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Park Forest - Area Schools News

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

School District 163 announces registration dates

Walk-in registration for the 2017-2018 school year for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will be conducted in the 21st Century Primary Center’s Media Center, 240 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, on the following dates and times:

Thurs...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Chicago native and NBA champ Mark Aguirre visits Rich East

Recently, NBA legend Marc Aguirre, a close friend of Park Forest's own Craig Hodges -- also an NBA legend -- visited Rich East High School. Hodges, the current boy’s varsity basketball head coach at Rich East also serves as a m...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Rich East students attend state conference, two to attend national conference

Earlier this month, 13 Rich East Business Professionals of America (BPA) members attended the 2017 BPA State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Oak Brook, Illinois. The event drew over 1,000 BPA delegates from 40 schools.  The participants from Par...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

District 163 free preschool program

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 provides half day and full day free preschool? programs at Algonquin Early Learning Center, 170 Algonquin St., Park Forest, for students residing within the school district’s boundaries. Families m...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

League of Women Voters to host school superintendents' forum on Oct. 20

The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area will host a Local School Superintendents’ Forum on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts.

The informational meeting will present a forum of local school superintendents who w...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2016

School District 163 to hold parade on Oct. 4

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Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will mount a Celebration of Learning Parade for its students and for the community on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 9:45 a.m.

The parade will feature students and the floats they built from all six District 163 sc...Read on...

Click to view the flyer with more details!
Posted on: June 28, 2016

District 163 announces kindergarten and 6th grade registration

Park Forest - Chicago Heights School District 163 has announced registration for kindergarten and 6th grade returning students for the 2017-17 school year. Details are as follows:

What: Kindergarten & 6th Grade Returni...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2016

Park Forest recognizes scholarship recipients

Park Forest congratulates the 2016 Village of Park Forest and Park Forest Youth Commission Scholarship recipients who were recognized last week at the Park Forest Board of Trustees meeting:

• Nia Oke-Famakinde | recipient of the Village of Park Forest ...Read on...

Park Forest scholarship information
Posted on: June 15, 2016

District 163 plans annual golf outing

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will hold its 6th Annual Teeing off FORE Education golf outing on Monday, July 11, at Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 East Ridge Road, Crete. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lu...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Michelle Obama School presents musical

Students in the fourth through sixth grades honors program at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts will present “Shrek,” the school’s spring musical, on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m., at Rich South High School.

Posted on: April 27, 2016

District 163 students play basketball game against the Park Forest Police Department

Sixth through eighth grade students in Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163’s after school program, X-STEAM, will play a basketball game against members of the Park Forest Police Department, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Friday, April 29, at the Michell...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2016

Rich East teacher one of 10 selected for Golden Apple Award

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Rich East special education teacher Debra Thomas has received the coveted Golden Apple Award.

Thomas was selected last month as one of 30 finalists to be considered for the award. After a final selection process, the Rich East teacher was chosen as one...Read on...

Learn more about the Golden Apple Award
Posted on: April 5, 2016

Steppin' For Success Fundraiser at Barack Obama School, April 8

The Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM’s PTO will present the fundraiser, “Steppin’ For Success,” from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 8, at the school, 401 Concord, Chicago Heights.

Open to people who are 21-years-old or older, “Steppin’ For Succe...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2015

School District 227 presents Parenting in the 21st Century Conference

Save the Date:

Parenting in the 21st Century Conference

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Matteson Holiday Inn

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dwayne Bryant

Click for conference details!
Posted on: July 9, 2015

School District 227 registration dates

School District 227 has announced registration dates for the 2015-16 school year. For details, click on the link below.

Click for District 227 registration information!
Posted on: June 10, 2015

District 227 offering free breakfast, lunch program through July 16

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In a continued effort to ensure students receive daily, nutritious meals, the School District 227 is offering a summer meal program, consisting of free breakfast and lunch to students through July 16, 2015.

Students between the ages of 1-18 can eat fo...Read on...

View more details on the program
Posted on: May 12, 2015

Michelle Obama School presents musical, May 21

Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts will present “A Night of Gospel and Motown” at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at Bloom High School auditorium, 101 W. 10th St., Chicago Heights.

Tickets for the musical event, which will feature Michelle Obam...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Rich East student earns Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship

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Sarah Abbott, a senior at Rich East High School in Park Forest, has earned a prestigious Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship award, and will attend Purdue University in the fall. She is enrolled as Management undecided and plans to concentrate in Information Sy...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

Brianna Gipson, Rich East Stellar Student

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Brianna Gipson, a senior at Rich East High School in Park Forest, has been awarded the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) Good Citizen Award based upon her leadership, service, dependability, and patriotism.

Academically, Brianna is focuse...Read on...

Posted on: January 30, 2015

District 227 to offer workshop for parents, Feb. 19

School District 227 will host an interactive workshop for parents on Tuesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Rich Township High School District 227 Administrative Center, 20550 South Cicero in Matteson.

Parents and District 227 staff will eng...Read on...

View the flier!
Posted on: December 11, 2014

Rich East Drama Club performance, Dec. 12-13

The Rich East High School Drama Club presents "A Lesson Before Dying" at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, in the school auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children.

Rich East High School is ...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2014

School District 163 seeking community partners

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 is submitting an application for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. The School District is seeking community organizations to partner with it in providing after school experiences to improve ...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Registration open for 3rd Annual Parenting in the 21st Century Conference

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On Saturday, August 16, School District 227 will host the 3rd Annual Parenting in the 21st Century Conference at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Matteson, IL. Parents may log on to www.rich227.org to register for the free conference. Breakfast and ...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Zach Abbott, Rich East Stellar Student

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Zach Abbott, Rich East Stellar Student

This is another in a series of stellar students from “The Class of 2014” at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. All students were given a series of the same questions. All responses are in their exact wor...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

School District 227 names new superintendent

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School District 227 announced Tuesday the appointment of Dr. Carole Collins-Ayanlaja as the new, permanent Rich Township High School District Superintendent.

Dr. Ayanlaja formerly served as the Chief Academic Of?cer for the Hartford Connecticut public ...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2014

District 163 board approves reconfiguration of schools

The Board of Education approved Superintendent Joyce Carmine’s recommendation to reconfigure the District schools, which includes the creation of a magnet center in two schools for the opening of the 2014-2015 school. The schools will house the following ...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2014

District 163 to discuss reconfiguration proposal at April 14 meeting

A preliminary proposal to reconfigure Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163’s schools for the 2014-2015 school year will be discussed during a Parent-Community Informational Meeting at 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 14, at 21st Century Preparatory Cen...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2014

Matthew Wagner, Rich East Stellar Student

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This is another in a series of stellar students from “The Class of 2014” at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. All students were given a series of the same questions. All responses are in their exact words, except for minor editing for content and...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2014

Rich East Drama Club to Present "A Tribute to the Lion"

The Rich East High School Drama Club will present "A Tribute to the Lion" at 7 p.m. on April 3, 4 and 5 in the school auditorium theater, 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest. Tickets are $5 for seniors, students and children, and $10 for adults. All don...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Janiah Jones, Rich East Stellar Student

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This is another in a series of stellar students from “The Class of 2014” at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. All students were given a series of the same questions. All responses are in their exact words, except for minor editing for content and...Read on...

Posted on: March 28, 2014

School District 227 to hold superintendent candidate forums

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Rich Township High School District 227 is hosting three community-wide forums with candidates up for the position of superintendent. Attendees may participate in the question and answer portion of the meeting.

Each superintendent candidate will have a...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

Prairie State College to hold Veterans Services Fair

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The Prairie State College (PSC) Student Veterans Center is hosting a Veterans Services Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 9, in the Conference Center on the college’s main campus, located at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.

The event feat...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Rich East's Elyse Terrazas goes to Nationals in Business Professionals of America competition

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Rich East junior Elyse Terrazas will be attending the 2014 Business Professionals of America Nationals Competition in Indianapolis, Ind., April 30-May 4, after her second-place finish in legal office procedures at the recent state BPA competition in Oak B...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Rich East-Rich South team to win Illinois College Advising Corps Scholarships

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Three Rich East seniors and three Rich South seniors recently teamed together to each win a $1,000 college scholarship at the recent Financial Literacy Bowl, sponsored by the Illinois College Advising Corps and was hosted by the University of Illinois-Chi...Read on...

Posted on: March 19, 2014

India Borjas, Rich East Stellar Student

This is another in a series of stellar students from “The Class of 2014” at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. All students were given a series of the same questions. All responses are in their exact words, except for minor editing for content and...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2014

Lakeya Woods, Rich East Stellar Student

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This is another in a series of stellar students from “The Class of 2014” at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Ill. All students were given a series of the same questions. All responses are in their exact words, except for minor editing for content and...Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2014

Alexus Williams, Rich East Stellar Student

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This is another in a series of stellar students from “The Class of 2014” at Rich East High School in Park Forest. All students were given a series of the same questions. All responses are in their exact words, except for minor editing for content and spac...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2014

Forest Trail hoops wins IESA tournament

The Forest Trail eighth grade youth basketball team won the 2014 Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Boys Basketball State Tournament on Feb. 21 to finish the season 27-1.

The Forest Trail Wolverines started the season strong with a record of...Read on...

Posted on: January 20, 2014

Rich East student one of six in Illinois up for award

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Zach Abbott, a Park Forest resident and Rich East High School senior, has been nominated
for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program award.

Abbott is among six students from across Illinois -- three boys and three girls -- who have been no...Read on...


Park Forest - Civic Groups/Organizations News

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Posted on: May 2, 2016

AARP Rich Township Chapter to hold Spring Fling, June 20

AARP Rich Township Chapter #4576 invite you to attend the annual Spring Fling at the Shirley J. Green Senior Center on Monday, June 20, at 1 p.m.

Come out and enjoy fellowship, fun, food, and live entertainment celebrating Motown.

Tickets are $10....Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2016

Park Forest House Museum finds new home, seeks volunteers

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, operated by the Park Forest Historical Society has a new location at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 227 Monee Road. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Museum can also be shown by appoint...Read on...

Click for more info on the Historical Society!
Posted on: November 18, 2015

Christmas exhibit at 1950s Park Forest House Museum opens Dec. 2

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The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, Illinois, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, invites you to "Step Back into a 1950s Christmas!" exhibit, open December 2, 2015 through January 2, 2016. Call to confirm open hours for S...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2015

Garden Club presents a program on roses, April 14

The Garden Club of Park Forest presents a membership and guest tea event featuring a program on roses, Tuesday, April 14, beginning at noon, at St. Mary School, 227 Monee Road in Park Forest.

John Pais, founding member of the Sauk Trail Rose Society, ...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2015

CROP Hunger Walk in Park Forest, April 26

The 2015 South Suburban CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, April 26. The walk begins and ends at Trinity Lutheran Church in Park Forest. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies start at 1:35 p.m. The walk officially kicks-off at 2 p.m. ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 30, 2015

2015 Park Forest Hall of Fame class induction, April 12

Park Forest Historical Society's annual Park Forest Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sunday April 12, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Park Forest Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the general public. Inductee...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Park Forest Baseball next registration, Feb. 28

Park Forest Baseball holds its next registration Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Village Hall.

The final registration for Park Forest Baseball is:

*March 12
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

*All fees due by this date.

For more details, visit www.parkfores...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2015

Park Forest 50s Museum Valentine's exhibit, search for new location

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, Illinois, invites you to "Step Back Into a 1950s Valentines Day," from February 4 -March 4, 2015. The museum is decorated with vintage valentines and decorations. One room repr...Read on...

Posted on: December 31, 2014

Park Forest Baseball Registration

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Park Forest Baseball is now registering for the 2015 season.

Due to scheduling difficulties, the Jan. 3 registration for Park Forest Baseball has been cancelled.

Upcoming Park Forest Baseball registration dates are:

Jan. 17
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Historical Society program on Rich Township settlers, Nov. 9

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“Stories of Families Who Settled Rich Township,” with Richard Stuenkel, will be the Sunday, November 9, 2014 program of the Park Forest Historical Society, to be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Mr. Stuenkel will share...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Historical Society to host "Stories of Families Who Settled Rich Township" Nov. 9

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“Stories of Families Who Settled Rich Township,” with Richard Stuenkel, will be the Sunday, November 9, 2014 program of the Park Forest Historical Society, to be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Mr. Stuenkel will share...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Service to be held May 26 at 11 a.m.

The Park Forest American Legion will hold a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 26, beginning at 11 a.m. on the Village Green.

The Village Green is located in DownTown Park Forest, behind Village Hall, at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive....Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2014

2014 Park Forest Baseball season begins Saturday, April 12

Opening day for the 2014 season of Park Forest Baseball is Saturday, April 12.

Prior to the first pitch, players will line-up at the flag pole at Village Hall beginning at 10 a.m. in preparation for a 10:30 a.m. parade to the Central Park baseball fie...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: March 26, 2014

South Suburban Family Shelter to host Spring Boutique, April 6

South Suburban Family Shelter will be hosting its annual Spring Boutique on Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Community House of Flossmoor Community Church, 2218 Hutchison Road in Flossmoor, IL.

There will be a vari...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2014

Park Forest Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony April 6, 2014

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Park Forest Historical Society's annual Park Forest Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sunday, April 6, beginning at 3 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the public. Inductees this year wil...Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2014

Park Forest Baseball to hold final registration in March

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Park Forest Baseball will hold final registration on Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, March 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall.

Fees are:

-Shetland 4-6 years old $75

-Pinto 7-8 years old $100

-Mus...Read on...

Visit Park Forest Baseball's website!

Village of Park Forest - Administration News

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015 election results

Below are unofficial election results for the April 7, 2015 races for Park Forest village president, Park Forest trustee (3 seats available), and Park Forest Public Library trustee (2 seats available).

Results reflect votes received in Cook County, Wi...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2015

Early voting begins March 23

Early voting for the April 7, 2015 consolidate general election begins Monday, March 23.

Cook County residents may cast an early ballot here at Park Forest Village Hall from Monday, March 23 thru Saturday, April 4, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thr...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Park Forest officials oppose Local Government Distributive Fund cuts

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Dear Residents,

Many municipalities across the state are keeping a watchful eye on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal to cut 50 percent in what’s called the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF). In short, the LGDF are dollars generated lo...Read on...

Click here to contact all of your reps in 1 email!
Posted on: December 2, 2014

Petition packets available for Park Forest elections in April

Petition packets are currently available in the Manager’s Office at Village Hall for any resident wishing to run for elected office in Park Forest in the April 7, 2015 election.

On the ballot in April will be the office of the mayor and three Village t...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

What did that letter about energy mean?

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Residents participating in the Village's electric aggregation program -- a program that goes out to the energy market on behalf of residents to find the best rates -- likely received a letter in the mail this week alerting you that the contract with the s...Read on...

Click to view the bid results!

Village of Park Forest - Economic Development & Planning News

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

Show Your Pride with Park Forest Logo Merchandise

Store Flyer 071817.jpg Did you know that the Village of Park Forest has logo merchandise for sale?  All items are at cost plus tax. If interested in ordering any items, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com.  All merchandise is ava...Read on... Click here to access the order form..
Posted on: March 1, 2017

TWO WEEKS LEFT to Play the Park Forest Summertime Bingo Game!

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Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete 5 tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you'll be entered for a chance to win...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2017

2017/2018 Shopping & Services Guide is Now Available

Park Forest_2017-18 Guide FINAL Cover 1.jpg The 2017/2018 Shopping & Services Guide is now available online with active links to business websites. If you're in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com. Let's think local, buy local, and be local.....Read on... Click here to access the Guide..
Posted on: March 29, 2017

Park Forest Business Networking Mix is April 19

Networking pic.jpg There will be several interactive activities including speed networking to help you connect with as many people as possible at the event. Small give-aways will be handed out to activity winners including a $50 VISA Card for the person who brings the most ...Read on... Additional information and registration...
Posted on: March 6, 2017

2017 Spring Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

 This edition includes:

  • Mayor's Message
  • Zoellner Named Economic Development Leader of the Year
  • Women's Empowerment Session Held in Fe...
Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter.
Posted on: February 10, 2017

Park Forest's Zoellner lands Economic Development Leader of the Year Award

Park Forest Assistant Economic Development Director Sandra Zoellner is the South Suburban Small Business Association’s Economic Development Leader of the Year. Zoellner received the award at the 15th Annual Summit Awards at Idlewild Country Clu...Read on...
Posted on: December 30, 2016

Women's Empowerment Event: GO FOR IT!

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Are you feeling that life is full of opportunities and possibilities, but somehow you can never figure out how to tap into them? If so, then this is the session for you! Learn how to determine your dreams, define your moments to help you achieve your dr...Read on...

Check YouTube for additional details
Posted on: December 21, 2016

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Connection is January 18

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Alternate Funding Sources: Crowdfunding and What's It's All About" will be presented by Elliot Richardson, CEO, ...Read on...

Register here.
Posted on: September 30, 2016

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 31

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made ...Read on...

2016 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form
Posted on: September 28, 2016

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Connection is October 5

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, October 5 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Developing the Leader Within You" will be presented by Lee Ann Piano, owner of Fine Tuning For Success.

This...Read on...

Register here.
Posted on: July 11, 2016

2016/2017 Shopping & Services Guide is Now Available

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The annual Shopping & Services Guide is available online with active links to business websites. If you're in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com.

Let's think local, buy local, and be local..shop...Read on...

Click here to access the Guide..
Posted on: February 19, 2016

2016 Spring Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Jones Named 2015 Sam Montella Business Person of the Year• State Senator Hastings...The S...Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter.
Posted on: February 17, 2016

Park Forest Business Networking Mix is April 28

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This free event includes a complementary breakfast buffet. There will be several interactive activities including speed networking to help you connect with as many people as possible at the event.

Small give-aways will be handed out to activity winne...Read on...

Additional information and registration...
Posted on: December 17, 2015

Jones receives Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award

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Yvette Jones is Park Forest’s Business Person of the Year for 2015.

Jones was presented the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award at Village Hall during Park Forest’s Board of Trustees meeting on December 14.

The annual award, sponsored b...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2015

Gladstone, Warner named Good Egg Awardees for 2015

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is pleased to announce that Georgette Gladstone and Caleb Warner of Park Forest are the recipients of the 2015 Good Egg Award.

Georgette's nominator states that she was both the cheerleader and conscience o...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2015

SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Announces October & November Class Schedule

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SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest has announced their October and November class schedule. All classes will be held at 210 Forest Boulevard. The class cost is $10.00.

For registration information and/or general questions, please call (708) 283-5020. ...Read on...

Class Schedule
Posted on: October 1, 2015

Nominate Your Favorite Business Person of the Year by October 30

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made ...Read on...

2015 Business Person of the Year Nomination Form
Posted on: September 25, 2015

2015 Fall/Winter Edition of Park Forest Business News

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This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Do You Have a Business Succession Plan in Place?• Business Person of the Year Nomination ...Read on...

Click here for the full newsletter.
Posted on: September 3, 2015

Next Quarterly Park Forest Business Breakfast is September 23

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Please join us for our next quarterly business breakfast to be held on Wednesday, September 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The topic "Creative Marketing Solutions on a Budget" will be presented by Jennifer M. Murray, Murray & Associates, In...Read on...

Additional information and registration...
Posted on: September 2, 2015

Foster's Kennel Celebrates Grand Opening

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Join us as we celebrate Foster's Kennel grand opening on Saturday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They are located at 2348 Western Avenue in Park Forest. (708) 748-0022.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 11:45 a.m.

Foster's Kennel is...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Best of Chicago’s Southland

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Eleven of the annual Best in Chicago’s Southland East Region winners were Park Forest businesses! For the last 15 years, the Chicago Tribune (formerly Southtown Star) polls their readers asking them for their favorite places to shop, eat, etc. in 60 diff...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2015

Pass the Word...Manufacturing Employment Event on August 28 in Park Forest

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There will be a manufacturing employment pre-screening event on Friday, August 28 from 11AM to 3PM at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall located at 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest.

There are over 80 positions available in the Southland. Please b...Read on...

Event Details
Posted on: August 27, 2015

SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Announces September Class Schedule

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SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest has announced their September class schedule. All classes will be held at 210 Forest Boulevard. The class cost is $10.00.

For registration information and/or general questions, please call (708) 283-5020. You can al...Read on...

September Class Schedule
Posted on: August 4, 2015

Park Forest makerlab wins grant for second straight year

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest was among the grant recipients for the second year in a row. The recipients repre...Read on...

Click to read the full press release from the SBA!
Posted on: August 27, 2015

2015/2016 Shopping & Services Guide is Now Available

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The annual Shopping & Services Guide is available online with active links to business websites. If you're in need of a hard copy, please contact Monica DeLord at (708) 283-5617 or mdelord@vopf.com.

Let's think local and buy local..shop Park Fores...Read on...

Click here to access the Guide..
Posted on: June 30, 2015

5th Annual Midsummer Madness is Wednesday, July 15

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On Wednesday, July 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Village of Park Forest’s Economic Development and Planning Department will hold its annual Midsummer Madness event in the Village’s DownTown.

How It Works:
Register at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall...Read on...

Pre-register Now!
Posted on: June 16, 2015

2015 Spring/Summer Edition of Park Forest Business News

This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Village Earns 3-STAR Community Rating• SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest Opens May 6
• ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2015

Grand Opening Ceremony for SouthWorks MakerLab on May 6

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The grand opening celebration for SouthWorks MakerLab starts at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, on Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will start with a screening of Maker: The Movie, followed by comments from Mayor Ostenburg, Mollie Dow...Read on...

