News & Newsletters

Chamber Meal Packaging Event to Help Fight Area Hunger

The Chamber is organizing a one day meal packing event on Thursday, August 30 to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland region that will involve hundreds of member volunteers. The goal is to assemble 40,000 individually packed, nutritious meals, that will be distributed to the Northfield Township Food Pantry and the Northern Illinois Food Bank for individuals and families in need.

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Retailers, Restaurants Offering the Latest in Holiday Trends

December is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year, as shoppers gear up for the holiday season, eager to know what gift is all the rage and learn more about the latest trends. It’s also a time to spend time with family and friends, with holiday parties and get-togethers or a night out. This year, Northbrook retailers and restaurants are ready and eager to help shoppers find the latest high tech gift, get decked out in the latest style for holiday entertaining, and enjoy dining out or serving something unique or special for their guests during the holiday season. Read more

New Pace Shuttle Bug Service Offered in Sky Harbor Business Park

A new route offered by Pace from the Braeside Metra Station in Highland Park to the Sky Harbor Business Park will provide commuters with new public transportation options. Sponsored through Transportation Management Association (TMA) of Lake Cook, this Pace route operates as part of the Shuttle Bug program, which is designed to provide commuters with a link from train stations to major employers and employment centers. Currently, there are 12 Shuttle Bug routes serving 6 Metra stations and 40 different companies.

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Trustees Postpone Vote on Mission Hills

Before any deliberation could begin on the topic, Northbrook Trustees decided last month not to address the matter of the proposed Red Seal development at Mission Hills, instead voting to table a motion objecting to the project until their meeting this month. Read more

Northbrook Holiday Events & Activities

Many stores will have extended holiday hours; there will be festive decorations and plenty of opportunities to share with others this upcoming holiday season. A few special opportunities have been planned for the holidays in Northbrook: Read more

Big Savings! on First Friday Pass Offered for a Limited Time

Beginning January 2015, the cost for attendance at the Chamber’s signature First Friday Networking Breakfast will increase to $10. However, the cost of the First Friday Annual Pass will remain the same, $80, for a limited time. The breakfast continues to be the Chamber’s most popular networking event, regularly attended by over 120 Chamber members and guests. Read more

Chamber Membership Upgrades Offer Increased Visibility

By now, all Chamber members should have received an invoice for their 2015 Chamber dues. For the third year in a row, there has been no increase in membership dues. Members who are interested in taking advantage of additional benefits that can give them increased visibility and additional marketing opportunities, are encouraged to consider upgrading their memberships to the gold or platinum level. Upgrading at this time of year is ideal in order to utilize all of the benefits throughout 2015. Taking advantage of just a few of the upgraded benefits can more than pay for the cost of the upgrade. Read more

December 2014 Business Briefs

Holiday Business Briefs

To raise awareness about local and worldwide hunger, Oakton Community College will hold an “Empty Bowls at Oakton” event on Saturday, Dec. 6th. Professional and student potters from Chicago will contribute hundreds of unique bowls for this annual fundraiser, which runs 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus. Donation of $15 includes a handcrafted bowl and a hot lunch. Proceeds benefit local food pantries, soup kitchens and other meal programs. Read more

Fire Department Offers Help, Guidance with Inspection Process

For many of us, the Fire Department is symbolized by the image of a big red fire truck always poised to respond to disaster. But fire prevention itself – averting the need for a response to a crisis — is actually an even more important mission, according to the Northbrook Fire Department. In fact, Fire Prevention Director Kevin Frangiamore and his team of fire inspectors fully dedicate themselves to prevention — making sure that buildings and businesses meet the Village’s safety codes, conducting annual inspections in the interest of promoting safety. Read more

County Zoning Board Hearing to Delay Final Ruling on Mission Hills

Developers for a proposed 137 residential unit development at Mission Hills face new challenges as opponents are given a new opportunity to be heard. At the eleventh hour, action taken at the Cook County level and by the Northbrook Village Trustees could have an impact on the final decision regarding whether or not the project can move forward. Read more