October 2017


of the Month 


Board of Directors
Craig Larsen
Sharon Spero
Vice Chairman
Money Mailer of Fox Valley

Ryan Anderson
HighWire  Networks


Dave Broz
Railside Citrus Insurance Agency
Tory Haines
Haines & Associates
Leah Hoppes
Vision Force Marketing 

Bill Johnson
BMO Harris Bank

Steve Martin
First State Bank

Rob Mondi
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch

Wendy Taylor-Santucci

Rita Tungare

President & CEO
Business Development
Lauren Lowitzki  
Administrative Assistant
 Johanna Kistner 
Special Events & Marketing
Our Distingui shed Members

Inland Bank

Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center
Vintage 53
West Valley Graphics & Print, Inc. 
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Building a vibrant and prosperous community through business leadership . 

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Legislative Committee City Update


Small Business Academy   


Fermi Lab Industrial Committee Tour   
WBC Luncheon


  YPC Foxtoberfest     


Word from YPC
New Changes, New Members, New Experiences. 
Kyle M. Long, 
YPC Committee Chairman
OnPath Financial

The Chamber has experienced a lot of change this year. Particularly, we have seen a lot of turnover in the Young Professionals Council - I am a testament to that. I joined the Chamber earlier this year after leaving a CPA firm in Indianapolis and moving to St Charles, where I joined the OnPath team-and I quickly became involved in the YPC gro up. Many YPC members from when I joined months ago are no longer here. With that being said, there is a new energy in the YPC, as 95% of us are brand new as of this year! Our Lazarus House service event was a wonderful experience and I greatly enjoyed getting to know other YPC members more as well as other Chamber members that came out to serve. We spent time scrubbing toilets and mopping floors. However, the true joy was seeing how much of an impact our efforts had on the Lazarus House staff. Thank you to Anne for teaching us so much about the Lazarus House and allowing us to serve! As a YPC, we a ramping up for the annual Foxtoberfest and are very excited to have a great night of fellowship with 60+ other chamber members, and of course, craft beer. Lastly, I am beginning the hunt for an ugly Christmas Sweater (It is truly shocking that I still don't have one) for the Ugly Holiday Sweater Party coming up in just a couple short months; 2017 has truly flown by!


Ribbon Cutting
CIBC Banking Center- The Private Bank
24 S. Second Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
CIBC Bank (formerly The Private Bank) opened to a large crowd and Sunny Day. Branch Group Manager Mary Ellen Thielemann cut the ribbon. CIBC is located at 24 S. Second Street in Downtown St. Charles.

Ribbon Cutting
STC Pilates 
40W160 Campton Crossings Dr,  St. Charles, IL 60175

 STC Pilates located at 40W160 Campton Crossing Dr. in Western St. Charles attracted a large crowd to their Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting. The new Studio is owned by Becky Vento.

Culinary Night
Down Town St. Charles

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Hosted their second event of the week in Down Town St. Charles. The evening consisted of a progressive dinner at five different restaurants in the area.

Thank you to all of our Sponsors & Restaurants for being apart of our Culinary Night!
-Sterling Bank- Glass Sponsor
-Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles- Drink Sponsor
-Jeans & a Cute Top Shop, Mercedes- Benz of St. -Charles, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Re/Max & -Loyal Companions- Restaurant Sponsor

-Vintage 53
-Isacco Kitchen
-Rox City Grill
-The Finery & Black Smith Bar
-McNally's Pub

Brunch with the Mayor and Chamber President
Brunch Cafe
172 S 1st St, St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosted their third event of the week with the Mayor and Chamber President at Brunch Cafe. There was discussion of economic development and a wide assortment of questions. Thank you to Brunch Cafe for hosting!!  
To learn more about Chamber Week Contact Stacey Ekstrom!  
Speed Networking
Mercedes- Benz of St. Charles
225 Randall Rd, St Charles, IL 60174

The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosted their fourth event of the week at Mercedes- Benz of St. Charles. This Speed Networking event was a great tool for many of the participates to use to keep their networking skills sharp and fresh.
Thank you to Mercedes- Benz of St. Charles for hosting the Speed Networking event!!

