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

Main menu

STAY CONNECTED

Sept/Oct 2018

With more than 100 miles of local streets in Oak Park, the Village has always relied on residents to help identify neighborhood traffic issues. But rather than expecting residents to ask for a specific solution such as a new stop sign, the focus now is on residents identifying the problem and the...
Nominations are now being sought for the 2018 accessibility, historic preservation and sustainability awards. Winners will be announced and recognized at a ceremony in December at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Accessibility – Disability Access Awards recognize businesses, organizations and other...
Oak Parkers are invited to shred sensitive papers and recycle old clothing from 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., Sept. 15 at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd. Each household is limited to two bags or small boxes of paper items with personal information such as canceled checks, documents containing...
Fall Fest…The annual fall fest is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sun., Sept. 23 at Rehm Park and the Oak Park Conservatory, by East Avenue and Garfield Street. The event will feature horse-drawn hayrides, games and a host of other activities. Visit www.pdop.org for more details. Resident meet &...
Harvest season arrives…When fall comes, a changing variety of produce can be found at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market. Plums, nectarines, peaches, pears, grapes, apples and cider are just some of the seasonal favorites now available with meats, eggs, honey, cheese and milk from the more than two dozen...
Applications for entry-level officers with the Oak Park Police Department will be accepted from Sept. 24 through Oct. 15. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age at the time they apply and no older than 35 on the application closing date. Other requirements include a high school diploma or GED...
The Village of Oak Park’s latest 12-month electricity aggregation contract ensures participants won’t pay more than the ComEd energy rate and provides support for Illinois-based regional renewable energy facilities. The contract with MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2), which will be effective...
Township Day…Residents are invited to learn more about locally available services during Illinois Township Day set for 4 to 7 p.m., Fri., Sept. 21 at 105 S. Oak Park Ave. The event also will collect items for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Visit www.oakparktownship.org for more information...
Food containers have proven especially difficult to recycle since they often have remnants of food or liquids that can contaminate an entire load that then ends up in a landfill. Please follow these steps to properly recycle food containers: Empty and rinse all food containers before placing them...
After more than 34 years with the Oak Park Police Department, Chief Anthony Ambrose announced his retirement at the end of August. Ambrose, who had been on leave since April, said he wanted to focus his energies on getting well following a successful liver transplant. Ambrose joined the Oak Park...
The annual fall leaf collection program for 2018 is scheduled for Oct. 15 through Dec. 6 with eight pickups planned for each section of the Village. Residents should rake leaves into the street at least 18 inches from the curb the day before the scheduled pickup dates indicated on the map below....
The brown marmorated stink bug has found a home in Oak Park prompting calls to the Village from residents expressing fear for our trees. A native of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the small shield-shaped bug has no interest in trees, but it can damage fruit and vegetable crops. The issue in Oak...
Oak Parkers young, old and in between with an interest in modern firefighting and emergency medical services should mark their calendars for Saturday, October 13. That’s when the Oak Park Fire Department will open its doors to the public for an open house. The event, held in conjunction with...
Suburban Cook County voters can cast an early ballot for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election from Oct. 22 through Nov. 5 at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. Village Hall hours for early voting will be as follows: Monday – Saturday, Oct. 22 – 27: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m....
Official hours for Halloween trick or treating are 3 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31. Parents should accompany young children, especially after dark, and inspect all treats. Other safety tips include: Use make-up instead of masks Choose flame-retardant costumes Wear light-colored clothing at night or add...
Families with young children can look to the Collaboration for Early Childhood for information about early development and resources, finding child care or preschool and parenting support. The organization, funded in part by the Village and local school districts, offers free coaching for parents...
With the new school year now underway, Oak Park police are urging motorists to stay alert — especially when driving in school zones. Motorists need to be focused and avoid distractions like talking on cell phones, police say, as well as come to a complete stop at intersections and not block...
With the impact of Dutch elm disease and emerald ash borer still being felt in urban forests across the country, Oak Park is focused on species diversity as new trees are selected and planted on parkways across the community. The more than 300 new trees being planted this fall in the Village...
While mosquitoes tend to become less active as summer heat diminishes, the threat of these disease-carrying pests could continue as late as mid-October. Public health officials advise residents to avoid being bitten by wearing long sleeves and pants, limiting time spent outdoors at dusk and dawn...