Village of Villa Park

June 10, 2016                       Villa Park News                       Vol. 2 Issue 5

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Summerfest 2016

This year we're going to ELEVEN! This is the eleventh Summerfest since we fired it back up in 2006. It has grown to be one of the best, and most liked, street festivals in the area.

Come out and taste some great local food. Hear some amazing local bands. See our Friday Night Car Show, and of course, the kid's attractions, business vendors and Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday.


6:30 - 10 p.m.  - "Six to Midnight" (Rock and festival favorites). Bring your dancing shoes!


11:30 a.m. - "Minors of Rock" (youth rock)

12:20 p.m. - "Truffle Pigs" (acoustic duo)

1:20 p.m. - "Fenced In" (youth original)

2:30 p.m. - "Wax Works" / "Blood Red Boots" (two bands! modern alternative)

4:10 p.m. - "Henry Stagger" (acoustic, songwriter)

4:50 p.m. - "Stix and Stone" (classic rock duo)

5:50 p.m. - "Lake Effect" (horn rock)

8:10 - 10:10 p.m. - "In Session" (classic rock)

Volunteers are needed for Villa Park's Summerfest on Saturday, June 18!

This event can only be held with awesome volunteers like you! Email Patty at to sign up for a 2-3 hour time slot. Volunteering consists of collecting tickets and handing out prizes at children's activities/rides.

Time slots are as follow: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m., 4 - 6 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m.

Volunteers receive 2 wristbands for children's games and attractions as a token of appreciation for their time.

Don't miss Summerfest 2016!!

The weekend will be filled with fun, food and music for the whole family.

For more information about this year's Villa Park Summerfest, visit the NEW Villa Park Summerfest website. Find a list of food vendors, entertainment and other attractions!

Villa Park Celebrates the Newly Renovated Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park!

Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park Ribbon Cutting

VILLA PARK – Dr. L. R. Cortesi's five children: Marguerite, Joan, Dr. Charles, Dr. Robert and Richard helped cut the ribbon Memorial Day for the park named after their father.

The Village of Villa Park and the Villa Park VFW partnered to host a grand re-opening celebration for the newly renovated Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. The park now boasts a new memorial plaza featuring flag poles and memorial columns honoring each of the service branches. In addition, memorial brick pavers commemorate individuals’ service to the U.S. Armed Forces.

Improvements also include new benches, sidewalks, landscaping, sod, a watering system, a relocated drinking fountain and renovations to the historic Train Depot.

Cortesi Park is located at the intersection of Cortesi and Kenilworth avenues.

Memorial Day at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

Celebrate All Summer!

The new Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park will be a new summer hot spot in Villa Park! Read the memorial plaques and pay your respects, enjoy the lush green grass or pass through on your run or walk to check out all of the new additions. Don't miss all of the events planned this summer including music, family fun and movies in the park.

Super Sensational Saturdays

Super Sensational Saturday Mornings

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and the whole family for these new, free fun-filled Saturday mornings. Great family entertainment, crafts, and face painting (additional fee) will make for an enjoyable morning at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. No registration necessary.

June 11: Miss Jamie's Farm
10 a.m. - noon

Join us for this high energy, audience interactive performance by Miss Jamie and her farm animal puppet friends. Interspersed throughout the farm-themed songs are life lessons about healthy eating, exercise, hard work, and kindness.

July 16: Jason Kollum
10 a.m. - noon

Come out for a fun, engaging and interactive variety juggling show for ALL ages! Tons of energy, movement, audience participation, laughter and excitement! Eye-popping balancing, juggling and variety stunts.

Aug. 13: Macaroni Soup! "Active Music for Kids"
10 a.m. - noon

Ms. Carole and Mr. Clarence will have the whole family moving at this Sing-Along, Dance-Along, DO–ALONG CONCERT! This event will coincide with Big Rigs and Kids so make sure to take a look at all of the fun trucks and equipment!

Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

August Concert Series

If you love the July Kiwanis Concert series at the Ruggard Gazebo, mark your calendar for the August Concert Series on Thursdays at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park!

Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and appetite to our August Summer Concert Series. Great family entertainment and good eats will make for a fun night at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. The concession stand opens at 6 p.m. The Thursday concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 4: Mr. Myers

Mr. Myers blends the tropical sounds of calypso and ska, the rhythms of reggae and a little rock-n-roll with some favorite classic tunes to create their own special style of music—Caribbean Rock. Mr. Myers’ unique combination of musical styles never fails to entertain audiences everywhere.

Aug. 11: Lincoln Don't Lie

Lincoln Don't Lie performs today’s top 40 modern country music and adds their own unique spin by creating “country-fied” versions of pop and alternative tunes.

