The Village of Oak Park | 123 Madison St.  Oak Park, IL 60302 | village@oak-park.us

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Oak Park’s crime rate continued to decline in 2015, an overall trend that has been underway with only a few exceptions for several decades. Burglaries and thefts represented nearly 90 percent of crimes committed here in 2015, with garages the most frequent targets.
Like it or not, coyotes are a permanent fixture in Oak Park. But just seeing a coyote does not necessarily mean a dangerous situation for humans or domestic animals, officials say.
Even while you talk to the dispatcher, emergency personnel are already on their way.
First grade classrooms are invited to adopt an Oak Park firefighter to teach classes about fire safety. The firefighters, who come with personal adoption certificates, then visit the classroom four times throughout the school year.
Residents are encouraged to use the Police Department lobby for transactions organized on internet forums such as Craigslist. The lobby is open, well-lit and staffed 24 hours a day, .
A long-range program to improve the City of Chicago’s water system means that communities that rely on Lake Michigan water likely will face annual rate increase for years to come. While some may say consumers have no choice but to pay more, there is another option — use less.
Oak Park’s comprehensive waste disposal program is designed to effectively deal with increasing amounts of trash, rising collection and disposal costs, legislative restrictions and growing environmental concerns.
Pets are an important part of many households in Oak Park. Along with the companionship they provide come owner responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of the pet and the community.
Collection of expired or unwanted prescription drugs here began as part of an annual program, the National Take-Back Initiative, which is sponsored by the DEA.
An investment of about $30 for a detector can be the difference in life and death when it comes to deadly carbon monoxide, an odorless and tasteless gas that can leak from an appliance.
With more than 300 videos and nearly 150,000 views to date, the Village’s official YouTube channel puts the sights and sounds of Oak Park on display for the world to see.
The first comprehensive review of Village zoning regulations since 2002 is now underway, as efforts focus on revisions to better align local laws with recommendations in Envision Oak Park, the community’s long-range comprehensive plan adopted last year.
Crime down
Coyotes at home
Just Call 9-1-1
Adopt a firefighter
Safe for transactions
Conserve water and save
Refuse and recycling
Pet ownership
Drug disposal box
CO Detectors
World stage
Zoning under review
  • Oak Park’s crime rate continued to decline in 2015, an overall trend that has been underway with only a few exceptions for several decades. Burglaries and thefts represented nearly 90 percent of crimes committed here in 2015, with garages the most frequent targets.
  • Like it or not, coyotes are a permanent fixture in Oak Park. But just seeing a coyote does not necessarily mean a dangerous situation for humans or domestic animals, officials say.
  • Even while you talk to the dispatcher, emergency personnel are already on their way.
  • First grade classrooms are invited to adopt an Oak Park firefighter to teach classes about fire safety. The firefighters, who come with personal adoption certificates, then visit the classroom four times throughout the school year.
  • Residents are encouraged to use the Police Department lobby for transactions organized on internet forums such as Craigslist. The lobby is open, well-lit and staffed 24 hours a day, .
  • A long-range program to improve the City of Chicago’s water system means that communities that rely on Lake Michigan water likely will face annual rate increase for years to come. While some may say consumers have no choice but to pay more, there is another option — use less.
  • Oak Park’s comprehensive waste disposal program is designed to effectively deal with increasing amounts of trash, rising collection and disposal costs, legislative restrictions and growing environmental concerns.
  • Pets are an important part of many households in Oak Park. Along with the companionship they provide come owner responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of the pet and the community.
  • Collection of expired or unwanted prescription drugs here began as part of an annual program, the National Take-Back Initiative, which is sponsored by the DEA.
  • An investment of about $30 for a detector can be the difference in life and death when it comes to deadly carbon monoxide, an odorless and tasteless gas that can leak from an appliance.
  • With more than 300 videos and nearly 150,000 views to date, the Village’s official YouTube channel puts the sights and sounds of Oak Park on display for the world to see.
  • The first comprehensive review of Village zoning regulations since 2002 is now underway, as efforts focus on revisions to better align local laws with recommendations in Envision Oak Park, the community’s long-range comprehensive plan adopted last year.

Don't Miss

  • Twilight Hours

    Experience the beauty of historic Pleasant Home at night with a rare opportunity to tour the mansion after dark. Enjoy wine, cheese and live music, while docents give station tours of the first-floor rooms. Feb. 11 and March 10. Reservations required.

  • Winterfest set for Jan. 30

    The Park District’s annual celebration of winter is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 30, in Taylor Park, 400 W. Division St. Winterfest offers free, old-fashioned outdoor fun, ice skating, music and food. Ice skates may be rented for $1, but availability will be limited. Visit www.pdop.org for more details.

  • Free Kids' Fest

    Enjoy hands-on educational activities and explore the tropical rain forest and other eco-climates of the Oak Park Conservatory, while celebrating the birthday of resident double yellow-head Amazon parrot George. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sun., March 6. Details at www.pdop.org/events/kidsfest.

  • Film Festival Returns

    View a wide range of documentaries on climate change, sustainability and the power of people to make a difference. March 4 through 6 at multiple area locations. More information at www.oneearthfilmfest.org.