Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce members are owners and key players in their retail stores, service shops, professional firms, non-profit organizations and other local operations. Our focus is on companies within Park Ridge but firms in nearby communities also belong, enriching what we offer the public and each other.
Most members agree that their investment in Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce membership pays for itself, year after year. And membership helps keep each of us motivated and moving forward in any economy.
Get the most from your Chamber membership: Take advantage of these great opportunities to learn, save, network and market your services!
Business After Hours
Host at your establishment, provide catering for another member’s event or simply drop in: You’ll find Business After Hours an easy way to network. It’s guerilla marketing at its easiest – and it’s free.
Business customers and consumers call and email the Chamber every day asking for referrals, and we are quick to refer these hot leads to Chamber members. What could be easier?
Community Guide/Business Directory
Your business is listed, free in this attractive annual directory that is sent to every household in Park Ridge and kept on hand for new residents and businesses; 17,000 copies in all. Consumers and business owners keep this directory and refer to it throughout the year. Chamber members are highlighted and get special discounts on display ads, too.
Winterfest (Day after Thanksgiving)
Kick off your critical holiday sales with the Chamber’s popular Black Friday celebration focusing on local shops and restaurants. Customers enjoy free transport between Uptown and South Park shopping areas, visits from Santa, live carolers and more, to get them in the shopping spirit.
It’s not just lunch! Meet and network with fellow members and prospects, enjoy great food and prize raffles, and hear from prominent speakers and community leaders on a variety of business-related topics. Members attend at discounts.
Retail Committee “First Friday” Consumer Events
Tie in to fun traffic-building events that bring shoppers and diners to Park Ridge’s Uptown business district the first Friday evening of every month. From fine art to antique cars, every First Friday has a consumer-pleasing theme that brings in traffic for the benefit of all the retail shops and restaurants in the area.
Women in Business Breakfasts
This is one of our most popular networking functions held each month. Men and non-members are welcome at these energizing educational and networking events with breakfast by local caterers and restaurants. Members attend at a discounted price.
Attract business by providing discounts to likely users – your fellow Chamber members and their employees – and receive discounts you and your staff can use.
Target your direct mailers, circulars and invitations with the hottest mailing list in town.
Park Ridge Chamber Website Double Listing
Shoppers can easily find your company because it’s listed on the Chamber web site twice: alphabetically and also by service/product category.
Business Expo Canopies on Courtland
High-traffic Business Expo booths are located in Hodges Park where family activities are staged as a component of the popular Taste of Park Ridge food festival. Get exposure to thousands of local festival visitors during this annual business fair and enjoy discounts on exhibit booths for Chamber members.
Annual Recognition Dinner-Dance
Celebrate and network at one of the year’s highest-profile events! Join local leaders of business, government, charity and cultural organizations in saluting the annual Community Stars and welcoming the Park Ridge Chamber’s incoming Board.
Multi-Chamber Networking Events
Expand your prospective customer base, find new vendors and make valuable contacts with colleagues the easy way. Attend these business-casual networking events and meet success-minded Chambers of Commerce members throughout the northwest Chicago area.
Sponsorship & Raffle Prize Marketing
Most events and programs of the Park Ridge Chamber offer the opportunity to gain extra visibility by sponsorships and raffle prize donations. The Chamber acknowledges every sponsor and donor, so even if you can’t attend, you can make your presence known to your key prospects.
Chamber Participation Incentives
The more networking events you attend and the more you participate in business-building special events, the more points you earn, redeemable at fellow Chamber stores, service businesses and more.
Chamber Gift Certificates
For a versatile, flexible gift idea that will please any consumer or business client and also boost our community, the Park Ridge Chamber issues more than 1,500 gift certificates every year. Designed to easily fit in a checkbook or wallet, gift certificates can be used for purchases at any company in the Chicago area that belongs to the Park Ridge Chamber and every company (member or not) located in Park Ridge. Even better, Chamber gift certificates never expire. Available in various denominations from $5 to $100 or in denominations of your choosing.
Greeter Box (Optional Additional Fee)
Newcomers to Park Ridge are prime prospects for every kind of business, from auto care to window-washing, pizza to printing and tea to tree-trimming. But who sees another flyer in the bushes? There’s a better way! As a Park Ridge Chamber member, you’re entitled to participate in our members-only Greeter Box Program. We deliver exciting boxes of advertising gifts, flyers, business cards, pens, magnets, menus and other “notice me!” items right to the new homeowners and businesses in Park Ridge. Everybody loves a free gift box, so our Greeter Box gets opened, explored and appreciated!
We deliver Greeter Boxes to approximately 50 new homeowners and residents each month – that’s 600 boxes each year at a cost of just $0.50 a box! For more informaton, click here or contact us at 847-825-3121.