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Starbucks

Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustees and Village staff held a ribbon cutting in June, 2017, to welcome Starbucks to Franklin Park. The popular international coffee retailer moved into a recently-constructed 2,500 SF building at 2800 Mannheim Road, on the northwest corner of Grand and Mannheim. The new retail facility features a drive-thru, an outdoor patio, a bright and spacious interior and nitro cold brew coffee on tap. The new Starbucks is located on a former BP gas station site, which was remediated by the property owner in 2009. 

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T-Mobile

The Village is pleased to welcome T-Mobile to Franklin Park. Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustees and Village staff held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the business's new facility at 2926 N. Mannheim Road, Unit 3. At their grand opening event, T-Mobile invited employees to shave their heads to raise money for Franklin Park children fighting cancer through the St. Baldrick's Foundation. T-Mobile's brand new space is part of a three-unit, 6,000 SF commercial development recently constructed by Glazier Corporation. 

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Panattoni Development Company

The Village of Franklin Park held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the largest construction project of 2016: a new 491,089 SF industrial speculative development by Panattoni Development Group at 3400 Wolf Road, the former site of Castle Metals. Over 300,000 square feet of the building has already been leased to distribution firm CST. Panattoni Development Company is one of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the world and has 24 offices in the United States, Canada and Europe. 

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Molto Properties

The Village of Franklin Park celebrated the construction of a new 367,000 SF industrial speculative development by Molto Properties with a ribbon-cutting in early November of 2016. The new building at 10501 Seymour Avenue will be followed by construction of a second 106,000 SF industrial speculative building on the same site. Colliers International is currently seeking industrial users for the new space, which is located across the street from O’Hare Airport and less than a mile to I-294 and the I-90 interchange.

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Chipotle is open for business in Franklin Park!

Mayor Barrett Pedersen,Trustees Karen Special , John Johnson and Andy Ybarra, Clerk Irene Avitia and Village staff cut the ribbon to officially welcome the new restaurant to the area. Chipotle Mexican Grill is located at 2926 Mannheim Road. Chipotle offers a menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients that are sustainably grown.

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Grupo Omnilife SA de CV

Grupo Omnilife SA de CV develops, manufactures, and markets nutritional foods, drinks, and dietary supplements and offers weight-loss products, vitamins and supplements and beauty care products. They are located at 10007 Grand Ave.

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Village Tree Lighting - November 30


Franklin Park will kick-off the holiday season by lighting the Christmas tree in Hammill Square on Thursday, November 30 at 6 PM. Santa will make a festive arrival and pose for photos with children. Music will be provided by District 84 elementary school students and our Village Trustees will serve refreshments. Join the fun and celebrate the season with your family and neighbors.

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Bus Tour of Holiday Decorations - Dec 1


Sign-up now to participate in the Chamber by O’Hare’s Holiday Bus Tour. The tour will feature the beautiful Christmas tree at Millennium Park and the popular and festive Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago’s Daley Plaza. You will have adequate time to walk and shop both locations. The bus loads at 4:30 PM and departs from the Ice Arena in Franklin Park and will return around 9:30 PM. The price is $25 for adults and $10 for children 6 - 16. Seating is limited and pre-payment is required. Call 708-865-9510.

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Village Needs Tree for Holiday Display


The Franklin Park gazebo will soon be decorated for the holiday season and the Christmas tree is always our centerpiece. Do you have a large evergreen you would like to donate to serve as the Village's Christmas tree? Our Streets Department will remove and transport the tree and your family will be invited to help Mayor Pedersen, Village Trustees and area children to light it up at the annual event on Thursday, November 30.Please call 847-671- 8252 with questions or to donate a tree.

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Toys for Tots Campaign


Please bring an unwrapped toy to the Franklin Park Police Department and drop it off in the lobby at 9451 Belmont Ave. Toys will be accepted through December 8. Thank you for bringing the joy of Christmas to children in need.

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Light Up Our Village


Each year, our residents compete to see who will be selected as the best decorated home in our Village. There are no rules other than to demonstrate your festive holiday spirit and just let your creativity shine! No need to apply – our judges will begin driving through town during December to select winners who will be recognized at a Board meeting and will receive a prize. Let’s get out those lights and make Franklin Park sparkle!

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Holiday Food Drive at Village Hall


Please donate non-perishable food items to support the Leyden Township Food Pantry’s Holiday Food Drive. A drop-off box is located at Village Hall through-out the holiday season. Thank you for helping those in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!

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Gift Drive for Home-bound Seniors


Our friends at Meals on Wheels are collecting cold weather accessories for seniors in need. Please stop by Village Hall and bring new socks, scarves, gloves, hats, ear muffs and blankets which will be distributed when meals are delivered throughout the holiday season. Call 847-678-8777 for more information.

Toys for Tots Campaign Please bring an unwrapped toy to the Franklin Park Police Department and drop it off in the lobby at 9451 Belmont Ave. Toys will be accepted through December 8. Thank you for bringing the joy of Christmas to children in need.

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The Marketplace is now open!


Illinois residents can shop around for health care plans and learn more about resources available to guide your choices. Go to getcovered.illinois.gov to compare plans available or to make an appointment for assistance to select the coverage that is right for you. Open enrollment runs through December 15.

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Village Leaf Removal Information


Please put leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and place them near your trash and recycling for pick-up. Bags can be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are placed in plastic bags or in the street. Do not put or blow leaves into the street. It clogs the street sweepers and sewers and causes unnecessary flooding and maintenance costs. Also, burning leaves is not permitted in Franklin Park.

Fall is a great time to mulch your leaves to sprinkle over plants and shrubs to help retain water and protect them over the long winter months. You can also skip the raking and simply mow over your leaves a few times and leave them on your lawn to add nutrients and provide protection from winter weather. The Department of Public Works will sweep Village curbs through late November. Please check signs on your block for parking restrictions. For more information, call 847-671-8252.

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Donate Blood on December 8


The last Blood Drive of the year will be held on Friday, December 8 from 3-7:30 PM at the Franklin Park Police Station in the Community Room. The drive is held in partnership with Life Source and the Village's Senior Commission. Thank you to everyone who has donated this year!

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Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on Wednesday, Nov 15 and 29 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: Document Checklist

  • 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)

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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

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A Snapshot of Time In Our Village

As part of our commemoration of Franklin Park’s 125th Anniversary, we opened a Time Capsule buried in 1992. It was very interesting to note the passage of time as seen through the items in the capsule. We discovered letters wishing us well, newspapers, Library brochures and Village historical and program information. So many artifacts were paper and it drew a strong contrast to today’s digital world.

We also presented items to be sealed in a capsule to be opened in 2042. This capsule will include different models of cell phones, a laptop and a notebook. It will be fascinating to see how far technology takes us in 25 years. We added bricks from the original Motorola Building and a sledge hammer used by Digital Realty to demolish the old building, clearly showing Franklin Park’s passage into a new digital economy.

The Board and I included a letter to future generations, hoping they will be living in a peaceful world and in an environment with abundant water, clean air and plentiful food. As such, we included a copy of the book Silent Spring which inspired the world to begin a sustainability movement. Also in the letter, the Board and I offered our hope that Franklin Park will continue to be a family-friendly community that cherishes diversity, liberty and individuality.

Giving Thanks

Opening the Time Capsule caused me to reflect on how our Village has progressed. It made me appreciate how fortunate I am to be part of a team with our Trustees and staff who have the opportunity to work for the betterment of our community. I feel grateful to live in this community and I feel grateful to serve this community. On behalf of the Board, we wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings.

Mayor Barrett Pedersen reminds everyone that it is not too late to get your flu shot!

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