December 2019 Business Briefs

December 2019 Business Briefs

The North Suburban YMCA and Glenkirk are among the recipients of infrastructure grants from the state of Illinois. The Y will receive approximately $450,000 for capital repairs and improvements, while Glenkirk will have $500,000 as seed money for a planned new services facility.

Engineers from Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates were interviewed for an oral history project about the restoration of the Washington Monument following the 2011 earthquake. Their stories appeared on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website,

FashionBar presents The Shops at Water Tower Place, pop-up boutiques featuring new fashion brands in a high-end setting. The Shops will be open December 5-8, 12-15, and 19-24 on the third floor.

Chamber members were among the honorees in the recent Top Workplaces rankings published by the Chicago Tribune. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff placed first among large companies, a category that also included @properties and Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. NAI Hiffman and Optics Planet were recognized in the small company category.

Bernhard Woodwork’s architectural installations at Steelcase’s Merchandise Mart showroom were featured in the fall issue of AWI magazine.

Congratulations to Peter Wirtz, Pete the Painter, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his business. He estimates that he and his team have painted over five million square feet of indoor and outdoor space in his career.

The Northbrook Public Library’s “Northbrook Lights” program encourages all ages to read during the winter months. From December 1 to January 31, adult participants will win a free book light when they read four or more books, plus a chance to win weekly raffles for gift cards and a grand prize drawing for an iPad Mini.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents leading political propaganda scholar David Welch of the University of Kent (England) on Thursday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m., speaking about the power and perils of propaganda throughout history, and why combating hateful rhetoric today is so critical. Tickets available at

The Elaine is now leasing luxury apartments at 1100 Skokie Boulevard, featuring resort-style amenities and high-quality finishes in a premier location. Models are open for tours; call (847) 272-3200 to schedule.

The Goddard School of Deerfield offers Chamber members a 10% discount on monthly tuition, when children are registered by the end of 2019. For details or to schedule a tour, contact Jane Faynshteyn or Genia Kovelman at

HEART Certified Auto Care is teaming up with Fill a Heart 4 Kids for a toy drive to ensure all children receive a gift they will cherish. Bring a new, unopened toy to HEART at 280 Skokie Blvd. between December 9 and December 20. For more information, visit

Northbrook Rotary’s Coat Off Your Back Campaign runs through Friday, December 20. New and gently-used winter clothing can be donated at the Northbrook Public Library, Village Hall, Sunset Foods or the North Suburban YMCA. Items will be distributed to homeless individuals and families by PADS of Lake County.

Glenbrook North High School’s Athletic Department welcomes local residents to serve as sports officials, to help address a statewide officiating shortage. For information about officiating, contact John Catalano,

Oakton Community College hosts the annual Empty Bowls event on December 7, benefiting food banks, soup kitchens and meal programs. A $16 donation gives you an original handcrafted ceramic bowl to keep and a soup lunch. Details at

Northbrook Court presents a limited-time experiential pop-up space from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Available through January 5 near Neiman Marcus, the exhibit features curator-approved replicas of nine Vincent Van Gogh masterpieces as well as a gift shop.

Several Chamber members offer winter break day camp programs for children. Learn about available options by visiting the websites for the Northbrook Park District, North Suburban YMCA , Hi-Five Sports Zone, and Noggin Builders.

Firefighters from the Village of Northbrook were among the contestants in the Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook annual chili cook-off, held at the Athletico Center. The friendly competition raised over $31,000 in support of Youth Services programs.