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. Register to attend our 4th Annual Business Spotlight Awards Party on Tuesday, 10/15 HERE.

    How are the finalists & winners determined? A 12+ person volunteer judging panel scores nominations and nominee acceptances across weighted rating scale, carefully assessing content, quality, quantity of nominations and nominee acceptance response (very important), 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.

    Can I help? Yes! And we LOVE our volunteers! Although our volunteer planning committee + judging panel is closed, we are accepting day-of volunteers. Sign-up to work a shift here.

    How can I purchase a sponsorship for this program? Learn more here or contact us with questions. 


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

    Nominations Are Now Closed

    2020 Spotlight Awards Nominations open May 15, 2020

    Nominee Acceptances

    Nominee acceptances are now closed.

    Category Finalists Announced

    September 13, 2019

    Awards Ceremony/Winners Announced

    October 15, 2019

  • 2018 Spotlight Winners In The Answer Book! 2018 Spotlight Winners In The Answer Book!


  • 2018 Spotlight Awards Photo Highlights