Chamber Advantage

November 27th, 2022

I guess it's official - the holidays are here, and shopping season has begun! As you think about your gift-giving list, don't forget that so many of the people who own businesses in this community, also live here. In supporting a local business, you are supporting your neighbors, your friends, your Village, your community. So keep your spending dollars local - it helps everyone!

Liz Holt

Executive Director


Check out our Holiday Events!

We've gathered all of our holiday parties and events here for you to register for all of them now and get them on your calendar. See you there!

Thursday December 8, 8:30 - 10:00am - Young Professionals Holiday Meetup at Great Sip Cafe

This month our annual holiday breakfast meetup and white elephant gift exchange will be held at Great Sip Cafe! Bring a wrapped gift for the swap & wear your favorite ugly Holiday sweater. This is your chance to pass along the world's most hideous candle or that singing wiggling fish thing - or if you opt to go classy and buy something, please keep the value under $25.


Friday December 9, 9:00 - 10:30am - December Women in Business WinterFest at The Sheridan

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 at The Sheridan at River Forest for a morning of fun, food, laughter, conversation, and raffle prizes!


Tuesday December 13, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Holiday Business After Hours at Oak Park Bank

It's that time of year again! Our Holiday Business After Hours (BAH) will be hosted by Oak Park Bank. Join us for a night of networking and hors d'oeuvres, and see how they have repurposed this gorgeous space, while making connections for your business or organization! 

Join us to end the year with your amazing business community!


Friday December 16, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Holiday Takeout Stakeout at Betty's Pizza & Pasta

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our first Holiday Takeout Stakeout, at Betty's Pizza & Pasta! In this event, we convene at Betty's to pick up our takeout lunch choices, and get to see each other for a bit while we're at it! Lunch is a flat $16 including tax and tip.


Monday December 19, 5:00 - 6:30pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays with our BIPOC affinity group! We will be gathering at Styles 4 Kidz for some relaxed togetherness to just enjoy the season together. Come connect with Black, Latinx, Asian-American, Indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! 

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 November 28, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting at Niravadhi Services

We will be gathering at Niravadhi Services to network with other folks from the BIPOC community. Connect with Latinx, Asian-American, Black and Indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! 

Join us to make connections and strengthen your network.


Wednesday November 30, 4:30 - 5:00pm - Ribbon Cutting at Estillos Barber Studio

This time we will be gathering at Estillos Barber Studio, a newer barbershop in Oak Park. They provide a luxury barbershop experience for men for both hair and beard trims.

Come meet the staff, check out their space and enjoy this great networking opportunity!


Friday December 2, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at sweetgreen

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at sweetgreen Oak Park! 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 while we're at it. Lunch is a flat $16 including tax and tip. 

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!

Monday December 19, 12:15 - 12:45pm - Meditation Mondays at CrossFunction Flexible Workspace

Join us for our Chamber program aimed at taking care of you, our small business community. Welcome to our monthly Meditation Mondays! All it takes is half an hour (that's only 30 mins!) for us to help you put your to-do list aside, empty your head of all the chatter and truly look after yourself.


The Villages of Oak Park and River Forest are partnering with the OPRF Chamber of Commerce to support businesses to advertise in The 2022 Holiday Spectacular Shopping & Dining Guide. Through the Chamber, the Villages are each providing their licensed businesses with a $100 subsidy toward an ad in the December 7th issue of the Gift Guide. Members of the Chamber also get an additional member discount.

With this Village subsidy for licensed businesses, and the Member discount, a full-page color ad is only $325, a half page color ad is $175, and a quarter page ad is only $75! 

The subsidy is limited to the first 100 licensed businesses from each Village who are participating, so if you want to advertise in the guide, you will want to reserve your space as soon as possible.


The deadline to participate in this holiday opportunity is November 30. Please contact Wednesday Journal representatives Lourdes Nicholls or Marc Stopeck -

The co-chairs of the Chamber's Design, Construction & Real Estate group, Matt Johnston and Ray Sahm, want our OPRF neighbors' & residents' recommendations for local tradespeople (i.e. electricians, plumbers, cabinet & countertop installers) and others in the real estate and construction world. We'd like to learn who they've worked with and would recommend. Would you have a look at a survey and just add any names and contact info you can?  

Take the Survey!

There is only one issue of Wellness Wednesday left for this year and you need to register by Dec 1 to get in!

  • December 7, 2022 - "Protect Your Peace: Channeling your inner It's a Wonderful Life when your relatives are the Griswolds"

Check out this month's edition!

Balanced Boundaries

Healthy Habits When Saying

Yes & No


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

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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