Andersonville Chamber of Commerce
The purpose of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is to foster a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development.
Accessible – We want it to be easier than ever to reach and work with the Chamber. If you have any questions or concerns, we’ll stop by your business or set up an in-person meeting as soon as possible.
Supportive – Our team is equipped to answer questions about licensing, permitting, financing, special events, social media, marketing, eco-improvements, and much more. We know that our members and businesses are doing more with less these days – and we want to support your business needs in any way we can.
Creative – Similar to the small business owners we work to support, we will continue to think outside the box in order to make Andersonville a special neighborhood and destination for all.
what is a chamber of commerce?
tldr; We do a lot!
A chamber of commerce is a non-profit organization that works to support and promote the interests of businesses and members within a particular community or region. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC) is a 501(c)6 organization and a delegate agency of the city of Chicago's Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), offering specialized services under the Neighborhood Business Development Center (NBDC). More information about the typical functions of the ACC can be found by clicking the area of interest.
The ACC advocates for policies and initiatives that support local businesses.
The ACC works with City Council folks to attract new businesses and investment, as well as support the growth and expansion of existing businesses.
The ACC provides education and training opportunities to help businesses improve their skills and stay competitive in the marketplace.
The ACC organizes events and activities that bring businesses and the community together, such as Andersonville Wine Walk, Midsommarfest, Taste of Andersonville, Kids activity & Volunteer fairs and more. The ACC hosts over 20+ events a year.
The ACC partners with the city of Chicago's Neighborhood Business Development Center. Click here to learn more
The ACC provides a platform for local businesses to connect with one another, share knowledge, and build relationships.
The ACC provides information and resources to businesses and the community concerning city governance updates, neighborhood growth, infrastructure developments, and more!
The ACC promotes local tourism and attracts visitors to their communities, who help support local businesses.
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce staff is committed to accessible, supportive, and creative work.
Laura Austin - she/her/hers
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Background: While still in charge of running ACC events as well as managing community relationships, Laura will now serve as the ACC Board liaison and co-manage City and Ward relations. Laura joined the Chamber team in February 2017. She has ten years experience running events, five for the Chamber, and five in the non-profit school sector and has a background in teaching. Laura was a resident of the Andersonville & Uptown area for 15 years and is proud to be working in the place she called home.
Contact Laura About: ACC Board inquiries, Andersonville special events, community outreach, Andersonville social justice work, Midsommarfest opportunities, school partnerships, and community collaboration.
David Oakes - he/him/his/they/them
Director of Business Services & District Manager
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Background: Our “concierge to the business community,” David will continue in his regular duties along with taking on high-level economic development, managing SSA #22 and co-managing City and Ward relations. David began serving the Andersonville business community in his current role in February 2017. He has worked for Andersonville in multiple capacities over the years, having primarily served as one of the Andersonville Farmers Market Managers since its inception in 2009. He comes from a background in environmental science and culinary and is excited about out-of-the-box business attraction and community development in Andersonville.
Contact David About: Membership inquires, available retail space, business rebates and SSA incentives, long-term business attraction, SSA boundaries and management, neighborhood development and more.
Matt Junger - he/him
Marketing & Graphics Manager
Hometown: Denver, CO
Background: Matt moved to Chicago in 2021 and quickly joined the Chamber's small team. Since his move, he continues to explore Andersonville and find all of his favorite spots. On the Chamber team, Matt is in charge of Marketing and Graphic Design for physical and digital collateral for our robust calendar of events. His background is in sustainability, landscape design, and graphic design; Matt looks forward to continuing to serve the Chamber and Andersonville community with all of their graphic needs.
Contact Matt About: graphics support and assistance
Lexie Lannom - she/her
Administrative Services Manager
Hometown: IL Route 72
Background: Lexie has been working in Andersonville since 2018 and joined the Chamber staff in the fall of 2022. She enjoys applying creative solutions to policy, business management, and all things HR. Her background in a variety of industries and business structures gives her a wide perspective in supporting the daily operations of the Chamber, as well as assisting the community and membership. She received her BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2012.
Contact Lexie About: membership services, website content, and business promotions
Charlie Wein - he/him/his
Director of Marketing & Communications
firstname.lastname@example.org | Chamber collaborations & media inquiries
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Background: Though he officially joined the Chamber as Director of Marketing & Communications at the end of 2022, Charlie has worked closely with the chamber and many Andersonville businesses as the Media & Events Coordinator at Rattleback Records for five years and has been involved with the Andersonville community for a decade. Charlie has over ten years experience in management, communications, and event planning in the creative, retail, and medical industries. After obtaining his BA in theater, Charlie completed his masters in marketing and business management at Northwestern University. With a passion for local community, small business, and a longtime love of Andersonville, he's excited to work with the chamber developing relationships and crafting a strong identity for the neighborhood.
Contact Charlie About: Promotions in chamber newsletter and social media, media inquiries, & chamber partnerships
board of directors 2023
Early to Bed
5443 North Broadway Commercial Building
Milk Handmade and Honey Bridal
Karin Moen Abercrombie
Swedish American Museum
State Farm Insurance
Metz + Jones LLC
The Go To Gay Guy
Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar and Fromagerie & Tasting Room
Replay & Elixir
Great Lakes Clinical Trials
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is governed by an active Board of Directors and various committees that oversee program development. Any active member of the Chamber can join a committee. If you have questions or are interested in joining a committee, click here to fill out the interest form
The DEI Committee creates a thriving community by upholding values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Andersonville Business District. Our community working on this continuously is necessary because we live in an unjust society; one with a long history of cultural and systemic discrimination. The committee supports the chamber’s commitment to institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing business recruitment and support, education and training, coalition building, data collection and analysis, and support for other organizations engaged in this work. The committee reports back to the Board. Laura Austin is the staff liaison. This committee meets the last Friday of each month.
The Neighborhood Development Committee is chaired by Song Chae. It is composed of both Board Members and broad representation from the business community. Its charter is to oversee the long-term neighborhood and economic development strategy for Andersonville by engaging in policy decisions, business attraction, construction management and meeting with new business and property owners seeking support. The committee reports back to the Board. David Oakes is the staff liaison. Meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 9:00AM.
The Membership and Nominating Committee is chaired by Mark Liberson. The committee plans and implements ways of attracting new chamber members, to get current members more active, and to better communicate with our members. The primary responsibilities of the Nominating Committee are to (i) identify and recruit current and prospective Chamber members to be slated for the positions of the directors and officers, (ii) develop and recommend to the Board of Directors criteria for selecting actual and prospective director candidates and (iii) develop and advise the Board of Directors on recruitment strategies for directors. The Nominating Committee shall submit its recommended slate of officers and directors each year to the Board of Directors not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting of the members. The committee reports back to the Board. Meets once a month-Meeting Schedule TBD. David Oakes is the staff liaison.