Aug. 18: Bopology

From the swingin’ 40’s to the 21st century, that feeling we call “swing” is made even more appealing by Bopology. This renowned six-piece Chicago band was playing swing before swing was cool. Featured on WTTW’s “Wild Chicago,” the band boasts a lineup of well-known musicians.

Aug. 25: Zydeco Voodoo

Zydeco Voodoo plays a mix of New Orleans and Mardi Gras music as well as popular rock and blues adapted to the New Orleans style of music. Their family-friendly performances get the audience dancing and singing along.

Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

Movies in the Park

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic blanket to enjoy a movie outdoors on the big screen at Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park. This event is co-sponsored by the Villa Park Public Library and the Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department. Concessions will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be canceled. This program is for all ages (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

Aug. 1: The Good Dinosaur
© Walt Disney Pictures, 2015, Rated PG, 100 minutes. The film will begin approximately between 7:30-7:45 p.m.

Aug. 8: Minions
© Universal Pictures, 2015, Rated PG, 91 minutes. The film will begin approximately between 7:30-7:45 p.m.

Aug. 15: Frozen Sing-A-Long
© Walt Disney Pictures, 2013, Rated PG, 108 minutes. The film will begin approximately between 7:30-7:45 p.m.

Have Your Own Event?

Would you like to host your own event with newly renovated Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park as its backdrop? The historic Train Depot has also been renovated and can be rented for events. The Depot can comfortably accommodate up to 49 people. Rentals for residents cost $75 per hour (two hour minimum). Contact Judy at (630) 834-8525 for more information.

American Flag

Villa Park VFW to host Annual 4th of July Parade

The Villa Park V.F.W. Post 2801 will host its Annual Independence Day Parade July 4, 2016. "This year's theme is Celebrating 240 Years - United We Stand."

The parade steps off at noon from Trinity Lutheran Church at Ardmore Avenue and Central Boulevard in Villa Park. The parade heads west on Central to Harvard Avenue, south on Harvard to Madison Street, east on Madison to Summit Avenue, north on Summit to Park Boulevard and west on Park to Ardmore for dispersal.

Formation begins at 10:30 a.m. for those participating in the parade.

Please Note: Due to serious accidents in a past Parade, there will be absolutely no water implements allowed. This will be strictly enforced by the Villa Park Police Department along the parade route for both spectators and participants. All water implements found will be confiscated at the beginning of the parade.

July 4 Parade Route

Cool off this Summer at Villa Park's Pools

Villa Park Pools Open

VILLA PARK – It's pool season in Villa Park! Cool off and enjoy new amenities at both Lufkin and Jefferson pools. Be on the look out for special family events, classes and activities at Villa Park's pools!

NEW this year!!
Enjoy free Wi-Fi at both pools and an updated key fob system that improves pool access for season pass holders.

Pool Hours (Jefferson and Lufkin Pools)
June 11 - Aug. 16

Monday-Friday: noon - 8 p.m.

Saturday: noon - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Occasionally, Jefferson Pool hours will be affected by Mariner's home meets. Please, visit the aquatics page of the Parks & Recreation website for more details and dates. Special events for Patron Appreciation Days and holiday hours can also be found on the aquatics page as well.

Visit for a complete pool schedule, and information about pool passes and programs.

Mosquito Season

VILLA PARK – The Village of Villa Park contracts with Clarke for mosquito control services. Spraying does not occur on a set schedule, rather sprays will be scheduled in response to recommendations by Clarke, spraying activity in neighboring communities and other factors.

Below is some information about two different mosquito-borne viruses, and tips for individuals to avoid these viruses.

Understanding Zika Virus

No local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in US states, but there have been travel-associated cases. Read more here.


According to the CDC, "Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). These are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

"These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and vases. They prefer to bite people, and live indoors and outdoors near people. Mosquitoes that spread ... Zika are aggressive daytime biters, but they can also bite at night."

Other means of transmission

Zika can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, sexual transmission, from an infected person to a mosquito and from an infected mother to her fetus.

Read more about how to prevent Aedes mosquitoes from breeding near your home in this handout from Clarke.

Zika Prevention Tips
DuPage Health Dept. WNV release

Read the full release here.

Grilling Safety

With grilling season set to be in full force, take time to review a few safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to protect yourself and your guests from a fire or burn injuries:

  • Only use your grill outside;
  • Keep it away from siding and deck rails;
  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill to keep kids and pets safe;
  • Clean your grill after each use to remove grease, which can start a fire;
  • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled;
  • Open your gas grill before lighting; and
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches.

Before you fire up your grill, check out USFA’s animation on grilling safety.  

