Chamber President Welcome

Welcome to the Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce

Community Guide & Business Directory. In this directory you will find a list of all the Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce business members that support our community and its residents.

I can’t believe that a year has gone by! The Chamber of Commerce worked very hard this past year to get our local businesses to connect. We provided opportunities for local businesses to network with each other at business after hours, special events and golf outings. This year, we also successfully partnered with surrounding local Chambers to expand our networking reach.

I am sure that we are all very happy to see the work completed on some of our major thoroughfares. This completion should help bring more traffic to your businesses.

While there is much work to still be done, the Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce stands ready to help the City of Wood Dale businesses and local residents prosper. For over 45 years, the Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce has been a liaison to the City of Wood Dale business. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of local businesses, we are also here for the community and support many fine organizations in town. Individuals along with businesses can join the Chamber. For additional information on how you too can join, please visit www.wooddalechamber.com or call (630) 595-0505.

We hope you will enjoy this directory and use it as a guide to shop locally in an effort to support our members.

Sincerely,

Caterina Aiello
President
Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce


Chamber Services

About the Chamber

The Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of advancing the economic, industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare of the businesses in Wood Dale. Also to give assistance to new firms or individuals seeking to locate in Wood Dale; to support activities beneficial to the community and to oppose those believed to be detrimental. In general, to promote the welfare of all citizens following those policies intended to accomplish
the greatest good for the greatest number.

New business contacts

Monthly membership luncheons
Programs and items of interest to the business community. Luncheons are held the second Thursday of every month, excluding summer break (July & August). Call (630) 595-0505 to RSVP.

Networking with other Chambers
Joint meetings and events throughout the year with neighboring Chambers of Commerce.

Annual Golf Outing
Usually held in June

Publicity & exposure

Community Guide & Business Directory
Distributed to more than 4,000 households and businesses, this guide lists Chamber member businesses alphabetically and by category. Advertising opportunities are available.

Newsletters
Monthly Chamber publication highlights new members, lists chamber events, provides additional advertising opportunities and up-to-date business news.

New resident packets
Welcome packets sent to new businesses featuring information on Wood Dale as well as advertising materials by our Chamber members.

Referrals
When receiving requests for goods and services, the Wood Dale Chamber refers members.

Mailing lists & labels
The current mailing list (approximately 600 companies) is supplied at no charge to Chamber members and is available for purchase by nonmembers. Labels are also available at a nominal charge.

Chamber website
Free link on the Chamber website is available to all members. Visit www.wooddalechamber.com today. If you are not a member, you can view the monthly newsletters online to see current events.

Chamber seal
The use of the Chamber seal, for the purpose of making country of origin documents, is offered on a restricted basis and requires both an application and Chamber
board approval.

Community involvement

Scholarship
Working together with the City of Wood Dale, the Chamber provides scholarships to local high schools with senior students who live in the town of Wood Dale.

Annual fundraiser
Annual Chamber event to help raise funds for our scholarships and the local food pantry. This event provides great advertising opportunities for local businesses. The theme changes from year to year to keep it fun.

Economic development
The chamber has representation on the Wood Dale Economic Development Commission, which has numerous business support services and incentives.

Annual city tree lighting
Every year during the holiday season, the Chamber volunteers to help with the city’s annual tree lighting event and provides materials for the children’s Christmas party.

For more information on any of these services, call the Chamber office at (630) 595-0505, email info@wooddalechamber.com or visit www.wooddalechamber.com.


Organizations and Phone Numbers

City of Wood Dale
404 N. Wood Dale Rd. • Wood Dale, IL 60191
(630) 766-4900 • www.wooddale.com
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Wood Dale operates under the council/manager form of government. Elected officials serve four-year terms, with the mayor, city clerk and treasurer elected at large and eight aldermen from four wards serving staggered terms. The city council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at city hall. The city is governed by a mayor who is elected on an at-large basis and two alder-men from each of four districts. The city also employs a city manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city and its employees.

