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Keeping up with the ways our customers are doing business and providing a superior online experience is a priority at the City of West Chicago. Over the past year we've taken notice of the increase in the use of portable devices, and came to the conclusion that the City's website needed an overhaul to accommodate this trend.



Built in 2006 prior to the Smart phone and tablet revolution, our website's graphic and text heavy pages were not designed with conversion flexibility over a range of devices. When viewed on a phone or tablet, the result was sometimes skewed graphics, off-set text and misplaced links. Enter "Responsive Web Design", the newest way to build a website with compatibility features that permit automatic resizing so that whether viewed on a computer monitor, laptop screen, or the face of a hand-held portable device, the resulting screen shot is consistently accurate.



We also used this opportunity to update graphics and streamline navigation so that the visual presentation of the website better reflects user preferences for crisp, concise displays of content and easy to follow links to interior pages. Additional features of the new website design include:

Follow us.
  • A live Twitter feed on the homepage.
  • Intuitive navigation that organizes content by type of customer (e.g. resident or business).
  • Two new online services for the Police Department (Overnight Parking and LexisNexis for accident reporting).
  • Additional homepage buttons for easy access to some of the most frequently clicked pages.
  • An interactive map on the City Council page to help you locate your elected representative. 
  • A dedicated, user-friendly Government Transparency Portal.

Please feel free to explore the new site and provide any feedback you have regarding the new design, navigation and content to Rosemary Mackey at We hope you will visit often and come to rely on it as a primary source of City information.


Staying relevant in a world of constant change is challenging at best, but when that change is needed to provide our customers with exceptional service, be certain we're on it.


Sept 1..................City Hall Closed
Sept 5..................Artist Reception
Sept 5..................Late Night at the Museum
Sept 6..................Kruse House Ice Cream
Sept 12................Girls' Night Out Art Class
Sept 13................Mexican Independence
                            Day Parade & Celebration
Sept 19................Local Music Night
Sept 26................Girls' Night Out Art Class
Sept 27 ...............Coffee with the Mayor
Oct 3....................Artist Reception 
Oct 3....................Late Night at the Museum
Oct 10..................Tales Tombstones Tell
Oct 10..................Girls' Night Out Art Class
Oct 17..................Local Music Night
Oct 25..................Coffee with the Mayor
The newest addition to the West Chicago Community Calendar series is a dedicated calendar for Healthy West Chicago. Visit it often to find out the latest offerings of healthy activities and programs available to all. From dates and details on nutrition education to 5K runs and neighborhood walks, you will have a one-stop-shop to many citywide opportunities that will motivate you to make the healthy choice the easy choice.


Remember to support the West Chicago Farmers' Market through October and enjoy the freshest in locally produced fruits and vegetables. All the details may be found on the Healthy West Chicago Community Calendar, which also contains details of the Grand Opening of the highly anticipated ARC Center.



Sept 4................"Rosy" Stories at Paleteria Rosy

Sept 6.................Sensory Storytime

Sept 10...............Kids Computer Class

Sept 16...............Whooo's Ready for 


Sept 17...............Lego Robotics

Sept 18...............Science Club

Sept 19...............Jake & the Neverland Pirates

Sept 20...............Bilingual Stories & Crafts

Sep 21................Lego Block Party

Oct 1...................Balloon Doodles

Oct 4...................Reading to Rover

Oct 8...................Kids' Computer Class

Oct 12.................Henna Program

Oct13..................Haunted Gingerbread Houses

Oct 14.................Wiggle Worms

Oct 15.................Lego Robotics

Oct 16.................Zombie Survival

Oct 21................ Bunny Cakes Storytime

Oct 25.................Autumn Carnival & Maze of  


Oct 29.................Día de los Muertos


For details visit,
or call (630) 231-1552

Sept 6 ....................ARC Center Grand Opening

Sept 26...................Family Fitness Night

Oct 20.....................Halloween House  

                                Decorating Contest

Oct 24.....................Family Fitness Night

Oct 25.....................Boo Bash

Oct 25.....................Howl-O-Ween Costume


Oct 25.....................Downtown Trick-or-Treat


For details visit or call (630) 231-9474 


General Election is Nov. 4
Voting is a core principle of being American, but to exercise this basic right, we must be registered to vote. It's now simple and secure to register online through the DuPage County Board of Elections Website, where you can also change your registration. It just takes a few moments to strengthen your community, and our state and country, with your voice on Election Day.   


