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The Village is proud to be the new home of Travelon.  Travelon is an industry leader in providing forward-thinking travel products and accessories with an emphasis on anti-theft features and modern design.  Their new facility at 11333 Addison Ave, Unit 200 has 20,000 square feet of office space and nearly 95,000 square feet of warehouse space.  Serving as their new headquarters, this facility will accommodate about 100 employees dealing with distribution, design, and product development.  Find additional coverage on this ribbon cutting ceremony here


Jersey Mike's

Mayor Barrett Pedersen and representatives of the Village of Franklin Park celebrated the addition of Jersey Mike’s Subs to the growing retail development at Grand Avenue and Mannheim Road.  The sandwich shop prides itself on their use of fresh ingredients and culture of giving—each Jersey Mike's partners with a local charity.  Jersey Mike’s has joined AT&T and the future home of Sprint to fill the newest Franklin Park Marketplace development by Glazier at 2830 Mannheim Road! 



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. 



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. 


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. 


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.

New Village Website for COVID-19 Resources

April 4, 2020

The Village has launched a webpage with resources, guidelines, and up to date information for businesses seeking COVID-19 relief through State and Federal programs.  This site will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employers


COVID-19 Guidelines and Resources for Small Businesses and Employers

March 23, 2020

**Last Updated April 2, 2020**

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Development & Zoning Department is operating under State and County guidelines in order to ensure the safety of our staff, residents, and business owners.  Please be aware that staff will primarily be working remotely during this time, but will have access to email and voicemail in order to respond to inquiries in a timely manner.  Permits and applications will be reviewed by staff on a weekly basis as well. 

Application materials and submissions should be emailed to staff as PDFs (Nicholas Walny: nwalny@vofp.com; Ryan Adriatico: radriatico@vofp.com) or mailed to Village Hall (address to: Community Development Department, 9500 Belmont Ave, Franklin Park, IL 60131) whenever possible.  Items may also be submitted via the drop box in the parking lot at Village Hall if the first two options are not available to you.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Schneider at (847) 671-8300 or via email at jschneider@vofp.com.

Support for Small Businesses and Employers

During these difficult circumstances, the County and State has established resources and guidelines for small businesses and employers.  Information on available resources can be accessed below.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put together a comprehensive summary of the emergency small business loan that can be accessed here.
  • CDC Guidance for Employers - Keeping a safe working environment during the outbreak
  • Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 by U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • IMEC - IMEC has gathered news, resources, and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic that may be helpful for manufacturers.  Click here.
  • SBA Disaster Assistance -  The Illinois Disaster Loan Declaration allows all Illinois small businesses (according to SBA's size standards) and private non-profits with a substantial economic injury related to COVID-19 to apply for loans of up to $2M. These loans can go toward working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. Business owners can apply for a loan now at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

We expect small business owners and stakeholders will have some questions. The Illinois District Office is hosting twice daily webinars on the Economic Injury Disaster Loans starting Thursday, March 18. You can find details and register for these training events at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Businesses can access additional information and apply for the loan online . Eligibility requirements are determined by SBA and can be found .

Business advisors at are available to assist small businesses with the loan application process and are currently operating remotely. Businesses can locate their nearest Small Business Development Center .


The Department of Community Development and Zoning has released its 2018 Year in Review, which looks back at the department's most notable achievements, projects, and initiatives of 2018. Learn about these projects and more in the 2018 Year in Review!


Village Celebrates New 367,000 SF Industrial Speculative Development by 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. Molto founder and senior principal Todd Naccarato discussed the project with Crain’s in 2015: “We're seeing substantial increases in rents, because these kinds of buildings are in demand right now. What we're seeing is, now that we're coming out of a recession a number of businesses are growing and want to expand. There's demand for newer buildings.” 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.


From left to right: Dan Abdo (Glazier Corporation), John Schneider (Director of Community Development and Zoning), Trustee Bill Ruhl, Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Trustee Cheryl McLean, Trustee John Johnson and Matt Baer (Chipotle).

Groundbreaking Held for Commercial Development on Grand and Mannheim

The Village of Franklin Park held a groundbreaking to celebrate the start of construction of Glazier Corporation’s retail development on the corner of Mannheim Road and Crown Road, just north of Grand Avenue, which is now underway. Glazier closed on the 42,000 SF vacant site in October to develop a 3-unit retail center fronting Mannheim Road. Chipotle and T-Mobile have already signed leases for the space. Glazier plans on working through the winter, weather permitting, and expects the development to be operational by summer of 2017. 


