October 2016

What's Happening At The Chamber

What’s Happening at the Chamber

Picture-perfect weather, top-notch artisans, streets full of shoppers and about 150 dedicated volunteers all helped to make the 48th annual Frankfort Fall Festival, “Happy Days,” a great success over Labor Day Weekend.

After the artisans were packed up Monday night, volunteers gathered for a celebration dinner at Enrico’s where 2016 Fall Fest Chair Drew Wright handed the reins to his co-chair, Lisa Ricchio, who will be the 2017 Fall Fest Chair. Ricchio announced her co-chair, Bob Peters, and unveiled her Tiffany-inspired theme—Frankfort & Co. (see page 3 for photos). The chairs and Chamber staff are already working on next year’s event, which will be “Elegant. Unique. Classic.”

October is a busy month for after-hours networking. Check the calendar on page 3 for two Business After Hours and one Ribbon Cutting/Reception. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to come out and make connections with your fellow chamber members.

Mark your calendars for the Chamber’s annual Midnight Madness shopping event on Friday, December 9. Businesses throughout Frankfort can get involved by signing up to participate and provide special deals from 6 p.m. to midnight. Shuttle busses will be operating during the event, taking shoppers to and from the downtown area to some outlying shopping centers. If your business is interested in participating, please email kris@frankfortchamber.com. Applications are due back to the Chamber by Friday, Oct. 21 to ensure inclusion in all advertising for the event.


Business Bullets

22nd Century Media, publisher of The Frankfort Station, is seeking sponsors and vendors for two upcoming events: its Active Aging - An Expo for Ages 50+, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Tinley Park Convention Center; and its Princess and Superhero Party for children, from 9 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Nov. 5, at Georgios Banquets, Quality Inn Suites & Conference Centre, Orland Park.

For the Active Aging Expo, sponsors and vendors are needed for health and wellness, fitness, financial planning, shopping and entertainment, assisted living, real estate, travel and more.

The Princess and Superhero Party is a ticketed event that will feature a breakfast buffet and a character meet and greet with Batman, Spiderman, Princess Beauty, Snow Queen, Snow Princess, Cinderella and Olaf. Children's author Amy Logan will also make an appearance. 

For more information about being a vendor or sponsor at either event, contact Dana Anderson at (708) 326-9170 ext. 17 or email: d.anderson@22ndcenturymedia.com.

 Frankfort Park District is calling all scout groups, homeowners associations, business members and families, let your creative skills shine and construct some eye catching entries for the Scarecrow Building Contest. The cross sticks are provided by the Park District and are available for pick-up now! All entries are due by Oct. 10. Voting will take place October 12 to 26 at the Founders Community Center office and on the Park District’s Facebook page. 
Save the date for the Halloween Haunting on Friday, Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Founders Community Center. Wristbands are $10 at the door. Sponsored by Town Center Bank. Halloween Coloring Contest coloring sheet pick-up starts October 1 and entries are due by October 26 at 5 p.m. Save the date for the 23rd Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street. This is a great time to get some great holiday gifts and admission is free. Crafters & Vendors are Wanted! For booth availability or for additional information on all of these events, please visit www.frankfortparks.org or contact the Park District office at (815) 469-9400. Come join the fun! 

 Lincolnway Special Recreation Association’s Trick or Trot 5K will be held at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 to help raise funds for a Community Inclusive playground that will be used by the LWSRA participants and the community. The 5K will start and end at the Lincolnway Special Recreation Center, 1900 Heather Glen Drive, New Lenox. Register at LWRSA.ORG/5K or at the Recreation Center. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for ages 14 and younger. LWSRA is hiring to fill openings in programs that run before & after school, evenings, weekends and for our day program which is 9 am - 2 pm. Call 815-320-3509 for more info. Download an application at www.lwsra.org/employment

Get your business or organization involved in the community by participating in the Frankfort Police Department’s Safety Trunk or Treat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Breidert Green Municipal Lot.

Decorate the trunk of a vehicle. Be creative! Police Chief John Burica will be picking the most creative trunk to receive a trophy!

Bring enough candy or trinkets to pass out to 700+ children. (You can bring more to be safe.) Costumes are optional, but of course you would want to wear a costume!

Business participating must be in the Breidert Green Lot no later than 10:30 a.m. that day. Set up begins at 9:30 a.m. You can advertise your business or organization by putting up a sign on your trunk. Please DO NOT hand out flyers or brochures. This is a fun event for kids, not a business expo.

If you are interested in participating, please call the police department at (815) 469-9435 or lbender@frankfortpolice.net by Tuesday, Oct. 25.Space is limited, so please reserve your spot ASAP.

Business Spotlights


15 Oak St.
Suite 2C
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 372-6360

Carrie and her husband, John, started a family that grew very quickly. After the birth of their first child, they found themselves expecting twins. Carrie gave up her career as an educator and coach to be a stay-at-home mom, while John continued on and became a school administrator. Their life changed dramatically when their fourth child was born at 25 weeks, severely premature and ill. 

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Phillips Chevrolet, Inc.

9700 W Lincoln Hwy
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-2323

Phillips Chevrolet recently held a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate an expansion at its 9700 W. Lincoln Hwy., Frankfort, location. The construction will include the addition of quick lube bays in the service department, as well as additional financing and accounting offices. 

This expansion represents a $2 million investment in serving the automotive needs of Frankfort and the surrounding communities. These improvements are in addition to a 2011 renovation which expanded their new car showroom and service department, and improved the building’s front façade.

 “Having the right facility is a big part of providing a top-notch customer experience,” General Manager Michael Maheras said of the expansion. “We’re committed to constantly improving both our property and our processes to best accommodate our guests’ needs.”



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