Chamber Advantage

March 3rd, 2024

We extend our heartfelt gratitude for making the return of Bite Nite a resounding success! Your support and participation have made it a night to remember. We're also thrilled to have concluded the inaugural Bite the Burbs in partnership with Visit Oak Park, Downtown Oak Park, Takeout 25, The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Village of Riverside. This collaborative effort highlights our commitment to being cool, connected, and collaborative. Looking ahead, mark your calendars for our Health and Wellness Fair on April 21st, where we'll connect individuals with invaluable health resources.

Together, let's continue fostering a community that thrives on unity and support.

Darien Marion-Burton

Executive Director

OPRF Chamber of Commerce


This event is a showcase of outstanding health & wellness services available throughout the western suburbs and attracts hundreds of area residents who interact with 50+ exhibitors, receive complimentary screenings, enjoy family activities & appreciate excellent giveaways. 

Why Be A Vendor? It's EXCELLENT MARKETING. Health + wellness businesses come face-to-face with hundreds of engaged residents. We promote this event to an audience of 70k+, via e-blasts, web postings, PR, social media, and print advertising. It's OUTSTANDING NETWORKING. 80+ health-related businesses, their owners + managers will be present. Your booth neighbor could be your next referrer. It's AFFORDABLEClick the Register button below to sign up as a vendor.


Plan Your Week!

Like to plan ahead?

Here are some events we have coming up over the next week 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 Mar 7, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM -

Nonprofit Affinity Group / Marketing the Estate Planning Benefits of Charitable Giving

During this session, led by Estate Planning Attorney Tim O’Brien of O’Brien Estate Law, LLC, we will talk about various ways to include charitable giving in estate planning, some of the benefits of including charitable giving in estate planning and breaking this down into talking points that may be useful in marketing or individual donor outreach.

We will meet at Dominican University in the lower level of the Rebecca Crown library - see campus map link for details.


Friday Mar 8, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM -

Women in Business Meeting / Achieving Harmony and Balance With Feng Shui

Are you interested in bringing more abundance, productivity, opportunity, or creativity into your business and life? Feng Shui is an ancient practice that brings harmony and balance to your surroundings, helping you feel your best as you work toward creating more of what you want. Come hear Meghan Eagan, a BTB-certified Feng Shui practitioner from Completely Radiant Feng Shui, talk about practical ways to apply feng shui principles to transform your home, workspace, and life.

As always, enjoy the company of fellow women from the local business, nonprofit, and government communities - this is a wonderful group and we're glad for you to be part of it!


In honor of Women's History Month, we're proud to spotlight the Women in Business affinity group. Comprising strong, savvy professionals, they convene monthly to network and drive personal and professional growth with unwavering support.


Different professional development topics are discussed each meeting, facilitated by a group member or local expert. If you'd like to get involved and receive regular updates on what the Women in Business are up to, just send an email to our staff liaison Lou Anne Johannesson,

[email protected], to get added to our mailing list.

Did you know we have a list of self-identified Women-Owned businesses on our website?


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!

Tuesday March 12, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM -

Business After Hours at the Oak Park Public Library

Join us at our monthly networking event! Business After Hours (BAH) takes place on the second Tuesday of every month. This is your chance to connect with other members in a more casual setting. All members and non-members are welcome. (Members are free.)

This month, we'll be gathering at Oak Park Public Library on Lake Street, your public library in a Book Sanctuary Community that values democracy and intellectual freedom. Come see how we're honoring Women's History and what resources OPPL has to help you start and grow your business!


Friday Mar 15, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM -

Meet Me For Lunch at The Little Gem

Join us for a Chamber sit-down luncheon!  This is a business lunch in a casual setting, providing the opportunity for relaxed small group networking.  Come enjoy the food while you connect and get to know Chamber members. Lunch is a flat $30 including tax and tip ($35 non-members).

Come join us at The Little Gem for our next Meet Me For Lunch!


Thursday Mar 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -

Chamber 101 - Your Digital Advantage

Welcome to Chamber 101!

Perfect for new members and those who need a refresher. This fast-paced seminar will review all of your digital benefits to maximize your digital advantage.

What will You Learn?

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

  • how to significantly increase your SEO
  • how to leverage your Member Profile to boost traffic to your website
  • how to track your Member Profile statistics
  • how to be sure that your website is linked to your membership

Friday Mar 22, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM -

Ribbon Cutting at Sweat It Off Fitness

Come celebrate with us! Ribbon cuttings provide an opportunity to welcome and connect with a new business, network with other attendees, and celebrate our growing business community.  Connecting business to business, and business to community.

This week we'll be celebrating at Sweat It Off Fitness, the cycling studio in Oak Park! We'll be celebrating this business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity! Come meet the owner and discover the services they offer!


Village’s Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program Available

Oak Parks Commercial Façade Improvement Program completed its most successful year ever in 2023. The Village assisted a record-breaking nine Oak Park businesses with façade improvements. In summary, the Village’s program is designed to assist with improvements like installing new windows or doors, tuckpointing, signage improvements or the purchase of new awnings. The goal of the program is to continue improving the visual appeal of the Village’s many important business districts.

In 2023, improvements were achieved across the entire community at businesses located on Roosevelt Road to North Avenue, Pleasant Street to Madison and on Lake Street. Since the program was started in 2018, the Village has awarded twenty-seven improvement grants to businesses totaling over $116,000.

Click here for a complete list of past façade improvement grant recipients. The Village is eager to continue the past success of this program in 2024. Any business owner or business property owner interested in learning more about the Village’s façade improvement program can contact Cameron Davis, Oak Park Economic Vitality Administrator, at [email protected].  


Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

Suite 3


[email protected]

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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