The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with loved ones, embracing the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the season. When you shop and plan your celebrations this holiday season, why not stay in Evergreen Park? There are plenty of festivities and shopping events right here in the neighborhood!

Shopping locally instead of online or in another municipality means more of your dollars stay in the community. In fact, one percent of every purchase made in our village comes back to Evergreen Park. Just by shopping here, you are reinvesting in our neighborhood!

Holiday Special Dates & Promos

Here’s a roundup of special deals and holiday fun you can take advantage of this holiday season in Evergreen Park. Please check back regularly, as we’ll be updating this list. Your local businesses and the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce thank you!

Shop Local Receipt Raffle—Nov. 29 through Dec. 27

Shoppers can earn an entry into a weekly drawing for a $25 Chamber member gift card when they share local receipts from member businesses. Details to come.

Caught Red Handed Shopping Local—Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30

Chris from the EP Podcast and Kelly from the Chamber of Commerce will be scouting local businesses and awarding raffle tickets to shoppers. One winner will be selected in a drawing on Mon., Dec. 2! The prize is a $25 gift card to a Chamber business.

E.P. Rec. Dept. Presents A Dickens Christmas—Dec. 7

This family-friendly event includes train *and* trolley rides, live reindeer, face painting, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, a life-size puppet performance, strolling carolers, a visit with Santa, and a Christmas tree lighting with the mayor!

Santa Visits First National Bank of E.P.—Dec. 14

Enjoy cookies and beverages courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, plus photo opportunities with Santa, and other family fun!

Evergreen Park is a great place to live, work, study, and do business, according to its number one fan, Mayor James Sexton. He presented a snapshot of the Village’s progress over the past year at the 2019 State of the Village Luncheon, held September 26 at the new Community Center.

“The future of this village has never been better,” Sexton told the gathering of Chamber members, local officials, and reporters. ‘The large national retailers have found Evergreen Park, and they are enjoying themselves here. More and more are coming.”

The Village issued 514 business licenses to brick-and-mortar locations over the past year, Mr. Sexton said. New developments and expansions include the following:

  • The Olive Garden plans to take over the space previously occupied by Applebee’s at 95th and Western. They will demolish the existing structure and rebuild, opening in late 2020.
  • Core Fitness has expanded its facilities, doubling its studio space and allowing them to greatly expand their fitness center in addition to their physical therapy and other services.
  • LA Fitness may move into the existing Planet Fitness space at 95th and Western.
  • LePar Animal Hospital purchased the old Souzy’s restaurant next door and plans to open a pet grooming and daycare business there.
  • A restaurant called 95th Street Barbecue is opening where Famous Dave’s used to be.

The Mayor also reviewed the Village’s balanced budget, which was just over $28 million this fiscal year. He praised the two local school districts, which account for more than 70% of Village expenditures. “Without good schools, you don’t have good kids. And if you don’t have good kids, you don’t have a good town,” he said.

He also commended the Village’s law enforcement departments. With 62 full-time police officers, Evergreen Park has more than double the national average, Mr. Sexton said. The Police Department provides funeral watch and vacation watch services to local community members, offering to stop by a residence three times daily to make sure the house is safe. For businesses, they offer Walk & Talk service, in which an officer parks a patrol car outside a business, gets out, and walks around.

Throughout his speech, the mayor urged residents and business owners alike to keep the Village of Evergreen Park strong by shopping within its borders. He urged the audience to remember our longtime small, family-owned businesses, including Barraco’s, Evergreen Doors, and Wolf’s Bakery.

“One percent of most everything you buy in Evergreen Park comes directly back to this Village,” he said. “. . . So please, if you have the opportunity, shop here and shop local.”

Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce Officers and Mayor James Sexton post at the 2019 State of the Village Luncheon September 26 

It’s easy to ‘shop local’ when you have businesses that work hard to keep their customers coming back. Here are some Evergreen Park shops that are offering holiday promotions during the month of December. Taking advantage of their deals is a great way to reinvest in  your community and help ‘Keep the Green in Evergreen’.

Also, don’t forget about the Chamber’s Shop Local contest, which encourages local shopping and rewards the winner with gift cards from our Evergreen Park businesses. The contest rules and holiday promotions are shown below.

The holiday shopping season kicks off with the Chamber’s Community Celebration on Saturday, December 1. Join us!

Shop local flyer listing holiday specials from Evergreen Park businesses

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce is launching our holiday Shop Local campaign, and all members are invited to participate! Send us your details on holiday promotions or discounts for the month of December. We will publicize them in digital and print materials as part of our ‘Shop Local’ campaign that runs December 1–31.

The ‘Shop Local’ campaign will include a brochure advertising holiday offers from Chamber members. Residents are invited to save their local shopping receipts throughout the month of December. At the end of the month, they can exchange each shopping receipt from a business located in Evergreen Park for an entry in our ‘Shop Local’ contest, and a chance to win $500 in gift cards from Chamber members. A winner will be selected January 8.

Shop Local’ kicks off with a community celebration on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 am to noon at First National Bank of Evergreen Park. We’ll have your promotional information ready to share, along with carolers, cookies, hot apple cider, and a visit with Santa. All Chamber members are encouraged to attend!

 

We’re fortunate to have great shopping choices in Evergreen Park. Yet our local businesses are competing with others in the greater Chicago area, suburbs, and online. What can Evergreen Park businesses do to stand out from that crowd and help keep shopping dollars in our community? Quite a lot, actually. Here’s a primer on how to ‘Keep the Green in Evergreen’:

Focus on your customers

Make personal service a top priority, and you’ll have repeat customers who enthusiastically recommend you to others. Have your employees greet customers, offer to help, and make sure they are satisfied. “Evergreen Park is special because of the personal connections we make that show we matter,” said Nicki Seidl, president of the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce. “Personal connections cannot be outsourced.”

Share your expertise

EPCC members are business owners and executives with extensive experience in their fields. Sharing some of that knowledge can benefit local residents. When you attend professional development events or read timely articles in your field, look for information that might interest Evergreen Park residents. Then share it! Write a press release for local media, a guest column on the Chamber’s website, an email to your customers, a blog post on your website, or a social media post. Offer helpful tips in a friendly, accessible style.

Give back

Show that you care by reinvesting in the community in some way. You could join the board of a local nonprofit, donate goods or services to a family in need, volunteer for a charitable organization, or establish a scholarship for a deserving student.

Reward customer loyalty

Create a loyalty program for returning customers—with discounts, advance notice about new products or services, and information on special offers. It could be as simple as a monthly email to your customer list, a coupon, a list of specials, or a punch card.

Host engaging events

Give your customers a reason to visit you. Organize special events that are fun to attend, useful, or both. Use these opportunities to strengthen your personal connections with local residents.

Join the chamber

Studies show that people are more likely to shop with a business that belongs to a chamber of commerce. Why? Chamber membership adds credibility. It shows that a business is professional and actively involved in the community. And it provides a host of benefits through networking opportunities, free publicity, professional development, and more. Join the Evergreen Park Chamber today!

Connect with customers

Use every tool at your disposal to build relationships with your customers. Maintain a website that is mobile friendly and updated with new information. Build an email list of customers and write to them regularly. Post on social media. Send postcards, brochures, or catalogs in the mail. Make personal phone calls. Get in front of your customers as often as you can, and let them know they matter!

 

‘Keep the Green in Evergreen’ is the chamber’s motto and a phrase every resident and business person should keep in mind. When consumers are more aware of the power they have to keep their community strong through their spending choices, chances are they’ll do just that.