Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off Canceled in 2020 

Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off Canceled in 2020 

The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce is saddened to announce that we have made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook Off in 2020 due to COVID-19 and associated restrictions. This is difficult for us not only because the tireless efforts of our volunteers and friends in the community have made this an increasingly successful event, but because it has become a major fund raiser for two worthy Freeburg charities. Last year, the Fall Festival raised $13,026 for the Freeburg Food and Clothing Bank and Utility Assistance Fund.

The Food and Clothing Bank is run by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. The bank recently moved into a larger building 1050 N State Street. The Food and Clothing Bank helps between 30-40 families each month with food and clothing donations collected from around the Freeburg community.  The bank is open the first and second Tuesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm and the third Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. To contact the Food and Clohting Bank or donate, call 618.539.5070 for more information. 

We urge the community to help out these worthy causes in a year when the COVID-19 has caused financial hardship on many families in our community. The virus and shutdowns have also caused hardship for our member business, so please remember to shop Freeburg first and do all that you can to support or community establishments while staying safe. 

The Freeburg Chamber is considering alternative ways to help these charities in 2020. 

Illinois Enters Phase 4 – What This Means for Freeburg

Illinois Enters Phase 4 – What This Means for Freeburg

Illinois has entered Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan. Under these new guidelines we are inching closer to being fully open. 

What does this mean for Freeburg?

Restaurants are now able to allow indoor dining at 25% capacity in addition to the outdoor accommodations that several of our members have had available. This is a welcome change for all restaurants, particularly those who have been unable to provide outdoor seating. 

Gatherings of less than 50 people are also being permitted, provided that social distancing is being practiced. The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce will make a decision soon about when to restart in-person meetings. 

Our meetings have been on hiatus during the lockdown, with the Chamber Board of Directors meeting via Zoom. This has unfortunately forced us to cancel and/or postpone several events, including the annual FCC/Freeburg Rotary BBQ and the Chamber Pool Night. 

With our member businesses and Village Pool now open for business with restrictions, please come out and support our community. Stay safe, please follow any safety guidelines that businesses ask of you when visiting their establishments. Shop small, shop local, and shop Freeburg. 

Freeburg Restaurants Open for Curbside Servicev

Freeburg Restaurants Open for Curbside Servicev

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all so far. As a community, it’s time to rally together. In light of the “shelter in place” order by the Governor of Illinois, 

Freeburg Country Mart

Freeburg Country Mart is offering no-contact grocery and ready meal pickup. The Village of Freeburg is also delivering groceries to those who need them. There will be a senior-only shopping hour from 7am-8am every day during this crisis. You can order online yourcountrymart.com or call (618) 539-3163.

Reifshneider’s Grill and Grape 

Reifschneider’s is offering carryout curbside service. Call (618) 710-0200 to place an order. 

Tequila Olvera

Tequilas is offering carryout curbside service. Call (618) 539-9820 to place an order. 

Valentine’s Restaurant

Valentine’s is offering carryout curbside service. Call (618) 539-9169 to place an order. 

Freeburg Dominos

Dominoes is providing no-contact carryout and delivery options. Call (618) 710-0333 or visit dominos.com to place an order. 

Freeburg McDonalds

Freeburg McDonalds has the drive through open. 

Freeburg Dairy Queen

Freeburg Dairy Queen will have their drive through open and curbside service can be ordered on the DQ app. 

88 China 

88 Chine has takeout available. You can order at 618-539-9898. 

Freeburg Subway

Freeburg Subway has an open drive through. 

Please support these establishments as they attempt to cope with this pandemic. We are all in this together as a community. Consider purchasing gift cards for future use and please remember to tip your server. Stay safe and healthy! 

Shop Small this Holiday Season

Shop Small this Holiday Season

Today is Small Business Saturday and it is much more than a name and certainly much more than a marketing gimmick. In a commerce season increasingly by big box store madness on Black Friday and online retailers getting a slice of the action on Cyber Monday, it is important that we have a day to recognize small business. 

Small business has always been the backbone of American communities. These establishments serve the community, create jobs in the community, and pay taxes in the community. They are driven by your friends and your neighbors. Small business is the spitting image of the American dream; an avenue through which an individual can better their life and the life of their family and find freedom and success through hard work. 

As you’re planning your holiday shopping, make sure to keep these pillars of your community in mind. Before you click and shop, give your community a chance for gifts, or for groceries for a holiday meal. 

Freeburg has many great businesses that depend on your support. The Freeburg Chamber of Commerce implores you to visit our member establishments and keep your holiday funds following through the community, Every dollar you spend helps to keep your community strong. 

If you are a member of the Freeburg business community, please consider joining the Freeburg Chamber of Commerce. You can learn more about our membership benefits here, and become a member here. 

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