Monthly Calendar
Aug. 5th Hiring Fair
Aug. 6th General Meeting
Aug. 12th Mega Connection
Aug. 26th Board Meeting
Aug. 27th-29th Throwback Music Fest
General Meeting
Join us on Friday, August 6th at 8am for our August General Meeting. We will be meeting at Liberty Bank for Savings on the 2nd floor. There will coffee, donuts and networking opportunities. Come hear about all of the events the Chamber is hosting.
Economic Development
Proposal would prohibit restaurants from giving utensils and napkins to carryout customers unless requested, although violators would not face fines
By Brian Nadig
Restaurants would provide plastic utensils, napkins and single-packet condiments to carryout and delivery customers only if requested under a single-use food ware ordinance proposed by Alderman Samantha Nugent (39th).
The proposed ordinance, which does not include fines for violators, is intended to reduce plastic waste and to help restaurants save money, Nugent said. She added that many restaurants already have a by-request policy for utensils and condiments.
A similar ordinance proposed by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd) in January of 2020 would have established fines for violators, but that proposal was put on hold due to the pandemic and was never approved.
“I really want to help (restaurants), not penalize them,” Nugent said, adding that the ordinance was formulated with the assistance of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “We want to encourage good behavior. … I’m looking to move the needle in the right direction.”
A study indicated that California restaurants that switched to a by-request utensils policy saved between $3,000 and $21,000 a year, according to Nugent’s office.
Nugent’s ordinance would apply to utensils such as forks, spoons, knives and chopsticks, condiment packs such as ketchup and mustard, napkins and wet-wipes, and cocktail sticks, toothpicks and disposable plates.
Items that would be exempt are straws, beverage lids, cup sleeves and utensils which are attached by the manufacturer to food or beverage products. Lids are essential for carryout beverages, and plastic straws are exempt because their use can be essential for some people with disabilities, Nugent said.
Drive-through facilities and restaurants at Chicago airports would be allowed to automatically give customers utensils and napkins under the proposal.

Board Member Recognition
John Garrido, Director
John is a Lieutenant for the Chicago Police Department. He is also a lawyer at Law Offices of Garrido and Stoppa. He lives in Gladstone Park with his wife, Anna, and his 3 dogs, Pedro, Freddie and Elly. John has been a Chamber member and serving on the Board of Directors since 2011. He has been a big contributor in the success of Throwback Music Fest, Thirsty 3rd Thursdays, and other events.
Chicago Dogs Outing
We had a great time at our annual Chicago Dogs Outing!
Dan Ciolino, Chamber President, threw out the first pitch.
We were recognized on the scoreboard.
Group photo after the fireworks were over.
Upcoming Events
We understand that many of our members are understaffed so we are hosting a hiring fair in hopes of getting employees for our local businesses. If you or someone you know is looking for a job please come by and interview at the wonderful businesses that will be present.
Are you coming to our event?
Liberty Bank for Savings 6210 N. Milwaukee Ave.

08/05/21 1:00pm - 08/05/21 4:00pm

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Throwback Music Fest
Volunteers Needed!
We are in need of help at gates, beer ticket tents, etc. Please click on the button below to sign up for a date/time.
Sponsorship Opportunities!
There are still plenty of sponsorship opportunities for Throwback Music Fest. This is a great way to advertise your business. Don't miss out to be a part of this fun event. The community has been waiting for the return of Throwback Music Fest.
Promote your business in our Throwback Music Fest Program! Reach thousands of potential customers.
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Networking Opportunities!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to connect with members from 26 other Chambers of Commerce. This is a great time to present your products and services to other businesses in the surrounding communities.
Business After Hours
We are collaborating with the Niles Chamber of Commerce at our very own Pasta D'Arte on Wednesday, September 15th 5p to 7p. This is a chance to get to know our neighbors to the North. Come out and enjoy new company, delicious refreshments and a cash bar. Registration is required!
Our Golf Open is Returning!
Join us at our new location Wilmette Golf Club on Monday, September 20th for our annual golf open. There will be a shot gun start, raffle prizes, 50/50, food, beverages and more. Take a half day from the office and join us for this fun event. If you can't make it to golf, come for dinner and raffle prizes.
We have sponsorship opportunities for golf holes, cocktails reception, beverage cart, lunch, and more. Grab your friends, family and co-workers and sign your foursome up.
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