Click here to register for event.
Posted on: March 5, 2015

Johny's Restaurant Opens in DownTown Park Forest

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Johny's Restaurant opens their second location in DownTown Park Forest. They're located at 347 Liberty Drive (next to the Theater). (708) 481-1175 Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Their offerings include gyros...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Black History Month Program, Feb. 21

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The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations presents a Black History Month program celebrating African-American investors on Saturday, Feb. 21, beginning at 2 p.m., at Freedom Hall. A special, live painting by talented artists will be conducted as part...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2015

2015 Winter/Spring Edition of Park Forest Business News

This newsletter was brought to you by the Village of Park Forest Economic Development & Planning Department.

This edition includes:

• Mayor’s Message
• Bree Breedlove Named Business Person of the Year• Advertising Deadline is March 3
• Jan...Read on...

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Posted on: December 3, 2014

Breedlove named Business Person of the Year

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Bree Breedlove of State Farm Insurance is Park Forest's Business Person of the Year for 2014.

Breedlove received eight nominations from the Park Forest community to secure the award.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) member Phi...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Nominate a Business Person of the Year

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a...Read on...

Download the nomination form now!
Posted on: October 17, 2014

Oct. 29 public meeting on Illinois Enterprise Zone

A public meeting will be held regarding the creation of an Illinois Enterprise Zone – to be named the Will-Cook Enterprise Zone – with discussion of local plans, tax incentives, and other programs established in relation to the Zone. The proposed zone wou...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2014

Park Forest one of 50 to win Growth Accelerator Fund competition

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The acceler...Read on...

Click to watch Park Forest's pitch video!

Village of Park Forest - Finance News

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Vehicle stickers on sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2017-18 year go on sale March 1. Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online by visiting villageofparkforest.com. Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Vi...Read on...
Posted on: August 13, 2015

Village lands 19th consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award

The Village of Park Forest was recently notified that its audit – also known as the Certified Annual Financial Report – for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 has been recognized to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the I...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Vehicle stickers go on sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2015-2016 year go on sale March 1. Vehicle stickers must be displayed prior to May 1 on all vehicles registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address, even if that vehicle is not located in Park Forest....Read on...

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Posted on: November 26, 2014

Notice of proposed property tax levy

I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy for the Village of Park Forest shall be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, Board Room, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, Illinois.

Any person desiring to appear at t...Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2014

Epay site to be down 60-90 days

Due to circumstances beyond the Village’s control, online bill pay of water bills will be unavailable for approximately 60 - 90 days. Residents have the following options for bill pay: in person at Village Hall, by check via mail or by dropping it in the ...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

Park Forest Finance Director lands CFO of the Year honor

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Park Forest Finance Director Mary Dankowski has been awarded the 2014 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Year Award by the Daily Herald.

Dankowski is one of twelve to receive the CFO of the Year Award but one of only two representing government organ...Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2014

Proposed budget to be presented, discussed at June meetings

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Numerous meetings – totaling over 14 hours – have taken place over the past month between the Village Board and Village Department Heads in preparation for the 2014-2015 budget. Department Heads have presented to the Board a summary of last fiscal year's ...Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2014

Vehicle sticker sales begin March 3

Sales of the 2014-2015 Park Forest vehicle sticker begin March 3.

Park Forest vehicle stickers must be displayed on every vehicle registered in the Village of Park Forest before April 30, even if the vehicle is not located in the Village, to avoid late...Read on...

Purchase your sticker online!

Village of Park Forest - Fire News

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Park Forest first responders mull crisis preparedness with tabletop exercise

A host of area first responders took part in a tabletop exercise at Park Forest’s Freedom Hall Wednesday morning to discuss best practices in response to crisis situations. The three-hour-long meeting led by Deputy Chief Christopher Ma...

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Posted on: October 3, 2016

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15

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“Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” is the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, taking place Oct. 9-15. The focus on smoke alarm replacement is aimed at those who don’t know how old their smoke alarms...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Saving lives in today's home fires

If you are building a new home, have you ever stopped to think about how safe it would be in the event of a fire? If your home doesn't include fire sprinklers, the answer is simple: it's not safe enough.

Due to the construction and open designs of toda...Read on...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Fire Department to take part in Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10) with special events

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Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide...Read on...

Click for more info on Fire Prevention Week events
Posted on: July 2, 2015

Park Forest Fire Department warns about the dangers of heatstroke

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Heatstroke is the No. 1 killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Park Forest Fire Department has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to attempt to ...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Park Forest Fire Department to hold events for Fire Prevention Week

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Join the Park Forest Fire Department for the following activities being held in recognition of Fire Prevention Week!

On Thursday, October 9 the Park Forest Fire Department will hold the annual silent twilight parade. This is the 34th year for this even...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2014

Fire Department to hold car seat check on September 20

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The Park Forest Fire Department will hold a car seat check on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Fire Station. The event is free.

The Park Forest Fire Station is located at 156 Lakewood Blvd.

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Tilley named Firefighter of the Year, others honored at Fire Department Awards Ceremony

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Captain William Tilley is Park Forest’s Firefighter of the Year.

The 41-year Park Forest resident was recognized during the Fire Department’s Annual Recognition and Awards Ceremony at Village Hall on Monday, August 18.

Standing before a packed ro...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2014

Park Forest Fire Department's babysitter/latchkey class begins July 28

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The Park Forest Fire Department’s babysitter/latchkey class teaches teenaged babysitters, and children who stay home alone, how to handle most emergency situations they may be confronted with.

First aid, infant CPR, fire safety, personal security, seve...Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Park Forest Fire Department to hold car seat check on July 9

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The Park Forest Fire Department will hold a car seat check this Wednesday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free. Click below to download the flier for more details, and be sure to call to schedule your appointment.Read on...

View the flier!
Posted on: July 3, 2014

Fire and Police Departments remind residents about fireworks in Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest is encouraging all residents to enjoy a happy and safe July 4th holiday by refraining from using fireworks.

Park Forest Fire Chief Bruce Ziegle says to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

“Most fireworks are illeg...Read on...

Posted on: June 23, 2014

Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 23 - June 27

There are an estimated 23 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year in the United States, nearly 800,000 of which occur in Illinois alone. Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous – it is the underrated killer. F...Read on...

Learn more about lightning safety awareness!
Posted on: May 8, 2014

Fire Dept. to hold free car seat safety check July 9

Click below to view the flyer for the event!

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Posted on: March 18, 2014

Park Forest Fire Department lands Small Tool Grant Program funds

The Park Forest Fire Department has been selected to receive a grant from the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office in the amount of $22,005 to assist in the purchase of new high-tech portable radios for firefighters.

The funds were awarded through th...Read on...

Posted on: December 3, 2013

Park Forest Fire Chief joins chief's energy challenge

Park Forest announced today it has signed on to take the Chief’s Energy Challenge, a nationwide program for fire departments to reduce their energy use. Participants commit to reducing energy use by 10 percent in the first year and 20 percent by year thre...Read on...


Village of Park Forest - Health News

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Health Department to celebrate 65 years with April 25 open house

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will celebrate its 65th year anniversary with an open house on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will celebrate the history and accomplishments of the department over the years, and will high...

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Men's Health Screening, June 8

Rich Township services, in collaboration with Park Forest Health Department, is again sponsoring its annual Health Screening Clinic.

The event takes place:

June 8 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Park Forest Health Department 350 Victory Drive Park Forest, IL...Read on... View the flyer
Posted on: February 6, 2017

Mature Women's Health Screening, May 18

The Park Forest Health Department will hold a Mature Women's Health Screening on Thursday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Screening tests include:

Pap test Lipid (Cholesterol) and Glucose (fast 9-12 hours) Stool Occult Blood screening w/Instru...Read on... View the flyer

Posted on: January 30, 2017

Health Dept. seeking donations for April Food Day

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The Park Forest Health Department is asking for the community’s support in an annual effort sponsored by the United Way.

The United Way’s April Food Day is a push to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing the community together...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Forum on health care in the south suburbs, March 18

Join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for a forum on health care delivery in the south suburbs. As the debate over health care continues nationally, the quality of life in every community across the country is significantly impacte...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Health forum on stress set for Oct. 20

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A hands-on, community seminar for understanding how to minimize signs of stress takes place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Board Room of Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Scheduled speakers at the event include Felec...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Upcoming info sessions for seniors, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE, SEPT. 15

A program aimed to educate seniors on planning for the future will be held on Sept. 15, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Speakers from the Legal Assistance Foundation ...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2016

Senior Fair, May 6

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The Rich Township Senior Fair is an annual fair that brings information to area seniors on a large number of available services, including transportation, recreation, restaurants, health care, and legal. In 2015, the Senior Fair was held in a new venue, ...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Community Safety Presentation, March 3

A community safety presentation will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event features speakers from the Park Forest Fire Department, the Park Forest Police Department, and the South Suburban Fa...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2015

Cook County resident feedback needed for community health survey

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus and the Health Impact Collaborative of Cook County are currently conducting an important community survey initiative.

Cook County residents over the age of 18 are asked to complete this important survey to...Read on...

Click to complete the survey online now!
Posted on: October 16, 2015

Health Dept. seeks resident participation for focus groups, Nov. 12

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus is asking for participation from residents for a November 12 focus group workshop at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event will allow the Park Forest Health Department Nurse Plus to obtain valua...Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2015

Nurses Plus named Best of Chicago’s Southland in Home Health

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Eleven of the annual Best in Chicago’s Southland East Region winners were Park Forest businesses! For the last 15 years, the Chicago Tribune (formerly Southtown Star) polls their readers asking them for their favorite places to shop, eat, etc. in 60 diff...Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2015

Community Transportation Service Seminar, August 6

The Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission will sponsor a Community Transportation Service Seminar on Thursday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, in Park Forest's DownTown.

The event will provide information about tran...Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2015

Senior Fair, May 15

The Rich Township Senior Fair will be held on Friday, May 15 at the Richton Park Community Center, 4445 Sauk Trail, in Richton Park. Estate planning, medicare, social security and many other local health and senior service vendors will be on hand. Reduced...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Village looks to improve community health & wellness with smoke-free housing

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Everyone deserves to breathe clean air. And in 2007, to protect the residents of Cook County and the State of Illinois from the dangers of second-hand smoke, two laws went into effect: the Cook County Clean Indoor Act of 2007 and the Smoke Free Illinois A...Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2015

Health Dept. aims to donate 300 pounds of food by April 1

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Last year, the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus served as one of several drop-off locations for food donations as part of the United Way’s April Food Day initiative.

April Food Day is an event to promote awareness of food pantries by bringi...Read on...

Watch a video on donating food at the Health Dept!
Posted on: March 3, 2015

Prostate & Testicular Cancer Screening, March 13

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White Crain’s Wellness Nurse and the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will present life-saving information on prostate and testicular cancer. This interactive workshop will also offer a free prostate (PSA blood test) screening for men over the ag...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2015

Free Hearing Screenings at Health Department

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold a free hearing screening on Thursday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Due to limited space, residents are encouraged to call early to schedule an appointment.

To schedule your appointment...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Have You Gotten Your Flu Vaccine Yet?

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It seems that every place you go to nowadays is offering to give flu shots. Why is there such an emphasis on getting a flu shot? What are the benefits? What are the risks if you don’t get your flu shot?

Influenza is one of the most common respiratory ...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Health Insurance Theft, Identify Theft Seminar, Dec. 4

The Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission will host an event on health insurance theft and identify theft Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Health Insurance theft is a rising occurrence that may aren't awa...Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2014

Health Department to host info session on Ebola virus, Nov. 17

The Park Forest Health Department will host an information session on the Ebola virus Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.

Learn how you can protect yourself against the virus and what the latest news is on...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2014

Farmers' Market update

Park Forest thanks all of the vendors and supporters of the Park Forest Farmers' Market for another great season!

The 42nd Annual Park Forest Farmers' Market is scheduled to start on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Any prospective...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Health Department announces date for 2015 Senior Fair

SAVE THE DATE!

The 2015 Rich Township Senior Fair will be held on Friday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Location is yet to be determined.

More information will be available in the coming months.

Posted on: October 15, 2014

Health Department Director addresses Ebola virus

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Recently there have been multiple reports in the news about a new viral infection which started in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Between March 24th 2014 to September 23rd, 2014 close to 6600 cases emerged in the above men...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

School physicals to be offered this summer

The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold school physicals for children on the following dates this summer:

July 11
July 19July 25
August 8August 9
August 15August 23

* Times vary. Appointments required. Call for an appointme...Read on...

Download the flyer!
Posted on: May 20, 2014

Health Department to take part in National Senior Health & Fitness Day event, May 28

In celebration of National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 28, the Village of Park Forest will co-sponsor an event at Village Hall from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event will feature:
Health ScreeningsRaffles
RefreshmentsSenior Workouts
Speak...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2014

Senior Fair to be held May 9

The 2014 Rich Township Senior Fair takes place on Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The free to attend fair features more than 25 businesses, organizations and services. Area seniors are encouraged to attend to gather information and to talk with ex...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2014

41st Annual Park Forest Farmers' Market opens Saturday

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The Market opens for its 41st season on Saturday, May 3. The Market runs through October with extended operating hours this year from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Since 1974, the Park Forest Farmers’ Market has been connecting area residents with local farmers, ...Read on...

Watch the video!

Village of Park Forest - Police News

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

P.A.A.C. program registering now

The Park Forest Police Department’s summer youth program, celebrating 20 years this year, is registering now. The Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, beginning held June 10 ...Read on...
Posted on: January 9, 2017

Police Honors Ceremony set for Jan. 14

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The Park Forest Police Department will hold its annual Honors Ceremony on Saturday, January 14 at 9 a.m. at Freedom Hall.

During this ceremony, the Park Forest Police Department will honor and recognize Police Department personnel members along with area r...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Park Forest first responders mull crisis preparedness with tabletop exercise

A host of area first responders took part in a tabletop exercise at Park Forest’s Freedom Hall Wednesday morning to discuss best practices in response to crisis situations.

The three-hour-long meeting led by Deputy Chief Christopher Mann...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Suspect arrested in connection with recent home invasions

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In recent weeks, the Park Forest Police Department have alerted the public to four reports of a male suspect forcing entry into the homes of women there alone, battering and tying them up, and leaving with valuables. Similar incidents were reported on Jac...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Community Alert

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Police in Park Forest are investigating several home invasions that have occurred in recent weeks. The crimes could potentially be linked, police say.

Park Forest Police Chief Pete Green today alerted residents of two more recent incidents via a pre-r...Read on...

View the previous community alert
Posted on: October 28, 2016

Community Alert

On the evening of October 27, 2016 around 6 p.m., a woman was confronted by a man armed with a knife who entered through the unlocked back door of her home in the West Lincolnwood neighborhood. The man tied up and battered the victim and stole items befor...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Police Department's summer youth program registering now, starts June 13

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The Park Forest Police Department's summer youth program is registering now.

The Park Forest Police Department’s Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, being held this year June 13 to ...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2016

Super Hero Fun Run & Walk to benefit Officer Tim Jones, May 28

Break out your super hero costumes and take part in a run/walk event on Saturday, May 28, inspired by and benefiting Park Forest’s own super hero, Officer Tim Jones. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall.

The run is a non-timed, fun ...Read on...

Create your account & register!
Posted on: May 24, 2016

Statement regarding Rich Court incident

The Park Forest Police Department has released the following statement regarding this morning's incident that took place on Rich Court in Park Forest:

Regarding this morning's incident on Rich Court in Park Forest, the FBI has made the following state...Read on...

Read the FBI's press release on the incident
Posted on: April 27, 2016

Drug Take-Back at Park Forest Police Department, April 30

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Drop off your unused medications at the Park Forest Police Department on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for safe disposal. Help prevent medications from being accidental ingested, abuses, and disposed of in unsafe ways.

All medications acc...Read on...

Posted on: March 19, 2016

Police-involved shooting leaves suspect dead, officer wounded

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On March 19, 2016, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Park Forest Police were on scene at a vacant residence on the 300 block of Neola St. investigating a break-in to the structure and a stolen vehicle found at that location. When it was learned that a person wa...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

Community Alert: Police investigating string of robberies along Western Avenue

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The Park Forest Police Department is actively investigating three separate incidents that occurred between January 30 and February 9, 2016 where a lone female resident of a multi-family housing area on the Western Avenue corridor was robbed or attempted t...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2016

Park Forest Police search for bank robbery suspect

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The Park Forest Police Department and the FBI are investigating the robbery of First Midwest Bank located at 2 Main St., Park Forest, on February 8, 2016 at approximately 4 p.m. A black male believed to be in his 20s entered the bank and demanded money a...Read on...

Posted on: January 19, 2016

Police Dept. Honors Ceremony, Jan. 23

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The Park Forest Police Department will hold its annual Honors Ceremony on Saturday, January 23 at 9 a.m. at Freedom Hall.

During this ceremony, the Park Forest Police Department will honor and recognize Police Department personnel members along with...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2016

Police search for clues in case of woman last seen Jan. 3

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The Park Forest Police Department has concern about the whereabouts of a 31-year-old resident who has not been seen or heard from since late Sunday evening. On January 5, 2016, Brenda Jackson, of the 200 block of Arcadia St. in Park Forest, was reported m...Read on...

Posted on: January 5, 2016

Join a discussion with Police Chief Pete Green at the Park Forest Public Library, Jan.9

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A new speaker series titled Our Village Circle kicks-off at the Park Forest Public Library this Saturday, January 9 at 1 p.m. This new series features notable names in Park Forest leading conversation over light refreshments. This month’s featured speak...Read on...

Click to download the flyer!
Posted on: December 16, 2015

Community Alert | Residential Break-ins

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In the past five weeks, there have been nine Residential Burglaries reported in the multi-family areas of Park Forest. These incidents occurred throughout the co-operative areas and Central Park Townhomes. Most of these incidents occurred on weekdays, in...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2015

Police taking part in toy drive, donations accepted through Dec. 21

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The Park Forest Police Department is proud to again be taking part in a toy drive to benefit needy children this holiday season through the Toys for Tots charity.

Interested residents should drop off their unwrapped gifts at the Park Forest Police Depa...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Missing Park Forest senior located

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UPDATE: Pauline Patton has been located and is back with her family. (9/24/15)

Police in Park Forest are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing elderly woman. Pauline Patton, 79, walked away from her residence on Antietam Street in...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2015

Police searching for missing senior, asking for public's help

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Police in Park Forest are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing senior woman. Pauline Patton, 79, walked away from her residence on Antietam Street in Park Forest where she resides with her daughter. Patton was last seen on Sept. 22, 2015 a...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Police station to be drop-off site for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 26

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The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-off unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs and/ or other medications at the Park Forest Police Depart...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Police investigating fatal shooting

The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the evening hours of Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

At approximately 9:10 p.m., Park Forest Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Allegheny St. in reference to a sho...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2015

Police investigating report of missing woman

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The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a report of a missing person.

Jerrica Laws, also known as “Ric- Ric”, was last seen walking in the 200 block of Lee Street in Park Forest on Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Laws was reported missing by f...Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2015

Two dead, one injured in single-car crash on Algonquin Street

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a Park Forest Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving southbound on Western Avenue at a high rate of speed. Prior to the officer being able to turn around and stop the speeding vehicle...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2015

Close to 20 vehicles burglarized in recent rash of break-ins

The Park Forest Police Department today issued a community alert after close to 20 vehicles -- mostly unlocked -- were burglarized in town. Residents are encouraged to call 911 if they see or hear anything suspicious and are reminded to always lock their...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Police youth program accepting applications, begins June 15

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The Park Forest Police Athletics and Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) program is a summer youth program supervised by Park Forest Police and adult leaders from the community. The program provides area youth ages 10 to 15 with structured activities that build ...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2015

Park Forest Police plan to conduct roadside safety check Sunday night

The Park Forest Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Will County during the hours of 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, until 2 a.m. on Monday, March 23. The RSC will be held along Western Avenue, north of Sycamore Drive.

The Park...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2015

Meet the Park Forest Police Department's new chief and deputy chief

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Pete Green (pictured left), a 25-year veteran of the Park Forest Police Department, was named Park Forest’s new police chief earlier this month. Green succeeds former Police Chief Cliff Butz who retired from the department.

Green holds a masters degr...Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Community Alert

The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a suspicious circumstance that occurred this morning, Feb. 6. 2015, at around 7:30 a.m. when a junior high school student walking to school on Wilshire St. near Wilson St. reported that a man in a vehicle...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2014

Community Alert

On September 16 at approximately 5 p.m., a teen-aged female juvenile reported that as she was walking on Gentry St. from Indiana St., a male walking past her in the opposite direction had his genitals exposed while touching himself. There was no conversat...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2014

Park Forest Police take part in ALS Challenge

Park Forest Police Department Deputy Chief Pete Green challenged fellow police chiefs and commanders of the Department to participate in the ALS Icebucket Challenge. All agreed but had no idea what they were in for.

Deputy Chief Green has now ch...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2014

Tip leads to arrest of man for involuntary sexual servitude

A Park Forest Police Department and FBI joint investigation has led to two counts of Involuntary Sexual Servitude of a Minor being filed against a 30-year-old Park Forest man.

On Monday August 11, 2014, Park Forest Police acted on a lead regarding a mi...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Park Forest Police make arrest in groping incidents

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The Park Forest Police Department has made an arrest in a series of groping cases that begin in March in Park Forest and two other neighboring communities.

A press conference was held Monday regarding the arrest.

Click below to see the full statemen...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2014

Fire and Police Departments remind residents about fireworks in Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest is encouraging all residents to enjoy a happy and safe July 4th holiday by refraining from using fireworks.

