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Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce

October 2016 Newsletter

Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce 

October 2016

6348 N. Milwaukee Avenue PMB 318 Chicago, IL 60646 


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Dates to Remember

Oct. 2  Rosh Hashanah Begins
Oct. 7  Membership Meeting
Oct. 10  Columbus Day
Oct. 11 Yom Kippur Begins
Oct. 26 Board Meeting
Oct. 27 Halloween Event
Oct. 31 Halloween

October Meeting

Please join us at the Regular Membership Meeting of the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Friday October 7, 2016. This month’s meeting will take place at Gladstone Chiropractic Group, 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave. at 8:00 am.
The Chamber will have guest speaker Dr. Marie Vetter from Chicago Hearing Services.


Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. 


Business of the Month
Chicago Hearing Services was started in 1990 by Steven Wolinsky, AuD to help residents in northwest Chicago area hear better and communicate with their loved ones. Marie Vetter-Toalson, AuD worked at Chicago Hearing Services for seven years after graduating from The Ohio State University in 2009 with a doctorate of audiology. In January 2016, Dr. Vetter-Toalson purchased Chicago Hearing Services. Dr. Vetter-Toalson provide’s patient-focused hearing care including hearing tests, hearing aid selection and programming, hearing aid repairs, and custom hearing protection. Dr. Vetter-Toalson has served on the Illinois Academy of Audiology Board and is a current member of the Big Shoulders Fund Chairman’s Advisory Council.    

Economic Development
A proposal to lift the rush-hour parking restrictions on Bryn Mawr Avenue between Milwaukee Avenue and Northwest Highway is intended to improve pedestrian and traffic safety near Hitch School.
Last school year a vehicle reportedly struck a crossing guard near the school. Alderman John Arena introduced an ordinance to eliminate the parking ban at the Sept. 14 City Council meeting.
Bryn Mawr consists of two lanes of traffic in each direction during the morning and evening rush hour due to a parking ban that is in effect from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. The proposed ordinance would eliminate those parking restrictions, leaving only one lane of traffic in each direction all day.
Meanwhile, another proposed ordinance would create an industrial permit-parking zone on Austin Avenue between Northwest Highway and the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way, where the Gladstone Park Metra station is located. The restriction would be in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Throwback Music Fest was a GRAND SLAM!!! We could never have predicted the amount of people that came out all weekend to enjoy the festivities. It was amazing to be on-stage and look out at the sea of people on Milwaukee Ave.
Thank you to Alderman Margaret Laurino for approving the closing of Milwaukee Ave. and stopping by the 9/11 Ceremony on Sunday, September 11th and again later Sunday evening and sharing her excitement of the fest.

Thank you to the committee who worked very hard to put the fest together:
John Garrido, Lisa Kennedy, Cathy Voight, Rob Voight, David Wians, Brian Nadig, Richie Betts, Helmuts Lackajs, Michael Cornfield, Jaime Morales, Russell Schultz, Joe DiCiaula, Robert Lokcik, John Eshoo and Lauren Bizzotto.

Here are some pictures from the fest:

You don’t want to miss it next year. Planning is already in progress. The dates are September 8th, 9th and 10th. 


At the chamber’s recent “Throwback Music Fest,” an American flag which was carried on combat missions in Afghanistan was presented to 16th District police officers for their effort to collect 150 pounds of candy for a U.S. Air Force unit that later suffered casualties in a suicide bomb attack.
A month after a picture was taken in November showing 16 airmen smiling and holding the boxes of candy, six of them were killed while on patrol outside Bagram Airfield. Several members of the unit were New York City police officers.
Melissa Brunelli, whose son Gregory served at the airbase and is now stationed in the U.S., presented the flag to police lieutenant and chamber board member John Garrido.
“I put something on Facebook, and a lot of my friends started sending little things,” Brunelli said at the ceremony. “Little things like this coming from home do not mean much for you and I, but for them in a foreign land it does.”
The donations were accepted at the police station, the office of Allstate agent Jaime Morales and Battery Giant, and shipping costs were donated by the UPS Store.


Kathleen O’Brien
$25 for Gale Street Inn donated by Gale Street Inn

Debra Spychole
$25 Visa Gift Card donated by David Wians State Farm

Coffee with a COP

Friday October 7, 2016
Dunkin Donuts
6342 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646
7:00 AM to 09:00 AM
The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and citizens they serve.  
By removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.
This is presented by the:
Chicago Police Department 
16th District 
Community Policing
Questions?  Please contact:
or call (312)742-4521






Microsoft Tip of the Month

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Northwest Side Hero Nominations Now Open

Do you have an amazing neighbor or know a business person, community activist or youngster who really gives their all to the Northwest side? Nominate him or her to be featured as a 2017 Northwest Side Hero.

The Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, The Six Corners Association, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Alderman Arena have partnered with local resident Nora Kerr and her business Memoir For Me to share the stories of our local heroes. The northwest side of Chicago is filled with amazing individuals and now is the chance to tell our story to a larger audience.  

Nominations will be accepted from now until December 31, 2016.

Nominees must be either a resident, business owner or employee of a northwest side business, clergy, community activist, etc.  For the purposes of this project we are defining the “northwest side” as north of Addison and west of the Kennedy Expressway. There are no age limits!

The list of nominees will be complied through the end of the year and nominees will be contacted in January 2017.


Banner Program
Over 15 years ago the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce had its first set of decorative banners installed on Milwaukee Avenue. Today, at least 90 lampposts feature our banners around all of Gladstone Park. Feedback on our banner program has been extremely positive.
We are offering you an exciting marketing opportunity that is 24 hours, 7 days a week, for your business name to be seen. The name of your business or your logo (PDF file required) will be placed along the bottom of a blue and yellow “Gladstone Park Chamber Welcome You” banner.
The cost sponsorship starts at $300. Your second Banner is an additional $200. Your third Banner is $150. Your fourth Banner is FREE. Each year there will be a $50 renewal fee for each Banner.
The exact location of all banners will be determined at the discretion of the chamber with input from you. Locations are a first come, first served basis.
Banner applications, along with a check, are due as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, call committee chairman Brian Nadig at (773)286-6100 or Chamber Executive Director Cathy Voight at (773)775-8871

The average cost now is:
Buy 1, pay $300 @ $300
Buy 2, pay $500 @ $250
Buy 3, pay $650 @ $217
Buy 4, pay $650 @ $162.50  

  • You must be a Chamber member in good standing to participate in the Banner program.








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