JAYP: Joliet Area Young Professionals

Providing social, professional development, and volunteer opportunities for young professionals

JAYP connects, empowers, and engages young professionals between ages 21 and 40 in the greater Joliet area.

The Joliet Area Young Professionals (JAYP) is a division of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was developed to establish social and professional development opportunities for young professionals. Our vision is to cultivate a new generation of young professionals that take an active role in serving and empowering the Joliet community socially and professionally while being civically-engaged. JAYP also strives to enhance the vitality of the Joliet Region by creating a strong community of young professionals.

In order to continue to offer quality programs and exciting events, we have a very brief survey for you to take.  Please click here to be directed.  Thank you for helping us stay relevant to our members.

Why Join?

  • Build lasting personal and professional relationships
  • Give back to the community
  • Access educational and professional resources
  • Advance your leadership skills

ShamROCKED – March 10th, 2020
5-8pm  @ The Joliet Area Historical Museum
CLICK HERE for more details or to register

All of the below are subject to change, for the most updated calendar of events, please visit Chamber Calendar of Events

JAYP Social Series:  Free Event to members of our Young Professionals group.  Meet other and build relationships with area professionals.  All are welcome.

  • February 12 – Will County Brewing – 5-7 pm
  • March 19 – McWethy’s – 5-7 pm
  • April 16 –  Juliet’s – 5-7 pm
  • May 21 – Industry Tap – 5-7 pm
  • June 18 – Skooters – 5-7 pm
  • July 16 – Craft’d – 5-7 pm
  • August 12 – Jamesons – 5-7 pm
  • September 17 – Cork Wine Bar – 5-7 pm
  • October 15 – Mad Hatchet Brewing – 5-7 pm
  • November – TBD
  • December – TBD

Wednesday Lunch Events:  Casual lunch meet-ups to network, catch up with an older friend or meet a new one.  No cost. Lunch is not provided. 

  • February 12 – Anthony’s – 12 -1 pm
  • March 11 – Heroes West – 12 -1 pm
  • April 8 –  Great American Bagel – 12 -1 pm
  • May 13 – Barolos – 12 -1 pm
  • June 10 – OMG Pho – Shorewood – 12 -1 pm
  • July 8 – Chevere Latin Cafe – 12 -1 pm
  • August 12 – Jamesons – 12 -1 pm
  • September 9 – McBride’s – 12 -1 pm
  • October 7 – Hop Scotch & Vine – 12 -1 pm
  • November 11 – Juliet’s – 12 -1 pm
  • December 9 – Catrina’s Mex – 12 -1 pm





Robert Miranda
First Midwest Bank

Vice Chair




Theresa Dollinger
Castle Law

Past Chair




Tom Kentner
Heartland Bank & Trust Co.






Jayne Bernhard
City of Joliet

Members At Large




John Gillmann
Hometown National Bank

Cameron Lythberg
Lythberg Law, LLC.





Skyler Reed
Nowacki Insurance Agency

Shykira Richards
Chicago Urban League

Take a look at some of the past social events, volunteer projects, and professional development seminars

  • Joliet Slammers suite night
  • Chicago Blackhawks bus trip
  • Chicago Cubs bus trip
  • Chicago White Sox bus trip
  • Book of Morman play bus trip
  • Werk Force Brewing tour
  • Revolution brewing tour
  • Texas Hold ‘Em tournament
  • Brunswick Zone bowling
  • BMW ride along at Autobahn Country Club
  • Relay 4 Life Volunteer
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters bowling nights and Haunted Trails
  • Will County Forest Preserve clean up
  • MorningStar Mission food service
  • First time home buyer seminar
  • Speed networking
  • LinkedIn and other social media seminars
  • Investing for your future seminar
  • Personal credit seminar
  • Time management seminar

Want to know more? We want to hear from you!

Call or email
Mike Paone, IOM
Vice President
Joliet Area Young Professionals Ex-Officio
Ambassador Committee Liaison
815.727.5371 -or- mpaone@jolietchamber.com
Joliet Area Young Professionals Photo Gallery
Joliet Area Young Professionals “Make Yourself Official” video campaign

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Our members range from recent grads to CEOs and everything in between. We are united by our desire to make the Joliet area a more vibrant place to live, work and play.

JAYP membership is open to anyone in the 21-40 age bracket. We are a division of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, but chamber membership is not required to join. The cost of membership is $45 for individuals associated with a Chamber member and $100 for individuals that are not.

JAYP Application

Mail Application to:
Attn: Mike Paone
63 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL. 60432

or Fax to:
Attn: Mike Paone

View our JAYP Member Directory