Chamber Advantage

June 4th, 2023

Today was Oak Park's 49th Annual Day In Our Village, and what a day it was! DIOV was organized by the Village of Oak Park, and featured food, music, and lots of fun. 

At the heart of the event, more than 100 groups and organizations (such as the Chamber) staffed booths in Scoville Park to build community in our town. We learned about arts and social justice efforts, we joined mailing lists, we committed to volunteering. We talked with each other, we got to know each other, we supported each other.

It was an annual celebration not just "In Our Village" - but of being our village. We hope you got to enjoy it, and we look forward to a whole year of being community to each other, until the next one! 

Mark Walden

Program Manager


We believe that all who live and work in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. This is our Chamber vision, and we work tirelessly to make this a reality in everything we do! Keep an eye on our NEW LGBTQ+ Programming and Resources page to stay up-to-date on any events and resources to help your business starting in May and continuing throughout June, and the rest of the year!

Wednesday June 7th, 9:00 - 10:30am - Building an Inclusive Workplace on Zoom

Join us for this workshop to learn how to better welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community into your workplace. In this fast-paced session you will learn how and where to advertise for employees as an LGBTQ+ advocate business, how to best support all employees, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, to be more inclusive, and much more.


Tuesday June 13th, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Business After Hours at FFC Oak Park

Our June Business After Hours (BAH) will be hosted by FFC (Fitness Formula Clubs) Oak Park. Join us for a night of networking and hors d'oeuvres in this high-energy setting, to enjoy spring on the outdoor deck! Meet the staff, get a tour and, who knows, maybe even be inspired to get in a workout.

All attendees will receive a coupon

to the Spa at FFC!!!


Thursday June 22nd, 5:00 - 9:00pm - Thursday Night OUT in the Burbs

OPRF Chamber PRIDE is taking over Downtown Oak Park's Thursday Night Out on June 22!

Come along and celebrate with us. Drag Queens will be roaming the event and marketing our local businesses. Grab your Thursday Night Out in the Burbs shopping bag. Eat great food and listen to amazing music!

This is also the YP Affinity Group meeting for June. Make sure you join us!


Saturday June 24th, 11:30am - 1:00pm - Drag Brunch at Kettlestrings

This one-of-a-kind event, sponsored by Centre Physical Therapy, offers a unique blend of delectable brunch favorites, bottomless mimosas, and a high-energy drag show that will leave you dazzled and entertained. Come together with friends, family, and fellow community members for a fabulous celebration of diversity, creativity, and local businesses.


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!

Friday June 9, 9:00 - 10:30am - Women in Business Meeting with Dr. Diamond

June is time for Spring cleaning! Cleaning our your intestines too! Join us this month to talk about Women's Gastrointestinal and Gut Health with Dr. Ilysa Diamond, DO, of Diamond Gastroenterology. Gut health in women looks vastly different than in men. Show some self-love and gut-health support by wearing blue as we learn easy ways to identify issues and keep your stomach and intestines healthy for years to come! 


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 June 14, 2:00 - 3:00pm - Chamber 102 Your Marketing Advantage on 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 June 16, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Kettlestrings Tavern

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at the esteemed Kettlestrings Tavern! In this event, we convene at a designated restaurant to pick up our takeout lunch choices, and get to see each other for a bit. Check out the website to see all of the delicious options!


Wednesday June 21, 9:00am - 5:00pm - Stop & Shop at GoodEarth Greenhouse

Drop by Good Earth Greenhouse during regular business hours on Wednesday, June 21:

  • Meet the owners of this iconic River Forest store.
  • Receive 15% off your purchase all day (during normal open hours).

Tell them that you are a member of the OPRF Chamber of Commerce. We guarantee they will take care of you!


Monday June 26, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Spring Potluck at Jeffrey Hines State Farm

Jeffrey Hines and his team at Jeffrey Hines State Farm invite everyone to a BIPOC Spring Potluck! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal as you relax and network with fellow Chamber members. When you register, simply specify what you'll be bringing to share. Bragging rights for the best dish may be at stake...


Did you know that we have an entire section on our website dedicated to helping you best promote your business with the resources we offer to Chamber Members? Check out our Chamber Tips page to learn more ways to get your business known!



For those of you renewing your memberships in July, please remember, if mailing in your payment, to send it to our new address:

141 S. Oak Park Ave

Suite 3

Oak Park, IL 60302

Thank you!

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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