Chamber Advantage

August 28th, 2022

It's that time of the year again to get together and celebrate all things Chamber! As a non-profit, our bylaws say we have to have an Annual Meeting of Members, but we never see this as a chore. It's the best time to gather together, catch-up and check-in on each other. And what could be better than doing this in a World Heritage Site? In our humble opinion - nothing!

Join us for this year's Annual Meeting, coming up on September 8th!

Liz Holt

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

This 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.


Thursday Septmber 1, 1:00 - 2:00pm - Nonprofit Affinity Group Meeting at Whirlwind Coffee

This month we'll learn from Terry Clancy about estate planning and legacy gifts. Terry is a former assistant state's attorney whose specialty in her own practice is estate planning. She earned her J.D. at Loyola University School of Law. 

We'll meet in person again, on the patio at Whirlwind Coffee


Friday Septmber 2, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Starship Restaurant

Come join your fellow Forest Park and Oak Park-River Forest Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Starship Restaurant! 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 socially-distanced meetup. 

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!

Tuesday September 6, 11:00 - 11:30am - Ribbon Cutting at Niravadhi Services

This week we'll be at Niravadhi Services celebrating this new business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity! Check out this new business, and see what Maryann offers for families and other businesses!

See their space, meet owner Maryann, get to know other Chamber members, and join us for the ribbon cutting and the celebration!  


Wednesday September 7, 10:00 - 10:30am - Ribbon Cutting at Loads of Fun

This week we'll be at Loads of Fun, formerly the Village Laundromat, celebrating this new business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity!

Come celebrate this business with us!


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! 


Wednesday September 14, 2:00 - 3:00pm - Chamber 101 via Zoom

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. This event will help you to best utilize the Chamber website to advertise your business. Everyone is welcome to join us, even if you are not new to the Chamber or your company.


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

Join us again this month for our 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.

We are thrilled to partner with the Kadampa Meditation Center in Oak Park to bring you this monthly meditation.


Wednesday September 21, 12:00 - 3:00pm - #chamberLOVE Call Campaign! at Grachan Agency

Love the OPRF Chamber and eager to share your story? Looking for ways to connect with potential referrals and likeminded people? Join us for our third Membership Call Campaign!

Callers will be given a brief list of current members to reach out to.

Of course, there will be refreshments and light nibbles provided during the event. 


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!

Food & Bev Sponsors

Photography Sponsor

Make sure to register and reserve your space now!

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

Advocacy Update

What is the Chamber doing for you?

Every month, the Executive Director, Liz Holt, along with the Advocacy Committee, Sam Yousif & Rob Guenthner, and other Chamber Board Members are working tirelessly to make sure that your voice is heard. Check out some of the accomplishments so far this month!

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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