Images from the After Hours section of the January 2018 issue of the Daily Herald Business Ledger.
Sonas Hospitality CEO Ed Carrella is joined by Naperville Mayor Pro Tempore Judy Brodhead in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Pete Miller's Steak and Seafood Naperville, 3032 English Rows. Guests were treated to live jazz music by The Phil Seed Duo featuring Joel Burt.
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Batavia Denny's, 521 N. Randall Road. Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke, Denny's President and CEO Ken Kilberger, Batavia Chamber President and CEO Holly Deitchman and other community representatives attended the event.
Addison Chamber of Commerce & Industry recently welcomed Gordillas, 655 W. Lake St., with an morning event featuring Mariachi music.
Amy Simatos, president of Gilberts-based AIM Training and Consulting, Inc., explored "From Zero to Sales Hero" at Aurora University Nov. 14. Simatos keynoted the bimonthly AU Sales Institute, a series of free, public workshops at AU's Orchard Center campus in Aurora.
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Circle K and Dunkin' Donuts, 108 N. Batavia Ave. Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke, owner Harry Mehta, Holly Deitchman, Batavia Chamber President and other community representatives attended the event.
Members of Chamber 630 celebrated the new ownership and expansion of longtime Downers Grove dance studio, Versa5 with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration! New Owner, Deanna Thompson greatly appreciates your support for her new business located at 6218 Main Street, Downers Grove.
Salata Lexington Commons owner Dan Campbell presents a $550 check to Kate Hyland, Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 superintendent. The money was raised through Salata's inaugural "Salata Salutes" give back program. The money will support the Katie Samsel Fund, a fund used to flexibly meet student and family needs as they arise
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and the village of South Barrington gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Inspire Bleu at 100 W. Higgins, Suite F-50, in The Arboretum of South Barrington. Inspire Bleu is a wellness center that offers holistic services to elevate the mind, body and spirit.
Members of Chamber 630 welcomed H & M International to Downers Grove with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration! President Sheikh Parwez's new business is located at 7325 Lemont Road, Downers Grove.
Shaun McCoy, from left, Greg Kachoris, Brenda Quinn, John Quinn, principal of Merrimack Solutions in Aurora; Marilyn Weisner, Aurora Area Interfaith Pantry executive director; Hans Ashman and Natalie McDaniel gather together to present a $500 donation check from Merrimack Solutions to the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. In addition to the donation, Merrimack Solutions also sent a team of six volunteers to distribute food to visitors during a recent visit.
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce gathered with the village of Barrington for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of Vintage Wine & Spirits under new ownership, at 716 S. Northwest Hwy. in Barrington.
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Ashley HomeStore, 1777 S. Randall Road in Geneva. Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Geneva Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Judy Carroll hold the ribbon while Store Manager Jennifer Rocha cuts the ribbon surrounded by employees, city officials and chamber board members.
The Schaumburg Business Association held a ribbon cutting at Miller's Ale House, 1300 N. Meacham Road. Village Clerk Marilyn Karr, Trustee George Dunham, and Trustee Diane Dunham are among the guests in attendance.
The Romeoville Express Car Wash, at the intersection of Route 53 and Romeo Road, had its official ribbon cutting, showcasing the facility. They say the car wash bay is top of the line and is the longest bay in the state of Illinois. There are vacuum stations, car mat cleaners and even two bays where you can wash your dog.
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Molitor Group. Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke, Ed Molitor, owner of The Molitor Group, Batavia Chamber representatives Margaret Perreault and Catherine Fitch, MainStreet's Executive Director Jamie Saam, along with other community representatives attended the event.
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at Weidner Insurance Agency, 301 Hamilton St., Geneva. Geneva Chamber Board Chairman Scott Lebin and Geneva Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Judy Carroll held the ribbon while owner Erik Weidner cut the ribbon.
The Oswego Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Aqueduct Plumbing Services, 74 Stone Hill Road, Unit C, Oswego.
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of the newly remodeled Talbots in Deer Park Town Center, located at 20530 N. Rand Road, 318, in Deer Park.
Dr. Joshua Foxson, family and staff join Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Naperville Area Chamber of CommercePresident Nicki Anderson in cutting the ribbon to celebrate Naperville Oral Surgery's new office at 605 S. Washington in Naperville.
More than 135 toys were collected at the Lenox Chamber of Commerce's annual Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party at Gatto's Italian Restaurant and Bar. It was a record high for the chamber's annual collection.
The Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau and the Village of Westmont welcomed U-Stor-It Self Storage, 701 N. Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. U-Stor-It is committed to providing area business and residents with clean, affordable self-storage in an environment.
The Oswego Chamber of Commerce welcomed Stonehouse Market, 62 Washington St., to downtown Oswego and to membership in the chamber. Stonehouse Market offers antique, vintage, home decor, bridal registry and upholstery services.
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Yellow Aura Yoga, 27 N. Second St., Unit 101, Geneva. Geneva Chamber of Commerce President Jean Gaines and Geneva Chamber of Commerce Board Member Neil Johnson held the ribbon while owner Heather Kellogg cut the ribbon.
Innovation DuPage received support of the DuPage County Board for its efforts to connect small businesses with the necessary resources to thrive and stimulate job growth. Attending the event were Tonia Khouri, DuPage County economic development committee chair; Ann Rondeau, College of DuPage president; John Carpenter, Choose DuPage president and CEO; Dan Cronin, DuPage County board president and Glen Ellyn Village President Diane McGinley.
The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Nothing Bundt Cakes, 20413 N. Rand Road, Kildeer.
The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Orange Theory Fitness, 20393 N. Rand Road, Kildeer.
Aurora Fifth Ward Alderman Carl Franco, center, and Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin led shoppers checking out at the grand opening of a new Aldi store at 2275 W. Galena Blvd. in Aurora. (Al Benson Photo)
Groundbreaking recently took place for Addison's first senior living community. Clarendale Addison, a 215,000 square-foot, five-story facility, will be built on five acres at 1651 W. Lake St. Construction of the $45 million project began last fall with completion scheduled for early 2019.
Members of Chamber 630 recently celebrated the anniversary of Western & Southern Life (Oak Brook), 1 Oakbrook Terrace, Suite 708, Oak Brook. with a ribbon cutting celebration.
Sunset Foods customers recently responded to Moraine Township Food Pantry volunteers and added donations at checkout to help the food pantry purchase produce, eggs, cheese and meat throughout the year. The Sunset/Food Pantry partnership raised $13,983 for the pantry.