Chamber Advantage

April 14th, 2024

Can you believe the Health Fair is a week away?! I have to say, I am feeling pretty excited about this year's event. As a Co-Chair of the event and a proud board member of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce, I'm thrilled to unveil what we have in store for our community. 

But before we dive into the nitty-gritty, I gotta give a huge shoutout to some incredible folks. Big thanks to RUSH Oak Park Hospital for their support, the over 80 vendors who've joined in, our awesome sponsors, and the dedicated Health & Wellness Planning Committee. Your energy and commitment are what make events like this truly special. Can't wait to rock the fair with you all. 

Sun-Hee Yoon


OPRF Chamber of Commerce


Don’t miss one of the biggest area health & wellness events of 2024 – the 8th Annual Community Health & Wellness Fair! Presented by Rush Oak Park Hospital and organized by the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce.

Taking place for one day only, on Sunday, April 21 from 11am - 2pm at the Community Recreation Center (CRC) in Oak Park, attendees will enjoy complimentary screenings, free family activities, healthy snacks and excellent giveaways from 60+ area health & wellness exhibitors.

This is a FREE event, however, we do need some information from you to allow access to the building. Completing this ahead of time will ensure smooth and easy entrance into the event. Which means quicker access to our wonderful community of service providers.

What your FREE advance registration includes:

  • Admission to the 7th Annual Community Health + Wellness Fair and ability to interact and consult with 60+ health & wellness providers
  • Complimentary screenings
  • Complimentary tote bag, while supplies last
  • Fun family activities
  • Healthy snacks

Ready to make a difference? Join us at the OPRF Community Health Fair and be a superhero in your community! Whether you're passionate about health screenings, wellness workshops, or simply lending a helping hand, your contribution matters. Build connections, learn new skills, and experience the joy of helping others firsthand.


Join us at the 2024 Economic Symposium, where we'll delve into the theme of "Economic Resilience: Insider Tactics on Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Economic Climate." This half-day event is designed specifically for small business owners seeking practical strategies to navigate economic challenges with confidence.


Throughout the Symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in engaging breakout sessions led by industry experts. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including financial planning, marketing strategies, operational efficiency, and innovative approaches to business sustainability.


Our keynote speaker will share invaluable insights and real-world experiences, providing inspiration and actionable advice for attendees to apply to their own businesses. Whether you're looking to fortify your current operations or explore new avenues for growth, this keynote address will offer invaluable perspectives on achieving success in any economic climate.


To wrap up the day's events, we invite you to join us for a networking happy hour where you can connect with fellow entrepreneurs, share experiences, and forge valuable connections. This informal setting provides the perfect opportunity to exchange ideas, gather insights, and build relationships with like-minded individuals who share your commitment to economic resilience and business success.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain the knowledge, tools, and connections you need to thrive in today's dynamic economic landscape. Reserve your spot at the 2024 Economic Symposium and take the first step towards securing a prosperous future for your business.


Plan Your Week!

Like to plan ahead?

Here are some events we have coming up over the next week so you can register now and receive a reminder right before the event.

Come join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and continue to grow your business!

Thursday Apr 18, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM -

Chamber 102 - Your Marketing Advantage

Welcome to Chamber 102! Perfect for new members and those who need a refresher, this fast-paced seminar will review all of your member benefits to maximize your marketing advantage.

In this seminar, we will go over all of the marketing benefits that come with your membership, including:

  • how to maximize your e-blast benefits.
  • the role of your Member Profile in your marketing advantage and how to track digital traffic.
  • how to generate marketing collateral that can be shared on your social media.
  • how to tap into our Affinity Groups to grow your network and feature your business.

Friday Apr 19, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM -

Meet Me For Lunch at Charlie's Restaurant

Join us for a Chamber sit-down luncheon! A business lunch in a casual setting, with small group networking. Come enjoy the food while you connect and get to know Chamber members.

We'll be at Charlie's Restaurant, enjoying food, great company, and mimosa towers!

We'll get to meet the owner and get to know other local business and nonprofit people at Charlie's Restaurant, with a leisurely lunch of tasty food in a cozy setting.  Charlie's is letting us choose anything off the lunch menu, other than steak! So take your pick of a salad, sandwich, melt, wrap or burger. If it comes with soup, you have your choice of clam chowder or chicken noodle.




Chamber at Thursday Night Out?

That's right! OPRF Chamber PRIDE is taking over Downtown Oak Park's Thursday Night Out on June 20!

