About the Chamber

Our business is your business...

With nearly 400 member businesses and 66 years of experience, the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce works to make our communities vibrant places to live, work and conduct business.

We serve as the voice of business in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, and as a respected resource for professional contacts, best practices, innovative solutions, and more than 50 networking events each year. Members enjoy dozens of opportunities to grow their business through promotional opportunities, connections and other valuable benefits. Through our award-winning ‘Think Local First’ initiative, we also act as a conduit between the business community and residents, employees and visitors to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff to encourage buying local to keep dollars in our community.

Our members range in size from 1 to 1800+ employees and from solo entrepreneurs to corporate headquarters. We welcome new members at any time during the year. And of course, our members welcome your business! Click here for all member benefits, enhanced packages and dues.

Officers

President
Diana Melichar, Owner - Melichar Architects

Vice President
Susan Kelsey, Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch

Secretary
Phil Gayter, Owner - Brandstorm!

Treasurer
Colette Woidat, CPA - Pasquesi Sheppard LLC

Immediate Past President
Steve Milota, Senior Vice President – Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company

Directors

Shaun Carter, Sales & Administration - Britt Carter & Co.

Keri Cook Falls, Managing Broker - @properties

Drew Irvin, Village Administrator – Village of Lake Bluff

Julie McLaughlin, MD - McLaughlin Care

Susie McMurray, Owner - Flotstone

Ben Rohde, Asst. Dir. of Career Advancement – Lake Forest College

Michael Simeck, Superintendent of Schools - Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115

Megan Stockton, Owner - Gifted

Eleanor Thorn, Owner - Lake Forest Book Store

Jason Wicha, City Manager – City of Lake Forest

Rick Young, Manager – Chicago Comedy All-Stars

Staff

Joanna Rolek, Executive Director

Carol Goldthwaite, Event Manager

Sarah Lockhart, Social Media Manager

Sharon Roti, Member Services Manager

Amy Taylor, Marketing & Communications Manager

Wendy Litwitz, Bookkeeper

Contact us.

LF/LB Chamber of Commerce
272 E. Deerpath, Suite 106,
Lake Forest, IL 60045.
847.234.4282
Hours: 10am to 4pm, Monday - Friday

The mission of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce is to serve as the principal representative of business in the market area, contribute to the members' success and prosperity, and promote the economic and civic interests of the community.