Chamber Advantage

October 22nd, 2023

As the leaves fall and autumn ushers in a breath of fresh air, the Chamber is embracing the season with a whirlwind of exciting news! First up, we've rescheduled the much-anticipated Econ Lunch, promising insightful discussions and networking galore. But wait, there's more fun on the horizon: a flash sale on Trivia Night tickets is happening right now. Get ready to show off your knowledge and have a blast with fellow Chamber members.

Not only that, but we're also welcoming some fantastic new team members who are ready to inject fresh energy and ideas into the mix. So, as the seasons change, we're all about change, too – change that's vibrant, entertaining, and full of possibilities. Stay tuned for all the fun events and connections headed your way at the Chamber!

Darien Marion-Burton

Executive Director

OPRF Chamber of Commerce


2023 Economic Luncheon


How artificial intelligence is driving innovation and transforming society.

Join us on a journey through the landscape of Artificial Intelligence, exploring its impact on businesses of all sizes. The launch of ChatGPT democratized AI technology, igniting an ongoing AI race. We invite you to our 8th annual Economic Symposium to discuss how AI can elevate productivity across organizations, demystify its workings, and tackle the question on everyone's mind: will the robots take over?

For those who've already purchased tickets, we're thrilled to confirm your automatic registration for this reimagined event. And if you bought a table, you now have ten front row seated tickets for the keynote!

We regret any inconvenience caused by the date change, but are confident this shift will result in an event that's more vibrant, insightful, and impactful.


Anticipate riveting discussions, enlightening insights, and opportunities to network with like-minded professionals at the OPRF Chamber Economic Symposium on November 15th, 2023.


Meet our New Programming & Membership Director, Lou Anne Johannesson!

Contact Lou Anne

Lou Anne has lived in the Oak Park-River Forest community her whole life. She graduated from OPRFHS, as did her father and her three children. She attended Marquette University and Columbia College. After graduation, Lou Anne was the Production Manager of RAH Producers Center, at the time the largest film studio in Chicago. She continued in film and owned and operated Respectable Street Productions.

Once her family began to grow she began working at Oak Park District 97, where she remained for 20 years. She had many responsibilities, and wore many different hats. She worked with and supported the standing committees for the Board of Education. As Board Liaison she facilitated effective and clear communication required of these important citizen-led committees, thus ensuring that the public can exchange information and goals. Beginning in 2015, she became the Executive Coordinator for IGOV, the Oak Park intergovernmental committee, that focuses on collaboration and cooperation between the six governing bodies in the community.

Lou Anne became the Chamber representative for District 97 in late 2020, and in 2021 became the Co-Chair of the Chamber's Women in Business group.

Plan Your Week!

What is coming up this week?

We know you are busy. To help make it easier and help you to join us at as many things as you would like, we have gathered our events for this week.

We look forward to seeing you there!

OPRF Chamber Trivia Night & Costume Contest!

Hosted by our Young Professionals Affinity Group

Calling all brave souls and costume connoisseurs! The Young Professionals Affinity Group of the OPRF Chamber invites you to an otherworldly experience at our Halloween-themed Costumed Trivia Night, hosted at the spine-chilling Fitzgerald's Night Club. Whether you're a trivia virtuoso or just yearning for a reason to unleash your inner vampire, this bewitching night guarantees a macabrely marvelous time!

Flash Sale Special Pricing!!!

  • $200 for a Team
  • $175 for a Non-Profit
  • $35 for an Individual

Sale pricing ends Tuesday at 6:00 pm

Join us for an unholy alliance of fun, mystery, and networking that even Count Dracula himself would approve of. Secure your tickets now, or risk facing the most terrifying fate of all – missing out on an evening that could haunt your regrets forever!

What's Included: 

Dinner: Pulled Pork Slider Bar (Veggie Option: BBQ Spiced Cauliflower), Mac n' cheese, Green Beans.


Drinks: 1 drink ticket per person Good for ANY beverage; cash bar after your first drink.



Team Trivia Prizes: $100 gift card to Fitzergaralds 

Costume Contest for the Funniest, Spookiest, and most original costumes: $25 Gift Card 

Don't forget about the LIVE auction!!

This event benefits the gifted membership fund (Vision Fund) of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce, providing businesses in need with a year of Chamber member benefits: networking events * professional development * marketing * community information * access to 500+ other members.


Plan Your Month!

Like to plan ahead?

Here are some events we have coming up over the next month so you can register now and receive a reminder right before the event.

Come join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and continue to grow your business!

Thursday Nov 16, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM -

New Member Breakfast

Welcome New Members! Join us at our quarterly New Member Breakfast to introduce yourself and tell us about your business. This is an ideal opportunity to meet fellow new members, Chamber staff and Board leadership. You will also learn about your benefits, hear how you can get involved and get answers to your questions.


Congratulations to our

Spotlight Award Winners!

A special thanks to Jamilla Yipp for capturing all of these amazing moments and more!

Award Winners:

  • Visionary Award
  • Winner: Laura Maycruck
  • Community Impact Award
  • Winner: Jeff Schroeder
  • Collaborator Award
  • Winner: Moses Valdez 
  • Mentor Award
  • Winner: Cameron Davis
  • Innovator Award
  • Winner: Jacques Shalo

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

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