The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce
July  2011
Welcome to The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce



The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce is a City of Chicago delegate agency here to service the businesses located within our community.  We offer events and seminars throughout the year that can assist you with many of your business needs.  Please feel free to contact us at anytime if you need business assistance.
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Little Kids, Big Smiles Dental Center

Now Open!  


773-761-0300 is now offering affordable dental care for your children.  Public Aid/All Kids Insurance accepted.  Offering affordable care based on a sliding fee scale. 

 Dental Hours:
Monday, Wednesday:9 a.m.-5 p.m.Tuesday, Thursday:11 a.m.- 7 p.m.Friday, Saturday:9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 773-761-030


adha21st Annual ADA Celebration:Celebrate 21 Years of ADA / Keeping the Promise of Equality


James R. Thompson Center

100 West Randolph Street, Chicago

Thursday, July 14, 2011

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Professional and non-professional artists, over the age of 10, who have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, are invited to submit visual and literary artworks for the Exhibition.  Artists receive 100% of all proceeds for any artworks that may be sold.


The Arts and Access Exhibit is a component of the

Illinois Department of Human Service's

Commemoration event,

Celebrating the 21st anniversary of the passage of the

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Individuals or organizations wishing to participate in the Art Exhibit may refer to the contact information at the bottom of this page by June 22.

On July 14, 2011, there will be participatory intergenerational art workshops for all, a guided tour of the exhibit, and demonstrations by the Artists. 

The entire event is free and accessible.  


The art exhibition (July 11 - July 15) is made possible by funds from the

Illinois Department of Human Services in cooperation with numerous State Agencies and Councils.

There will be interactive and informational workshops throughout the day on ADA Issues, and there will be exhibits from organizations, participatory sports activities, and entertainment. 


For A Taste of the Arts Workshop and Arts and Accessibility Information at your facility prior to the exhibit, or

To register for this year's Art Exhibit, or for further questions, please contact:

Sharon Hyson, ADA Art Coordinator

Art Director / Art Therapist / Art Educator / Teaching Artist




Gang Graffiti Issues in West Ridge 


Over the past several weeks the Chamber offices have received several phone calls regarding an increase in gang graffiti.  The 24th District Police Department is aware of the situation and is doing everything possible to keep the situation under control.  As business owners there are a few things you can do:


If you see graffiti on your building, garbage cans or dumpsters, please call 311 immediately to put in a request to have it removed.


Keep entry ways including your back doors, parking areas and garbage areas well lit.


If you see suspicious behavior, call 911.  

SBIF Money is Available for Touhy & Western Businesses

The Small Business Improvement Fund uses TIF dollars to provide grants up to $150,000 to businesses located within the TIF district.  Currently, the Touhy/Western TIF is accepting applications.

The grants do not have to be repaid!

Eligible Expenses For a SBIF Grant include, but are not limited to:

  • New windows, floors or roof
  • Sign removal and replacement
  • Tuck pointing
  • New heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Improvements to accommodate disabled patrons or workers
  • Purchase of adjacent property for building expansion or parking

To obtain your application, please go to Somercor 504 or contact the West Ridge Chamber.


6th Annual Tournament of Heroes Softball Game!


Join us Monday, July 11

Thillen's Stadium

(corner of Devon & Kedzie)

Gates open at 6pm


West Ridge Firefighters vs. 24th District Police Department

Enjoy and evening with the family at beautiful Thillens Stadium! Show your support for your community and the men and women of the Chicago Police & Fire Departments by attending this fun family event.


Special appearances by the Misericordia Heartzingers,
Performing Arts Ltd. Dancers, the Music House Rock Band & so much more!



