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Businesses Featured for Accomplishments
3/12/14 - The City of West Chicago has featured two local businesses in its bi-monthly newsletter Window to West Chicago because of their recent accomplishments....More >>

Second Annual Michael Browning Memorial 5K
3/11/14 - The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 85, in conjunction with the West Chicago Park District, is hosting the second annual Michael Browning Memorial Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The run is USATF certified, and starts and ends at Turner Elementary School....More >>

Successful Traffic Safety Campaign
3/10/14 - The West Chicago Police Department Traffic Safety Unit has announced that the traffic enforcement campaign it conducted on Illinois Route 38 on March 8, 2014 was a success....More >>

Gallery Theater Announces Audition Dates for The Fantasticks
3/7/14 - Gallery Theater of West Chicago announces auditions for its May production of The Fantasticks, the world's longest running musical, on Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. at ....More >>

Dates Announced for Targeted Safety Initiatives
3/4/14 - The West Chicago Police Department Traffic Safety Unit announces several high-visibility enforcement initiatives in the coming months. In addition to the Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation....More >>

Public Invited to Fundraiser
2/26/14 - The Friends of the West Chicago City Museum invite the public to an afternoon of dining and dancing at the annual Dance Away the Winter Blues! fundraiser on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Tango Argentina Club, located at 179 W. Washington Street....More >>

Motorists Urged to Celebrate Safely this St. Patrick's Day
2/26/14 - The West Chicago Police Department announced they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick's Day holiday to crack down on drunk drivers as well as unbuckled motorists. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns will run March 13 - 17, 2014....More >>

Gallery Theater Presents Barefoot in the Park
2/24/14 - Gallery Theater presents Neil Simon's classic play, Barefoot in the Park, in the intimate theater space at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court, West Chicago....More >>

West Chicago Police to Take the Polar Plunge
2/11/14 - Several members of the West Chicago Police Department will be participating in what could be the "coolest" event of the year - the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. The event is designed to raise funds for Illinois' Special Olympics athletes....More >>

Commission Extends Deadline for Art Banner Submissions
2/11/14 - The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is extending the deadline for submissions for the 2014 Community Art Banner Project to March 1....More >>

Rise in Car Burglaries Prompts Warnings
2/7/14 - The West Chicago Police Department has seen an increase in the number of burglaries to motor vehicles. These crimes can take place anywhere and, in many cases, the common factor is that the vehicles were left unlocked....More >>

Successful Campaign Results in Drunken Driving Arrests
1/31/14 - Results are in from the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday crackdown on drunk drivers. From December 20, 2013 to January 5, 2014, West Chicago Police Officers stopped and arrested two drunk drivers whose blood alcohol concentrations were over the legal limit of 0.08 grams per deciliter....More >>

West Chicago Sister Cities Announces February Featured Speaker
1/23/14 - The featured speaker for the February meeting of West Chicago Sister Cities will be David Sabathne, who will speak about the Sister City relationship between West Chicago, Illinois and Taufkirchen (Vils) Germany....More >>

Organizers Seek Vendors for Blooming Fest
1/16/14 - West Chicago's 14th Annual Blooming Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Organized by City staff and community volunteers, the event combines the West Chicago Garden Club's annual plant sale with a craft and fine art show, auto exhibit, children's activities, music, food and more....More >>

Groot Pickups Delayed One Day Entire Week
1/6/14 - The City of West Chicago has been notified by its contracted waste hauler, Groot Industries, that there will be no collection today, Monday, January 6, 2014, and that service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week for all customers....More >>

Slow Down, Bundle Up, Stay Alive!
1/5/14 - The City of West Chicago wants to remind residents to be extra careful in the next few days with the dangerously cold temperatures and recent snow....More >>

Weather Advisory
1/2/14 - Arctic-like temperatures combined with a wind chill advisory predicted have prompted City officials to issue a reminder to residents to take precautions to ensure their health and safety....More >>

Free Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Recycling
12/27/13 - The City of West Chicago reminds residents of its free Christmas tree collection which takes place during the weeks of January 6 and January 13, 2014 on regularly scheduled collection days....More >>

