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About the Chamber


The Mission of the LF/LB Chamber
is to connect and unite businesses, community members and both municipalities
through partnership and innovative strategies to
ensure the current and future prosperity of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff,
the extraordinary place we work, play and call home.

Connection. Partnership. Innovation. Community. These values drive everything we do at the Chamber. We continually strive to connect members of the communities of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff with local business--and connect businesses to one another. We value partnership and create collaborations to benefit all. We believe in the value of innovative strategies. And we're all about community.

With nearly 400 member businesses, the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce facilitates professional contacts through dozens of networking events, helps businesses adapt best practices through workshops and seminars, and provides opportunities for business growth with events and promotions. Our ‘Think Local First’ initiative encourages Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents, employees and visitors to buy 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.

Visit us at our office Mon-Fri 10am-2pm at 207 East Westminster, Lower Level, Lake Forest


Susan Kelsey

Financial Advisor
Regatta Wealth Management


Vice President
Rick Young

COO, Chicago Comedy All Stars


Colette Woidat

Pasquesi Sheppard LLC


Shaun Carter

Sales & Administration
Britt Carter & Co.


Immediate Past President
Diana Melichar

Melichar Architects

Executive Director
Joanna Rolek

LF/LB Chamber


Drew Irvin, Village Administrator – Village of Lake Bluff

Annie Royster Lenzke, Realtor - Dawn McKenna Group/Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Tina Martoccio, VP, Branch Manager - Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, N.A.

Susie McMurray,Owner - Flotstone

Jennifer Lazarus, Sr. Assoc. Dir. of Internships | Law and Public Service Pathway Leader Lake Forest College
Joan Lynch, President Lynch Construction Corp.

Melissa Oakley, Chief Communications Officer Lake Forest School Districts 67 & 115

Amy Wagliardo, Executive Director Gorton Community Center

Jason Wicha, City Manager – City of Lake Forest

Kathleen Wood, Founder and CEO - Suzy's Swirl & Kathleen Wood Partners



Joanna Rolek, Executive Director

Kirsten Caspersen, Office Manager

Caroline Hays, Marketing & Communications

Sue Kocanda, Member Services

Sarah Lockhart, Social Media

Wendy Litwitz, Bookkeeper

Contact us.

LF/LB Chamber of Commerce
207 E. Westminster, Suite 002,
P.O. Box 29
Lake Forest, IL 60045

“The LF/LB Chamber does an excellent job communicating with the members,
engaging on a continual basis, offering supportive thoughts, and working through ideas for special events.
They are a constant support for our local businesses and honestly work on our behalf throughout the year!”

--John des Rosiers
Chef / Proprietor, Inovasi; The Otherdoor; jdR Wine & Beer; Bonk; Everett Farms; The Station