Chamber Advantage

September 5th, 2022

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!

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! 

Niravadhi is a new business in the Oak Park Arts District which offers "Problem Solvers" STEM Education Classes, such as robotics, and  Personalized Gifts with custom printing. Also, when you place an order, 40% of the profits will go toward non-profits.


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!

This laundromat is under new ownership, continuing a business that has been in Oak Park for decades! Come check out the freshly-decorated space that provides an essential service for residents, and can also serve as a key community gathering space where neighbors connect with one another.


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

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!

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 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.


Friday September 16, 12:00 - 12:30pm - Takeout Stakeout at Scratch on Lake

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at Scratch on Lake in 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.

Be sure to check out the available items on our website and book your meal today.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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.


Tuesday September 20, 11:30am - 12:00pm - Ribbon Cutting at Civinte Candle Bar

This time we'll be at Civinte Candle Bar celebrating this new business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity! Check out this new business and indulge your senses!

Civinte is a mother-and-daughter-created business where you can craft a beautiful object and a beautiful scent, by designing your own candles under the staff's expert guidance. It's a great place for a quiet, relaxing evening, or a fun party built around a shared activity. 


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.


Monday September 26, 5:30 - 7:00pm - BIPOC Affinity Group Meeting at Jeffrey Hines State Farm Insurance

We will be gathering at Jeffrey Hines State Farm Insurance at 5:30 pm. 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 be part of this new group!

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

Chamber Blog

Have you seen our blog lately?

Bored? Hungry? Looking for something new to do? Check out the last few issues of the Chamber Blog to learn about Oak Park, River Forest and the surrounding villages. We are so lucky to live in a community with so many fun, family-friendly and free entertainment options!

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

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