Our Chamber President Welcomes You

We are an active Chamber that looks to advance our members’ growth and prosperity, and provide increased opportunities and value for its membership. The Chamber advocates for and unites the business community, conveys business interests to policy-makers and advances the region’s economic health. To carry out this mission, the Chamber serves as the voice of business and involves the public sector in community leadership.

In addition to vibrant committee work in advocacy, community development, membership services and membership development, The Bensenville Chamber of Commerce provides unique opportunities for our members. Our popular events offer our members an opportunity to network and meet new people, no matter what their schedule allows.

From the community-sponsored Holiday Magic, Music in the Park, Liberty Fest and the Annual Coat and Food Drive for those in need in our community, to the ongoing member education programs and the monthly gatherings that address critical issues in the community, the Chamber is where business and community connect. Membership in the Bensenville Chamber of Commerce offers opportunities and access for your business and partnership in building a stronger community.

Do something good for your business and the greater community; join The Bensenville Chamber of Commerce today!

Sincerely,

Peter Gallagher
President, Bensenville Chamber of Commerce


What the Chamber Offers Your Business

Our Mission Statement

The role of the Bensenville Chamber of Commerce shall be to encourage businesses to work together for their collective best interests and that of the Bensenville community and to continue to project a positive image for the Village of Bensenville.

The Bensenville Chamber of Commerce has a motto: IN Business FOR Business.

Our members and our board of directors work diligently to live up to that motto.

We continue to add new members and now have record levels of membership. We welcome and support new businesses with ribbon cuttings and grand openings. We have hosted numerous local and multi-chamber networking events so that our members can showcase their business, products and services to a wide audience.

Bensenville stands at the crossroads of American business. Our proximity to air, train and trucking facilities gives businesses access to expanding markets. We have developed regional collaborative relationships with other chambers and have hosted joint functions, lunches, seminars and networking events with the Franklin Park, Schiller Park, River Grove, DesPlaines, Rosemont, Villa Park, Melrose Park, Addison and Wood Dale chambers.

Thanks to our partnerships, and our co-operative working relationships with other villages, chambers and agencies, we are expanding opportunities for our members.

Businesses need customers. By expanding our reach, we are expanding the marketplace; we want that to translate into increased market share and profitability for our members.

Bensenville also stands at the crossroads of change. The construction of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access will bring unprecedented opportunity to our region. We want our members to be fully informed of those opportunities and, be poised to take advantage of this gateway to new markets, goods and customers.

We also work closely with our partners in county and state government. We want our businesses to have the most updated information on new programs, new regulations and new opportunities.

The Chamber has been aggressive in our outreach to our business communities. We have offered participation in seminars, forums and open houses, covering everything from the Affordable Care Act, state grants for worker training and low-cost business loans.

This year we will continue that outreach with more networking opportunities, business-to-business expos, a regional job fair and new series of targeted business roundtables.

If you are not already a member of this dynamic organization, call (630) 860-3800 for more information or visit our website at www.BensenvilleChamber.com.


Crossroads of American Business

Bensenville offers a highly visible, affordable and convenient location for business. As the neighbor of O’Hare International Airport, positioned at the hub of the nation’s rail and highway network, Bensenville’s geographic advantages for logistics, distribution, warehousing and manufacturing are unrivaled.

Bensenville provides convenient and economical travel through the region, the nation and the world. Situated in the central time zone, Bensenville offers a unique benefit given the practical realities of doing business in a global economy. Close proximity to other Midwestern cities provides superior access to markets, materials and manpower. Bensenville is within one day’s trucking of over 100 million consumers and two days by piggyback rail from either coast.

Bensenville’s central location and access to both public transit and excellent highways allows employers to have access to a highly qualified workforce.

The expansion of the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access increases opportunities for every business segment. Completed in fall 2017, the new railroad overpass at the intersection of Irving Park and York roads (featured on the cover) was a $64 million dollar project that now saves thousands of hours per day for Bensenville businesses and motorists by eliminating delays caused by the previous railroad crossing.

The corridor along the highway will include corporate headquarters, technology businesses and back-office operations. As our manufacturing and logistics sector grows, support businesses, retail and restaurant offerings will also expand and prosper.

Bensenville can offer ample, adaptable, affordable commercial, corporate and industrial space options. We offer abundant, affordable and reliable utilities.

The Chamber, together with its civic network of business and community leaders, strengthens Bensenville’s position as a business center. Bensenville’s geographic advantage, its regional partnerships and involved, supportive business community offer your business unmatched resources and opportunity for growth and prosperity.

Bensenville has unlimited potential. Put our advantages to work for you and be part of this exciting, dynamic and livable community.


Board of Directors

President
Pete Gallagher

Vice President
Charles Rizzo

Secretary
Michel Milewski

Treasurer
Elizabeth Trezzi

Directors
Joshua Atkinson
Cary Blumberg
Paul DeMichele
Kevin McGary
Ray Samlow

Executive Assistant
Denise Gallagher


Gateway to Opportunity

If you are looking for a great place to live, work and play, then look no further than the Village of Bensenville. This friendly village of more than 18,000 residents is conveniently located just 20 miles west of downtown Chicago in DuPage County, adjacent to O’Hare International Airport and surrounded by major expressways and boasts several public transportation options, including a Metra train station.

