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Holiday Parade – December 4

The Village will ring in the holiday season with a parade which will feature festively decorated vehicles that will make their way through many of the streets in Franklin Park. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 4 and will kick-off at 2:30 PM from Fire Station 2 located at 10001 Addison Ave.

Children can hold up signs to greet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves! The parade will conclude at Hammill Square and Mayor Pedersen, the Village Clerk and Trustees will light the Village Christmas tree.

To view the parade route.....

Note - it is the same route as last year  


Best Decorated Home for the Holidays

Let your imagination run wild as you create your sparkling, holiday masterpiece that will spread Christmas cheer throughout the town! To have your home considered, please send an email to that includes your family’s name, address, phone number and photos of your decorated home by December 17. As we receive entries, we will post the photos on our Village Facebook page. The winners will receive Board recognition and a prize.  If you have questions, please call (847) 671-8236

Seniors, You Must Reapply for Free Garbage Removal Services

Franklin Park senior citizens and disabled and low-income residents must reapply annually to receive free garbage removal services. Qualified senior citizens and disabled low-income homeowners are required to reapply by December 30 each year to avoid receiving a bill for garbage removal service. To read more .......


Blood Drive – December 3

The final Community Blood Drive will be held on Friday, December 3 from 3 to 7:30 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station. Thank you to everyone who has donated blood this year and to the volunteers from the Village’s Senior Commission who help to staff the drives!


COVID Update

Beginning August 23, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) will mandate that masks will again be required in all public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. This action is required due to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Safety precautions should again be followed for individuals over the age of two in public places such as restaurants, retail stores, fitness clubs, public transportation and movie theaters, as well as multi-unit residential buildings and other public (indoor) places.


For more information click here........

How to get a Covid-19 vaccine:

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Yard Waste and Leaf Removal Ending Soon

The Village’s contractor will continue leaf removal services until December 6. Leaves cannot be picked-up if they are put in plastic bags or placed in the street. Please put leaves in brown biodegradable bags only and place them near your trash and recycling for pick-up. Do not put or blow leaves into the street. It can jam street sweepers and cause clogs in sewers. Clear leaves in front of your home that fall in the street away from sewer covers to prevent street flooding.

Consider mulching your leaves by mowing over them and leaving on your lawn to provide a protective blanket during the winter. Also, sprinkle over your plants and shrubs to help retain water and to add nutrients.

The final yard waste pick-up will be on Monday, December 6.

The last pick-up of branches for the year will take place the week of November 1st. Please have your branches on the parkway by 7 AM on Monday and they will be removed sometime that week.

The Department of Public Works will sweep Village curbs through late November. Please remember to check signs on your block for parking restrictions.

For more information regarding any of these services, call (847) 671-8252.


Having Problems Paying Your Utility Bills?

There are resources available for those who qualify to help pay for utilities including heat, electricity, and water bills. To learn more about the programs available, qualifications and the documents required to apply, download the flyer here ......


Leyden Family Services at Village Hall

Leyden Family Services will be at Village Hall to help residents who have questions or need help applying for government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, LIHEAP and more.

Staff can also help with understanding medical bills, prescription assistance, and more. Bring your Social Security award letter and paycheck stubs that show the amount of income you receive. No appointment is necessary and facemasks are required.

Document Checklist

Scheduled Village Hall dates are from

9 AM to Noon on

  • September 22nd
  • October 27th
  • November 24th
  • December 22nd


Quiet Zone Update

The Village is in the final stages of applying to secure a Train Horn Quiet Zone with the Village of River Grove. Completion of the pedestrian safety improvements will allow the two Villages to qualify for the Quiet Zone. Since fall of 2020, METRA has been working to construct the required safety improvements which include upgrading crossing equipment technology at Scott Street, a new pedestrian crossing at the Rose Street grade crossing, installing new gates at the Calwagner pedestrian grade crossing and shifting the pedestrian grade crossing at the Metra depot.

Unfortunately, METRA has informed the Village that due to COVID-related setbacks, they will not be able to complete their work this summer as expected and have extended their estimated completion date to late October. The Village is proceeding with making street improvements including installing plastic delineators down the centerline of the roads at 25th and Ruby. Please watch our Village newsletter for updates on this important project.

To learn more about Quiet Zone update....


Franklin Park is Poised for Future Growth

Last month, I was pleased to join the groundbreaking for a 100,000-square-foot distribution facility at 3500 Wolf Road. The site was the former home of Precision Steel.

Franklin Park’s location at the Crossroads of America makes us an excellent choice for logistics, distribution, manufacturing, and assembly facilities. Convenient highway and rail access in and around O’Hare International Airport is a key criterion for a business when deciding where to build. Franklin Park’s central location is a major advantage in attracting new investments. The expansion and completion of I-490 will be an economic engine for additional development and growth for Franklin Park. The Tollway extension, scheduled for completion in 2023 will further connect us to airport facilities, decrease congestion, move truck traffic more efficiently, and increase and enhance airport access.

Franklin Park is poised for this growth because we have positioned our Village to attract new developments through our strategic planning and business friendly policies. We have replaced our aging industrial base with millions of square feet of new buildings already completed or in progress which will include millions of gallons of stormwater detention.

The Village planned for future growth by implementing a project to widen Franklin Avenue from two lanes to five lanes, from the new I-490 Tollway entrance and exit ramp to Mannheim Road providing better truck access to the Tollway. This $30 million project, covered primarily through grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County, and the Federal Highway Administration, includes new pavement, storm sewers, stormwater management, and multi-use path and roadway lighting.

These types of infrastructure and industrial developments bring more revenue to the Village, helping to keep residential property taxes stable. It also provides revenue enhancement for our Village and affords us more funding for public safety, improved infrastructure, and an increased quality of life for all our residents. In addition, new industrial development will spur new retail and restaurant developments helping to revitalize our commercial corridors.

We look forward to additional investment from the federal infrastructure legislation that will further stimulate regional growth. Franklin Park is ready to welcome more industrial and commercial development


I encourage you to drive through our town and see the beautiful Christmas tree at the gazebo and see the festive decorations the Village has displayed around town. You can also drive through our neighborhoods and enjoy the creative light displays and holiday decorations created by our residents. For your convenience, the Village will be providing a map of the Best Decorated Home for the Holidays entries on our website on December 17.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Clerk, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe, holiday season. May you spend the holidays in joy and peace.


Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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