• Congratulations to our 2017 Business Spotlight

    Winners & Nominees!

  • 2017 Business Spotlight Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2017 Business Spotlight Award winners and 120+ nominees for being recognized for your extraordinary small businesses and organizations!  


    Well over 200+ of our community's small business, non-profit and government leaders gathered together on Tuesday, October 10, to celebrate and recognize this group for our 2nd Annual Business Spotlight Awards, and to enjoy the generous hospitality of our hosts, the Nineteenth Century Club and Oak Park Banquets.


    2017 Business Spotlight Award Winners:


    Community Character - CycleBar OPRF

    Customer Experience - Dr. Mary Ann Bender Podiatry

    Green / Sustainability - Our Planet Automotive

    Innovation / Collaboration - Solace Divorce Mediation

    Integrated Marketing - School of Rock, Oak Park

    Investment /Development - Oak Park River Forest Museum


    Save the dates!


    5/15 - The 2018 Spotlight Award Nominations will open to the public!

    10/9 - 3rd Annual Business Spotlight Awards celebration, 5-7P

    History of the OPRF Chamber Business Spotlight Awards


    Founded in 2016, the awards recognize excellence in local businesses and organizations across six categories of performance.


    Award nominations are made annually, starting mid-May, by the public through the Chamber website and nominees must acknowledge and accept their nomination(s) in order to be eligible to win. Nominees do not need to be OPRF Chamber members to be eligible.


    The program is open to all businesses and charitable organizations in Oak Park, River Forest and all surrounding communities. In addition to recognition from business community peers, winners receive complimentary press and marketing exposure, and a one year free membership to the OPRF Chamber.


  • 2017 Spotlight Awards - Winners Announced!

    To our generous hosts of the 2017 Business Spotlight Awards:



    Press Release for 10/10 Business Spotlight Awards Ceremony: 


    To John Roberts of Pieritz Bros. & GreatLocalShops.com for producing a full length video capturing our 2017 Spotlight Awards!

  • 2017 Spotlight Awards - List of All Nominees
  • 2017 Business Spotlight Awards Photo Highlights

    Business Spotlight Award Categories


     Community Character

    A company that is reflective of our community - unique, creative, smart, one-of-a-kind, fun, family- run, successful.  The kind that makes our community who we are. A business that epitomizes the spirit of the community.

     Customer Experience

    Ever had one of those ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL experiences at a local business?  When staff does everything right leaving you with the feeling that you are the most important customer in the world to them?!  Sure, it's customer service - but it is more than one person being nice one time.  It's the kind of all-round heart-warming feel-good over-the-top experience that you don't forget.  The kind that makes you glad you patronized the business and hopeful that others will too.  From the moment you begin conducting business here through the delivery of service, this business makes you want to come back and tell your friends. 

     Green / Sustainable Practices

    A company whose business is centered on products or services that are produced or provided using sustainable and environmentally sensitive methods, a company that has implemented policies to reduce their carbon footprint, a business that has made significant investment in facilities improvements that reduce energy consumption. 


    A company – public, private, or non-profit that exemplifies cutting edge thinking to ensure it remains at the forefront of our business community. By adding new value, it has gone a step further with their product/idea!  Also, a project, program or service that is provided through the combined efforts of two or more public or private organizations that address a community need or improves the lives of individuals in our community.

     Integrated Marketing

    A company that has successfully developed a marketing strategy that encompasses a variety of methods - online website and social media content, print, point of sale, and personal contact that is unified, consistent and impactful. 

     Investment / Development

    A company that has taken an existing concept—whether an idea, building, parcel of land, or mission—and infused it with new ideas to better serve our community. This can be a new development project or an adaptive use of an existing structure.