March 2018

What's Happening At The Chamber

The 2018 Frankfort Community Showcase is setting up to be another great event. Join us Sat., March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Field House at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado, Frankfort.

The Showcase provides an opportunity for businesses to highlight their products and services to the community. This FREE event caters to all ages and includes entertainment for kids including crafts, a bounce house and face painting, a “Taste of Frankfort Chamber” with local food vendors serving up some of their best, and entertainment from local businesses and organizations.

Last year’s Showcase brought out 110 exhibitors with community attendance of more than 1,500. Once again, the Chamber will be partnering with the annual Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 ArtWorks festival featuring local students’ artistic talents in art, design, music and dance. Hundreds of students from more than 30 area schools, including schools from District 210, New Lenox School District 122, Frankfort School District 157-C, Summit Hill School District 161 and Mokena School District 159 will be exhibiting their flair for the fine arts during the festival, which will run in conjunction with the Community Showcase.

If you have any questions about the event or interested in showcasing your business, booths are still available, call the Chamber Office at 815-469-3356.
We hope to see you there! —Brett Schaibley, Edward Jones, Showcase Committee Chair

Business Bullets

Frankfort Park District’s 19th Annual Spring Craft & Vendor Show, Sat., March 3, 9 am-3pm at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St. FREE Admission! At Noon, March 3 on the west side of the Founders Center, Clover Hunt (outside), ages 2-8, FREE. Super Senior Day, Wed., March 7, 10am-2pm, Founders Community Center, includes Rules of the Road, Vision Screening and Mobile Drivers Facility. From 11am-12:30pm, Sat., March 24, join Peter Cottontail for Lunch with Bunny at the Founders Community Center. Register by March 19, $9/NR, $12/person. The fun continues after the lunch with the annual Egg Hunt with Peter Cottontail at 1pm at Commissioners Park for ages 1-8, FREE admission. The Super Dog Egg Hunt is also on March 24 is at 2:30 pm at the Bark Park at Commissioners Park, FREE admission and is sponsored by Chew on this Dog Barkery. Grab your kites and join us for the 13th Annual Family Fun Fly on Tues, March 27 from 11am-Noon at Fort Frankfort at Commissioners Park as we celebrate “Flying for Kids Month”, a statewide kite fly to promote park districts, r e c r e a t i o n a g e n c i e s and the Park District Youth License Plate. Bring your own kite or borrow one from the Park District to fly. This event is FREE and open to the public! Kids ages 4-10 looking for something fun to do over Spring Break? Spring Break Movie Fun, Thurs., March 29, 10:30am-1pm at the Founders Community Center. Fee is $9/NR $12/person. Register by March 26. Visit or call 815-469-9400. Come join the fun!

The Bereavement Department of Joliet Area Community Hospice (JAHC) is offering a four-session Spring Adult Workshop. Each session will include a presentation on a grief-related topic, followed by group discussion. Workshops will be March 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the JACH offices, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet. Your loved one does not have to be in our care for you to participate. There is no fee, but registration is required. To register, call Mary Ann Burns at 815-460-3282 or email her at or online at http://joliethospice. o r g / s u p p o r t - g r o u p s . h t m l 

The Lincolnway Special Recreation Foundation will host its annual Bunny Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, March 31 from 8 to 11 am in the cafeteria at Lincoln-Way East High School, 201 Colorado Ave, Frankfort. Please park and enter by the field house entrance/door 31. The event will include a catered breakfast, Easter egg hunt, craft table, face painter and free pictures with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $10/adults, $8/ children (2-15), free for children under 2. Tickets can be purchased at the event or on-line at

Business Spotlights

Ballet 5:8

20517 S LaGrange Rd
Frankfort, IL 60423
(312) 725-4752
Ballet 5:8 - Frankfort Chamber Business Spotlight March 2018

Ballet 5:8 has been in Chicago South Suburbs since its creation in 2012. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Ballet 5:8’s mission is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest, and the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling
and breathtaking dance.

