The Village of Oak Park | 123 Madison St.  Oak Park, IL 60302 |

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Get to know your RBO…Oak Park’s residential beat officers hold regular meetings in the neighborhoods they serve to discuss issues and crime trends, and answer questions. For more details, including dates, times and locations, call 708.386.3800 or visit and contact the police officer whose beat includes your neighborhood.

Overnight parking restricted…Parking is prohibited on all Village streets from 2:30 to 6 a.m., seven days a week, year around, except when allowed by permit or pass. Up to 10 on-street overnight passes are allowed for each vehicle every month — the first three are free, and additional passes are $7 each. If you have guests, consider parking in one of the Village’s public garages. For more information about parking, visit

Signs prohibited…Placing any type of sign in the public right of way such as the parkway space between the sidewalk and the curb is prohibited — including garage sale signs, political signs, open house signs and contractor signs. For more information call 708.358.5700 or email

Film permits required…A permit is required for any residential or commercial property to be used as a location for a television commercial or other filming. Neighbors must be notified by flyer as to when and where the shoot is to occur. If police presence is required, services of off-duty police must be paid by the film crew. For more information call 708.358.5407 or email

Backing into stalls prohibited…Backing a vehicle into a parking stall in a Village lot or garage is prohibited because permit decals must appear in the rear window and be visible to enforcement officers. Violators may be ticketed. Email for more information.

Avoid parking ticket paperwork and late fees…Parking citations can be appealed and paid on-line at Payment may be made with Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Visit or email for more information.

No swings in trees…Tree swings in parkway trees may appear fun, but they threaten the health of the trees and safety of passersby. That’s why it is illegal to attach any rope, wire, nail, sign, poster or any other manmade object to trees and shrubs located on Village property, including parkways. For more information, call 708.358.5700 or email

Pay water bill online…Property owners can pay their water bills electronically, either by using a credit card online, or setting up an automatic debit from a checking, savings or credit card account. Property owners also can go paperless by signing up to receive bills via email. In addition to water, the quarterly bill includes charges for sewer, garbage disposal and recycling. For more information, call 708.358.5478 or email

Nature museum activities…Cook County’s Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest, offers a range of programs for children and adults alike, including nature stories, fitness hikes and close-up visits with the Thatcher Woods’ many inhabitants. For more information, visit the Museum or call 708.366.6530.