled for March 18, 2022. RSVP for zoom link.
  • Members Matter, our virtual orientation for new members, current members and prospective members, will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24. Learn all about your members benefits and how to maximize your investment as a Wheaton Chamber member. RSVP for zoom link.
  • Thanksgiving holiday--the Chamber office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Coming up:

  • "The Power of the Press: Boosting Your Business Through Media Relations," a media panel being held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, via Zoom.
  • "Virtual Office Hours" returns Friday, December 4. Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. Grab a coffee and hang out with us as we share what we're up to this week.
Ditka's Grill is open for business!