Toys for Tots Brings Hope and Joy
12/19/13 - West Chicago resident and business owner Debi Inch not only teaches the youngsters that come to her home music studio how to play the piano, she also teaches them lessons on giving to those less fortunate....More >>

Gallery Theater Announces Audition Dates
12/19/13 - Gallery Theater of West Chicago has announced audition dates for its upcoming spring production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park on January 16, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., January 18, 2014 from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. and January 19, 2014 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m....More >>

Toys for Tots Brings Hope and Joy
12/18/13 - The West Chicago Police Department is once again participating in the Toys for Tots Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, this program attempts to send a message of hope to children in the community who are less fortunate, a message that ....More >>

Union Pacific Railroad Awards 21 Grants
12/18/13 - Union Pacific Railroad has awarded 21 grants to community-owned railroad safety initiatives across its 23-state operating system. Ranging from $500 to $5,000, the grants support initiatives developed by community organizations to enhance and promote railroad safety through activities ....More >>

Click It Or Ticket Campaign Successful
12/18/13 - The West Chicago Police Department has reported the results of its most recent traffic safety enforcement campaign which took place from November 18 to December 1, 2013. The campaign was supported through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) ....More >>

Police Department Crackdown on Drunk Drivers
12/17/13 - From December 20, 2013 through January 5, 2014, West Chicago police will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and belt enforcement throughout Illinois ....More >>

Frosty Fest Transformed West Chicago Downtown into Winter Wonderland
12/16/13 - Despite the below-normal temperatures, parents bundled-up their children to enjoy a magical evening under the twinkling lights and watchful eye of Santa Claus during Frosty Fest, West Chicago's annual celebration ushering in winter and the holiday season....More >>

Public Meetings Set to Review Environmental Cleanup Grant Application
12/13/13 - The City of West Chicago invites all residents and other interested parties to upcoming public meetings to review a grant application the City has prepared to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....More >>

Call for Public Input on Environmental Cleanup Grant Application
12/11/13 - The City of West Chicago would like its residents to know about a grant application the City has prepared to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....More >>

The (Bi)Cycle of Life
12/9/13 - A call for artists by the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission for its 2014 Community Banner Art project dovetails with a historical exhibit planned to debut at the City Museum in early spring....More >>

"Where History and Progress Meet: a 'junction' of local history and art"
12/4/13 - Since September of this year, Sara Phalen, Director of the West Chicago City Museum, and Anni Holm, guest curator and internationally displayed Danish artist, have been working....More >>

Frosty Fest Essay Contest Winners Announced
12/2/13 - Classroom visits by Mayor Ruben Pineda during the week leading up to Frosty Fest are eagerly anticipated by those students who participated in the City of West Chicago's Frosty Fest essay contest ....More >>

Wonderful & Wearable Art Returns
11/27/13 - Gallery 200, the creative oasis at 200 Main Street in downtown West Chicago proudly presents Wonderful & Wearable.....More >>

Recycling Programs Make Helping the Environment Easy
11/26/13 - The upcoming holidays bring a couple of great recycling opportunities spearheaded by the West Chicago Environmental Commission ....More >>

Illinois Concealed Carry Act
11/26/13 - The Firearm Concealed Carry Act became state law in Illinois on July 9, 2013. Residents may view the full text of the law ....More >>

Support The 3/50 Project and Shop Local
11/26/13 - As a proud supporter of local business, and a national shop local movement known as The 3/50 Project, the City of West Chicago is reminding the community that "big things come from small small boxes".....More >>

Texting and Driving, A Killer Combination
11/25/13 - The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and even dangerous consequences. Traffic safety experts now know that mobile communications are linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and loss of life.....More >>

Celebrating 25 Years in West Chicago
11/21/13 - The year was 1988 when Jerry Marchese, the CEO of a company then called Tie-Net International, contacted his friend and commercial developer Tom Marziani looking for more manufacturing space for his business....More >>

Lifetime Behavioral Health Celebrates Five Years in Business in West Chicago
11/20/13 - October marked the fifth anniversary of Lifetime Behavioral Health, a private practice that provides accessible, quality and professional counseling services to adults, teens, children, and their families....More >>

