MayFest Musician Applications Due April 3 – Turn yours in today!

A friendly reminder to our local musicians – The MayFest musician application deadline is Monday, April 3. Turn in your application before then to be considered. The MayFest is an annual festival, hosted by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, that highlights local musical talent. The event also features local artisans, antique and vintage dealers, small businesses, retail vendors, crafters, and more. (Vendor applications, including those selling food items, are also being accepted.) The event takes place on the first Saturday in May (May 6), in beautiful downtown Waterloo, IL at the Monroe County Courthouse square.

For more information, please contact the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce at 939-5300 or

3rd Annual May Music & Market Festival – May 7th

Get ready for a great day of music, games, shopping, food, and fun! The 3rd Annual May Music & Market Festival takes place Saturday, May 7th, 9am-4pm at the Monroe County Courthouse Square. We will have 6 LIVE musical groups performing at the historic bandstand throughout the day! Bring your lawn chairs, sit a spell, and enjoy the sweet sounds!

First National Bank of Waterloo will have a Shred Truck at the corner of Market and Mill Street from 9 – Noon, so be sure to bring your discarded papers.

Helping Strays will host an adoption event, and several local businesses will provide children’s games.

We will have food and beverage vendors on hand to tempt your taste buds!

And of course, there will be many artisans, crafters, retailers, vintage dealers, and more for your shopping pleasure!

We are anticipating a great day, so be sure to save the date and join us!


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors: First National Bank of Waterloo, Grey Eagle Distributors, HTC, & JV’s Downtown Bar & Grill


Vendors, we still have spaces for you! Contact the Chamber at 939-5300 or for an application.

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6th Annual What Women Want – Girls’ Night Out

Ladies, get your tickets now and plan to join us Thursday, April 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm at our 6th Annual What Women Want – Girls’ Night Out event, taking place at the Waterloo Scott Credit Union, located at 1019 N. Illinois Rt. 3, Waterloo!

For only $15, you will enjoy a lovely spread of hors d’oeuvres, catered by J.Fires’ Market Bistro, fresh fruit and other goodies with the luscious chocolate fountain, wine, and shopping!! It’s the perfect mini get-away for the evening!

We’ll give away multiple attendance prizes every 15 minutes, and you can also purchase a chance to win a gorgeous burgundy leather Coach purse at the end of the evening! (Retail Value $395).

Here’s how you receive attendance prize entries:

  • Purchase a ticket to the event
  • Purchase your ticket in advance (contact the Chamber office for more details at 939-5300)
  • Bring 5 canned goods for our annual food drive

You’ll definitely want to bring a group of friends with you, and we encourage you to car pool, and arrive together! This event is So.Much.Fun!!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors:

Premier Sponsor: Scott Credit Union

Executive Sponsors: Bountiful Blossoms, Bridal Manor, First Baptist Church of Waterloo/The Beacon, IPM Insurance, and Legacy Place.

Win Me! This gorgeous Coach purse is valued at $395!  You could win it!!

Coach Purse 2016


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Waterloo’s Christmas on the Square

Be sure to save the dates and JOIN us for a wonderful Waterloo Tradition!

Saturday & Sunday, November 28-29 (Thanksgiving Weekend)


10 am – Shops are open until 4pm – Visit the 13 participating merchants’ stores, have your shopping card stamped at each shop, and be entered into a contest to win! $1,000 in gift certificates will be awarded! (Pick up your shopping card at one of the participating merchants).

  • Barking Boutique Pet Salon – 217 Westview Plaza Dr.
  • Bountiful Blossoms Floral & Gifts – 121 S. Main St.
  • The Clothes Line Boutique – 100 S. Market St.
  • Diehl’s Floral & Gifts – 726 Rogers St.
  • Helping Hands Thrift Store – 695 N. Moore St.
  • JSR Jewelry – 201 N. Main St.
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics – 742 N. Market St.
  • Mill Street Treasures – 125 W. Mill St.
  • Nice Twice Resale Shop – 518 Park St.
  • Patty & Gary’s Home Decor – 101 W. 4th St.
  • Peterstown House – 275 N. Main St.
  • Philomena + Ruth – 118 W. Mill St.
  • Small Town Style Boutique – 211 Bradford Lane

NoonSanta Arrives by Carriage! Come and tell Santa what you want for Christmas at the Santa Hut by the Courthouse Band Stand! Children of all ages are welcome ’til 4pm. Bring your camera to capture a photo. FREE!

