Villa Park News July 14

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4th of July Parade Recap

As is tradition, the Villa Park VFW Post 2801 planned, organized and hosted Villa Park’s annual 4th of July parade. On parade day, the streets were lined with numerous community members, families, children and even some pets.

The parade stepped off at noon, following the route of west on Central, south on Harvard, east on Madison, north on Summit and west on Park to the Trinity Lutheran parking lot. The lineup was led by retiring Officer Don Lay, who headed off the parade in a Police vehicle as his final tour of duty (pictured).

Other parade participants included the Parade Grand Marshall, Village Trustees and President Bulthuis, the Villa Park Fire Department, the Villa Park VFW, the Chamber of Commerce, various service clubs and numerous others who all contributed in making the event successful and fun for all ages.

We hope to see you next year!

Don Lay in 4th of July Parade
Parade Float
Boy Scouts in Parade
Children at Parade

Share Your Ideas for Walking and Biking in Villa Park


The Village of Villa Park is partnering with Active Transportation Alliance to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan will focus on improving connections to the Illinois Prairie Path, Great Western Trail, Salt Creek Trail and other local destinations, fill in gaps in the sidewalk network and make intersections safer for people traveling on foot or by bike. 

Now through October, we’re soliciting ideas from the community that will help inform plan recommendations and priorities. There are several ways to participate:

  • Online Survey:
  • Online Interactive Map:
  • Paper Survey: Look for a copy in your water bill or find it at Village Hall, Park District buildings, National Night Out, Sunday Night Car Shows, Movies in the Park, Brewfest, local stores and the Metra Station.
  • Community Workshop: Save the date for Thursday, October 12th, 6:00 p.m. at Iowa Community Center (338 N Iowa Ave) to learn more about the plan and brainstorm ideas with your neighbors.

Kiwanis Concerts in the Park -
Starting Wednesday July 5, 2017

Kiwanis Concerts

Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and appetite to the Kiwanis Summer Concerts. Great family entertainment and good eats will make a fun night at the Ruggard Gazebo on the Prairie Path. 
The concession stand opens at 6:00 p.m. selling hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, soda and more. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
See the schedule below:

  • July 5  Willowbrook High School Band & Cowboy Choir
  • July 12 - The Sting Rays (CANCELED)
  • July 19 - St. John's Lombard Praise Team
  • July 26 – Lake Effect
  • August 8 - The Sting Rays 

More Brewing Company Ribbon Cutting

Villa Park Chamber of Commerce members and Village officials welcomed More Brewing Company with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 12th, 2017.

The new craft brewery and restaurant features beer brewed in-house and a full kitchen. It is located at 126 S. Villa Ave. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

More Brewing Ribbon Cutting

June Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Village's second photo contest has come to a close, and we are continually impressed with the talent and creativity of Villa Park residents. Also, who knew we had such a variety of wildlife in town?

Congratulations to our first place winner, Renee Kohl for her Eastern Screech Owls photo!

Also, congratulations to our second place winner Lisa Hagerman for her Cooper's Hawk photo and our third place winner Rachel Wiedman for her dragonfly photo!

Thank you to our three winners and everyone who submitted.

Renee Kohl - First Place
Lisa Hagerman - Second Place
Rachel Wiedman - Third Place

Village Collecting Submissions for July Photo Contest

Show us your creativity with the Village of Villa Park’s new monthly photo contest! The theme for July is "Summer Activities." This can mean relaxing on your front porch, taking a walk on the Prairie Path, spending time at one of the pools in town, enjoying the Independence Day parade and much more. Photos can be submitted by commenting, messaging or tagging us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or by email to Kylie Cerk, Public Information Officer. 

First, second and third place winners will be chosen, and the prize (first place only) will be having your photo promoted through the Village’s social media channels, displayed on the Village’s website slideshow and archived in the Village’s system. There is no limit to how many photos one person can submit, but only one photo per person can qualify for first, second or third place. All photos submitted will be placed in a public photo album on Facebook; if you would like your photo(s) to remain private, make note of so when submitting. 

The deadline for June submissions is the end of the day on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

The rules for participating are as follows:

  • The photo must be of something in Villa Park
  • The photographer must be from Villa Park
  • Submissions of obscene content are not allowed
July Photo Contest

Village Staff and Tri-Town YMCA Promote Healthy Living

On Monday, July 10, Village staff, Trustee Robert Wagner and Tri-Town YMCA staff spent their lunch breaks promoting a healthy lifestyle by walking from Village Hall to Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. Taking a short walk on your lunch break can help you improve physical health, fight stress, raise energy and more. 

