Chamber Advantage

November 19th, 2023

There's a distinct magic in the air as autumn unfolds, accompanied by the adrenaline-pumping cheers of football games, the delightful pursuit of cute and cozy outfits, and the comforting sip of red wine to warm the soul. It's the season of camaraderie and indulgence, where every moment feels like a touchdown.

As we embrace the cool vibes of the season, gear up for the Frosty Affair, our newest event for our retailers and community. Imagine a collection that brings the winter magic to your fingertips, promising cozy delights and stylish finds. Looking forward, let's raise a toast to the moments ahead, full of excitement and new possibilities. It's all about savoring the simple joys as we journey into the heart of the upcoming year. Cheers to the magic of the season!

Darien Marion-Burton

Executive Director

OPRF Chamber of Commerce


Introducing: The Frosty Affair!

Vendor sign up NOW OPEN!

Get ready for a festive shopping extravaganza at The Frosty Affair! On December 8th, the Arts Center in Oak Park-River Forest will transform into a magical retail market featuring an array of local businesses. Sign up to be a vendor at this enchanting event for a fee of $50 for Chamber Members and $75 for non-members.

Why should you join? We're partnering with the Wednesday Journal for an extensive advertising campaign, including the Holiday Gift Guide published on December 6th. Visit Oak Park is also flexing its PR and digital marketing muscle to ensure maximum exposure. With large public display advertising around the village and the potential for paid social media promotion, The Frosty Affair promises a well-marketed platform to showcase your business.

Families can take advantage of childcare services, and everyone can enjoy the holiday spirit with a gift wrapping station, seasonal activities, and nourishment from local food vendors. Vendor spaces are limited, so secure your spot by December 1 for a chance to shine at this extraordinary holiday shopping experience. The Frosty Affair is not just an event; it's a community celebration where attendees can contribute a voluntary $5 towards event operations to ensure its continued success and growth. Join us on December 8th, from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Arts Center – a retail market like no other awaits!


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!

Monday Nov 27, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM  -

Retailer's Focus Group

The OPRF Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for an exciting 2024, and we want your invaluable input to guide us in designing impactful programming that supports your retail business. Your voice is crucial in ensuring that our initiatives align seamlessly with your needs and aspirations.

We invite you to a dynamic and interactive meeting facilitated by your peers within the OPRF retail membership community. This session is not just about discussing—it's about collaborating and co-creating a vision for the future of retail in our community. The meeting is scheduled to last about an hour and a half, providing ample time for a comprehensive discussion.


Tuesday Nov 28, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM -

Ribbon Cutting at The Children's School

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 at The Children's School at their new location, celebrating this new home for the school, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity!  


Thursday Nov 30, 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.


Thursday Nov 30, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM -

CarefulPeach Boutique STOP&SHOP

Member Sale Day

Drop by CarefulPeach Boutique during regular business hours on November 30:

  • Meet the owners of this luxury boutique.
  • Receive 15% off your purchase all day (during normal open hours).
  • Just tell them that you are a member of the OPRF Chamber of Commerce. We guarantee they will take care of you!

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

Women in Business Meeting - Holiday Celebration!

Women In Business is closing out 2023 with the ultimate anti-stress WinterFest Holiday Celebration! Get ready to get your jolly on as we celebrate another successful year of supporting the phenomenal women in the OPRF Chamber. If this time of year has you stressed and feeling disconnected, please join us for a morning of fun, food, laughter, conversation, and raffle prizes.

Plus, 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!


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

Business After Hours - Byline Bank

Join us at our regular monthly networking event - but this month for the special holiday version! Business After Hours (BAH) occur on the second Tuesday of every month at a new location each time. This is your chance to connect with other members in a more casual setting. 

This Holiday Business After Hours will be hosted by Byline Bank at their Oak Park location at 1001 Lake Street. The Holiday BAH is always one of the biggest Chamber networking events of the year - expect 100+ attendees, delicious food, festive decor, and a celebratory spirit in the air! 


Holiday Gift Guide!

The Village of Oak Park is aware of the influx of unhoused individuals within the community. The attached information is meant to provide you with a current update on the situation and provide you with resources and additionally useful information. 


Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

Suite 3


[email protected]

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