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Inside the Chamber

Episode #5 | L!VISIBLE

Ever wonder what happens when activism, passion and entrepreneurship intertwine? Join Darien as he talks to Reesheda Graham Washington, owner of L!VE Cafe and find out. They will unpack being Black in Business, the L!VISIBLE Business Coalition and living in a real-life revolution.
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Episode #12 | Tradition, Warriors & Common Ground

Ever wonder what a forty-something, white, established business owner, with two kids has in common with a young, black, gay, chronically single, entrepreneur? Well, there's a lot of common ground discovered in this conversation with Oak Park Village Trustee Dan Moroney. Growing up in Oak Park and the shared legacy of being OPRF alums, these two Oak Parkers discuss social justice warriors, bad branding in the face of authentic politics, backing up passion with facts, and why we should vote for the Rock for president.
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Inside The Chamber Episode #8 - Tall Buildings, Burgers & Throw Pillows

It's no secret that there are a few new highrises that have gone up in the past few years in Oak Park, but who is living in them and where are they coming from? Join us as we get to know Casey Gustafson, leasing agent for the new Eleven33 property on Oak Park's South Blvd. Casey will give us the inside scoop on what it's like to be a newcomer to Oak Park, about the hunger for high rise living and how our fabulous business organization gave Casey a community to call his own.
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Episode #7 | Speaking Up with Erika Bachner

Our Village trustees have a lot to manage these days and River Forest Trustee Erika Bachner is no different. She has been a champion of minority rights for years and we were thrilled to have her join us in the studio to talk about advocating for undocumented members of our community, LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace and diversity in River Forest in the age of the BLM movement.
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4 Latinx Designers That Are Changing the Game

Every designer has something different to offer the world of fashion! We love designers that are all different races, ethnicities, and sizes, but today we want to focus on our favorites from the Latinx community. Here are some of our standout favorites! Fernando Garcia Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, the two new creative directors of

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Style
Lauren Anderson

You’s a Fake B!+ch: How to Spot a Designer Knock Off

We’ve all seen really crappy made knockoff bags: Coach Becomes Goach, Louis Vitton becomes a mish-mash of vague shapes that resemble an L and a V, Burberry becomes Frankenberry – You get the picture. Point is, it’s super easy to spot the fake-fake bags, but can you spot a really good fake? The knock-off industry

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Lifestyle
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5 End of Summer Pieces You Won’t Want to Miss

The summer of 2019 will forever be dubbed a ‘‘Hot girl Summer’’. If you don’t get that reference, you might be living under a rock. The song, “Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion Ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign. BLEW UP the charts. When asked about its meaning, the H-Town hottie herself said,

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Lifestyle
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How to Achieve the Perfect Insta photo

Influencers aren’t the only ones allowed to be glamtastic. If you’re anything like me, sometimes cruising through Instagram can make you sick with FOMO. All the super fabulous models rocking the hottest trends and seeming like an ad from Vogue can seem like a task too daunting to recreate. Alas, all the cute outfits you

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LGBT
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Authentic Pride Marketing 101

How to not be a clique June is right around the corner. Can you believe it? We are pretty much half way through 2019. If you are anything like me, you need a break from 2019. Luckily, June is also Pride month, as a gay man, the “Birthday Month” rule applies; calling for celebration everyday.

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News

Lunch with Darien Marion-Burton

“the relationships I have built there are valuable beyond money.”

OPRF Chamber honors Member of the Year at annual meeting

“I was in this room and thought, ‘maybe next year, it will be me ‘”

Pedal Pub is wheeling toward Quad-Cities...

“It’s a new idea. We want to make sure we’re doing this in a safe manner” 

Village hall takes to social media

The village of Forest Park is planning to offer its own Facebook page to share announcements and pertinent information with residents.

Support from Within: How Black-Owned Businesses Are Showing Support for Their Community

Although the free consulting is a major way that DM Burton gives back to the community, it’s not the only way