This "Workplace Walk," sponsored by the Tri-Town YMCA, is part of an initiative to get community member on their feet during the workday. So, next time the weather is nice, try taking your lunch on the go.

Tri-Town Walk

Park Art Center Features Paul Elledge -
Through July 22, 2017

Paul Elledge Exhibit

Renowned photographer Paul Elledge's "iPhone Once A Day, Everyday" series will be on display at the Park Art Center (9 East Park Blvd) from May 12th through July 1st with the Opening Reception on Friday, May 12th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Get more information on Paul Elledge's unique photo series here.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

The Park Art Center is also featuring Paul Elledge with an Artist Talk on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. EventBrite registration is required, and the talk will also be live on Facebook. The interview is available for viewing as well as questions and answers. You may also choose to see the video later via the Park Art Center Facebook.

Garden Club of Villa Park Hosts Annual Garden Walk - Sunday, July 23, 2017

Garden Club

Join the Garden Club of Villa Park on their annual Garden Walk on Sunday, July 23rd from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Enjoy the sights of at least six different gardens around town ranging from simple to complex.

Tickets are $5 and $3 for members. They can be purchased in person at Pioneer Garden & Feed Store (118 S. Villa Avenue) or online here until July 22nd. 

Electronics Recycling - Saturday, July 15, 2017


In Illinois, it is illegal for electronic devices to be disposed of in a landfill, so the Village of Villa Park partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers Inc. to host electronics recycling events on the third Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m.-noon at the Public Works Garage (20 W. Home Ave).

Please remember that old electronics cannot go out to the curb as part of regular garbage pickup.

This is a free service for Villa Park residents only, and a photo ID is required to drop off electronics. Also, only one TV may be dropped off per visit. Read more about Villa Park’s electronic waste program here.

VFW Friday Night Fish Frys & Tactical Taco Thursdays

Fish Fry

Celebrate the end of the week with the Villa Park VFW Post 2801 (39 E. Saint Charles Rd) at their weekly Tactical Taco Thursdays and Friday Fish Frys.

The fish fry is every Friday from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The VFW serves up fried fish, shrimp, Italian Beef, hot dogs and freshly made chips & fries.

Tactical Taco Thursday is every Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. You can practice your shooting skills while enjoying tacos priced at $2.00 each or three for $5.00.

Get more information on the VFW's website.

Concerts at Cortesi Park - August 3-August 31, 2017

Cortesi Park
Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and appetite to the Villa Park Summer Concert Series.

Family entertainment and good eats will make for fun Thursday nights at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park( 318 E. Kenilworth).

Concessions open at 6:00 pm; concerts begin at 6:30.

This summer’s line-up is as follows:
  • August 3 - C.J. Stanley Band
  • August 10 - Le Travaillant
  • August 17 - Mason Rivers
  • August 24 - Juke Box Band
  • August 31 - Pirates Over 40

Sunday Night Car Shows - June 18 to September 17

Car Show

Join the community for a car show every Sunday night from June 18th to September 17th from 4:00 p.m. 'til dusk at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. 

The event will feature food vendors, a craft show at the September 10th event and an art show at the September 17th event.

Visit the website for more information.

Sidewalk Chalk Party - Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sidewalk Chalk Party

Don’t miss the 5th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Party hosted by Villa Park’s Community Pride Commission! 

The event is taking place on Sunday, August 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Kids of all ages and their parents are invited to decorate the sidewalk outside of Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave., with pictures of what makes Villa Park great. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Villa Park Brewfest - Saturday, September 23, 2017


Join the Village for its first Brewfest on Saturday, September 23rd at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park (318 E. Kenilworth)! The festival will be held from 2:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. for General Admission ticket holders.

Multiple ticket packages are available, including a Gold Pass package for $59 that includes early entrance at 1:00 p.m., a food ticket and use of indoor bathrooms. General Admission tickets are $40 until August 18th and $45 beginning August 19th. $15 Designated Driver Tickets are also available.

This event is 21 and older only. To stay up to date with information on the Villa Park Brewfest, download the “My Brew Fest” app or call Parks and Recreation at (630) 834-8970.


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Questions, Comments & Concerns

Please contact, Kylie Cerk, the Village's Public Information Officer
via email or by calling (630) 592-6082.

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