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    WHAT WE DO

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership connects companies to the pulse of business in the Chicago region and serves as an influential and effective advocate and marketer for businesses.
    We always put the needs of businesses first by:
    1. Attracting new companies to our community and building new business opportunities for those companies and existing companies.
    2. Working with key local, state and federal government decision makers to address the financial, operational and other needs of local businesses and businesses seeking to locate here.
    3. Identifying transportation, infrastructure and other community solutions that will attract and retain a talented local workforce.
    4. Developing new area attractions and marketing initiatives that will expand tourism and grow our local economy.
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    HOW WE WORK

    The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 business association governed by a board of directors comprised of Greater Oak Brook companies representing a range of industries: Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, hospitality and retail businesses, technology companies, commercial real estate firms and more. Collectively, these individuals and their companies represent the policy interests of the Greater Oak Brook business community.

    Six paid staff and consultants experienced in business, nonprofit and economic development program management, government and higher education assist the board in planning the organization’s strategic direction, and manage and execute its operations, programs and activities.
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    Organizational Culture
    The organization’s leaders and members work together in a geographically small community that is bustling with business. Over 100,000 people work or visit here each day, which keeps our local companies and economy thriving!
    Fortunately, the community’s small geographical size allows us to stay connected and aware of the issues affecting each other. Working together like this has helped create a supportive and respectful organizational culture in which members may build positive professional relationships over time.

    One Voice for Business through Committees!
    The organization has established a collaborative communication structure that allows local businesses to work together through councils and committees to develop a vision and strategy that serve the broader business community’s needs. These joint efforts have helped create one business voice to address critical issues ranging from local signage codes and community marketing and transportation initiatives to broader state business policy concerns. Members may serve on the following councils and committees:
    • Business Roundtable
    • Economic Development Partnership Council
    • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Attractions and Events Committee
    • Talented Workforce Committee
    • Young Business Leaders
    • Chamber Networkers Group
    • Nonprofit Committee
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    OUR MEMBERS

    Over 350 key area companies employing nearly 10,000 people are members of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Partnership. Member companies represent commercial real estate (20%), hospitality and retail (25%), technology and other professional services (30%), banking and financial services (15%) and healthcare (10%) sectors. More than 1,500 professionals from these companies regularly participate in the organization’s programs and activities and/or serve in council and committee leadership roles.
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  • David Carlin

    President & CEO

    David Carlin is the Chamber’s President and CEO and oversees all facets of its work. Previously, David served as District Director for two Members of Congress and as a Senior Advisor in the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office.

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  • Ed Tracy, CPA

    Chief Financial Consultant

    Ed Tracy is the Chamber’s Chief Financial Consultant, overseeing the organization’s budget development and financial reporting processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Please contact Ed at tracy@seldenfox.com.

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  • Aimee Schroeder

    Accounting Consultant

    Aimee Schroeder is the Chamber’s Accounting Consultant and handles the organization’s accounts payable and receivable. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting. Please contact Aimee at schroeder@seldenfox.com.

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  • Tamryn Hennessy

    Program Director

    Tamryn Hennessy is the Chamber’s Program Director. She is responsible for leading and managing the organization’s economic development programs, with a current focus on new workforce attraction and retention initiatives, including the new STEM Bridge Partnership.

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  • Jenny Stanko

    Communications & Membership Development Manager

    Jenny Stanko is the Chamber’s Communications & Membership Development Manager. Jenny is responsible for managing content for all three Chamber websites and all social media pages, creating marketing pieces for all events, and providing communications support for Chamber members, Chamber meetings, events and grant projects.

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  • Bridget Karnick

    Meeting & Events Planner

    Bridget Karnick is the Chamber’s Meeting & Event Planner. Bridget is responsible for organizing membership events and council and committee meetings, and meetings and events for the Economic Development Partnership.

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  • Chairwoman Susan Lindquist

    BCS Financial, Oakbrook Terrace

    Susan Lindquist serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at BCS Financial Corporation. Susan joined BCS in 2011 and is responsible for the Human Resources and Corporate Services departments. She has years of experience working as a human resources professional. In past roles for SEI, LLC, The Spiegel Group, and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Susan was responsible for directing human resources teams to attract and retain superior resources and to provide customers with industry- leading service.

