Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Annual Trivia Night

Join us for one of the most fun Trivia Nights in Monroe County! The annual Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Trivia Night takes place Saturday, January 13 at the SPPCS gym, 217 W. Third Street, Waterloo, and you don’t want to miss it! Only 40 tables available, so don’t wait to reserve your team’s table!

Theme: Mardi Gras!!

Cost: $100 for a table of 8 (Please make check payable to “Waterloo Chamber of Commerce”)

BYO Food & Drinks. Player Friendly Questions.

Host: Jon Grayson – Trivia MC ~ Longtime St. Louis radio personality brings his style of topical commentary and humor to the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Trivia Night!

Mulligans and Heads or Tails…along with the 50/50 Cash Raffle to benefit the Chamber Scholarship Fund!

Decorate your table with a Mardi Gras theme…dress up with your beads and Mardi Gras flair!             Best decorated table wins a special prize!

Call 618-939-5300 or email us at chamber@htc.net to reserve your table!


First of Six concerts in New Downtown Concert Series Set for May 6!

The Waterloo Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a new downtown concert series, scheduled to begin the evening of May 6, 8-11 pm, following the MayFest.

Once a month between May and October, the Downtown Concert Series will feature a different band. The schedule for 2017 is as follows:

Saturday, May 6; 8-11pm – Father Jack

Sunday, June 11; 4-7 pm – Scrambled

Sunday, July 9; 4-7 pm – The Trophy Mules

Sunday, August 13; 4-7 pm – Burnt Toast and the Jam

Sunday, September 10; 3:30-7 pm – O.O.P.A. , The Sofa Kings

Saturday, October 14; 8-11pm – Riverside

Food options will be available along Mill Street, starting an hour before the concert is scheduled to begin. Bring your blanket and chairs, and grab a great spot to enjoy the concert!

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Rock Star Sponsors: Edward Jones, Midland States Bank, Oak Hill, Red Bud Regional Hospital, Thrivent Financial, Weir

Back Stage Pass Sponsors: A&W Insurance, First National Bank of Waterloo, Garden Place Senior Living, Hentscher Johnson Orthodontics, Philomena + Ruth, Savannah’s Southern Charm, State Farm Insurance, Stubborn German Brewing Co., and Timberwolf Vacation Rentals

Fans of the Music Sponsors: Farmers Insurance, Kyle Osterhage, Monroe County Commissioner Vicki Koerber, Quality Collision, State Bank of Waterloo

This is a free, outdoor concert, presented by your Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. We are committed to Building Community and Supporting Business.



4th Annual MayFest

Join us Saturday, May 6 for the 4th annual MayFest, taking place in beautiful downtown Waterloo at the Courthouse square! You’ll enjoy listening to 6 different bands throughout the day. While there, be sure to visit all of the artisans, crafters, and local businesses at their booths.

Bring the children to play some games and enjoy the day with you! Helping Strays will be on site with a pet adoption event too!

There will be several food options as well, so come hungry!

At 11 am, we’ll have the first ever mascot obstacle course, which should be  a lot of fun!

At Noon, we’ll recognize the winners of our Youth Community Service Award.

It is going to be a great day!

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 chamber@htc.net.

Youth Community Service Award Nomination Period

Youth Community Service Award – Nominate a Worthy Youth Today!

The Waterloo Chamber of Commerce invites you to nominate a young person for the Youth Community Service Award, which will be presented at the annual May Fest, taking place on the first Saturday in May at the Monroe County Courthouse Bandstand.

All nominees will be reviewed, with the winning youth selected by a committee.

The deadline for applications is April 1.

The following represents the criteria for the award:

  • Nominee must be a youth enrolled in junior high or high school
  • Nominee must be a resident within the Waterloo School District (Note: Includes home schooled & private schooled students)
  • Nominations should come from non-relatives of the nominee

To nominate a youth, go to www.enjoywaterloo.com and click on the Forms menu/Youth Community Service Award.

Complete the nomination form and submit it by April 1. The recipients will each receive $100 and a certificate. Multiple recipients will be recognized.

2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for our 2nd annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Thursday, December 1, at 6:30 pm! This will take place at our newly planted 15+ foot Evergreen tree, located at the corner of Main and Mill Street, on the courthouse square. Please arrive a few minutes early, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, and be on hand to celebrate the initial lighting of the tree! Hometown Harmony will join us by singing Christmas carols and the Waterloo Lions will provide cookies – it’s an old-fashioned, fun event!

We’ll also announce the Christmas Walk Winners, Lamppost decorating contest winners, and the winner of the Storefront Decorating Contest!


Waterloo’s Christmas on the Square Weekend – November 26-27

Mark your calendars and join us for Waterloo’s Annual Christmas on the Square Weekend! Enjoy an old-fashioned, hometown feel of a great tradition – perfect for the entire family!

Saturday and Sunday, November 26-27

Waterloo Christmas Walk – Visit all 12 participating merchants, have your card stamped at each location, drop off your completed card at the last shop you visit, and be entered to win a portion of $1,000 in gift cards! Drawing will be held Thursday, December 1, 6:30pm on the corner of Main and Mill Street at the official lighting of the Waterloo Christmas tree!


Visit with Santa – Noon-4pm both days, and every Saturday and Sunday through December 18. Santa’s Hut located in front of the bandstand.

Free Carriage Rides – Noon-4pm both days. Carriage stop located at Santa’s Hut.

Visit with Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Noon-4pm both days.

Have your photo taken in the Gingerbread family cut-outs.

GLOW Holiday Lighted Parade – Saturday 5:30 pm

SPPCS Chili Supper, following parade – Saturday, at the SPPCS gym (3rd Street)

Vote for your favorite decorated lamppost – Sunday, Noon-4pm – Winners announced December 1.

Check out all of the decorated storefronts! Best decorated storefront winner announced December 1.

Enjoy a Christmas Concert at the Bandstand, Sunday, 1pm.

Purchase your holiday cookies and candy at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen – Sunday, 11am – Basement of Oddfellow’s Hall

Visit City Hall, Sunday, 11am and enjoy a slice of peanut cake

Attend the Monroe County Bicentennial Time Capsule Dedication, Sunday, 3pm, at the Bison statue

At the end of the weekend, top it off by attending Hometown Harmony’s Christmas Concert at Hope Christian Church – Sunday, 6:30pm.



2016 Meet the Candidates Election Forum

Join us at the Waterloo High School Auditorium on Thursday, October 6, 7pm-9pm, as we hear from our local candidates ahead of the November election. Questions will be accepted in advance only and may be submitted through September 30. Please send your questions to the Republic-Times, Monroe County Independent, or Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

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Join us for our Annual Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic!

Golfers, join us for our annual Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic, taking place Thursday, September 15th, Noon, at Mystic Oak Golf Course! Cost: $400/team of four, includes golf, carts, skins game, chance to win a new car, closest to the pin and longest drive contest, lunch, and dinner! This is a perfect event for networking in a casual environment! You do not need to be a chamber member in order to participate.

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Join Us for Our Annual Red, White, and Blue Bash!