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DuPagePads Family Outreach Program Awarded DuPage Foundation Grant

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calendarTuesday, 18 July

DuPagePads was one of 37 not-for-profit organizations and six local collaboratives to receive a grant at the DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Awards Breakfast held on Wednesday, June 14, at Glen Oak County Club in Glen Ellyn. The DuPage Foundation awarded more than $800,000 in grants to organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services and local collaboratives
focused on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County. The grant will help underwrite the Family Outreach program by providing continued access to case management and support services,
ultimately reducing the amount of time children are unstably housed.

“Research has shown that once children who were homeless obtain a place to call ‘home,’ their health improves and they can focus in school and excel in their studies. DuPagePads Family Outreach program
keeps families engaged in comprehensive support services so that they can overcome their challenges to housing,” says Carol Simler, DuPagePads President & CEO.

DuPage Foundation awards grant to DuPagePads. From left: Del Koch, DuPage Foundation Trustee; Jim Heinking, donor-advisor; Carol Simler and Valerie Jungels, DuPagePads; Mary Kay Kluge, DuPage Foundation Trustee

As a result of this grant, case managers will work with families at a location that is convenient for them to ensure basic needs are met and develop a plan for long-term housing. Families work with their case
manager to obtain mainstream benefits, access healthcare, obtain employment training and advocate for their children within local school districts. The Family Outreach program aims to serve over 100
individuals with more than half being under the age of 18. The program estimates that 60% of those served will obtain stable housing and 40% will obtain housing in six months or less.

With over 32 years of service, DuPagePads has become the largest provider of services to those who are homeless in DuPage County. DuPagePads’ solution to ending homelessness is housing, coupled with
support services and employment to restore hope and transform lives. Last year the agency served 1,322 individuals, with 71% listing a last address in DuPage County. Focused on ending homelessness, last year
the agency assisted 365 individuals in obtaining stable housing. The administration office is located at 601 West Liberty, Wheaton, IL 60187. Additional information can be obtained at

“There are numerous not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County that are providing vital services,” said Joe Weidenbach, Foundation Grant Committee chair. “During these challenging times with many
organizations feeling the effects of cut backs, the Foundation is pleased to provide support and much needed resources to those addressing health and human services and early childhood needs.”

During its Spring Community Needs Grant Cycle, the Foundation awarded a total of $483,288 in Health & Human Services grants. Community Needs grants are primarily awarded based on earnings from the
Foundation’s unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Additionally, during the selection process, the Foundation offers representatives of its donor-advised funds the opportunity to review the grant applications that it receives through its Community Needs Grant Program. It does this to inform local

donors about the needs in the community, introduce them to the many organizations that apply to the Foundation, and to engage them in helping the Foundation increase the level of grant support that it
provides through the grant process.

In addition to the Community Needs grants, the DuPage Foundation awarded $317,612 from its Bright & Early DuPage initiative to further the efforts of local collaboratives focused on improving kindergarten-
readiness in DuPage County.

About the DuPage Foundation
The DuPage Foundation is DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. Established in 1986 to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, the Foundation serves our community by helping area residents and
organizations realize their unique charitable goals, providing impactful support to our community’s not- for-profits, and fostering key partnerships to address critical issues affecting DuPage County.

As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation receives contributions and bequests from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations looking to make a difference for our community and the
causes about which they are most passionate. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to nearly $90 million in assets and awarded more than $30 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the
residents of DuPage County and beyond.

For more information about the Foundation, visit To arrange future media opportunities, please contact William Pearch, marketing manager, at 630.598.5290, or [email protected].


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August 3rd Fundraiser: Eat for a Cause at McDonald’s Oak Brook

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calendarTuesday, 18 July


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Weselak & Associates publishes a team building class on Skillshare

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calendarTuesday, 18 July

Weselak & Associates has just published a new team building class on Skillshare.

Skillshare is a website full of short, web based classes on a variety of topics.

View this class here  

From watching this class, you will learn how the following four steps can help you to build a more effective team:

  1. Setting goals
  2. Establishing ground rules
  3. Identifying team roles and responsibilities
  4. Building relationships among team members

       Also included in the class is a ready to use team climate assessment.


Weselak & Associates is delighted to be a part of Skillshare.  We hope you will visit the website and view our classes.  Watch for future announcements for additional classes that we will be offering.  For more information please feel free to contact Anna Weselak at 630-889-0626 or [email protected]



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There’s still time to apply for Fall 2017 at Indiana Tech

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calendarMonday, 17 July

Indiana Tech in partnership with  the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce will provide corporate scholarships to all current GOBCC member company employees. 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 happy to enter into this partnership with the Greater Oak Brook Chamber and introduce our quality, convenient education options to your community,” said Steve Herendeen, Indiana Tech vice president for Enrollment Management. “Our College of Professional Studies was created to give working adults the flexibility to fit school into their busy schedules. 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.”

Numerous online courses are available through Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies and are accessible 24 hours a day. Several degrees are achievable solely online, including 24 undergraduate degrees and nine graduate degrees. Indiana Tech is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

“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 [email protected]. You can also find information on our website here.