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  • Vice Chairman Dan Wagner

    Inland Real Estate Group, Oak Brook

    Daniel Wagner is senior vice president of government relations for The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 2004 and holds Series 7 and 63 security licenses.

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  • Treasurer Kathy Hardy

    Leaders Bank, Oak Brook

    Kathy Hardy is Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Leaders Bank, a locally owned bank headquartered in Oak Brook. The Bank offers a full range of services, specializing in working with business owners on their financial needs, including commercial lending and treasury management services. Ms. Hardy has over 40 years of commercial lending and credit administration experience, focusing on middle market entrepreneurial companies. She has been a member of the Chamber board since 2010.

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  • Secretary Finny Rajchel

    State Farm Insurance, Oakbrook Terrace

    Finny Rajchel, the owner of the Finny Rajchel Insurance Agency, has been affiliated with State Farm Insurance and Financial Services for 28 years, consulting with individuals and businesses to manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

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  • Douglas Beck

    HUB Group, Oak Brook

    Douglas G. Beck was named Hub Group’s Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel in May 2016, after serving as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel since July of 2015, and as Interim General Counsel since January 2015. In this role he is responsible for managing Hub’s Legal, Human Resources and Compliance departments.

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  • Larry Brand

    Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook

    Larry Brand serves as Chief Human Resources Officer at Elkay Manufacturing, a 100-year old global producer and designer of sinks, water delivery systems, cabinets, and restaurant interior systems with over 5,000 employees worldwide. He is a versatile HR executive with leadership experience serving CEOs, Board of Directors, and global leadership teams.

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  • Norm Canfield

    Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook

    Norman Canfield who has served on the GOBCC Board for the past several years is the General Manager of the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus.

    In addition to the Chamber, Norm is also a board member of the DuPage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Chairman of the Oakbrook Hotel Committee and active in other industry affairs.

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  • Kristin Duncan

    Marriott Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook

    Kristin Duncan currently serve as the primary strategic business leader of the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, a premier hotel for business travel, meetings and special events in the center of west suburban Oak Brook. Her responsibilities include driving sales revenues currently exceeding $25M in a property which features 350 guest rooms and over 18K square feet of meeting space.

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  • Terry Dunne

    Millennium Trust Company, Oak Brook

    Terry is responsible for executing key strategies, managing and developing the Retirement Services team. He brings over 35 years of sales and marketing experience in the financial services industry.

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  • Tim Geiges

    Brookfield Properties, Oak Brook

    Tim Geiges joined Oakbrook Center in November 2018 as Senior General Manager. Prior to joining Oakbrook Center, Tim held the position of regional director of property management for Starwood Retail Partners, overseeing the West region. In that position, he led the property management teams during several development projects including a $125M redevelopment of The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano Texas.

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  • Liz Gonzalez

    Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Oak Brook

    Liz Gonzalez is currently the Director of Business Development at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. She began her position in late August of 2018. Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, as well as minors in Business and Latina/Latino Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated from in 2011. During her spare time, Liz volunteers as a mentor at Jefferson Middle School in Villa Park. For fun, Liz plays basketball, does crossfit and yoga and attends lots of music and comedy shows in Chicago.

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  • Ken Greene

    Comcast Business Class, Oak Brook

    Ken Greene is Sr. Director of Market Development for Comcast Business Services in the Greater Chicago Region. Mr. Greene leads regional teams involved in market development activities to extend Comcast service reach with property owners and managers. His team is also responsible for strategic capital infrastructure expansion and analytics team members who continually review productivity and efficiency analysis.

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  • Ed Harrington

    CenterPoint Properties, Oak Brook

    Mr. Harrington joined CenterPoint Properties Trust in 1999 and currently oversees the development of logistically located facilities and industrial parks for CenterPoint Properties. He oversees CenterPoint’s development service group, which is responsible for the development of industrial business parks, manufacturing and distribution facilities.

