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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Tomorrow 6/24 @ 8:30am - Webinar - How to Compete with Online Retailers

Brandon Svec, CoStar Group

Develop a game plan to increase traffic and sales from the leading commercial marketing research company.   Brandon Svec, Director of Market Analytics, from CoStar Group will be our speaker.  

This free 1-hour webinar will include 2019 pe...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Use New 2020-2021 Shopping & Services Guide During $hop Local $hop Safe Ca$hback Raffle

2020/2021 Shopping & Services Guide

The 2020/2021 Shopping & Services Guide is now available online with active links to business websites. If you’re in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com

Use the new Guide during t...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Restore Illinois Phase 3 ~ Village & Business Openings

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Consistent with Restore Illinois, Phase 3, and IDPH-approved safety guidance in place, Village Hall Offices will open on Monday, June 1, at 12 noon and will continue with regular office hours going forward.

When entering Village Hall, please note that all ...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

APRIL 16 UPDATE ~ Essential Park Forest Businesses Open During COVID-19

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The Village has updated the list of Park Forest Businesses that are open and operating as "essential" businesses.  Let us continue to support them by shopping local during this difficult time.  This list will be updated twice a...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

UPDATED ~ Essential Park Forest Businesses Open During COVID-19

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The Village has updated the list of Park Forest businesses that are open and operating as "essential" businesses.  Let us continue to support them by shopping local during this difficult time.  This list will be updated twice a...

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Posted on: April 5, 2020

Essential Park Forest Businesses Open During COVID-19

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The Village has created a list of Park Forest businesses that are open and operating as "essential" businesses.  We urge you to shop local and support them during this difficult time.   

With the current COVID-19 pandem...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Fiorenzo is 2019's Park Forest Business Person of the Year

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Ten years after becoming the first-ever recipient of the Park Forest Business Person of the Year Award, Janet Fiorenzo is now the first ever two-time recipient of the award.Fiorenzo was officially recognized as the 2019 Sam Montella Park Forest Business P...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: November 21, 2019

Jet Foods...We Are Giving Away 500 FREE Turkeys!

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We are so excited to be giving away FREE #Thanksgiving Turkeys to the first 500 people who enter our giveaway. 

All you need to do is:1. Like our post on Facebook. 2. Comment #JetFoodsGiveaway below in the comments.3. Sign up for the give...

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Enter now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 31, 2019

Grocery store expected to open after new year now hiring

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An estimated 80-plus jobs will be filled in the coming months as a new Park Forest grocer prepares to open just after the new year.Jet Foods, to be located at 120 Orchard Drive, will anchor Orchard Park Plaza which was recently purchased by Freedom Develo...

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Click on the link to apply now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 30, 2019

JET Foods is Hiring in Park Forest!

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JET Foods will soon be opening at 120 S. Orchard Drive in Park Forest. They are currently accepting applications for full and part time positions.  We are beginning the hiring process! We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic applicants who ...

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Apply here! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 26, 2019

You Still Have Time...Nominate Your Park Forest Business Person of the Year by Oct. 31

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Park Forest's Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) is seeking nominations for the EDAG 2019 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year. 

The EDAG Sam Montella Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Forest busine...

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Nominate someone now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 25, 2019

SUNDAY, Grand Opening...Bounce 2 It Inflatables

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Make birthday wishes come true with unforgettable celebrations. Customize your package for your child's celebration. Book us for all your party needs including showers, school parties, organization events, soft play, and more! 

Come celebrate thei...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 26, 2019

Nominate Your Park Forest Business Person of the Year by Oct. 31

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Park Forest's Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) is seeking nominations for the EDAG 2019 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year. 

The EDAG Sam Montella Business Person of the Year award is an annual award to recognize Park Forest busine...

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Nominate someone now! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 27, 2019

Public hearing on cannabis sales in Park Forest set for Oct. 8 at Freedom Hall

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On January 1, 2020, the State of Illinois will permit licensed businesses to sell, grow, and process adult use recreational cannabis. The Village of Park Forest is currently in the process of determining whether or not to permit these businesses to operat...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 6, 2019

ROBO Kids STEM Lab Celebrates Grand Opening

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Please join us as we welcome ROBO Kids STEM Lab to the Village of Park Forest. Their Grand Opening will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..  Ribbon cutting will start promptly at 1:00 p.m.

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 7, 2019

2019 Summer Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

 This edition includes:

  • Mayor’s Message
  • Park Forest House Rehabbed Through Various Programs
  • Meet & Greet Networking Event in May
  • Popul...
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Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: July 19, 2019

Park Forest welcomes AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteers

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An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team is again set for service in the Village of Park Forest this summer.The NCCC team this week begins its first of an eight-week stay in Park Forest.“The Village of Park Forest is very happy – and fo...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: June 3, 2019

June is Resident Appreciation Month

Resident Appreciation Month - June 2019

Several resident appreciation events are slated to take place this month. The events include:• Paint 'n' Sip | June 7 at 7 p.m. | Artistic Flow, 200 Main Street• Community BBQ | June 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. | Village Green, Main Street and Cunningham Drive...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: May 23, 2019

New Park Forest business helps south suburban home-based food service businesses

Since opening in March, Poppin Plates Culinary Incubator, a new Park Forest business offering memberships and hourly rates for access to a 950-square-foot commercial kitchen, has already gained nine members. The business looks to continue its mis...