Drag Queens Galore!

Do you want a Drag Queen roaming Thursday Night Out and talking about your business?

Well now is your chance to grab one before they are gone! We will have fabulous Drag Queens who can be sponsored to hand out your marketing and talk about your business for 2 hours at Thursday Night Out.

Each sponsorship will receive:

  • Hyperlinked logo placement on the Event page on the Chamber website
  • Call-out on the Chamber and DTOP social media before and after the event
  • A fabulous Drag Queen roaming TNO for 2 hours talking to the crowd about your business! If you have swag they can hand this out as well.
  • Business highlight in any press (still TBD)

NOTE - Drag Queen sponsorships are available for members only--$500.


The Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce is working on a strategic plan and we need YOU! You do need to be a business operating within Oak Park and River Forest; however, you do not need to be a Chamber member. After completing the survey, you will have a chance to enter into a raffle for one (1) of five (5) $50 gift card packs from local businesses.


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.

Come join us for these wonderful networking opportunities and continue to grow your business!

Tuesday Apr 23, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM -

Design / Construction / Real Estate Meetup with Windfree Solar at Madison Street Theatre

Come join the Chamber's Design, Construction, and Real Estate affinity group - meet the new co-chairs while you learn about solar installs and get to know others in real estate and the trades! 

We're gathering just after Earth Day to learn about the latest in solar for residential and commercial applications from Jack Johannesson, director of Sales at Windfree Solar. But don't worry that this will be a long presentation - ours will be a casual gathering with time to enjoy refreshments (thanks Yonan Carpet One!) and mingle with folks, though be prepared to learn a little from Jack too!  


Thursday Apr 25, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM -

FLEX (Young Professionals) Pottery & Networking Exchange

Come FLEX with us at our April outing at Terra Incognito. Kick back after work and join the fun! A FLEX social gathering is a great opportunity for young professionals to expand their networks, share experiences, and build lasting connections.


Combining pottery and networking is a unique and intriguing event! We are hosting a pottery networking event to bring together individuals who share a passion for pottery while also providing opportunities for networking and collaboration.


Friday Apr 26, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM -

Ribbon Cutting at BTB Kicks

Come celebrate with us! Ribbon cuttings provide an opportunity to welcome and connect with a new business, network with other attendees, and celebrate our growing business community.  Connecting business to business, and business to community.

This week we'll be celebrating with Blake Brown, owner of BTB Kicks who is kicking off his grand opening weekend with this ribbon cutting ceremony! We'll be celebrating this business, taking pictures of the ribbon cutting, and enjoying a great networking opportunity! Come meet the owner and discover the services he offers!


Thursday May 2, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM -

Nonprofit Affinity Group / Government Relations 101 for Nonprofit Organizations

During this session, led by Eileen Lynch as Chief of Staff to State Senate President Don Harmon, we will talk about how to build relationships with legislators and their staff, and how it is crucial for long-term advocacy success. She will share how over time you can cultivate these relationships by staying in touch, providing updates on your organization's activities, and offering to serve as a resource on relevant issues.  

Eileen Hattan Lynch became Committeewoman for the Democratic Party of Oak Park in April 2019 and has been involved with Democratic Party politics for over 25 years. As Committeewoman, she advises on policy, communications, and outreach to the community and the party membership. She has been the Chief of Staff to Senator Don Harmon since 2013.  


Tuesday May 14, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM -

Business After Hours - Animal Care League

Our May 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 spring evening in great company!

The Animal Care League is a safe, welcoming place for pets in need of homes! The ACL sets up foster and adoption placements for dogs, cats, and rabbits, and takes great care of them until those placements happen. They're a welcoming place for people too! They've got a spacious, newly-rehabbed headquarters we're invited to come check out - and they'll provide tasty people-food and a warm welcome for us too. 

Come have a fun evening with great connections to be made for your business or organization!



Join us for our May gathering where we will be meeting at the Beyond Hunger in Oak Park.

  • Bring a donation of menstrual products, diapers, adult incontinence pads, wipes, or toilet paper. 
  • Grab a coffee and something yummy to eat - courtesy of Beyond Hunger.

IF YOU ARE MEETING US IN PERSON AT BEYOND HUNGER - Please register so we know you are coming and we can send you a reminder!

Community Drop Box Locations

Can't make the meeting but still want to donate? Want to spread the word to others to help us out?

We have Donation Box locations throughout the community:


Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce

141 S Oak Park Avenue

Suite 3


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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