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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.

Park District Celebrates Fall with Parade and Pumpkin Fest - October 1


The Park District of Franklin Park will host the 40th annual Eddie Biondo Fall Fest parade on Sunday, October 1st at 1 PM. Celebrate the season with your family and neighbors by watching the floats, marching bands, our local schools, area businesses and civic organizations all showcasing the spirit of Franklin Park.

The parade starts at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Scott Street and will end at the Park District’s Centre at North Park. Continue celebrating at North Park with Pumpkin Fest immediately after the parade! Families can decorate pumpkins and take one home. The event includes music, activities and great food! The Park District’s Center at North Park is located at 10040 W. Addison. For more information call 847-455-2852 or visit www.fpparks.org for details and to access a parade entry form.

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Submit Names Now for Veteran's Monument


Do you know a veteran from Franklin Park? Please submit their name to have it added to our Veteran’s Monument. Interested veterans or family members must provide a copy of the veterans DD-214 form to Office of the Village Clerk, at Village Hall, by October 13 to ensure the name will be added to the monument in time for the Village’s Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11. For more information, please call 847-671-8242.

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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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25th Avenue Improvements in Franklin Park and Melrose Park


Beginning Monday August 7, 2017 6 a.m. the Illinois Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing 25th avenue between Grand and Armitage. The resurfacing will also include repairs to gutters, curbs and the cleaning of drainage on both sides of the road. Portions of the sidewalks will be closed.

The estimated completion date is late September. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment. If you have questions or require assistance with this, please call 847-671-8203 Thank you for your cooperation.

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Leyden Family Services Information and Assistance Days


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall on Wednesday, Oct 11 and 25 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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What Would You Put In a Time Capsule?


The Village is taking suggestions for items to be included in our next time capsule that will be opened in 25 years. This fall we will open the capsule sealed on our 100th Anniversary and bury a new capsule for the future. What should the village include in the capsule? We need your best ideas! What will be interesting to those opening the capsule in 25 years? What will be inspiring or surprising or meaningful? Send your ideas to villagenews@vofp.com and watch this page and our Village newsletter for details on the upcoming time capsule event.

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Take Precautions to Avoid West Nile Virus


Protect yourself and your family by taking simple steps to avoid the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus. Limit your time outdoors especially at dawn and dusk. Wear long-sleeves, pants and socks, and use insect repellent with DEET, primarily applied to clothing. Eliminate breeding sites by cleaning gutters, storing containers upside down, covering trash containers to keep out rainwater and emptying birdbaths and wading pools every few days. Keep grass and weeds cut short and close screen doors tightly.

Village inspectors are larviciding mosquito pools that are found and reported. Also, backyard catch basins can be treated by calling 847-671-8245.

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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.

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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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September – A Time to Remember

This year, our Village will participate in a Patriot Walk, sponsored by Sax - Tiedemann on September 11. As a nation, as a people, as a community, we will come together to honor all the victims as well as the heroes of that horrible attack on American soil. Patriot Day, as September 11 is now known, is a national day of service and remembrance for the thousands of lives lost during the attacks. It is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the brave first responders; law enforcement, firefighters and members of the medical community, who ran toward danger that day to help their fellow Americans. It was indeed a dark day in our history. But it was also a day that demonstrated the valor and courage of those heroes – a courage they show every day as they willingly put themselves in harm’s way for our safety.

In Franklin Park, we are fortunate to have dedicated men and women as first responders who will always be ready, not just to do their duty, but to go above and beyond to help their fellow man. Americans from all walks of life, backgrounds, races and religions also came forward to volunteer to help in the rescue and recovery efforts after the attacks. September 11, 2001 brought all Americans together. It made us recommit to our shared principles and beliefs and it made us value our liberty.

Today, our nation needs that pause to thank our first responders and to honor that unique American spirit that has allowed us to be the longest surviving democracy in the history of the world. Please join me on September 11 and take a moment to thank our first responders and to remember that spark of patriotism that sets Lady Liberty’s light a blaze.

Franklin Park Patriot Walk Monday September 11 - 6 PM Sax - Tiedemann Funeral Home, 9568 Belmont Avenue Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this event.

Growing a More Sustainable Future

Recently, engineers at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) contacted us about their innovative Biosolids Program. Composted biosolids are a product of wastewater treatment that supplies organic matter and improves soil structure to allow plants to more effectively utilize nutrients. The MWRD has been successfully using biosolids on golf courses, athletic fields, public parks and schools in the Chicago area for more than 30 years.

We were excited to participate in the biosolids program because better soil and healthier plants require less maintenance and make for more robust and durable landscaping. Seven truckloads of the composted biosolids, which looks and feels like dark, fine-textured topsoil, was delivered to the area outside of the King Street Pumping Station. The Village planted heirloom corn, pumpkin and sunflower seeds that have flourished into crops that will soon be harvested and donated to local charities. The Village is always seeking alternatives to using dangerous chemicals and to find ways to promote sustainable practices. Everything we do with the MWRD always turns out green for our Village.

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