Over the past six years, Ballet 5:8 has been able to invest in Illinois, the Midwest, and our nation through both professional performance and accessible, high-caliber dance education--all from our home in Frankfort! Our original performances by adult, professional artists invite people to join us in open conversation about an array of life and faith topics relevant to us in the present day. These performances make the beauty and inspiration of professional ballet accessible not only to communities in the heart of Chicago’s arts and theater districts, but also to Frankfort and other communities like it.

At our dance education center, Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, we pour into the professional artists of tomorrow. We serve as many as 200 local student dancers each year and attract many others from across the U.S. In our training programs, the well-being of each individual dancer is valued just as much as the dancer’s potential in the field.

We have programs that range from pre-professional level classical ballet training to recreational classes in a wide variety of dance
disciplines. In time, the young artists who participate in these programs will be ready to go out into the state and across the country:
whole, healthy, strong and creative artists who can continue Ballet 5:8’s work of strengthening communities through the joy and beauty
of dance, meaningful stories, and grace-filled conversation.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming performances: Compass Project at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) on April 28, and Pilgrim’s Progress at Lincoln-Way West High School, May 12-13. Learn more at

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Clippings Lawn Care, Ltd.

PO Box 1059
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 609-8000
Clippings Lawn Care, Ltd. - Frankfort Chamber Business Spotlight March 2018

Incorporated in 2016, Clippings Lawn Care, Ltd. serves residential and commercial properties in the greater southwest suburban region with a special interest in the Lincoln-Way community. 

We delved into the lawn care business as part of a successful family venture. Combining our landscape experience, business management skills, and love of our home and garden, we work to bring the best lawn care service to our community. However, our favorite aspect of Clippings is serving our customers. Whether it is making an extra visit to spruce up the yard for a graduation, wedding reception or surprise birthday party, nothing is more gratifying than receiving a handwritten note or text message thanking our staff for the wonderful job they did to take the stress off the homeowner to make sure the yard looks great for their guests.

People often ask us what it takes to have a beautiful lawn. The answer is relatively simple. A beautiful lawn does not happen by chance —consistent and professional care goes a long way to the longevity of a healthy lawn. Proper cutting heights, well-maintained machinery, yearly aeration, quality fertilization, and consistent watering practices are the trademarks of a prominent lawn.

We also recognize that curb appeal goes well beyond the lawn itself. Finely manicured and colorful ornamental grasses and shrubs,
definitive mulch bed lines swimming with fresh mulch, and deliberately placed hardscape provide a bold frame to a picturesque lawn.

This March, we present “Mulch Madness.” Nothing spruces up a house in the spring like a fresh mulch project. Book your mulch project by March 30 to get free delivery. Also, ask about our spring clean-up/mulch combo package. Feel free to contact us at 708-609-8000 or with any questions or to obtain a free estimate.

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The Conservation Foundation

10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
630-428-4500 ext. 128
The Conservation Foundation  - Frankfort Chamber Business Spotlight March 2018

Simply put, we save land and we save rivers, and we’ve been doing it for more than 45 years.

Founded in 1972, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring open space, protecting rivers and watersheds and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois.

People often ask, “As a home or business owner, what can I do to help keep our land and water clean?” Our Conservation@Home program staff will walk you through different ways you can make your yard healthier and more environmentally friendly. Using native plants in your landscaping and attaching a rain barrel to your downspout can help prevent flooding and attract birds and butterflies to your yard. Caring for your yard in a more natural way can save you time and money and also make it look beautiful!

Our members benefit from special invitations and discounts to attend luncheons, seminars, field trips, benefits and family events throughout the year, a subscription to The Heron magazine, brimming with stories of local conservation efforts, victories and heroes, environmental issues and trends in the region, and how you can get involved, and the ability to meet and connect with others
who share your passion and concern for the natural world.

For more information on how you can be more involved with The Conservation Foundation, or to get certified in our Conservation@Home
program, please contact Jamie Viebach at jviebach@theconservationfoundation. org or 630-428-4500 x128.

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