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Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce settles into new office near Bock Park

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 3, 2022) – The Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce has moved its operations from its previous home at Roy Street and Ridge Road to a shared renovated space at 17551 Chicago Avenue.

The chamber moved in recent months and now shares the nondescript building near Bock Park with the Lan-Oak Park District.

The new chamber office is a nondescript building shared with the Lan-Oak Park District, and is immediately south of Bock Park. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

“We moved because this is a bigger space, a nicer space, and with our lease ending, we didn’t want to renew in a space where we felt a little cramped,” said Shauna Small-Craib, Chamber Treasurer.

She also said the Lan-Oak Park District offered the space — which includes two offices, a bathroom, a shared hallway, and a conference room — to the Lansing Area Chamber for free. The chamber was paying rent for its old office on Roy Street.

The new Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce office is located at 17551 Chicago Avenue. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

A secondary advantage for the chamber, said Small-Craib, is one most businesses would balk at: lack of foot traffic.

“Overall, the Chamber isn’t a foot-traffic type of business really, but we had a lot of foot traffic, not from people who wanted to do business with the Chamber, but mostly people who just wanted to stop in and chit-chat and say hi,” she said. “We wanted to eliminate a lot of that wasted time, and now that we’re out here — out of the hustle and bustle of Ridge Road — we’re able to refocus on how the chamber can serve the business community.”

Chamber members enjoy food in the new conference room at the Chamber Block Party on June 8. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The new Lansing Area Chamber office is open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays, and is located at 17551 Chicago Avenue in Lansing.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.