Chamber Advantage

March 12th, 2023

Last year we had such a fabulous sold out Speed Networking Event. This Tuesday, we get to invite everyone out to do it again. This year we have tables decorated by our Table Sponsors, swag bags provided by our Presenting Sponsor, Adam Doe State Farm, delicious treats and drinks from Concordia University, entertainment and Golden Tickets! Jamilla Yipp will be floating around capturing gorgeous pictures of our guests and the beautiful space, so make sure to get one with your friends.

If you haven't been able to register, get your name on the Waitlist and we will make sure to register you if anyone cancels.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tasha Carlisle

Special Events Manager


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!

Monday March 13, 4:00 - 5:00pm - New Fire Code Compliance Reporting System

Fire Marshal Thompson, from the Village of Oak Park Fire Department, will provide an overview of the Village's new fire code compliance reporting system, known as Brycer, and businesses' reporting obligations. He will answer questions on the system and the fire code regulations. 

The OPRF Chamber is partnering with Takeout25 to bring you this timely program. We hope to see you there!


Tuesday March 14, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Annual Speed Networking Event

We had such an amazing time last year, that we decided to keep the fun going! Join us at Concordia University for a fabulous evening where you can connect with old friends and meet new colleagues. We can help you get a LOT done in two short hours!

There aren't any tickets left. But, please still register for the Waitlist and we will contact you if any seats open up. And... Don't forget those business cards!


Wednesday March 15, 10:00am - 7:00pm - Stop & Shop at JAYNE

Join us for our third ever Stop & Shop event, this time at JAYNE. JAYNE aims to outfit women of all generations who are unstoppable, authentic and beautifully themselves! They live by their trademark: “An Ageless Adventure”. Come check out this adorable boutique in downtown Oak Park and find the perfect outfit for your ageless adventure!


Wednesday March 15, 2:00 - 3:00pm - Chamber 102 via Zoom

In this seminar we will go over all of your marketing benefits that come with your membership, including:

- how to maximize your e-blast benefits.

- the role of your Member Profile in your marketing advantage and how to track digital traffic.

- how to generate marketing collateral that can be shared in your social media.

- how to tap into our Affinity Groups to grow your network and feature your business.


Friday March 17, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Fiore Pizza & Bakery

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Fiore! For this event, we convene at a designated restaurant to pick up our takeout lunch choices, and get to meet new folks and see our peers from other businesses and organizations. 


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.

Join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and

continue to grow your business!

Wednesday March 22, 12:00 - 1:00pm - Young Professionals Meetup

Join us this month as we visit the Oak Park Art League to see all of the amazing artwork they have on display! What a great way to get a mid-week break from all the hustle and bustle of your regular schedule to take in some of the beauty right in your own back yard.

Pop in for a few minutes, or the whole hour. And, don't forget to bring your business cards!


Thursday March 23, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Boost Your Network at Riveredge Hospital

Learn how to "Boost Your Network" while enjoying food & drink at our Health & Wellness Fair Vendor Pre-Party at Riveredge Hospital! The party is also a great opportunity to network with the other 80+ vendors who will be attending the Health & Wellness Fair. Learn some practical steps to make your Fair experience the best it can be, connect with printers to make sure you have your giveaways ready, and ask any questions you may still have about the event!


Monday March 27, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Game Night at Styles4Kidz

Tamekia Swint and her team at Styles4Kidz invite everyone to a BIPOC Game Night. Enjoy board games, puzzles, and more as you relax and network with fellow Chamber members. 

We look forward to you joining us each month as we stay connected with Latinx, Asian-American, Black and Indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! 


Friday March 31, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at The Urban Dining League

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time with The Urban Dining League! For this event, we convene at a designated establishment to pick up our takeout lunch choices, and get to meet new folks and see our peers from other businesses and organizations. Come meet the staff and pick up a delicious lunch!


Thursday April 6, 1:00 - 2:00pm - NPO Affinity Group: Networking & Collaboration!

Come join the us at The Pleasant Home for our monthly gathering. This month is all about connections and collaboration! Affinity group co-chairs Cheryl Flinn of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, and Judy Klem of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, will facilitate conversation among attendees about ways that local nonprofits can work together. Please come be part of the dialogue! 


Podcast is Now Available!

The candidate conversation and questions were based upon the Chamber's 2023 Top 10 Concerns facing businesses today.

Want to learn more? Check out the Press Release regarding the Top 10 Concerns.


With over 500 other local businesses, we would love to help you survive these trying times, grow your business and get you more connected into the community.

Our Chamber is all about Community - plain and simple. And this Community knows that "a rising tide floats all boats"...and right now our boats need some float!

We are dedicated to embracing diversity and equity, providing marketing opportunities when you need them, and having a Board of Directors and Staff who reflects our business community and who work tirelessly for you, our small business owners. 

Want to learn more, click on the button below, or email us directly!


Health & Wellness Fair!

Vendor & Sponsor Registration Still Available!

The Health & Wellness Fair is swiftly approaching! We already have over 1/2 the vendor spaces filled, but there is still time for your business to be represented. With our focus this year being on access and education to resources and healthcare, there has been a lot of interest from not only Oak Park and River Forest, but the surrounding communities as well.

This is your chance to be part of the largest Health & Wellness Fair in the Chicagoland area!

Important Deadline for Sponsors:

  • March 15 - Logo on Bags for Attendees

There are still spaces available for both Vendors and Sponsors. Reach out if you have any questions!


Exclusive Presenting Sponsor

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In case you missed it...

We've Moved!!!

But, don't worry. We just went upstairs.

Our New Address:

141 S. Oak Park Ave, Suite 3, Oak Park, IL 60302

Make sure to change this in your accounting software and address book so your checks and notes don't get lost in the mail!

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

Suite 3


This eBlast was sent out by the OPRF Chamber of Commerce on behalf of a member in good standing as a member benefit. For information about the event described please contact the host. For information about joining the Chamber, click our website below.

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