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River Grove Village President

This new Community Guide marks over one year since River Grove became a partner in the Grand Corridor Chamber of Commerce, joining Elmwood Park and Chicago’s Mont Clare neighborhood (where I grew up). The Chamber has worked tirelessly and professionally to support the businesses in the communities they represent. I’m sure that you will find the Grand Corridor Chamber of Commerce Community Guide to be a handy resource for quickly finding the many nearby businesses, services and organizations that are available to you. I recommend that you keep this directory close to your desk and refer to it often.

If you have not yet joined the Grand Corridor Chamber as a member, I urge you to do so soon. In addition to this Community Guide, the Chamber hosts an excellent, up-to-date website which both informs and promotes the members of the Chamber as well as the residents of our communities. The Chamber frequently hosts evening networking events where like-minded business entrepreneurs can meet to both socialize and share ideas for expanding their customer base.

River Grove residents and business owners already know that our town is a town filled with character, holding on dearly to our long history as Leyden Township’s oldest incorporated village. The result is a community with an unmistakable and genuine small-town charm. At the same time, River Grove has laid the groundwork to capitalize on strong development opportunities.

With the worst of the national recession behind us, we are seeing strong interest from developers and business entrepreneurs in investing capital in our communities. In the past year, many unoccupied business parcels have once again become occupied and vibrant, offering revenue and convenience to our community and employment opportunities for our residents.

New businesses bring new customer traffic which is a benefit to ALL businesses, both new and existing. River Grove is pleased to be partnering with the Elmwood Park and Mont Clare communities which together make up the Grand Avenue Business Corridor. “Strength in Numbers” is the philosophy behind the creation of a multi-community Chamber of Commerce. By sharing our resources and ideas, we can accomplish so much more than by “going it alone” which, once again, is a great reason for you to become a member of the Chamber.

Shopping locally not only benefits our local retailers and service providers, it also reaps rewards for our local residents. I hope you will make it a point to patronize the many area businesses listed in this directory.


Marilynn J. May
River Grove Village President

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