LaGrange Business Association                LGBA

Upcoming Events

Events requiring payment for registration or sponsorship may be paid for by check addressed to:
LGBA
Box LGBA
106 Calendar Court
LaGrange, IL 60525


Upcoming events

    • 14 Jan 2016
    • 08 Dec 2016
    • 12 sessions
    • Palmer Place, 56 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange IL

    All Members and Potential Members Welcome.

    Continental breakfast and networking from 8-8:30.

    Potential members please email Lori@lgba.com to let us know you're coming.

    • 19 Jan 2016
    • 15 Nov 2016
    • 6 sessions
    • 26 S. La Grange Road Suite 103 La Grange IL

    Welcome to the LGBA! We schedule New Member Orientation every other month. Please select one of the dates listed and stop by for a small-group welcome with continental breakfast. We'll get you started on determining how the LGBA can best meet your business needs. 

    Can't make any of these dates? We'll try to schedule a one-on-one session with you as well. Please email lori@lgba.com to schedule your new member orientation.


    • 05 May 2016
    • 7:00 AM
    • 27 Oct 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • La Grange Road and Harris Ave., adjacent to Village Hall



    Hundreds of local and professional chefs shop this weekly farmers market held Thursdays from May-October, 7am-1pm.  Fresh produce, baked goods, and flowers are available from local farmers. plus specialty items and unique prepared foods. Readers of Suburban Life newspapers named this one of the Best Farmers Markets in the Western Suburbs. Come find out why!

    Interested in being a farmers market vendor? You may apply here.

    • 01 Jun 2016
    • 06 Sep 2016
    • Business District of La Grange


    Art Exhibit of Peace Pole Bird Houses Finds a Home in La Grange 

    A flock of 31 bird houses standing six-feet-tall is being installed on the sidewalks of the business district as part of a whimsical outdoor art exhibit called “Tweet Home La Grange.”

    The seasonal exhibit, opening to coincide with the La Grange Carnival and Pet Parade, is organized by the La Grange Business Association (LGBA) as a way to draw attention to a lively local art scene and entice visitors and residents to explore the community. Local businesses sponsor the bird houses and secure local artists, both professional and amateur, to paint them for display.

    Each bird house sits atop a peace pole, the internationally-recognized symbol that reminds us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony. Designs on the theme range from sophisticated to outlandish, contemporary to traditional with unique titles such as Droppings of Luck, Once Upon a Time, A Peace of Nature, or Purple Rain.

    Admirers may bid on a birdhouse throughout the summer via an online auction. You'll find information about bidding on the birdhouses here soon. Ten pieces of art will be selected for live auction from the West End Art Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17. Proceeds will benefit local charities including Pets & Pals, the organizers of the La Grange Pet Parade.

    This is the 11th year that the LGBA has organized a public art exhibit through the summer with an array of eclectic objects like elephants, rain barrels, rocking chairs, giant clocks and little free libraries.

    The exhibit is produced with support from Douglas Auto Body and the Village of La Grange. The bird houses will be displayed through Labor Day.

    To guide visitors through the exhibit and explore La Grange businesses, a walking map will be available at local merchants and posted online soon. You may download a copy of the map here shortly.



    • 03 Jun 2016
    • 05 Jun 2016
    • On Harris Ave between La Grange Rd. & Ashland Ave. in the heart of downtown La Grange



    Come one, come all! Summer "unofficially" begins in La Grange a few weeks ahead of schedule when the La Grange Carnival heads to town on Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2016 during Pet Parade weekend.

    The all-ages carnival is an annual tradition that features spectacular rides and games along with live music from local bands, according to Peggy Maglaris Kopley, co-owner of Prasino and carnival chairperson for the La Grange Business Association, the event organizer.

    Carnival hours are 5PM -10PM on Friday, 12noon -10PM on Saturday, and 12noon - 7PM on Sunday.  Unlimited ride specials will be offered on Friday from 5PM-9PM for $30; Saturday noon – 4PM for $25; Saturday 5-9PM for $30 and Sunday noon – 4PM for $25. All unlimited ride specials are per person, per session and ticket sales stop at 9:30PM.

    The premiere sponsors of the La Grange Carnival are Gemini Gymnastics Academy with Stardust Yoga Studio and the School of Rock. The event is held with the cooperation of the Village of La Grange.  Located on Harris Avenue between La Grange Road and Ashland Avenue, the carnival will also offer a beer tent and food area with fare from local restaurants and traditional carnival treats.  Harris Street businesses will operate during normal business hours.

    The highlight of the weekend is the annual La Grange Pet Parade, which steps off at 9:30AM on Saturday, June 4 from Cossitt Avenue and La Grange Road.