Park Forest Fire Chief Bruce Ziegle says to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

“Most fireworks are illeg...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Community Alert

On Sunday, June 22, 2014 at approximately 10:49 p.m., the Park Forest Police Department responded to a woman who had been accosted by a male subject in the 300 block of Gettysburg Street. The woman, who had been walking her dog in the neighborhood, was ap...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Park Forest Police to conduct checkpoints May 9 - 26

The Park Forest Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to increase seatbelt usage and reduce the number of injury crashes over the Memorial Day holiday.

From May 9 to May...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

Police departments issue joint community alert

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Three area police departments are issuing a joint Community Alert after a series of attacks on women in recent months. In the latest attack this morning, a woman was sexually assaulted in the area of Old Plank Trail and Homan Street in Matteson near the M...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2014

Prescription Drug Take-back Day, April 26

On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Park Forest Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will sponsor a Prescription Drug Take-back Day at Park Forest Police Department, 200 Lakewood Blvd, Park Forest, IL.

The ev...Read on...

Posted on: April 11, 2014

Reward now offered for information leading to arrest, charges of man in groping cases

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The Park Forest Police Department continues to investigate a series of incidents in which young girls were approached by a male subject at times holding a knife. The offender robbed one of the victims in one incident while in the others groped the victims...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2014

Police continue search for man following fourth recent incident targeting teen girls walking alone

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at approximately 8:40 a.m., Park Forest Police were dispatched to Forest Trail Middle School after receiving a call that a 13-year-old female student was approached while walking to school in the 300 block of Windsor Street by...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2014

Man wanted in March attacks may be responsible for Monday incident

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Community Alert update from the Park Forest Police Department

A man wanted in connection with the groping of two women in separate incidents last month may be responsible for a similar attack that occurred Monday.

Around 5:40 p.m. on Monday, Mar...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2014

Man arrested in one of three incidents that targeted women

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On Monday, March 20, the Park Forest Police responded to the report of a man wearing only boots and a skull cap, but otherwise naked, who battered a woman in a sexual manner while she was walking near Shabbona Park. Police issued a community alert, puttin...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2014

Community Alert Update

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As the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Division continues to investigate three incidents last week where women walking alone were battered by a stranger, one of whom was also robbed at knifepoint, the Police Department continues to ask the pu...Read on...


Village of Park Forest - Public Works - 2016-17 Infrastructure Improvement Project

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Posted on: March 2, 2017

Temporary water outage on Friday, March 3

On Friday, March 3, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., residents on the following streets may experience a disruption in water service due to water main replacement work happening in their area:

Apple Lester Road Monee Road Oak Lane Oakwood Onarga Osage Osw...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents east of Western Avenue from Chestnut to the railroad tracks

A CodeRed alert was issued this afternoon for residents in the area of: Western Avenue from Chestnut Street to the railroad tracks, and along 26th Street in the Ash Street Cooperatives and in the Eastgate neighborhood. The message to residents was as foll...Read on... Not receiving CodeRed alerts? Click to sign-up!
Posted on: October 13, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents on Douglas, Indiana, Illinois and Springfield

A CodeRed alert was issued this afternoon for residents in the area of:

Douglas from Indiana to Illinois
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Indiana from Douglas to Springfield

The message to residents was ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents on Sauk Trail, Indianwood, Blackhawk & Suwanee

A CodeRed alert was issued this afternoon for residents in the area of: Sauk Trail from Indianwood Boulevard to Blackhawk Drive, Blackhawk Drive from Sauk Trail to Indianwood Boulevard, along with Suwanee Street.

The message to residents was as follows...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents near Somonauk Park

A CodeRed alert was issued for a small portion of Park Forest early this afternoon in the area of Central Park Avenue, Nauvoo Street, and Blackhawk Drive near Somonauk Park. The message to residents was as follows:

On Friday, October 14, residents may...Read on...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Work to cause street closures, water disruption on Oct. 6

UPDATE (10/6/2016 1:22 p.m.): Water service has been restored.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Department of Public Works will perform a major water main repair at the corner of Park Street and Westwood Drive. Both Park Street and Westwood Drive will be ...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2016

Construction updates for Waverly, Mohawk, Suwanee, and other streets

Austin Tyler began water main installation along Waverly Street Wednesday.

Mohawk Street, Suwanee Street, Minocqua Street (from Blackhawk to Marquette) will have water main installed in the near future.

Residents will experience a short disruption o...Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Water on Waverly to be temporarily disrupted Wednesday

Residents in the area of Waverly Street and Waverly Court will be without water from approximately 9 a.m to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Crews will be replacing water main in that area, weather permitting.

After water service has been restored, ...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2016

Construction set to begin Aug. 22

Construction set to begin Aug. 22 as part of a year-long project to improve the infrastructure of the Village of Park Forest.


Village of Park Forest - Public Works News

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Hydrant flushing begins May 1

The Department of Public Works will conduct hydrant flushing from May 1 to May 31, beginning at 9 a.m., weekdays only. No flushing will be done on the weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, yo...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2017

Resident near S. Orchard and Osage to experience water disruption Tuesday

Residents in the area of South Orchard Drive and Osage Street in Park Forest will be without water service on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., due to water main replacement. As a result of this temporary disruption in service, residents in the i...

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Water service interrupted on Ash Street Monday due to main replacement

Park Forest residents in the Ash Street Cooperatives will be without water service until 5 p.m. as crews install new water main in the area. As a result of this temporary disruption in service, residents in the impacted area may experience water discolor...Read on...
Posted on: April 14, 2017

Precautionary boil advisory issued has now expired

The precautionary boil advisory has been canceled for residents in the impacted areas announced Wednesday. 

For questions, please call 708-503-7702. 
Posted on: April 12, 2017

Update on precautionary boil advisory

A precautionary boil advisory remains in effect for residents near the area of Fir Street and Forest Boulevard, which includes multi-family cooperative units, senior living centers, and downtown businesses. This precautionary boil advisory will remain in...Read on...
Posted on: April 11, 2017

Precautionary boil advisory to be issued for area near Fir and Forest, April 12

The Park Forest Public Works Department is issuing a precautionary boil advisory in the area of Fir Street and Forest Boulevard for Wednesday, April 12, beginning at approximately 1 p.m. and remaining in place through -- at earliest&...

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Public Works, construction updates for Week of April 10

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Numerous projects are currently taking place throughout Park Forest. Residents in several areas impacted by construction should be aware of the following:

  • Crews could potentially work on Saturdays but generally do not.  
  • Water service will not be...
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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Construction to prevent parking on several streets beginning April 11

Beginning Tuesday, April 11, and lasting until approximately April 26 (weather dependent) no parking will be allowed on the following roads between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. due to construction: Sherman, Chase, Hamlin, Homan (east of Indiana) Waverly, Suwanee, M...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Temporary water outage on April 3 near Illinois School

On Monday, April 3, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., residents on the following streets may experience a disruption in water service due to water main replacement work happening in their area: Illinois Street (near Illinois School) Sandburg Street (between Il...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House, April 27

The Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House is scheduled for the following date, location and times. Thursday, April 27, 2017Joliet Area Historical MuseumCaterpillar Auditorium (lower level)204 North Ottawa StreetJoliet, IL 60432 Official...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House, April 27

The Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House is scheduled for the following date, location and times. Thursday, April 27, 2017Joliet Area Historical MuseumCaterpillar Auditorium (lower level)204 North Ottawa StreetJoliet, IL 60432 Official...

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Posted on: March 2, 2017

Temporary water outage on Friday, March 3

On Friday, March 3, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., residents on the following streets may experience a disruption in water service due to water main replacement work happening in their area:

Apple Lester Road Monee Road Oak Lane Oakwood Onarga Osage Osw...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Final street sweeping of 2016 begins Monday

Street sweeping in Park Forest begins Monday, Nov. 21, and lasts approximately 10 days. The street sweeper normally begins in the north part of Park Forest and continues south. The number of streets cleaned each day depends on the amount of leaves and/o...Read on... Click for more on street sweeping in Park Forest
Posted on: October 14, 2016

Street sweeping begins Monday, Oct. 17

Street sweeping in Park Forest begins Monday, Oct. 17, and lasts approximately 10 days.

The street sweeper normally begins in the north part of Park Forest and continues south. The number of streets cleaned each day depends on the amount of leaves and...Read on...

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Posted on: October 13, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents near Somonauk Park

A CodeRed alert was issued for a small portion of Park Forest early this afternoon in the area of Central Park Avenue, Nauvoo Street, and Blackhawk Drive near Somonauk Park. The message to residents was as follows:

On Friday, October 14, residents may...Read on...

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

Hydrant flushing begins April 20

Hydrant flushing begins on April 20 and will continue through Memorial Day.

Flushing begins at 9 a.m., on weekdays only. No flushing will take place on weekends.

Hydrants are flushed to remove rust and sediment from the water system. During hydran...Read on...

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Posted on: January 5, 2015

Be prepared for the cold

Last Tuesday, the Public Works Department received its first frozen water line report of the season. Public Works was able to thaw the water line and restore service to the resident.

Due to low temperatures, the potential for freezing pipes is there ...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2014

Water Main Project Public Notice

PUBLIC COMMENT NOTICE

IEPA FUNDING OF WATER MAIN IMPROVEMENTS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS

VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS

1. Purpose of the Project. The purpose of this Project is to install approximately 22,000 lineal feet of new water main i...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Last yard waste collection of 2014 is Nov. 25

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The final yard waste pick-up day of 2014 is November 25. Be sure to stop in to Village Hall, prior to November 25, to pick-up your yard waste bags and stickers, and round out your seasonal clean-up of fallen leaves and other yard waste before winter!

L...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2014

Construction to impact Village Hall traffic flow

An on-going construction project on Victory Drive continues next week with major work taking place just outside of Village Hall. For Tuesday only, parking will be moved to the west side of Village Hall. The pavement will be rough but walkable. Resident...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2014

Storm clean-up completed

The Department of Public Works recently completed a lengthy clean-up process following a powerful storm that hit Park Forest earlier this summer.

Crews collected debris – in some areas several times – brought to the curb by residents throughout town.
...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Storm clean-up continues

The Department of Public Works this week continues its efforts to clear debris left behind from a powerful storm that caused major damage earlier this month.

Crews are currently moving through the Lincolnwood neighborhood and will then continue work o...Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2014

Metra parking in Park Forest to increase July 1

Metra commuter lot parking rates in Park Forest increase July 1 from $1 per day to $1.25 per day. Users of the stations at 211th & North Street are advised.

Posted on: April 15, 2014

Water Quality Report for Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013 now available

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To view the Water Quality Report for Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013 click on the link below.

View the Water Quality Report
Posted on: April 10, 2014

Public Works meeting with residents impacted by pilot project set for April 15; attendance critical

The Department of Public Works will hold a special meeting Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 6 p.m., at Village Hall for residents impacted by a water main restoration pilot project expected to begin in the coming months.

The upcoming project, Cured In P...Read on...

CIPP Project Details
Posted on: February 19, 2014

Frozen underground pipes leaving some without water

Officials in Park Forest are aware of several homes in town that have no water service due to frozen pipes -- a problem that has no quick and easy solution. Many other towns throughout the region are hearing similar reports, and numbers may continue to go...Read on...

Watch coverage of this issue by Fox Chicago!

Village of Park Forest - Recreation and Parks News

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Recs and Parks responds to inquiries on black-spotted leaves

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Large, unsightly, black spots on maple trees have become quite noticeable in Park Forest during the past several weeks. Park Forest's Recreation and Parks Department has received many calls from residents inquiring about them.

Village Arborist Todd Can...Read on...


Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

May 6 recycle events available to Park Forest residents

Two upcoming events offer an opportunity to Park Forest residents looking to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics. See below for full details on each. 

Will County Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Drop-Off Event On Sat...Read on...
Posted on: December 13, 2016

Deadline for residents to order free rain barrels, Dec. 19

Since Park Forest first alerted residents several months ago to an opportunity to order free rain barrels, close to 350 have placed orders. For residents who have not placed orders but are interested in taking advantage of this free rain barrel program, s...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Final gardening course of the year, Oct. 22

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission concludes for the season on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Have you ever bought seeds with every intention of planting them and never getting around to it? Have you suffered...Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on canning, Sept. 17

The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a presentation on canning.

Now that you have worked so hard in the garden, the rewards are overflowing your pantry and coun...Read on...

Posted on: August 10, 2016

Free rain barrels available to Park Forest residents in Cook County

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Free rain barrels are available to Village residents in the Cook County section of Park Forest through the end of 2016. The rain barrel program is a cooperative effort by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Village of P...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Growing Green Recycle Fest, July 30

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The Growing Green Recycle Fest, an event for the disposal of televisions, household batteries, used shoes, used eyeglasses, document destruction, and more, is scheduled for Saturday, July 30.

Click to download the flyer
Posted on: June 10, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on container gardening secrets, June 25

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, June 25, with a presentation on container gardening secrets.

Whether you live in an apartment, condo, town home, or a single-family home, ...Read on...

Posted on: April 12, 2016

Park Forest’s policy for safer, more convenient streets named among the nation’s best

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In 2015, Park Forest, IL made a formal commitment to safer streets that work for everyone by passing a Complete Streets policy. Now, this policy has been named one of the best in the nation from last year.

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015, an...Read on...

View winning policies, evaluation criteria & more
Posted on: April 4, 2016

Household Hazardous Waste & Motor Oil Collection Event, April 16

Household Hazardous Waste & Motor Oil Collection Event in Frankfort
April 16 | 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open to Will County Residents Only

Lincoln-Way East High School Parking Lot201 Colorado Avenue
Frankfort, IL, 60423-1333815-727-8834

Coll...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

Final gardening lecture of season, Oct. 17

Park Forest’s final lecture of the 2015 gardening series happens tomorrow, October 17, with a session on the basics of composting. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

The free lecture s...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Document destruction event, Sept. 12

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The Village of Park Forest will hold a document destruction event on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in DownTown Park Forest at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive. The event is free and limited to Park Forest residents only. ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 10, 2015

Gardening lecture on backyard fruits, August 15

Park Forest’s gardening lecture series continues on Saturday, August 15 with a session on backyard fruits. Dr. James Theuri from the University of Illinois will teach attendees how to successfully raise different fruit varieties in your own backyard.

...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

Learn to recycle paints at Farmers' Market, July 25

Learn how to recycle water based/latex paint at the Park Forest Farmers' Market, Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Park Forest Farmers' Market is located at 271 W. Lakewood Blvd., just across from the Park Forest Police Department.Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

Park Forest lands 3-STAR Community Rating for sustainable practices

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The Village of Park Forest is pleased to announce its new 3-STAR Community Rating for leadership in sustainable practices by STAR Community Rating System (STAR).

The STAR Community Rating System is a robust sustainability rating system for cities, t...Read on...

View STAR's point breakdown for Park Forest
Posted on: April 8, 2015

Recycling tour Earth Day celebration, April 22

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The Park Forest Environment Commission invites you to see what happens to your recycled items after they leave the curb. View the recycling process at Homewood Star Disposals state-of-the-art sorting and processing facility in Homewood.

This FREE tour...Read on...

Register now!
Posted on: April 1, 2015

Village adopts complete streets policy

The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted the Park Forest Complete Streets Policy on March 23, taking another step toward more sustainable practices.

The Complete Streets movement aims to develop integrated, connected networks of streets that are safe...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2015

Christmas tree disposal at the Aqua Center

If you're looking to dispose of your Christmas tree, the Park Forest Aqua Center is a drop-off site, now through Jan. 31.

The north side of the parking lot of the Aqua Center is sectioned off where residents should look to drop their trees.

Resident...Read on...

Posted on: December 12, 2014

Village adopts Bike & Pedestrian Plan

The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted the proposed Park Forest Bike & Pedestrian Plan at the Dec. 8 Village Board meeting.

A Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance grant application was written and awarded f...Read on...

View the Park Forest Bike & Pedestrian Plan!
Posted on: December 1, 2014

Cook County to hold Long Range Transportation Plan open houses

Nine months into the development of Cook County’s first Long Range Transportation Plan in 70 years, the County is hosting several open houses seeking resident and business input on transportation priorities and potential long-range scenarios. Cook County ...Read on...

Learn more about the project!
Posted on: November 3, 2014

Public Open House for Park Forest Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, Nov. 19

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On Wednesday, November 19, the Village of Park Forest will host a public open house for its draft bicycle and pedestrian plan at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The draft plan will guide the Village's deci...Read on...

View more details about the plan!
Posted on: October 17, 2014

Final gardening lecture for season, Saturday, Oct. 18

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series concludes for the season on Saturday, October 18, with a presentation on caring for hand tools.

Bring a hand tool, learn how to sharpen and clean them like a pro.

The lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. at Park...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2014

Park Forest sustainability plan to be featured at Sept. 25 conference

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Did you know…

That Park Forest was ahead of its time? As a planned community built in the 1950s and 60s, Park Forest was conceived of as an early model for smart growth (decades before the term “smart growth” was popularized). The Village was specific...Read on...

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Posted on: August 6, 2014

Food Co-op to hold discussion on organic food, August 19

The South Suburban Food Co-op will host a discussion on organic foods and healthy families on Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Shannon Chidlow-Williams will lead the discussion.

For more information, contact the South Suburban Food Co-op at 708-747...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2014

Solar Chicago available to Park Forest residents in Cook County

Thinking about installing solar on your home but don't know where to start or think it's just too expensive?

Cook County is participating in Solar Chicago to help residents simplify the process of researching installation options for your home, while h...Read on...

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Posted on: August 4, 2014

Just announced: FREE Document Destruction Event, September 13

The Village of Park Forest, in partnership with the Will County Land Use Department, will hold a document destruction event on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in DownTown Park Forest at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive.

R...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2014

Free lecture on herbs, August 16

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues Saturday, August 16, when Pam Bassu presents a lecture on herbs.

Throughout human history, herbs have been used as flavorings, medicines, decorations, scents, and protective garden plants. Herbs de...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures!
Posted on: July 14, 2014

Butterfly Gardens lecture to be held July 19 at Village Hall

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues this Saturday, July 19, when Bill and Jennifer Tobin, U of I Master Gardeners, present a lecture on butterfly gardens.

Find out the basic needs of the common Illinois butterflies so you can design ...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures!
Posted on: June 17, 2014

Pollinator insects lecture to be held June 21 at Village Hall

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues this Saturday, June 21, when Kelly Allsup, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, presents a lecture on pollinator insects.

Learn to identify the most common beneficial insects in your garden, th...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures!
Posted on: May 15, 2014

Clothing, shoe recycling at Farmers' Market through September

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The Park Forest Farmers’ Market will now offer clothing and shoe recycling services from 9 a.m. to noon every second Saturday through September.

The dates when accepted items may be dropped off are:
- June 14- July 12
- August 9- September 13
...Read on...

Watch the Park Forest Farmer's Market video!
Posted on: February 21, 2014

Star Disposal expands residential recycling program

Star Disposal recently announced that they have added cartons to the residential WeSort curbside recycling program. Star Disposal’s recycling facility is now able to sort out milk, juice, soy milk, broth, soup and other food and beverage containers. The...Read on...

More on Star Disposal's recycling program
Posted on: December 3, 2013

Park Forest Fire Chief joins chief's energy challenge

Park Forest announced today it has signed on to take the Chief’s Energy Challenge, a nationwide program for fire departments to reduce their energy use. Participants commit to reducing energy use by 10 percent in the first year and 20 percent by year thre...Read on...

Posted on: December 27, 2013

What can you do to better conserve water?

Conserving water could mean some real savings for you and your family. Below are some things to consider.

• Plumbing fixtures installed before 1990 use 30-75 percent more water. Update your fixtures with EPA’s WaterSense certified fixtures to save the...Read on...


Village of Park Forest - Top Story News

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

P.F. church hosts back to school block party on Aug. 4

Garden of Peace Ministries, located at 245 Monee Road, in Park Forest presents the Back to School Block Party on Friday, August 4, at 5 p.m. The event is open to all residents of Park Forest and is free to attend. A limited number of school supplies and f...Read on...

Posted on: July 20, 2017

Village seeks nominations for Good Egg Award

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is seeking nominations for the Good Egg Award. The Good Egg award recipient is an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to others. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordi...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Park Forest Police host Unity Day on August 1

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On Tuesday, August 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Park Forest Police Department hosts the first annual Unity Day in conjunction with National Night Out Against Crime, a community-police awareness-raising event held the first Tuesday in August each year acr...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2017

School District 163 announces registration dates

Walk-in registration for the 2017-2018 school year for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will be conducted in the 21st Century Primary Center’s Media Center, 240 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, on the following dates and times:

Thurs...

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

D-Erania jazz series at SPAA Theater for Performing Arts

Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist & Grammy Nominee, D-Erania founded and launched the D-Erania Jazz Series in 2017; a dynamic live performance concert series designed to create an unforgettable experience for audiences, and to connect them with outstandin...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2017

Health Department offering school physicals

____Nursespluslogosmall.jpeg The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus offers affordable school physicals required for children entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade. Physical exams are conducted by a family nurse practitioner. Dates available are: Ju...Read on... Learn more about the Park Forest Health Department
Posted on: June 20, 2017

Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy allows residents to better understand their community

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The Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy is an invaluable nine-month experience that allows residents to meet area leaders, hear their stories, become more familiar with your community, and take part in informational briefings on the realities and challen...Read on...

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

Rich Township Summer Lunch Program for seniors runs through July 19

Park Forest seniors can enjoy a great meal and great company in the Village now through July 19 thanks to the Rich Township Senior Center’s Summer Lunch Program. Lunch is served every Monday and Wednesday beginning at noon for a cost of $3 per ...Read on...
Posted on: June 7, 2017

June is Resident Appreciation Month

Friday, June 9, 5:30 p.m. (Children); 6:45 p.m. (Adults)Art in 60 Minutes, Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, 5:30-6:30 (Children); 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. (Adults). Come out and show your creative and artsy side. Pat Moore will facilitate a special art proje...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

2016 Water Quality Report now available

To view the Water Quality Report for Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2016 click on the link below.

