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Moving on up: Mokena chamber’s new

office draws community’s attention

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The Mokena Chamber

of Commerce officially

moved from its previous

location on Wolf Road to

its new digs at 11104 Front

Street June 3, and the

move has already started

having the desired effect.

“We’ve already had so

many businesses, residents,

people from the

community who are in the

area [stop by],” said Mokena

Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

Melissa Fedora. “... It’s

been really interesting, and

maybe it will start to wear

off eventually, too. But I

have a hard time focusing

on my computer. Everyone

who walks by, I’m looking

up and waving, and I’m

spending all day waving.”

The office space still

needs a few little cosmetic

details, but Fedora

said she’s happy with how

things are progressing.

On top of dealing with

the logistics of the move,

Fedora has been spending

much of her time getting

the chamber’s next several

big events in order, too.

This year, the banners

displaying the many businesses

that are part of the

chamber reached a new

high at 96. The previous

high was 70.

“I was about 50 percent

of the way through that

and then, of course, my

computer went in a box

and was moved over here.

“... And then we have

our membership meeting

on [Tuesday, June 11]

and our golf outing on

[Wednesday, June 12],

not to mention the Fourth

of July parade in less than

a month. It’s been great

though having everybody

stop in. It’s been nonstop


One of the reasons for

the move was to help highlight

Mokena’s downtown

area, Fedora said. And the

strategy seems to be already


“I think us being here it’s

bringing a lot of business

owners to [Front Street],”

she said. “So, hopefully,

that gets them on Front

Street looking at Front

Street, shopping what is

here, maybe getting ideas

of bringing more business


Along with the move,

the chamber started a new

initiative to welcome new

residents to Mokena. Now,

when new residents go to

sign up for water service

at Village Hall, they’ll receive

a card that they can

bring to the chamber’s

office and be welcomed

with a “swag bag” of items

and information about the

many businesses that are

chamber members.

“I think that’s just a

good way for residents to

feel welcome here,” Fedora


The chamber is still

taking nominations for

its Fourth of July parade

grand marshall. This year’s

theme is “Heroes among

us.” For more information

or to register as a sponsor,


Mokena Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa Fedora poses outside

the chamber’s new office space Thursday, June 6, at 11104 Front Street in downtown

Mokena. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

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