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Special Spring Portrait Session Opportunity for Chamber Members! 

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calendarMonday, 30 April

Chamber Member Laura Meyer Photography is offering a limited number of special Mother’s day sessions. You can learn more about the sessions and book your special portrait session by clicking the link below. Contact Laura to hear more about special rates for Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Members!

Laura Meyer Photography Mother’s Day Sessions



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Join Child’s Voice at Kendra Scott!

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calendarWednesday, 25 April

Kendra Scott has partnered with Chamber Member Child’s Voice for a special giving back party. Details are below!


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Oak Brook Polo Club Unveils 2018 Polo Season Schedule

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calendarFriday, 06 April

In preparation for the upcoming summer polo season,  Oak Brook Polo Club (OBPC) has renewed its partnership with the Village of Oak Brook and unveils the 2018 schedule which kicks off on Sunday, June 10th at the Prince of Wales Field (2606 York Road), located just 17 miles from downtown Chicago. The match, themed ‘Chicago Polo Day’, and will celebrate another year of “hockey on horseback.”

Oak Brook Polo, which was privatized from the Village of Oak Brook 2016, is led by Chicago business leader, Jim Drury, whose passion and commitment to the sport of polo is what’s kept it alive for so many years.

“It is with great privilege that I welcome everyone to experience the magic, pageantry and thrill of polo this season,” explains Jim Drury.  “The tradition of Sunday polo at Oak Brook has been one of incomparable fun and excitement, the likes of which you may never have experienced – and will certainly never forget.”

Oak Brook Polo Club heads into its 96th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and the fourth oldest sports property in Chicago.  2018 marks the 40th anniversary since the last U.S. Open Polo ChampionshipÒ which was held at Oak Brook in 1978.

The 2018 schedule includes the return of such popular matches as Horses & Horsepower, Butler Challenge Cup, and Chicago Polo Cup.  Oak Brook Polo will additionally introduce the Heartland Cup -which will host the 2018 Midwest Jaguar Concours d’Elegance, and the Caribbean Cup to the schedule.   The schedule is as follows:

  • June 10th, Chicago Polo Day / Season Opener
  • June 24th, Drake Challenge Cup
  • July 15th, Butler Challenge Cup / Horses and Horsepower
  • July 22nd, Heartland Cup / Jaguar Concours d’Elegance
  • August 5th, Caribbean Cup
  • August 19th, Chicago Polo Cup
  • September 9th, Butler International Cup
  • September 22nd, USPA Board of Governors Tournament
  • September 23rd, USPA U.S. Open Polo Alumni Match

The success of the “International Polo Series” continues with three international fixtures spread across the season including Mexico, Jamaica and Great Britain.  The teams will compete for some of Oak Brook Polo’s most revered trophies, including the Drake Challenge Cup and coveted Butler International Cup.

Oak Brook Polo has the continued support of sponsors, some of which will have special events taking place throughout the season. The Drake Oak Brook Hotel will host a pre-match “Sunday Polo Brunch” while Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse will be the preferred destination for post-match entertainment. CutWater Spirits will feature a “best tailgate” contest and Room & Board will outfit the Saddle Club with luxury outdoor furniture. Other new and returning sponsors include; Michigan Avenue Magazine, Veuve Clicquot, Merrill Lynch, Make It Better, Hinsdale Magazine, David Yurman, Land Rover Hinsdale, Barrington Saddlery, Valley Air Services, FIJI Water, BNY Mellon, and many more.

“It is our mission to make polo accessible affordable and memorable for everyone who attends,” explains Danny O’Leary, Managing Director of Oak Brook Polo Club.  “Whether you are looking for a fun family activity or get-together with friends, Oak Brook Polo is a ‘must add’ to your summer bucket list.”

All ticket holders will have access to The Drake Oak Brook Hotel bars, which will be serving up Classic Pimm’s Chukkers and Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse pop-up restaurant.  Prices are as follows: $10.00 per person for lawn seating; $45.00 per car for tailgating; $40.00 VIP (includes field-site seating in Saddle Club and champagne during divot stomp); $85.00 Brunch and VIP and Saddle Club access; $300 Saddle Club Reserved Tables (seating for up to 8); $300 Saddle Club Box (elevated seating overlooking field for up to 6); $650.00 Private Field Side Tent; $750.00 Saddle Club Skyboxes (for up to 12).

For ticket information, event schedule, parking directions and general information, please visit or call 630.368.5095.


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Chicago-area’s Leaders Bank wins Exceptional Service Business Award

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calendarFriday, 06 April

Oak Brook-based Leaders Bank has captured the 2018 Exceptional Service Business Award from the Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce. Leaders Bank officials received the award at the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards breakfast, which took place on Tuesday morning, March 20th at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook.

According to the chamber, the Exceptional Service Award is given yearly to an area organization whose customer service program provides an exceptional experience for its clients or customers and makes its business successful.

Several factors combined to convince the Chamber Leaders Bank merited the prestigious honor. These include prioritization of personal attention to customer needs, a culture empowering employees to take ownership of quality service and a committee approach to addressing customer issues that yields innovative service solutions. Positive customer satisfaction surveys bear out the success of these initiatives.

A commitment to providing unrivaled customer service has long served as the bank’s guiding principle. “That is not common in the banking industry,” said Rob Brucato, Leaders Bank senior vice president of treasury management. “With industry consolidation and ongoing pressure to produce positive financial results, many banks and financial service providers become too internally focused and therefore ignore the needs of their customers. This however is not the case at Leaders Bank.”

The bank embraces a collaborative management structure fostering employee empowerment at all levels, Brucato said. Employees understand that positive financial results for shareholders and employees can only be achieved if customers feel well served in every interaction. That spurs strong employee ownership of, and accountability for, continued client satisfaction. In an era of technology-driven change that often results in reduced face-to-face interaction with customers, Leaders Bank employees actively seek opportunities to personally meet with clients, helping build rapport and trust.

The bank’s committee approach to addressing challenges spurs communication and collaboration among all bank departments, generating optimal solutions.

Examples include adjusting ATM transaction dollar limits to minimize fraudulent transactions and instituting loan programs and products that respond to underserved but growing markets like micro businesses, Brucato said.

A recent survey conducted by an independent marketing organization confirmed these programs’ effectiveness. It found 95 percent of respondents believe the bank always delivers on promises, and 96 percent would recommend Leaders Bank to others.

With locations at 2001 York Road in Oak Brook and 2075 Calamos Court in Naperville, Ill., Leaders Bank is a premier commercial bank catering to private business owners, their families and other entrepreneurs. Leaders Bank offers a full spectrum of traditional and customized banking services, Internet-based banking, and online bill payment. To contact Leaders Bank, call (630) 572-5323 or visit

Source: Leaders Bank/Walt Denny, Inc.


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