Niles Night of Roses

A Tribute to Home Grown Success

It’s 2021 and  we are coming out of the pandemic, somewhat a little worse for the wear, but what better time to celebrate!!  We are eager to celebrate all that is fabulous about Niles!!  the celebration will be on October 22.  We will announce all awards winners at Night of Roses.  But we are getting ahead of ourselves.  First it is time for nominations.  We all know that person or business that goes above and beyond, they are always doing more than is expected, always putting others before themselves.  NOW is the time to make certain they are recognized.  We have seven different categories, feel free to submit a nomination for each! .

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Award Categories for 2021


Ken Scheel Chamber Member of the Year Award

Purpose: Recognize a Niles Chamber member who has consistently made contributions to the success and welfare of the Niles Chamber.

Criteria: Must be a current member and in good standing with the Chamber.

Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

Purpose: Recognize a business that has demonstrated a social responsibility to the community to improve the quality of life and raise the standards for  living and working in Niles.

Criteria: Company must be a Niles Chamber member for at least three years.

Niles Citizen of the Year Award

Purpose: Distinguish a Niles citizen who shows an unwavering committed to the Niles community.

Criteria: The individual will be chosen for the outstanding achievement outside their business activity, in a field positively affecting the well-being of Niles community. The most recent achievements (last two years) should be emphasized.

Small Business of the Year Award

Purpose: Recognize a small business that has made significant contributions to our local economic growth and to honor their successes.

Criteria: Company must be a Niles Chamber member.

Public Safety Excellence Award

Purpose: Distinguish an individual who goes above and beyond the job he/she is paid to perform to ensure public safety.  Achievements must be in a field positively affecting the well-being of Niles community whether in their paid role or voluntary.

Criteria: A police officer, fire fighter, public servant or any individual who has made exceptional strides to enhance and protect the community.

Dedication to Youth Excellence Award

Purpose: Distinguish an individual who fosters a positive environment to teach, educate, instruct, counsel or inspire our youth.

Criteria: Any individual who demonstrates a unique ability to improve or advance the life of a young person through teaching, coaching, instruction or mentoring.

Distinguished Voluntary Service Award

Purpose: Distinguish an individual who gives of their time and talents to enhance the quality of life in the community. Their work leaves a positive impact on those they help.

Criteria: Any individual who  does not receive compensation for their efforts.


Congratulations to our 2020 winners!

Bob Wordel Living Legend Award

Born in July 1949 in Chicago, IL in the Austin neighborhood, Mike Shields has been an Illinois resident his entire life. Through attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana from 1967-1971 achieving a Bachelor of Economics, followed by the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business earning his MBA. Mike has a wealth of knowledge and experience through his years of Strategic Planning, development, process improvements, area planning, and more. He has become an influential piece of Niles in the 50+ years he has been a resident.

Mike moved to Niles, IL in 1972, after marrying his wife Karen. They raised two children in the Niles community and are very happy with Niles, the local schools and organizations. Mike has served on several committees in the Village of Niles, Comprehensive Plan Implementation, Bi-Modal Transportation Steering, Economic Development and Neighborhood Renewal Commission, Comprehensive Signage Sub-Committee, Niles Design District, etc. He has put his heart and soul into Niles and it has shown!

Corporate Citizen of the Year

Shure Incorporated

Shure is a shining start in the Niles community! They are generous, dedicated and empathetic. They strive to be a community partner and build relationships with their staff and are influential in creating a safe and developed Niles community!

Ken Scheel Chamber Member of the Year

Judy McNulty – Niles-Maine District Library

Judy is at every new business ribbon cutting, community event, Village committee meeting, etc. She dedicates her time and efforts in building a better and stronger Niles community every single day! She is always smiling and always willing to help!

Niles Citizen of the Year

Joe LoVerde 

Joe has been part of Niles for over 40 years, from being a Village Trustee to a Park District Commissioner, Joe has gone above and beyond for Niles. There have been many teens and adults who have participated in programs that Joe has developed and cultivated in the 17+ years he has spent with the Niles Park District. Joe exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated Citizen both in his professional and personal life.

Small Business of the Year

Pilorum Spa & Salon 

Pilorum Spa & Salon makes every client feel special! Their energy charged atmosphere paired with an epic staff, offers not just a hair styling but an experience! They have been consistent and reliable since day one. Each and every person is treated like family!

Distinguished Voluntary Service

Denise McCreery 

Denise serves as a Village trustee, volunteers on numerous committees, but more than that she lives and breathes Niles. She works tirelessly to promote the Niles community both within Niles and beyond our borders. She donates countless hours to this pursuit.

Dedication to Youth Excellence

John Petitt – Culver School 

John has been a Special Education teacher at Culver School in Niles for 29 years. He is committed to enriching the lives of special education students in their development, not only as students, but as individuals. Through coaching basketball and volleyball, to volunteering, etc. John has shown his dedication to the Niles youth and their success. After the 2020 school year, John will be retiring

Public Safety Award of Excellence

Fred Braun – Village of Niles Public Works

Fred serves as Niles Public Works Director and has dedicated his career to perfecting the art of public safety through public works. He has re-written the book on how Public Works, Niles Fire Department & Niles Police Department work together and has taught his staff that you do not need to wear a badge to play a role in public safety – Public Works – first into the storm, last to leave after clean-up.