Open House
Chamber Office 
216 Riverside Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosted their final Chamber Week event here at the Chamber Office!
Special Thank you to all of our Restaurant Sponsors who generously donated all of the food that was at the event.
-Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
-Arcedium Coffeehouse
-Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
-DRM European Cafe & Delicatessen
-Main Street Pub
-Rookies All-American Pub & Grill
-Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria 
-Riverside Pizza
-Smitty's on the Corner

Congratulations to Katrina Gatuz from Horizon Art Group for winning the $100 Gift Certificate of our Facebook Social Media Blitz!
After Hours Mixer- Davey Tree
Wasco Nursery
41 W781 IL-64, St Charles, IL 60175

Davey Tree hosted their After Hours Mixer at the beautiful Wasco Nursery. New and current chamber members mingled and were able to learn more about the services Davey Tree and Wasco Nursery provides.
Cruise Nites
Riverside Avenue
The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Fox River Tire & Auto hosted the Final Cruise Nites of the season! Thank you for everyone who came out and made this season so special! And thank you to all of our volunteers and participants! See you next year!

Thank you to our other Featured Night Sponsors:
Patriot Transport and NicKey Performance
Thank You to our other Vendor Sponsors:
103.9 The Fox & Star 105.5, Button Man Printing, Canine Companions For Independence, Costco, Evolve Chiropractic, Filling Station Pub & Grill, Fox Valley Home Services, Ginger Root Hair Salon, Imperial Gutter Services, Kane County Chronicle Media, and XSport Fitness.

Fox River Luncheon & Expo
The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way
Elgin, IL 60120

The St. Charles Chamber participated in a multi-chamber Luncheon & Expo at The Centre of Elgin. Keith Kinsey, CEO of Portillo's Hot Dogs was the guest speaker for this event and talk about his success in leadership, quality/expectations, workforce development and business growth. They currently employ 6000 people with their 170 stores.   

WBC Luncheon
El Puente
112 Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174

The WBC hosted their Luncheon at El Puente and had a special guest speaker from the St. Charles Police Department. Officer Bill Tynan discussed the importance of personal safety and being aware of your surroundings at all times.

Fall Business Co-Op Mixer
Abby's Breakfast and Lunch
11 N 3rd St, St. Charles, IL 60174

The Downtown St. Charles Partnership, St. Charles Public Library & St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosted a Fall Business Co-Op Mixer at Abby's Breakfast and Lunch. Over 75 people attended the event, and had the opportunity to mingle and network with other chamber members, and guests of the other organizations.

City News


Businesses of the Month  
Costco Wholesale 
221 S Randall Rd,  
St. Charles, Illinois 60174   
FireStone Complete Auto Care (East)


Firestone Complete Auto Care (East)
1645 E Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 338-0889
  Schramm Construction 
3520 Swenson Ave,
St. Charles, IL 60174 

Nothing Bundt Cakes
1086 Commons Dr.
Geneva , IL 60134
3750 Ohio Avenue
St Charles , IL 60174
Fox Clinical Services
2580 Foxfield Rd., Suite 101
St. Charles , IL 60174
Primrose School of St. Charles West
1940 Bricher Road
St. Charles , IL - Illinois 60174
Exceptional Events by Shuki Moran
717 Peck Rd.
Geneva , IL 60134
Juice Plus+, Janene Hackl
661 Waters Edge Drive
South Elgin , IL 60177
Doc's Heating & Cooling
902 S. Randall Rd, Sutie C237
St. Charles , IL 60174
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
155 38th Ave.
St. Charles , IL 60174
Allstate Insurance Company, Jason Herbers
1400 Lincoln Highway Ste C
St Charles , IL 60174
CrossCountry Mortgage
1501 Derby Lane
Bartlett , Il 60103
Ace Relocation Systems of Chicago
1543 Hecht Drive
Bartlett , IL 60103
Cal's Angels
2422 W. Main St., #3B
St. Charles , IL 60175
Community Therapy Services
40W310 LaFox Rd Suite A1
St Charles , IL 60175
Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy
1502 E. Main St.
St. Charles , IL 60174
Eden On The River
1 W. Illinois St.
St. Charles , IL 60174
Lotus Aum
317 S. Second St.
St. Charles , IL 60174

