December 2015

Member Luncheon with Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

The Chamber will host a member luncheon on Friday, December 11th, 11:30 a.m., with the Illinois State Treasurer as the keynote speaker. The luncheon will be held at the Jacob Henry Mansion Gathering Room, 15 S. Richards Street in Joliet. Cost to attend is $35 per person and reservations are required. Call the Chamber to reserve or reserve online here.

Holiday Member Reception

Mark your calenders for Thursday, December 10th for the Chamber's annual Holiday member Reception, hosted by the Chamber and The Jacob Henry Mansion. The event is from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, located at 20 S. Eastern Avenue in Joliet. Come and share in the Holiday spirit with all the Chamber members at the beautiful Jacob Henry Mansion, which will be all decked-out for the holidays!

There is no charge to attend, and there will be plenty of delicious appetizers and spirits! We are asking all who attend to bring a donation of canned goods or non-perishable items for the needy. Anyone who brings a donation will receive one free drink ticket!


To continue on the fun and success of our 100th Anniversary Gala, the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry is pleased to announce we will be hosting CARNIVAL: A Celebration of 101 Years!, on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Patrick Haley Mansion.

This vibrant dinner will be a celebration to honor Br. James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University for his commitment to education in the Joliet Region over the last 3 decades.

The CARNIVAL will be colorful and exciting, so we encourage our guests to join in by men wearing black tie optional attire and ladies wearing brightly colored, beautiful gowns. Since our Chamber board would like to view this as the "Businessman's Ball", tickets will be reasonably priced at $150.00 per guest. The evening will offer hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour, full open bar, three-course duel entree dinner, dinner wine, a whiskey and cigar bar, live entertainment, and much more! Watch your Chamber mail for more info!

2016 Breakfast Luncheon Sponsors

Anyone who would like to be a Breakfast/Luncheon Sponsor for 2016 can contact the Chamber office, or watch your Chamber mail. For a one-time investment of $200, you will receive:

  • Your business name on tent cards displayed on tables at all Chamber breakfasts/luncheons
  • Your business name in each on-line issue of VISION
  • Opportunity to display materials about your business at all breakfasts/luncheons
  • Business name exposure and recognition to a variety of Chamber members throughout the year
  • Sponsorship sign greets all guests attending the breakfasts/luncheons

Please contact the Chamber office to sign up or watch your Chamber mail for the sign-up form.


The Chamber will hold the 2016 EXPO & Spring Show at Louis Joliet Mall on Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27th. We are changing it up this year and you will not want to miss out on this great advertising opportunity for your business. Registration and sponsorship information has been mailed to ALL Chamber members! Please visit or call the Chamber for more info.


Shorewood HUGS presents is 7th Annual Chocolate Ball on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. @ The Clarion Hotel, 411 S. Larkin Avenue, Joliet. Tickets are $50 each and on sale now. Proceeds benefit HUGS & Wishes Program. Enjoy an evening of entertainment, appetizers, silent auction, raffles, James Bond look-alike contest, and much more. For more info, please visit

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by Chicago Tribune. A first time Top 100 Workplace honoree, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been serving families in Will, Grundy and Kendall Counties for more than 85 years. "This is a tremendous honor for our YMCA," said President and CEO Jim Watts. "Our staff team is our number one resource. They are engaged and feel a passion to serve and set out each day to make a difference in the lives of people living in our community."

Joliet Park District - Bring the kids to Inwood Golf Club on December 19th and 20th from 4-8 p.m. for Holiday Fun! This FREE event will take place at the Inwood Club House, located at 3200 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet. Come visit Santa, Rudolph and Frosty! There will be coloring contests, Cathy's Craft Corner, and Holiday movies for all. Enjoy a sucker from the Holiday Tree! For more info, please contact Brian Legan at




Ribbon Cutting @ Batteries + Bulbs on November 4th

Martinis & Mistletoe @ the Joliet Country Club on November 16th


Ribbon Cutting for DWS & Dick's Sporting Goods on November 20th

Ribbon Cutting for Community Care Systems on November 20th


Business After Hours @ David Nelson Exquisite Jewelry on November 19th


Ribbon Cutting for Stop & Go Airport Shuttle on November 24th at the Joliet Chamber office





Ribbon Cutting - Wednesday, December 2, 9:15 a.m. @ the Chamber office, located at 63 N. Chicago Street, for new Chamber member Alysstone!

CWW Holiday Luncheon - Thursday, December 3, 11:45 a.m. @ The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate Gathering Room, located at 15 S. Richards Street, Joliet. Cost to attend is $30 per person, and reservations are required. Everyone who attends will make a Holiday Ornament to take home! They will also be taking up a collection for Northern Illinois Food Bank. Reserve here.



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We are finished with our conversion to Chamber Master as our new membership software program. In the last few days you should have received an invite to setup a new username / password.

Once you are all set to go you can then begin to take advantage of the following:

After 15+ years working in the same software program, we appreciate your patience through this total data conversion. We are confident that once all of the bugs have been worked out and we become totally familiar with our new program that the benefits to you, our members, will be superb.

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