March 2022
2022 Community Guide- Rate deadlines
Upcoming Event

"State of the Towns"
Annual Business & Government Breakfast
March 4
7:30 - 9:30am
Deer Path Inn
255 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Looking forward to our annual “state of the towns” presentation by Lake Forest City Manager Jason Wicha and Lake Bluff Village Administrator Drew Irvin this Friday.

RSVP is required – sorry, no walk ins. (If you aren't able to join us, look for a recap in our future communications.)

Upcoming Workshop

Benefits Workshop

Thursday, March 3 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 benefits.
Complimentary admission. Advance registration required to receive the zoom link. Can't attend, but would like more information? Please reach out here.
A warm welcome to our newest members!

Dr. Lori Halverson of Lake Forest Hearing Professionals
Agape Massage
Lake Bluff Youth Baseball Association
International Chamber Artists
Legacy Wealth

Lake Forest First Baptist Church
AAA Prestige Painting Decorating & Remodeling
Midwest Veterans Closet
Ciesla Beeler
Family Law
We also welcome the following Lake Forest High School entrepreneurs who are now part of the Chamber family!
EZ Rent
Soapy Sidekicks
EZ Rent
Soapy Sidekicks
B4 Work
2nd & 4th Fridays at 8 am

March 11 - Via Zoom,
Featuring guest speaker, Teri Dreher, RN iRNPA CCM BCPA

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

Join us on March 11 with featured guest speaker, Teri Dreher RN iRNPA CCM BCP. Teri will be discussing, "Advocating for Our Families in an Era of National Crisis." How can you effectively advocate for your loved ones or yourself in the changing world of healthcare? Teri will help you understand the basics of the multi-faceted healthcare system and how to communicate to receive the best care. Click for more info HERE.

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.

Save the Date
Save the Date for April Foolishness

Friday, April 1
Gorton Community Center

Have a little cabin fever? Join in some rollicking good fun!! Bring along some favorite people and enjoy some great stand-up comedy, yummy tastings from local eateries, a cash bar, and more.

The fun evening will feature the talents of Lake Forest's own funny man, Rick Young, along with well-known comedians Rocky LaPorte and Hari Rao -- and there will also be the opportunity to jump in on the fun of bidding for some great prizes from local businesses.  Space is limited so get your tickets today!

A big thanks to our sponsors!

Special Initiative
Honoring Women in Business in March
Save the Date for a Women's Business Network Event!

Honoring Women in Business
In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, the LF/ LB Chamber is honoring women in business in March.
We are thrilled with the response from so many local businesses that want to give a special shout out to their female employees or showcase their female owners. Be on the lookout for the Women in Business feature all month on our social channels!

SAVE THE DATE- Women's Business Network Relaunch
Co-hosted by Suite Escape and the LF/LB Chamber

April 20
Suite Escape
In The Gorton Center, 409 E. Illinois Rd, LF

In April, Suite Escape is hosting the relaunch of the Chamber's Women's Business Network with an after-hours special event. Light refreshments will be served and admission is complimentary. Save the date and stay tuned for more details!
Member Spotlights
Check out the most recent Member Spotlights…
Heather Aldridge & Cassandra Sorenson
In-home Veterinary Nursing Care & Rehabilitation
Matt O'Brien,
Offshore Marine & Paddling Warehouse
Molly Lawniczak,
Welcome Wellness
We featured some great businesses over the last month in our Member Spotlight feature! Thanks to Heather Aldridge of In-home Veterinary Nursing Care and Rehabilitation, Matt O'Brien of Offshore Marine & Paddling Warehouse and Mollie Lawniczak of Welcome Wellness. Please click here to learn more about these great members.
Biz to Biz News
Tuesday on the Trail

Tuesday, March 1, 8, 15, 29

Join us for a guided hike each Tuesday at lunchtime. One of our experienced field educators will lead an interactive tour through a different LFOLA preserve each week highlighting the specific habitat, plants, trees, animals and birds that call the preserve home.

