Chamber Advantage
July 4th, 2022
This day is meant to celebrate independence, freedom. The original message we had written for today was one of inspiration and encouragement to celebrate the start of summer, a time to enjoy each other and the outdoors. But, due to recent events, we encourage each and every one of you to take advantage of every moment. To hold your families and friends a little closer today and remember those who are unable to do this.
Executive Director
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!

Wednesday July 6, 6:00 - 7:30pm - WIB Affinity Group at Jayne
We are thrilled you will be joining us! Beat the July heat with some retail therapy at Jayne Boutique. Get ready to fall in love with gorgeous summer styles, fabulous shoes, delicious soy candles and more. This private Chamber shopping event includes 15% off your purchase that evening and a chance to win a Jayne gift card. Space is limited so register today!
Thursday July 7, 1:00 - 2:00pm - NPO Affinity Group at Whirlwind Coffee
Come join the Chamber's nonprofit affinity group for our monthly gathering - this time in person, after being virtual for so long! 
We'll gather at Whirlwind Coffee in their lovely patio area, for social and professional connecting. Nonprofit Affinity Group sponsor First Eagle Bank will cover pastries and drinks, and will share about what a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) can do for nonprofits.
Thursday July 7, 5:30 - 7:00pm - DCRE Affinity Group at Olson's Ace Hardware
Come join the Chamber's Design, Construction, and Real Estate Affinity Group at Olson's Ace Hardware! We'll learn from Ace's interior designers about current color trends and design tips, to help you and your clients keep properties looking fresh and appealing. 
Friday July 8, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Yolk
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Yolk in River Forest! 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 in a fun little meetup. 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 July 11, 10:00 - 10:30am - Ribbon Cutting at Sweetgreen Oak Park
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at sweetgreen! They are a growing company dedicated to making fresh, healthy food widely accessible, with a commitment to environmental sustainability in everything they do. 
See their space, meet the staff, get to know other Chamber members, and join us for the ribbon cutting and the celebration! And get a taste of sweetgreen with a complimentary bottled tea for all attendees. 
Tuesday July 12, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Business After Hours at Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio
Join us for a night of networking on the elegant grounds of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio! Great people, a beautiful setting, and our usual raffle fun will make for a fine summer celebration - please join us!  
Food at this Business After Hours will be sponsored and provided by the wonderful array of culinary creators at Schoolhouse Kitchens in River Forest, an incubator of food entrepreneurs.
Friday July 15, 3:00 - 3:30pm - Ribbon Cutting at LifeSpan Counseling and Psychological Services
This time we'll be at LifeSpan Counseling and Psychological Services celebrating this new business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity!
Founded by Orson and Keri Morrison, LifeSpan's goal is to provide compassionate, individualized and culturally-responsive mental health care to the community. Counseling therapy with LifeSpan is flexible and addresses needs that emerge and change throughout the different stages of life.
Monday July 18, 12:15 - 12:45pm - Meditation Mondays at Crossfunction Flexible Workspace
Join us for 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.
We are thrilled to partner with the Kadampa Meditation Center in Oak Park to bring you this monthly meditation. The fabulous Kelsang Chogo will lead the meditation and talk you through every step. You don't need to do anything but show up and breathe!
Wellness Wednesdays

They're back!
Welcome back to one of the Chamber's newer projects to help market and connect 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:
  • July 13, 2022 - "Maintaining the Machine: Men's Health Outside the Gym" 
  • August 3, 2022 - "Divine Dialogue: Lady Bits that Deserve More of Our Attention"
  • September 7, 2022 - "Sensational Seniors: Best Practices for a Thriving Senior Social Life and Beyond" 
  • 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, or $575 for the entire series!
Annual Meeting

Registration is Open!
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!
Chamber Blog

Have you seen our blog lately?
We have been adding helpful tips and regular updates to our blog to keep you informed. Need tips on email sign-off etiquette? How about where you can make donations for this year's tampon & pad drive? Or, are you unsure where to start looking for interns? We've got your back!
In case you missed it... Check out this article from the Wednesday Journal's Stacey Sheridan about the Economic Luncheon!
From our Executive Director, Liz Holt, "We were also very intentional about our topic this year: embracing this new economy and taking a deep dive into how tech innovation will impact and drive the economy of the future."
Photo courtesy of Jamilla Yipp Photography
With COVID-19 continuing to cause disruptions in the community, the Oak Park Health Department is working to support local businesses in their efforts to protect employees and customers.
If any Oak Park businesses are experiencing COVID-19 cases or outbreaks in the workplace, the Health Department encourages employers to reach out to coordinate free testing for all employees. The Health Department’s mobile response van can test employees onsite to limit the spread of COVID-19 to employees and community members. Call 708.358.5480 or email to request testing services for your workplace. 
The Health Department recently issued guidance for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, urging them to isolate for a minimum of five days and wear a high-quality mask upon re-entering society for 10 days post infection. Health officials also recommend using a rapid antigen test before ending isolation as some individuals may remain infectious beyond their five-day isolation period. Click here to read the Health Department’s guidance for those who test positive for COVID-19.
Based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oak Park and the rest of Cook County are in the high transmission level, as defined by more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents and new COVID-19 hospital admissions of 10 or more per 100,000 residents. In areas with high transmission, the CDC recommends everyone wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if experiencing symptoms.
For more information about Oak Park’s COVID-19 response, visit or contact the Health Department at 708.358.5480 or
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