Residents and guests enjoy Bensenville’s downtown and commercial corridors with a variety of shopping and dining options, as well as beautiful parks such as the Redmond Recreational Complex featuring The Edge Ice Arenas and Water’s Edge Aquatic Center.

With two new state-of-the art elementary schools, and a newly renovated middle and high school, children receive a top-quality education in environments conducive to learning.

Bensenville boasts a strong sense of community with many great special events, such as our weekly summer concert series Music in the Park, our Fourth of July Parade and festival with some of the best fireworks in the region, a holiday tree lighting festival and annual 5K.

Bensenville boasts a prime location, with great amenities, and strives to provide the highest customer service possible making it the perfect choice to raise a family or locate a business.

To learn more about the community, visit www.bensenville.il.us.


Important Numbers

Bensenville Police 911
Non-emergency (630) 350-3455
Bensenville Fire 911
Non-emergency (630) 350-3441
Bensenville Action-Line (630) 594-1515
Bensenville Post Office (630) 766-2671
Bensenville Village Hall (630) 766-8200
Alexian Brothers Medical Center (847) 437-5500
Allied Waste (garbage pick-up) (708) 345-7050
American Red Cross (312) 729-6100
Amtrak (800) 872-7245
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 422-4453
Commonwealth Edison (800) EDISON-1
DuPage County Sheriff (630) 407-2000
Edward-Elmhurst Hospital (331) 221-1000
Metra (312) 322-6777
O’Hare International Airport (773) 686-2200
Pace (630) 836-7000
Poison Control Hotline (800) 222-1222
Public Aid General Information (800) 252-8635
Public Works Department (630) 350-3435
RTA (312) 913-3200
Social Security Administrations (800) 772-1213
State of Illinois Consumer Protection (800) 386-5438
State Road Conditions (800) 452-4368
State Tax Information (800) 732-8866
Substance Abuse Treatment Center (800) 340-0184


Government Officials

Locally Elected Officials

U.S. Congresswoman
Tammy Duckworth
(847) 413-1959

U.S. Congressman
Mike Quigley
(202) 225-4061

Illinois Governor
Bruce Rauner
(217) 782-0244

Illinois Senator
Thomas Cullerton
(630) 465-0866

Illinois Senator
Don Harmon
(708) 842-2002

Illinois State Representative
Kathleen Willis
(708) 562-6970

DuPage County Government Offices

DuPage County Building
630) 407-6500

Animal Control
(630) 407-2800

Forest Preserve
(630) 933-7200

Health Department
(630) 682-7400

Senior Services
(630) 407-6500


Economic Development

Bensenville has enjoyed an exciting growth spurt during the past 12 to 18 months, according to Evan Summers, village manager. The village has welcomed everything from restaurants, retailers and industrial tenants, to new places to live, including apartments and single-family homes.

“Residents can now enjoy a number of new restaurants in the downtown, including Green Street Grille, Los Buenos Diaz and La Chiquita Taqueria. And just outside of downtown, Mama Maria’s has expanded their restaurant on York Road and added an outdoor patio and Bella’s Bistro Market has opened offering a wine bar, specialty market, sandwich and flatbread pizza menu and entertainment,” Summers said.

Bensenville also added some retail options, including Jim’s Liquor on Irving Park Road, JC Licht Paint in Brentwood Commons, a remodeled Grand Subaru dealership and three brand new fueling stations on Route 83 – Pilot, Thornton’s and Bryn Mawr Citgo. A new Holiday Inn is also being constructed next door to the existing Country Inn and Suites, doubling the number of hotel rooms available in Bensenville.

The village also experienced a strong growth year in their industrial market. Currently their industrial district only has a 3.5 percent vacancy rate and no empty land. So the Village is embarking on a renovation of several 1970s-era industrial properties totaling 450,000 square feet in order to transform them into Class A, state-of-the-art spaces. These new facilities are expected to be complete by December 2018.

Bensenville also welcomed the addition of Savino Del Bene (a freight forwarding and logistics firm); Brunner & Lay (a pneumatic and hydraulic tool accessory manufacturer); Schmid Tool (a precision CNC machining, turning, and custom assembly services firm); and AmTab Manufacturing (which makes mobile cafeteria tables, booths, stages, risers and logo, dry erase, folding, technology and activity tables). In all, these new firms have brought more than 200 new jobs to Bensenville recently and a number of long-time industrial firms have also been adding jobs and shifts.

Bensenville added a number of single-family homes and completed the A&E Luxury Apartments with 29 units on North Walnut Street. This increased level of residential investment contributed to a 21.4 percent increase in Bensenville home values from 2016 to 2017, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.

“Bensenville is now attracting many new residents. Most are older Millennial young professionals who have been living in the city and now want to move to the suburbs,” Summers said. “Many of them are business travelers who want to live close to O’Hare International Airport. They have also heard about the high quality of our schools and the fact that they have plenty of available room for additional students.”