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Two individuals, two local non-profit organizations and two Oak Park businesses have been honored with the Dr. William Fitzsimmons Public Health Award for their contributions to the health and well-being of Oak Parkers.
Ten Oak Park restaurants received 2016 Johnson Awards in recognition for having the highest two-year average inspection scores. Named for Oak Park’s first lunchroom operated in the 1890s at 124 Lake St., this is the 31st year the Johnson Awards have been presented.
Oak Park property owners planning a fall project can get the permitting process underway online by using the VillageView portal. A key aspect of the system is its ability to provide real-time information as a permit submittal moves through the review and approval process.
Repairs to the Police Department’s underground garage at Village Hall may mean disruptions to street parking, but the parking lot and adjacent pedestrian entrance will remain open. The project is expected to be completed by November.
Nominations are being sought for awards that recognize efforts by organizations, individuals and businesses to improve the Village through historic preservation, sustainability and accessibility. The deadline for nominations is October 14, with awards to be presented in December.
Oak Park Police Department veteran Anthony Ambrose will become Oak Park's new Police Chief following the retirement of Rick C. Tanksley after nearly 33 years on the force. Ambrose has been Oak Park's Deputy Police Chief since 2005.
Construction along Chicago Avenue reaches its final phase this week with the beginning of resurfacing that will span the entire stretch of the Village from Harlem Avenue to Austin Boulevard. The project is expected to last at least three months.
The Public Works Center is always abuzz with activity, but it’s not just the human workers making the noise this summer. The real buzz is coming from the 90,000 or so honey bees that are at home on the roof of the sprawling structure on South Boulevard at Lombard Avenue.
Oak Park will join a growing national movement aimed at deterring tobacco use among young people by increasing the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 years old. The law is scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1 as Oak Park becomes the third community in Illinois to adopt a Tobacco 21 law.
Nine college students are interning with the Village’s Public Works Department this summer, and having extra hands available in the Engineering, Streets, Fleet and Water & Sewer divisions is a win-win for everyone involved.
Representatives of the firm chosen to help to craft a comprehensive wayfinding sign program will hit the streets to gather public input at the July 21 Thursday Night Out dining event downtown and the July 23 Oak Park Farmers’ Market.
Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1 ending a career in Oak Park that has spanned nearly 33 years. A decision regarding selecting his successor could come as early as next week.
Public health awards
Restaurant awards
VillageView
Village Hall construction
Community awards
New Police Chief
Chicago Ave. resurfacing
Bee hives create buzz
Tobacco 21 law
Summer interns
Wayfinding signage
Chief to retire
  • Two individuals, two local non-profit organizations and two Oak Park businesses have been honored with the Dr. William Fitzsimmons Public Health Award for their contributions to the health and well-being of Oak Parkers.
  • Ten Oak Park restaurants received 2016 Johnson Awards in recognition for having the highest two-year average inspection scores. Named for Oak Park’s first lunchroom operated in the 1890s at 124 Lake St., this is the 31st year the Johnson Awards have been presented.
  • Oak Park property owners planning a fall project can get the permitting process underway online by using the VillageView portal. A key aspect of the system is its ability to provide real-time information as a permit submittal moves through the review and approval process.
  • Repairs to the Police Department’s underground garage at Village Hall may mean disruptions to street parking, but the parking lot and adjacent pedestrian entrance will remain open. The project is expected to be completed by November.
  • Nominations are being sought for awards that recognize efforts by organizations, individuals and businesses to improve the Village through historic preservation, sustainability and accessibility. The deadline for nominations is October 14, with awards to be presented in December.
  • Oak Park Police Department veteran Anthony Ambrose will become Oak Park's new Police Chief following the retirement of Rick C. Tanksley after nearly 33 years on the force. Ambrose has been Oak Park's Deputy Police Chief since 2005.
  • Construction along Chicago Avenue reaches its final phase this week with the beginning of resurfacing that will span the entire stretch of the Village from Harlem Avenue to Austin Boulevard. The project is expected to last at least three months.
  • The Public Works Center is always abuzz with activity, but it’s not just the human workers making the noise this summer. The real buzz is coming from the 90,000 or so honey bees that are at home on the roof of the sprawling structure on South Boulevard at Lombard Avenue.
  • Oak Park will join a growing national movement aimed at deterring tobacco use among young people by increasing the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 years old. The law is scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1 as Oak Park becomes the third community in Illinois to adopt a Tobacco 21 law.
  • Nine college students are interning with the Village’s Public Works Department this summer, and having extra hands available in the Engineering, Streets, Fleet and Water & Sewer divisions is a win-win for everyone involved.
  • Representatives of the firm chosen to help to craft a comprehensive wayfinding sign program will hit the streets to gather public input at the July 21 Thursday Night Out dining event downtown and the July 23 Oak Park Farmers’ Market.
  • Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 1 ending a career in Oak Park that has spanned nearly 33 years. A decision regarding selecting his successor could come as early as next week.

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  • Oak Park Farmers' Market

    The Oak Park Farmers' Market is open for business from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October in the parking lot of Pligrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., just west of Ridgeland Ave. 

  • Electronics Recycling

    Safely dispose of unwanted electronic items at the Village of Oak Park's final electronics recycling event of the year from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. 

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Races

    Registration is open for the Park District of Oak Park's 40th annual Frank Lloyd Wright Races, featuring a 5K run/walk, 10K run and Youth Mile along Oak Park's tree-lined streets on Sunday, Oct. 23.

  • Eye on the Ike

    Community members are urged to stay informed about IDOT's proposals to reconstruct the Eisenhower Expressway. Click here for latest information on the project, the largest major reconstruction of the Ike since it was built in the 1950s.