February 2022
Upcoming Workshop

Benefits Workshop

Friday, February 4 at 9am
Via Zoom

Take one hour out of your day to get all the tips on maximizing your Chamber Membership. Perfect for prospective, new and any current members wanting details on member benefit packages.
Complimentary admission. Advance registration required to receive the zoom link. Can't attend, but would like more information? Please reach out here.
Welcome to our new members
as of January 1, 2022!

We are thrilled to have them be a part of the Chamber this year!
Egg Harbor Cafe
Bright Star Care
Restoration One
North Shore
Off Shore Marine and Paddling Warehouse
Home Care Assistance

Screen Mobile of the North Shore
Member Spotlights
Check out the most recent Member Spotlights…
Holly Hanzel,
Hanzel Holistic Fitness
Barbara Rosenberg,
Dr. Julie Brua,
School of St. Mary
We featured some great businesses over the last month in our Member Spotlight feature. Thanks to Holly Hanzel of Hanzel Holistic Fitness, Barbara Rosenberg of Elderwerks and Dr. Julia Brua of School of St. Mary. Please click here to learn more about these great members.
Upcoming Events

Annual Business & Government Breakfast
NEW DATE- March 4
7:30 - 9:30am
Deer Path Inn
255 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest

 Invite friends and colleagues and join us for the annual “state of the towns” presentation by Lake Forest City Manager Jason Wicha and Lake Bluff Village Administrator Drew Irvin over a plated continental breakfast at the Deer Path Inn.
$25 Registration
All are welcome

Mega Connect Webinar

"Empower Your Business by Building Connections with 24 Chambers of Commerce"

Thursday, February 10
12 - 1:30 via Zoom

Multiply your networking potential. Members looking for a productive on-line networking experience will enjoy the structured format of this program, which gives each participant an opportunity to speak to a receptive audience about his/her company’s products and services.

$15 Chamber Members
$25 Non-Member
2022 Community Guide
B4 Work
2nd & 4th Fridays at 8 am

February 11 - Via Zoom

February 25 - In-person at
LifeWorking Coworking, 717 Forest Avenue, LF

Make B4Work a habit to cultivate those referrals! (Can't make it but want more info on how the Chamber can help? Click HERE and we'll follow up with you!)

(Complimentary admission and guests are welcome -- RSVP requested.)

The LF/LB Chamber adheres to all state and local COVID guidelines for indoor events.

New Board Members
 Announcing our new 2022
Board of Directors!
PRESIDENT - Susan L. KelseyFinancial Advisor, Regatta Wealth Management
VICE PRESIDENT Rick YoungCOO, Chicago Comedy All Stars
SECRETARY Shaun Carter, Sales & Administration Britt Carter Furniture
TREASURER - Colette Woidat, CPA Pasquesi Sheppard
PAST PRESIDENT - Diana Melichar, Owner Melichar Architects
Drew Irvin, Administrator, Village of Lake Bluff
Jennifer Lazarus, Sr. Assoc. Dir. of Internships | Law and Public Service Pathway Leader
Lake Forest College
Annie Royster Lenzke, Realtor Dawn McKenna Group/Coldwell Banker Residential
Joan Lynch, President Lynch Construction Corp.
Tina Martoccio, VP, Branch Manager Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, N.A.
Susie McMurray, Owner Flotstone
Melissa Oakley, Chief Communications Officer Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115
Amy Wagliardo, Executive Director Gorton Community Center
Jason Wicha, City Manager City of Lake Forest
Kathleen Wood, Founder and CEO Suzy's Swirl & Kathleen Wood Partners
Event Recap
Last week, we had a health update with our special guests:

Mark Pfister, Executive Director Lake County Health Department/Community Health

Dr. Jeffrey D. Kopin, MD Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, North Region Northwestern Memorial Healthcare.

In case you weren't able to join us, you can access the presentation

Also, congratulations again to Gorton Community Center for receiving the Chamber's 21st annual COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD in recognition for an exceptional level of commitment to community service. We will look forward to honoring them in-person at our March 4 Business & Government Breakfast.
Biz to Biz News
Know someone going through a divorce? 

Help make the process go smoother with this free book from Scott Rose of Baird & Warner.

Ragdale Ring Competition Now Open

Deadline is February 15

 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the Ragdale Ring Competition. Ragdale invites architects and designers to apply for a design-build studio residency, leading to the installation of a temporary, outdoor performance venue.

College of Lake County is Celebrating CTE (Career and Technical Education) in February


CLC supplies many workers in the Lake County workforce through its different Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. February is CTE Month, and CLC is taking the time to celebrate these impactful programs.

Workshops continue bringing Waukegan’s art community together

February & March

A new series of art workshops are set for Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan this spring, following last fall’s success. These art workshops are free and created for both adults and high school students.

Lake Forest High School Talent Show is
back in person!
February 24, 25, 26
Promote your business and show your support for the incredibly talented kids at Lake Forest High School.
Sponsorships are available that include recognition during the show and in the printed program along with the production recording that will be sold after the show.
Share Your #LakeForestLove


Celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing your #LakeForestLove! Throughout the month, use #LakeForestLove when you post pictures of the people, places, and things you love about Lake Forest.
Want your pictures featured on the City’s Lake Forest Love blog and to enter a raffle for Lake Forest swag? Tag @CityofLakeForestIL 
on Facebook, tag @CityofLakeForestIL 
on Instagram, or email us your pictures.

February Sale

50% Off
3 Months of a Community Membership

Includes 6 days a month! (Reg. $199 per month, NOW $99 per month. Must purchase by February 28th. Valid for first time members only.

Can You Afford to Retire?

February 8

Join us to evaluate your readiness for retirement, learn about social security, how to conduct an estate analysis and net worth statement, and more.

Rendezvous Arts is excited to bring True Colors Baroque to the Gorton Center

February 4
6:30 - 7pm

Enjoy the Valentine spirit via the 18th century with art songs about love and romance accompanied by periods instrument strings from the 1700s. 

Join Art Impact Project for an Open House

February 3
5 - 7pm
104-1 E. Scranton Ave., LB

Enjoy an Art Sale & Programming Exhibit, make DIY Valentines, and meet our Board of Directors.

Masks will be required at the event.

Music Institute Academy to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The grant will enhance the enrichment elements of the Academy curriculum, including master classes, workshops, and performances by some of the most respected teachers and professional musicians in the classical music industry.

The Lake Forest Shop Upcoming Trunk Shows

February 11 - 23 is Lucian Matis

March 10-16 is Frascara, Audrey & Brooks and Kim Newport

The Shop has many unique events planned throughout the year, but let's start with the Trunk Shows. Save these dates! They will be a great time to stop in, say hi, and see all the beautiful collections. 
Registration Open for 6 Week Workshops: Fairytale Dance & Broadway Bound

Starts in February

Fairytale Dance is an enchanting, story-based dance program for boys and girls thattbring beloved fairy tales to life!

In Broadway Bound, this super fun Broadway Musical Theatre Workshop, students will learn short routines from a variety of musicals and perform for parents during the last 10 minutes of the last class. 

Thank you to our Chamber partners for their support...