Chamber Advantage

October 29th, 2023

I hope this email finds you in high spirits and, perhaps, with a pocketful of Halloween candy. First, a monstrous round of applause to all who joined us for the Chamber Trivia Night last Wednesday. Our collective knowledge and wit outshone any vampire's fangs or werewolf's howl!

As Halloween approaches, get ready for our upcoming Economic Symposium, "Rise of the Robots." Join us for a day filled with enlightening discussions about the future of work.

Whether you're planning to trick or treat, ponder AI's dominance, or simply curl up with a scary movie, I wish you a Halloween filled with delightful frights and a dash of robotic fascination.

Stay eerie-sistible, my friends!

Darien Marion-Burton

Executive Director

OPRF Chamber of Commerce


2023 Economic Luncheon


How artificial intelligence is driving innovation and transforming society.

Join us on a journey through the landscape of Artificial Intelligence, exploring its impact on businesses of all sizes. The launch of ChatGPT democratized AI technology, igniting an ongoing AI race. We invite you to our 8th annual Econo mic Symposium to discuss how AI can elevate productivity across organizations, demystify its workings, and tackle the question on everyone's mind: will the robots take over?

You do not want to miss our Keynote Speaker at this year's Economic Symposium: Jose Ochoa.

Jose is Senior Director of Cloud and Data Strategy in the Google Cloud Practice at Publicis Sapient. He brings over 17 years of executive leadership, management, and strategy experience to the team. He is passionate about the role data plays in solving the world’s challenges, enabling others to realize their potential, and scaling organizations.

For those who've already purchased tickets, we're thrilled to confirm your automatic registration for this reimagined event. And if you bought a table, you now have ten front row seated tickets for the keynote!

We regret any inconvenience caused by the date change, but are confident this shift will result in an event that's more vibrant, insightful, and impactful.


Anticipate riveting discussions, enlightening insights, and opportunities to network with like-minded professionals at the OPRF Chamber Economic Symposium on November 15th, 2023.


Meet our New Special Events &

Marketing Manager, Aaron Saunders

Reach out to Aaron!

For over 8 years, I have been working in Human Resources developing emerging talent with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. I bring over 10 years of experience advocating for under-served populations and nonprofits through fundraising, political advocacy, legislative reform, and community organizing.

Growing up, I enjoyed community events like "A Day in Our Village" and "Olympic Day", and I look forward to creating that same fun and inclusive atmosphere in future programming. It is a pleasure to serve alongside dynamic change makers in their mission to make this world a little better. I strive to live my values every day and hope to empower others to do the same through my work.

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!

Monday Oct 30, 11:00 AM - 11:30 -

Ribbon Cutting at R Titus Designs

Come celebrate with us! Ribbon cuttings provide an opportunity to welcome and connect with a new business, network with other attendees, and celebrate our growing business community. 

R Titus Designs is a sought-after interior design firm. Known for her artistic style and playful twist on what's traditional, Robin creates spaces that feel as good as they look. R Titus Designs recently opened a new showroom in Oak Park's Hemingway District, and we are excited to now be able to celebrate it with a fun ribbon cutting! 


Thursday Nov 2, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM -

Non Profit Affinity Group -

Complete Guide to Planned Giving

Come along and learn all about how Planned Giving can be a new revenue stream for you!

  • What is Planned Giving and is it right for your nonprofit?
  • How can your nonprofit target messaging to your donors?
  • How can you be more confident with your donor "ask" about Planned Giving?
  • How can you celebrate those donors who have included your nonprofit in their Estate Plans?

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.

Come join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and continue to grow your business!

Friday Nov 10, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM -

Women in Business Meeting

We know you have so much life and business experience and there are many places in our community who would love to learn from you! Come along and learn about how you could be a fabulous mentor to others in the area.


We'll share ideas on:

  • What makes a good mentor?
  • Is mentorship right for you and your business?
  • Where are the mentor opportunities in our community?
  • Should you mentoring work be part of your business marketing? If so then how?

Tuesday Nov 14, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM -

Business After Hours - Val's halla Records

Welcome New Members! Join us at our quarterly New Member Breakfast to introduce yourself and tell us about your business. This is an ideal opportunity to meet fellow new members, Chamber staff and Board leadership. You will also learn about your benefits, hear how you can get involved and get answers to your questions. We are meeting this month at Oak Park's legacy record store, Val's halla Records.


Trivia Night and Costume Contest Recap!

Thanks to everyone who came to Trivia Night

and Participated in the Costume Contest!

A Spooky Success For Our Annual Fundraiser!

Ghouls and goblins, ghosts and ghastlies, it was a scaretastic night! We at the Chamber want to thank every creatively dressed participant and those who dawned their own faces and braved the elements to join us for Trivia Night.

It was a fantastic night of laughter, fun, and fellowship as we battled it out for trivia supremacy. The cheering and question challenges were only outdone by the support for our annual fundraiser.

We'd especially like to thank our amazing sponsors - The ATM Team - Berkshire Hathaway, Old Second National Bank, and our haunted & hallowed event space Fitzgerald's Nightclub. And, we couldn't have asked for a better chair than Maia Stern for our Young Professionals!


Thank you for your support, kind words, and generous donations. We are all very proud of the outcome, as it helps us provide vital resources to our nonprofit and small business communities.

Cheers to a spooky success!

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

Suite 3


[email protected]

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