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Café La Cave
Since its expansion in 1991, Café La Cave banquets has hosted some of the Chicago area’s more stunning and premier events. Their focus is on quality food, jaw-dropping décor and a refined personal service that leaves no detail overlooked.

The facility offers a restaurant and bar, as well as two ballrooms – perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions, religious gatherings, showers, corporate meetings and cocktail hours. Owners Kim and Randy Sutter pride themselves in ensuring meticulously orchestrated events.

But folks don’t need a grand affair in order to try Café La Cave’s fine classic continental cuisine. Dining at the restaurant, which opened in 1968 but was taken over by the Sutters in 1976, is available most days.

As far as banquets go, the facility’s two ballrooms can accommodate a range of party sizes, from 50 to 320 guests, depending on the room. One of the more scenic spots on the property is the pre-function area with a grand staircase leading up to a private suite. It’s the perfect backdrop to create memories for a lifetime.

JB Metal Works
Most people have seen JB Metal Works’ handiwork without perhaps realizing it. Case in point: the company built railings and other items for the movie set of “The Breakfast Club” in 1985.
JB Metal Works has been designing ornamental iron for 80 years, specializing in railings, gates, fencing, columns, steel sales and fabricating.

The company crafted the streetscape flower boxes and railings in downtown Des Plaines, and restored and installed railings from the original Union Station in Chicago to The Grove Redfield Estate – a historical property in Glenview.

In addition, JB Metal Works’ projects include structural repairs to the Bahai House of Worship in Wilmette, the parking garage at Boeing International Headquarters, renovation and repair of a 100-year-old wrought iron fence at Lohr Park in Evanston, as well as thousands of residential and commercial railing installations.

The operation has grown quite a bit since its first job in 1937: the completion of one railing that cost $18, according to owner Steve Burval. The business has been a chamber member for 67 years.

Journal and Topics
In the 1930s, a newspaper employee launched his own publication: the Des Plaines Journal. Robert Fabian owned it until 1947, when it was purchased by the Wessell family, which still oversees it today. The operation has been a member of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce since 1934.

Over the years, the paper found growing success – and several more audiences. Today, it consists of 17 newspapers in towns including Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Rosemont, Niles, Arlington Heights and Palatine. Their mission is to deliver local news, commentary and photography.

In 1979, the word “topics” was added to the title to blend the Journal publications with the handful of Topics newspapers the Wessells had acquired. During its tenure, the Journal & Topics has earned dozens of editorial and advertising awards for continued excellence.

Pesche’s Flowers Inc.
From standard-fare vegetable seeds to exotic plants, Pesche’s Flowers Inc. offers a trusted, local venue for plants of all kinds –
and the knowledge to care for them to boot.

Owner Chris Pesche wants potential customers to know he doesn’t sell hardware, drywall or grout. The nuts and bolts of his operation are strictly plant-based. They’re specialists by design.

The longtime family-run garden center sits on seven acres. Here you’ll find plants, pots and bulbs, fountains, seasonal décor, cut flowers for all occasions and more.

Pesche says his business provides not only the largest variety of plants in the Chicago area, but also the best quality. Business began in 1923, when Fred Pesche moved with his wife and 11 children to Des Plaines. Fred bought and developed the property that Pesche’s still sits on today. The business has been a Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce member since 1934.

Pesche’s prides itself in not just offering supplies, but also creative ideas (think fairy gardens and birding), classes and a knowledgeable staff that lends expert advice.

Square Deal Shoe Store
Square Deal Shoe Store is a business that walks the walk, and it does so in quality footwear. Having been around for nearly 100 years, the shoe shop aims to offer a more personal, full-service shoe-shopping experience.

“We don’t just sell shoes; we fit them,” is their business philosophy.
Square Deal has changed its look over the years, but it’s never
lost its cozy, vintage vibe. When you ring up your next purchase there, be sure to take note of the original cash register still in use. Also, check out the shop’s “shoe museum” that contains shoes dating back to the early 1900s.

Luigi and Amelia Capozzoli opened the store in Des Plaines in 1921. The business has since been passed down through generations to current owners Jack Capozzoli and his mother, Julie Capozzoli. The store, which has been a local chamber of commerce member since 1934, carries key brand-name products fitted by experienced staffers.

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