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  • Dennis Hiffman

    NAI Hiffman, Oakbrook Terrace

    Dennis J. Hiffman has been involved in Real Estate Brokerage for over 45 years. During that 45 year period he has been a general partner in the development and/or acquisition of 1.25 million square feet of office buildings, including the Old Orchard Plaza in Skokie, Illinois; the Garretson & Santora Building in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; the Midwest Office Center and One Oakbrook Terrace in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois; 180 N. Wacker Drive in Chicago; and some 2.5 million square feet of retail shopping centers, including Orland Park Place, Orland Park; Broadview Village Square, Broadview; Broadway Center in Chicago, Oak Brook Promenade, Oak Brook, and Main Street Village, Orland Park, and 12 million square feet of industrial space throughout the United States.

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  • Gregg Horan

    Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Oak Brook

    Gregg Horan is the Director of Operations and is a Managing Partner at Gibsons Restaurant Group. Mr. Horan has been with Gibsons since 1996.

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  • Anna Kamilis

    Labriola, LaBarra, Stan's, Oak Brook

    Anna Kamilis brings twenty-five years of Hospitality, Customer Service and Sales experience to The Doughboy Restaurant Group. Anna worked in Restaurants during school and developed a passion for the industry. Upon completing her education she joined Marriott International where she went through The Manager in Training Program, and went on to work for Starwood and Fairmont Hotels.

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  • Jackie Lorenty

    Chamberlain Group, Oak Brook

    Jackie Lorenty has recently been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Perimeter Access Solutions Line of Business, reporting to the Chief Operations Officer.

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  • Jay Madary II

    JVM Realty, Oak Brook

    Jay is president and CEO of JVM Realty Corporation, a multi-family investment and property management company established in 1975. JVM’s portfolio is located throughout the midwestern United States, with its corporate office based in Oak Brook.

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  • Andrian Mendoza

    Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., Oak Brook

    Adrian Mendoza is an equity partner with Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd., where he leads the law firm’s trial and dispute resolution practice. He has over 20 years of experience representing closely-held and public companies in business litigation, internal investigations, employment law, and insurance coverage matters.

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  • Kevin Munday

    Xeno Media, Oakbrook Terrace

    Kevin Munday joined Xeno Media as a Principal in June of 1998. He was educated at the University of Illinois at Chicago—receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree. Kevin’s time is dedicated to managing projects through the planning, design and development cycles. Kevin is a frequent speaker on the subject of Web strategy. In recent years, he has presented at conferences and meetings in Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Canada and the United States.

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  • Todd Schaefer

    Jones Lang LaSalle Tenant Representation Group, Chicago

    Todd is a 17-year industry veteran and recognized expert in exclusively representing tenants while providing strategic real estate planning, acquisition and disposition of corporate facilities, with a focus on corporate portfolios and headquarter transactions in the Chicagoland Metropolitan area as well as Nationally.

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  • Nadeem Siddiqui

    Hiltons of Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace

    Nadeem Siddiqui is the General Manager with Park Hotels & Resorts. He is an experienced Hotel Manager with 15 years of Hotel Management experience in full service and luxury properties. Mr. Siddiqui has opened 3 Luxury Properties in the Chicago area and has supported up to 300 diverse associates with focus on enhancing Guest Experience, Product and Productivity.

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  • Gladys Virella-Martinez

    Advocate Aurora Health, Oak Brook

    Gladys Virella-Martinez has over 30 years working in healthcare revenue cycle. She has been with Advocate Aurora Health for 16 years. Prior to her role with Advocate she was with Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 17 years. Gladys has been the Director of Vendor Management and Self Pay for Advocate for 6 years. Prior to this role she worked in the Oak Brook Support Center, implementing system-wide operational improvements and systems across the Advocate hospital sites.

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Oak Brook Village Board votes 4-3 to approve 22-story luxury condo development

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calendarWednesday, 12 December

Oak Brook Village President Gopal Lalmalani cast a rare deciding vote Tuesday, which resulted in the Village Board giving approval to the development of a 22-story, luxury condominium building at 1900 Spring Road, just east of Oakbrook Center.