Noon – 4pmEnjoy Free Carriage rides – Courthouse bandstand

Noon – 4pmKettle Corn and Beverages available for purchase

5:30 pmGLOW Holiday Lighted Parade

After ParadeChili Supper at SPPCS Gym – Special visit by Santa and parade contest winners will be announced.



11 am – 4pm – Shops open!

11 am – 4pm – Visit City Hall – Enjoy coffee and peanut cake.

  • Bicentennial Items for Sale (1st Floor)
  • Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (2nd Floor) – Home-made cookies and candy for sale


Noon – 3pmVote for your favorite decorated lamppost! Voting ballots available at the bandstand. Winners announced at 3:30 pm.

Noon – 4pm – Visit the Santa Hut

Noon – 4pm – Free Carriage Rides

Noon – 4pm – Kettle Corn and Beverages available for purchase

1 pm – Waterloo Municipal Band Concert at the Bandstand

3:30 pm – Lamppost & Christmas Walk winners announced at the Bandstand

6:30 pm – Hometown Harmony Christmas Concert at Hope Christian Church, located at 9273 Coach Stop Rd.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

  • Waterloo Merchant Group
  • City of Waterloo
  • Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
  • GLOW

Kris Kringle Sponsors:

  • First National Bank of Waterloo
  • Harrisonville Telephone Company
  • Scott Credit Union
  • State Bank of Waterloo

Santa’s Little Helper Sponsors:

  • Century 21 – Amy Hank
  • Republic-Times
  • Wal-Mart
  • Weir Chevy Buick GMC
  • Wightman’s Pharmacy

5th Annual What Women Want – Girls’ Night Out Event

Ladies, join us for the 5th Annual What Women Want, Girls’ Night Out event, taking place at Scott Credit Union on Thursday, April 23rd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

28 local vendors and businesses will be on site to provide you with their latest goods and services. You will have a chance to win one of their fabulous attendance prizes throughout the evening.

J.Fires’ Market Bistro will cater the event, providing delicious hors d’oeuvres, a chocolate fountain, and a glass of wine!

And of course, one lucky lady will win a gorgeous coral Coach Purse! It could be you!

Ticket Prices: $15 in advance (contact the Chamber at or 939-5300 to purchase), or $20 at the door.

Bring 5 or more canned goods to receive a second entry into the drawing for attendance prizes! The canned goods will be donated to a local food pantry.

Location: Scott Credit Union, 1019 N. Illinois Rt. 3, Waterloo, IL 62298

Questions? (618) 939-5300

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2013 Waterloo Christmas Walk

The Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving signal the official start of the Christmas Season, and what better way to celebrate it than in our beautiful, historic Waterloo!!

Skip the huge crowds at the malls and have a truly memorable weekend shopping at our small businesses, dining at our local restaurants, and enjoying the true holiday spirit of Christmas!

Enjoy 3 days of shopping and dining, then be sure to get a great viewing spot for the 2nd annual GLOW Holiday Lighted Parade, taking place Saturday at 5:30 pm! Following the parade, walk over to SPPS grade school and enjoy a chili dinner!

On Sunday, be sure to stop by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce’s office at 118 E. Third Street to vote for your favorite decorated lamppost!! 19 of the lampposts around the courthouse have been transformed into Christmas works of art! Vote for your favorite between Noon and 3pm. We’ll award prizes at 4pm!

Don’t forget to enjoy a free carriage ride and a visit with Santa on both Saturday and Sunday! Bring the kids for a wonderful, slower-paced weekend. You’ll be so glad you did!