On Wednesday, April 28th, over 760 attendees virtually gathered to hear from suburban business and community leaders, with a special keynote presentation given by Rick Bayless, Chef & Owner of Frontera Grill in Chicago.

Welcome remarks were given by DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin via video and Cara Esser, Senior Vice President & Director of Portfolio Management and Research at Mesirow Financial gave the 2021 Economic Outlook address. 

After the presentations, a panel discussion was led by Greg Bedalov, President & CEO of Choose DuPage. Musical entertainment was provided by local songwriter/musician Tim Stop.

The annual Choose DuPage event was held virtually in 2021 due to the pandemic, with PowerForward DuPage serving as the livestream host site. 

Sponsors included Ice Miller, Mesirow and other event supporters included Ball Horticultural, Blooming Color, MACLYN, Tim Stop and Program Productions