Fire / Police Emergency 9-1-1
Fire Non-Emergency (630) 766-1147
Police Non-Emergency (630) 766-2060
City of Wood Dale (630) 766-4900
Chamber of Commerce (630) 595-0505
DuPage Forest Preserve (630) 933-7200
Fenton High School #100 (630) 766-2500
Metra Service (630) 322-6777
School District #4 (630) 628-2502
School District #7 (630) 595-9510
School District #88 (630) 530-3988
Wood Dale Park District (630) 595-9333
Wood Dale Public Library (630) 766-6762


History

The earliest efforts to providing a public library can be traced back to 1927 by the Wood Dale Community Club and by offering donated books within space at the Holy Ghost Church in the late 1940s. But little more is known about these attempts to serve the community’s residents.

In spring 1956, citizens from Wood Dale and Bensenville organized a cooperative community library using space made available at Fenton High School, and use was limited to residents of District 100. Local women were trained to serve as librarians. Residents donated books or gave cash to buy them.

Each village later chose to maintain its own library. Under the care of Robert Doane, Adolph Sofka and George and Ruth Welter, the Wood Dale Library opened in a room of the old Highland Public School on the northeast corner of Wood Dale Road and Foster Avenue in 1958. And later in 1959, the library was moved to the clubhouse provided by the Wood Dale Club on Edgebrook and Irving Park Road. But during these initial efforts, the space could only be open two to three times a week, limited by the location and help of volunteers.

The community needed a building of its own. Each family member in Wood Dale was asked to give a $6 donation, which helped raise about $5,600 to pay for the materials. Volunteers helped build the shelves, and the library opened on a village lot at Edgebrook and Irving Park Road in 1960, which for a short time the library shared with the police department. The library operated thanks to volunteers as well as book donations given by schools, area libraries and residents until November 1962 when a referendum was passed, creating a library district supported by citizens living in School District 7.

Although the first building would eventually expand to 3,600 square feet, the growing Wood Dale community would outgrow its first building, and a bond referendum was brought to the voters. While the first attempt was defeated, the library board, stressing the old library could not be expanded, scheduled another referendum in December 1978, which would pass 471 to 442.

After one year of construction, the new library on Wood Dale Road opened in February 1981. Today, the library continues to serve the community and evolve to meet changing needs. In 1980, only 74,000 physical items, such as books, were accessible. Last year, the library made over 424,000 items accessible to patrons, which includes not only items such as books and magazines, but also electronic items to be streamed and downloaded. The staff also helped answer over 30,000 reference questions and welcomed 16,000 people to loan the library’s computers.


Community Events

2017

September 10
Harvest Fest
Wood Dale Historical Society

September 22
Fundraising Event: “Tiki Party”
Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce

September 15-17
Citywide Garage Sale
City of Wood Dale

September 23
Family Fest “Festravaganza”
Wood Dale Park District

October 14
Ghost Stories in the Barn
Wood Dale Historical Society

October 10
Open House Wood Dale
Fire Protection District

October 21
Haunted Trail Event “Scarewalk”
Wood Dale Park District

November 4
Veterans Breakfast
Park District at Salt Creek Golf Club

November 11
Veterans Day Ceremony
Veterans Memorial Park – City of Wood Dale

November 18
50th Anniversary Community Party
Wood Dale Park District

December 1
Holiday on the Farm Wood Dale
Historical Society

December 2
Annual Tree Lighting
City of Wood Dale

December 6
Senior Holiday Party
Park District at Salt Creek Golf Club

December 7
Holiday Open House
Wood Dale Library District

TBD
Adventures with Santa
Wood Dale Park District

2018

February 9
Daddy Daughter Princess Party
Wood Dale Park District

March 4
Wood Dale Charity Gala
City of Wood Dale

March 24
Egg Hunt “Eggcellent”
Park District at Franzen Grove Park

March 24
Doggie Egg Hunt
Park District at White Oaks Park

April
TBD
Spring Musical
Fenton High School

May
TBD
Choral & Band Concerts
Fenton High School & School District #7

May 28
Memorial Day Parade
City of Wood Dale

June 2
The “Beach” Pool Opening
Wood Dale Park District

June 15
Public Works Open House
City of Wood Dale

TBD
Annual Golf Outing
Wood Dale Chamber of Commerce

July
TBD
Ice Cream Social
Wood Dale Library District

TBD
Prairie Fest
City of Wood Dale

August 7
National Night Out
Wood Dale Police Department


Business and Economic Development

Ideal for residents and businesses alike, the City of Wood Dale prides itself as a prime location that offers small-town charm while also looking toward a bright future.