Residents spoke out for and against what will be the tallest building in the village. Oak Brook’s tallest existing buildings are Oak Brook Regency Towers I and Oak Brook Regency Towers II on the 1400 block of 22nd Street, each of which are 13 stories.

Just as there were differences of opinions expressed by residents, Lalmalani was forced to cast the deciding vote because of a 3-3 deadlock among board members.

John Baar, Philip Cuevas and Ed Tiesenga voted against allowing the development, and Asif Yusuf, Moin Sayed and Michael Manzo voted in favor of it.

“I truly believe the village of Oak Brook is at a crossroads for the first time in its history,” Lalmalani said. “We can do nothing and be at a standstill, or we can do something and move forward.”

Lalmalani said he understood the opposition to the development, which was recommended for approval by the village’s Planned Development Commission, but believes the positives for Oak Brook outweigh possible negatives.

Some of the opposition was from residents who believe the development will have a negative impact on nearby property values, and some expressed concern about possible flooding problems.

“I believe this development will help to increase the property values in that area,” Lalmalani said.

Pricing of the smallest units is expected to start in the mid-$800,000s, with the largest, non-penthouse units being just over $2 million.

Lalmalani also said federal, state and county authorities will have to sign off on the project meeting standards for flooding control before construction is allowed.

Yusuf said the development actually would improve flooding issues because of additional water storage space that is included in plans.

Baar said he was not against development, but doesn’t believe this is the right project for the location.

“When it was proposed, I though it was a very exciting project,” he said. “As much as I admire the building, it doesn’t go with the character of this area of Oak Brook.”

Former Village Board member Gerald Wolin, who lives at the nearby Oak Brook Club condominiums, agreed with Baar’s take.

“Twenty-two stories is totally inappropriate for that location,” he said. “It’s out of character for the neighborhood.”

Wolin also expressed concerns that the lot is too small, resulting in approved building setbacks less than usual, and that the additional residents will require a significant expenditure by the village for its services.

“The residents of Oak Brook don’t want this monstrosity,” said resident Jim Pehta .

Another resident, Ed Mullins, spoke in support of the development.

“It’s modern and beautiful,” he said.

Along with the condominium units, the development will have 225 indoor parking spaces, a health club, several communal spaces, landscaping, an exterior dog run and surface parking.

Source: Chuck Fieldman
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-brook/news/ct-dob-condo-approval-tl-1220-story.html


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Important Message from Chamber President – Meeting Tonight Regarding The Butler

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calendarTuesday, 11 December

Dear Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Members and Friends,

I’m writing to make you aware of a very important Village of Oak Brook Board of Trustees meeting taking place at 7pm tonight, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the Butler Government Center located at 1200 Oak Brook Road in Oak Brook.

The Village Board will be voting on 1900 Spring, LLC and Jupiter Realty’s proposed 90-unit luxury condominium development known as The Butler. As you know, the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically supports this significant economic development project.

If you have a few minutes free this afternoon, please consider sending a quick email to Village President Gopal Lalmalani and the Village Board to encourage their support of The Butler. Emails should be sent to rginex@oak-brook.org.

If you’d prefer to attend tonight’s meeting to express your support for the Butler, it is always helpful to have Chamber members represented and participating in Village discussions.

For more information on The Butler visit, http://www.thebutleroakbrook.com.

For your reference, following is a summary of my remarks made in support of The Butler at the Village of Oak Brook Board of Trustees meeting on 7/10/18 and to the Planned Development Commission on 11/12/18.