    • 04 Jun 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • starts at Cossitt Ave. and La Grange Rd., goes north on La Grange Rd. to Burlington Ave., then goes west on Burlington to Brainard Ave

    Parade of pets, marching bands, floats, and clowns.  Fun and entertainment for the entire family.

    • 09 Jun 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • Theater of Western Springs

    Member Night at Theatre of Western Springs 

    We're holding a block of premium seats at this much-loved community theater for the musical production of "Little Shop of Horrors," a classic dark comedy where a nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

    LGBA Members and their Guests can save $5 on each ticket and enjoy special perks for this performance by using promo code LGBA online. Or call the theater box office at 708-246-3380 by May 9th and mention the code LGBA to avoid any ticket convenience charge, too. Arrive early (6 p.m.) to mingle with all your LGBA friends at a fun social hour, and enjoy a cash wine/beer bar in the lobby. And after the performance, LGBA members will be treated to a private backstage tour, too.

    Don't delay! Our ticket block will be released for sale to the general public after May 9th. Exclusive LGBA Member Ticket Price: $18 (regularly $23).

    For reservations to this outstanding evening on Thursday, June 9: CLICK HERE. Be sure to put in code LGBA to save.


    • 18 Jun 2016
    • 1:30 AM
    • 30 Jul 2016
    • 3:00 AM
    • Central Business District of La Grange


    Here's one sweet idea: guided walking and tasting tours of six delicious dessert destinations in La Grange will be available on Saturdays in June and July.

    Named the Just Desserts Tours, these sweet strolls will meander through the central business district, visiting local bakeries, confectioneries and restaurants for generous samples at each. Participants will get the inside scoop on local history, architecture and trivia from a personal tour guide. Each stop will allow time to enjoy a specialty of the house, learn about the business and have time for shopping.

    Dessert tours will be held on the following Saturdays: June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30.  Introductory priced at $20 per person, these small-group tours are limited to 12 people each. Tours begin at 1:30PM and last about two hours. 

    The July 30 tour will coincide with a Harry Potter-themed day in La Grange businesses to celebrate the release of a new Harry Potter novel.

    Dessert destinations are: Aracely's Bakery, Isn't That Sweet Dessert Boutique, Nothing Bundt Cakes, La Buona Vita, United Kitchen and Tates Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shop.

    Tours are held rain or shine. Reservations and payments must be made in advance. To enjoy this delicious escape, patrons may call the La Grange Business Association at 708-582-6510 or register and pay online by clicking here.

    • 09 Jul 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • La Grange Main Business District


    The 42nd Annual La Grange Craft Fair returns to the central business district on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, 2016 when over 150 artisans from throughout the Midwest showcase one-of-a kind arts and crafts items.

    One of the Village’s most well-attended summer events, the La Grange Craft Fair will offer a broad range of wares, from original paintings and garden items to handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories along La Grange Road from Hillgrove to Ogden Avenue and west on Harris Street to Ashland Avenue.

    It is organized by the La Grange Business Association (LGBA) with the support of the Village of La Grange.

    The fair will take place from 9AM – 6PM on Saturday and from 10AM – 5PM on Sunday. Expanded free parking is available in the covered garage behind Village Hall and in the Cossitt School lot.

    According to the Craft & Hobby Association, crafting and do-it-yourself movements have seen a resurgence in followers in the past decade as millennials are seeking out handmade products and hobbies.


    • 05 Aug 2016
    • 07 Aug 2016
    • Gordon Park, La Grange



    Stay tuned for details and entertainment schedules for this annual "don't miss event". La Grange Endless Summerfest features something for everyone and is meant for the whole community to enjoy. The three day festival kicks off Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, 2016 from the grounds of Gordon Park at the intersection of Ogden & Locust., La Grange, IL.

    Held on the grounds of the 14acre Gordon Park, you can enjoy new attractions, hear great live performances, taste unique food from local vendors, witness a spectacular firework show and relax in the park with family and friends. In addition to the music stage, you will find a carnival with rides and games, children’s activities area, beer and wine tent, Community Business Expo and much more.


    • 10 Sep 2016
    • 11 Sep 2016
    • At participating merchants


    La Grange retailers join together for an end of season Sidewalk Sale with bargains and one-of-a-kind offers you've waited all summer for!

    • 17 Sep 2016
    • 18 Sep 2016
    • Stone Ave. Station, Burlington Ave. at Brainard


    Celebrating its 21st year, the West End Art Festival is a La Grange tradition that brings a quality, fine art event to the Village of La Grange and surrounding communities and highlights the west end business district. Artists from across the country participate in LaGrange’s late summer festival that celebrates art in many forms and attracts thousands of art admirers and patrons each year.