Wood Dale’s central location has been a key to the village’s growth since it was founded. From the 1833 Dunklee’s Grove settlement along wagon trail roads to the arrival of the Chicago and Pacific Railroad and eventual incorporation first as a village and then a city, the city’s history has been tracked by its location and efforts to build a transportation system.

Located in the center of the nation’s busiest transportation hub, the west suburban community is strategically situated on the western edge of O’Hare International Airport, 23 miles west of downtown Chicago. The city also offers easy access to many major expressways and to Metra Rail service with direct connections to Chicago and Elgin.

“We’re a small community with small-town charm and regional access to anything that you’re interested in doing,” said Kelley Chrisse, the city’s assistant community development director. “From an economic development standpoint, residents and businesses can be part of a smaller community while also having greater reach.”

Giving the region greater access

Helping the region meet future transportation needs, the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year up to Route 83. This project, which began construction in 2013, will provide access from the west side of O’Hare International Airport via York Road and accommodate nearly three times as many vehicles per day as local roads currently carry. The project began with the addition of nearly 50 expressway lane miles through the conversion of Thorndale Avenue into a limited-access four-lane highway, creating an extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway.

The project includes a new all-electronic toll road around the western border of O’Hare International Airport, linking the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), the extension of the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway, now known as Illinois Route 390, east along Thorndale Avenue to O’Hare International Airport, and rehabilitation and widening of existing Illinois Route 390.

Seeing the potential the extension can provide to industries, Chrisse said, the city is making modifications to the land surrounding the extension to capitalize on the new access. In 2015, the city established a TIF district and also has been working on public improvements to promote redevelopment.

“The plan itself is transformative, and that is where the city has focused, where we can help spur development in the area by making public improvements in advance of the developer coming in,” she said.

An industrial boom

Crediting the online ordering phenomena, the warehousing and distribution industry is taking off in Wood Dale. Chrisse said three industrial properties are being redeveloped from office use to use as warehouse and distribution facilities. Among the businesses already here and expanding, Amazon Fresh brought its first Chicagoland location to Wood Dale.

The city also is focusing on addressing workforce development issues, specifically the lack of workers in the manufacturing field. Chrisse said the city is working with manufacturing companies as well as reaching out to the College of DuPage and area high schools to explain the manufacturing trades and skills necessary.

“We really value our manufacturers, so we’re also trying to work with them and reach out in their networks to try and bring other manufacturers, so we can co-locate these similar businesses where they can share parts and sell to each other and create that network of supporting businesses,” she added.

Focusing on existing infrastructure

Wood Dale also continues to focus on maintaining and improving its existing infrastructure, planning street resurfacing, sidewalk replacement and stormwater drainage improvements.

“All of these things are things we look at on a regular basis and budget accordingly to make sure our infrastructure meets the needs not only of our existing businesses and residents but also prospective businesses and residents,” she said.

The city has planned various beautification projects, such as adding decorative pedestrian lighting along Wood Dale Road and constructing a clock tower and landscaping improvements at the newly improved intersection of Wood Dale and Irving Park Road. The city also has begun replacing all entrance signs and street sign poles and street name signs to create a consistent branding.

“It’s more than just an image. It’s really more about what the community promises to deliver to its residents and businesses. That consistent branding is a reminder of that promise,” Chrisse said.

Reaching out to the community

But Wood Dale never stops looking at ways to improve. Over the past year, the city has reached out to the community, both from residents and businesses to seek input and update its comprehensive plan.

“We want to find out what the advantages and some of the challenges are and where we see our community in 20 years,” she said. “We want to make sure we fully understand what the makeup of the community is and what those challenges are, so we can address them whether it’s regulations or how we develop or redevelop properties and understand what the community wants in terms of uses.”

Chrisse said it’s been important that the community be actively engaged in this process, and the city is encouraged by the level of engagement.

“That will result in a more realistic plan. By having the community involvement and support, it will be easier to implement the plan,” she said.

Comments that many residents have shared is they would like to see more commercial establishments. In order to support these commercial establishments, Chrisse said Wood Dale will need to boost its population, particularly by looking into developing multi-family residential units.

“There has been increased interest in developing vacant single-family lots as well as interest from developers to develop multi-family units, such as townhomes,” she said.