Mayor's Message    


I am happy to report great progress is being made on gathering community feedback for the Healthy West Chicago Strategic Plan.


A survey distributed online, person to person at Railroad Days and National Night Out, and in hard-copy form in various locations around town reflects a great deal of support in our effort to benchmark the community's attitudes and positions on the issue of wellness. I am greatly encouraged by the responses which validate the importance of this topic. Thank you to all who took the time to participate; the survey is still available for those who have not.


The survey asks respondents to rate their views on nutrition and physical activity, and also offers the opportunity to comment more fully on both subjects. I would like to share threads of some of the comments collected:

  • Add a section about healthy living in West Chicago on your main site. Link it to new ARC Center. Schedule more "health runs." Provide better school lunches and early education on the value of better food choices.
  • Engage more youth and adults, streamline the English and Spanish speaking population to share same space and build personal and communal health.
  • There could be more summer and winter physical activities for senior citizens and adults in general. Most of the programs during the summer are geared to children. Older adults like activity programs.
  • A restaurant or café that offers those foods & combinations of foods that up your metabolism & don't trigger your body to store fat.
  • Offer challenges to encourage people to participate. Make it easier for people to participate by providing tips for walking on lunch hours, etc. Create partnerships with local agencies and government (County and Forest Preserve) for multi-use activities. Offer a sign-up "deal" of some sort for joining the fitness center and/or buying healthy food.
  • (Add) clear markings of bike path bike lanes as downtown streets are crowded. 

This feedback is critical in guiding the Strategic Plan that will chart a course for West Chicago. Our thanks to Cadence Health, WeGo Together for Kids, Metropolitan Family Services, and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago for funding the development of the Strategic Plan which will serve as an important roadmap.


West Chicago residents and community stakeholders will soon be invited to come together at various locations and on multiple dates to provide direct input on Healthy West Chicago.  The Fall Community Forums are a cornerstone of Healthy West Chicago and provide community members with the opportunity to:

  • analyze and discuss data from the Healthy West Chicago Survey;
  • contribute new ideas for healthy goals, strategies, and tactics; and
  • lay the groundwork for future planning and implementation events. 

Stay tuned for the dates and locations of these community forums to be held in September, October and November of this year.


Ruben Pineda




City Service Reminders




Residents may dispose of an unlimited quantity of leaves for a five week period in October/November beginning October 27 through November 29, 2014 on the regularly scheduled garbage pickup day. No stickers are required for leaves; however, no other yard waste may be included.  All leaves must be placed in a "Kraft" yard waste bag that does not exceed 50 pounds when full.


Please note: The Senior Leaf-raking Event is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014. Volunteers are needed to assists seniors in the community who are unable to tackle the job of raking their leaves themselves. Please contact the Police Department at (630) 293-2222 to be added to the list of individuals and organizations who volunteer for this rewarding service project.




Due to the Labor Day Holiday, brush pickup for the month of September will begin on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  October brush pickup will begin on Monday, October 6, 2014 and, as a reminder, the final week for brush pickup this year will begin on November 3, 2014.   Brush may be placed out at the curb two days prior to the scheduled pickup.  Please refer to the City's website for more information.




The City will be flushing fire hydrants this October, weekdays, between 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Signs will be posted in the areas one day prior to hydrant flushing.  Hydrant flushing maintains West Chicago's water distribution system and assures proper operation of hydrants in the event of an emergency.  Unfortunately, discolored water can result.  This discoloration poses no health risk.  However, please check the water before washing laundry.  




Anyone owning a residential rental property is required to obtain a Rental Dwelling License.  The City  inspects all single-family residential rental properties annually to verify that they comply with the minimum life safety requirements. A percentage of multi-unit complexes are inspected annually on a rotating basis. Each year a letter is mailed to all rental dwelling owners requesting that the owner schedule an inspection.  Rental Dwelling Licenses must be renewed every year and are due by December 31st for the subsequent year. More information is available on the City website by selecting Departments > Community Development > Code Enforcement.