Active Police Investigation Underway in West Chicago
11/18/13 - On Sunday, November 17, 2013 at approximately 6:45 a.m., officers from the West Chicago Police Department responded to the 600 block of S. Neltnor Blvd (Rt. 59) for a report of an unresponsive person in the front yard of a residence....More >>

Advanced Training Benefits Community
11/14/13 - The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) welcomed Commander Eric Shipman of the West Chicago Police Department to the Respiratory Protection: Program Development and Administration (RP) course at the CDP this week.....More >>

Start the Season on a High Note
11/8/13 - A nearly 20' tall, 12' wide blue spruce tree arrived in downtown West Chicago in time to serve as a centerpiece for the annual Frosty Fest season....More >>

Historic Ornament Series Now Available; Plus, New City Museum Exhibit to Open Shortly
11/7/13 - The West Chicago City Museum has announced the reissue of its 2001 commemorative ornament of the CB&Q Depot as part of the continuing Historic Ornament Series. The Depot ornament will be in full color and include updated information about the building....More >>

Disturbing Report on Heroin Use in DuPage County
11/7/13 - Shining Light, NFP finds the latest news about an increase in heroin use in DuPage County, especially among young people, very disturbing. So much so that the West Chicago not-for-profit organization whose mission is to empower women and families through education and outreach...More >>

Call for Public Input on Regional Connectivity for Bicycling
11/6/13 - The City of West Chicago would like its residents to know about a public outreach program underway concerning bicycling in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) commissioned the preparation of a Long Range Transportation Plan which includes the element of a Bike Transportation Plan....More >>

Fallen Leaves and Helping Hands
11/5/13 - Two things are certain about autumn in West Chicago; falling leaves and neighbor helping neighbor. This year's annual Senior Citizen Leaf Raking event brought out over 60 volunteers who assisted 30 senior households with, what for them was a massive task, raking and removing the leaves in their yards....More >>

Heroin Use in DuPage County
10/30/13 - A new video, Heroin in DuPage County: An Equal Opportunity Epidemic, created by the City of Wheaton in collaboration with the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association (DCCPA), and the DuPage County Coroner's Office, reveals the extent of a heartbreaking epidemic that is claiming lives in DuPage County at an alarming rate - heroin addiction.....More >>

Take Pictorial Tour of Iconic National Parks
10/25/13 - Award-winning photographer and Gallery 200 member artist Mike Smith offers a glimpse into the grandeur of America's National Parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Badlands and others. His exhibit, "Our National Parks," will be on display from November 1 – 24, 2013 at Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago.....More >>

Gift to Library Enriches Cultural Understanding
10/23/13 - For the 6th year in a row West Chicago Sister Cities (WCSC) has donated DVDs, CDs and books to the West Chicago Public Library. Flim buffs will enjoy the award winning DVDs recommended by the German consulate; Cherry Blossoms and Cloud 9.....More >>

Recycled Cooking Oil Processed for Bio-fuel
10/23/13 - The upcoming holidays bring some great recycling opportunities in West Chicago. The West Chicago Environmental Commission will be spearheading a post-Thanksgiving cooking oil collection event on November 30, 2013 in the City Hall parking lot at 475 Main Street from 9:00 a.m. - noon....More >>

Safe Disposal of Unused Medicine
10/22/13 - The West Chicago Police Department is promoting the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to highlight its ongoing Unused Medicine Drop Off Program....More >>

Call for Community Volunteers for Leaf-raking Project
10/21/13 - Community volunteers are needed for the annual leaf-raking event, scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2013. Individuals and organized groups are invited to make a difference in the lives of the community's senior residents and have a great time in the process....More >>

Safe and Spirited Trick or Treat
10/21/13 - Princesses, superheroes, and monsters of all sorts are invited to enjoy some pre-Halloween fun at the annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat in West Chicago Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Participating businesses will be designated by a pumpkin poster in their front windows....More >>

Doing Business Brilliantly
10/15/13 -Celebrating the accomplishments of its business community has become a tradition for the City of West Chicago. Now in its fifth year, the Brilliance in Business Awards program honors successful business establishments within City limits in five chosen categories: Small Business of the Year, Green Initiatives, Community Service, Economic Development and Community Image....More >>

