Hundreds of local residents, business owners and politicians came out to the Columbus Park Refectory on Jackson Boulevard in Chicago on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Guests enjoyed the chance to make connections while listening to live entertainment, visiting the vendors, and entering to win dozens of raffle prizes. 

The holiday party was a community event with multi-generational attendees from various professional backgrounds.  It was an accurate representation of what the West Side has to offer.  One guest remarked he reconnected with people he hadn’t seen in 20 years.  Attendees also enjoyed a “Local Eats” buffet that showcased food from local restaurants such as Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles, DiNico’s Pizza & Gelato, Elliotts Augusta Pizza & Grill, Fatduck Tavern & Grill, MacArthur’s Restaurant – Fine Southern Cuisine, Pizza Hut, Scratch Kitchen & Lounge, Sergio’s Place Mexican Restaurant in Chicago, Silverland Bakery, Slice Factory, Starbucks, Wells Street Popcorn, and Whole Foods Market – River Forest.

One vendor said “The West Side Holiday Party was great! Please invite FFC again!” -Sherri Dean, Member Services
Fitness Formula Clubs – Oak Park

See more pictures from the party on the West Side Business Network Facebook page. Photographs courtesy of Leon Reed and Bob Mead.

Thank you to our many supporters, without whom this successful event would not have been possible!

Active Solutions & Knowledge Consulting

AKB Events

Arts N Spirits

Austin Chamber of Commerce

Black Ensemble Theater

Cheryl Ealey-Cross

Chicago Park District

Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles

Circle Care Solutions, LLC

Circle Family Healthcare Network

Cucina Paradiso

DiNico’s Pizza & Gelato

Dominican Performing Arts Center

DuSable Museum of African American History

Elevate Services

Elite Rehabilitation Institute

Elliotts Augusta Pizza & Grill

Excel Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Inc.

Eyrie Restaurant

Fatduck Tavern & Grill

Fathers Who Care

Flavour Cooking School

Fleetwood Roller Rink

Formula Fitness Clubs

Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital

Garfield Park Little League

Garland Flowers will once again provide the centerpieces

Get Fit Now! Fitness Studio

Habilitative Systems, Inc.

Hoogendoorn & Talbot, LLP

Illinois Dieticians – Eileen McCarthy


Inspiration Kitchens

Law Offices of Michael Radzilowsky

Lisa Brown

Local-Motions Performing Arts Organization

MacArthur’s Restaurant – Fine Southern Cuisine

MaidPro – Oak Park

Msny. Annie Robertson

Oak Park Festival Theatre

PCC Community Wellness Center

Pizza Hut

Traci’s House

State Representative Derrick Smith – 10th District

Riveredge Hospital

River Forest Chocolates

Scratch Kitchen & Lounge

Serenitea Tea Cafe & Boutique

Sergio’s Place Mexican Restaurant in Chicago

Senator Don Harmon

Silverland Bakery

Slice Factory


State Farm Insurance – Larry Williams

Urban Threads Studio

Village of Oak Park


Wells Street Popcorn

West Suburban Medical Center

Western & Southern Life Insurance – Zora Thomas

Westside Health Authority

Whole Foods Market – River Forest

Wildfire Restaurant

Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar

Wonder Works Children’s Museum

York Furrier

And a HUGE “Thank You” to all of our volunteers, as well as these individuals, for their contributions: D’Lana O’Neil with Local-Motions, Kamil Brady with AKB Events, Bob Mead, Cheryl Ealey-Cross, Lisa Brown, Msny. Annie Robertson, Angela Holman, Louverta Hurt