President’s Message

After over 90 years, the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce is still going strong! That’s quite an accomplishment these days when so many local iconic buildings and companies are changing names and ownership.

What has helped the MGCCI remain a viable part of the local community is the willingness of the members of our business, civic, education, faith-based, fraternal and other organizations to work together for a greater good. It is this collaborative spirit that has earned Morton Grove the accolades of being a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Established in the Jazz Age, the Morton Grove Chamber embraces the use of today’s technology (social networking, online video, electronic newsletters, internet optimization and more). This is blended with the tried-and-true common sense marketing techniques of personal networking at events like business after hours, lunches and breakfasts along with educational programs to improve operations.

The Chamber is pleased to have the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market as one of our committees. The market has become a focal point for the community to come together and let business prosper, just as it was when Morton Grove was a young farming community back in the late 1800s.

I encourage you to seek out a member of the MGCCI when you are looking to fill your needs for goods, services and more. Visit our website, www.mgcci.org, and Facebook page – Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce – to learn more about our members, upcoming events and the Chamber itself. Thank you for using this guide and supporting local business.

Sincerely,

Mark Albers, President
Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce


A Letter from the Mayor

Dear Neighbors,

Welcome to the Village of Morton Grove, one of best places to live, work and raise a family. As our tagline aptly describes us, Morton Grove is “incredibly close and amazingly open!”

We are minutes away from downtown Chicago and world-renown restaurants, shopping, entertainment and transportation options. Twenty percent of our village is open space, including forest preserves, bike, walking and horse riding paths; a public golf course; and great local parks. We are also open to new cultures, ideas and experiences. Our close-knit diverse community includes parents, seniors, business owners, volunteers and local leaders who work together and welcome everyone to Morton Grove.

Please support our local businesses. They provide unique dining, shopping and service choices. They are essential to our local economy and are important partners in our journey to move Morton Grove forward.

Sincerely,

Dan DiMaria
Mayor


Chamber Board of Directors

Mark Albers – President
The Mark Albers Company

Mark Albers is the founder and President of TMAC USA (The Mark Albers Company), a full-service manufacturers’ representative firm. TMAC USA provides sales, marketing and business consulting services to businesses across North America. Mark is a 30-year resident of Morton Grove who has served on the Morton Grove Public Library Board, having been elected as its President. He has been active in St. Martha’s Parish. Mark is recognized for his passion for success and bringing business ideas to companies so they may reach new levels.

Jim Broderick – Vice President
Money Mailer of North Cook County

Jim Broderick is a marketing strategist who partners with business owners to grow their revenue and profit in local markets. After over 25 years of developing marketing and advertising campaigns, Jim has a good awareness of what works and helps the Chamber by sharing his expertise as the chair of its membership and marketing committee. In the past, he has worked as a VP of marketing at Spiegel Inc., Bass Pro, United Retail, Collections Etc. and Personal Creations. He currently owns the Money Mailer Business in Cook County.

Nick Marino – Treasurer
Century 21 Marino

Nick Marino has served Morton Grove and adjacent communities with personal services and a tried-and-true handshake since 1972. Known for his exceptional knowledge of real estate; his reliability and trustworthiness is coupled with personal service, making him a leader in the community he serves. Nick has served twice as the MGCCI’s President and as President of the Morton Grove Lions Club, Chicago North Side Real Estate Board and North Shore Association of Realtors. Nick has also been the Chair of the Morton Grove Foundation’s Taste of Morton Grove.

Deborah Manno – Secretary
MB Financial Bank

Deborah Manno is the Vice President & Banking Center Manager of MB Financial Bank located at 6201 Dempster. She specializes in retail and business development. MB Financial is a Chicago-based community bank, which has been serving businesses, organizations and residents of Morton Grove for over 100 years. Deborah is a Morton Grove resident who has over 20 years of professional banking experience. She has served on the Chamber board for over 20 years and is also a Past President. She is also involved in various community organizations with having a passion for serving the residents of Morton Grove which has allowed her to stand out amongst her peers in the field.

Rich Block
Creative Promotional Products

Rich is an executive with Creative Promotional Products, located in Skokie, where he has worked for almost a decade. He formerly owned On Time Promotions in Morton Grove for 23 years. Rich has been a MGCCI member for over 22 years and has served as its president. He is one of the Chamber’s Farmers’ Market committee members who helps coordinate the operations of the market. Rich is on the Village of Morton Grove’s Appearance Commission. He has been married for 45 years to Penny, living in Morton Grove for over 40 years. Rich and Penny have three married children and many grandchildren.