Church Opens Its Doors to Shelter
10/4/13 -The West Chicago PADS homeless shelter, located at the First United Methodist Church, 643 East Washington Street, opened its doors on Thursday, October 3, 2013 to provide another season of shelter for those in need. ....More >>

Tales Tombstones Tell Unearths Community History
10/2/13 -For the past 23 years, the West Chicago City Museum has been showcasing the rich history ....More >>

Fall into Art Exhibit Ushers in the Season at Gallery 200 in October
9/26/13 - This October, Gallery 200 will usher in the season with "Fall into Art" as the Featured Artist Exhibit. ....More >>

Victim in Crash Positively Identified as Missing Arlington Heights Senior
9/23/13 - The body discovered by West Chicago Police on the afternoon of September 19, 2013 has been positively identified .....More >>

Police Request Residents' Assistance - Sewer Grate Thefts
9/10/13 - The West Chicago Police Department is requesting the assistance of residents in reporting any suspicious activity in and around storm sewer grates. .....More >>

Recent "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Declared a Success in West Chicago
9/10/13 - The West Chicago Police Department has declared its participation in Illinois' annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign a major success.....More >>

Recruitment Underway for Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Course
8/30/13 - September is National Preparedness Month and West Chicago has been no stranger to local disasters such as April's flooding and last July's destructive storm that caused severe damage and power outages....More >>

Remembrance Rescue Truck Visits West Chicago
8/30/13 - West Chicago business owners Kent Jean and Kevin Fett of Evo Exhibits welcomed one of two remaining Rescue Trucks from 9/11 to their facility.....More >>

Access Urgent Care and Vein Clinic Provides State-of-the-Art Healthcare Services
8/29/13 - A grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art healthcare facility located at the crossroads of North Avenue (Illinois Route 64) and Neltnor Boulevard (Illinois Route 59) in the Mosaic Crossing Shopping Center was celebrated recently.....More >>

Public Invited to Old Time Pottery's Grand Opening Celebration
8/26/13 - West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda will be on hand this Saturday to cut the ceremonial ribbon during the official grand opening of the newest Midwest location of Old Time Pottery at the corner of Illinois Route 59 and Illinois Route 64 (North Avenue) in the Mosaic Crossing Shopping Center. ....More >>

GE's Outreach Program Benefits West Chicago Youth
8/21/13 - A community outreach program that benefited the youth of the City of West Chicago generated lots of smiles and excitement for the start of the new school year. ....More >>

International Artist-in-Residence Project to Center on the Meaning of "Home"
8/15/13 - The West Chicago City Museum, in collaboration with People Made Visible, Inc., will welcome international Artist-in-Residence Irene Pérez to West Chicago August 25 through September 12, 2013....More >>

West Chicago Police Department Joins Hundreds of Illinois Police Agencies for Crackdown
8/6/13 - West Chicago Police officers will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunk drivers....More >>

Party in the Park Encourages Community Involvement
8/2/13 - Summer is a time for outdoor celebrations and on the first Tuesday in August, Reed-Keppler Park will be transformed to host a community block party in honor of the residents, business owners and local law enforcement personnel dedicated to reducing crime and drug use in their neighborhoods....More >>

Old Train Bell Central to Celebration of Mexican Independence
8/1/13 - At the center of West Chicago's upcoming Mexican Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, September 15, 2013 is a colorful, spirited and heartfelt tradition....More >>

Gallery 200 in August
7/25/13 - Capturing the elements of nature that are sometimes missed in everyday life, Alberto Paniaya's paintings celebrate the wonder of God's creation and focus on the earth, sky and ....More >>

5,000 Pairs of Shoes For Clean Water Programs
7/22/13 - The effort needed to collect 5,000 pairs of worn yet wearable shoes for charity would be a daunting challenge for any single organization....More >>

July 4th Roadway Safety Campaigns
7/11/13 - "The West Chicago Police Department made (0) drunk-driving arrests and issued (23) seat belt citations during the recent July 4th Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators," ....More >>

Danish Artist Gitte Bog Returns
7/9/13 - The West Chicago City Museum welcomes Danish artist Gitte Bog on her return visit to West Chicago as the summer visiting artist. She will be in West Chicago through Sunday, July 14, 2013, completing her project "Sweet Home West Chicago" ....More >>

