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The Evanston Chamber is proud to recognize its award recipients for their outstanding contributions to their business and community. 

Heather Bublick and D'Andre Carter
Heather Bublick and D’Andre Carter

Businessperson of the Year

Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership and commitment to the Evanston business community by actively engaging in events, meetings, advocacy, volunteerism, and participation in the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. This is typically a business owner, executive, proprietor, or entrepreneur. 

  • 2022 Lenice Levy, Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine
  • 2021   Heather Bublick and D’Andre Carter, Feast & Imbibe, Soul & Smoke
  • 2020   Sandy Chen, Koi
  • 2019   Jill Kushner-Bishop, Multilingual Connections
  • 2018   Robert Yohanan, First Bank of Evanston
  • 2017   Shaun Chinsky, Good’s of Evanston
Meleika Gardner
Meleika Gardner

Community Leadership Person of the Year

Recognizes an individual who has actively participated in making Evanston a better place for its residents and institutions through civic engagement, innovation, leadership, recruitment, and/or partnership. This person can be an Evanston resident, business owner, employee, educator, artist. 

  • 2022 Ande Breunig, Founder, Our Evanston
  • 2021   Meleika Gardner, Evanston Live TV
  • 2020   Richard (Dick) Peach
  • 2019   Neil Gambow, Mayor’s Employer Council
  • 2018   Keith Terry
  • 2017   Elizabeth Tisdall, Mayor of Evanston
Monique Jones
Monique Jones
(photo credit Ven Sherrod)

NonProfit/Public Service Person of the Year

Recognizes an individual in the public or not-for-profit sector who has distinguished themselves by working to advance Evanston through their organization, generating awareness of challenges or initiatives, and creating and responding to new opportunities or challenges by motivating local individuals or organizations to get involved. This person can be a leader, employee, or board member of a not-for-profit, cultural institution, government institution, or public service organization.

  • 2022 Ann Sickon, Senior Executive Advisor, Center for Independent Futures
  • 2021   Monique Jones, Evanston Community Foundation
  • 2020   Steve Newman, Evanston Scholars
  • 2019   Michele Berg, Rotary International
  • 2018   Joanna Pinksy, Art Encounter
  • 2017   Bea Rashid, Evanston Dance Ensemble

See the complete list of Evanston Chamber Award Winners.

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