Chamber Advantage

August 21st, 2022

Can you believe this year is already more than half over? We've already had some pretty great events, and have a few more yet to come. If you haven't registered for the Annual Meeting, it is coming up very soon! This year we will be holding the event at one of our very own UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Unity Temple! The Business Spotlight Soiree, presented by Oak Park Bank, will again be at the beautiful Cheney Mansion.

We look forward to seeing y'all at both of these events!

Kelsang Chogo

Special Events Manager

Plan Your Week!

What is coming up this week?
Check out the events we have put together for you this week.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday August 22, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting at Oak Park Bank

We will be gathering at 5:30 pm at Oak Park Bank, at their location at Lake St. & Oak Park Avenue. Connect with Latinx, Asian-American, Black and Indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! 

Food and Beverage will be provided.


Thursday August 25, 5:30 - 7:30pm - Young Professionals Affinity Group Meeting at Thursday Night Out

Join the Young Professionals for an evening of live music, good food and good vibes at the last Thursday Night Out of the year! We'll meet at 5:30pm in front of Q BBQ, 124 N Marion. 

At Thursday Night Out, Downtown Oak Park restaurants offer a variety of drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts on the Thursday Night Out menu and allow diners to eat inside or carry out.

Friday August 26, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Ribbon Cutting at Great Sip Cafe
Great Sip Cafe is "your local cozy cafe" - a great place to meet a friend, get some work done, or just relax for an hour or two. 
See their space, meet the staff, get to know other Chamber members, and join us for the ribbon cutting and the celebration! 
Plan Your Month!

Want to plan ahead?
Here are some events we have coming up over the next month.
Join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and
continue to grow your business!

Wednesday August 31, 4:30 - 5:00pm - Ribbon Cutting at Stern Glass Works

Next week we'll be at Stern Glass Works celebrating this new business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity! Check out this new business and enjoy some refreshments to sample what they're all about. 

At Stern Glass Works they are passionate about glass, creative ideas and conversations, and community.


Friday September 9, 9:00 - 10:30am - Women in Business Affinity Group Meeting at The Sheridan

We are thrilled you will be joining us! WIB is continuing our monthly series with Leora Dowling, founder of Leora Dowling Public Speaking. Leora wants you to view public speaking as an opportunity, not as a chore or something to fear. Leora will teach you to take your interpersonal communication, presentation and training skills to the next level. Learn all you need to know to be the most confident version of yourself!

Also, as usual, join us for Mindful 10, presented by a representative from Riveredge Hospital


Tuesday September 13, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Business After Hours at The Sheridan

Our September Business After Hours (BAH) will be hosted by The Sheridan at River Forest, the new senior living community. The Sheridan offers assisted living and memory care options in an award-winning new building.

Come learn about the services and amenities of this new senior housing development, and meet some of the friendly staff! 


September 23 & 24, Oaktoberfest

Join us at this year's Oaktoberfest to work a fast-paced 3 hour shift of selling drink tickets and promote your business!

Wear branded gear, bring promotional materials and talk with the community. You'll also get a free branded souvenir mug and 3 drink tickets for your time.

Check out the website for more information and to sign up for a 3 hour time slot.

Annual Meeting

See you there!
Join us this year at the Unity Temple for the official annual gathering of Chamber members and local business leaders to celebrate the previous year's accomplishments and set the stage for the upcoming year. Attendance for members is complimentary and includes a light breakfast and networking.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
There are still sponsorships available for the 2022 Annual Meeting. If you would like to sponsor this year's Annual Meeting, visit the website to learn more and register!
Wellness Wednesdays

Share Your Knowledge with the Community!
Welcome back to one of the Chamber's newer projects to help reconnect our member Health & Wellness businesses with clients, customers and community. Wellness Wednesdays is a monthly e-newsletter that focuses on tapping into local expertise to support every-day health and well-being in our community.

Still not quite sure what this is? Check out the Health & Wellness Affinity Group page to see last year's newsletters.
Each month there will be one specific topic that is timely and relevant to the community. Planned topics include:

  • September 7, 2022 - "Sensational Seniors: Best Practices for a Thriving Senior Social Life" 
  • October 5, 2022 - "Inflammation Eradication: Health & Harmony from the Inside Out
  • November 2, 2022 - "Balanced Boundaries: Healthy Habits When Saying YES & NO"
  • December 7, 2022 - "Protect Your Peace: How Not to Kill Your Family or Yourself During Obligatory Gatherings"
How do I get involved?
In order for your Health & Wellness business to be featured as a Vendor Sponsor in an edition of the Wellness Wednesdays e-newsletter, you must:
  • be a member in good standing of the OPRF Chamber.
  • have products/services/information specifically related to the monthly topic.
  • sign-up and pay fees at least one week before publication.
  • provide your content materials (name, logo, contact details and text) at least one week before publication.

Only $100 per issue!
Premium Sponsors

Get to know your Board!

Want to learn more about your Board of Directors?

Each month we will be featuring a different Board Member (or two). These features will tell you who they are, what they do, and some fun facts about them. This month we are featuring two, Rob Guenthner & Sam Yousif, who make up our Advocacy Committee.

Name: Sam Yousif

Place of Business: B-Health

What does he do for fun?

Trying to spend more time with my 3 college aged children and being part of their life as they grow up, travel, trying new restaurants, watching nearly every sport imaginable, cooking, exercise, and good coffee. 

What services do you offer?

B-Health is one of the area’s premier one on one private integrated health care practices. Our practice includes 6 skilled orthopedic manual-based Doctor’s of Physical Therapy, a board-certified chiropractor focusing on applied kinesiology and functional neurology, a certified health and nutritional coach all working in union in a one-on-one patient-centered practice. 

We treat a full range of orthopedic issues including back, shoulder, feet, knees, neck, Vestibular, TMG, and Sports related injuries. Our practice also includes Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Therapists, Certified Schroth Therapists that specialize in treating Scoliosis, and Therapists who specialize in sports rehabilitation and performance training.

Our integrated treatment process melds evaluation and treatment whereby we combine mechanical mobilization (manual-based physiotherapy), neuromuscular facilitation, and motor movement retraining. This means we help you enhance and use the correct coordination of muscles to maximize strength. This is what we mean by optimizing one’s mechanics for more efficient movement. Our unique method also incorporates the critical component, psychological retraining “brain training” as part of our physical retraining process to achieve the mind-body connection which achieves long term automatic efficiency.

Who is your ideal patient?

Our ideal patient is anybody who is looking to address any pain, injury, or limitations in movement and mobility, or anyone looking to improve their overall health, wellness, or performance.

Name: Rob Guenthner

Place of Business: Kettlestrings Tavern, Kettlestrings Grove, Betty's Pizza & Pasta

What does he do for fun?

My free time is spent enjoying life with my wife, 5 children and friends whether that is watching sports (both youth and professional) and arguing about the relative merits of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, dining out at the many wonderful restaurants in Oak Park/River Forest Community or simply enjoying an evening with friends in our backyard.

What services do you offer?

Kettlestrings Group is a provider of hospitality. Through our varied venues, Kettlestrings Tavern, Kettlestrings Grove and Betty's Pizza and Pasta we encourage our guests to slow down and savor what life serves up in the environment where they are most comfortable.

Who is your ideal customer?

Our ideal customers are those who enjoy a good time in a relaxing environment. 

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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