Trees Lost in Storm Still Contribute to Community
7/8/13 - The memory of the fast-moving storm that delivered a hefty blow to the western suburbs on July 1, 2012 still lingers in the minds of many in the community of West Chicago and the surrounding suburbs ....More >>

Missing Storm Sewer Grates Prompt Alert
7/1/13 - The City of West Chicago is alerting residents of a situation involving the theft of storm sewer grates in the Hampton Hills subdivision and throughout the community. The thefts are occurring in both the north and south sides of town, with the largest concentration being in the Westgrove subdivision ....More >>

Multi-faceted Exhibit Gallery 200
6/28/13 - Artist Kathy Steere embraces art in all forms, from creating wooden sculptures from downed trees to painting backdrops for school plays and completing a fine art certification in botanical art ....More >>

Fireworks Safety Tips
6/28/13 - With the Independence Day holiday quickly approaching, the West Chicago Police Department would like to remind everyone of the state and local laws regarding fireworks, as well as offer a few safety tips ....More >>

Police Department Team Raises Funds
6/26/13 - Great things happen when caring people get involved, like the team of community champions who participated in the West Chicago leg of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run held earlier this month....More >>

Brilliance in Business Awards
6/25/13 - The City of West Chicago is currently accepting nominations for its Brilliance in Business Awards. The award program was designed to acknowledge the efforts businesses are making on behalf of their objectives and ....More >>

Mayor Pineda Honors Students
6/19/13 - Mayor Ruben Pineda recently enjoyed two opportunities to support and encourage community youth and impress upon them the value of their education ....More >>

Local Music Night Adds Local Music Morning For Kids and Families to June Schedule
6/18/13 - This month Local Music Night brings three talented musicians to Gallery 200/STUDIO, located at 203 Turner Court ....More >>

Old Time Pottery Grand Opening
6/18/13 - The City of West Chicago has announced the opening of Old Time Pottery later this summer at the corner of Illinois Route 59 and Illinois Route 64 (North Avenue) in the Mosaic Crossing Shopping Center ....More >>

Aerial Spraying For European Gypsy Moth
6/17/13 - Weather permitting, residents of West Chicago may notice low-flying aircraft in the area June 24-26, 2013 due to aerial treatments coordinated by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDoA) to control European Gypsy Moths (EGM), Lymantria dispar ....More >>

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America's Candy Capital
6/17/13 - The West Chicago City Museum hosts Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America's Candy Capital from June 19 - August 24, 2013. This traveling exhibit from the Elmhurst Historical Museum, a department of the City of Elmhurst, Illinois, tells the story of the candy industry in the Chicagoland area....More >>

Police Department Begins July 4th Crackdown on Drunk Drivers
6/13/13 - The West Chicago Police Department announced its plans for July 4th traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers. The intensified enforcement effort will focus on late-night hours ....More >>

Traffic Enforcement Campaign
6/6/13 - The Traffic Safety Unit of the West Chicago Police Department announced that Campaign #4 of the Illinois Department of Transportation funded grant was successful in educating the motoring public on seatbelt safety and awareness....More >>

Outstanding Support for Mexican Independence Day Celebration
6/14/13 - Growing interest and support in West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Celebration, scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2013 on Main Street from noon – 8:00 p.m. rain or shine, will take the event to new heights this year ...More >>

West Chicago Distributes Weather Alert Radios to Schools
5/31/13 - Severe weather and emergency preparedness is top of mind in West Chicago especially in light of the recent severe weather related tragedies in Moore, Oklahoma and other states...More >>

West Chicago Mayor and Police Chief Recognize Citizens for Life Saving Actions
5/23/13 - On Monday, May 20 2013, West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda and Police Chief Laz Perez recognized two West Chicago residents for their actions after a neighbor's house caught fire...More >>

Scouts Contribute to the Fabric of Community
5/17/13 - As volunteers go, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts lead the pack. For the past two years, West Chicago Boy Scout Troop #33 sponsored by Glen Arbor Community Church, has taken on the service project of beautifying downtown ...More >>

