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Oak Parkers renewing or purchasing annual vehicle licenses will notice a major change to the decades old system — the new licenses will be in a database at Village Hall, with nothing to apply to the windshield.
Cross-pollination is the theme as the Oak Park Farmers’ Market kicks off its 44th season. The dynamic, open air, producer-only Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine every Saturday from opening day through October at 460 Lake Street.
The Oak Park Fire Department will be testing hydrants into early June across the entire Village, a routine procedure to ensure proper operations of these vital emergency response devices.
Oak Parkers are about to be challenged to step up their recycling game as new, stricter cart contamination rules go into effect on May 6. After a warning, carts will not be emptied until the contaminants are removed by the resident – ideally by the next weekly collection cycle.
Reconstruction of the parking lot at Village Hall is underway and slated to continue into early June. No parking will be available in the lot beginning in early May, which means all Village employees and visitors will be required to park on nearby streets.
A major construction project that will convert Madison Street into three lanes from Harlem Avenue to Austin Boulevard and incorporate a range of pedestrian-friendly features began in April and is slated to wrap up in November.
If someone calls or knocks on your door promising a better deal on electricity, proceed with caution. Enrollment for Oak Park’s municipal electricity aggregation program typically opens in the fall when notices are mailed to all eligible customers.
The common practice of placing plastic bags in blue recycling carts drives up costs and drives down the value of the community's curbside recycling program. Clean plastic single-use bags should be returned to grocery stores and big-box retailers that collect them for proper recycling.
Artists are being sought to create murals that will continue the transformation of the railroad retaining walls along the Green Line corridor from dull, blank concrete into canvases as part of the Oak Park Area Arts Council's Mini-Mural program.
The Oak Park Police Department is on the lookout for suspicious pickup trucks that may be driven by suspects dressed in work clothes who are running a common repair scam and burglary ruse.
The overall crime rate in Oak Park was essentially unchanged in 2018 as compared to the prior year, according to data compiled by the Police Department. The two largest categories of crimes against individuals – robbery, which includes vehicle hijackings and assault/battery – declined.
The Oak Park Fire Department reported an overall increase in total calls for service in 2018 as compared to the prior year. Rescue and emergency medical services continued to be the majority of aid provided in 2018.
  • Oak Parkers renewing or purchasing annual vehicle licenses will notice a major change to the decades old system — the new licenses will be in a database at Village Hall, with nothing to apply to the windshield.
  • Cross-pollination is the theme as the Oak Park Farmers’ Market kicks off its 44th season. The dynamic, open air, producer-only Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine every Saturday from opening day through October at 460 Lake Street.
  • The Oak Park Fire Department will be testing hydrants into early June across the entire Village, a routine procedure to ensure proper operations of these vital emergency response devices.
  • Oak Parkers are about to be challenged to step up their recycling game as new, stricter cart contamination rules go into effect on May 6. After a warning, carts will not be emptied until the contaminants are removed by the resident – ideally by the next weekly collection cycle.
  • Reconstruction of the parking lot at Village Hall is underway and slated to continue into early June. No parking will be available in the lot beginning in early May, which means all Village employees and visitors will be required to park on nearby streets.
  • A major construction project that will convert Madison Street into three lanes from Harlem Avenue to Austin Boulevard and incorporate a range of pedestrian-friendly features began in April and is slated to wrap up in November.
  • If someone calls or knocks on your door promising a better deal on electricity, proceed with caution. Enrollment for Oak Park’s municipal electricity aggregation program typically opens in the fall when notices are mailed to all eligible customers.
  • The common practice of placing plastic bags in blue recycling carts drives up costs and drives down the value of the community's curbside recycling program. Clean plastic single-use bags should be returned to grocery stores and big-box retailers that collect them for proper recycling.
  • Artists are being sought to create murals that will continue the transformation of the railroad retaining walls along the Green Line corridor from dull, blank concrete into canvases as part of the Oak Park Area Arts Council's Mini-Mural program.
  • The Oak Park Police Department is on the lookout for suspicious pickup trucks that may be driven by suspects dressed in work clothes who are running a common repair scam and burglary ruse.
  • The overall crime rate in Oak Park was essentially unchanged in 2018 as compared to the prior year, according to data compiled by the Police Department. The two largest categories of crimes against individuals – robbery, which includes vehicle hijackings and assault/battery – declined.
  • The Oak Park Fire Department reported an overall increase in total calls for service in 2018 as compared to the prior year. Rescue and emergency medical services continued to be the majority of aid provided in 2018.

Don't Miss

  • Oak Park Farmers' Market

    The Oak Park Farmers' Market's 44th season is underway! The Market is held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from opening day through October in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake St., just west of Ridgeland Avenue. Find more information at www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket.

  • A Day in Our Village

    The 46th annual A Day in Our Village festival celebrating diversity and community involvement is scheduled for Sun., June 2. Activity booths representing Oak Park civic, cultural, social service, educational, religious and business organizations will fill Scoville Park, Lake Street at Oak Park Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Thursday Night Out

    Start your weekends early at Oak Park's popular dine-around series, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday from May 30 through August 29. Visit more than 20 Downtown Oak Park restaurants offering a variety of drinks, entrees and deserts, and don't miss the weekly free world music concert on Marion Street. Click here for more info.

  • July 4th Parade

    The many dimensions of diversity in Oak Park will be on display when the annual July 4th parade steps off at 10 a.m., Tuesday., July 4 from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street. The parade route is north on Ridgeland to Augusta Street.