Val Noronha
East West Financial Group

Dr. Val Noronha, a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC is the President of East West Financial Group. As a former Educator, he adds VALUE to his clients through teaching and coaching. Val lives in Morton Grove with his wife Gemma and two daughters, Emma and Eden. He is also a member of St. Martha’s Catholic Church.

Julia Si
China Chef Restaurant

Julia Si is a co-owner of China Chef, a well-known Chinese/Filipino restaurant which was established in 1977 and passed down from original owners and Godparents Arthur and Joyce Fong. China Chef has been helping the community by actively sponsoring local sports teams and fundraising for schools. China Chef has been a member of the Chamber for over 30 years and has been longtime sponsors for the Taste of Morton Grove. Julia and her family have been residents of Morton Grove for over 20 years. Julia believes that China Chef is more than just a restaurant, but rather a business that brings the citizens of Morton Grove closer together. She says that China Chef’s main goal is introducing more diversity to Morton Grove and of course continuously providing excellent food and service.


Chamber Benefits

E-Blast Newsletter
Our twice weekly update is sent to all members on Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning (with occasional special notices) that provides information about networking and community events, educational programs, members’ special offers, videos and more about what’s happening in Morton Grove. Visit www.mgcci.org to sign up online or contact us to subscribe.

Facebook page
See the latest updates posted by the MGCCI and our members about upcoming events along with interesting information, photos and topics. Please be sure to like our page, then like and share the posts that you find interesting.
www.facebook.com/mortongrovechamber

YouTube channel
MGCCI posts videos about events, special stories and our “Selfie Shorts” featuring our members’ promotional messages and more.
www.youtube.com/channel/UCV9XonW7ep8i0RdU7Z455vA

Networking events
One of the best ways to share your businesses’ story and expertise with others. These events hosted by the MGCCI, our members and in conjunction with neighboring chambers provide important opportunities to meet and network with prospects and clients at events like these:

  • Business After Hours
  • Lunch & Learn Programs
  • Networking Breakfasts
  • Business Expos
  • Multi-Chamber Events
  • Annual Holiday Party
  • Independence Day Parade
  • Annual Cabaret Night Dinner
  • Annual Golf Outing & Dinner

Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce Directory & Community Guide
A biennial printed publication that is also available online. This guide is a directory of all MGCCI members along with other vital information about Morton Grove. It is published in conjunction with Town Square Publications (a Daily Herald Media Group company) and distributed to residents and businesses in Morton Grove via U.S. Mail. The book also has fingertip facts about village services, schools, organizations, history and more.

Printed media
The MGCCI arranges a variety of options to promote the organization and its members, including ads in local media (The Bugle) and coupons in Money Mailer of North Cook County. The Chamber writes articles about events that appear in the local Chicago Tribune and Patch.com websites along with their calendar sections such as Metromix. The MGCCI is always seeking to new venues to share the story of the organization and its members.

More services to help your business grow & prosper
The MGCCI also offers a series of benefits to add value to membership in the Chamber that has been helping Morton Grove businesses to prosper since 1926 such as:

  • Certificates of origin (verification of production required to ship products to another country)
  • Membership information kiosk in the lobby of the village hall
  • Public Hot Deals listings
  • Member-to-Member special discounts
  • Help wanted listings
  • Other benefits (new offerings are always being evaluated to add  value to membership)

There are many advertising options available online, print and more that can be customized to help your business visibility grow. To learn about how the MGCCI can help your business, call (847) 965-0330 or email director@mgcci.org.

MGCCI

Mission Statement
The Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry is dedicated to promoting and advocating or the local business community to ensure the continued economic, cultural and civic well-being of Morton Grove. We are a vehicle for business to work collectively to build their business and enhance the economic make-up of the community. We inform businesses and advocate on their behalf about local, state and federal issues.