View the Water Quality ReportRead on...
Posted on: June 2, 2017

Barack Obama School shares its horticulture program with the community

A new horticulture/community gardening program was unveiled at Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM in Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 during recent ribbon cutting ceremonies. The event marked the official opening of the school&r...

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Posted on: May 8, 2017

Monee Township to hold public hearings on budget June 15

Monee Township Clerk Bobby R. Lathan, Sr. has announced two public hearings slated for June 15, 2017. Each public notice is listed below.   

Monee Township Road District Budget and Appropriations Ordinance Monee Township Board of Trust...

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Play the Park Forest Summertime Bingo Game!

Have fun while exploring Park Forest this summer!  Complete five tasks and/or activities across, down or diagonal (center is free square) for Bingo. Submit completed Bingo card along with proof of completion and you'll be entered for a chance to ...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Men’s health screenings at Health Dept., June 8

Rich Township, in collaboration with the Park Forest Health Department, presents its annual Health Screening Clinic for men, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Park Forest Health Department. All services are free for men residing in the Rich Township a...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Park Forest Aqua Center opens for the season on June 3

Since 1952, the Park Forest Aqua Center has been one of Chicagoland’s favorite outdoor aquatic facilities, right here in Park Forest. Take advantage of special discounted pricing by purchasing your season passes before opening day. A Kick-off to...Read on...

Posted on: May 16, 2017

Community Alert | Woman sexually assaulted

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The Park Forest Police Department is investigating the reported sexual of assault of an 18-year-old woman on Monday, May 15, at approximately 4:40 p.m. in the area of Wildwood Drive and Wilshire Street. The offender, who is not known by the victim, is des...

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Fire destroys building on South Street

A three-alarm fire broke out in an office building in Park Forest early this afternoon. Four people were in the building, located at 20 South Street, when the fire began. All escaped without injury. Firefighters from close to 20 agencies responded to t...Read on...
Posted on: May 12, 2017

Memorial Day Program, May 29

The Park Forest American Legion hosts its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29, beginning at 11 a.m. The program takes place at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive in Downtown Park Forest and includes placement of remembrance wreaths in solem...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Cleanup Our Parks Day, May 20

The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Advisory Board and the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. host Cleanup Our Parks Day on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Park Forest's Central Park. Planned projects include painting backstops, clea...Read on...
Posted on: April 25, 2017

P.A.A.C. program registering now

The Park Forest Police Department’s summer youth program, celebrating 20 years this year, is registering now. The Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, beginning held June 10 ...Read on...
Posted on: May 3, 2017

Settles, McCray, and Vanderbilt sworn in

Two incumbents and one newcomer were sworn in to serve on the Park Forest Board of Trustees Monday night at Village Hall. Theresa Settles, Robert McCray, and Jonathan Vanderbilt claimed trustee posts after being elected to the offices ...

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Upcoming budget meetings open to public

The Park Forest Board of Trustees will hold several budget meetings over the course of May and June which are open to members of the public. At the Park Forest Board of Trustees meeting of Monday, May 1, a public introduction of the budget was discussed....Read on...
Posted on: April 28, 2017

Norwood to be closed, Indianwood construction continues

The following construction work scheduled for Monday has been postponed until Tuesday due to weather conditions:  Park Forest residents are notified that the westbound lanes of Norwood Boulevard at Western Avenue will be closed as will be the no...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Hydrant flushing begins May 1

The Department of Public Works will conduct hydrant flushing from May 1 to May 31, beginning at 9 a.m., weekdays only. No flushing will be done on the weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During flushing, yo...Read on...

Posted on: April 19, 2017

May 6 recycle events available to Park Forest residents

Two upcoming events offer an opportunity to Park Forest residents looking to dispose of household hazardous waste and electronics. See below for full details on each. 

Will County Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Drop-Off Event On Satur...Read on...
Posted on: March 24, 2017

Health Department to celebrate 65 years with April 25 open house

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will celebrate its 65th year anniversary with an open house on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will celebrate the history and accomplishments of the department over the years, and will high...

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

LWV host Parks update, April 29

The League of Women Voters Park Forest Area invite you to hear an update on Park Forest's parks redevelopment project Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Park Forest Recreation and Parks Director Rob Gunther will provide de...

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Public Works, construction updates for Week of April 10

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Numerous projects are currently taking place throughout Park Forest. Residents in several areas impacted by construction should be aware of the following:

  • Crews could potentially work on Saturdays but generally do not.  
  • Water service will not be...
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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Teen Job Fair, April 15

The Park Forest Youth Commission hosts a teen job fair on Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

The event is intended for Park Forest youth ages 16 to 25. Those 15 years of age must have a w...Read on...
Posted on: April 5, 2017

Historical Society announces 2017 Hall of Fame class

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Park Forest Historical Society's annual Park Forest Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Sunday, April 23, beginning at 3 p.m., at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. The 2017 Park Forest Hall of Fame class includes: Peg and Jack Donohue Carl a...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Earth Week, April 15 - April 22

The Park Forest Environment Commission invites you to celebrate Earth Week with several events scheduled April 15 to April 22. See below for the week's schedule. 

April 15

  • Arbor Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Park Forest P...
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Posted on: April 4, 2017

Unofficial election results for Village trustee

Below are unofficial election results for the April 4, 2017 race for Park Forest trustee (3 seats available).                          &a...Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2017

Construction to prevent parking on several streets beginning April 11

Beginning Tuesday, April 11, and lasting until approximately April 26 (weather dependent) no parking will be allowed on the following roads between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. due to construction: Sherman, Chase, Hamlin, Homan (east of Indiana) Waverly, Suwanee, M...

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Posted on: March 30, 2017

State Representative DeLuca issues update

Illinois State Representative Anthony DeLuca (D) 80th District released the following update to his constituents in Chicago's southern suburbs on March 27, 2017: 

Dear valued constituent,

As your voice in Springfield, my most important responsib...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House, April 27

The Will County Floodplain Mapping Open House is scheduled for the following date, location and times. Thursday, April 27, 2017Joliet Area Historical MuseumCaterpillar Auditorium (lower level)204 North Ottawa StreetJoliet, IL 60432 Official...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

Chicago native and NBA champ Mark Aguirre visits Rich East

Recently, NBA legend Marc Aguirre, a close friend of Park Forest's own Craig Hodges -- also an NBA legend -- visited Rich East High School. Hodges, the current boy’s varsity basketball head coach at Rich East also serves as a m...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Temporary water outage on April 3 near Illinois School

On Monday, April 3, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., residents on the following streets may experience a disruption in water service due to water main replacement work happening in their area: Illinois Street (near Illinois School) Sandburg Street (between Il...

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Posted on: March 23, 2017

Easter Egg-stravaganza, April 8

The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board of Park Forest invites you and your family to take part in the Easter Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. This FREE event is intended for ages 13 a...Read on...
Posted on: March 24, 2017

Park Forest inks three-year deal with company to manage Park Forest Aqua Center

Park Forest board members voted unanimously Feb. 27 to approve a three-year agreement with Jeff Ellis Management (JEM) to take over the bulk of the management duties of the Park Forest Aqua Center. Jeff Ellis Management will provide support for day-to-d...

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Posted on: March 23, 2017

Teen Zone 2nd Annual College Tour, April 14 - 22

Park Forest’s Teen Zone program presents the 2nd Annual Spring College Tour happening April 14 to April 22, including tours of over 10 college campuses, a visit to CNN’s studio, Six Flags Over Georgia, and sightseeing in New Orleans. ...Read on...
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Congresswoman Kelly to Host Youth Job and Resource Fair

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Field House of Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey. More than...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Early voting information

In-person voter registration closed on March 7. Online voter registration continues until March 19 for both Cook County and Will County residents. You must have an Illinois driver’s license or a state ID to register on-line.

Go to Cookcountyclerk...

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Board adopts proclamation for Jones, announces March 19 event

The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted a proclamation last night officially making March 19 Officer Timothy Jones Day in Park Forest. Click below to read the resolution.

Read the Officer Timothy Jones proclamation.

Community Gathering To Mark One Y...Read on...

Watch Mayor John Ostenburg read the proclamation
Posted on: January 30, 2017

Health Dept. seeking donations for April Food Day

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The Park Forest Health Department is asking for the community’s support in an annual effort sponsored by the United Way.

The United Way’s April Food Day is a push to promote awareness of food pantries by bringing the community together...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Garden Club announce April events

The Garden Club of Park Forest has announced two upcoming events: On April 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Garden Club of Park Forest celebrates Arbor Day by giving away free trees to residents. The celebration takes place at the Park Forest Public Libr...Read on...
Posted on: March 2, 2017

Aqua Center pre-season specials on sale now

The Park Forest Aqua Center is offering pre-season specials.

Through March 31, as part of a winter special promotion, the cost of a family membership for three is $186. Each additional person added to the group is only $20 per person.  The cost...Read on...

Posted on: March 1, 2017

March is Resident Appreciation Month

March is Resident Appreciation Month in Park Forest. Below are several events residents can look forward to. 

Enter to Win $150 Off Your Next Water Bill  March 1 – 4

Stop by Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, and enter...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Rich East students attend state conference, two to attend national conference

Earlier this month, 13 Rich East Business Professionals of America (BPA) members attended the 2017 BPA State Leadership Conference (SLC) in Oak Brook, Illinois. The event drew over 1,000 BPA delegates from 40 schools.  The participants from Par...

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Gardening series begins March 18 with free course for beginners

The Saturday Morning Gardening Series, presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission, returns for a 10-month run beginning March 18 with basic beginning gardening.  The free sessions of gardening courses all begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Wetl...Read on... View the Gardening Series schedule
Posted on: February 16, 2017

Forum on health care in the south suburbs, March 18

Join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for a forum on health care delivery in the south suburbs. As the debate over health care continues nationally, the quality of life in every community across the country is significantly impacte...

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Posted on: March 2, 2017

Tom Sharpe LIVE at Freedom Hall, March 10

Tom Sharpe is an internationally recognized, award-winning composer, performer, and recording artist. He is a sought out clinician and performer of his own works, and the artistic director and principal performer of the Sharpe World Music Ensemble. Along ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Vehicle stickers on sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2017-18 year go on sale March 1. Stickers may be purchased at Village Hall or online by visiting villageofparkforest.com. Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Vi...Read on... Learn more about vehicle stickers and pet licenses
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Congresswoman Kelly to Host Housing Expo, March 4

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Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Housing Expo on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lan-Oak Park District, 2550 178th Street, Lansing. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a loan modification and to learn about foreclosur...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Park Forest's Zoellner lands Economic Development Leader of the Year Award

Park Forest Assistant Economic Development Director Sandra Zoellner is the South Suburban Small Business Association’s Economic Development Leader of the Year. Zoellner received the award at the 15th Annual Summit Awards at Idlewild Country Clu...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Black History Month play and panel discussion, Feb. 25

In celebration of Black History Month, the Park Forest Commission on Human Relations will presents a stage play followed by a panel discussion on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at Freedom Hall. The 65-minute stage play focuses on curbing violence and spreading peace...Read on...
Posted on: February 6, 2017

Park Forest adopts proclamation for Black History Month

The Park Forest Board of Trustees will adopt a proclamation this evening in recognition of February being designated Black History Month in America.

Click below to read the resolution.   Read the 2017 Black History Month proclamation
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Free rain barrels available to Park Forest residents in Will County

TC-55 Columns.jpg Free rain barrels are available to Village residents in the Will County section of Park Forest. Last year, a free rain barrel program was offered for Cook County residents. Now, Will County residents can get in on the free rain barrels.  Rain...Read on...
Posted on: January 24, 2017

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Freedom Hall, Feb. 12

On Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m., the 2017 Freedom Hall Series presents internationally acclaimed a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best World Music Album" category for t...Read on...
Posted on: January 23, 2017

Park Permit Lottery, Feb. 4

The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its annual Park Permit Lottery on Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. at Village Hall. The event is held each year to allow members of the public the opportunity to secure their preferred Park Fo...Read on...

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Women's Empowerment Event, Feb. 3

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Are you feeling that life is full of opportunities and possibilities, but somehow you can never figure out how to tap into them? If so, then this is the session on Friday, Feb. 3 is for you! Learn how to determine your dreams, define your moments to hel...Read on...

Check out the video on YouTube about event
Posted on: January 6, 2017

Park Forest trustee candidate forum, Jan. 29

The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area will host a candidate forum for elected positions in Park Forest on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 1:30 to 4:30 at Park Forest’s Village Hall. This forum is sponsored by The Committee for Local Gove...Read on...
Posted on: January 13, 2017

Congresswoman Kelly to hold State of the District, Jan. 17

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U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly invites you to be in attendance for her State of the District/Community Swearing-in Ceremony on Tuesday, January 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the Oak Room at the Holiday Inn Matteson, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive.

Congresswoman Kel...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Flood Damage Assistance event on Jan. 24 to assist residents in securing funds

Did you experience water damage as a result of flooding that occurred in April or May of 2013? Did you report the damage? If so, find out how you may be able to secure funds before they are depleted. Attend a workshop on Jan. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at Di...Read on...

Posted on: January 10, 2017

Sprint 1Million Project Activation Fair and Teen Zone Open House, Jan. 17

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Some 250 high school students in Park Forest stand to become the proud new owners of cellular devices thanks to a new initiative from Sprint. Park Forest was selected as one of 11 communities across the country by Sprint and the Sprint Foundation to part...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Christmas tree recycling taking place now in Aqua Center lot

Christmas trees are now being accepted for recycling in the parking lot of the Park Forest Aqua Center. Residents may drop-off trees for recycling at any time between now and the end of the month. Simply place your tree in the area of the parking lot desi...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2017

Police Honors Ceremony set for Jan. 14

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The Park Forest Police Department will hold its annual Honors Ceremony on Saturday, January 14 at 9 a.m. at Freedom Hall.

During this ceremony, the Park Forest Police Department will honor and recognize Police Department personnel members along with area r...

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Posted on: January 3, 2017

Annual Park Permit Lottery set for Feb. 4

The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Park Permit Lottery on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The event is held each year to allow members of the public the opportu...Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2017

Garbage pick-up for single-family homes moved to Wednesday

Due to the New Years holiday, garbage collection for single-family homes -- usually scheduled for Tuesday -- will take place on Wednesday of this week.

Regularly scheduled pick-up resumes next week.

Questions can be directed to Star Disposal at 70...Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2017

Park Forest one of 11 cities to be included in Sprint 1Million Project

Approximately 4,000 students in 11 cities across the country will be the first to receive a free mobile device and free high-speed wireless internet connectivity through Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Sprint Foundation’s 1Million Project pilot program. Upon suc...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Tips to prevent your water lines from freezing

During extreme cold, water lines can freeze causing serious problems that can be quite expensive to fix. Here are some tips to help prevent your lines from freezing when temperatures drop to extreme lows:

- Keep the temperature in your home at 68 degrees o...

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Posted on: December 13, 2016

Deadline for residents to order free rain barrels, Dec. 19

Since Park Forest first alerted residents several months ago to an opportunity to order free rain barrels, close to 350 have placed orders. For residents who have not placed orders but are interested in taking advantage of this free rain barrel program, s...Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2016

"Step Back Into a 1950s Christmas" exhibit at PF House Museum

The Park Forest Historical Society's "Step Back into a 1950s Christmas" exhibit will be on display at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road (in St. Mary’s Catholic Church), Wednesday and Saturdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m., thro...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Park Forest first responders mull crisis preparedness with tabletop exercise

A host of area first responders took part in a tabletop exercise at Park Forest’s Freedom Hall Wednesday morning to discuss best practices in response to crisis situations.

The three-hour-long meeting led by Deputy Chief Christopher Mann...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

District 163 free preschool program

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 provides half day and full day free preschool programs at Algonquin Early Learning Center, 170 Algonquin St., Park Forest, for students residing within the school district’s boundaries. Families mu...

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

League of Women Voters to hold talk on criminal justice system, Dec. 17

Join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Park Forest Public Library for a discussion on the Cook County criminal justice system.

Jan Goldberg of the Cook County League of Women Voters ...

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Champion of the arts named Park Forest business person of the year

Local arts enthusiast Patricia Moore is the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year for 2016.Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) Chairman Phillip Perkins made the announcement at the Park Forest Board of Trustees meeting at Village Ha...

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Click to view the video of the award presentation
Posted on: November 15, 2016

Park Forest Police announce Jones Scholarship

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The Park Forest Police Department has announced plans to award a scholarship to an area teen in the name of Officer Timothy Jones.

Park Forest Police made the announcement in a Facebook post saying, “Friends, here is our exciting announcement w...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

Suspect arrested in connection with recent home invasions

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In recent weeks, the Park Forest Police Department have alerted the public to four reports of a male suspect forcing entry into the homes of women there alone, battering and tying them up, and leaving with valuables. Similar incidents were reported on Jac...

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Posted on: November 29, 2016

Neighborhood meeting scheduled for Nov. 30

The next Neighborhood Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 Sycamore Drive.

This meeting is intended for Park Forest residents residing in the Will County portion of the Village, east of Western Avenue.

At a Ne...

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

Good Egg winners key players in local food pantry efforts

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations recognized the winners of this year’s Good Egg Award last Monday evening at Village Hall. 

This year’s recipients include Glen Rosenquist of Steger (pictured left) and John and Coll...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents east of Western from Chestnut to the railroad tracks

A CodeRed alert was issued this afternoon for residents in the area of: Western Avenue from Chestnut Street to the railroad tracks, and along 26th Street in the Ash Street Cooperatives and in the Eastgate neighborhood. The message to residents was as foll...Read on... Not receiving CodeRed alerts? Click to sign-up!
Posted on: November 18, 2016

Final street sweeping of 2016 begins Monday

Street sweeping in Park Forest begins Monday, Nov. 21, and lasts approximately 10 days. The street sweeper normally begins in the north part of Park Forest and continues south. The number of streets cleaned each day depends on the amount of leaves and/o...Read on... Click for more on street sweeping in Park Forest
Posted on: November 17, 2016

Community Alert

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Police in Park Forest are investigating several home invasions that have occurred in recent weeks. The crimes could potentially be linked, police say.

Park Forest Police Chief Pete Green today alerted residents of two more recent incidents via a pre-r...Read on...

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Are you receiving outage information from ComEd?

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Flu and pneumonia shots available at Health Dept.

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Flu shots are available now at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus. The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for those 18 years and under, and free for Medicare Part B recipients (must bring copy of card). Pneumonia shots are also available for $80. &...Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Holiday Tree Lighting, Dec. 2

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting takes place Friday, Dec. 2, beginning at 5 p.m., at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street. The event features arts, crafts, and refreshments for kids from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The lighting of the Holiday Tree happens just ...Read on...
Posted on: November 14, 2016

Masters of Soul returns to Freedom Hall on Dec. 2

Back by popular demand, Masters of Soul returns to Freedom Hall on Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. This encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist is always a sellout at Freedom Hall. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the Motown era fe...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2016

Veterans Day celebration to be held at Freedom Hall, Nov. 11

Park Forest, a community built for veterans returning home from World War II in the 1940s, proudly celebrates the Veterans Day holiday on Nov. 11.

A celebration is planned at Park Forest’s Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd, beginning at 11 a.m. fe...Read on...
Posted on: November 4, 2016

Park Forest celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Park Forest Board of Trustees was joined by former elected officials on Oct. 24 to recognize Park Forest 70th year anniversary. Board members took a brief recess after adopting a 70th year anniversary proclamation to mingle with a handful of former e...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Salon Artists annual holiday sale begins Nov. 12

The Salon Artists Gallery at 294 Main Street in Downtown Park Forest presents their Annual Affordable Art Holiday Sale Nov. 12 thru Dec. 31, 2016. The sale kicks off with an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 12 from noon until 4 p.m. Food, fun and liv...

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Posted on: November 1, 2016

CodeRed issued for residents on Sauk Trail, Indiana, Illinois and Springfield

A CodeRed alert was issued this afternoon for residents along portions of Sauk Trail, Shabbona Drive, and Sangamon. The message to residents was as follows: On Wednesday, November 2, residents may be without water service between the hours of 8 am and 4 ...Read on... Not receiving CodeRed alerts? Click to sign-up!
Posted on: October 28, 2016

Community Alert

On the evening of October 27, 2016 around 6 p.m., a woman was confronted by a man armed with a knife who entered through the unlocked back door of her home in the West Lincolnwood neighborhood. The man tied up and battered the victim and stole items befor...

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Posted on: October 24, 2016

Early voting information

COOK COUNTY EARLY VOTING

Early voting began Sept. 29, 2016 at the County Clerk’s Office.

Until Oct. 24, the only location is the Cook County Clerk’s Office located at 69 W. Washington in Chicago.

The last day to register to vote is Oct. 11.

G...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2016

Friends of the Health Department Fundraiser, Nov. 5

The Friends of the Park Forest Health Department is coordinating a fundraiser for the Health Department.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Harrah’s Joliet Casino. Tickets are $45 each and include a deluxe breakfa...Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2016

Booker T. Jones LIVE at Freedom Hall, Nov. 5

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On Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m., the opening performance for the 2016 Freedom Hall Series will feature legendary musician, Booker T. Jones.

Booker T. Jones is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achi...Read on...

