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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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Memorial Day Observance – May 27


Before you fire up the barbecue, please take a few moments to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Everyone is invited to attend our annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 27 at 11 AM at the Village's Veteran’s Monument.

The event, sponsored by the Village of Franklin Park and the American Legion Post 974 will pay tribute to our deceased Franklin Park veterans from all branches of service and will feature an honor guard, a ceremonial presentation of the memorial wreath, and a 21 Gun Salute. For information, contact the Mayor's Office at 847-671-8236. Download event program....

 

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Apply Now for 2019 Silver Star Banner Program


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners will honor the Silver Star Families of America at the Cook County Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.  This event was initiated in 2008 to recognize the service members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or became ill while serving in a war zone.

Applicants should complete the Silver Star Service Banner request form and include a short biography with details regarding their injury and the war zone in which it occurred.  The request form must be signed and returned to our office no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.   For questions, please contact Bill Browne at (312) 603-6423 | Bill.Browne@CookCountyIl.gov

Download application here ...... .

 

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Village Introduces New WaterSmart Program


Franklin Park residents can sign-up to have access to a program designed to help you reduce your water usage and save money on your monthly water bills. WaterSmart is an online program that allows users to review and understand their water use. Setting up an account is fast, easy and free from a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Users can analyze current water use and also review usage history from monthly figures even down to an hourly use. The program also allows you to set up alerts via text or email to help you detect leaks or other unintended water use. In addition,you to compare your water use with other similar users in your area. WaterSmart is available now but you must enroll to participate by calling 847-671-8252.

 

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Franklin Park Fest - June 6 - 9


Our beloved Franklin Park Fest is back and will include free entertainment each day! Thursday is Jazz Night! Train viewing will take place on Railroad Day on Saturday, June 8 from 10 AM to 3 PM. You will be dazzled by the vintage and specialty train cars available for touring the interiors too! Family Fun Day is Saturday and will feature a petting zoo, free pony rides and face painting and more! The carnival is open daily. Download the event flyer here.....

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Volunteers Needed for Franklin Park Fest


Get on board! Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 8 from 10 AM to 3 PM to help with Railroad Day events. Join us and you will receive a newly designed Franklin Park Fest t-shirt and a free meal on Saturday! Call us at 847-671-8236. >

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Village Offering Trees for Parkways


This spring, the Village will begin planting, at no cost to residents, trees on parkways throughout our community. If you would like a tree planted in your front parkway, contact the Utilities Department at (847) 671-8252. You can read more about our “urban forest” and the need to plant trees in our community at http://chicagorti.org/sites/chicagorti/files/FranklinParkExtended.pdf

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Community Garden Space Available


The Village has established a Community Garden located between the Veteran’s Memorial and Village Hall on Belmont Avenue. The Community Garden is open to residents interested in growing flowers, vegetables and herbs this year. Please call Andy Smolen at 847-708-2963 if you are interested in learning more or to reserve a growing space. Please note that if you reserve a space, you must commit to regularly maintaining and weeding the area.

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Do You Need Help With Government Programs?


Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall to help residents apply for government assistance programs from 9 to 11:30 AM on the following Wednesdays:

April 10 and 24

May 8 and 22

They can also help you make sense of your medical bills, provide prescription assistance and assist you in applying for license plate discounts and free train and bus passes

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Senior Citizen, Disabled and Veteran Property Tax Exemptions Available


Make sure to check your property tax bill to verify that you are receiving all the exemptions for which you are eligible. Homeowners, 65 and older are eligible to receive a Senior Homeowner Exemption. You must apply annually to receive this exemption. Renewal notices were mailed. Make sure to return the application immediately.

The Senior Freeze Exemption is available if you have an annual household income of $65,000 or less. There are also exemptions available for Disabled Persons, Disabled Veterans and Returning Veterans. To get more information regarding these exemptions, go to www.cookcountyassessor.com and click on exemptions. Homeowners who are at least 65 years of age by June 1 and whose household income is $55,000 or less can apply for the Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Deferral program.

This tax-relief program works like a loan and allows qualified seniors to defer a maximum of $5,000 per tax year which will not have to be paid until the home is sold. To check eligibility and get an application, go to www.cookcountytreasurer.com

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Quiet Zone Update


The Village has received verbal notification that we have been approved for a $975,000 Pedestrian Rail Safety Grant! The grant will fund a significant portion of the safety improvements needed at the pedestrian crossing at the Calwagner and 25th Street grade crossings and the Metra Station. Next, we will be working with Metra to design and construct the safety improvements. The Village will make street improvements including installing a median barrier at 25th and Ruby. Watch our Village newsletter for updates as we move closer to obtaining a Quite Zone Designation in Franklin Park! .

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Franklin Park Fest Has Something for Everyone

A summer favorite, this year’s Franklin Park Fest will be held on June 6- 9 and will reflect our fun, family-friendly community. The popular carnival will be open at 5 PM on June 6 and 7, at Noon on Saturday June 8 and 1 PM Sunday, June 9. Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday June 8 and will feature games, musical entertainment, free pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and give-a-ways. This year our special guest will be the Emmy award-winning Svengoolie who will sign autographs from 11 AM until 1 PM. You can taste the best offerings from Franklin Park restaurants in our food vendors area and plan to relax and enjoy the summer weather in our Beer & Wine Garden.

“All a Board” for Railroad Day – June 8

Railroad Day is a treasured part of our Fest and gives us the opportunity to honor our railroad heritage and view unique and vintage train cars. Train enthusiasts from around the region come to Franklin Park to walk onto these trains and see their interiors. As part of our Year of Giving, I urge you to volunteer to welcome our visitors as we showcase these trains and our Village. You will have a fun day assisting with the train viewing and will receive a special commemorative tee-shirt, lunch and the thanks of a grateful community. To volunteer, please phone, 847-671-8236.

All that Jazz and MORE!

Music sets the mood each day during the Fest, with bands to please all styles and tastes. Our Annual Jazz Night, Thursday, June 6, has become a hub for jazz fans. Two of WDCB Radio’s on air personalities will be performing. Barry Winograd’s Alternatives Little Big Band featuring Angel Spiccia will kick-off the evening at 6:30 PM. Then Bill O’ Connell’s Chicago Skyliners will take the stage to celebrate the best of the Big Band era.

On Friday evening and all day and evening on Saturday, we will feature an amazing line-up of free entertainment including pop,, rock, Motown and high energy dance music. The headline band on Saturday night is the ever popular 7th Heaven, the Midwest’s premier festival band. Also, this year we have added music on Sunday, June 9 in the afternoon. Two bands will perform that day and will add to the fun. The complete musical line-up is found on the Fest flyer. So whether you want an evening under stars that features jazz stylings, a rockabilly afternoon, classic rock or you are looking to put on your dancing shoes, Franklin Park Fest has something for everyone to enjoy!

 

 

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Franklin Park art students were asked to design a vehicle sticker reflecting our Year of Giving. Mayor Barrett Pedersen and Trustee Karen Special congratulated this year’s winning artist Mauricio Hernandez from Leyden East High School. Maurcio captured the heart felt way our citizens care for our community. With a caring generation such as Mauricio’s, our future is in good hands!

 

Mayor Barrett Pedersen

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