Chamber Advantage

August 6th, 2023

I can't be the only one who feels like this summer went by in a flash... did July actually happen? As we transition into August, I am looking forward to savoring those last few moments of summer. Whether on a patio with friends, exploring the community, or watching the bustling scene from outside my office window overlooking Oak Park Ave, I can't help but notice how our community's beauty becomes infinitely more vibrant when the sun is shimmering through the streets. So, let's make the most of it and get outside to enjoy those precious last drops of summertime shine.

Darien Marion-Burton (He/They)

Executive Director

OPRF Chamber of Commerce


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!

Tuesday Aug 8, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Business After Hours - Animal Care League

Our August Business After Hours (BAH) will be hosted by the Animal Care League. Join us for a night of networking and hors d'oeuvres in this newly-renovated setting, to enjoy a summer evening in great company! 


Friday Aug 11, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM -

Ribbon Cutting at Amelie Cafe

Come celebrate with us! This time we'll be at Amelie Cafe celebrating this new business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity.


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!

Thursday Aug 17, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM -

New Member Breakfast

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.


Thursday Aug 17, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM -

45th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting at the

Oak Park Arms

This week we'll be at the Oak Park Arms celebrating 45 years of community, hospitality, and engagement with our senior residents. We'll be taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity! Come join us to mark the occasion!


Friday Aug 18, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Chamber Takeout Stakeout at The Daly Bagel

Come join your fellow Chamber members for our next Takeout Stakeout, this time at The Daly Bagel! In this event, we convene at a designated restaurant to pick up our takeout lunch choices.

Lunch is a flat $16 including tax and tip. 


Wednesday Aug 23, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM -

Alioto's Gift Shop STOP&SHOP Member Sale

Drop by Alioto's Gift Shop during regular business hours on Wednesday, August 23:

  • Meet the owners of this iconic Oak Park 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!

Thursday Aug 31, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - BIPOC Affinity Group

It's Summertime and that means live music, cool drinks and the outdoors! BIPOC is heading to Marion Street in Downtown Oak Park this month for Thursday Night Out. We will convene in front of Fleet Feet and pick the best spot to enjoy the evening. Local restaurants are offering meal and drink specials for TNO. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided. Everyone can purchase food and beverages of their choice as we relax and enjoy the live music from local artists. 


On the occasion of the one-year anniversary for the Climate Ready community climate and sustainability plan, join Marcella Bondie Keenan, Chief Sustainability Officer of the Village of Oak Park, and Community Partners for conversations to answer these three questions:

  • Where are we today on climate as a community? What climate, sustainability, and equity actions have we--individually and collectively--taken over the past year?
  • Where do we want to go in the next year?
  • How do we get there in a climate-just way?

Each discussion table will have a facilitator and recorder. Afterwards, the Village will publish a brief report celebrating our collective progress over the past year, and community strategies for moving forward in the next year. This event is hosted by Oak Park’s Office of Sustainability, Oak Park Public Library, Climate Ready Community Outreach to Oak Park, One Earth Local and other community groups.


The in-person event is August 7th, but there’s also a “digital café” at

Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

Suite 3


[email protected]

This eBlast was sent out by the OPRF Chamber of Commerce on behalf of a member in good standing as a member benefit. For information about the event described please contact the host. For information about joining the Chamber, click our website below.

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