Week of December 2, 2019
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
Upcoming Chamber Events
December 18: Board of Director's Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Aurelio's of Mokena, 19836 Wolf Road, Mokena. Both 2019 and 2020 Board Members are required to attend. Please RSVP to the chamber office by December 11.

January 14: Monthly General Membership Meeting. Guest Speaker: Melissa Fedora - Mokena Chamber Executive Director. Topic: Making the Most of Your Membership. 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Mokena Community Public Library (lower level) 11327 W. 195th Street. FREE networking event.

January 17: State Senator Hastings Learning Lunch. In partnership with the Mokena, New Lenox, and Frankfort Chambers of Commerce. Featuring an expert panel from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Enjoy a light lunch and a panel discussion with IDFPR leadership. Located at New Lenox Village Hall Community Room, 1 Veterans Drive, New Lenox. FREE event. RSVP required by January 14. Click here for more information.

January 24: Annual Inaugural Dinner and Celebration. Held at Tuscany Falls, 9425 W. 191st Street, Mokena. 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. $65 per person. Sponsorship opportunities available! More info coming soon.

January 30: Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Express Employment Professionals, 10110 191st Street, Mokena. BAH: 5 to 7 p.m. Ribbon Cutting: 5:30 p.m. FREE networking event! Click here for map to location.
Let's help out Santa with a Toy Drive for a very worthy cause!
The Mokena Chamber office is a drop spot for unused, unwrapped toys for Advocate Children’s Hospital Oak Lawn.
These toys will be presented to children who must spend Christmas admitted in the hospital. We are collecting toys until December 6. 
The 23rd Annual Mokena Keepsake Ornament makes a great stocking stuffer
The beautiful commemorative ornament is only $25.
Optional stand available for purchase for $3 so it can be displayed year round!

This year we have re-released our very first ornament from 1992 so you can now begin your collection if you haven’t already started one!
Looking for a sentimental Christmas or birthday gift?

The following years still available to complete your collection at a discounted cost of $20 each.
2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Available for purchase at the chamber office. Cash, check or credit card.

Three downtown Mokena businesses from past and present are featured on this year's ornament.
  • St. John's United Church of Christ, 11100 Second St.
  • Little Al's Bar & Grill, 11034 Front St.
  • A Pizza, formerly at 11116 Front St.
Thank you to our Christmas Fest Sponsors who help make this event possible.
2019 Premier Sponsor
Berkot’s Super Foods

Entertainment Sponsor
Lincoln-Way Realty/MBLO Funding
Little Al's Bar and Grill
Mokena Lions Club
Relentless Carpentry

Santa Sponsor
American Combustion Service

Elf Sponsor
Gas N Wash
Ivy League Kids
Old Plank Trail Community Bank
Thomas P. Maloney DDS

Snowman Sponsor
CTO Enterprises
JW Polish Cleaning
LincolnWay Community Bank
McCutcheon Insurance
Mokena Woman’s Club
Post Game Pub and Sedona Grille
Ramone’s Leather Works

3D Holiday Glasses Sponsor
Angle Drone Solutions
Gas N Wash
Tim Baldermann for State Representative
A BIG thank you to our Christmas Fest Chairperson Debbie Engler!!
Thank you to everyone that came out and volunteered their time at the event.
And thank you to The Village of Mokena and Public Works for all your hard work making Front Street look festive and beautiful!
Have you visited the snowman at Wolf Road and Front Street yet? Take your photo with the festive fellow and tag the Mokena Chamber on Facebook, and/or use the hashtag #FrontStreetFrosty and you might see your photo on our Facebook page!
Check out our Mokena Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for photos and video from Christmas Fest 2019!
Take our Weekly Poll!
Final results in next week's E-Newsletter. Can't wait that long? Mid-week results revealed on our Wednesday Facebook Live broadcast at noon!
What is your favorite Christmas song of the choices below?
White Christmas
I'll be Home for Christmas
Last Christmas (Wham!)
All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey)
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Silver Bells
Last week's results:
What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
Stuffing - 42.9%
Green Bean Casserole - 9.5%
Mashed Potatoes - 19%
Candied yams - 14.3%
Cornbread - 14.3%
View our recent Ribbon Cuttings on Facebook Live!
Nov. 16 at Health From Within Front Street, 11124 Front Street, Mokena. View here.

Nov. 22 at Urban Air Adventure Park, 19800 S. LaGrange Road, Mokena. View here.

Nov. 26 at Your CBD Store, 11600 Francis Road, Suite C-2, Mokena. View here.
Ribbon Cutting Clip Art
Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
9951 W. 190th St. Ste. F, Mokena

7420 Duvan Dr. Tinley Park

4400 Lawndale, Lyons

11124 Front Street, Mokena

19800 LaGrange Road, Mokena

11600 Francis Rd. Unit C-2, Mokena
(779) 803-2106
Thank you to these members for renewing your chamber investment in the past 30 days!
News from Lincoln-Way High School #210
New Resident 'Swag Bag' marketing opportunity for you.
As a member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce you can be one of the first businesses to welcome new residents to Mokena!

When new residents set up their utilities account at Village Hall, they are given a card to bring to the Chamber Office to redeem for a Welcome Swag Bag of free gifts, including promotional items and coupons from Chamber member businesses, along with information about the community.

To participate in the Welcome to Mokena program, we just ask that you provide a promotional item for the Welcome Bag, and/or a coupon for your business.

To participate, we ask for a 12-month commitment in the program. In return, at the end of each quarter, you will receive the mailing addresses of the Welcome Swag Bag recipients who have opted to receive information from you.

The program fee is only $200 per year!

Available for purchase at the Chamber Office!
“The 1926 Orland Park Murder Mystery.” Written by Mokena native, author, and historian Matthew T. Galik.

Copies of this true-crime book are available for purchase for $20 at our office.

Book description: On the morning of April 14, 1926, the Inland Steel payroll delivery was hijacked in Indiana Harbor. Later that afternoon, Will County deputy sheriff and Mokena resident Walter Fisher died in a hail of gunfire just outside Orland Park. That night, the bullet-riddled body of Santo Calabrese turned up on a Broadview road.

The exact sequence of events remains uncertain, but a jury was able to trace enough of the day’s violent trajectory to send Daniel Hesly on the path to Alcatraz.

Matthew Galik leaps into a drama of high-speed pursuit and mistaken identity that shocked the jaded sensibilities of Prohibition-era Chicago and plunged the town of Mokena into mourning.
If you would like your information included below, submit as either a Word Document, PDF, or a website link by 3:30 p.m. on the Friday before the week you would like it included. Reply to this email or send to chamber@mokena.com

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And now a word from our 2019 Premier Sponsor
Berkot's Super Foods - 20005 S. Wolf Road, Mokena
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Melissa M. Fedora
Executive Director
Mokena Chamber of Commerce
11104 Front Street, Suite 1B
Mokena, IL 60448
Tel: 708-479-2468
Fax: 708-479-7144