                                  Sponsored by: 

Sauganash Wellness Center, McDonald's, Subway, Domino's Pizza, Chiro One Wellness Centers,
 Devon Bank, Glencrest Healthcare, US Cellular, Century 21 Universal Real Estate, St. Francis Hospital, First Commercial Bank, Mullen's Bar & Grill,  Patel Handicrafts & Utensils, Villa Palermo Restaurant & Morelia Supermarket



 Buy an Alarm Clock! Dennis pic


Does your business have a large number of small transactions, such as a fast food restaurant?  Then use an alarm clock to create "Winners" and get people talking about your business.  Here's how this could work in a fast food restaurant.  Other businesses would need to adapt the concept to their particular circumstances.


During a busy period such as lunch, have your alarm go off periodically, say every ten minutes. Whoever is placing an order at that moment is a "Winner" and gets a free beverage.  Try to ensure that your other patrons know what has happened.  If the occasion is handled properly, most of the "Winners" and many of your customers will tell others about the event.  What a great way to get word-of-mouth advertising for the cost of a beverage.


As you take steps to grow your business, send me your information at and I will try to tell your story in future issues.


Dennis J. Frantsve

TaxCutters, Inc

We've Moved!! 2457 W. Peterson


  News from Kiwanis of Rogers Park 


Office Depot Saves You Money! 


Office Depot


The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Office Depot stores to bring you discounts on the most frequesntly purchased office supplies. 

We encourgae all local businesses to sign up for this unique program.


Discounts can be used at any Office Depot store or online.  Deals can be up to 40% off items such as paper, toner and ink.  Even office fruniture and printing are included.  Please contact the Chamber to sign up!

Find Out More Here!


Business Owners Have A Lot to Worry About!

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 With the Business Owners Legal Solutions Plan, we can help ease some of those worries.  As a part of the BOLSP membership, you have access to quality lawyers for legal advice and services and also receive valuable consulting and more with Let Fran Tarkenton Help Advertise your Business. FREE ONE YEAR  Growing America One Business at a Time.  Call your Pre-Paid legal Independent Associate for more information. Eric Finkelstein at 312 569 0068 or  
Cook County State's Attorney's Community Justice Center Hosts Seminar

Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the 19th Police District's Community Room, 2452 W. Belmont. Plan to attend and learn tips on how not to be a crime victim.  For additional questions and to RSVP (deadline is July 18, 2011) contact 773-334-4066 or email


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SBIF Funds for Touhy & Western

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Upcoming  Events 

 The Moose Grill

Wednesday. July 20    


7210 N. California
Meet other Chamber members and business owners

 FREE for WRCC members

/ $5 for non-members


Business Killers
The 6 Biggest Mistakes Business Owners Make-And How to Avoid Them!
Friday, July 22
Juliana's Restaurant
3001 W. Peterson 


Northwest Network Golf Outing
24, 2011
1:30pm shotgun start
White Pines Golf Club

 $150 per golfer



3rd Quarter 2011 Luncheon
Thursday, September 8 1230-2pm

Location TBA

Speaker: Kim Valente from JVS Chicago

"Preparing a Business Plan to Present to a Financial Institution"

$15 for WRCC members/$20 non-members


Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling Day
Sunday, September 11

9am -noon

Devon Bank
6445 N. Western 



Joint Networking Event!

 West Ridge Chamber of Commerce & Jewish B2B Networking

Wed. September 14

 8am - 9:30am

Devon Fish & Pizza 

 $15 in advance

$20 at the door 


Celebrate Small Business Week!

Social Security
 More than Meets the Eye

Wed. October 6
5:30 -7:00pm
Devon Bank
6445 N. Western

FREE for WRCC members/

$5 for non members  





June  Chamber Members

New & Renewing 


ATI Physical Therapy 


Atul Karkhanis Architects 


IQRA Book Center


Music House Inc.


Prime Accounting & Tax Services


St. Francis Hospital

\We thank you for your support!

Need to pay your 2011 dues?



SSA #43 Devon Avenue

The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce is the Service Provider for the Devon Avenue Special Service Area.


