Category: Events

Remote Belleville Chili Cook-off Announced for October 9-11

September 28, 2020 | Events

Thousands of locals every year gear up for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chili Cook-Off in Downtown Belleville. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Chamber announced in July that this year’s event would be canceled. To take its place in 2020, they will now host the Remote Belleville Chili Cook-off October 9-11, the same weekend the original would have taken place. “We were devastated when we had to make the decision to cancel this year’s event,” says Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s President, Wendy Pfeil. “People live for this event all year here in Belleville. When we canceled, we immediately started thinking of other things to try to do. This way, we hope we can still bring some joy to the community and help support our participating restaurants during this time.” 14 Belleville restaurants…

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Chamber Looks to Host Remote Chili Cook-off

September 07, 2020 | Events

The Chamber is looking to still offer our restaurants the opportunity to take part in a cook-off! If you offer chili on your menu or are willing to offer it during the weekend of October 9-11, 2020, this is your chance to be showcased and gain some business from those who will be missing Chili Cook-off in the streets of Downtown Belleville. We plan to host the contest on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 where restaurants can take part by submitting a sample bowl of chili and having it judged by local culinary professionals. All participating restaurants will be posted on our website at and across our social media platforms before the event. The public will be encouraged to go out and try your chili at your restaurant. The winners will be announced online on…

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2020 Annual Chili Cook-off Canceled

July 20, 2020 | Events

Each year, the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce hosts one of Belleville’s premier fall festivals, the Belleville Chili Cook-off. The annual event was scheduled this year for October 9 & 10, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic and guidance given from the State of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chamber is disappointed to announce that they will have to cancel the 2020 Chili Cook-off. “This event is a fall family favorite event,” says President and CEO of the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Pfeil. “We wish we were not making this announcement but the health and safety of our community is our top priority.” Many people attend the Chili Cook-off to enjoy great chili, entertainment, and other festivities, but most don’t realize that it’s the biggest fundraiser of the year…

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Chamber Events Canceled Through April 19

March 13, 2020 | Events

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel or postpone all Chamber events through April 19, 2020.  As the threat of COVID-19 continues to spread to our communities, it is important for the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce to take the appropriate precautions outlined by the IL Dept. of Public Health. The events that will be affected are: 3/17:  GBCC Board Meeting 3/18:  Leadership Belleville Committee Meeting 3/18:  YP Luncheon @ The Weingarten 3/19:  Diva’s Night Belleville Main Street 3/20:  Leadership Belleville, History, Culture & Religion Day 3/26:  Lunch & Learn 4/2:    Ambassador Committee Luncheon 4/2:    April Business After Hours 4/9:    Healthcare & CSA Committee 4/14:  Coffee Cup Connections 4/18:  HomeBrew Walk All purchased tickets, reservations, and sponsorships will be honored when new dates are announced, and separate communications will be made if…

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2020/2021 Event Sponsorships And More Now Available For A Limited Time

March 04, 2020 | Events | Membership Tips

**UPDATE: THE CHAMBER HAS SUSPENDED ACTIVELY SEEKING SPONSORS DURING THIS TIME TO HELP SUPPORT OUR MEMBERS. IF YOU STILL WISH TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SECURING YOUR SPOT, YOU MAY CONTACT THE CHAMBER OFFICE. WE WILL RESUME CONTACTING OUR MEMBERS AT A LATER DATE. Starting March 4, the Chamber’s Total Resource Campaign officially begins, meaning 2020/2021 events and sponsorships are available now. It is an annual six-week campaign when the Chamber seeks our membership’s support for the year ahead including: 2020 Otto Golf Classic (includes teams), 2020 Chili Cook-off and Chili Chase 5K Run & Kids Pepper Dash, 2021 Business After Hours Hosts, 2021 Coffee Cup Connections Hosts, 2020 Annual Meeting, 2020 Government Officials BBQ, 2020 Past Presidents Luncheon, 2020 Teacher Appreciation Reception, 2020 Issues & Eggs, 2021 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction (includes tables), Leadership…

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