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center
5/17/13 - The City of West Chicago has learned that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Lisle for residents affected by the recent flood to apply for federal assistance to help alleviate expenses incurred in the recovery process from the April storms...More >>

Over the River and Through the Woods
5/16/13 - Back by popular demand, Gallery Theater has added additional dates for the performance of Over the River and Through the Woods...More >>

SUMMER, An Exhibit of Mixed Media Art
5/15/13 - This June, Gallery 200 will present the Featured Artist Show SUMMER to usher in the season. Ten Gallery member artists with a wide variety of media will display their art work from June 6 - 30, 2013...More >>

Disaster Assistance For Residents Affected By Recent Flooding
5/14/13 - The City of West Chicago has been notified by the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management that DuPage County residents affected by recent flooding are eligible to apply for FEMA disaster assistance...More >>

Community Art Banner Project
5/13/13 - What comes to your mind when you hear the word balance? A Question of Balance, the theme of the 2013 Community Art Banner Project, provides the perspectives of eleven artists who answered the call for art from the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission...More >>

Click It or Ticket Campaign
5/6/13 - The 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off May 10, 2013 in Illinois. The purpose of the campaign is to help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up through the Memorial Day holiday weekend...More >>

Impressive List of Guest Speakers
5/3/13 - Garden gnomes everywhere are anxiously counting the days until Blooming Fest, this year scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The success of the 13-year old garden festival has put downtown West Chicago....More >>

Entrepreneurial Spirit Blossoms on Main Street
5/1/13 - The entrepreneurial spirit is alive in West Chicago. Event coordinator Kissel Davila and professional florist Clara Alvarez have dovetailed their unique talents to open a new downtown business....More >>

West Chicago's Paleteria Rosy
5/1/13 - Foodies around the country have discovered the fresh fruity flavors of the Mexican treat known as paletas, milk or fruit-based ice pops. Small shops, kiosks, and pushcarts have been ...More >>

Unveiling of Historic Artifact
4/29/13 - History will be revealed when a commemorative marble stone is removed from the façade of a building located at 101 East Washington Street in downtown West Chicago....More >>

City Distributes Red Cross Cleanup Kits
4/26/13 - This week, the City of West Chicago assisted residents of the Town & Country Apartments who were affected by last week's flood. Volunteers from the West Chicago Emergency Services Disaster Agency....More >>

After the Flood: What Residents Need to Know
4/24/13 - Following the 5.5 inch rainfall on April 17 – 18, 2013, the City of West Chicago experienced numerous road closures and localized flooding. Many homes had water in basements or other living areas....More >>

Traffic Enforcement Program Continues
4/24/13 - In recent years, Illinois has experienced significant reductions in motor vehicle crash fatalities. While this is great news, there is still work to be done to make Illinois roads as safe as possible....More >>

West Chicago Police Issue Warning To Parents About the Dangers of New Prank
4/23/13 - The City of West Chicago Police Department has issued a warning to parents of school age children to be aware of a dangerous new prank which involves a common ingredient found in most home food pantries – cinnamon...More >>

Painting Exhibit Documents Live Performances
4/23/13 - Artist Lewis Achenbach captures live free jazz performances in a unique style of art which he refers to as "documentary painting." His collection of paintings...More >>

New Downtown West Chicago Business
4/23/13 - A new shop opening in downtown West Chicago is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream that began for Julie Rubio when she was a young child in her native Mexico. Rubio vividly remembers enjoying the typical games of childhood...More >>

City Seeks Info on Recent Flood Damage
4/22/13 - Due to heavy rainfall and flooding on April 17 - 18, 2013 in DuPage County and the West Chicago area, the County was declared a state disaster area by the State of Illinois....More >>

City of West Chicago Road Closures
4/18/13 - The West Chicago Police Department has released a list of road closures....More >>

West Chicago Supports Attempt to Break World Record
4/17/13 - Sims Recycling Solutions, the global leader in electronics reuse and recycling, will host a free electronics collection event to encourage West Chicago residents to recycle their electronics. All items collected for recycling will be safely and responsibly recycled by Sims Recycling Solutions....More >>