Click for more information or to buy tickets!
Posted on: October 17, 2016

Halloween in Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest has a fantastic lineup of Halloween fun on tap for later this month. The events include a 4-day haunted house, a costume contest, candy giveaways, and much more. Trick or Treating hours in Park Forest this year are from...Read on...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Vietnam vets sought for November event at Prairie State College

The Village of Park Forest Veteran's Commission is seeking Vietnam veterans interested in being recognized at a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at Prairie State College. Veterans who served between 1955 and 1975 are eligible to ...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

Final gardening course of the year, Oct. 22

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission concludes for the season on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Have you ever bought seeds with every intention of planting them and never getting around to it? Have you suffered...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2016

DeLuca hosts Women's Self-Defense Seminar, Oct. 29

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State Representative Anthony DeLuca hosts a Women’s Self-Defense Seminar on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Rich East High School Gymnasium, 300 Sauk Trail in Park Forest.

Sixth degree black belt and martial arts instructor Master ...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2016

"Queen of the Blues" live at Freedom Hall, Oct. 21

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Back by popular demand, "Queen of the Blues" Shemekia Copeland will perform at Freedom Hall on Friday, October 21, 2016. Shemekia will rock the house, pounding out the Rhythm and Blues. Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music p...Read on...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Health forum on stress set for Oct. 20

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A hands-on, community seminar for understanding how to minimize signs of stress takes place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Board Room of Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Scheduled speakers at the event include Felec...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2016

League of Women Voters to host school superintendents' forum on Oct. 20

The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area will host a Local School Superintendents’ Forum on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts.

The informational meeting will present a forum of local school superintendents who w...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2016

Street sweeping begins Monday, Oct. 17

Street sweeping in Park Forest begins Monday, Oct. 17, and lasts approximately 10 days.

The street sweeper normally begins in the north part of Park Forest and continues south. The number of streets cleaned each day depends on the amount of leaves and...Read on...

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Posted on: September 29, 2016

Park Forest celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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Park Forest is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) as all across the county recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.

“Park Forest is proud to ...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Congresswoman Kelly to Host 4th Annual Hiring Event

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Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host her 4th Annual Hiring Event for residents of the 2nd Congressional District on Friday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the gymnasium of South Suburban College, 15800 State St., South Holland. Last year, more than 85...Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2016

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15

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“Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” is the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, taking place Oct. 9-15. The focus on smoke alarm replacement is aimed at those who don’t know how old their smoke alarms...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

State Rep. DeLuca shares updates on issues impacting Southland

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Dear Friends and Neighbors:

I hope you’ve had the chance to enjoy some quality time with family and friends this summer. I’ve had the pleasure of spending time working throughout my district, attending community events, and hearing your concerns about ...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2016

Candlelight Vigil on Oct. 3 to kickoff Domestic Violence Awareness Month

South Suburban Family Shelter will hold its annual Candlelight Vigil on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. to kickoff a month of activities in October as Domestic Violence Awareness month.

The event will be held at the Irwin Community Center Band Shell at ...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Garden Club to host Falling Leaves Festival, Oct. 11

The Garden Club of Park Forest invite you to the annual Falling Leaves Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. featuring a program presented by U. of I. Extension Master Gardener Linda Anderson on beekeeping.

The event will be held at St. Mar...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2016

School District 163 to hold parade on Oct. 4

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Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will mount a Celebration of Learning Parade for its students and for the community on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 9:45 a.m.

The parade will feature students and the floats they built from all six District 163 sc...Read on...

Click to view the flyer with more details!
Posted on: September 23, 2016

Residents asked for support of community building events on Oct. 1

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The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest’s 65th Annual Pancake Day takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail. Pancake Day has been a proud community tradition for decades. Attendees enjoy all-you-can-eat golden...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2016

LWV presidential debate viewing party, Sept. 26

Park Forest Area for a Presidential Debate Viewing Party at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in Park Forest. The event is co-sponsored by the Village of Park Forest. Following the debate attendees can share their reac...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Petition packets available for elected posts in Park Forest

Park Forest Clerk Sheila McGann announces that petition packets will be available beginning September 19, 2016 for those residents interested in running for the office of Village Trustee (3) or Library Trustee (3) in the April 4, 2017 election. Packets m...Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2016

Historical Society Annual Meeting, election of officers program, Sept. 25

The Park Forest Historical Society presents:

“The Suburban Church: Modernism and Community in Postwar America” by Gretchen Buggeln
Park Forset Historical Society Annual Meeting, Election of Officers ProgramSunday, September 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
P...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Congresswoman Kelly to host Veterans Housing Symposium, Sept. 24

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Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Veterans Housing Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Vodak-East Side Public Library, 3710 E. 106th St., Chicago.

Speakers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Cook County Ass...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2016

Saving lives in today's home fires

If you are building a new home, have you ever stopped to think about how safe it would be in the event of a fire? If your home doesn't include fire sprinklers, the answer is simple: it's not safe enough.

Due to the construction and open designs of toda...Read on...

Click to view the video!
Posted on: September 14, 2016

Comedian Tom Dreesen at Freedom Hall, Sept. 24

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Stand-up comedian Tom Dreesen performs live at Park Forest’s Freedom Hall on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

In what is sure to be an unforgettable performance, Dreesen will take you from his childhood of shining shoes in bars in his hometown of Harv...Read on...

Click for more on the show and to order tickets!
Posted on: September 14, 2016

Construction updates for Waverly, Mohawk, Suwanee, and other streets

Austin Tyler began water main installation along Waverly Street Wednesday.

Mohawk Street, Suwanee Street, Minocqua Street (from Blackhawk to Marquette) will have water main installed in the near future.

Residents will experience a short disruption o...Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2016

Water on Waverly to be temporarily disrupted Wednesday

Residents in the area of Waverly Street and Waverly Court will be without water from approximately 9 a.m to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Crews will be replacing water main in that area, weather permitting.

After water service has been restored, ...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Artists, performers announced for Art Fair, Music Fest

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Boasting a rich history and wealth of gifted artists, along with status as one of the Southland's most valued annual treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association (TGAA), in September celebrates its 61st year, Sept. 17 and ...Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on canning, Sept. 17

The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a presentation on canning.

Now that you have worked so hard in the garden, the rewards are overflowing your pantry and coun...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2016

Eight in Park Forest included in Best of Chicago's Southland readers poll

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Eight of the annual Best in Chicago’s Southland East Region winners were Park Forest businesses! For the past 16 years, the Daily Southtown has polled readers on their favorite places to shop, eat, and take part in recreational activities. Readers are pol...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Recs and Parks responds to inquiries on black-spotted leaves

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Large, unsightly, black spots on maple trees have become quite noticeable in Park Forest during the past several weeks. Park Forest's Recreation and Parks Department has received many calls from residents inquiring about them.

Village Arborist Todd Can...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

Upcoming info sessions for seniors, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE, SEPT. 15

A program aimed to educate seniors on planning for the future will be held on Sept. 15, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Speakers from the Legal Assistance Foundation ...Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2016

61st Annual Park Forest Art Fair, Sept. 17-18

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The 61st Annual Park Forest Art Fair takes place, September 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest.

Boasting a rich history and wealth of gifted artists, the Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by the Tall Grass Arts Association, is one ...Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2016

Major construction project set to begin Aug. 22

Construction is set to begin Monday, August 22, as part of a year-long four-mile water main replacement project. Impacted areas include:

• Chase (Homan to Gettysburg)
• Homan (Indiana to Douglas)• Hamlin (Homan to Illinois)
• Sherman (Douglas to S...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Volunteer Fair at Central Park, Aug. 26

Are you interested in learning how you can become more involved in the community? A Volunteer Fair on Aug. 26 brings together numerous volunteer organizations to share their causes with those seeking service opportunities. The fair, to be held at Central ...Read on...

Posted on: August 11, 2016

Back to School Youth Wellness Conference, Aug. 20

A Back to School Youth Wellness Conference is being held Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SPAA Theatre & Performing Arts Center, located at 371 Artists Walk in Park Forest.

Topics include:

- Mental well-being
- Law enforcement co...Read on...

Posted on: August 10, 2016

Free rain barrels available to Park Forest residents in Cook County

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Free rain barrels are available to Village residents in the Cook County section of Park Forest through the end of 2016. The rain barrel program is a cooperative effort by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Village of P...Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on fall in the garden, August 20

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, August 20, with a presentation on fall in the garden.

Early fall is the ideal time for lawn care, assessing garden needs, and planning for...Read on...

Posted on: August 3, 2016

Paws at the Park event seeks new homes for pets

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Take part in the 2nd Annual Paws at the Park pet adoption at the Park Forest Bark District on Sept. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.!

Every year, Animal Medical Center of Sauk Village teams up with the Village of Park Forest to help hundreds of lovabl...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers begin six weeks of service in Park Forest

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Last week, Park Forest welcomed ten volunteers from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCCA) for a six week stay. The group will be tackling numerous service projects around town, including working at the Central Park Wetlands, various communi...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2016

Precautionary boil order lifted

UPDATING THE BELOW MESSAGE: THE PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ORDER IN EFFECT FOR IMPACTED RESIDENTS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 26TH AND BIRCH STREET HAS BEEN LIFTED.

The Park Forest Public Works Department is alerting the public that a break to a water main...Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2016

Police Department encourages neighborhood building on August 2

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The Park Forest Police Department invites you to join them, along with 37 million other citizens across the country, across 16,000 communities, in celebrating National Night Out Against Crime.

Residents are encouraged to organize gatherings with neigh...Read on...

Click to download block party permit info
Posted on: July 18, 2016

Growing Green Recycle Fest, July 30

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The Growing Green Recycle Fest, an event for the disposal of televisions, household batteries, used shoes, used eyeglasses, document destruction, and more, is scheduled for Saturday, July 30.

Click to download the flyer
Posted on: June 28, 2016

Register for the 6th Annual Midsummer Madness on July 20

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On Wednesday, July 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Village of Park Forest’s Economic Development and Planning Department will hold the 6th Annual Midsummer Madness. Stroll through Park Forest’s DownTown business district and increase your chances at winnin...Read on...

Register to participate now!
Posted on: July 5, 2016

DeLuca shares Illinois budget update

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State Representative Anthony DeLuca has provided the following update to his constituents of Illinois' 80th District:

Dear Neighbor,

Last week legislators returned to Springfield to continue the budget making process to end the state’s budget impas...Read on...

Learn more about Senate Bill 2047
Posted on: June 23, 2016

Discover The Leader In You in the Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy

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The Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy is an invaluable nine-month experience that allows you to meet local leaders, hear their stories, and take part in informative sessions on the realities and challenges of decision-makers and the organizations they ...Read on...

More on the Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy
Posted on: July 6, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on invasive plants, July 16

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, July 16, with a presentation on invasive plants.

Some plants just are not friendly. Whether they take over your garden when your back is t...Read on...

Posted on: June 28, 2016

District 163 announces kindergarten, 6th grade registration

Park Forest - Chicago Heights School District 163 has announced registration for kindergarten and 6th grade returning students for the 2017-17 school year. Details are as follows:

What: Kindergarten & 6th Grade Returni...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2016

Park Forest recognizes scholarship recipients

Park Forest congratulates the 2016 Village of Park Forest and Park Forest Youth Commission Scholarship recipients who were recognized last week at the Park Forest Board of Trustees meeting:

• Nia Oke-Famakinde | recipient of the Village of Park Forest ...Read on...

Park Forest scholarship information
Posted on: June 15, 2016

District 163 plans annual golf outing

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will hold its 6th Annual Teeing off FORE Education golf outing on Monday, July 11, at Lincolnshire Country Club, 390 East Ridge Road, Crete. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lu...Read on...

Posted on: June 14, 2016

4th of July celebration

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Independence Day in Park Forest has been one of the most popular community celebrations in town for years, drawing thousands from near and far to take part in the fun.

This year’s festivities begin on July 4 at 6 p.m. with the annual parade. The parad...Read on...

Posted on: June 14, 2016

Great American Campout at Central Park set for July 1

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Be one of a handful of families to take part in the Great American Campout at Central Park on July 1. The cost is $5 per person and includes food and activities. Families must provide their own tent and personal camping gear. A maximum of six families may...Read on...

Click to view the flyer with complete details!
Posted on: June 10, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on container gardening secrets, June 25

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, June 25, with a presentation on container gardening secrets.

The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environmen...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2016

AARP Rich Township Chapter to hold Spring Fling, June 20

AARP Rich Township Chapter #4576 invite you to attend the annual Spring Fling at the Shirley J. Green Senior Center on Monday, June 20, at 1 p.m.

Come out and enjoy fellowship, fun, food, and live entertainment celebrating Motown.

Tickets are $10....Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2016

June is Resident Appreciation Month

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June is resident appreciation month! Enjoy these FREE events:

JUNE 4 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ice Cream Social | DownTown on the Village Green (Main Street and Cunningham Drive)

If you live in Park Forest and would like to meet your neighbors, come o...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2016

Resident feedback needed for regional planning meeting on June 14

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Make a plan for the region. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and its partners are developing a new comprehensive regional plan—called ON TO 2050—and CMAP needs your perspective on the how our region should look in 2050. Join the Villag...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Police Department's P.A.A.C. program registering now, starts June 13

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The Park Forest Police Department's summer youth program is registering now.

The Park Forest Police Department’s Police Athletic Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) is an athletic-based summer youth program for ages 10 to 15, being held this year June 13 to ...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Relay For Life of the Far South Suburbs, June 11

Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those lost, and bringing the community together to fight back against the disease. Teams of families, friends and coworkers raise aw...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Thorn Creek Chamber Players Summer Concert, June 10

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As spring turns to summer come celebrate the woods with a concert by Ingrid Krizan and the Thorn Creek Chamber Players on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center.

Cellist Ingrid Krizan, bassist Julian Pat Romane and the Thorn Creek Chamb...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2016

Park Forest Aqua Center opens June 4, passes on sale now

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Since 1952, the Park Forest Aqua Center has been one of Chicagoland's premier outdoor pool experiences. The Park Forest Aqua Center is three pools in one, providing a quality summer experience for whatever your age:

* Toddlers enjoy a beach pool, plent...Read on...

Learn more about the Park Forest Aqua Center!
Posted on: May 25, 2016

Memorial Day Program to be held DownTown on May 30

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The Park Forest American Legion will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30, beginning at 11 a.m.

The program takes place at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive (just behind Park Forest’s Village Hall) and includes placement of reme...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2016

Super Hero Fun Run & Walk to benefit Officer Tim Jones, May 28

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Break out your super hero costumes and take part in a run/walk event on Saturday, May 28, inspired by and benefiting Park Forest’s own super hero, Officer Tim Jones. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall.

The run is a non-timed, fun ...Read on...

Create your account & register!
Posted on: May 25, 2016

District 163 band concert, May 26

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163’s Obama Schools will present a band concert, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at the Obama gymnasium, 530 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest.

Posted on: May 24, 2016

Statement regarding Rich Court incident this morning

The Park Forest Police Department has released the following statement regarding this morning's incident that took place on Rich Court in Park Forest:

Regarding this morning's incident on Rich Court in Park Forest, the FBI has made the following state...Read on...

Read the FBI's press release on the incident
Posted on: May 10, 2016

Michelle Obama School presents musical on May 25

Students in the fourth through sixth grades honors program at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts will present “Shrek,” the school’s spring musical, on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m., at Rich South High School.

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Hydrant Flushing continues through May 27

The Department of Public Works is currently conducting hydrant flushing, weekdays only, beginning at 9 a.m., thorough May 27.

No flushing will be done on the weekends. Hydrants are flushed to ensure that water does not stagnate in the system. During f...Read on...

View the hydrant flushing map to track progress!
Posted on: May 2, 2016

Youth Commission Carnival, May 19-22, volunteers needed

The Park Forest Youth Commission’s Third Annual Carnival returns May 19 through May 22 in DownTown Park Forest. The event is free to attend. Hours of operation are:

May 19 | General public from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
May 20 | Special needs only from 2 p...Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2016

Give back to Park Forest and volunteer for workdays at Thorn Creek

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Workdays are a fun way to give back to Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve. There are two different kinds of fun workdays each month at Thorn Creek.

Join the Thorn Creek Trail Work crew in building and repairing boardwalks and maintaining the trails thro...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Park Forest remembers Jerry Mathews, services Saturday

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A memorial service for former Park Forest Mayor Jerry Mathews has been scheduled for Saturday, May 14, beginning at 11 a.m., at Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock Street, in Park Forest.

A 62-year member of Park Forest, Jerry's service to the ...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2016

Free one-day gardening course on rain gardens, May 2

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The Saturday Morning Gardening Series presented by the Park Forest Environment Commission continues on Saturday, May 21 with a presentation on rain gardens.

Take advantage of Mother Nature's rain and solve soggy spots in your yard by creating a beauti...Read on...

Posted on: April 21, 2016

Senior Fair, May 6

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The Rich Township Senior Fair is an annual fair that brings information to area seniors on a large number of available services, including transportation, recreation, restaurants, health care, and legal. In 2015, the Senior Fair was held in a new venue, ...Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Drug Take-Back at Park Forest Police Department, April 30

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Drop off your unused medications at the Park Forest Police Department on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for safe disposal. Help prevent medications from being accidental ingested, abuses, and disposed of in unsafe ways.

All medications acc...Read on...

Posted on: April 27, 2016

District 163 students play basketball game against the Park Forest Police Department

Sixth through eighth grade students in Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163’s after school program, X-STEAM, will play a basketball game against members of the Park Forest Police Department, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Friday, April 29, at the Michell...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Final week of vehicle sticker sales before late fees, fines assessed

Vehicle stickers must be purchased and properly displayed on all vehicles registered in the Village of Park Forest by the end of the business day on April 30, 2016 to avoid late fees and fines from police.

A late fee of $25 will be assessed to all veh...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2016

Earth Day Celebration at Thorn Creek Nature Center, April 23

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Earth Day at Thorn Creek Woods this year celebrates amphibians Saturday, April 23, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

What kinds of frogs and toads and salamanders live in Thorn Creek Woods? How can you tell the differences? Where can you find them? ...Read on...

Posted on: April 12, 2016

Park Forest’s policy for safer, more convenient streets named among the nation’s best

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In 2015, Park Forest, IL made a formal commitment to safer streets that work for everyone by passing a Complete Streets policy. Now, this policy has been named one of the best in the nation from last year.

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015, an...Read on...

View winning policies, evaluation criteria & more
Posted on: April 11, 2016

Rich East teacher selected for Golden Apple Award

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Rich East special education teacher Debra Thomas has received the coveted Golden Apple Award.

Thomas was selected last month as one of 30 finalists to be considered for the award. After a final selection process, the Rich East teacher was chosen as one...Read on...

Learn more about the Golden Apple Award
Posted on: April 11, 2016

State Reps to Address Community Issues at Youth Empowerment Event, April 16

Illinois State Representative Thaddeus Jones (D-Dolton) - 29th District, Illinois State Representative Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest) – 30th District and Illinois State Representative (D-Chicago) – 34th District Elgie Sims will join the Joliet Area/South Subu...Read on...

Click to register now
Posted on: March 28, 2016

Congresswoman Kelly to Host Youth Job, Resource Expo, April 16

Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Youth Job and Resource Expo for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Thornton Township High School, 15001 Broadway Ave., Harvey.

“A recent report by th...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Free organic vegetable gardening class, April 16

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Park Forest’s Saturday Morning Gardening Series continues April 16 with a session on organic vegetable gardening. Organic gardening isn’t difficult or complicated. Learn tips to make your landscape work for you with a partly edible, partly ornamental ga...Read on...

Posted on: March 15, 2016

Garden Club Membership and Guest Tea, April 12

The Park Forest Garden Club hosts a membership and guest tea, April 12 at 12 p.m.

The program, titled "Worms Eat My Garbage" will be presented by U of I Extension Master Gardeners.

The event takes place at St. Mary's Church, 227 Monee Road...Read on...

Posted on: March 28, 2016

Park Forest Hall of Fame Induction, April 10

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The Park Forest Historical Society holds its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, April 10 beginning at 3 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. The Park Forest Hall of Fame class for 2016 includes Don DeMarco, Mary and Larry Lubertozzi, K...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

Local McDonald's to hold fundraiser for family of Officer Tim Jones

An Olympia Fields McDonald’s is jumping in a community effort to provide financial assistance to the family of critically wounded Park Forest Police Officer Tim Jones.

The McDonald's, located at 2400 W. Lincoln Hwy., plans to donate 30 percent of sal...Read on...

Posted on: March 28, 2016

State Representative DeLuca to visit library for talk, April 9

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State Representative Anthony DeLuca takes part in a conversation at the Park Forest Public Library on Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m.

DeLuca will provide an update on where things stand with the state budget, issues impacting the region, and his backgroun...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Teen Job Fair Workshops, April 2

A job fair workshop for teens will be held on Saturday, April 2. The event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. Teens will learn how to communicate with purpose, how to highlight strengths, and how to...Read on...

Click to download the flyer!
Posted on: March 24, 2016

Rotary Club of Park Forest Book Sale, April 1-3

The Rotary Club of Park Forest will hold a book sale April 1 through April 3. The event will be held in the former Commerce Arc space, 298 Main Street, in DownTown Park Forest. Thousands of sorted, categorized, and reasonably priced books will be availabl...Read on...

Posted on: March 19, 2016

Police-involved shooting leaves suspect dead, officer wounded

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On March 19, 2016, at approximately 5:40 a.m., Park Forest Police were on scene at a vacant residence on the 300 block of Neola St. investigating a break-in to the structure and a stolen vehicle found at that location. When it was learned that a person wa...Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2016

Veterans Commission seeking Park Forest veterans to connect with

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The Park Forest Veterans Commission would like to connect with all military service veterans in Park Forest. Residents who served the country are encouraged to contact the Commission with their name, address and/or email address to receive future details ...Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2016

Open gyms in Park Forest

Open gyms are being offered throughout Park Forest.