Supporting the Business Community

Wood Dale prides itself on valuing its business community, which is not only made up of international companies that make the city their home, but also a diverse population bringing family-owned businesses to the community.

“We have a lot of locally owned ethnic restaurants. We have a number of Polish restaurants. We have a number of Italian restaurants, and these are family-owned home-cooking type restaurants that give that nod to a small-town and a feeling of community and feeling of connectedness,” she said.

Chrisse said the city understands the success of our community is also dependent upon the success of individual businesses. So as much as possible, we try to partner with our business community.

In an effort to promote shopping local, the city created a gift-giving guide, giving businesses the opportunity to promote their services and products for free. Mailed to residents and businesses and distributed across the community, the guide also is available online. The response has been positive from residents, who may not have known the business existed or the unique items and services a business offered.

“We have a manufacturer of industrial popcorn machines, but they also make smaller versions that they sell to the public. Most people didn’t know that was an option. It gives businesses additional opportunities for exposure in the community,” she said.

Chrisse added the city also has created a free online business directory, offering photos as well as promoting the products and services they offer.

“We’re trying to encourage people to stay and spend their money locally. It’s an important part of supporting the community,” she said.


Recreation

The City of Wood Dale provides its residents with multiple outlets for recreation throughout the  community. Park district and city officials are delighted to see families and friends gathering for large special events and programming at all levels of involvement. Residents looking for leisure opportunities have many options.

Wood Dale Park District
111 E. Foster Ave. • (630) 595-9333 • www.wdparks.org
Active places. Friendly faces. The Wood Dale Park District thrives on providing memorable events and wonderful opportunities for residents and visitors alike.

Organized in 1967, the Wood Dale Park District encompasses a six-square-mile area and serves most of the City of Wood Dale and portions of Elk Grove Village, Itasca and Bensenville.

The park district serves an estimated population of 13,500 with approximately 140 acres of park land on 12 park sites and three service facility properties. District facilities include an 18-hole golf course with driving range and banquet facility, water park, community center, dog area and fitness center.

The Wood Dale Park District offers an extensive selection of recreation and leisure programs for all age groups. More details are available in the park district’s seasonal brochure; residents can register online at wdparks.org.

Governed by a five-member board of park commissioners, all are elected at-large for overlapping six-year terms. Day-to-day operations are administered by the executive director and staff.

Recreation Complex
111 E. Foster Ave. • (630) 595-9333 • www.wdparks.org
This community center is the primary location for many recreation programs including a preschool program, before and after-school care programs and summer camp programs.

The recreation complex includes a gymnasium, dance/exercise rooms, senior citizen meeting room, kitchen facilities, preschool rooms and the park district’s administrative office.

Also located within the recreation complex is a full-service fitness center with various types of weight and cardio machines, and a walking/jogging track suspended above the gymnasium. A variety of membership options, including corporate memberships, are available.

Salt Creek Golf Club
701 W. Thorndale Ave. • (630) 773-0184
www.saltcreekgolfclub.com

This three-time award-winning facility of the Daily Herald Readers’ Choice “Best of the Best” award, offers an 18-hole executive golf course, and the Creekside Cafe,
a full-service restaurant that is open daily for lunch;
evening hours vary. There is also a banquet facility that hosts weddings, showers and other private gatherings. The Salt Creek Golf Club is host to over 30 golf leagues and many golf outings, including Footgolf. Tee times may be reserved seven days in advance by calling the Pro Shop at (630) 773-0184 or online at saltcreekgolfclub.com.

The Wood Dale Park District also owns and operates 12 area parks, including:

The Beach Water Park
161 Commercial Ave. • www.wdparks.org

The Beach Water Park is located west of Wood Dale Road and north of Irving Park Road, where residents can cool off on hot summer days, enjoy an L-shaped zero depth pool, and a splash-pad play area.

Other water park attractions include two 129-foot spiral water slides, a sand volleyball court, a sand playground equipment area, an adult deck with heated spa, a large tanning area, a full-service concession stand and concession picnic area, a supervised bathhouse with showers and coin lockers and award-winning licensed lifeguards.

