• Groups: Design & Construction

  • With a focus on design, construction, and real estate, businesses in these sectors meet up to exchange ideas, learn about village updates, and share resources for business success. Connecting Business to Business and Business to Community. 

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  • When Does this Group Meet?

    COVID-19 UPDATE - As of July 2020 we are starting to gather again in small numbers! Check out the listing below to see how you can connect with us! 



    The Design and Construction Affinity Group meets quarterly in the evenings, from 5:30 - 7 pm.

    Where Does this Group Meet?

    We schedule our meetings in a variety of architecturally beautiful locales around the Oak Park-River Forest area.

    Want Regular Updates?

    If you'd like to get involved and receive regular updates on what the Design and Construction Group is up to, just send an email to Mark Walden (mwalden@oprfchamber.org) to get added to our mailing list.


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  • Meet-Ups in 2020

    COVID-19 UPDATE - Since March 2020 our regular schedule has had to change! Our gatherings are now being planned in accordance with CDC Guidelines and the Illinois 5-Phase re-opening plan, so things are still in a little flux.  Although we have events listed below, we encourage you to please check the Chamber's event calendar to confirm the details of our next gathering.

    AUGUST 13, 2020 - (5:30pm - 7:00pm) Design & construction gathering at McAdam Landscaping! CLICK HERE to register.

    Please join us for food and beverages courtesy of McAdam, and networking in and around the building trades.  We are inviting professionals from the building trades, architecture, real estate, historic preservation, interior design, and related fields to join in this new group to facilitate conversation, learning, business referrals, collaboration, etc. within the design and construction world. 

    OCTOBER 8, 2020 - (5:15pm - 6:30pm) Design & construction historic home walking tour CLICK HERE to register.

    Join us for a guided outdoor walking tour of some of Oak Park's most beautiful historic homes! We'll start at the northeast corner of Forest & Ontario in Austin Gardens to meet our guide Heidi Ruehle, co-chair of the Design & Construction group, a trained docent with the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, and executive director of the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation.  



  • Meet the Leaders!

    We have a great team to lead this Chamber Affinity Group!

    Heidi Ruehle, Executive Director of The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation


    Tony Buttitta of Elite Tile Services

    We welcome you to the Design and Construction affinity group!