The Rich East Parent Booster Club is sponsoring an open gym at Rich East High School on March 11, 15, 18, 22, and 24. The open gyms are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $4. Participants should ...Read on...

Posted on: March 8, 2016

Our Village Circle series continues with Therese Goodrich, March 12

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Our Village Circle at the Park Forest Public Library continues on Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. with a conversation with longtime Park Forest resident and Park Forest Hall of Fame Inductee Therese Goodrich.

Goodrich is a former Trustee and representati...Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2016

Easter Egg-stravaganza, March 12

Hey, parents! Grab the kids and stop over to Park Forest's Easter Egg-stravaganza on March 12 beginning at 11 a.m. Don’t forget your Easter baskets to gather eggs galore on a Village Green filled with yummy treats, and a chance to win prizes!

The Ea...Read on...

Click to download the flyer!
Posted on: March 1, 2016

March is Resident Appreciation Month

March is Resident Appreciation Month in Park Forest!

Take part in a host of events happening throughout the month:

- Hot Chocolate Bar at Village Hall | Friday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Cinco DeMarcho Brunch | Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m....Read on...

View the flyer!
Posted on: February 25, 2016

U.S. House of Representatives candidate forum, March 1

Join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area and Homewood Flossmoor Area, in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - Lambda Tau Omega Chapter, for a Candidate Forum on Tuesday., March 1 at 7 p.m. at Prairie State College

Democratic candida...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2016

Vehicle sticker sales, animal registration begin March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2016-2017 year go on sale March 1. Vehicle stickers must be displayed prior to May 1 on all vehicles registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address, even if that vehicle is not located in Park Forest....Read on...

View full vehicle sticker details.
Posted on: February 24, 2016

Early voting information

Cook County residents may cast an early ballot here at Park Forest Village Hall or at any of the County’s sites. Check cookcountyclerk/elections for the complete list of locations. Early voting takes place February 29 to March 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ...Read on...

Posted on: February 20, 2016

Gardening series begins March 12 with Community Gardens

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The Park Forest Environment Commission invites you to learn gardening with eight free instructional sessions.

The first session on community gardens will be held on March 12 at 10:30 a.m. All sessions take place in a new location this year, the Wetland...Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2016

Register now to take part in Diversity Dinners

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, the 19th Annual Diversity Dinners will be held across the south suburbs. On this evening, residents will open their homes to celebrate rich diversity in small gatherings by sharing a meal and lively discussion, which can lead...Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2016

Congresswoman Kelly to host Housing Expo on March 5

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Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a Housing Expo on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the New Early Learning Center, located at 729 Engle St., in Dolton. Participants will learn about loan modification, foreclosure prevention, down-payment as...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

Community Alert: Police investigating string of robberies along Western Avenue

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The Park Forest Police Department is actively investigating three separate incidents that occurred between January 30 and February 9, 2016 where a lone female resident of a multi-family housing area on the Western Avenue corridor was robbed or attempted t...Read on...

Posted on: February 15, 2016

Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute at Freedom Hall, March 11

The amazing re-creation of the band-the legends-the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and winners of numerous Grammy Awards- Earth Wind and Fire! Shining Star brings that special, magical era of the 70s and 80s to the stage capturing the vocals, horns ...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2016

Park Forest Baseball to hold registration through March

Registration for the upcoming Park Forest Baseball season will be held on the following dates:

Feb. 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Village Hall, March 5 from 12 to 4 p.m. at St. Ireneaus Church, March 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. at St. Ireneaus Church, and March 17...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Community Safety Presentation, March 3

A community safety presentation will be held on Thursday, March 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event features speakers from the Park Forest Fire Department, the Park Forest Police Department, and the South Suburban Fa...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2016

Film, panel discussion on Feb. 20 celebrates Black History Month

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations hosts a Black History Month program on Saturday, Feb. 20 beginning at 1 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. The program features a film on Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street, one of the most successful A...Read on...

Posted on: February 1, 2016

Last day to register to vote in March 15 election is Feb. 16

The last day to register for voting in the March 15 General Primary Election is Tuesday, February 16.

Grace Period Voting begins Feb. 17 and continues through election day March 15, and is available only at the Will County Clerk's Office. Grace Per...Read on...

Visit the Will County Clerk's website
Posted on: January 5, 2016

Our Village Circle series continues with Barbara Moore, Feb. 13

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Our Village Circle at the Park Forest Public Library continues on Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. with a conversation with former Community Relations Director Barbara Moore on the history of the integration of Park Forest.

Park Forest Hall of Fame Ind...Read on...

Click to download the flyer!
Posted on: January 27, 2016

Getting the the Heart of the Matter Valentine's Dance, Feb. 12

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Celebrate American Hearth Month in February by taking part in a fun-filled night of dance with your valentine, or meet a new valentine there.

The Village of Park Forest, in partnership with Wright Fit Coaching, presents Getting to the Heart of the Matt...Read on...

Posted on: February 4, 2016

League of Women Voters to hold talk on Civic Engagement, Feb.10

The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area and the staff of the GSU Civic Engagement and Community Service Center will hold a discussion on Civic Engagement, Service Learning and Community Service on Feb. 10. The event takes place in Engbretson Hall o...Read on...

Posted on: January 20, 2016

Park Permit Lottery, Feb. 6

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The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department will hold its Annual Parks Pavilion Permit Lottery on Saturday, February 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at Park Forest’s Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive. The event is held each year to allow members of the public th...Read on...

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Park Forest House Museum finds new home, seeks volunteers

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, operated by the Park Forest Historical Society, has a new location at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 227 Monee Road. The Museum is open Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Museum can also be shown by appoin...Read on...

Click for more info on the Historical Society!
Posted on: January 21, 2016

Relay for Life Kickoff Celebration, Jan. 26

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Representatives from the American Cancer Association will hold a Kickoff Celebration for Relay For Life of the Far South Suburbs on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Richton Park Public Library located at 22310 Latonia Lane in Richton Park.
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Learn more about Relay For Life!
Posted on: January 21, 2016

Health Careers Workshop for teens, Jan. 23

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Are you a teenager between the ages of 13 and 19, and not sure what career might be right for you? Take part in a Health Careers Workshop at Prairie State College on Jan. 23 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Careers in Focus is a teen-centered event featuring industr...Read on...

Download the flyer!
Posted on: January 19, 2016

Police Dept. Honors Ceremony, Jan. 23

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The Park Forest Police Department will hold its annual Honors Ceremony on Saturday, January 23 at 9 a.m. at Freedom Hall.

During this ceremony, the Park Forest Police Department will honor and recognize Police Department personnel members along with...Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2015

Shemekia Copeland at Freedom Hall, Jan. 22

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Shemekia Copeland’s passion for the blues gives her music power and a heart-pounding urgency. This young singer, dubbed as the new “Queen of the Blues,” has opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, scored critics choice awar...Read on...

Click to buy tickets online now!
Posted on: January 8, 2016

Police search for clues in case of woman last seen Jan. 3

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The Park Forest Police Department has concern about the whereabouts of a 31-year-old resident who has not been seen or heard from since late Sunday evening. On January 5, 2016, Brenda Jackson, of the 200 block of Arcadia St. in Park Forest, was reported m...Read on...

Posted on: January 7, 2016

Teen Zone begins Jan. 12, Friday night edition added

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A popular program with Park Forest teens returns on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Teen Zone, sponsored by Park Forest’s Recreation and Parks Department, provides a safe and fun environment for youth in grades seven through 12 to enjoy sports, video games, music, ...Read on...

Learn more about Teen Zone
Posted on: January 6, 2016

Meeting for potential owners,operators of possible Park Forest Steak 'N Shake, Jan. 12

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A Steak ‘N Shake is one step closer to coming to Park Forest.

An effort to bring the restaurant chain to the Village has captured the attention of Steak ‘N Shake representatives who now plan to hold a franchise opportunity meeting on January 12. The e...Read on...

Posted on: January 5, 2016

Our Village Circle at the Park Forest Public Library, Jan. 9

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A new speaker series titled Our Village Circle kicks-off at the Park Forest Public Library this Saturday, January 9 at 1 p.m. This new series features notable names in Park Forest leading conversation over light refreshments. This month’s featured speak...Read on...

Click to download the flyer!
Posted on: December 17, 2015

Jones receives Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award

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Yvette Jones is Park Forest’s Business Person of the Year for 2015.

Jones was presented the Sam Montella Business Person of the Year Award at Village Hall during Park Forest’s Board of Trustees meeting on December 14.

The annual award, sponsored b...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2015

Community Alert | Residential Break-ins

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In the past five weeks, there have been nine Residential Burglaries reported in the multi-family areas of Park Forest. These incidents occurred throughout the co-operative areas and Central Park Townhomes. Most of these incidents occurred on weekdays, in...Read on...

Posted on: December 14, 2015

Good Egg Award recipients recognized

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Park Forest’s latest Good Egg Award recipients, Georgette Gladstone and Caleb Warner, were recognized for their outstanding citizenship on December 7 at the Village’s Board meeting.

Alfreda Keller, chairwoman of the Park Forest Human Relations Commis...Read on...

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

Chicago Heights mayor, others to meet Thursday to discuss planned close of St. James

Mayor David A. Gonzalez announced last week public hearings to address the planned closure of St. James Hospital Chicago Heights and movement of critical services to St. James Olympia Fields. The hearings will provide residents of Chicago Heights and the ...Read on...

Click to read full story
Posted on: December 1, 2015

Park Forest Veterans Commission Pretty Purses event, Dec. 12

The Park Forest Veterans Commission will host Pretty Purses, and event honoring female veterans, on Saturday, December 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Village Hall.

The event aims to recognize female veterans and provide them with items of necessity packed insi...Read on...

Posted on: December 1, 2015

LWV to host "Mayors and Managers Forum" on Dec. 12

The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area will be hosting the “Mayors and Managers Forum” on Saturday, December 12, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Rich Township Leonard Robinson Building located at 22013 Governors Highway, Richton Park, IL 60471.

Th...Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2015

Police, Recs and Parks partner on new youth wrestling program

The Park Forest Police Department and the Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department are partnering to offer a new wrestling program for youth beginning Nov. 30.

Jr. Rockets Wrestling is a 15-week program for Park Forest kids in grades four through e...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2015

Gladstone, Warner named Good Egg Awardees for 2015

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is pleased to announce that Georgette Gladstone and Caleb Warner of Park Forest are the recipients of the 2015 Good Egg Award.

Georgette's nominator states that she was both the cheerleader and conscience o...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2015

Police taking part in toy drive, donations accepted through Dec. 21

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The Park Forest Police Department is proud to again be taking part in a toy drive to benefit needy children this holiday season through the Toys for Tots charity.

Interested residents should drop off their unwrapped gifts at the Park Forest Police Depa...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2015

Masters of Soul at Freedom Hall, Dec. 4 & 5

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An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! In the early 60s some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, MI, better known simply as MOTOWN. MASTERS OF SOUL is a celebratio...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2015

Christmas exhibit at 1950s Park Forest House Museum opens Dec. 2

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The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, Illinois, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, invites you to "Step Back into a 1950s Christmas!" exhibit, open December 2, 2015 through January 2, 2016. Call to confirm open hours for S...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2015

Final yard waste collection of 2015, Nov. 24

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The final day for yard waste collection, in single-family areas of Park Forest, is Tuesday, November 24.

Residents must use Star Disposal yard waste bags or place Star Disposal stickers on yard waste bags that are purchased from any local store or at ...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2015

Holiday Tree Lighting, Dec. 4

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting takes place Friday, December 4, beginning at 5 p.m., at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event features arts, crafts, and refreshments for kids from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The lighting of the Holiday Tree happen...Read on...

Posted on: November 9, 2015

LWV to host discussion on campaign finance, Nov. 17

Join The League of Women Voters – Park Forest Area for a program exploring money and politics. The featured speaker will be Doug Price, an experienced campaign coordinator, manager and consultant. He will explain the details and history of campaign finan...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2015

Cook County resident feedback needed for community health survey

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus and the Health Impact Collaborative of Cook County are currently conducting an important community survey initiative.

Cook County residents over the age of 18 are asked to complete this important survey to...Read on...

Click to complete the survey online now!
Posted on: October 16, 2015

Health Dept. seeks resident participation for focus groups, Nov. 12

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus is asking for participation from residents for a November 12 focus group workshop at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event will allow the Park Forest Health Department Nurse Plus to obtain valua...Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2015

Nominations being accepted for 2016 Park Forest Hall of Fame Class

The Park Forest Historical Society will be accepting nominations for the Park Forest Hall of Fame until December 30, 2015. The official form, which must accompany the nomination, is available at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road on Wedne...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2015

Ava Logan with the Southland Jazz Ensemble at Freedom Hall, Nov. 8

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Join the crowd at Freedom Hall on November 8 for an evening of jazz standards, the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and more! This not-to-be-missed performance features jazz vocalist Ava Logan backed by the big band sound of ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Nov. 1 ribbon cutting to celebrate Old Plank Trail and Thorn Creek Trail connection

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Forest Preserve District of Cook County plan to hold a ribbon cutting celebration on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. where the new eastern extension of the Old Plank Road Trail meets the new Thorn...Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2015

Safe Halloween events to include haunted house, costume contest, and more

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Park Forest's popular Safe Halloween is back! Several events are planned over a two-day period, including a haunted maze, a costume contest, and more! Click on the link below for the full schedule of events happening in DownTown Park Forest.

Trick-or...Read on...

Click to view the Safe Halloween activities!
Posted on: October 8, 2015

Homebuyer's Workshop, Oct. 21

The South Suburban Housing Center and the Village of Park Forest will hold a Homebuyer's Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Park Forest's Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Learn the steps to becoming a homeowner. To pre-regis...Read on...

Click to download the flier!
Posted on: October 13, 2015

League of Women Voters talk on budget crisis, Oct. 20

The League of Women Voters - Park Forest Area invites you to attend a panel discussion on the effect that the budget impasse is having on local social service agencies and municipalities who are delivering services despite the challenges this budget crisi...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2015

Fall Village-wide hydrant flushing to begin Oct. 19

Hydrant flushing takes place October 19 to November 20, beginning at 9 a.m., weekdays only. No flushing on weekends. Hydrants are flushed to remove rust and sediment from the water system. During flushing, your water may become discolored. There are no kn...Read on...

Click to view the progression map!
Posted on: October 1, 2015

Fire Department to take part in Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10) with special events

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Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide...Read on...

Click for more info on Fire Prevention Week events
Posted on: September 24, 2015

64th Annual Pancake Day, Oct. 3 at Rich East High School

The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest hosts its 64th Annual Pancake Day, Saturday, Oct. 3, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rich East High School. Advance tickets are $3 for children under 12 an $6 for adults. Tickets at the door are $4 for children under 12 and $7 f...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2015

Booker T. Jones LIVE at Freedom Hall, Oct. 2

On Friday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m., the opening performance for the 2015 Freedom Hall Series will feature legendary musician, Booker T. Jones.

It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible...Read on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2015

Ostenburg signals support for stronger clean air protections from President Obama

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Last week, Park Forest Mayor John A. Ostenburg joined more than 65 mayors from around the country in signing a letter signaling support for President Obama setting the strongest possible clean air protections against smog pollution, also known as ground-l...Read on...

Click to read the letter!
Posted on: September 23, 2015

Missing Park Forest senior located

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UPDATE: Pauline Patton has been located and is back with her family. (9/24/15)

Police in Park Forest are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing elderly woman. Pauline Patton, 79, walked away from her residence on Antietam Street ...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2015

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 26

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The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-off unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription drugs and/ or other medications at the Park Forest Police Depart...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2015

Family and Veterans Health & Fitness Fest, Sept. 26

The 3rd Annual Family and Veterans Health and Fitness Fest takes place Saturday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Village Green in DownTown Park Forest.

Click below to download the flier.

Click to download the flier!
Posted on: September 14, 2015

Gardening lecture on harvesting techniques & workday, Sept. 19

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Park Forest’s gardening lecture series continues this Saturday with a session on harvesting techniques and workday.

The free lecture series, presented by the Village of Park Forest in collaboration with the Park Forest Environment Commission, Thorn C...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2015

National Congress of Black Women 6th Anniversary & Scholarship Benefit, Sept. 19

The National Congress of Black Women, Metro Chicago Chapter (NCBW-MCC) is sponsoring its Sixth Anniversary & Scholarship Benefit on Saturday, September 19 from 3-6 p.m. at the Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre, 410 Lakewood Blvd. in Park Forest, IL....Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2015

60th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, Sept. 19-20

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Boasting a rich history and wealth of gifted artists, along with status as one of the Southland’s most valued annual treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by Tall Grass Arts Association, celebrates its 60th year in 2015. The event takes place Sep...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Village-wide Garage Sale, Sept. 18-20

Do you have items in your home you no longer need that could become someone else’s treasures? Do you love a good deal and enjoy a great garage sale or flea market? Park Forest’s Village-wide Garage Sale brings together buyers from near and far for one la...Read on...

Click to view registered homes participating!
Posted on: September 4, 2015

Labor Day closings

Park Forest’s Village Hall will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 7.

Star Disposal will also be closed on Labor Day. All pick-ups will be delayed one day for the week of Sept. 6 only. Garbage will be picked-up on Wednesday, Sept. 9 ...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Document destruction event, Sept. 12

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The Village of Park Forest will hold a document destruction event on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in DownTown Park Forest at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive. The event is free and limited to Park Forest residents only. ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Ten Park Forest businesses receive Best of Chicago's Southland recognition

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Ten Park Forest businesses and one Park Forest festival were among the winners named in the Daily Southtown’s Best of the Southland for 2015. Below are the categories followed by the winner for each.

Catering Service
Southland Caterers319 Main St....Read on...

Click to view the full list of winners
Posted on: August 20, 2015

Police investigating report of missing woman

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The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a report of a missing person.

Jerrica Laws, also known as “Ric- Ric”, was last seen walking in the 200 block of Lee Street in Park Forest on Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Laws was reported missing by f...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Village lands 19th consecutive financial reporting award

The Village of Park Forest was recently notified that its audit – also known as the Certified Annual Financial Report – for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 has been recognized to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the I...Read on...

Posted on: August 10, 2015

Gardening lecture on backyard fruits, Aug. 15

Park Forest’s gardening lecture series continues on Saturday, August 15 with a session on backyard fruits. Dr. James Theuri from the University of Illinois will teach attendees how to successfully raise different fruit varieties in your own backyard.
...Read on...

Download the series bookmark!
Posted on: August 4, 2015

Park Forest makerlab wins grant for second straight year

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the 80 winners of the second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest was among the grant recipients for the second year in a row. The recipients repre...Read on...

Click to read the full press release from the SBA!
Posted on: July 17, 2015

Community Transportation Service Seminar, Aug. 6

The Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission will sponsor a Community Transportation Service Seminar on Thursday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, in Park Forest's DownTown.

The event will provide information about tran...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Community Forum, August 4

A community forum will be held on Tuesday, August 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Unitarian Universality Community Church in Park Forest, 70 Sycamore Dr.

The forum will provide an opportunity for residents to better understand some potential cuts to the stat...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2015

Sounds of Insects at Thorn Creek Woods, July 31

As the sun goes down many animals are just becoming active, and even though it is hard to see them with the fading light, you know they are there because of their calls. Join a naturalist at Thorn Creek Woods on Friday, July 31, 7:30 -9:30 p.m.to explore ...Read on...

Click to visit Thorn Creek's website now!
Posted on: July 17, 2015

Learn to recycle paints at Farmers' Market, July 25

Come to learn how to recycle water based/latex paint at the Park Forest Farmers' Market, Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Park Forest Farmers' Market is located at 271 W. Lakewood Blvd., just across from the Park Forest Police Department. ...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

Gardening lecture series continues July 18

Don't let your extra fruits and vegetables go to waste! Discover safe preservation techniques to enjoy garden produce all year long. University of Illinois Extension Educator Drusilla Banks shows you how with a presentation on basic preservation techniq...Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2015

Free homebuyers workshop, July 18

The Village of Park Forest is sponsoring a free homebuyers expo on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., in Park Forest.

The program will begin with an expert answering the following questions:

- How to obta...Read on...

Click to register now!
Posted on: July 9, 2015

School District 227 registration dates

School District 227 has announced registration dates for the 2015-16 school year. For details, click on the link below.

Click for District 227 registration information!
Posted on: July 8, 2015

Health Department offering school physicals

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold school physicals for kids on the following dates:

July 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 31 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.August 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
September 4 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Please note th...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2015

Midsummer Madness, July 15

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On Wednesday, July 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Village of Park Forest’s Economic Development and Planning Department will hold its annual Midsummer Madness event in the Village’s DownTown.

How It Works:
Register at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall...Read on...

Pre-register now!
Posted on: July 6, 2015

Garbage pick-up

Due to Independence Day falling on a weekend, there will be no delay in garbage or recycling pick-up. Pick-up day will remain the same for a single-family homes.

If you live in a multi-family housing area (cooperatives or apartment complexes) check wi...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2015

4th of July celebration

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Independence Day in Park Forest has been one of the most popular community celebrations for years. Voted Best Fireworks in the Southland by the SouthtownStar, Park Forest has a reputation for knowing how to celebrate July 4.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. w...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2015

Fire Department warns about the dangers of heatstroke

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Heatstroke is the No. 1 killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Park Forest Fire Department has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to attempt to ...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2015

School District 163 announces 2015-16 registration schedule

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 will conduct registration for the 2015-2016 school year for new and returning students from June 23 through August 11 at 21st Century School, 240 S. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to no...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2015

Park Forest launches Civic Leadership Academy, app deadline July 31

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The Village of Park Forest is offering a new civic leadership program to area residents with the first cohort slated to begin coursework in September.

The Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy, a nine-month program, will consist of a select group of Pa...Read on...

More on the Park Forest Civic Leadership Academy!
Posted on: June 25, 2015

State budget discussion at Governors State University, June 26

Community Forum hosted by Governors State University and the Consortium for Civic Engagement

Friday, June 26
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Engbretson Hall(Late Registration 8:30 – 9 a.m.)

The forum will include a panel discussion featuring:
- Yvonne Orr-...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2015

Aqua Center to serve as host location for world record attempt, June 18

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On Thursday, June 18, 2015, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the sixth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record.™ The global record attempt for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), ...Read on...

Click for more on World's Largest Swim Lesson!
Posted on: June 11, 2015

Veteran's Housing, Resources & Job Fair, June 23

A FREE Veteran's Housing, Resources & Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Park Forest at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

Click the link below to view more details on the event.

Click to view the full event details!
Posted on: June 10, 2015

Two dead, one injured in single-car crash on Algonquin Street

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at approximately 12:30 a.m., a Park Forest Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving southbound on Western Avenue at a high rate of speed. Prior to the officer being able to turn around and stop the speeding vehicle...Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2015

Main Street Nights kicks-off June 10

The Village of Park Forest is sponsoring free entertainment in DownTown Park Forest for seven weeks this summer. The family oriented Main Street Nights features local and regional entertainers on stage in the Village Green located at Cunningham and Main S...Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2015

FREE Ice Cream Social, June 6

The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations will hold a FREE Ice Cream Social on the Village Green on Saturday, June 6th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Parks clean-up day, June 6

The Park Forest Recreation and Parks Advisory Board asks for your participation in a parks clean-up day on June 6. Spend the morning helping spruce up some of the Village’s parks, and then enjoy grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch, courtesy of the Re...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2015

Park Forest lands 3-STAR Community Rating for sustainable practices

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The Village of Park Forest is pleased to announce its new 3-STAR Community Rating for leadership in sustainable practices by STAR Community Rating System (STAR).

The STAR Community Rating System is a robust sustainability rating system for cities,...Read on...

View STAR's point breakdown for Park Forest
Posted on: May 13, 2015

Police youth program accepting applications, begins June 15

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The Park Forest Police Athletics and Activities Center (P.A.A.C.) program is a summer youth program supervised by Park Forest Police and adult leaders from the community. The program provides area youth ages 10 to 15 with structured activities that build ...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2015

Village seeks nominations for Good Egg Award

Park Forest Commission on Human Relations is looking for people who have gone beyond the call of duty for the Good Egg Award. The award honors youth and adults who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the quality of life in their communities...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Memorial Day program, May 25

The Park Forest American Legion hosts a Memorial Day program in DownTown Park Forest on Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. on the Village Green (corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive).
The program is free to attend.

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Broadway in Park Forest auditions, May 23

Do you or someone you know dream of starring in your own Broadway show? If the answer is yes, Park Forest is holding auditions May 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Village Hall for a summer Broadway-style production! All ages are welcome to audition. The show will be h...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Carnival returns May 21 through May 25

The Park Forest Youth Commission-sponsored carnival returns May 21 to May 25 at the corner of Indianwood Boulevard and Orchard Drive! See the coupon at the bottom of this page along with additional information inside. For more information, including hour...Read on...

Download the flier!
Posted on: May 12, 2015

Michelle Obama School presents musical, May 21

Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts will present “A Night of Gospel and Motown” at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at Bloom High School auditorium, 101 W. 10th St., Chicago Heights.

Tickets for the musical event, which will feature Michelle Obam...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

Congresswoman Kelly, others attend makerspace opening

A grand opening for the new SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest was held on Wednesday, May 6, featuring several notable attendees including Congresswoman Robin Kelly. The event began at Park Forest's Freedom Hall with a viewing of Maker the Movie and words...Read on...

Click to learn more about courses at the maker lab
Posted on: May 4, 2015

Diversified Alliances Inc. seeks homes to weatherize, residents to train for jobs

At a recent Village Board meeting, a representative from Diversified Alliances Inc. shared information on two valuable programs available to Park Forest residents.

Diversified Alliances Inc. (DAI) is a business management, consulting firm, providing se...Read on...

Download the fliers on the programs!
Posted on: May 1, 2015

Senior Fair, May 15

The Rich Township Senior Fair will be held on Friday, May 15 at the Richton Park Community Center, 4445 Sauk Trail, in Richton Park. Estate planning, medicare, social security and many other local health and senior service vendors will be on hand. Reduced...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Health Department Director on smoke-free housing initiative

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Everyone deserves to breathe clean air. And in 2007, to protect the residents of Cook County and the State of Illinois from the dangers of second-hand smoke, two laws went into effect: the Cook County Clean Indoor Act of 2007 and the Smoke Free Illinois A...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2015

Famers' Market season returns

The Park Forest Farmers’ Market returns for 2015 beginning Saturday, May 2 at 7 a.m. The Market hosts 22 full spaces with a variety of fresh flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery goods, herbs and dairy products. Local businesses are also on hand ...Read on...

Learn more about the Park Forest Farmers' Marke
Posted on: April 24, 2015

Grand opening ceremony for SouthWorks MakerLab, May 6

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The grand opening celebration for SouthWorks MakerLab starts at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, on Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony will start with a screening of Maker: The Movie, followed by comments from Mayor Ostenburg, Mollie Dow...Read on...

Click here to register for event.
Posted on: April 29, 2015

Newly elected, re-elected Village Board members sworn-in

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Re-elected Board members John A. Ostenburg, Mae Brandon, and Georgia O'Neill, along with newcomer Tiffani Graham, were sworn-in to their posts Tuesday at Village Hall.

Close to 100 people filled the Board room to congratulate those beginning their te...Read on...

View the final election results
Posted on: April 14, 2015

Hydrant flushing in progress, new map tracks where crews are

Hydrant flushing begins on April 20 and will continue through Memorial Day.

Flushing begins at 9 a.m., on weekdays only. No flushing will take place on weekends.

Hydrants are flushed to remove rust and sediment from the water system. During hydran...Read on...

View the hydrant flushing progress map!
Posted on: April 20, 2015

Village Hall to extend hours on select dates for vehicle sticker sales

Park Forest’s Village Hall will have special hours on select dates leading up to the April 30 deadline for 2015-16 vehicle sticker sales, prior to the assessment of late fees.

Special hours will be:
Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday,...Read on...

Click to purchase your sticker online now!
Posted on: April 23, 2015

Final results from April 7 election

The following results from the April 7 election are considered final per Cook and Will Counties.

Office/Candidate | Total votes

Mayor
John Ostenburg 1,665JeRome Brown 946
Trustee
Mae Brandon 1,847Georgia O'Neill 1,343
Tiffan...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2015

Health Department course aims to help residents quit smoking

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus is proud to offer Freedom From Smoking®, an eight-week program produced by the American Lung Association that will provide support and skills needed to quit smoking. A trained facilitator, who understands the ...Read on...

Download the flier!
Posted on: April 23, 2015

Folks on Spokes Easter bike ride, April 26

The 34th Annual Folks on Spokes Easter Bike Ride is slated for April 26. The ride begins at Park Forest’s Village Hall between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.*

Riders can choose from five routes: 17, 26, 37, 53, and 70 miles. The fee for riders is $25. To regis...Read on...

Visit the Folks on Spokes website!
Posted on: April 20, 2015

Country Squire Foods coupons in April water bill

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In the April water bills, each household received a coupon page for Country Squire Foods in Park Forest.

Residents are encouraged to redeem your coupons at the store and save.

Country Squire Foods is located at 120 S. Orchard Drive. Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2015

CROP Hunger Walk in Park Forest, April 26

The 2015 South Suburban CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, April 26. The walk begins and ends at Trinity Lutheran Church in Park Forest. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Opening ceremonies start at 1:35 p.m. The walk officially kicks-off at 2 p.m. ...Read on...

Click for more details!
Posted on: April 10, 2015

Thorn Creek hosts Earth Day celebration, April 25

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On Earth Day, April 25, the legacy of Jon Mendelson, the long-time Governors State University (GSU) professor, field ecologist and chair of Thorn Creek’s Management Commission who died last November, will be honored. A dedicated champion of open space, an...Read on...

Visit Thorn Creek's website!
Posted on: April 8, 2015

Recycling tour Earth Day celebration, April 22

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The Park Forest Environment Commission invites you to see what happens to your recycled items after they leave the curb. View the recycling process at Homewood Star Disposals state-of-the-art sorting and processing facility in Homewood.

This FREE tour...Read on...

Register now!
Posted on: April 10, 2015

Sustainable Saturdays returns April 18

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Park Forest’s Sustainable Saturdays for gardeners returns April 18 with a workshop on vegetables in raised beds and container gardening.

The free lecture series, presented by the Village of Park Forest in collaboration with the Park Forest Environment...Read on...

Download the series bookmark!
Posted on: April 10, 2015

Garden Club presents a program on roses, April 14

The Garden Club of Park Forest presents a membership and guest tea event featuring a program on roses, Tuesday, April 14, beginning at noon, at St. Mary School, 227 Monee Road in Park Forest.

John Pais, founding member of the Sauk Trail Rose Society, ...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2015

Street sweeping scheduled for April 13-17

The first street sweeping of the year will take place Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 17. The contractor will start in the north part of town, in the Lincolnwood neighborhood, and continue south.

Multi-family areas will be swept Friday, April 1...Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2015

2015 Park Forest Hall of Fame class induction, April 12

Park Forest Historical Society's annual Park Forest Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sunday April 12, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Park Forest Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd. The ceremony and reception are free and open to the general public. Inductee...Read on...

View a list of Park Forest Hall of Fame inductees!
Posted on: April 10, 2015

Ardunino workshop at Park Forest Makers Space, April 11

The first course to be held at the Park Forest Maker Space will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The course, which provides students with an understanding of microcontroller basics for coding and application design using the versatil...Read on...

Download the flier!
Posted on: April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015 election results

Below are unofficial election results for the April 7, 2015 races for Park Forest village president, Park Forest trustee (3 seats available), and Park Forest Public Library trustee (2 seats available).

Results reflect votes received in Cook County, Wi...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2015

Village adopts complete streets policy

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The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted the Park Forest Complete Streets Policy on March 23, taking another step toward more sustainable practices.

The Complete Streets movement aims to develop integrated, connected networks of streets that are safe...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2015

ComEd to provide assistance to customers in need

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ComEd announces it has dedicated $10 million in assistance funds for 2015 to help customers struggling to pay their electric bill. ComEd is urging customers who have fallen behind on paying their electric bill to contact ComEd to see if they are eligible ...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2015

Observation deck named in honor of former Parks director

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The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted a resolution Monday evening, on a recommendation from the Park Forest Environment Commission, to officially name the Central Park observation deck in honor of former Recreation and Parks Director John Joyce.

T...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2015

Program featuring LIVE bats, April 1

The Thorn Creek Audubon Society presents a special program featuring LIVE bats, Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd.

The Organization for Bat Conservation will bring a North American insect-eating bat, a Leaf-nosed Bat from...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2015

FREE Mardi Gras Brunch, location change

The final event scheduled as part of Resident Appreciation Month, a Mardi Gras Brunch, takes place March 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features a live band, food, and a raffle.

Please note that the venue for the event has changed to Lux 223, loc...Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2015

Health Dept. aims to donate 300 pounds of food by April 1

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Last year, the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus served as one of several drop-off locations for food donations as part of the United Way’s April Food Day initiative.

April Food Day is an event to promote awareness of food pantries by bringi...Read on...

Watch a video on donating food at the Health Dept!
Posted on: March 17, 2015

Police to conduct roadside safety check Sunday

The Park Forest Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Will County during the hours of 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, until 2 a.m. on Monday, March 23. The RSC will be held along Western Avenue, north of Sycamore Drive.

The Park...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2015

Early voting begins March 23

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Early voting for the April 7, 2015 consolidate general election begins Monday, March 23.

Cook County residents may cast an early ballot here at Park Forest Village Hall from Monday, March 23 thru Saturday, April 4, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday thr...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Park Forest officials oppose Governor's proposed cuts

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Dear Residents,

Many municipalities across the state are keeping a watchful eye on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal to cut 50 percent in what’s called the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF). In short, the LGDF are dollars generated lo...Read on...

Click here to contact all of your reps in 1 email!
Posted on: March 13, 2015

Woods Music at Thorn Creek Nature Center, March 27

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Come celebrate the early spring woods with music at the annual Woods Music Benefit on Friday, March 27, 7 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. The evening will feature music performed by the South Suburban Dulcimer Society, Sacramento Sunset and more.

T...Read on...

View and share the flier for the event!
Posted on: January 12, 2015

Final NPC Candidate Forum, March 22

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The Park Forest Non-Partisan Committee's candidate forums, aimed at allowing residents the opportunity to hear from candidates running for elected office, conclude with the final candidate forum taking place on Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m.

Learn more ab...Read on...

Learn more about the Nonpartisan Committee!
Posted on: March 9, 2015

C.J. Chenier at Freedom Hall, March 13

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On Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Freedom Hall Series will present Zydeco extraordinaire C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band.

C.J. Chenier talks a lot about energy. Ask him why he recorded a certain song and he’ll tell you he likes the ener...Read on...

Purchase tickets now!
Posted on: March 5, 2015

March is Resident Appreciation Month

Several resident appreciation events are slated to take place this month. The events include:

o Tuesday, March 10 and Saturday, March 21: Resident Credit & Budgeting Workshop, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Board Room of Village Hall

o Friday, Ma...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Prostate & Testicular Cancer Screening, March 13

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White Crain’s Wellness Nurse and the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will present life-saving information on prostate and testicular cancer. This interactive workshop will also offer a free prostate (PSA blood test) screening for men over the ag...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Online bill pay site now live

Park Forest new online bill pay site for utility bill payments is now live.

Click on the link below to visit the site, create an account, and pay your bill now.

Visit Park Forest's utility bill pay site
Posted on: March 3, 2015

Early voting information

Voters interested in voting early should visit the following locations during the following days and times.

WILL COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE 302 North Chicago Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432 815-740-4632

Serving all of Will County February 26* – ...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2015

Meet Park Forest Police's new chief and deputy chief

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Pete Green (pictured left), a 25-year veteran of the Park Forest Police Department, was named Park Forest’s new police chief earlier this month. Green succeeds former Police Chief Cliff Butz who retired from the department.

Green holds a masters degr...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Rich East student earns Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship

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Sarah Abbott, a senior at Rich East High School in Park Forest, has earned a prestigious Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship award, and will attend Purdue University in the fall. She is enrolled as Management undecided and plans to concentrate in Information Sy...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Scholarship applications applications due Tuesday

Scholarship applications for Park Forest students are available now.

Four students will receive scholarship awards from the Village of Park Forest -- three students will receive the Park Forest Scholarship in the amount of $500 and one student will re...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Vehicle stickers go on sale March 1

Park Forest vehicle stickers for the 2015-2016 year go on sale March 1. Vehicle stickers must be displayed prior to May 1 on all vehicles registered with the State of Illinois with a Park Forest address, even if that vehicle is not located in Park Forest....Read on...

Click for complete vehicle sticker information!
Posted on: February 17, 2015

Park Forest Baseball next registration, Feb. 28

Park Forest Baseball holds its next registration Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Village Hall.

The final registration for Park Forest Baseball is:

*March 12
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

*All fees due by this date.

For more details, visit www.parkfores...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Black History Month Program, Feb. 21

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The Park Forest Commission on Human Relations presents a Black History Month program celebrating African-American investors on Saturday, Feb. 21, beginning at 2 p.m., at Freedom Hall. A special, live painting by talented artists will be conducted as part...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Historical Society family history research program, Feb. 22

"How to Start Family History Research: A Roundtable Discussion"

On Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive, the Park Forest Historical Society will be hosting, "How to Start Family History Res...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

Potpourri of Lectures at the Park Forest Public Library

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The Friends of the Park Forest Library announce the 2015 schedule for the Potpourri of Lectures, taking place in the Ringering Room of the Park Forest Public Library, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

February 12 - “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, ...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2015

After exhibit, Historical Society to search for new museum location

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, Illinois, invites you to "Step Back Into a 1950s Valentines Day," from February 4 -March 4, 2015. The museum is decorated with vintage valentines and decorations. One room repr...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Educate yourself on measles

The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus wants you to be aware of measles – how to protect against the disease and what to do in the event of a suspected case.

Click below to download an informative document on measles. Read on...

Download the flier!
Posted on: February 3, 2015

Parks permit lottery happens Saturday

Park Forest's Recreation and Parks Department will hold its annual parks permit lottery this Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

Those interested in taking part in the lottery are encouraged to arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

The lottery is...Read on...

View the flier for full details!
Posted on: February 2, 2015

Post-winter storm details for residents

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The following are helpful and important post-snowstorm details for Park Forest residents to be aware of:

- Park Forest experienced 2,198 homes without power due to the winter storm. Roughly 94 percent of those power outages have been corrected. The es...Read on...

View ComEd's outage map
Posted on: February 1, 2015

Residents urged to stay indoors due to blizzard

Park Forest's full compliment of snow plows are out and about doing their best to clear snow that is expected to fall at a rate of one inch per hour throughout the afternoon into the evening.

As a reminder, crews remove snow from main roads first bef...Read on...

Sign-up for outage alerts via cell from ComEd!
Posted on: January 30, 2015

School District 227 to offer workshop for parents, Feb. 19

School District 227 will host an interactive workshop for parents on Tuesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Rich Township High School District 227 Administrative Center, 20550 South Cicero in Matteson.

Parents and District 227 staff will eng...Read on...

View the flier!
Posted on: January 12, 2015

NPC Candidate Forums continue Feb. 8

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The Park Forest Non-Partisan Committee's candidate forums, aimed at allowing residents the opportunity to hear from candidates running for elected office in Park Forest in the April election, continue on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m.

The forum will be held...Read on...

Learn more about the Nonpartisan Committee!
Posted on: January 15, 2015

Masters of Soul at Freedom Hall, Feb. 13

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An encore performance for Masters of Soul, formerly Masters of Motown! In the early ‘60s some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City of Detroit, MI, better known simply as Motown.

Masters of Soul is ...Read on...

Learn more about Masters of Soul & get your tix!
Posted on: January 13, 2015

Free Hearing Screenings at Health Department

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold a free hearing screening on Thursday, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Due to limited space, residents are encouraged to call early to schedule an appointment.

To schedule your appointment...Read on...

Posted on: January 12, 2015

Non-Partisan Committee's Candidate Forums begin Jan. 25

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It began 60 years ago, when the young Village of Park Forest made a bold step by eliminating party politics from all local elections as then Village President Henry Dietch declared “there is no Democratic way of picking up garbage. There is no Republican ...Read on...

Learn more about the Nonpartisan Committee!
Posted on: January 5, 2015

Be prepared for the cold

Last Tuesday, the Public Works Department received its first frozen water line report of the season. Public Works was able to thaw the water line and restore service to the resident.

Due to low temperatures, the potential for freezing pipes is there ...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2015

Christmas tree disposal at the Aqua Center

If you're looking to dispose of your Christmas tree, the Park Forest Aqua Center is a drop-off site, now through Jan. 31.

The north side of the parking lot of the Aqua Center is sectioned off where residents should look to drop their trees.

Resident...Read on...

Posted on: December 31, 2014

Park Forest Baseball Registration

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Park Forest Baseball is now registering for the 2015 season.

Due to scheduling difficulties, the Jan. 3 registration for Park Forest Baseball has been cancelled.

Upcoming Park Forest Baseball registration dates are:

Jan. 17
12 p.m. – 4 p.m. ...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2014

Water Main Project Public Notice

PUBLIC COMMENT NOTICE

IEPA FUNDING OF WATER MAIN IMPROVEMENTS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS

VILLAGE OF PARK FOREST, ILLINOIS

1. Purpose of the Project. The purpose of this Project is to install approximately 22,000 lineal feet of new water main i...Read on...

Posted on: December 12, 2014

Village adopts Bike & Pedestrian Plan

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The Park Forest Board of Trustees adopted the proposed Park Forest Bike & Pedestrian Plan at the Dec. 8 Village Board meeting.

A Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance grant application was written and awarded f...Read on...

View the Park Forest Bike & Pedestrian Plan!
Posted on: December 12, 2014

2015 Board of Trustees schedule available

The 2015 Village of Park Forest Board of Trustees schedule is now available.

Find out dates of regular meetings, rules meetings, along with holidays to be observed in the Village in 2015.

Print off the schedule and keep it in your home to stay up t...Read on...

View the 2015 Holiday & Meeting Schedule!
Posted on: December 11, 2014

Rich East Drama Club performance, Dec. 12-13

The Rich East High School Drama Club presents "A Lesson Before Dying" at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, in the school auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children.

Rich East High School is ...Read on...

Posted on: November 28, 2014

Rally for the Cure tennis event, Dec. 13

The Park Forest Tennis and Health Club will host Rally for the Cure, an event benefiting Breast Cancer Research, on Dec. 13 at 5 p.m.

The competition will feature three playing styles: round robin, tennis and pickle ball.

Registration for the event ...Read on...

Posted on: December 3, 2014

Grande Prairie Singers Holiday Concert

The 60-voice Grande Prairie Singers, directed by Jo Rodenburg, will ring in their 37th season of bringing song to the Southland with its annual “Winterlude” concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 14 in Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest.

This fa...Read on...

Posted on: December 3, 2014

Breedlove named Business Person of the Year

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Bree Breedlove of State Farm Insurance is Park Forest's Business Person of the Year for 2014.

Breedlove received eight nominations from the Park Forest community to secure the award.

Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) member Phi...Read on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Petition packets available for April elections

Petition packets are currently available in the Manager’s Office at Village Hall for any resident wishing to run for elected office in Park Forest in the April 7, 2015 election.

On the ballot in April will be the office of the mayor and three Village t...Read on...

Posted on: December 1, 2014

Cook County to hold Long Range Transportation Plan open houses

Nine months into the development of Cook County’s first Long Range Transportation Plan in 70 years, the County is hosting several open houses seeking resident and business input on transportation priorities and potential long-range scenarios. Cook County ...Read on...

Learn more about the project!
Posted on: November 26, 2014

Woodland Carols at Thorn Creek Nature Center, Dec. 13

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Warm up to the Winter Solstice with Woodland Carols on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Savor homemade soups while listening to holiday music by popular area performers. This event is an annual holiday food drive ...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Health Insurance Theft, Identify Theft Seminar, Dec. 4

The Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission will host an event on health insurance theft and identify theft Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive.

Health Insurance theft is a rising occurrence that may aren't awa...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Notice of proposed property tax levy, hearing Dec. 1

I. A public hearing to approve a proposed property tax levy for the Village of Park Forest shall be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, Board Room, 350 Victory Drive, Park Forest, Illinois.

Any person desiring to appear at t...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Holiday-themed performances at Freedom Hall

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Enjoy the following holiday-themed performances at Park Forest's Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theatre in December and get into the holiday spirit in a fun-filled, intimate setting right in your own backyard!

Winter Wonderland with Mandy Barnett | D...Read on...

Buy Tickets Now!
Posted on: November 3, 2014

Public Open House for Bike & Pedestrian Plan, Nov. 19

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On Wednesday, November 19, the Village of Park Forest will host a public open house for its draft bicycle and pedestrian plan at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street in DownTown Park Forest, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The draft plan will guide the Village's deci...Read on...

View more details about the plan!
Posted on: November 5, 2014

Info session on Ebola virus, Nov. 17

The Park Forest Health Department will host an information session on the Ebola virus Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.

Learn how you can protect yourself against the virus and what the latest news is on...Read on...

Download the flier!
Posted on: October 22, 2014

10th Annual Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 9

The Village of Park Forest will hold its 10th Annual Veterans Day Celebration at Freedom Hall on Nov. 9 featuring live music by Ava Logan.

Ava Logan is an award winning singer-actress from Washington, D.C., who now lives in the Chicago area. She is a v...Read on...

Download the flier!
Posted on: November 5, 2014

Slide Brothers at Freedom Hall, Nov. 7

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The Slide Brothers will perform blues, rock and soul at Freedom Hall on Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The Slide Brothers were recently featured as part of the “Experience Hendrix Tour”, with their interpretations of Jimmy Hendrix signature songs “Pur...Read on...

Click for more details!
Posted on: October 22, 2014

Veterans Housing and Resource Fair, Nov. 7

A veterans housing and resource fair will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Thornton Township Hall, 333 East 162nd St., South Holland, IL.

This FREE Housing & Resource Fair and Forum is for:
• Housing locating assistance for ...Read on...

View the flier!
Posted on: October 27, 2014

Waste Tire Collection, Nov. 1

A waste tire collection event -- open to all Will County residents -- will be held on November 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in University Park.

Location: University Park Towncenter Mall
60 Towncenter Drive University Park, ...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Nominate a Business Person of the Year

The Park Forest Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) seeks nominees from residents, civic groups, and businesses to recognize a Park Forest business owner who is committed to community service. Do you know a Park Forest business owner who has made a...Read on...

Download the nomination form now!
Posted on: October 27, 2014

Thorn Creek Plan Public Meeting, Oct. 30

Thorn Creek Watershed-Based Plan Addendum public meeting.

When: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where (Note new location):
Village of Park ForestFire Department Training Room
156 Indianwood Boulevard Park Forest, IL 60466

...Read on...

View the meeting agenda!
Posted on: October 24, 2014

Park Forest remembers Cynthia Reed

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The Village of Park Forest is mourning the loss of former Village Trustee Cynthia Reed.

Reed served as Village Trustee from April 2006 through April 2007. Cynthia was also a member of the Commission on Human Relations and was actively involved in the...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2014

Hydrant flushing begins today

Three weeks of hydrant flushing begin today in Park Forest. The first neighborhoods scheduled are the Lincolnwood and Eastgate neighborhoods.

Contractors will move south through Park Forest over the next three weeks.

Blue hydrant flushing signs will...Read on...

Posted on: October 16, 2014

Halloween in Park Forest

SAFE HALLOWEEN
The Village of Park Forest will hold Halloween festivities DownTown on October 31, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event is free and will feature a scarecrow contest, a costume contest, games and lots of ...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Oct. 29 public meeting on Illinois Enterprise Zone

A public meeting will be held regarding the creation of an Illinois Enterprise Zone – to be named the Will-Cook Enterprise Zone – with discussion of local plans, tax incentives, and other programs established in relation to the Zone. The proposed zone wou...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Skulls and Bones art program at Thorn Creek, Oct. 26

Kids of all ages can bone up on their artistic skills and anatomical knowledge at Thorn Creek Nature Center on Oct. 26. Join the fun at Thorn Creek Nature Center for “Skulls and Bones,” a Halloween art experience.

There are two session available: 1-...Read on...

Learn more about Thorn Creek Nature Center
Posted on: September 29, 2014

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago live, Oct. 11

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The Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago will perform at Freedom Hall on Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago was founded in 1972. They perform authentic interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dan...Read on...

Buy Tickets Now!
Posted on: September 26, 2014

Construction to impact Village Hall traffic flow

An on-going construction project on Victory Drive continues next week with major work taking place just outside of Village Hall. For Tuesday only, parking will be moved to the west side of Village Hall. The pavement will be rough but walkable. Resident...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2014

New grocer to open in Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest is pleased to announce that a new grocery store is planning to open in town, with all indicators pointing to that happening in the next few months.

Country Squire Foods, currently with a location in Chicago Heights, will ope...Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2014

Petition packets now available for April races

Petition packets are now available for Park Forest residents interested in running for Village office in the April 7, 2015 elections.

Seats that are open include Mayor, a 4-year term, three Village Trustee seats, 4-year terms, two seats Library Truste...Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2014

Thorn Creek Nature Center to host Garlic Fest Oct. 4

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On Saturday, October 4, from noon to 3 p.m., Thorn Creek Nature Center will hold Garlic Fest, an afternoon of family fun celebrating organically grown garlic with recipes, cooking, crafts, hikes, planting & growing demonstrations, garlic refreshments,...Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2014

College For Youth Program, October 4

The National Congress of Black Women Metro Chicago Chapter (NCBW-MCC), in partnership with the Village of Park Forest and Governors State University, present College for Youth, a college and career preparation program, on Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. ...Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2014

Police to accept prescription drugs on Sept. 27

The Park Forest Police Department will serve as a drop-off site for the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Park Forest Police Department is located at 200 Lakewood Blvd.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Ba...Read on...

Posted on: September 19, 2014

Park Forest sustainability plan to be featured at Sept. 25 conference

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Did you know…

That Park Forest was ahead of its time? As a planned community built in the 1950s and 60s, Park Forest was conceived of as an early model for smart growth (decades before the term “smart growth” was popularized). The Village was specific...Read on...

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Posted on: September 19, 2014

Fire Department to hold car seat check on September 20

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The Park Forest Fire Department will hold a car seat check on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Fire Station. The event is free.

The Park Forest Fire Station is located at 156 Lakewood Blvd.

Posted on: September 17, 2014

59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair happens this weekend

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The 59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair will be held on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest.

The Park Forest Art Fair is the second oldest juried fair in the Chicagoland area. Artists come from ...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

Document destruction event set for September 13

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The Village of Park Forest, in partnership with the Will County Land Use Department, will hold a document destruction event on Saturday, September 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in DownTown Park Forest at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive.

R...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Music Fest added to Park Forest Art Fair

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The Village of Park Forest, in conjunction with the 59th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, will host a music festival in DownTown Park Forest on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The lineup of bands performing includes an eclectic m...Read on...

Learn more about the Park Forest Art Fair!
Posted on: September 4, 2014

Park Forest one of 50 to win Growth Accelerator Fund competition

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The acceler...Read on...

Click to watch Park Forest's pitch video!
Posted on: September 3, 2014

Park Forest Police take part in ALS Challenge

Park Forest Police Department Deputy Chief Pete Green challenged fellow police chiefs and commanders of the Department to participate in the ALS Icebucket Challenge. All agreed but had no idea what they were in for.

Deputy Chief Green has now ch...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2014

New Teen Zone session begins Sept. 2

The latest session of an after-school program catered to junior high and high school students begins Tuesday.

Click below to download the flier!

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Posted on: August 29, 2014

Library looks to fill vacant trustee position

A position on the Park Forest Library Board of Trustees is now vacant until the next election, which will be held in April 2015. The vacancy can be filled until that time by appointment by the Park Forest Library Board.

Park Forest residents interested...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2014

Nominations sought for Good Egg Award

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Do you know someone who's gone beyond the call of duty -- possibly a neighbor, a local baseball coach, a business owner -- and you feel they deserve to be recognized? Nominate them for the Good Egg Award by Sept. 11!

Click below to download the nom...Read on...

Download the nomination form!
Posted on: August 26, 2014

Nature Center to host concert, September 5

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Cellist Ingrid Krizan and the Thorn Creek Chamber Players present a concert celebrating the autumn woods on Friday, September 5.

Krizan is a classically trained professional cellist who weaves seasonal nature narratives into her music. Take part in ...Read on...

Posted on: August 25, 2014

Tilley, others honored at Fire Department Awards Ceremony

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Captain William Tilley is Park Forest’s Firefighter of the Year.

The 41-year Park Forest resident was recognized during the Fire Department’s Annual Recognition and Awards Ceremony at Village Hall on Monday, August 18.

Standing before a packed ro...Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2014

Epay site temporarily down

Due to circumstances beyond the Village’s control, online bill pay of water bills will be unavailable for approximately 60 - 90 days. Residents have the following options for bill pay: in person at Village Hall, by check via mail or by dropping it in the ...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2014

Garage pick-up for single-family homes delayed for Labor Day

Garbage and recycling collection for single-family homes will not take place on Tuesday, September 2 due to the Labor Day holiday. Collection will take place on Wednesday, September 3.

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Solar Chicago available to Park Forest residents in Cook County

Thinking about installing solar on your home but don't know where to start or think it's just too expensive?

Cook County is participating in Solar Chicago to help residents simplify the process of researching installation options for your home, while h...Read on...

Click for more information!
Posted on: August 6, 2014

Food Co-op to hold discussion on organic food, August 19

The South Suburban Good Coop will host a discussion on organic foods and healthy families on Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Shannon Chidlow-Williams will lead the discussion.

For more information, contact the South Suburban Food Co-op at 708-747-...Read on...

Download the flyer!
Posted on: July 24, 2014

Free lecture on herbs, August 16

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues Saturday, August 16, when Pam Bassu presents a lecture on herbs.

Throughout human history, herbs have been used as flavorings, medicines, decorations, scents, and protective garden plants. Herbs de...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures!
Posted on: August 14, 2014

Police checkpoint set for Friday, August 15

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The Park Forest Police Department will conduct a roadside safety checkpoint for the purpose of removing impaired drivers from the roadway on Friday, August 15.

The DUI enforcement zone will run from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. along Sauk Trail in Park Forest. ...Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Park Forest Police make arrest in groping incidents

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The Park Forest Police Department has made an arrest in a series of groping cases that begin in March in Park Forest and two other neighboring communities.

A press conference was held Monday regarding the arrest.

Click below to see the full statemen...Read on...

Posted on: July 30, 2014

School District 163 seeking community partners

Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 is submitting an application for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. The School District is seeking community organizations to partner with it in providing after school experiences to improve ...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2014

Clothing, shoe recycling event at Farmers' Market, August 9

A clothing and shoe recycling event will be held on Saturday, August 9, at the Park Forest Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to noon.

USAgain, a green, for-profit company committed to protecting the environment, conserving resources, and creating green sect...Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2014

Wine and Chocolate Tasting, August 8

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The Village of Park Forest, in collaboration with the Village of Richton Park, will host an outdoor Wine and Chocolate Tasting event on Friday, August 8, from 7 – 10 p.m. in DownTown Park Forest at Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street.

The event will...Read on...

View the flier!
Posted on: July 17, 2014

Job training program presentation, July 31

A special presentation for Park Forest residents!
Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10 a.m.Dining on the Green, 349 Main Street, Park Forest, IL

The CGMP job training program is designed to help you acquire quickly the skills and credentials manufacturing...Read on...

Download the flyer!
Posted on: July 17, 2014

School physicals continue

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The remaining dates for school physicals at the Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus are:

July 25
August 8August 9
August 15August 23
* Times vary. Appointments required. Call for an appointment.

Physical exams are conducted by a Famil...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Illinois Tollway warns drivers about E-ZPass phishing scam

The Illinois Tollway is advising I-PASS customers to disregard erroneous emails being sent from “E-ZPass Collection Agency.”

The Tollway has been informed by the E-ZPass Group, an association of 25 toll agencies in 15 states that operate electronic tol...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Storm clean-up continues

The Department of Public Works this week continues its efforts to clear debris left behind from a powerful storm that caused major damage earlier this month.

Crews are currently moving through the Lincolnwood neighborhood and will then continue work on...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Butterfly Gardens lecture to be held July 19

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues this Saturday, July 19, when Bill and Jennifer Tobin, U of I Master Gardeners, present a lecture on butterfly gardens.

Find out the basic needs of the common Illinois butterflies so you can design ...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures!
Posted on: July 9, 2014

Finance Director lands CFO of the Year honor

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Park Forest Finance Director Mary Dankowski has been awarded the 2014 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Year Award by the Daily Herald.

Dankowski is one of twelve to receive the CFO of the Year Award but one of only two representing government organ...Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Fire Department to hold car seat check on July 9

The Park Forest Fire Department will hold a car seat check this Wednesday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free. Click below to download the flier for more details, and be sure to call to schedule your appointment.Read on...

View the flier!
Posted on: July 3, 2014

Residents reminded about fireworks in Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest is encouraging all residents to enjoy a happy and safe July 4th holiday by refraining from using fireworks.

Park Forest Fire Chief Bruce Ziegle says to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

“Most fireworks are illegal ...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2014

Storm clean-up begins in town

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Crews in Park Forest are working quickly to remove debris left behind from a strong storm that blew through town last night.

Park Forest appears to have been one of a handful of towns to take the brunt of the storm with reported wind gusts up to 75 mph...Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Police issue community alert

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On Sunday, June 22, 2014 at approximately 10:49 p.m., the Park Forest Police Department responded to a woman who had been accosted by a male subject in the 300 block of Gettysburg Street. The woman, who had been walking her dog in the neighborhood, was ap...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

School physicals offered this summer

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The Park Forest Health Department Nurses Plus will hold school physicals for children on the following dates this summer:

July 11
July 19July 25
August 8August 9
August 15August 23
* Times vary. Appointments required. Call for an appointmen...Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Before I Die wall unveiled DownTown

There were many exciting things happening at last Wednesday's kickoff of Main Street Nights, but the new Before I Die public art piece DownTown was particularly popular. Click on the link below to watch a video capturing some moments from the wall's publi...Read on...

Learn more about the Before I Die Wall!
Posted on: June 24, 2014

Household hazardous waste collection, June 28

A household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island.

An opportunity to dispose of household products that are harmful to your health and the environment!

Acc...Read on...

Posted on: June 23, 2014

Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 23 - June 27

There are an estimated 23 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes each year in the United States, nearly 800,000 of which occur in Illinois alone. Lightning can be fascinating to watch, but it is also extremely dangerous – it is the underrated killer. F...Read on...

Learn more about lightning safety awareness!
Posted on: June 17, 2014

Ventra Day scheduled for June 30

Pace Suburban Bus is hosting a Ventra event at Village Hall on Monday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more about Ventra and get your new card on site!

Posted on: June 18, 2014

Women's self defense seminar June 25

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Representative Anthony DeLuca invites you to join him for a Women’s Self-Defense Seminar. This free seminar will be fun, interactive, and provide information on how women can help protect themselves from attackers.

Frank Sharpe, Jr. of Fortress Defense...Read on...

Posted on: June 18, 2014

Gardening series continues June 21

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The Sustainability Saturday Gardening Series continues this Saturday, June 21, when Kelly Allsup, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, presents a lecture on pollinator insects.

Learn to identify the most common beneficial insects in your garden, the...Read on...

View the full schedule of lectures!
Posted on: June 6, 2014

Park Forest carnival June 19-22

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Several trucks arrived early Monday at the corner of Indianwood Boulevard and Orchard Drive to begin set-up for a weekend carnival.

Over the next few days, crews from the amusement company will prepare for opening night on Thursday.

The event is s...Read on...

Visit the Youth Commission's webpage!
Posted on: June 16, 2014

Dance lessons & Alpha Cleft Project at Wednesday's MSN

Main Street Nights continues this Wednesday, June 18, with the following acts:

7 p.m. - Dance Lessons Learn some of the hottest moves in Salsa and Stepping from expert instructors with a DJ providing the tunes. Salsa from 7 - 7:30 p.m. Stepping from 7:...Read on...

Posted on: June 12, 2014

Clothing & electronics recycling at Saturday's Farmers' Market

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Two recycling events will be held at the Park Forest Farmers' Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

E-WASTE RECYCLING
Electronic waste will be collected by VetTech.

Dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, televisions and washers/dryers NOT accep...Read on...

View the e-waste recycling event flier!
Posted on: June 12, 2014

New IDOT Resource Center opening set for Monday in Park Forest

Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider is inviting the public to join her and state and local officials on Monday, June 16, for the grand opening and open house for the new Illinois Department of Transportation South Suburban Resource Center. ...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2014

Theatre grand opening, performances this weekend

The SPAA Theatre and Performing Arts Center will hold a grand opening event on Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m. The theatre group will operate out of the space that formerly housed the Illinois Theatre Center at 371 Artists Walk.

SPAA Theatre is dedicated to ...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

Proposed budget to be presented, discussed at June meetings

Numerous meetings – totaling over 14 hours – have taken place over the past month between the Village Board and Village Department Heads in preparation for the 2014-2015 budget. Department Heads have presented to the Board a summary of last fiscal year's ...Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2014

Metra parking in Park Forest to increase July 1

Metra commuter lot parking rates in Park Forest increase July 1 from $1 per day to $1.25 per day. Users of the stations at 211th & North Street are advised. For questions, call 708-503-7702.

Posted on: May 15, 2014

Clothing, shoe recycling at Farmers' Market through September

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The Park Forest Farmers’ Market will now offer clothing and shoe recycling services from 9 a.m. to noon every second Saturday through September.

The dates when accepted items may be dropped off are:
- June 14- July 12
- August 9- September 13
...Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

School District 227 names new superintendent

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School District 227 announced Tuesday the appointment of Dr. Carole Collins-Ayanlaja as the new, permanent Rich Township High School District Superintendent.

Dr. Ayanlaja formerly served as the Chief Academic Of?cer for the Hartford Connecticut public...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Recreation & Parks seeking camp counselor applicants

The Recreation and Parks Department is currently accepting applications for Summer Camp Counselor positions. For more information, or to apply, contact the Recreation and Parks office by calling 708-748-2005 or visit the department at Village Hall.Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2014

Park Forest Police to conduct checkpoints May 9 - 26

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The Park Forest Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to increase seatbelt usage and reduce the number of injury crashes over the Memorial Day holiday.

From May 9 to Ma...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Gardening Series continues May 17

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The Village of Park Forest, in collaboration with the Park Forest Environment Commission, University of Illinois Extension, Thorn Creek Nature Center and the Park Forest Garden Club, continues its series of lectures for both beginners and avid gardeners. ...Read on...

View the full schedule for the series
Posted on: April 29, 2014

Senior Fair to be held May 9

The 2014 Rich Township Senior Fair takes place on Friday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The free to attend fair features more than 25 businesses, organizations and services. Area seniors are encouraged to attend to gather information and to talk with exp...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2014

2013 Water Quality Report now available

To view the Water Quality Report for Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013 click on the link below.

View the Water Quality Report
Posted on: April 21, 2014

Thorn Creek to host Earth Day event, April 26

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Thorn Creek Nature Center in Park Forest will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 4 p.m. with Earth Underfoot. The event is free and open to all ages.

1 p.m. - Is Soil Dirt?
Join Thorn Creek Nature Center for a presentation on w...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2014

Reward offered for information, charges in groping cases

The Park Forest Police Department continues to investigate a series of incidents in which young girls were approached by a male subject at times holding a knife. The offender robbed one of the victims in one incident while in the others groped the victims...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2014

Registration now open for Housing Forum

Your dream home could be just a click away! Join the Village of Park Forest, Saturday, May 3, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Blvd., for the opportunity of home ownership. Simply fill out the below information and click submit. The V...Read on...

Register for the Housing Forum
Posted on: March 24, 2015

Election day in Park Forest is April 7

Cast your vote for the individuals you would like to see serving you in Park Forest. All residents are encouraged to take part in the election process.

Make your voice heard in the April 7 election.

For questions, call Village Hall at 708-748-111...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2014

House Museum spring exhibit begins March 15

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The 1950s Park Forest House Museum at 141 Forest Blvd, Park Forest, will have up its spring exhibit, "Step Back into a 1950s Easter," from March 15 through April 30, 2014. Open Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the museum can also ...Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2015

Document destruction event, Sept. 12

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The Village of Park Forest will hold a document destruction event on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in DownTown Park Forest at the corner of Main Street and Cunningham Drive. The event is free and limited to Park Forest residents only. ...Read on...

Download the flier!