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Illinois Chamber of Commerce Presents Cyber Security Conference July 20, 2017

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calendarSunday, 16 July


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Chamber Vice Chairman Dan Wagner meets with Congressman Krishnamoorthi

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calendarWednesday, 12 July

Chamber Vice Chairman Dan Wagner represented the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce in a meeting with Congressman Krishnamoorthi and other local Chambers of Commerce in the 8th Illinois District. The purpose of the meeting was to start a dialogue between the Congressman and the business community within the district. The meeting took place at 11:00am on July 6th in Schaumburg. The discussion included healthcare, tax reform, and workforce training and education. The Congressman shared information on the Thompson/Krishnamoorthi Perkins Reauthorization Act.


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Michael Jordan’s Restaurant Pre-Opening Contest!

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calendarTuesday, 11 July

Michael Jordan’s Restaurant opens Monday,  July 17th!

Enter here to win a $400 dinner experience at the brand new Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Oak Brook!

This offer expires Sunday July 16th


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Oak Brook Polo Team Defeats Team Zeralda 14-9 in “Commander’s Cup”

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calendarMonday, 10 July

Armed Forces Servicemen and Veterans Honored in Remake of Black Horse Troop Match

It was an afternoon of notable events at the Prince of Wales Field on Sunday, June 25th as Oak Brook’s Polo team defeated Team Zeralda 14-9 in the Commander’s Cup 12-goal match.  Armed Forces serviceman and veterans were honored in a remake of the Black Horse Troop match, and Samantha Falbe served as team Patron and fielder for Team Zeralda, a rare and unique position for a woman in polo that hasn’t been seen in decades.

The pre-match parade was led by the Culver Academy Mounted Color Guard, which is home to the Black Horse Troop that marched in the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and was followed by a 1945 Harley Davidson military motorcycle, and celebrity guest Kristy Swanson.

The Oak Brook team, captained by Chicago business leader Jim Drury included Horacio Onetto (4), Tomas “Toto” Obregon (4), Mariano Gutierrez (4) while Falbe’s Zeralda Polo Team was comprised of Maco Llambias (handicap -5) Delmer Walton (handicap-3), and Matias Obregon (handicap-4). The two officiating umpires were Jack Murphy, and Todd Rackley.

After the ceremonial bowl in by Swanson – the match got underway at a quick 12-goal pace. Walton was the first to score for Team Zeralda in regular game time, and then put another on the board on a penalty 4. Not to be outdone, Onetto shot in a quick runaway goal out of the line up just before the horn of the end of the first chukker.

For the start of the 2nd chukker, Zeralda came out strong. Walton put in another two successive goals – one on penalty and one in regular game hustle. Llambias, playing defense for Zeralda in the number 4 spot, did a great job holding the offense of Oak Brook until the second half. Onetto changed to a fresh pony and quickly fired in three quick goals for Oak Brook – one on a penalty 4, and two in regular play. Finding his stride, Onetto scored the next three consecutive goals for Oak Brook to lead 7-5 by the half time point.

As the 4th chukker got underway, Oak Brook’s Gutierrez and Drury were well positioned to pick up the passes being fed from Obregon and Onetto, who both came up through “traffic” a couple of times to score the eighth and ninth goals of the match. Walton scored one for Zeralda to end the  chukker 9-6 to Oak Brook.

As the 5th chukker got underway a timely back shot from Gutierrez was picked up by Obregon who then passed the ball up to a well-positioned Drury just 30 yards from the goal – score now eleven for Oak Brook. A moment later, Zeralda’s Llambias lobbed a nice pass to Falbe who took the ball to goal in front of a cheering crowd.

For the last chukker, Zeralda came out with their best horses and fired in two goals, one from Matias Obregon, and another from Walton. Oak Brook responded with two goals from Onetto and one from Obregon to secure the win.

MVP honors went to Onetto for eleven goals while the “Best Playing Pony” award went to chestnut gelding, Ventu (owned by Llambias).  Team Zeralda’s Walton was the second-high goal scorer with 6.

“Team Zeralda was strong and enthusiastic!” added Falbe. “We had a few missed opportunities and continued to challenge ourselves until the end.

The Oak Brook Polo team’s home schedule features seven polo matches and includes the return of “Horses & Horsepower” events in addition to the “International Polo Series.”  The team will also be competing in several 8-12 goal competitions and tournaments outside of Oak Brook including matches at Arranmore Farm & Polo Club (Oswego), Morgan Creek (Yorkville), Due West (Chicago), Font Farm (Plano) and other Chicagoland area polo clubs and fields.

2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club’s 95th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Once considered the “polo capital” of the world Oak Brook was the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.

Oak Brook Polo Club is located at 2606 York Road), seventeen miles from Chicago’s Loop.  A variety of ticket options are available at For general information, event scheduling, and parking directions, please call 630.368.5095.

