News Flash

Posted on: January 22, 2024

Village holds annual Park Pavilion Permit Lottery Feb. 5

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The Village of Park Forest Recreation Parks & Community Health Department will hold its annual Park Pavilion Permit Lottery next month.

The event is held each year to allow people to secure their preferred park pavilion at Central Park, Somonauk Park, ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: December 15, 2023

Village offers free COVID testing amid uptick in COVID cases in suburban Cook County

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The Cook County Department of Public Health urges residents to take precautions when gathering with their families and friends for the holidays.

Officials said that although COVID-19 hospital admissions in suburban Cook County continue to be low, they have...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: December 14, 2023

Winter Holiday Market trees get repurposed to add to the Village's tree canopy

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The Village of Park Forest is adding to its tree canopy by repurposing the Christmas trees that are currently on the Village Green. In the past, the Village would dispose of the trees, but now it is giving back to the environment by replanting them in var...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: December 8, 2023

Park Forest partners with Gifts from Liam, offers diapers to families in need

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Park Forest's Department of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health (RPCH) is partnering with Gifts from Liam to be a distribution site - giving diapers to families who are in need. 

Residents in Park Forest can request what size diapers ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: December 1, 2023

Village hosts annual Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 9

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The Village of Park Forest hosts its annual Holiday Market on the Village Green on Saturday, Dec 9. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and will have live reindeer, Santa Claus, carolers, and a food truck. 

DownTown Property Manager Heather J...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: November 3, 2023

Village to giveaway personal protection equipment to residents on Monday

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The Village of Park Forest Department of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health has partnered with the YMCA and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to give away free personal protection equipment (PPE) to residents on Monday. 

Park Fo...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: October 18, 2023

Illinois Department of Public Health finds first in-state measles case in Cook County since 2019

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Illinois health officials confirmed the state’s first case of measles in four years on Friday.

The Cook County Health Department reported the suspected case to the Illinois Department of Public Health late last week. IDPH officials said the person was unva...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

Village accepting applications for the Hometown Heroes Banner Program

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With Veterans Day just around the corner, the Village is still accepting applications for its Home Town Heroes Banner Program.

The Park Forest Hometown Heroes Banner Project allows residents to honor local military members and those who have served their c...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

Village hosts blood drive amid sickle cell disease epidemic, blood shortage

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The Village of Park Forest is partnering with the American Red Cross for a community blood drive. 

The blood drive will occur at Village Hall, 350 Victory Dr., on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Assistant Director of the Recrea...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: October 11, 2023

Village hosts several events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, stressing early detection

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Village of Park Forest is hosting several events over the next couple of weeks to educate and inform residents about breast cancer.

Margaret Lewis, the Assistant Director of the Recreation, Parks, and Commu...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: October 2, 2023

The grand reopening of Somonauk Adventure Park and Fall Fest recapped

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On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Village celebrated Fall Fest and the grand reopening of Somonauk Adventure Park, a complete remodeling several years in the making.

The new park allows guests to experience nature unlike anywhere else in the south suburbs, boasti...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: September 26, 2023

Village hosts several events in October

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The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health starts the month with a trip to the Studebaker Theater to watch "The Color Purple" musical on Sunday, Oct 1. 

For $130, you can travel via a luxury coach bus departing from Villa...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Freedom Hall announces fall/winter concert series, tickets on sale now

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Individual ticket sales for this year's Freedom Hall series are currently on sale. 

 

Park Forest’s own Freedom Hall, located at 410 Lakewood Boulevard, is a premier performing arts venue in Chicago’s Southland. Freedom Hall’s Nathan Manil...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: August 11, 2023

Somonauk Park's grand re-opening schedule for Sept. 30

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The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Community Health announced on Friday that Somonauk Park's grand reopening is scheduled for late next month.

The grand reopening of Somonauk Park will happen during Fall Fest on Sept 30. The event will have ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: July 27, 2023

Park Forest Bark District at Winnebago Park to close Aug. 2 for maintenance

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The Park Forest Bark District at Winnebago Park is closing due to maintenance beginning Wednesday, Aug 2.

