Chamber notes: Volunteers needed for Cycling Classic

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(Image provided by Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

ELMHURST – Our chamber is a Gift-In-Kind Sponsor of the DuPage Cycling Foundation-organized Fifth Annual Superior Ambulance Elmhurst Cycling Classic, which will return around the Elmhurst College campus Friday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

John Quigley

Race organizers are seeking volunteers to work individually or as part of a fundraising group, with 2 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. the most needed times to fill.

If you can make it out to the event, Elmhurst Our Kind of Town will provide videotaped cable TV coverage on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, with Ken Bartels of Community Bank of Elmhurst and yours truly serving as emcees.

New Chamber Website On Tap

Jennifer Speaker of SMB Advantage Group is completing work on the redesign and reformatting of the Chamber’s new responsive website, which will go live this month.

Explore Elmhurst Express Trolley

Since its June 2 start, the Explore Elmhurst Express Trolley – a 16-week summer program providing FREE rides to residents and visitors travelling between Elmhurst City Centre and the Spring Road and York and Vallette Business districts – has enjoyed increased ridership from 2016’s debut campaign.

Each Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 12 midnight, the trolley connects those three business districts, with pick-ups and drop offs every 30 minutes at six street-signed locations, with convenient public parking available near each of the stops.

A special Holly Trolley will run this Friday and Saturday, July 7-8, from noon to 6 p.m. to serve Elmhurst City Centre’s Christmas in July promotion.

Starting in downtown Elmhurst at York Street and Park Avenue on the hour and half hour, the trolley will move in five-minute intervals to stops at York and Schiller streets, Second Street and Addison Avenue, Cottage Hill and Virginia Street (Wilder Park), Spring Road and the Illinois Prairie Path, and then York and Vallette.

New for this year is a GPS “Trolley Tracker,” linked to the Explore Elmhurst website, that allows riders to find the trolley’s exact location along the route.  Riders can also enter to win weekly prizes donation by Elmhurst businesses and organizations.  For riders active on social media, they can share their trolley photos by tagging #ExploreElmhurst.

Happy Anniversaries

Six members are celebrating Chamber anniversaries in July, as follows:  45 years – Fruitful Yield; 20 years – Vital Signs USA; 15 years – Chicago Records Management; 10 years – Illinois Spinal Care of Elmhurst; and 5 years – Hamburger Jones, Simplex System Controls, United Community Concerns Association and York Township.

New Members

The Chamber welcomed three new members in June, as follows: Chicago Fire & Water Restoration, Daily Herald Media Group and Town Square Publications.

Reactivated Members

1911 Club, Home of the Elmhurst Knights of Columbus, Live Well Chiropractic, Peters & Associates reactivated their Chamber memberships in June.

No Longer Members

The Chamber said goodbye to the following eight members in June:  Chiro One Wellness Center of Oak Brook, Elmhurst Garage Door Service, Engler Callaway Baasten & Straga, LLC, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, LaSalle St. Securities, LLC, Mathnasium of Elmhurst and Pie Five Pizza and The PrivateBank.

John Quigley is president and CEO of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and Industry