Reasons Why Businesses Join the Chamber
  1. Networking — Networking events and business information exchange sessions create opportunities to make new business contacts to help you grow your business.
  2. Credibility — Demonstrate to your prospects, customers, vendors, staff and the whole community that you are committed to the business vitality of Morton Grove.
  3. Discounts — Save money and draw more customers with a regularly evolving chamber program to provide discounts and benefits.
  4. Leadership development — The Morton Grove Chamber offers periodic learning and professional development opportunities to help you run a smarter, more profitable business.
  5. Community visibility — Responding to outside requests for information about Morton Grove businesses, we look first at our members for a potential match when answering inquiries looking for goods and services.
  6. Referrals — Listing on the chamber website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, twice weekly e-blasts, sponsorship of chamber events and more all provide heightened name recognition.
  7. Advocacy — The Morton Grove Chamber is your representative on the local level. Your voice is heard on vital regulatory, legislative, community and educational issues.

Local Events

Annual Golf Outing
The Annual Golf Outing is a tradition going back four decades. Held in mid-June, the event brings together those who enjoy a day of golf followed by cocktails and dinner. Those who don’t golf come and enjoy the refreshments and dinner along with the awards and a prize raffle of cash and valuable gifts.

Cabaret Night
This is a new tradition just a few years old. Replacing the winter VIP awards dinner, this more casual event is an opportunity for the members of the Chamber and those who support our businesses to enjoy an evening out to celebrate the founding of the Chamber back in October 1926.

MGCCI Annual Holiday Party
One of the best holiday parties around, this early December event is open to all for an evening of refreshments, food, live entertainment, wine raffle and more. A portion of the proceeds is donated annually to both the Niles and Maine Township Food Pantries.

Visit www.mgcci.og for more information on dates and times for these and other events during the year!

MORTON GROVE FARMERS’ MARKET
A Committee of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce

Established in 2010, the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market (a committee of the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce) is a family-friendly farmers market that strives to be a local, producer market. All items are home-grown, handmade and/or vendor created from locally-owned operations. Fruits, vegetables and flowers need to be grown within a close radius of Morton Grove to provide freshness.

In addition to a wide variety of wonderful vendors, the market also offers live entertainment, children’s activities, and a forum for local community groups and businesses. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through October, at 6140 Dempster St. (in front of the Morton Grove Civic Center) in Morton Grove. The market also hosts an outdoor spring market and two indoor winter markets.

The market is hosted by the Village of Morton Grove and the Morton Grove Park District. The MGFM Steering committee publicizes the market; books local entertainers and community groups; vets vendors; recruits sponsors and volunteers; and runs a smooth, enjoyable marketplace. For more information, visit http://mgfarmersmarket.org, connect on Facebook at http://facebook.com/MGFarmersMarket, call (847) 750-MGFM (6436) or email info@mgfarmersmarket.org.

TASTE OF MORTON GROVE
Morton Grove Foundation

The Taste of Morton Grove is held annually in March by the Morton Grove Foundation. This premier event blends charitable support for local organizations along with a sampling of the best cuisine from area caterers and restaurants along with a silent auction, raffle and other fun events.

The Morton Grove Foundation provides direct grants to charities and organizations that make a positive impact on the community. The Taste of Morton Grove committee is composed of volunteers from all areas of Morton Grove from individuals and businesses to civic, education, government and charitable organizations. For more information, follow the foundation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tasteofmortongr or visit its Facebook page: Taste of Morton Grove.

MORTON GROVE DAYS
The very first Morton Grove Day was planned as a one-time event held in 1921 to raise funds for a monument to those from Morton Grove who fought in the First World War – the iconic “Doughboy” statue. In 1927, several civic and service organizations sponsored an annual village-wide carnival that began a longstanding tradition. The celebration later became known as Morton Grove Days and volunteers from the community who organize this event are part of the Morton Grove Days Commission.

This annual event features a carnival with rides and games, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, a parade down Dempster Street and the best fireworks display in the area on July 4 when the President’s Cup trophy is awarded by the Chamber of Commerce for the best parade entry. For more information, visit www.mortongrovedays.org.

SPAGHETTI FEST
The Education Foundation – Supporting the Students of Niles Township

As a way to raise funds to support their mission to develop, acquire and distribute financial assistance and other resources to support students in need, the foundation launched a new event 2018 called Spaghetti Fest. The plan is to hold this event annually to attract new people to help support the students in need of Niles Township and have a fun night out with others in the community.

Through partnerships with alumni, friends, neighbors and the business community, the Education Foundation supplements public funds with private philanthropy. For more information about this and other events or to make donations, visit www.edufoundnt.org.

Spring

Eggstravaganza
A free egg hunt at Prairie View Park for Ages 3-10. Bring your camera for a special guest appearance from the Easter Bunny. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bunny Brunch – Celebrate Easter and immediately after the brunch, enjoy the egg hunt with family and friends. Join us for brunch, crafts, and picture with the bunny.