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Posted on: September 21, 2018

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 31

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The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a...

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2018 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

Park Forest Foods Conducts Hiring Event

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Park Forest Foods, located at 120 S. Orchard Drive in Park Forest, will be conducting a hiring event on Thursday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday, March 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

The grocery store is hiring for all positions...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Village Board adopts Unified Development Ordinance

On December 11, 2017, the Village Board adopted new zoning and subdivision regulations that are now contained.within a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).  Storm water management regulations are forthcoming and should be adopted by Spring 2018. ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Czupryn is 2017's Park Forest Business Person of the Year

Czupryn is Park Forest's Business Person of the Year for 2017

Ed Czupryn of the Park Forest Currency Exchange is Park Forest’s Business Person of the Year for 2017.

Czupryn was presented the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award Monday at Village Hall during Park Forest’s Board of Trustee...

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Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 31

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The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made ...Read on...

2017 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 1, 2017

Park Forest Summertime Bingo Game Ends July 31

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Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you'll be entered for a chance to win...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: March 1, 2017

TWO WEEKS LEFT to Play the Park Forest Summertime Bingo Game!

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Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you'll be entered for a chance to win...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: February 10, 2017

Park Forest's Zoellner lands Economic Development Leader of the Year Award

Park Forest Assistant Economic Development Director Sandra Zoellner is the South Suburban Small Business Association’s Economic Development Leader of the Year. Zoellner received the award at the 15th Annual Summit Awards at Idlewild Country Clu...Read on... Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: December 30, 2016

Women's Empowerment Event: GO FOR IT!

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Are you feeling that life is full of opportunities and possibilities, but somehow you can never figure out how to tap into them? If so, then this is the session for you! Learn how to determine your dreams, define your moments to help you achieve your dr...Read on...

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Connection is January 18

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Alternate Funding Sources: Crowdfunding and What's It's All About" will be presented by Elliot Richardson, CEO, ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 31

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made ...Read on...

2016 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 28, 2016

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Connection is October 5

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Developing the Leader Within You" will be presented by Lee Ann Piano, owner of Fine Tuning For Success.

This...Read on...

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Posted on: December 17, 2015

Jones receives Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award

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Yvette Jones is Park Forest’s Business Person of the Year for 2015.

Jones was presented the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award at Village Hall during Park Forest’s Board of Trustees meeting on December 14.

The annual award, sponsored b...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: November 16, 2015

Gladstone, Warner named Good Egg Awardees for 2015

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is pleased to announce that Georgette Gladstone and Caleb Warner of Park Forest are the recipients of the 2015 Good Egg Award.

Georgette's nominator states that she was both the cheerleader and conscience o...Read on...

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: October 12, 2015

SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Announces October & November Class Schedule

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SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest has announced their October and November class schedule. All classes will be held at 210 Forest Boulevard. The class cost is $10.00.

For registration information and/or general questions, please call (708) 283-5020. ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 30

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made ...Read on...

2015 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 25, 2015

2015 Fall/Winter Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Do You Have a Business Succession Plan in Place?• Business Person of the Year Nomination ...Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter. Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 3, 2015

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Breakfast is September 23

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, September 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Creative Marketing Solutions on a Budget" will be presented by Jennifer M. Murray, Murray & Associates, In...Read on...

Additional information and registration... Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: September 2, 2015

Foster's Kennel Celebrates Grand Opening

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Join us as we celebrate Foster's Kennel grand opening on Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They are located at 2348 Western Avenue in Park Forest. (708) 748-0022.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 11:45 a.m.

Foster's Kennel is...Read on...

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Best of Chicago’s Southland

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Eleven of the annual Best in Chicago’s Southland East Region winners were Park Forest businesses! For the last 15 years, the Chicago Tribune (formerly Southtown Star) polls their readers asking them for their favorite places to shop, eat, etc. in 60 diff...Read on...

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Posted on: August 27, 2015

Pass the Word...Manufacturing Employment Event on August 28 in Park Forest

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There will be a manufacturing employment pre-screening event on Friday, August 28 from 11AM to 3PM at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall located at 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest.

There are over 80 positions available in the Southland. Please b...Read on...

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Posted on: August 27, 2015

SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Announces September Class Schedule

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SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest has announced their September class schedule. All classes will be held at 210 Forest Boulevard. The class cost is $10.00.

For registration information and/or general questions, please call (708) 283-5020. You can al...Read on...

September Class Schedule Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News
Posted on: August 4, 2015

Park Forest makerlab wins grant for second straight year

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest was among the grant recipients for the second year in a row. The recipients repre...Read on...

Click to read the full press release from the SBA! Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News