Stump Grinding Season Starts

VILLA PARK – Residents may notice crews working in the parkway to remove tree stumps this summer. Please, know the Village is aware of stumps that need to be removed throughout town, and Village staff appreciates residents’ patience.

Tree removal is a three-step process that involves both Public Works employees as well as contracted third parties. First crews remove identified dead or diseased trees in parkways or other areas maintained by the Village. Then, workers return to grind down stumps, and finally the area is restored with dirt and grass seed.

Public Works removed 178 stumps and employees have identified 430 stumps that need removal. Village staff understands residents are anxious to get rid of stumps in their parkway and appreciate their patience as crews make progress throughout town.

Residents with questions can contact the Village Manager’s Office at 630-592-6052.

Adopt A Tree

VILLA PARK – In the Spring and Fall of 2016, the Village will be planting its second generation of Adopted Trees on Public Parkways throughout Villa Park. The Tree Adoption Program is an environmental plan through which the Village will plant trees on qualifying public parkways.

The cost to adopt a tree is two hundred dollars ($200) per tree. The Village will provide the tree, and it will be installed under the direct supervision of the Village Forestry Division. After that, all you will need to do is provide maintenance for your adopted tree.
The trees available for adoption are Hackberry, Sweet Gum, Kentucky Coffee, Beech, Tulip, Smooth Leaf Elm, Crab, and Ginko trees. The Village will evaluate the applicant’s property and determine what tree is best for each location. All trees will be up to 2 inches in diameter, and up to 8 feet tall, when planted (depending on species). We plant at these sizes because they provide the best combination of viability and immediate visual impact.

Everyone is eligible to adopt a tree. If there is not a suitable location in your parkway, you can adopt a tree at the Sugar Creek Golf Course or a Village park.

View the complete Adopt-A-Tree Packet here.

Help Us See Where We Should Be

VILLA PARK – “Help Us See Where We Should Be” is the name of a new Villa Park Fire Department campaign. The goal of this campaign is to have all resident homes and commercial structures in the Village display an address on the front of their buildings that can be easily read from the street.

With the adoption of the 2009 International Fire Code (IFC) – Section 505.1 Address Identification, the Village of Villa Park requires the following:

  • All buildings have a number displayed on the front of each structure that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.
  • Numbers shall contrast with their background and shall be Arabic numerals i.e. 1 2 3.
  • The numbers must be a minimum of 4” in height and at least 1/2” in width. Properly placed and visible 3” Arabic numerals on homes is acceptable.
  • Although aesthetically pleasing, numerals in script are very difficult for emergency personnel to read and are not acceptable.
  • Unincorporated areas must meet the DuPage County Building Code that requires the numbers be at least 6” in height.
  • Residents and business owners are asked to check the size and visibility of their address from the curb both during the daylight and at night. By doing this exercise, homeowners and business owners will know whether or not police and fire units will be able to find their home or business in the event of an emergency.
Firefighters will be surveying the Village in an effort to identify buildings and homes that do not comply with Village code. When firefighters identify a nonconforming address, they will leave a notice at the residence or building informing the homeowner/owner what is required.

Local hardware stores are ready to assist citizens with selecting the proper numerals and advice on affixing them to their homes. For additional information or assistance, please call the Villa Park Fire Department at (630) 833-5350.

If Villa Park residents can “Help Us See Where We Should Be” emergency crews can save time, lives and property, in their rescue efforts to keep Villa Park a safe community.
Easter Seals Raffle

Enter the New Wheels Raffle for Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region in Villa Park.

The winner will drive off this summer in a 2016 Mazda CX-5 SUV or Mazda MX-5 Convertible!

Tickets are $50 each and only 3,000 will be sold, so don’t delay!

All proceeds support infants, children and adults with disabilities in our community. Visit for more information.

Route 64 Auto Repair Reopening

Route 64 Auto Repair Celebrates its Grand Reopening

The Villa Park Chamber of Commerce and Village officials celebrated Route 64 Auto Repair's Grand Reopening with a ribbon cutting May 26, 2016.

The family owned and operated business is a full-service preventive maintenance and automotive repair center. The building has a long history that started as a Sunoco. Black and white images hang in the newly renovated lobby showcasing the building's past life.

For more information, visit Route 64 Auto Repair's website.

Kiwanis Concert

Kiwanis Summer Concerts

Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and appetite to the Kiwanis Summer Concerts. Great family entertainment and good eats will make a fun night at the Ruggard Gazebo on the Prairie Path.

The concession stand opens at 6 p.m. selling hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, soda, and more. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

July 6 - Willowbrook High School Band & John Truncali
July 13 - The Sting Rays
July 20 - St. John’s Lombard Praise Team
July 27 - Generation/The Then 

Want to Get Involved? Join a Commission!