Summer

Sizzle Into Summer
Kick off the summer season at this annual family fun event on the third Saturday in June with an evening of entertainment, inflatable fun and live music. Food and drink are available for purchase.

Free Summer Concert Series
In Harrer Park on Tuesdays beginning in June for six summer concerts from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Park View School Gymnasium. Food and drink are available for purchase.

Fall

Annual Race to the Taste 5K Run & Walk
Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the annual fall race on the first Saturday in October. All participants will receive a race T-shirt and post-race refreshments.

Halloween Family Fest
Join us for an afternoon of family fun in October. Children enjoy crafts, carnival games, inflatable fun, pumpkins to decorate, costume contests, hayrides and more.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. This event will take place rain or shine.

Winter

Holly Days
This tree lighting and holiday festival in early December brings the community together for an annual holiday tradition. Families enjoy free activities and crafts, dog sled demo, ice sculptor demo, holiday tractor rides, entertainment, live reindeer and a visit from Santa. Visit the Winter Morton Grove Farmers’ Market in the Civic Center and tour of the historic Haupt-Yehl House Museum decorated for the holiday. Food and drink are available for purchase.

This event is presented by the Morton Grove Park District, the Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Morton Grove Days Commission, the Morton Grove Library, the Village of Morton Grove and Morton Grove Historical Society.

Tree sales at Harrer Park from Nov. 24 to Dec. 22. Buy a tree and support the event.

Cold Brews
A craft and premium beer tasting event held the third Saturday in February. Attendees can try new and local beers. Features live musical entertainment.

Visit mortongroveparks.com for more offerings with dates and times. Follow the Morton Grove Park District on Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest events.


Village Overview

The Village of Morton Grove has a population of 23,270 based on the 2010 Census. It is a near north suburb of Chicago located 13 miles north of the city’s Loop, eight miles northeast of busy O’Hare International Airport and six miles west of Lake Michigan’s shores.

Primarily residential, the village has significant commercial and industrial areas. About 20 percent of the land in the community is owned by the Cook County Forest Preserve District with parks, woods, prairies, bike trails and open land all set aside for recreation. The community is also home to award-winning parks and schools.

To learn about the services provided by the village and municipal regulations (lawn sprinkling, waste removal, vehicle stickers, senior services, permits, snow route regulations, pet licenses and more), visit www.mortongroveil.org.

Morton Grove Village Hall is located at 6101 Capulina Ave. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone: (847) 965-4100, fax: (847) 965-4162, email: vmg@mortongroveil.org. The 24-hour municipal hotline is (847) 663-6161. The village also has a Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Police Department

The department maintains a full-time professional, sworn staff of 46 well-trained police officers, 11 full-time and 11 part-time civilian employees. The police department is committed to providing responsive and professional law enforcement services, preserving peace and order and maintaining the highest ethical standards possible.

In 2017, the department received Tier 2 accreditation from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police for demonstrated excellence. Community outreach programs include the Citizens Police Academy, Police Open House, National Night Out, Coffee with a Cop, Police Explorers, Officer Friendly and voluntary residential security surveys. Morton Grove residents and businesses are encouraged to use the Morton Grove Police Department as a partner and resource to answer questions, provide advice and maintain the security of the community.

The police department is located at 6101 Capulina. For emergency services, dial 911. For non-emergency inquiries, call (847) 470-5200.


Fire Department

The department maintains a full-time professional, sworn staff of 40 firefighters and paramedics who specialize in the latest fire science and rescue techniques. Staff also includes one civilian Fire Prevention Bureau coordinator and two additional support employees. All firefighter/paramedics are certified in both firefighting and emergency medical services.

Two fire stations are fully staffed 24 hours a day. Fire Station #4 is located at 6250 Lincoln and Fire Station #5 is located at 8954 Shermer Rd. Both stations maintain fire suppression equipment as well as an advanced life support ambulance. Average response time within the village for emergency service requests is less than four minutes.

The department’s Fire Prevention Bureau also provides various public education programs and resources. Basic student safety education is coordinated through the school districts while residential home fire safety inspections and senior citizen safety programs are offered on an as-needed basis. Commercial and business properties are also subject to fire safety inspections at least once a year.

The department can be reached at (847) 470-5226. Residents and businesses should dial 911 in an emergency.