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Community Health Director Kevin Adams said crews are laying down new asphalt for the walking path leading to W...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: July 12, 2023

Main Street Nights canceled July 12 due to severe weather

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The Main Street Nights concert series is canceled this evening due to the threat of severe weather.

Village officials said the goal is to reschedule, but at this time, it is still being determined if and when that will happen.

Forecasters said a low-pressur...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: July 11, 2023

Park Forest Tennis and Health Club tennis courts closed this week for resurfacing, maintenance

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The Park Forest Tennis and Health Club tennis courts are closed this week for resurfacing and maintenance. The work started on Monday and should continue through Saturday. 

Brad Skoryi, the club's manager, said the tennis courts should re...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: July 6, 2023

Village to distribute Farmer Market coupons to eligible seniors next week

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The Village of Park Forest will distribute Farmer Market coupons to eligible seniors next week. 

Distribution begins on Tuesday, July 11; coupons will be available while supplies last.

Below are the qualifications: 

  • You must be 60 years and...
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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: June 28, 2023

Park Forest Aqua Center hosts teen-only event on Friday

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The Park Forest Aqua Center will host an "H20 Glow Teen Event" this Friday. Event organizers said the event is one of three planned for young people this season.

In addition to the pools, the events offer themed base activities, games, and photo ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: May 3, 2023

Main Street Market kicks off this weekend, May 6

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It's that time of year again: Main Street Market is roaring back to DownTown Park Forest, giving area residents fresh options to eat.

Victor Blackful, overseeing the event, said the Market is a great way to unite the community.

"This year, we ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: April 26, 2023

Chuck Sabey walks down memory lane, recalling his 45 years of service to the Village

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If you have ever attended a performing arts event in Park Forest, you have likely seen Cultural Arts Supervisor Chuck Sabey.

Many would consider Sabey a staple in Park Forest. He's served the Village in numerous capacities since the age of 17 when he took ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: April 17, 2023

Arbor Day Foundation recognizes Park Forest as Tree City USA for the ninth time

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The Village of Park Forest received its 9th Tree City USA award in 2023. The Tree City USA program, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation, provides communities with a four-step framework to maintain and grow their tree cover. It also gives them an avenue to...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: April 3, 2023

PF Aqua Center's early bird membership is on sale now; rolls out new offerings for 2023 season

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This year is moving along, and the dog days of summer are on the horizon, which means the Park Forest Aqua Center's opening day is just around the corner, on May 27. 

Season passes with early bird special pricing are on sale now through J...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: March 9, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions about Coyotes

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Are Coyotes in Park Forest? Yes

Over the past several years, coyote sightings have become more prevalent within the village and surrounding communities. Although you may be shocked to see a coyote running through the Park Forest, it is not unusual. Due to ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: October 4, 2022

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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If you walk into Village Hall this month, you'll notice a lot of pink throughout the lobby. That is because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Village of Park Forest is putting this cause at the forefront to inform residents about the i...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: September 28, 2022

Pickleball tournament at the Park Forest Tennis & Health Club, Sept. 28-30

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A tournament for the fastest sport in America is coming to Park Forest this week. The Park Forest Tennis & Health Club is hosting the DaFarm Singles Round Robin Pickleball Tournament on Sept. 28-30. It is the first time the club has ...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: September 30, 2022

Blood drive, Oct. 20

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The Village of Park Forest is partnering with American Red Cross for a community blood drive. 

The blood drive will take place at Village Hall, 350 Victory Dr. on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For any questions or concerns c...

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Village of Park Forest - Recreation, Parks & Community Health News
Posted on: August 30, 2022

Senior resource book launching, Sept. 1

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Join the the Park Forest Senior Advisory Commission Introduction for the Senior Resource book launching on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Rich Township Shirley Green Senior Center located at 297 Liberty Dr., Park Fore...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Somonauk Park ground breaking ceremony set for May 1

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A ground breaking ceremony will be held this Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m. at Somonauk Park in celebration of the park’s first major makeover in nearly 30 years. 
Somonauk Park, located on Somonauk Street in the southern portion of Park Forest, and ...
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