Chamber Advantage
June 19th, 2022
I am so proud to be a part of a Village and a Chamber that celebrates our freedom and recognizes the importance of the significant holiday that is Juneteeth. So much support from the community for this important inaugural event! I can't wait for next year!
Board of Directors
Director of Retail Banking
Economic Luncheon

We are completely sold out. But, if you are still interested in this not-to-be-missed event, please add your name to the Waitlist, and we will reach out if tickets become available.
Event Sponsors
We would like to thank our Sponsors for this event for helping to make this year's Economic Luncheon a huge success!
Venue Sponsor
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!

Friday June 24, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Poke Burrito
Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Poke Burrito! 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 quick meetup. Lunch is a flat $16 including tax and tip. 
Friday June 24, 4:30 - 5:00pm - Ribbon Cutting at Behavioral Learning
Behavioral Learning is celebrating its Grand Opening! They are committed to creating a safe and collaborative environment in order to empower growth and foster individualized behavior change. See the beautiful new 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!
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 throughout June, and the rest of the year!
Monday June 27, 12:15 - 12:45pm - Meditation Monday at Crossfunction Flexible Workspace
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 know that life can be busy, and it can be stressful juggling family and work. We are guessing that you could use some TLC!
Monday June 27, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting
Join us for the third BIPOC Affinity Group meeting. Connect with Latinx, Asian-American, Black and Indigenous peers from the OPRF business and nonprofit community! Come join us to make connections with great folks, and help us shape the future of this new group!
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.
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, Esther Grachan & Michael Lavery.
Place of Business: Grachan Agency
What does she do for fun?
I enjoy good company, being outdoors, listening to good music, dancing, exploring art and watching my kids play sports!!
Why does she love the Chamber?
I love the chamber because it is full of generous, forward thinking individuals who take time out of their busy lives to create progress in our community. The individuals in the Chamber donate their time and resources generously. It is great to be around people who want to be a part of progress and this is why I joined.
Please tell us about the event you helped run this month and what it meant for our community and small businesses.
The Membership Committee has been calling the current members of the Chamber and simply touching base with them. We have had a great time making connections with the business owners in the community and it has helped some of our members, new and old, to feel more engaged and involved with the Chamber.
Place of Business: Excel Window Tinting
What does he do for fun?
My weekends are usually spent riding a road bike with my fiancé, either along the lakefront, the north shore, or into Indiana. Most rides are 50+ miles and a few upcoming “organized” rides will be 100. 
Why does he love the Chamber?
I love how the Chamber is able to connect businesses and people together! You get out of the Chamber what you put into it and there are so many opportunities in any given month.
Please tell us about your events this month and what it meant for our community and small businesses.
As a “seasoned” Chamber member, I always enjoy the BAHs. This month I’m also looking forward to the return of our annual Economic Lunch.
Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

143 S Oak Park Avenue


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