Connect with the Community at Summer Events

Connect with the Community at Summer Events

Northbrook’s summer months are brimming with outdoor programs for all ages. You can help maintain these vibrant community events and raise your business’s profile by engaging as a sponsor or volunteer.

Northbrook Farmers MarketEvery Wednesday morning from June 22 to October 12, shoppers converge at the corner of Meadow and Cherry to pick up fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and other treats at the Northbrook Farmers Market. This volunteer-run organization exists, according to its website, “to educate residents on the benefits of buying locally, eating healthy, and living green, as well as supporting local farming families and entrepreneurs.”

This year, Chamber members have a new opportunity to connect with Market visitors as a featured participant. The Chamber will have a table and tent available for one member each week to distribute business information, promotions, or samples. This opportunity is available free of charge; participants are responsible for picking up the tent and table from the Chamber office the night before their assigned market day, setting up and staffing their display from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, and returning the equipment to the Chamber. To reserve a date, contact Kathi Quinn at (847) 513-6004 or kathi@northbrookchamber.org.

Tuesdays in the Park ConcertsVillage Green Park is the center of all-ages activity when the Park District presents its popular concert series on six consecutive Tuesday nights, June 21 to July 26. Performances start with kid-friendly acts at 6:30, followed by a variety of bands that appeal to a wide audience. The July 12 event will be especially exciting when the Rotary Club of Northbrook holds its annual Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser in the creek bordering the park.

The weekly concerts are always an excellent opportunity for neighboring restaurants to promote carryout picnic specials. This year, the Park District introduces an additional opportunity for one sponsor each week. “Each sponsor would be given a table to pass out information at the concert along with a few minutes of mic time as well,” explains Joan Scovic, Park District Director of Marketing & Communications. “We will also list them as a sponsor on our website and in our calendar listing for the concert.” A sponsor investment is $300; email jscovic@nbparks.org for more information.

Fourth of JulyNorthbrook is bringing back most of its July 4th traditions for 2022, and businesses can play a vital role in making events successful. Sponsors are welcome for the morning Liberty Loop 5K and Liberty Lap Fun Run, as well as the Mile-Long Parade in the afternoon.  Rotary Club of Northbrook is looking for volunteers, age 15 and up, to staff the Pancake Breakfast that serves hundreds of residents. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Northbrook Grand PrixThis new cycling event on July 28 is expected to attract hundreds of cyclists and potentially thousands of spectators for a day of exciting amateur and professional races around downtown. The action begins with amateur races at 10:00 a.m. followed by competitions with escalating skill levels until 7:00 p.m.  Part of the Intelligentsia Cup race series, the Northbrook Grand Prix offers a wide range of sponsorship opportunities with an expo area for participating businesses.

“We have naming sponsorships available for the various race events throughout the day, as well as areas like the expo space,” explains Matt Curin, lead organizer with the Cycling Development Foundation. “Given the experience of other communities and our location in downtown, I think it’s reasonable to expect thousands of people to come through.”

Race organizers are partnering with the Village to create a welcoming setting that supports downtown restaurants. Traffic will be blocked off on Shermer Road north of Walters and a section of Meadow Road north of Shermer, increasing access of pedestrians to neighboring businesses.  Contact Matt Curin, maxturin@umich.edu, for information about sponsorships and race details.

Northbrook Days – One of Northbrook’s longest traditions, the Northbrook Days Festival has lit up downtown with carnival rides, live music, games and food for generations. Presented by the Civic Foundation, the 2022 festival returns to the train station parking lot on Shermer Road August 3-7. Proceeds from the event are invested in the community in the form of scholarships and grants to local organizations.

“It’s so important for people to realize that Northbrook Days is a fundraiser,” explains Matt Settler, Northbrook Days co-chair. “Last year we raised around $95,000. We’re a volunteer organization, and we need the support of the community to make it happen.”

Northbrook Days offers a variety of ways for businesses to be involved. Sponsors are welcome for designated areas as well as general participation. For details about sponsorship opportunities, contact info@northbrookdays.com. In addition, volunteering at the event is a great way to personally connect with community members. Sign up to help at http://northbrookdays.com/volunteer/.

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