• This luxury condominium project is precisely the type of owner-occupied condominium land use which the Village Plan Commission, outside planners, and stakeholders in the community have declared is badly needed to strengthen the village’s existing commercial properties. (See the 2007 Oak Brook Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan).
• The specific location proposed for luxury condominiums to be developed is precisely one of the locations where the Village Plan Commission, community stakeholders, and prior Village Boards have determined that adding multi-family residential development would serve the community and surrounding properties very well.
• The B-2 zoning district has no height limitation and represents the most highly urbanized properties in the entire Village. The B-2 zoning district is the area best suited to fill the need for greater diversity in residential housing opportunities for Oak Brook residents who hope to stay in Oak Brook as they downsize.
• The economic impact from both the addition to the real property tax base, and the Village capture of disposable income sales tax from high net worth residents living within walking distance to Oakbrook Center would be an unequivocal win for Village residents and businesses alike. Oak Brook would receive approximately $1.6 million in permit and construction fees from The Butler. The Butler will boost local sales tax revenue by nearly $110,000 annually. Property taxes produced by the Butler will add an impressive $2.4 million annually for Districts 88 and 48 – a welcomed boost for our area schools.
• The prestige of adding a Lucien Lagrange Studio architectural design to the very core of the Village commercial areas is the type of indelible “branding” that would significantly advance the high-quality reputation that the Village has historically favored. This branding opportunity presents itself at just the point in time when aging structures from half a century past are facing demolition and being completely reimagined.
• Redevelopment opportunities like this come along only once in a very long time. The Village should not miss this opportunity which is clearly exactly what the 2007 Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan has recommended at precisely this location.
Thank you for your steadfast support of economic development and revitalizing Oak Brook’s commercial areas! Please do not hesitate to email dcarlin@obchamber.com with any questions regarding this message or The Butler.

Sincerely,
David Carlin
President and CEO
Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce and
Economic Development Partnership


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LeChar Beauty Spa Invites You!

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calendarFriday, 28 September

Join the newest Chamber Member, LeChar Beauty Spa for a Gran Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event! The public is welcome to attend!

 


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Chamber President Speaks Oak Brook Revitalization on WGN Radio

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calendarWednesday, 19 September

WGN Radio’s Wintrust Business Lunch recently did a short segment on Oak Brook’s economic development opportunities. Listen to Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce President Dave Carlin and My-Nga Lam of Lucien Lagrange Studio discuss Oak Brook’s Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan and Lucien Lagrange’s exciting Oak Brook condominium project The Butler.

(The Oak Brook discussion begins at the 11:25 mark of the audio recording.)

Wintrust Business Lunch 9/7/18: Smashing Away Stress in River North, The Labor Day Slump,& August Jobs Report

 


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There’s still time to apply for Fall 2018 online degree programs at Indiana Tech

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calendarThursday, 13 September

Indiana Tech in partnership with  the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce will provide corporate scholarships to all current GOBCC member company employees and their spouse. Those who take advantage of these scholarships will receive a 20 percent reduction in tuition for undergraduate- and graduate-level degrees, excluding Ph.D. In addition, textbook rental is included in the tuition. Indiana Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Most undergraduate classes last five weeks; most graduate classes last six weeks. This creates a pace that helps students make quick, tangible progress and build momentum toward the completion of their degree. “Our online degree programs use the same curricula and learning outcomes as our face-to-face degree programs,” said Nicole Scott, Indiana Tech associate vice president of Student Success. “In addition, graduates of online degree programs develop and hone time-management, prioritization, communication and technology skills – all of which are cherished by employers.”

For additional information about this agreement, contact Ann Marie Rosen, Indiana Tech admissions representative, at 630.548.9445, ext. 5820, or ALRosen@indianatech.edu. You can also find information on our website here.

 


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Welcome Countryside Bank to Greater Oak Brook!

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calendarTuesday, 11 September

If you’re in the Oak Brook/Hinsdale area on Thursday, September 13, stop by 3824 York Road in Oak Brook for a scoop of FREE ice cream!!!!


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The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Honored by the City of Chicago for 50th Anniversary

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calendarWednesday, 29 August

On August 16, 2018, the principals of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Daniel Goodwin, Bob Baum, Joe Cosenza and Bob Parks, were presented with a resolution by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in honor of The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc.’s 50th Anniversary. The resolution was passed by the Mayor and the City Council of Chicago to express their gratitude and congratulations on Inland’s 50 years of successful business in the commercial real estate industry.

To view the entire signed resolution, click here

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