White Oaks Nature Park, Dog Area & Cabin
111 S. Wood Dale Rd. • www.wdparks.org
(on the corner of Wood Dale Road and Montrose Avenue)

The White Oaks Nature Trail features an interpretive loop trail for jogging, walking and biking in natural surroundings where users can experience the flora and fauna of two ecosystems. Open daily from dawn to dusk. The dog area is open daily from dawn to dusk and allows interactive off-leash play.

Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve
151 S. Addison Rd.

Consisting of 92 wooded acres along the banks of the
Salt Creek, the forest preserve features picnic tables, shelters and nearly two miles of hiking trails. The forest preserve
is a mix of upland forest and floodplain woods, providing a habitat for northern orioles, eastern bluebirds and red-headed woodpeckers.


Health Care

Striving to provide an enriching senior living experience and building relationships with its residents and their families, Randall Residence will be bringing quality assisted living and memory care facility to Wood Dale.

With construction scheduled to be completed in September and accepting residents in November, the Wood Dale location near the intersection of North Wood Dale Road and East Irving Park Road will provide an engaging and compassionate community that older adults will be able to call home.

“We’re excited to be coming to Wood Dale and we truly like to become part of the community,” said Christopher Randall, CEO of Randall Residence.

When Chuck Randall was 4 years old, his grandmother moved in with their family, and his mother’s passion to provide elder care began. This led her to start the first purpose-built nursing home community in Michigan in the late 1940s. She would go on to build several more in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1975, Chuck and his wife Barbara Randall purchased White Oaks Assisted Living in Michigan to turn a struggling nursing home community around. Their son, Christopher, recalls living in the family’s apartment on the community campus. Working in every position in the business from washing windows and serving meals to working in the office, he also remembers getting to know the individuals who lived there.

“We joke that I had 70 grandparents,” he said.

Continuing the business with his father, Christopher said their mission remains to care for some of the more vulnerable population and build relationships with them.

“Understanding the demographics will demand more of this community; we believe we are one of the premier providers and offer a Randall Residence version of senior living,” he said.

Christopher said there are several criteria in which Randall Residence evaluates when determining a location, of which Wood Dale fit them all.

“There is very much a demand. There is a need in the area. There is access to health care,” he said, adding. “One of which is a location that is visible, close for families to where they work, live and shop
so it is convenient to visit their loved ones.”

Randall Residence remains focused on the Great Lakes, with nine locations in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois and two new locations under construction in Wood Dale and East Peoria. By staying as a regional provider, they will keep quality and the relationships the best, he added.

Randall Residence also strives to be part of the community. Other locations are providing meeting space for area service clubs, serving as a precinct voting location and hosting art shows. This way residents can maintain the relationships built within the community

“We will look for ways to ensure that our residents can continue to engage in their community and that the community at large can feel comfortable coming on site and engaging with our residents and our community,” he said.

The Wood Dale community will include 146 units, 104 for assisted living care and 42 for memory care. Christopher explained the assisted living care is designed to help individuals who may be fairly mobile and independent but need assistance with daily living such as preparing meals, medication supervision, assistance with bathing or showering or getting dressed. Often, these residents may have lost a spouse who was previously assisting with those tasks or may have had an incident such as a fall or a bout with the flu and may be too weak to care for themselves.

“In the assisted living, we’re able to provide that help as needed. They are able to maintain independence but we provide the support network to help them in those ways they need assistance,” he said.

For a senior who is diagnosed with a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Randall Residence memory care provides a safe, secure environment along with the assisted living services to help these individuals live a richer, fuller life despite their disease. Christopher explained there is a higher staffing ratio and a structured daily routine to engage the residents.

Randall Residence has developed a 40-year history as a senior living facility that has not only met the state’s requirements, but also the trust of those who choose Randall Residence, praising the spacious accommodations and the caring staff. While Randall Residence will be new to the Wood Dale community, they hope they have built a reputation this community can trust.

He said, “It is what our reputation hinges on and hangs on. Our mission is to create a senior living environment worthy of our parents and our grandparents. This isn’t just someone else’s family member. We need to treat them as if they are our grandparents and care for them in that way.”Health Care

Facilities

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center/GlenOaks
701 Winthrop Ave. • Glendale Heights
(630) 545-8000

Elmhurst Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Rd. • Elmhurst • (331) 221-1000AMITA

Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center/Elk Grove Village
800 E. Biesterfield Rd. • Elk Grove Village
(847) 437-5500