June 10, 2016 - The Village of Oak Park encourages block parties as a way to build community spirit, meet neighbors and have fun.
Each block may sponsor two block parties per year, but since some weekends fill quickly, plan early to get preferred dates. A petition signed by at least 10 separate addresses on the block is required to schedule a block party.
Approved petitions allow the neighborhood to close off a street to vehicle traffic for the entire day. Petitions must be returned two weeks before the date of the block party. Block party organizers are urged to remember the following rules:
Include everyone on the block — especially renters in multifamily buildings.
Use a north-south block. Due to public safety and traffic considerations, block parties are not allowed on east-west streets.
Make sure emergency vehicles can get through if needed. Tables, chairs or other items should not project more than six feet from the curb. And don’t stretch wires, ropes, nets, lights, banners or other items across the street.
Supervise children at all times. Even though the street may be closed, accidents can happen.
Use only street barricades provided by the Village. Cars parked in a street as a barricade may impede emergency vehicles, and could be ticketed.
Do not plan a party for an alley. Alleys provide important access for utility companies and other services.
Keep sidewalks clear. Sidewalks are public ways that may not be obstructed even during a block party.
If alcohol is present, keep it on private property. Alcohol may not be sold.