Conservation Cocktails
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb: Weather Patterns

March 11

Think Summer
Summer Camp

Registration begins
March 9

First Thursday: The Velvet Queen

Part of the
First Thursdays series
John & Nancy Hughes Theater

Lake County Maker Faire

April 9
Grayslake Campus

Proposal deadline
March 18

The second annual Lake County Maker Faire is looking for MAKERS! YOU are a Maker if you craft, build, create, design, tinker and tweak just about anything. Show it off at Maker Faire. Apply to showcase your projects.

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Perfect Promotions, "Can you find the PromoMan?"

We are placing small, 4” PromoMan stress toys (pictured above) in businesses all over Lake County. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to find the PromoMan stress toys at the participating businesses. Once you find the PromoMan, take a picture and post your picture to our Where’s the PromoMan? Facebook page and tag the business you found it in, and say something nice about the business and be entered to win a prize.
Winter Garage Sale

Through March 5

50% off everything in the shop.

LF/LB Businesses and Fundraisers can take 15% off

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a fast casual restaurant. Currently, we are offering a 15% off catering promotion to all Lake Forest/Lake Bluff businesses. We also offer fundraisers at a 15% donation rate. 

Spring Break Special!

We have you covered. The full week is only $40!

Valid only in March and April for first time customers.

Read Between the Ravines

March 1–April 4

Join the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities in reading "Unraveled" by Maxine Bédat, attending events through the month, and considering the environmental impacts of fast fashion.

STEAM Traditional Irish Quartet with guest vocalist Catherine O’Connell 

March 25
Doors open 6:30pm
Performance 7pm
Cash bar
Gorton Center

Molly Neuhauser will also be there to show and sell her beautiful blown glass items. From glasses to pieces of art - your find Molly’s work stunning and irresistible!

Summer Camp Registration is Open
     March 1st
8:30am for residents online and in-person

Mother & Son Pancake Breakfast: Flannels & Flapjacks!

March 5

Spring Break Camps

March 21-25
We offer two options to keep the kids busy over Spring Break!
K- 4th
Ages 3-7

Luncheon Series, featuring
"Your Story is Your Superpower"
with Sally Lou Loveman, Founder of LoveSpeaks®, Speaker, Author, and Coach.

Friday, March 4

Sally Lou has spent a lifetime doing what she loves. After a 36-year career in television and having entertained over half a million people from the Oprah stage, Sally Lou Loveman is bringing her message to Suite Escape.  

Durrett Family & Cosmetic Dentistry now has a new name...
Ross & Durrett Family Dental
We are happy to announce the new name of our practice, Ross & Durrett Family Dental! Formerly Dr. R. Tracy Durrett, DDS, PC. We are located in the Forest North Professional Building at Western Ave and Thomas Place. Our team is excited to welcome you and we are accepting new patients! 

New Programming Opportunities for Art Advocates!

Sign-up to reserve your spots for these new opportunities.
Veteran’s Group with Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center at Brushwood Center, working with Veterans dealing with PTSD-related challenges.
Heart of the City Teens Group, empowering their boys and girls high school student-athletes before practice! 

Shop +Support + Celebrate Lake County businesses at Lake Forest College’s Inclusive Pop-Up Shop (I-POP)

Saturday, April 23
Gorton Community Center

Join us for a one-day-only bricks-and-mortar pop-up shop featuring a diversity of local Lake County vendors. Our goal is to expand the networks and customer base of under-resourced and marginalized entrepreneurs. This inclusive retail experience is a joint venture with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at Lake Forest College and the Gorton Community Center. Your I-POP shopping helps make our Lake County entrepreneurial ecosystem better, more vibrant, and more inclusive.

Spring Breaker's Special Program

Now thru March 18

Spring Break is right around the corner. Are you ready to shed the sweaters and enjoy the shorts and swimsuits?

FOUR, one/one 30-minute coaching sessions targeted around Dr. Sear’s healthy eating and lifestyle plan. The plan offers an easy to follow healthy "diet"  while incorporating exercise and stress reduction. 

Summer Camp Schedule is Now Available

Let LoMastro save your life this summer. Our amazing camps are the perfect thing to make your kid’s summer FUN. And our summer-at-a-glance schedule will make your life so much easier!

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