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Glazier Corporation

Glazier Corporation broke ground on a retail development on the corner of Mannheim Road and Crown Road, just north of Grand Avenue in November . Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Trustees Bill Ruhl, Cheryl McLean and John Johnson were on hand to welcome them to Franklin Park. Glazier closed on the 42,000 SF vacant site in October to develop a 3-unit retail center to include a Chipotle and a T-Mobile which will be operational by summer of 2017.


Fargo Manufacturing

The Village is pleased to welcome Fargo Manufacturing to Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village staff held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's new facility at 2312 N. 17th Avenue. Formerly located in Chicago’s west side, the business relocated to the Village due to its safety, central location and manufacturing clusters. Fargo Manufacturing was first established in 1947 and produces checkout counters, store fixtures, and auxiliary fuel systems and parts for MD500 and MD900 series helicopters. You can learn more about the business at fargoauxfuel.com and uniquecheckoutsystems.com.


Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic

Edward Elmhurst Health Clinic has opened its doors inside the Jewel-Osco grocery store located at 10203 W. Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. The clinic's services are provided by board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants. No appointment is necessary and most major insurance plans are accepted. Visit EEHealth.org/walkin for more information and wait times.


Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant

Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant has opened its doors at 10150 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Village Trustees James Caporusso, Bill Ruhl and Karen Special attended a ribbon cutting to welcome the business to the Village. The family-owned restaurant has been operating in the Chicagoland area since 1980 and is known for its homemade Mexican food and American-style breakfast. You can learn more about the restaurant's move to Franklin Park in the Franklin Park Herald-Journal.


Franklin Park is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year!

The Franklin Park Library will display a historical exhibit to commemorate this milestone at our annual Franklin Park Fest from June 8 - 11. The exhibit is free and will include memorabilia, photos and other items that showcase the history and development of our Village.

Watch this page and your newsletter for announcements on other activities related to the year-long anniversary celebration.


Family Fun Day - June 10

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Village's 125th Anniversary with a special day of family-focused activities on Saturday, June 10 from Noon to 4 PM. The celebration will take place during our annual Franklin Park Fest and will feature free pony rides, a petting zoo, games, give-a-ways and much more. Join us in the park near Franklin Avenue and Calwagner Street.

Download the event flyer ...


Franklin Park Fest - June 8 - 11

Franklin Park Fest is scheduled for June 8 – 11 and will include a daily carnival and the very best in live music on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day and evening on Saturday.

The Village’s annual Railroad Day will be held on Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM – 3 PM.The event will feature an impressive line-up of vintage and specialty train cars, train memorabilia, food vendors and special activities to celebrate Franklin Park's 125th anniversary. Watch our Facebook Page at Village of Franklin Park for updates.

To see the 2017 list of participating trains and Fest's musical line-up, download events flyers here....


Franklin Park's Railroad Day is the Village's biggest day of the year bringing in visitors from around the world! We need volunteers to assist with the activities on Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Please contact Dafne at847-671-8236 and receive a free Franklin Park Fest t-shirt and a free meal on Railroad Day!


Memorial Day Event – May 29

The Village of Franklin Park will host the annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 29, at 11 AM at the Village's Veteran’s Monument. The event will pay tribute to our deceased Franklin Park veterans from all branches of service and will feature an honor guard from the American Legion Franklin Park Post 974, a ceremonial presentation of the memorial wreath and a 21 Gun Salute. Everyone is welcome to attend the event held. For information, contact the Mayor's Office at 847-671-8236.


Car Show - June 11

The Village of Franklin Park is co-sponsoring a Car Show with Harpo's VIP on Sunday, June 11 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event will include custom, classic and street rod cars competing for trophies. Join the fun with a 50's flashback DJ! Food and drinks available! The Car Show will be held at the Underpass Lounge parking lot. Call 847-455-7277 for more information.

Download the flyer here ...


Maintaining Lawns

Residents are encouraged to mow their lawn on a regular basis. Please eliminate weeds growing in alleys and areas behind your home.Grass and weeds cannot exceed six inches in height because mosquitoes and rodents can hide and breed there. Please note that the Village will start issuing tickets to homeowners whose grass is over six inches high.

If you are disabled or elderly and need assistance complying with this request, please call us at 847-671-4800. Thank you for your cooperation.


