I hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day; It was a great day for parades and picnics. The Brookfield family picnic, which was moved to Ehlert Park this year, was a big success and great fun.
In Chamber news, the Brookfield Farmers Market is currently in full swing and the crowds have been exceeding 1,000 visitors per week. There are some really great food and craft vendors, live entertainment, featured businesses and community service booths. If you haven’t visited yet, come by and see why our market continues to grow every year and is consistently recognized as one of the best farmers markets in the Chicago area.
In other news, the Brookfield Bar Owners Association will host the Brookfield Music Fest Trolley Crawl on Saturday. Free trolleys will run from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with three trolleys making a circuit of 13 local bars. Inside the establishments, you’ll find live music, great food, and of course, refreshments of your choice!
The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring a Car and Bike Show on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show features well over 100 custom, classic and antique vehicles and is a big hit every year. Be sure to stop by and check out your dream ride from years gone by.
There also continues to be great progress in the Kiwanis Park Renovation Project, with the band shell and paths now complete and brand new exercise equipment installed. There’s even an exercise station that’s wheelchair accessible and provides wheelchair-bound individuals the opportunity to work out from their chairs. How cool is that?
The village of Brookfield, the project engineers and the Brookfield Conservation Commission have done a fabulous job in making Kiwanis Park a resource that can serve a great variety of needs with great baseball fields, playground and workout equipment, sports courts and beautiful nature trails along the creek and through the Oak Savannah. There is still some work to be done, and the grass and other new plantings need time to take root, but be sure and visit Kiwanis Park once the project is complete. There truly something there for everyone to enjoy.
Tom Milani is president of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce