August 2016

What's Happening At The Chamber

Golf is over, which means Frankfort Fall Fest is just around the corner. The artisans are lined up, the tents are ordered, and the entertainment is booked. Now, we just need more VOLUNTEERS! We invite YOU to join our TEAM of yellow-shirt volunteers. This is a great way to be part of Fall Fest. You can volunteer three hours or three days! Complete the enclosed Volunteer Registration form and drop it off at the Chamber office or fax it to us at 815-469-4352. Or, call us at 815-469-3356.

Have you seen the Chamber’s new and improved website? Check it out at Tell us what you think!

Do you have your Member2Member Advantage card yet? If not, swing by the Chamber office and pick one up for FREE. Show your card at more than 30 local businesses to receive Chamber Member Only deals. Would you like to offer something special to fellow Chamber members? Send an email to


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Sponsorships, vendors needed for back-to-school expo Local businesses looking to gain exposure and reach area families can sign up to sponsor or be a vendor at 22nd Century Media's Back on the Bus - A Back-to-School Expo. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. The event features princess and mascot appearances, a back-to-school fashion show styled by The Leading Image, face painting, balloon artist and more! Admission is free. For more information on how to become part of this event,contact Dana Anderson at or call (708) 326-9170 Ext. 17.Deadline is Wednesday, July 27.

Frankfort Park District – Come on out to the last FREE Party in the Park - “Dog Days of Summer” on Monday, August 8 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Windy Hill Park, located at Pfeiffer Road & Charrington Road. There will be DJ music, kid’s activities and an Adopt-A-Pet area.  Please bring a pet toy or item to donate to the adoption organizations in attendance that evening.  Monsters Inc. (G) will be featured at Movies on the Green on Wednesday, August 10 at Dusk, approx. 8:30 pm, for FREE family fun at Breidert Green, White & Kansas Street, and is co-sponsored by the Frankfort Park District, Village of Frankfort and the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce.  Free popcorn will be popped and served by the Lions Club of Frankfort. Come spend the last few nights of summer with the Frankfort Park District at our FREE 7thAnnual Back to School Bash on Friday, August 19 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Commissioners Park, Sponsored by Town Center Bank. The evening will consist of field and carnival games, B96 Street Crew, craft area, giant inflatable, touch-a-truck, concessions, plus playtime at Fort Frankfort and in the Splash Park.  We ask that all kids bring a school supply to donate to the Frankfort Area Jaycees School Supply Drive.  These school supplies will be given to children in need in the Frankfort community.  Enjoy a cool fall evening around a campfire; roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, play field games, enjoy a hayride, dance to music and listen to ghost stories at the Family Fall Campfire on Friday, September 23 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in Commissioners Park.  The fee is $5 per child (Adults FREE). Registration deadline is September 14. Family fun for all! For more information on all of these events, please visit or contact the Park District office at 815-469-9400. Come join the fun!

Frankfort Car Club is pleased to announce their weekly Frankfort Club Cruise night in downtown Frankfort at Breidert Green every Thursday night starting at 5pm to 8pm weather permitting. Cruise night runs until September 15th. Come out and take a look at these beautiful and nostalgic vehicles.

Frankfort Lions Club wants you to Save the Date for their Annual Wurst Fest that will take place Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the beer tent on Kansas and Oak Street during the Frankfort Fall Festival. Advanced tickets cost $20 and at the door $25. Go to for ticket and sponsorship information.

Joliet Junior College – Career Connects Will & Grundy aiming to give students in our area real-world career development and exploration through job shadows, internships and message boards with local professionals. Through this exploration, our hope is that every student will have a better understanding of the career path they would like to pursue and the steps they will need to take to get there. Check out our website at for more details and click on resources and the career coach.

Olivieri Real Estate has office suites, condos and vacant land available in the Lincoln-Way area for sale or for lease. Please contact our office at 815-469-6400 and ask for Josh or Jackie for details.

Frankfort Historic Business Association will host its Annual Buffalo Gals Girls Night Out from 6 to 9 pm, Wednesday, Aug. 17.Round up your best girls, shimmy into your boots and bangles and come to downtown Frankfort. Check in at Breidert Green, Ash and Kansas streets, between 6 and 8 pm to pick up your shopping bag and map with participating merchants. Guests also will be entered into the FHBA evening's raffle drawing for a pair of tickets to the Wine and Ale Walk on September 25.
During the Girls Night Out, merchants will offer exclusive specials and many host in-store raffles, serve light refreshments and/or offer samples.
The evening also features line dancing on the Breidert Green stage from 6-7 pm. This is instructor led, so have no fear. Just come on down and scoot your bootie!
Be sure to bring your camera, too, as local cowgirls will be circling town on horseback while a guitar-playing cowboy sings his way through the streets. For more information on FHBA events, visit or find us on Facebook.

Town Center Bank is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and the party is for YOU! Come join the celebration from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 10, at 20181 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. Enjoy FREE Aurelio’s pizza, Creamery ice cream, and ShredX, gift certificates, T-shirts, prizes, PAWS puppies and kittens, superheroes and princesses for the kids, along with face painting, magic and balloon tricks!

Chamber News

More than 100 golfers hit the greens on July 25 at Prestwick Country Club for the Chamber’s 31st Annual Community Golf Outing. Thanks to all the participants,sponsors, volunteers and raffle prize donors who helped make this fun event a success.

2016 Golf Outing Winners
Best Foursome
Dan Dingle Jason Walsh
Todd Morgan Brett Gordon
Closest to the Line (Women’s)
Sandra Heathcock
Closest to the Line (Men’s)
Sam Kenoly
Closest to the Pin (Women’s)
Gretchen Braker
Closest to the Pin (Men’s)
Tim Shanahan
Longest Drive (Women’s)
Gretchen Braker
Longest Drive (Men’s)

Tim Ersfeldt



Meet Kris

Hi! My name is Kris Pasquini, the Chamber’s new Events & Communications Coordinator.

I grew up in the south suburbs and am happy to now call Frankfort home. I have a degree in Mass Communications/Journalism and a wide variety of experience from reporting and editing to event planning and fundraising.

My previous positions have included: development associate at Trinity Services, Inc., where my responsibilities included fundraising events and marketing; public relations manager at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, where I published newsletters and planned community events; and reporter/editor at several community newspapers. I also grew a few home-based businesses while staying home with my kids.

I am excited to join the Chamber team because I know first-hand the benefits of being an active chamber member and a volunteer as I’ve been involved in several area chambers, served on two chamber boards and volunteered in various other capacities. I look forward to using my experience to help the Chamber continue to grow and offer top-notch events that foster education and networking opportunities to help our members succeed.

Business Spotlights

Midwest BBQ for the BRAVE, Inc.

771 Leslie Lane
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 272-0557

In 2012, Jim and Gayla Smith hosted a BBQ in their backyard to raise money for Building for America’s Bravest, a proud program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.  Through Building for America’s Bravest, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds specially adapted, custom designed smart homes to help restore independence and improve the quality of life for our nation’s most catastrophically injured service members. Jim and Gayla asked for a $20 donation and raised $2000 the
very first year. The BBQ has continued to grow, and has become a highly anticipated annual event at the CD & ME Special Events venue in Frankfort, IL. The 5th Annual Midwest BBQ for the Brave will be from 6 to 11 pm, Thursday, Sept. 8, at CD & ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Rd., Frankfort. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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