Manufacturing Day Event Connects Students with Local Manufacturers

The Village of Franklin Park partnered with Leyden High School District 212, Triton College and local manufacturers in October of 2016 to celebrate Manufacturing Day, a national event that addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors to the public. Students from Leyden High School District 212 toured Triton’s educational facilities and the manufacturing facilities of Life Fitness, Sureway Tool, and Sloan Valve. Participating students toured the manufacturing floor and offices of each facility and were able to ask questions about day-to-day operations, technical training requirements and advancement opportunities.

The event aims to attract future manufacturing workers to fill the industry’s shortage of skilled labor, improve the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the manufacturing industry. The Manufacturing Day event builds on a larger Village initiative to address workforce challenges in the industry by connecting manufacturers, training agencies and prospective workers. 


The Cooking Channel Features Paula's Cafe in Franklin Park

The Cooking Channel stopped by Paula’s Cafe and Catering in Franklin Park last week to film a segment for the show “Food: Fact or Fiction.” Host Jeff Mauro, also starring in the Food Network’s “Sandwich King” and “The Kitchen,” visited the local restaurant to learn how to make the best Italian meatballs from Paula herself. Set to air on the Cooking Channel in October, the show’s exact date and time will be posted so that you can watch our local celebrity Paula in action. In the meantime, stop by Paula’s Cafe at 9400 Grand Avenue to try her famous meatballs yourself.


Tollway Updates Franklin Park Business Community on Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project

The Illinois Tollway hosted a meeting with the business community on Friday, May 13 at the Franklin Park Police station to provide business owners and operators with an update on the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) project. A full room of attendees was given information on the Tollway's on-going construction of Illinois Route 390 (formerly the Elgin O’Hare Expressway) and future plans for work on the southern leg of the project, which will pass through Franklin Park’s western industrial corridor. Utility work for the project will begin in Franklin Park Summer of 2016. View or download the Tollway's May 2016 Franklin Park Presentation to learn more.

2016 Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon

The Village of Franklin Park hosted its 2016 Annual Franklin Park Business Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 22 at Pescatore Palace. Representatives from businesses, organizations and government agencies were in attendance. The event's guest speaker, Congressman Mike Quigley, spoke on various economic development initiatives occurring at the Federal level and their significance for Franklin Park's business community. Speaking on behalf of one of Franklin Park’s newer companies, Angelo Lollino of Alamode Foods spoke on the benefits of locating his business in Franklin Park as the supplier of gelato and coffee products to all Mariano's store cafes. Elected officials and representatives from the State of Illinois, Cook County, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and various workforce training agencies were present to provide information and take questions and comments from local businesses.


Commissioner Peter Silvestri, Congressman Mike Quigley, Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Commissioner Sean Morrison and Northlake's Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin at the 2016 Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon.


ComEd Changes Policy to Help Fuel Economic Growth

In a move that is intended to make northern Illinois more attractive to expanding and prospective businesses, ComEd has modified a policy that requires some business customers seeking new or expanded electric service to provide an upfront deposit. The changes are great news for Franklin Park's expanding and future big energy users. ComEd's News Release contains more information on the policy changes.


DCEO Certifies Franklin Park Enterprise Zone January 1, 2016

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) certified that the Franklin Park Enterprise Zone will be in effect for 15 years starting January 1st of 2016. The Village applied for designation of an enterprise zone for its commercial and industrial properties, which account for 50% of the Village’s land use. The designation makes several significant incentives available to qualified properties in the Village. Most notable of these is a State sales tax exemption of 6.25% on building materials to be used in the enterprise zone.

The Franklin Park Enterprise Zone will encourage commercial and industrial development and redevelopment in the Village. Qualifying commercial and industrial properties are displayed in the Illinois Department of Revenue's Franklin Park Enterprise Zone Map. Contact the Department of Community Development and Zoning at (847) 671-8276 to learn more and to obtain an application for project designation.

Spreadable Sausage Produced by Franklin Park's Nduja Artisans Featured on ABC 7's Hungry Hound

ABC Channel 7's Hungry Hound recently visited the father-son team producing a spreadable sausage in Franklin Park. The spicy, spreadable salami with origins in the Calabria region of Italy is called nduja and is growing in popularity in the U.S. food world. The product can be found in stores like Eataly and Mariano's, as well as in upscale restaurants.

Click here to read ABC 7's article about the nduja sausage producer and click here to visit the Nduja Artisans website.

Franklin Park's Angelo Gelato Italiano Featured on ABC 7's Hungry Hound

ABC Channel 7's Hungry Hound recently visited Angelo Quercia's new gelato manufacturing facility in Franklin Park. Angelo Gelato Italiano, which is produced in over 100 flavors, can be found at over 200 independent restaurants and grocery stores in the Chicago area and is now shipped across the country.

Click here to read ABC 7's article about the gelato maker and click here to visit the Angelo Gelato Italiano website.

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