Yard Waste and Street Sweeping Begins

Place yard waste in brown biodegradable bags and put out on garbage day with your recycling. Purchase bags at local grocery and hardware stores. Residents can select alternatives to bagging yard waste such as mulching mowers, leaf shredders or backyard compost piles to help you and the Village to save money! Village street sweeping has begun. Please check posted signs for information on dates, times and parking restrictions. If you have questions, please call 847-671-8200.


Schedule Your Garage Sale

Residents must register to hold a garage sale with the Clerk’s Office at 847-671-8242 or by visiting Village Hall. There is no cost to register. A garage or yard sale sign can only be placed on your property. Sales can be held for a maximum of 30 hours within a three day period. Sale hours cannot be earlier than 8 AM and must end by 7 PM.

Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days

Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on May 10th, and 24th from 9:30 AM to Noon to help residents who have questions or need help applying for the government assistance programs listed below. Please remember to bring your award letter from Social Security and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. Many of the following programs require additional information to be brought with you so make sure to read the Document Checklist BEFORE you visit. Download it here.

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • Medicare Savings Program
  • Benefit Access (License plate discount and ride free bus/train pass)
  • Extra Help (prescription assistance)
  • Doctor bills that you don’t understand
  • LIHEAP (energy assistance-when available)


Special Exemptions Available to Seniors

Did you know that residents who are 65 or older, can qualify to receive free garbage pick-up service in Franklin Park? Simply bring your water bill and a valid Drivers License or State ID to Village Hall to update your records. Seniors also qualify to receive a free vehicle sticker each year and for the Village-subsidized grass-cutting and snow removal!

State law now requires that Seniors have to reapply annually for their Senior Exemption on their Property Taxes. The Senior Exemption provides tax relief by further reducing the equalized valuation of an eligible residence. Go to www.cookcountyassessor.com or contact the Cook County Assessors Office for assistance


Do What You Love

My dear friend and mentor, Ed McElroy, who we lost last year, always gave great advice to both my sons and to me. He counseled me that if you find something you love doing, you will never work a day in your life. Being Mayor of our great Village is a job I love. I am truly honored to have been re-elected and I am grateful for your support and the trust you have placed in me. I pledge to work diligently to fulfill that trust. Together, we will continue to make Franklin Park a great place to live and raise a family.


It takes a dedicated team to keep our Village moving forward. I am pleased to be able to continue working with Trustees John Johnson, Karen Special and Andy Ybarra, who were reelected as well. I also want to welcome our new Village Clerk, Irene Avitia. This team is committed to our community and will be working closely with me and our excellent staff to provide the highest quality Village services in the most cost efficient manner.

We are part of a dynamic region that offers unmatched locational advantages. Franklin Park has small town charm and a high quality of life while also having proximity to all the cultural and recreational offerings of a large city. We are located in the transportation hub of the Midwest and at the crossroads for the movement of goods and services in North America and beyond.

I look forward to working with my neighboring Mayors as we address the challenges and opportunities facing our region. Congratulations to our immediate neighbors, Schiller Park President Nick Caiafa, Bensenville Village President Frank DeSimone and River Grove Village President David Guerin.

Moving Forward

Our goals for the future include not only maintaining Franklin Park as an economic powerhouse, but to build on our success and to continue to attract new jobs and investment. We envision thriving and vibrant commercial and retail corridors. New stores and restaurants and recreational offerings attract new families and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. We want to make sure that all ages enjoy a high quality of life in our Village. We are exploring expanding senior services and recreational programming.

We continue to upgrade and improve our infrastructure. Beyond streets, sidewalks and sewers, we look to add new bike routes that will connect with the Schiller Woods Forest Preserve and the Des Plaines River Trail. Connecting our schools, parks and shopping districts through bike and walking paths will make us a healthier and more vital community.

Our commitment to being a sustainable community adds to our quality of life as well. We have instituted water and energy savings at all Village facilities. We are planting more trees, using chemical free lawn products and encouraging alternative vehicles. Our sustainability efforts help improve our air quality, protect our water table and respect our planet. That greatly increases the quality of life for all.

Honoring Our Past

As we look to our future, don’t forget that we are celebrating our 125th Anniversary this summer. There will be continued updates on our festivities in our newsletter, on our website and on Facebook. I look forward to building on the achievements of Franklin Park’s past as we shape a better, brighter and greener future.


Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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Franklin Park, IL 60131

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