shops, restaurants, services and more >

Discover all Downtown Wheaton has to offer! Spend a day out with friends, create cherished memories and find unique gifts for loved ones.
Browse the DWA business directory now >


discover special events coming up in Wheaton >

Whether you are looking for a Signature Downtown Wheaton Association event or one hosted by one of our members, check out our Calendar of Events for the latest activities, openings and celebrations.


in the Downtown Wheaton community >

We want to hear from you! Comment on a News item, send us a photo from an event, share News on Facebook. You ARE Downtown Wheaton.


get started now: download the DWA Business Guide >

The DWA will guide you through the steps of opening a business in downtown Wheaton. The DWA Business Guide includes local demographics and statistics, information on applying for grants, links to online applications and more >


online with the DWA's easy online applications >

Use these simple online forms to apply for a Retail Business Grant or a Façade Improvement Grant. The DWA will contact you with follow-up information. General questions? Contact us to ask a DWA expert.


currently available in downtown Wheaton >

Browse business spaces that are currently available for rent or purchase in downtown Wheaton. Contact us for further assistance in finding the property that's right for your specific location, size and layout requirements.


to support your downtown Wheaton business >

The Downtown Wheaton Association was founded to maximize business opportunities and foster pride in downtown Wheaton. Discover how our expertise in marketing and community building can help your business grow >


and enjoy the difference our organization can make >

As a DWA member, extensive benefits and marketing tools are at your disposal, including an enhanced listing in our directory, calendar postings, possible inclusion in Shoppers' Club enews, jobs board postings and more. Become a member >


start using your member profile and tools today >

To access the DWA member marketing tools and your profile, simply log in here. >
Once in the system, you can:

  • update your company profile
  • add an event to the calendar
  • post a job, and more

Questions? See our FAQ >

About DWA

Who We Are

The Downtown Wheaton Association (DWA) plays a vital role in the success of downtown Wheaton. The DWA offices are located at 108 East Wesley Street in Downtown Wheaton.  Office hours are Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm.

By supporting the downtown business community, hosting a variety of events, encouraging new business development and raising consumer awareness, the DWA helps to ensure that downtown Wheaton continues to grow and improve. An independent organization, we partner with the City of Wheaton and the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.

The DWA hosts several signature events throughout the year. These help reinforce a sense of community and bring people together to enjoy great food, the beautiful downtown Wheaton environment and the company of good friends. These events include:

  • The French Market
  • The Chili Cookoff
  • Vintage Rides
  • Boo-palooza- Downtown Wheaton Trick-or-Treat
  • A Dickens of a Christmas
  • Wheaton Wedding Walk
  • Wheaton’s Wine and Cultural Arts Festival
  • And more

Events and other DWA efforts—such as our Shoppers’ Club, the shop and business directory on this website and a comprehensive marketing strategy—help to raise consumer awareness of all the wonderful shops, restaurants and services downtown Wheaton has to offer. We encourage the community to support our local businesses.

In addition, we assist local businesses in their marketing efforts and support business owners who seek to open a new retail shop or service business in downtown Wheaton. Together, loyal patrons, current business owners and new businesses help make downtown Wheaton the community destination is today.


Join us:


2015-16 | DWA Board of Directors

Donna Hesik

Suzette’s Creperie

Richard O’Gorman 

Vice President
Ivy Restaurant

Ronald Diener

Retired Executive

Jodie Schillenger

Graham’s Fine Chocolates

Jim Mathieson

Past President

Mathieson, Moyski, Austin & Co.

Richard Card/Director/Jeans and A Cute Top Shop

Rick Erickson/Director/Bold Steps

Pam Bozonelos/Director/ Egg’lectic Cafe

Cheri Armstrong/ Director/Wheaton Bank & Trust

Tonya Parravano/Director/Andrew’s Garden

Paul Rodriguez /Director/Suburban Music

Thor Saline/City of Wheaton Councilman

Diane Moore/ Director/ Moore Toys & Gadgets

Beverly Fishleigh, Director/Tasting DeVine

Lindsay Jirasek/ Director/ Frocks & Frills

Jim Kozik/Ex-Officio/City of Wheaton—Director of Planning

Mike Benard/Ex-Officio/Wheaton Park District

Kerry O’Brien/Ex-Officio/Wheaton Chamber of Commerce

Paula Barrington/Ex-Officio/Executive Director—DWA

Our Mission