What are the Spotlight Awards? The Annual Business Spotlight Awards recognizes and celebrates businesses and community organizations across six categories of leadership. The program is open to all businesses in the Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities. In 2018, the public submitted more than 600 nominations for nearly 200 nominees, nearly double 2017.

    Category winners receive laudatory press and complimentary marketing, as well as a one-year free membership to the OPRF Chamber. 

    Hundreds of Chamber and community members attend the annual Business Spotlight Awards Ceremony + Cocktail Party every year in October at the elegant Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park. Save the date for our 4th Annual Business Spotlight Awards Party - Tuesday, October 15.

    How are the finalists & winners determined? A 12-person volunteer judging panel scores nominations and nominee acceptances across a 26 point rating scale, carefully assessing content, quality and quantity (lightest weighting) of nominations and nominee acceptance responses (heaviest weighting), to determine 10 finalists in each of the six Spotlight Award award categories. Winners are selected through an additional screening process, involving 4 independent judges per category.

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  • 2018 Spotlight Awards Highlights & Winners Announced (Credit: Griffin & Stebbing)
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  • Timeline Timeline

    Nominations Open

    May 15 - July 31, 2019

    Nominee Acceptances

    Nominees will have until August 23 to submit acceptances. 

    Category Finalists Announced

    September 6, 2019

    Awards Ceremony/Winners Announced

    October 15, 2019

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  • 2018 Spotlight Awards Photo Highlights