May 2019 Business Briefs

May 2019 Business Briefs

Juniper Boutique was named “Best Boutique for Weekends” in the April issue of NS Magazine. The editors praised Juniper’s selection of “perfect jeans, beautiful sweaters, interesting necklaces, and fun, date-worthy dresses.”

Chuck Gitles, First Bank of Highland Park, was elected to the Glenview Village Board on April 2. His past civic involvement includes 12 years on the Northbrook/Glenview District 30 school board, serving as president for the last four.

Shellé Jewelers holds its 4th Annual Lillian C. Millman Mother’s Day Event on Saturday, May 4, featuring a trunk show of top jewelry designers. A portion of proceeds benefit Keshet’s Adult Day Program and Residential Initiative. For more information, visit

Rotary Club of Northbrook and Sunset Foods present a Vitalant blood drive on Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sunset mezzanine. Donors receive a coupon for free Culver’s frozen custard. To sign up, call (877) 258-4825 or visit and use group code NV32.

The Northbrook Symphony presents “Celebrate Romanticism” on Sunday, May 5, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Glenbrook North High School’s Center for the Performing Arts. The program includes works by Alexander Glasunov as well as Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring pianist Susan Merdiger. Tickets available at

The Northbrook Park District’s annual Northbrook on Ice program returns for four performances during Mother’s Day weekend May 10 – 12, featuring hundreds of local skaters. For tickets or more information visit

Pulse Technology was one of 23 companies recognized by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in its 29th Annual Awards for Business Excellence. Pulse was honored in the category for family businesses.

AmpliVox Sound Systems has updated its website,, with 360 Spin images for many of its most popular products. The new images enable customers to interact with the products online by spinning the image and zooming in on important features.

School District 30 invites current Maple School families, alumni, and community members to a closing ceremony and open house for the old school building on Thursday, May 23, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will provide a final chance to tour the school before it is demolished in June, replaced by the new Maple School just west of the original building.

Campanella Children’s Choir will participate in the 2019 National Children’s Festival Chorus at Carnegie Hall on June 7-10. Selected after a very competitive application process, they will perform with other choirs under the direction of internationally-known conductors.

Support the 4th of July festivities, presented by the Village of Northbrook and the Northbrook Park District. Sponsorship opportunities include parade entries, recognition on event website, and other benefits based on commitment levels. Applications are due by Friday, June 7. Visit for details.

At the Glenbrook North High School Business Incubator Program Pitch Night on Tuesday, May 21, teams of student entrepreneurs will make “Shark Tank”-style presentations in a competition to receive funding for their project. Advisory Board members for the program include Michael Nortman, Crossroads Partners, Doug Boersma, Northbrook Bank and Trust, and Denise Press, BMO Harris. The event runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Northbrook Public Library and is open to the public.

Hunger Resource Network held a successful Community Outreach Day on April 6. Over 100 volunteers, including many Chamber members, gathered at Sunset Foods to help load three semi-trailers filled with 126,000 pounds of frozen chicken for distribution to 100 local food banks.

The North Suburban YMCA presents Seniorpalooza, an expo of products and services for older adults and caregivers, on Wednesday, May 29, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Businesses interested in exhibiting should contact Kim Nyren,

First Bank of Highland Park was named one of the top 100 places to work by Crain’s Chicago Business. Selections were based on survey responses from over 14,000 Chicago-area employees.

The Annual Downtown Northbrook Sidewalk Sale will be held on July 5 and 6, featuring community groups, sales by downtown stores and other vendors, raffles, and children’s activities. To apply for a sponsored booth, visit or call (773) 398-6488.

Bach to Rock offers a wide variety of half and full day music summer camps for ages pre-K to high school. For schedules and registration, visit

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s popular Model Railroad Exhibit opens on Saturday, May 11. Now in its 20th season, the display features 18 model trains running a scenic course depicting national landmarks created in all natural materials. Visit for details.

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  • Multiple Chamber Members Honored with Choice Awards
    22nd Century Media recently announced the results of its Third Annual North Shore Choice Awards, and the Northbrook Chamber was well represented on the list of winning businesses. Awards were selected by votes placed by readers of the Northbrook Tower and other 22nd Century publications, reflecting strong bonds of customer loyalty.
    Congratulations to these Chamber members who were award winners, several in multiple categories:

    • American Weathermakers
    • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    • Costco Wholesale
    • Covenant Village of Northbrook
    • Expedia Cruiseship Centers
    • Fields Auto Group
    • Franz Jewelers Ltd.
    • Georgie V’s
    • Glenbrook Hospital
    • Heart Certified Auto Care
    • Illinois Bone & Joint Institute
    • Janzen Janzen & Chwa Orthodontics, Ltd.
    • Josh’s Hot Dogs
    • Juniper Boutique
    • La de da!
    • Lewis Floor & Home
    • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
    • Marcello’s
    • North Shore Aesthetics
    • North Suburban YMCA
    • Pinstripes
    • Ravinia Plumbing & Heating
    • Sportsman’s Country Club
    • Sunset Foods
    • The Glen Club
    • The Optometrists of the North Shore
    • Village Treasure House
    • Waterway Carwash.