Jazz Band Returns from Visit to Sister City
4/15/13 - During spring break, twenty-one students from West Chicago Community High School had a life changing experience. These jazz band members traveled to Taufkirchn (Vils) Germany on a trip that was coordinated through the West Chicago Sister Cities organization....More >>

1st Annual Michael Browning Memorial Scholarship Run to Remember
4/10/13 - Every day, brave men and women wearing the uniform of public law enforcement agencies throughout this nation, risk their lives in the line of duty protecting and defending the communities they serve....More >>

Officers Respond to Shooting in West Chicago
4/2/13 - On Monday April 1, 2013 at approximately 9:25 p.m., officers from the West Chicago Police Department responded to the 300 block of Barber Street for a report of a shooting ...More >>

Selection Process Underway for Community Banner Art Project
4/1/13 - The selection process for West Chicago's 2013 Community Banner Art Project has begun. According to John Keeney, artist and member of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission ...More >>

Neighbors Respond to Victims of Fire
3/29/13 - Neighbors in the Cornerstone Lakes subdivision in West Chicago are responding to the needs of the victims of a house fire that destroyed the residence and the family's belongings on Alamance Drive yesterday....More >>

History Blog Celebrates the Efforts of Harriette Elizabeth Hills
3/28/13 - For the past two years, history has been brought to life in West Chicago through a blog produced by the City Museum. A Sense of Place, published on the City's website, has provided readers with brief capsules of local history in a lively ...More >>

Police Detective Takes the Polar Plunge
3/27/13 - Earlier this month, West Chicago Police Detective Robbi Peterson and his 9-year old daughter Taylor took the Polar Plunge, jumping into the icy cold water of Loon Lake in Silver Springs State Park outside of Yorkville, to kick start ...More >>

2013 Mosquito Season Update
3/26/13 - The West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District (WCMAD) has released its 2013 Mosquito Season Update. The Update includes information on the West Nile Virus (WNV), with an overview on the efforts of the District to control nuisance mosquitoes, reduce the potential of mosquito-borne ....More >>

College of DuPage Photo X Club Exhibit
3/26/13 - An exhibition from the College of DuPage Photo X Club highlights a body of artwork from 14 artists representing students, alumni and local photographers. "As We See It" is featured at Gallery 200 and will be on display from April 4 - 28, 2013....More >>

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Course
3/21/13 - When disaster strikes, as it did in the western suburbs in the form of a devastating storm on July 1, 2012, knowing what to do can make all the difference in the world. The City of West Chicago would like residents to know....More >>

City of West Chicago Named a 2012 Constant Contact All Star
3/21/13 - The City of West Chicago's launch in 2009 of a free subscriber-based electronic news platform through Constant Contact, an electronic marketing company for small organizations, offered residents and businesses another way to stay connected with City-related news....More >>

West Chicago's Acting Mayor Delivers State of the City Address
3/20/13 - After acknowledging West Chicago's late Mayor Michael Kwasman for setting a favorable course that "will serve as his legacy for future generations", Acting Mayor Ruben Pineda launched a detailed accounting of the strides made by the City....More >>

2013 DuPage River Sweep Announced
3/13/13 - The West Chicago Environmental Commission would like the community to know about an upcoming volunteer opportunity that will make a difference in the quality of water and in the appearance of waterways in and around West Chicago...More >>

Guest Artist Joins the West Chicago City Museum for Collage Workshop
3/6/13 - The West Chicago City Museum will be hosting a free Collage Workshop as part of its latest exhibit, Rites of Passage on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Guest artist Rachel Weaver Rivera, founder of Imagine Art Studio...More >>

Historic Presentation on Electric Railroad
3/6/13 - The West Chicago Historical Society will be offering an entertaining program on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center, 306 Main Street, that will rekindle memories and bring history alive....More >>

West Chicago Sister Cities Organization Celebrates Students' Upcoming Trip to Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany
3/6/13 - West Chicago Sister Cities, an organization that "fosters peace through culture, education and people to people exchanges", recently celebrated the upcoming trip of the Community High School District 94 jazz band to West Chicago's Sister City Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany ...More >>

County Stormwater Management Seeks Input
3/6/13 - DuPage County Stormwater Management is encouraging DuPage County residents and business owners to complete a survey regarding water quality in the County's waterways....More >>

