Joan Bullard Realty Moves In

The Pontiac Chamber has welcomed a new tenant; Joan Bullard Realty has moved in. Joan will still maintain her location in Odell, but now has a “home” in Pontiac; an area she has embraced. Joan also serves on the Chamber Board of Directors among many other Boards. 210 N. Plum St. Pontiac *112 W Tremont St, Odell, IL 60460 * *

The Lodge at Evenglow Goes “Off the Clock”

The rain rain went away and the sun shone for our “Off the Clock” with the Lodge at Evenglow. The evening was beautiful with a nice crowd. We enjoyed refreshments by Chef Shelly and were able to see the plans for the new facility to be constructed next to the Inn at Evenglow. It was great to meet the new President & CEO Cindy Wegner and some of the staff. 215 E. Washington St. *

Ribbon Cutting with Star

Star Grieff Realty has a new location and WOW it is perfect for them. The Chamber was sad to see her leave our building, but so happy to see her soar! Congratulations to her and her staff and thanks for giving us the tour. What a unique place you have now. 802 W Washington St, Pontiac, IL 61764

“Off the Clock” with IHR

It’s so great to be back to in-person events and celebrate with our members. That’s exactly what we did with IHR. We enjoyed the evening with the staff and loved the tour of their new building. What a great location for them. I encourage to go check it out and look at all the work that was done by our local businesses as well.  920 W Custer Ave, Pontiac, IL 61764 * *

The Pontiac Chamber is Hiring

Are you a people person? The Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce is hiring for the Executive Director position. This position is full-time and requires some commitments outside of the regular workday. Strategic planning, budgets, marketing and support of the member businesses are just some of the day-to-day responsibilities. The position plans, organizes and supervises a variety of special events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings, networking events, workshops, an annual golf outing and even the Labor Day Parade. This position serves as the “face” or “front door” to the community. Intrigued? Drop your resume in the mail to 210 N. Plum St. or email it to

IHR Cuts the Ribbon

IHR cut the Chamber Ribbon at their new digs. We were so happy to be on hand to celebrate their beautiful new building. What an amazing workspace for staff and clients. I was lucky enough to get an indepth tour back in May when you had to use your imagination to see offices, conference rooms and a large waiting room through the studs and drywall. It was our pleasure to be given a tour to see how wonderfully it all came together. We wish IHR many many happy years serving our community.

IHR provides services like: Individual/Marital/Family/Adolescent/Group Counseling, Divorce Mediation, Psychiatric Services, Treatment for Emotional Stress, Outpatient Substance Use Services, Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Services, Drug & Alcohol Evaluations, DUI Evaluations & Risk Ed/Remedial Education and Crisis Services 24 hours a day!

If you would like to know about the services that are provided at IHR visit them at their location at 920 W. Custer Ave., call 815-844-6109 or check them out online at

Women to Women Luncheon

The Pontiac Chamber was happy to be invited to the Women to Women Giving Circle luncheon located on Block 59 in July. The weather is beautiful and the speakers were wonderful women from our area. We learned that these women do alot in our community. The Women to Women Giving Circle was created to encourage and inform the philanthropic giving of local area women. We were happy to be invited.
Goals of Women to Women: Raise financial resources through the generosity of local women to provide funding for Women to Women grants to meet important needs of local women and children. And provide women with opportunities to further develop philanthropic leadership skills.

Chamber Welcomes Pops Pop Up with Ribbon Cutting

Chamber Board members, Debi Ores, Joan Bullard, Lisa Herr and Mike Weaver welcomed Pops Pop Up to the Chamber family with a ribbon cutting at 517 W. Howard St. Kathleen and Roger Sutter gave us a tour of all the antiques they have and WOW! Stop in, I think you’ll be surprised, like we were, with the amount of space there is. Bring the tissues, because it will bring back some feel-good memories.

Pontiac Downtown Parking Regulations Change

City officials note the thriving downtown business atmosphere as a driving factor in the updated parking changes taking effect on Saturday, December 15, 2018. All two-hour free parking downtown will be increased to three-hour free parking.

Additional parking areas are being added to the free, restricted parking (see blue shaded streets on the map below). The east side of the 200 block of Oak Street is one as well as the lot behind the Route 66 Museum.

Unrestricted, free parking will continue at the City Hall lot, the Courthouse lot, and the lot next to the Dargan building.

New Pontiac parking map