Photos by Time Stops Photography


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Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Presents Cybersecurity Forum June 29, 2017

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calendarFriday, 07 July

The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Forum was presented from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on June 29, 2017 at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse’s new private dining room, The Oaks. The event was attended by over 120 professionals representing a wide variety of businesses. It began with a breakfast, followed by a keynote presentation and a panel discussion.

The Chamber was honored to have Bill Barouski, SVP and Deputy CISCO, Northern Trust Corporation and former EVP and CISO Federal Reserve System, as a guest speaker. His talk emphasized that at the core of the critical issue of cybersecurity are people who are both its problem and its solution. Barouski’s presentation made it clear that understanding human behavior was crucial and offered examples of how cognitive overload, emotional incentives, or the fundamental human need for communication can expose employees and companies to cybersecurity risks. According to him, even the strongest security network was only as good as the human connecting the next device to it.

In addition, representatives from leading Greater Oak Brook businesses-Gary Horn of Advocate Health Care, Tammy Kocher of BCS Financial Corporation and Ken Greene of Comcast Business Services, shared how their organizations are responding to new cybersecurity challenges. They discussed dominant cybersecurity risks today, reviewed changing regulations and their impacts on businesses’ efforts to stay secure, shared insights on cybersecurity workforce challenges, and talked about the effects of IoT. Kevin Munday, Principal of Xeno Media, an Oakbrook Terrace based company, moderated the event.

After the event moderator Kevin Munday shared: “The Cyber Security Forum speakers were amazing. They offered pragmatic security insights from the personal to enterprise scale. I’m sure that every attendee left the Forum with some added knowledge that could be implemented right away.”

Please feel free to contact Bridget Karnick at 630-853-9247 or [email protected] for information about this event.

Photo courtesy of Jason Kaczorowski Photography –



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Hyatt House Chicago/Oak Brook Leadership Team Selected

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calendarFriday, 07 July

144-room Hyatt House hotel, located in Oak Brook, just blocks away from Oakbrook Center, is expected to open in fall 2017

Hyatt House Chicago/Oak Brook and Janko Hospitality, LLC announce Nicole Patterson-Olden as general manager and Kate Francisco as director of sales for the 144-room hotel, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

“I am excited to take on this new challenge, growing my hospitality career with the Hyatt House brand,” said Patterson-Olden. “I am grateful for the warm welcome I received from the community and entire Janko Hospitality team. Working together, we will make the Hyatt House Chicago/Oak Brook one of the most sought after hotels in the market.”

Patterson-Olden joins Hyatt House Chicago/Oak Brook with more than 13 years of successful hospitality management experience. She will be directly responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the hotel, including overseeing the hotel’s 40 associates and ensuring guests encounter the purposeful service for which the Hyatt House brand is known.

Director of Sales Kate Francisco joins the hotel with several years of hospitality sales experience and an intimate knowledge of the Oak Brook, Ill. market. She will be responsible for the sales team leadership and driving revenues. In addition, she will be a valuable contributor in the areas of marketing and business strategy. Francisco’s experience and expertise will bring awareness while building loyalty across new markets.

“With thousands of business and leisure travelers arriving in Oak Brook from across the globe, it is an exciting time to work for Hyatt House Chicago/Oak Brook,” said Francisco. “We look forward to offering travelers a modern new hotel in Oak Brook, where local business is supported by such a strong community.”

Located at 210 22nd Street, the hotel is proximate to Oak Brook businesses, parks, restaurants, theaters, shops and bars that create the destination’s unique cultural reputation.

The Hyatt House Chicago/Oak Brook will offer:

  • 144 apartment-style Kitchen Suites with fully-equipped kitchens, comfy living rooms, spacious bedrooms and stylish bathrooms with complimentary skin and hair care amenities from KenetMD™
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and guestrooms
  • The Commons, a comfy lounge with an open and welcoming space for guests to relax, gather and socialize, and the Outdoor Commons, which includes an outdoor fire pit and BBQ, the perfect place to sip cocktails and enjoy savory bites
  • Complimentary Morning Spread, a full hot breakfast served daily for guests, featuring a build-your-own Omelet Bar and assorted Breakfast Breads + Bowls Bar with steel-cut oatmeal, fresh fruit and more, along with vegetarian and gluten free options
  • The H BAR, which features the Sip + Savor Menu, a delicious menu of home-cooked comforts with items including Snacks + Shareables, soups and sandwiches, plus premium beers and wines, offered seven days a week
  • 24/7 Guest Market to meet the everyday needs of guests, from snacks and sundries to freshly prepared salads and sandwiches.
  • A 24-hour Workout Room to keep fitness routines going
  • Gathering Rooms with more than 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting spaces, a tasty food and beverage menu, audiovisual equipment and a House Host to make sure events are a real crowd pleaser

“We are pleased to have Nicole and Kate in these high-profile positions; they are poised to lead the Oak Brook Hotel market,” said John Brooke, chief operating officer, Janko Hospitality. “Their vast experience ranges from hotel training to regional operational and sales positions, within the Hyatt, Marriott and IHG hotel brands. Together their experience and knowledge of the Chicagoland market will be very instrumental in the success of this project.”

For more information on Hyatt House Chicago/Oak Brook, visit


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