Cheers from the Glenview Chamber of Commerce celebrating its 90th anniversary
Glenview Chamber will celebrate its 90th birthday. Members at the Joseph Mullarkey Distribution faciity, (left) Kevin Mullarkey, President, Sue D'Oliveira, Gregg Goslin and Brad Alaoui of 'Bravo Cucina Italiana.' | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 22, 2013 10:09AM
GLENVIEW — The Glenview Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to celebrate the organization’s 90th anniversary by imbibing on local restaurant food and craft beer.
The Community Craft Beer Festival is April 22 at Wyndham Glenview Suites, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., where 90 different beers will be available, as well as local restaurants with three “bites” off their menus.
The party is themed 90 Bites & Brews and it goes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Betsy Baer, chamber executive director, is expecting more than 200 to attend.
“We want the public to come enjoy our birthday. The chamber is all about keeping it local,” she said.
Chamber member Mullarkey Distributers in Glenview is providing the beer, including craft beer.
“Great beer needs good food to go with it, so you’ll also have the chance to sample treats from 30 different local eateries and restaurants,” Baer said.
Kevin Mullarkey said his business will have a silent auction prize of free craft beer for a year.
“My reasons for attending the 90 Bites & Brews are the opportunity to sample and explore some of the Best Craft beers from Chicago, the Midwest (Regional) and nationally from California to New York state,” he said.
According to the American Brewers Association, a craft beer is a “small, independent and traditional” brewery that annually produces 6 million barrels of beer or less, and at least 50 percent of its volume is malt beer.
“We wanted to do something different for our 90th year,” Baer said.
“We thought of a beverage festival and with strong chamber members like Mullarkey Distributers, it just hit our committee to have a craft beer festival. It just took from there.”
Other activities include live and silent auctions that offer merchandise, gift certificates, theatre and sporting events, and trips — all provided by local businesses and sponsors.
“It’s very important to have a strong chamber that really cares and helps the business and gets the community to support to support the local business,” said Sue d’Oliveira, of Red’s Body Shop/Towing in Glenview.
“Now after saying that, this is a great way the chamber, businesses and community can get together and say thank you to each other.”
More than 400 businesses belong to the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, ranging from small, privately owned companies to corporations such as Astellas Pharm and Kraft Inc., and nonprofit organizations like Kohl Children’s Museum and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
“The Chamber not only serves as the voice of business in Glenview, but is a focal point for business information, best practices, networking, idea-sharing and cooperative marketing efforts,” Baer said.
For ticket information on the Community Craft Beer Festival, contact www.glenviewchamber.com.