    Presented by the LaGrange Business Association with the cooperation of the Village of LaGrange, the festival is held in the shadow of the landmark Stone Avenue Station along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Spring Avenues. The charming and historic West End of LaGrange provides a picture-perfect setting to showcase art. Other highlights include live music, culinary artists, food and beverages from local restaurants and children’s art activities for an outdoor festival to be enjoyed by all ages.

    Artists interested in displaying their work in this juried show may apply here. Artists questions may be directed to andrea@redstreetstudio.com.

    • 27 Oct 2016
    • La Grange Road and Harris Ave., adjacent to Village Hall

    It's the last day of our seasonal market and we have special surprises and giveaways for you! Don't miss your this chance to squeeze one more day of freshness out of the season.

    • 29 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Central Business District



     

    Join the fun of the trick or treat parade when ghosts and goblins of all sizes visit local merchants for a Halloween surprise. Led by our friends at the La Grange YMCA, kids and families can begin line-up at Cossitt School parking lot beginning 9am. Trick or treat thru the central business district from 10am - noon, then stay for seasonal activities at selected locations throughout the afternoon. 
    great prize, too!



    • 26 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Downtown La Grange

    Show your love for the neighborhood shops and boutiques that make La Grange so unique by supporting them on Small Business Saturday. Many of our retailers have fun in-store specials and treats like free reusable tote bags to help you kick off the holiday shopping season. Visit your favorite businesses and support the stores and services that make La Grange home. #shopsmall

    Beginning November 26 through December 31, 2016, the first 100 shoppers to show receipts from La Grange businesses totaling at least $300 from at least 3 merchants will receive a holiday shoppers reward of $30 in gift certificates. Check back for details on how you can show your love for small business - and shop while you save, too!


    • 03 Dec 2016
    • Central Business District & West End

    Festive merchant open houses, musicians, strolling carolers, trolley rides, petting zoo, pony rides, kiddie train and ice sculptures.

    • 10 Dec 2016
    • Downtown La Grange

    A partnership between LGBA and The Legacy Guild, Santa Stroll benefits local scholarships.

    Sit, sip and enjoy holiday cheer, then stroll to another La Grange restaurant.

    • 14 Dec 2016
    • TBD

    Join us for our annual Holiday Party!