VILLA PARK – If you're passionate about your community, want to give back and engage others, consider joining one of Villa Park's commissions.

Villa Park's Community Pride Commission is actively seeking members to help fulfill its mission to advise the Village President and Board of Trustees on matters relating to the overall image of the Village, including physical beautification, public relations and coordination and promotion of volunteers and volunteerism within the Village.

The Villa Park Environmental Concerns Commission is also seeking commissioners to fulfill its mission to advise the President and Board of Trustees on matters relating to the preservation, protection and improvement of the environment, including the quality of land, air and water.

To learn more about all of Villa Park's commissions, visit the Village website. If you are interested in serving on a commission, fill out an application.

A New Look on Ardmore Avenue

Ardmore Avenue Streetscape

The Ardmore Streetscape project is bringing new life to north Ardmore Avenue in Villa Park. New plants, benches and beautiful pillars give the area a much needed facelift.

The Ardmore Streetscape project will enhance the walkability, drivability and aesthetic quality of the North Ardmore Avenue corridor through the installation of new streetscape elements and enhancements. This project includes improvements which were envisioned as a part of the Village of Villa Park Station Area Plan. The federally-funded Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) will provide funding for approximately 80% of project costs.

View more photos from TV VP Style here.

Highridge Road Construction

Highridge Road Construction Begins

Construction on Highridge Road started on June 8 with installation of new pipe culverts.

The Village's pavement management program has determined that the condition of this street has deteriorated to the point that pavement rehabilitation is needed within the next five years. The Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP) will provide funding for approximately 70% of construction costs.

This project consists of the resurfacing of High Ridge Road from Ardmore Avenue to the west Village limits. Design and construction inspection will be performed in-house, with the exception of material testing.

Follow construction by visiting the project page on the Village website.

Get updates on other construction projects throughout town here.

Healthy Tips

As part of Grow Healthy, Villa Park, the Village of Villa Park is committed to motivating community members to consume healthy foods and beverages, which will lead to a healthy weight and good health.

Check out these 10 "health" foods that may not be as healthy as you think.

Upcoming Events

Check out these upcoming events. You can always visit our Community Calendar for more details about any of these and other events.

June 10
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

June 11
- Super Sensational Saturday Mornings, 10 a.m. - noon, Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park, 320 E.
   Kenilworth Ave.
- Food Swap DuPage, 1-3 p.m., St. Alexander Church gym, 300 S. Cornell Ave.

June 12
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

June 13

- Village Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

June 14
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.
- Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission, 7 p.m. at Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave.
- Traffic & Safety Commission, 8 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

June 15
- Economic Development Commission, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Summerfest Commission meeting, 7 p.m. at Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave.
- Kiwanis Meeting, 7:15 a.m. at High-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road

June 16

- Adjudication, 5:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

June 17
- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road
- Summerfest, 6-11 p.m. at Ardmore Business District, Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard

June 18
- 10th Annual LM5K Family Run/Walk, 9 a.m. at Willowbrook High School, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Electronics Recycling, 9 a.m. - noon outside the Public Works Garage, 20 W. Home Ave.
- Summerfest, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. at Ardmore Business District, Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard

June 19
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

June 21
- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

June 22
- Kiwanis meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road

June 23
- Fire & Police Commission meeting, 7 a.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.
- Environmental Concerns Commission meeting, 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

June 24

- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

June 26
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

June 27
- Village Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall (second floor), 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

June 28

- Sugar Creek Golf Course Administrative Board, 6 p.m. at Sugar Creek, 500 E. Van Buren St.
- Community Pride Commission, 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 20 South Ardmore Ave.
- Villa Park Rotary Club, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.
- Garden Club of Villa Park, 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Community Recreation Building, 320 E. Wildwood Ave.

June 29
- Kiwanis Club meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road

June 30
- Lions Club meeting, 7 p.m. at Villa Park Public Library, 425 W. St. Charles Road

July 1

- Friday Fish Fry, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Villa Park VFW, 39 E. St. Charles Road

July 2
- Coffee with the Village Board, 9 a.m. at Village Hall, 20 S. Ardmore Ave.

July 3
- French Market, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

July 4
- Fourth of July Parade, noon at the Ardmore Business District

July 5

- Villa Park Rotary Club meeting, 12:15 p.m. at Crazy Pour, 105 E. North Ave.

July 6

Kiwanis Club meeting, 7:15 a.m. at Hi-View Restaurant, 425 W. St. Charles Road
- Kiwanis Summer Concert, 6:30 p.m. at Ruggard Gazebo, Park Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue

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Questions, comments & concerns

Please contact, Mari Grigaliunas, the Village's Public Information Officer via email or by calling (630) 592-6082.

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