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Chamber Announces 4Q Events & Meetings

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calendarThursday, 30 September

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Chicago Sinfonietta’s CEO Blake-Anthony Johnson Presents at Chamber Inclusion and Diversity Council Meeting

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calendarThursday, 30 September

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The Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce’s Inclusion and Diversity Council welcomed Chicago Sinfonietta’s CEO Blake-Anthony Johnson to its August 5, 2021 quarterly meeting. Johnson presented to the group on the theme “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion-Changing the Way We View Our Organizations Through the Arts”.

Johnson shared with the Council the impact of his own global journey as an accomplished young cellist in shaping his personal world view. The examples of the Sinfonietta’s multi-pronged diversity initiatives, innate dependence on teamwork, and creativity in reimagining solutions are powerful examples to inspire the business community’s own approaches. He encouraged that all persons want to be seen for who they are, in order to build enduring connections for a more inclusive world.

The Council’s Chair George Washington Street Partners CEO Wes Becton shared “We were honored to be able to spend some time with Blake-Anthony Johnson. He has a powerful story to tell and a gift that he fully utilizes to connect with people and to connect people to music.”

As a part of the Chamber’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, the Council looks forward to continuing its speaker series on November 4th, 2021. Past speakers have included George Washington Street Partners CEO Wes BectonKillerspin Ping Pong Founder and Chairman Robert BlackwellBenedictine University President Emeritus William J. Carroll, and Holocaust survivor and HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL FOUNDATION OF IL, INC Executive Board Vice President Ralph Rehbock.


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RH Opens at Oakbrook Center

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calendarFriday, 24 September
Today, luxury home furnishings retailer RH (formerly Restoration Hardware) opened a 60,000 square foot Gallery with an integrated hospitality experience, including a glass-encased Rooftop Restaurant and Wine Bar that opens onto a beautifully landscaped park at Oakbrook Center.
RH Oak Brook features artistic installations devoted to RH Interiors, RH Modern, and RH Outdoor with an interactive Interior Design Firm & Atelier- a fully integrated workspace with access to RH’s vast library of fabrics, leathers, and furniture and lighting finishes- providing an unprecedented level of professional design services.
Located off 22nd Street at Oakbrook Center.
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Chamber September Networking Luncheon Features Oakbrook Center General Manager

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calendarFriday, 24 September
“It’s so great to be back!” That was the sentiment reflected most on Wednesday at Seasons 52 – the host for the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce‘s September formal networking luncheon.
Oakbrook Center‘s General Manager Tim Geiges highlighted the great news and events happening now and in the future at the shopping center as this month’s presenter. The future of retail, dining and entertainment is EXCITING at Oakbrook Center!
Thank you to Laura Meyer Photography for capturing these great shots of Wednesday’s lunch.

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Driftwood Grille Opens in Oakbrook Terrace

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calendarFriday, 24 September

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Oak Point University Unveils New Oak Brook Campus

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calendarFriday, 24 September

President of Oak Point University Dr. Therese Scanlan welcomes attendees and special guests at the unveiling of the new campus — Dr. Gopal Lalmalani (President, Oak Brook Village), Jim Krueger, (Chief of Police, Oak Brook), Latham Williams, (Chairman of the Board (Oak Point University), David Carlin (President and CEO, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce), Mauricio Pineda (2015 alumnus and President of the Alumni Association), and John Murphy (Murphy Development).

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Economic Development Partnership Council Provides Village and City Updates

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calendarTuesday, 21 September
The Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership (EDP) Council Greater Oak Brook Economic Development Partnership is composed of our community’s larger employers and elected and staff representatives of the Village Of Oak Brook and City of Oakbrook Terrace.
Last Thursday’s EDP Council meeting included remarks from:
Village Of Oak Brook updates from Village President Gopal Lalmalani and Director of Development Tony Budzikowski
City of Oakbrook Terrace updates from Alderman Bob Rada and City Administrator/Finance Director Amy Marrero
The Council guides the following Economic Development Partnership strategic goals which include:
• To retain and attract businesses to Oak Brook and Oakbrook Terrace by marketing our properties and community and maintaining low business costs, efficient permitting, signage and zoning processes, and a positive local response to business requests, overall
• To drive significant attractions and events to our community
• To identify and develop solutions to address the transportation and infrastructure needs of local businesses
• To retain and attract talented employees here, with an emphasis on attracting more young professionals and technology professionals
For information about the Economic Development Partnership, please contact David at [email protected] or 630-747-3989.

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Chamber Presents 3Q Business Roundtable Committee Meeting

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calendarThursday, 16 September

The Chamber presented it’s 3Q Business Roundtable Committee meeting this morning at the Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook.

In person, socially distanced attendees were able to hear a valuable presentation from Mr. Doyle Bartlett, managing shareholder and member of GrayRobinson‘s government affairs and lobbying group.

Mr. Bartlett spoke at the Business Roundtable meeting via Zoom from Washington D.C. and provided Chamber Members a D.C. update and also shared his perspective on how businesses might be impacted by the ongoing public policy deliberations, legislation and federal action/oversight under the Biden administration.

Thank you, Mr. Bartlett for sharing your time and knowledge about this important subject.

The Chamber’s Business Roundtable committee will meet again in December. The Roundtable is only open to Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce members. For membership information please contact Jenny Stanko.

 


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