Past events

27 Apr 2016 La Grange After Work: Meet Daymond John from Shark Tank
21 Apr 2016 2016 Girlfriends Getaway
15 Feb 2016 #LaGrangeGives
16 Dec 2015 LGBA Member Holiday Party
12 Dec 2015 Santa Stroll
10 Dec 2015 Member Meeting
05 Dec 2015 Unwrap La Grange for a Hometown Holiday
12 Nov 2015 Open House - New LGBA Office
12 Nov 2015 Member Meeting
05 Nov 2015 Retailer Breakfast
04 Nov 2015 Crosstown Connections with LGP Chamber of Commerce
29 Oct 2015 La Grange Farmer's Market
27 Oct 2015 Ribbon Cutting for The Hope Chest - new location!
22 Oct 2015 Grand Re-opening: Luxe Home Interiors
08 Oct 2015 Member Meeting
04 Oct 2015 2015 Family Health & Wellness Expo
18 Sep 2015 West End Art Festival & Summer Art Auction
12 Sep 2015 2015 La Grange Sidewalk Sale
11 Sep 2015 Member Meeting
13 Aug 2015 Member Meeting
31 Jul 2015 2015 La Grange Endless Summerfest
11 Jul 2015 2015 La Grange Craft Fair
09 Jul 2015 Member Meeting
11 Jun 2015 Member Meeting
30 May 2015 70th Annual La Grange Pet Parade
29 May 2015 La Grange Carnival - All Weekend
28 May 2015 Meet the Artists Reception
14 May 2015 Member Meeting
07 May 2015 La Grange Farmers' Market
07 May 2015 Teacher Night for LTHS Scholarships
20 Apr 2015 View & Brew has been postponed; future date TBD
09 Apr 2015 Member Meeting
12 Mar 2015 Member Meeting
04 Mar 2015 Spring Fling for Members
25 Feb 2015 West End Breakfast Meeting
17 Feb 2015 Speed Networking
12 Feb 2015 Member Meeting
01 Feb 2015 2015 La Grange Restaurant Month & Diners Rewards
20 Jan 2015 Retailer Happy Hour
27 Sep 2014 Sidewalk Sale
11 Sep 2014 Member Meeting
06 Sep 2014 Summer Art Auction - Life is Good in La Grange, Sit and Stay Awhile
06 Aug 2014 West End Business Meeting
04 Aug 2014 LGBA Education Committee Meeting
23 Jul 2014 Retailer Happy Hour
16 Jul 2014 LGBA Education Committee Event
12 Jul 2014 La Grange Craft Fair
10 Jul 2014 Monthly Member Meeting
09 Jul 2014 Speed Networking
17 Jun 2014 LGBA Retailer Meeting
12 Jun 2014 Member Meeting
02 Jun 2014 LGBA Education Committee Meeting
31 May 2014 68th Annual La Grange Pet Parade
30 May 2014 La Grange Carnival - All Weekend
28 May 2014 Summer Art Project Installation & Meet the Artists Reception
28 May 2014 LGBA Education Committee Schoolhouse
20 May 2014 LGBA Retailer Meeting
08 May 2014 Member Meeting
07 May 2014 LGBA South End Business Meeting
05 May 2014 Speed Networking
05 May 2014 LGBA Education Committee Meeting
16 Apr 2014 LGBA Education Committee Event
15 Apr 2014 Retailer Happy Hour
10 Apr 2014 Member Meeting
07 Apr 2014 LGBA Education Committee Meeting
03 Apr 2014 Corner Bakery Fundraiser & LTHS Teacher Night for Scholarships
28 Mar 2014 Girlfriend's Getaway Registration
26 Mar 2014 LGBA Education Committee "Get a Grip" Series
21 Mar 2014 LGBA Keeping it Local Scholarship Application Deadline
18 Mar 2014 LGBA Retailer Meeting
15 Mar 2014 Indoor Sidewalk Sale
15 Mar 2014 Summer Public Art 2014 - Garden Benches - Sponsorship Registration
04 Mar 2014 West End Art Festival Planning Session
03 Mar 2014 Speed Networking
03 Mar 2014 LGBA Education Committee Meeting
26 Feb 2014 Health & Wellness Planning Session
19 Feb 2014 Focus on Your Wellness: A Wellness & Leadership Program
18 Feb 2014 Retail Committee Meeting
12 Feb 2014 iHeartLaGrange Shopping Day
05 Feb 2014 West End Business Meeting
04 Feb 2014 Health/Wellness Promotion Initial Planning Session
03 Feb 2014 Education & Scholarship Committee Meeting
28 Jan 2014 The Chocolate Tour of La Grange Initial Planning Session
28 Jan 2014 I Heart La Grange Shopping Day Sign-Up Deadline: Tuesday, January 28
22 Jan 2014 LGBA Schoolhouse: What's Your Business Game Plan in 2014?
21 Jan 2014 Retailer Happy Hour
03 Dec 2013 Service Committee Meeting
30 Nov 2013 Small Business Saturday
12 Nov 2013 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at La Grange Camera to celebrate their move to a new location
13 Sep 2013 West End Art Festival and Evening of Art and Jazz
07 Sep 2013 La Grange Sidewalk Sale
06 Sep 2013 "Fun and Games in La Grange" Summer Art Auction
26 Aug 2013 Education Committee - planning meeting
13 Jul 2013 La Grange Craft Fair
01 Jun 2013 67th Annual La Grange Pet Parade
31 May 2013 La Grange Carnival - All Weekend
23 Mar 2013 Earth Hour: What Will You Do in the Dark?
01 Jan 2013 Living Well & Feeling Good in La Grange
01 Dec 2012 Hometown Holiday
02 Nov 2012 Ribbon Cutting: Get In Shape for Women
27 Oct 2012 Halloween Walk & Fall Festival
14 Sep 2012 An Evening of Art & Jazz
14 Jul 2012 38th Annual La Grange Craft Fair
01 Jun 2012 La Grange Carnival - All Weekend
31 May 2012 Summer Art Project "Hour Town"
13 May 2012 Miles for Milo
10 May 2012 Member Meeting
13 Mar 2012 Member Meeting
01 Feb 2012 February Dining Promotion and Restaurant Week
29 Oct 2011 La Grange YMCA Halloween Walk
23 Sep 2011 Women's Wellness Walkabout
17 Sep 2011 The Rocktoberfest
16 Sep 2011 An Evening of Art & Jazz
10 Sep 2011 La Grange Sidewalk Sale
09 Sep 2011 La Grange Rocks Art Auction
09 Jul 2011 37th Annual La Grange Craft Show
10 Jun 2011 C.E.P. La Grange Rocks For Youth 5k Run
04 Jun 2011 65th Annual La Grange Pet Parade
03 Jun 2011 La Grange Rocks - Summer Sidewalk Art Exhibit
02 May 2011 McRunner
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