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Who We Are

The West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization with hundreds of small business members.

The Chamber’s mission is to strengthen its business community so that West Town Chicago

continues to be a destination for shopping, dining, professional services, nightlife and culture.

Chamber Staff

Katherine "Kace" Wakem

Susan Aldous

Kace Wakem


Susan Aldous

Operations Director 


Kate Ziyad

Director of
Programs & Partnerships 

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Kaylen Ralph

Director of Communications


Deana Martin


Volunteer Board & Commissioners

2023 West Town Chicago Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Joe Lauer, Penelope's - President
Gina Caifano,
The Garage Chicago - Vice President
Shanita Martha, Byline Bank - Treasurer

Benjamin Koppel, Benjamin Koppel & Associates - Secretary

Adam Webb, Barcocina - Director

Amelia Simmons, Creative Coworking - Director

Stephanie Escobedo, Through the Body - Director

2023 West Town SSA Commissioners

Evan Muellner, Pie-Eyed Pizzeria - SSA Chair

Steven Tobiason, Epic Spices 

Nora McCarthy, Gallery 2052

Sasha Shver, The Stoop 

Taylor Olds, Urban Source

Nadia Coronado, Property Owner

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