LOGO Food, Wine, Brew Fest 2015

The 13th Annual “Food, Wine & Brew Festival”

 In Association with the Mokena Community Park District

took place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 

 It was held at a New Location this year

Main Park, 10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena

” Suds draw buds to party in the park “
The beverages flowed from bottles and taps to glasses, and onward to thirsty mouths at the Mokena Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual Food, Wine and Beer Festival, held Sept. 10 at Main Park in Mokena. The fest featured 24 vendors including Baderbrau Brewery from Mokena, Original Island Shrimp House from Palos Park, Warrior Vodka from Oak Forest and Harvest Room from Palos Heights. Four bands including Five Guys Named Moe entertained attendees who dined, drank and danced on an ideal late-summer afternoon.              by Jason Maholy

Experience the ambiance of the Food, Wine & Brew Festival – visit our photo gallery

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The Mokena Chamber proudly thanks all vendors, sponsors and volunteers who contributed to making this such a successful event!

Currie Motors Frankfort, Inc.
Lisa Thomas Salon
Gas ‘N Wash
Maertin Heating
Silver Castle Studio Photography
Currie Motors Frankfort, Inc.
Mokena Lions Club
Marquette Bank
LinconWay Community Bank
Edward Jones – Skye Bergeson
Gamboa Grease Lightening
Post Game Pub & Sedona Grille
FNBC Bank and Trust
Mayor Frank Fleischer
Old Plank Trail Community Bank
Olivieri Real Estate LLC
McCutcheon Insurance
Family Martial Arts
Mane Tamers Hair Salon
Health Nutz Natural Food Store
Shark Shredding & Document Management Services, Inc.
Trader Magazine
22nd Century Media/Mokena Messenger
Coffee News Lincoln Way Area
Southland TV
100.3 FM WSHE



Joan and Del Yunker have been a HUGE part of putting the Food and Wine Festival together for the last 12 years. Mr. & Mrs. Yunker were always a large part of recruiting the restaurant vendors year after year. They have also served the food for vendors at the event, ran the hoses under the street for water at Yunker Farm, and helped set-up and tear-down the fest among about 100 other things.

You could always find Del selling the raffle tickets for the annual “wheelbarrow raffle” at the front entrance of the Fest. That is why after Del passed away in 2013, the raffle was re-named The Del Yunker Memorial Raffle. New this year, part of the proceeds from the raffle will be used to present a scholarship to a high school senior in Del’s name next spring.

Joan Yunker has decided this year was the last festival she would volunteer and co-chair, as she is looking forward to spending more time road-tripping in her camper taking the fishing trips she loves so much. The Mokena Chamber of Commerce Food, Wine and Brew Festival would like to thank the Yunker’s for their unwavering dedication year after year to making this wonderful community event a success for so many years.

Happy Motoring Joan!



The Mokena Chamber of Commerce 2016 Ornament

commemorates the

50th Anniversary of the Mokena Community Library District

The ornament features three Library locations from the first in 1966 to the current

state-of-the-art 25,000 square foot building located at 11327 W. 195th Street.

The Mokena Book Club organized a library for Mokena in the late 1930’s and ran it until 1966. The Mokena Lions Club paid for the rent and heat for small quarters located on Front Street in downtown Mokena and staffed by volunteers. In 1966 the Woman’s Book Club formed a Friends-of-the-Library organization and, through a special referendum, the Library became a tax-supported library district and was officially named the MOKENA COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT. The Library then moved to a new location, the former Immanuel Lutheran Church, located at Union and Cross Streets in Mokena. This location was dedicated on April 23, 1967 and the owners of the Mokena Pharmacy (the Kurber family) donated shelves and racks. Twelve thousand books were housed in a 1,400 square foot space. Again, volunteers staffed the library with minimal hours. In 1967, the first paid librarian assumed her duties where she remained until 1986. In August 1972, the Library purchased 2.5 acres of property on 195th Street from the Mokena School District, and on March 18, 1978, a single-structure building designed to accommodate the community for twenty years was opened, housing 26,750 books. The building was officially dedicated on June 4,1978. Eighteen years later in 1995, voters passed a referendum to expand the building to meet the needs of the community. The newly remodeled building was officially dedicated on April 13,1997. In 2004, the community once again passed a referendum that raised the library’s tax rate revenue, thereby assuring sufficient funds to operate effectively. The Library is open for 65 hours a week, six days a week. The Library is an active member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce, the Mokena Intergovernmental Consortium and participates in many community-based activities throughout the year.

For more details visit: Mokena Library website

 You can purchase this Beautiful Commemorative Ornament 

all year long at the Chamber Office, 19150 Wolf Road, Suite C 

$20.00 (without Stand)  ***   $23.00 (with Stand)


The 2015 Traditional Mokena Chamber of Commerce Ornament featuring   

Mr. Benny’s Restaurant *** Lettermen Sign Company *** Gas N Wash

$20.00 (without Stand)  ***   $23.00 (with Stand)


The following years still available at a cost of $17.00 (without stand) $20.00 (with stand):

2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Contact the Mokena Chamber Office (708) 479-2468


 “Images of America – Mokena”

Mokena History

Treasure this keepsake book of images celebrating the history of your town, Mokena, by Matthew T. Galik. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. It also makes a wonderful gift to share with a former Mokena native.

Limited number available at the Mokena Chamber Office – Only $20