Alarm Detection Systems
(630) 844-6300
Bancroft, Richman & Goldberg, LLC
St. Charles
(312) 252-0400
Bartlett Tree Experts
Lake Barrington
(847) 382-3111
Beth Fowler School of Dance
(630) 945-3344
Campton United Soccer Club
St. Charles
(630) 377-9292
Citizens to Elect Judge Clint Hull
St. Charles
(630) 940-4343
Daily Herald
(630) 955-3559
Fairfield Inn & Suites
St Charles
(630) 845-5500
Filling Station Pub & Grill
St Charles
(630) 584-4414
Fox River Tire & Auto
St Charles
(630) 584-0655
Fox Valley Home Staging and Redesign, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 715-3458
Frolicstein Financial Wealth Management
St. Charles
(630) 262-1818
Goodwill Retail Store and Donation Center
St. Charles
(630) 513-5681
Great Guys Cleaning and Concierge Service
(630) 674-5612
Hampton Inn & Suites - STC
St. Charles
(630) 584-0222
Helping Hand IT Services & Networking, Inc.
St Charles
(630) 940-1718
K. Hovnanian Homes-Sagebrook
South Elgin
(331) 701-7840
St. Charles
(630) 549-7943
Prairie State Water Solutions, inc
Saint Charles
(630) 864-7078
Robert L. Gorecki
St Charles
(630) 584-1520
Royal Real Estate
St. Charles
(630) 377-1114
Rule29 Creative, Inc.
(630) 262-1009
SmithAmundsen LLC
St. Charles
(630) 587-7922
St. Charles Country Club
St Charles
(630) 377-9000
Team Tom and Leslie Re/Max Excels
St. Charles
(630) 943-2212
TGM Insurance Agency, Inc.
St. Charles
(630) 315-5472
Trailside Automotive Repair
St. Charles
(630) 549-0337
UPS Store
St Charles
(630) 443-6610
US Bank
St. Charles
(630) 762-7300
Vision Force Marketing
St. Charles
(630) 313-2805

Wednesday October 4th
Small Business Academy
How to Delight a Customer and Still Make Money
Chamber Boardroom
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, October 5th
Ribbon Cutting
Cheer Alliance
731 N 17th St #7, St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, October 10th
Ribbon Cutting
Nothing Bundt Cakes
1086 Commons Dr. Geneva, IL 60134
Tuesday, October 17th
Ribbon Cutting
Century 21 Affiliated
310 S. 1st St, St. Charles IL, 60174
Thursday, October 18th  
Legislative Committee City Update
Royal Fox Country Club
4405 Royal and Ancient Dr, St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, October 18th  
Creating A World Class Team
Chamber Boardroom
216 S. Riverside Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, October 19th
Ribbon Cutting - Multi-Chamber
Northwestern Medicine
172 S. 1st Street 
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, October 24th
Industrial Committee Tour
Fermi Lab  
Pine St, Batavia, IL 60510  
Tuesday, October 24th
ACE Relocation
1543 Hecht Dr, Bartlett, IL 60103
Thursday, October 26th
Hilton Garden Inn.
4070 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174
Thursday, October 26th
YPC Foxtoberfest
Pub 47
1890 W Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174

See What's Going On With Chamber Businesses

Check the Chamber Website Event Calendar for a complete listing of Chamber Member Events this month. 

Thank you to Bill Papp for Referring Doc's Heating & Cooling.  
Thank you to Cherie Breedlove for referring Janene Hackle to the Juice Plus Company.
Thank you to CTS for referring Fox Clinic. 
Thank you to our Open House Restaurant Sponsors:
Abby's Breakfast & Lunch
Arcedium Coffeehouse
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant
DRM European Café & Delicatessen
Main Street Pub
Riverside Pizza 
Rookies All-American Pub & Grill
Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant &Taqueria
Smitty's On The Corner  
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The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 Non-Profit Organization whose sole funding is from Membership Contributions.  The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce does not receive any City, County, State or Federal Funding.  Chambers of Commerce direct their efforts at promoting the common economic interests of all the commercial enterprises in a given community.  We appreciate our Member's contributions to our Organization through Membership Contributions, Sponsorships and Event Attendance.