West Chicago, Illinois Named 74th Safest City in America
3/1/13 - The City of West Chicago has received the honorable distinction of being named 74th Safest City in America by Location, Inc., creators of the neighborhood research site, NeighborhoodScout ...More >>

Dedicated Traffic Enforcement - Next Campaign: March 14 - 17, 2013
2/25/13 - In recent years, Illinois has experienced significant reductions in motor vehicle crash fatalities. While this is great news, there is much work left to be done to make Illinois roads as safe as they can be....More >>

Dance Away the Winter Blues For the Benefit of the West Chicago City Musuem
2/25/13 - Join the Friends of the West Chicago City Museum for an afternoon of dining and dancing at West Chicago's own Tango Argentina Club, Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., at 179 W. Washington Street....More >>

School District 33 Art Show at Gallery 200
2/21/13 - West Chicago School District 33 art teachers are thrilled at the opportunity to showcase the talents of their students in what will be a new venue for them, Gallery 200, located at 200 Main Street in downtown West Chicago....More >>

Organizers Seek Vendors for West Chicago's Annual Garden Festival
2/20/13 - Downtown West Chicago will be hosting the City's 13th Annual Blooming Fest on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Organized by City staff and community volunteers ...More >>

Rise in Car Burglaries Prompts Warning
2/11/13 - Within the past week the West Chicago Police Department has seen an increase in the number of burglaries to motor vehicles. Though these crimes can take place anywhere, the reported incidents have primarily ...More >>

Coyote Sightings Prompt Reminders for Safety of Small Pets
2/11/13 - Coyote sightings in West Chicago have caused concern among some members of the community prompting the City of West Chicago to provide an information source intended to educate the public....More >>

West Chicago's Gallery Theater Announces Audition Dates for Spring Production
2/8/13 -Gallery Theater of West Chicago has announced audition dates for its upcoming spring production of Over the River and Through the Woods on ....More >>

Local Music Night Provides Entertainment
2/7/13 - Each month, talented singers and musicians find a venue in downtown West Chicago at 203 Turner Court in Gallery 200/STUDIO. The intimate space provides a "coffee house" setting for the informal gatherings that are free to the public....More >>

New Business in Downtown West Chicago Will Be A Resource For HVAC Supplies and Info
1/31/13 - A new niche business in downtown West Chicago will offer homeowners and contractors looking for parts and/or information for their heating and cooling needs, a convenient local resource....More >>

Call for Artists, Parade Applicants, Food Vendors and Mexican Handcrafts for West Chicago's Mexican Independence Day Celebration
1/30/13 - Downtown West Chicago will be hosting the City's annual Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration on Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m....More >>

Blackburn College Exhibits at Gallery 200
1/29/13 - An exhibition from the Department of Visual Arts at Blackburn College, a 175 year old liberal arts college in Carlinville, Illinois, highlights a body of artwork from ten artists....More >>

Cultural Arts Commission Extends Deadline For Community Art Banner Project
1/29/13 - The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission is extending the deadline for submissions for the Community Art Banner Project of 2013 to February 15, 2013....More >>

Business Grant Available for New Investment
1/29/13 - A new Retail and Restaurant Business Grant Program sponsored by the City of West Chicago aims to strengthen retail business activity in the downtown TIF District....More >>

Municipal Aggregation Update
1/25/13 - Municipal aggregation, which is a program that allows local governments to bundle – or aggregate – residential and small commercial retail electric accounts, and to seek bids for a lower cost source of power ...More >>

Local Artist Creates a Girls' Night Out Series
1/11/13 - West Chicago's Gallery 200, a grassroots artist co-op located at 200 Main Street in the community's historic downtown district, will be offering a unique opportunity for a series of Girls' Night Out events ...More >>

Call for Banner Artists
1/4/13 - The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission invites accomplished and emerging artists, with a connection to the City of West Chicago, (either through residence, work or school), or currently living ...More >>

City Seeks Qualified Developer for Downtown Property at 151 West Washington Street
1/2/13 - The City of West Chicago, Illinois is seeking a qualified developer to rehabilitate a historic structure located within the West Washington Street Redevelopment Project area...More >>
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