Summer 2011 Services Include:


sidewalk sweeping and trash can emptying 
M, W, Th, F, Sa & Sun 


Sweeping of sidewalks on residental blocks east and west of Devon Avenue between Leavitt & Sacremento


Servicing of the 24 Big Belly Solar cans


 Landscaping of 20 City of Chicago Planters between Western & California

 and the 8 new flower planters like the one pictured below.



Recycling Options 


Fall Shredding & Paper Recycling 

Sunday, September 11

Devon Bank Parking Lot

6445 N. Western Ave.

 paper bin
The Chamber sponsors two locations for you to recycle paper 24/7/365 

Devon Bank

 6445 N. Western Avenue


High Ridge YMCA
2424 W. Touhy Avenue 

You can drop off business or school papers, magazines, newspapers or soft covered books at either location at anytime day or night. 


All papers are used to make recycled newsprint.  Plus, the Chamber uses this program as a way to raise funds for our programs.   We collect a small monetary amount per ton of paper we collect each month.

Save the earth & support your local Chamber.


In 2010, West Ridge recycled 31.68 tons of paper!

Available Properties 

The Devon Bank Building has office space for rent.  Please contact Irv Loundy at 773-423-2424 for details!!


Commercial Space
2818 W. Devon, Chicago


call 847-863-4977 


The CAPS National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2011.
Community groups wishing to purchase a table may do so by contacting Morrine Sweer at  The cost of the table is only $15.


Need Help With Your Mortgage?

Governor Pat Quinn has established the Mortgage Relief Project to help youtake advantage of new government programs that can help you lower yourmortgage payments, avoid foreclosure and keep your home. Learn more at yourlocal Mortgage Relief Project outreach event.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration until noon)Saturday, July 16, 2011Arturo Velasquez Institute2800 South Western Avenue

Download More Info Here
Multi Chamber Event

Two worlds. One stage. Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin and Opera superstar Nathan Gunn combine their musical talents to create a unique and powerful evening.

Wednesday August 31, Show STARTS at 8pm 
Lawn Seats $15

You may arrive at Ravinia anytime after 4pm and enjoy the atmosphere on the lawnwhile socializing and networking with the other attendees.Laura and Gail will arrive early and secure a prime location on the lawn.Look for the BLUE Balloons and a GP Chamber BannerBring Lawn CHAIRS & a Picnic Basket.OR purchase your food & drink at the food court.

Yes I want to attend! Please send an RSVP email to westridgechamber@sbcglobal,.netAND Purchase your tickets online

 Purchase Your Tickets Now

North Side's Small Business Development Fund Gets Rolling
rolling green
Denise Buckman and Kevin Morris of Rolling Clean Car Wash with 
Tom Laures, North Side's Small Business Loan Officer.

North Side Community Federal Credit Union

(North Side) has been servicing  the Uptown neighborhood for years. 

North Side's new SBDF allows entrepreneurs the funding to help start a business or expand an existing business.  In February of this year, North Side received funds from the Office of the City Treasurer to offer Chicago-based small businesses micro loans. An existing business can borrow up to $35,000 while a start up operation can qualify for up to $15,000.  Typically, these loans are used for build out, working capital and for acquiring machinery, tools and inventory.  The loan term is up to 5 years at a prime +2% interest rate.  As of June 2011, the current rate is 5.25%.

Find Out How You Can Obtain Funds 




$150 value 


Free Teeth Cleaning!
with purchase of in-house Smile Whitening  for West Ridge Chamber Members!    

It is our goal at Joyful Dental Care to provide exceptional General Dentistry service to individuals and families around Chicago and the Sauganash and Lincolnwood areas in a professional, caring environment. We also strive to prevent oral and dental diseases and the resultant pain and destruction of dentition they can cause.
At Joyful Dental Care we specialize in cosmetic dentistry and preventative dentistry. From fillings to veneers and so much more, Joyful Dental Care can provide the best service for just about anyone! At Joyful Dental Care, we also practice painless dentistry procedures. We have a very calming and relaxing approach for comforting anxious patients.
6314 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago, IL 60646
3 blocks north of Peterson Ave.
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