Chamber Advantage

May 29th, 2023

At the Chamber, we love June because it means all things Pride! And while you will see a few more rainbows than usual on our website, we still mean business this month! Check out all of our Pride Programming throughout June and join us to foster a more inclusive workplace, enjoy the beautiful outdoor space at FFC, have some fun at Thursday Night Out in the Burbs and come along to our inaugural Drag Brunch! We have something for everybody!

Liz Holt

Executive Director


We believe that all who live and work in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. This is our Chamber vision, and we work tirelessly to make this a reality in everything we do! Keep an eye on our NEW LGBTQ+ Programming and Resources page to stay up-to-date on any events and resources to help your business starting in May and continuing throughout June, and the rest of the year!

Wednesday June 7th, 9:00 - 10:30am - Building an Inclusive Workplace on Zoom

Join us for this workshop to learn how to better welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community into your workplace. In this fast-paced session you will learn how and where to advertise for employees as an LGBTQ+ advocate business, how to best support all employees, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, to be more inclusive, and much more.


Tuesday June 13th, 5:00 - 7:00pm - Business After Hours at FFC Oak Park

Our June Business After Hours (BAH) will be hosted by FFC (Fitness Formula Clubs) Oak Park. Join us for a night of networking and hors d'oeuvres in this high-energy setting, to enjoy spring on the outdoor deck! Meet the staff, get a tour and, who knows, maybe even be inspired to get in a workout.


Thursday June 22nd, 5:00 - 9:00pm - Thursday Night OUT in the Burbs

OPRF Chamber PRIDE is taking over Downtown Oak Park's Thursday Night Out on June 22!

Come along and celebrate with us. Drag Queens will be roaming the event and marketing our local businesses. Grab your Thursday Night Out in the Burbs shopping bag. Eat great food and listen to amazing music!


Do you want a Drag Queen strolling around Thursday Night Out

and talking about your business??

We only have 3 fabulous Drag Queens left to Sponsor who can hand out your marketing and talk about your business for 2 hours at Thursday Night Out.


Saturday June 24th, 11:30am - 1:00pm - Drag Brunch at Kettlestrings

This one-of-a-kind event, sponsored by Centre Physical Therapy, offers a unique blend of delectable brunch favorites, bottomless mimosas, and a high-energy drag show that will leave you dazzled and entertained. Come together with friends, family, and fellow community members for a fabulous celebration of diversity, creativity, and local businesses.


Only 2 Spaces Left!


Plan Your Week!

What is coming up this week?

We know you are busy. To help make it easier and help you to join us at as many things as you would like, we have gathered our events for this week.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday May 31, 4:30 - 5:30pm - Ribbon Cutting & Ground Breaking for L'Arche Chicago

L'Arche Chicago is a community of adults with and without disabilities, sharing life in the OPRF neighborhoods. And they are building a 4th home! You're invited to join us for a celebratory groundbreaking along with guests from the Oak Park Chamber of Commerce, Village of Oak Park, and L'Arche Chicago in celebrating the start of this new accessible, universally designed home!


Thursday June 1, 1:00 - 2:00pm - Nonprofit Affinity Group at OPRF Community Foundation

Come join the Chamber's nonprofit affinity group for our monthly gathering. This month is "Board Governance - Good Grief! How to set your Board and Organization up for Success!" Our featured resource person for this meeting will be Julianne Nery, attorney and owner of Nonprofit Legal Services.  Please come be part of the dialogue! 


Friday June 2, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Q BBQ

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Q BBQ! 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. Visit our website to see the menu options and place your orders.


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.

Join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and

continue to grow your business!

Friday June 9, 9:00 - 10:30am - Women in Business Meeting with Dr. Diamond

June is time for Spring cleaning! Cleaning our your intestines too! Join us this month to talk about Women's Gastrointestinal and Gut Health with Dr. Ilysa Diamond, DO, of Diamond Gastroenterology. Gut health in women looks vastly different than in men. Show some self-love and gut-health support by wearing blue as we learn easy ways to identify issues and keep your stomach and intestines healthy for years to come! 


Wednesday June 14, 2:00 - 3:00pm - Chamber 102 Your Marketing Advantage on Zoom

In this seminar we will go over all of your marketing benefits that come with your membership, including:

- how to maximize your e-blast benefits.

- the role of your Member Profile in your marketing advantage and how to track digital traffic.

- how to generate marketing collateral that can be shared in your social media.

- how to tap into our Affinity Groups to grow your network and feature your business.


Wednesday June 21, 9:00am - 5:00pm - Stop & Shop at GoodEarth Greenhouse

Drop by Good Earth Greenhouse during regular business hours on Wednesday, June 21:

  • Meet the owners of this iconic River Forest store.
  • Receive 15% off your purchase all day (during normal open hours).

Tell them that you are a member of the OPRF Chamber of Commerce. We guarantee they will take care of you!


Monday June 26, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Spring Potluck at Jeffrey Hines State Farm

Jeffrey Hines and his team at Jeffrey Hines State Farm invite everyone to a BIPOC Spring Potluck! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal as you relax and network with fellow Chamber members. When you register, simply specify what you'll be bringing to share. Bragging rights for the best dish may be at stake...



For those of you renewing your memberships in July, please remember, if mailing in your payment, to send it to our new address:

141 S. Oak Park Ave

Suite 3

Oak Park, IL 60302

Thank you!

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

Suite 3


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