Welcome residents and visitors to the ninth annual Village of Gurnee Community Guide. This guide is brought to you by The Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Town Square Publications, a division of Daily Herald Media Group. A great deal of time and effort goes into this guide, and I want to especially thank our Chamber members, the Village of Gurnee staff and elected officials as well as our schools, clubs and organizations that help pull all the content together. Most importantly it could not be done without the efforts of the Village of Gurnee Chamber of Commerce’s executive director and board members. We collectively put a lot of time and effort bringing you this 2018-2019 edition of the community guide. As you peruse it, please keep in mind we are open to suggestions for how we can better serve our Chamber members, residents and visitors referencing the guide.
We encourage longtime residents and visitors alike to browse the guide to get updates on the village and local businesses. In it you will find featured articles and advertisements from your local businesses. Use this guide as a handy reference to village and township services, schools and volunteer groups and organizations in and around Gurnee. Please pay special attention to the Chamber members and advertisers that make Gurnee the great community that it is. Once you go through the guide, I am sure you will agree with me that Gurnee is a great place to live and do business.
In this issue, we have expanded our Hometown Profiles feature to five Chamber member articles, further emphasizing the Gurnee’s Got It theme. Take some time to read about successful businesses that make Gurnee a great community for residents and visitors. Check out Fore See Electric, operating in and around Gurnee since 1977. You can count on Craig Leafblad’s team of electricians for residential and industrial electrical services. Honey Orthodontics offers state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment for all ages. Dr. Ona Honey is also very involved in our community.
Anthony Buick GMC has been a staple in Gurnee since 1991. Tony Augelli’s dealership excels in customer satisfaction. Doggy day care is provided by Central Bark of Gurnee, offering trusted personal and individual attention to your special four-legged friends. We ship everything nowadays, and Bubblefast provides the most cost effective shipping supplies. See Mark and Robin Le Vine for all your shipping needs.
In this year’s Economic Development feature, Village of Gurnee Economic Development Director Ellen Dean explains what makes Gurnee the Village of Opportunity, and shares information about exciting new developments in the village. Ellen keeps tabs on all things going on in Gurnee to keep it thriving. I would also like to thank her for taking the time to join us at many Chamber board meetings to keep the connection going between the village and Chamber board.
Please visit the Gurnee Chamber website, www.gurneechamber.com. You will find all of our members and links to their websites very easily. We advise residents and visitors to check it regularly for upcoming events and announcements from our members. A note to our members: Please check your listing, and keep in mind we can link to your site (if provided the information). You can also create login credentials to access your own listing on the Chamber site to add and update information. The more you use the Chamber website, the more we get upgraded on searches so all our members may get more exposure.
Follow Village of Gurnee Chamber on Facebook for updates on upcoming events by the chamber, shared information on other village events and member postings on what’s happening with them. Generally, the site has something new every day or two, and as always, the more information our members provide, the more we will put out there. Sign up for our Constant Contact to get the latest Chamber news delivered to your email inbox.
The Chamber board is an all-volunteer group of dedicated individuals that give up their spare time to do all possible to encourage and promote business in Gurnee. To that end, we are always looking for ideas on how we can better serve the interests of our members, as well as residents and visitors. We can only be as good as your participation. Please feel free to drop us an email if you have suggestions for events, programs or speakers. Your input is welcome and will be considered by the board. We are always in need of chairmen to assist the board in planning events, obtaining speakers and so on. If you are interested in getting involved, let us know.
To my board, thank you all. It’s a pleasure to serve with you. The meetings are well attended and the participation is incredible. Let’s continue to move forward.
Dan “Kay” Kloczkowski
Chairman of the Board