Did you know that all of the City's Code of Ordinances are available at your fingertips on the City's website? Anyone interested in a particular Code may research it 24/7 by simply following the link under the Government section of the website. The following will serve as a mini tutorial for accessing information about the Building Code:


1.            Go to

2.            Along the top of the page, click on "Government"

3.            From the drop-down menu, click on "Municipal Code"

4.            Click on "View West Chicago Code of Ordinances"

5.            Click on "Chapter 4 - "Buildings and Building Regulations"

6.            Click on "Article I - "Building Code"

7.            Select the section of the Code that is applicable to your project


Additional sections of the City Code that may be of interest to residents, businesses, or commercial contractors may be explored in this same way. 




The Forest Avenue Roadway and Storm Sewer Rehabilitation Project (Project) began in August and is anticipated to be completed by October 31, 2014, weather depending. The Project includes roadway and storm sewer rehabilitation along Forest Avenue, between Town Road and Pearl Road, and storm sewer rehabilitation along the northern section of Pearl Road just south of its intersection with Forest Avenue. The Project's work generally consists of pavement milling and resurfacing, pavement patching, storm sewer replacement, concrete curb and gutter and sidewalk replacement. Daytime on-street parking on Forest Avenue will not be allowed during construction. Daytime public parking will be available on adjacent streets. Please obey all other local parking restrictions and signage.   


The City of West Chicago will host a food drive to help benefit West Chicago pantries and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The Food Bank works with over 80 food pantries and feeding programs throughout DuPage County, including five food pantries in the City of West Chicago. The City will be accepting non-perishable food donations from September 2 - September 12, 2014. Food can be dropped off in the lobby of City Hall, located at 475 Main Street. 



Monday, October 20, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


This event is FREE and open to the public. The Job Fair will be held at the Wayne Township Senior Center, 27W031 North Avenue, West Chicago (approx. ¼ mile east of County Farm Road). Please visit for a list of participating companies. For questions about the Job Fair, or if you know of a company that would like to participate, please call Cindy at (630) 231-7140.



Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. - Noon


This rain or shine event will be held at 30W575 Roosevelt Road. Accepted items include scrap metal, electronics, clothing apparel and more. For more details and the list of unacceptable items, visit


Public Safety Matters  




As a community, we have no greater responsibility than to work together to ensure the safety of our children. Since Back-to-School season is here, West Chicago Police Department employees have compiled some important traffic safety and bus safety information for you and your family which may be found at in the Police News section or by clicking the links below: 




Be Part of the History and Pageantry of
Mexican Independence Day
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Noon - 4:00 p.m. - Downtown West Chicago
Mark your calendar for a City sponsored afternoon of history, culture and pageantry on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from noon to 4:00 p.m. This rain or shine event brings the nationally recognized Mexican folklore dance troupe Ballet Folklórico Quetzalcoatl to downtown West Chicago for a free performance during the Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration. The group was founded in 1983 and is currently directed by Juan Manuel "Nery" Cruz. It is made up of about 110+ dancers ranging from ages 4-50. They have competed and placed in various competitions on a national level. This year, Ballet Folklórico will be celebrating its 31st anniversary. The exciting music and colorful dance troupe will dazzle audiences of all ages with a traditional Mexican folkloric performance. The choreography and costuming are all drawn from the richest and most vibrant heritage and customs of Mexico, and the dancers are renowned for their talent, grace, and artistry. You'll tap your feet, you'll clap your hands, you'll feel your spirits rise and your eyes light up when you witness a performance of Ballet Folklórico Quetzalcoatl!


A parade which steps off at noon, precedes the entertainment. It will travel down Main Street into the historic downtown. There is still time to get your business or organization involved. A parade application may be found at under Forms. There is no cost to participate and this is a great opportunity to show your community spirit and connect your business or organization with residents and visitors.


At 1:30 p.m. on the Main Stage located on Galena Street, Mayor Pineda will be joined by a representative of the Mexican Consulate to commemorate Mexico's independence from Spain in 1810 by a reenactment of El Grito, the Cry (of Independence). Other family-friendly attractions include face-painting and kids' arts and crafts, a Mexican history exhibit, and a display of the equestrian pageantry of magnificent horses ridden by a caballero troupe.


Volunteers are needed for the day of the event. Please contact Valeria Lopez at (630) 293-2200 ext. 170 if you can help. 

City Museum

132 Main Street - (630) 231-3376   

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Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Museum wraps up the final weeks of the exhibit The (Bi)Cycle of Life, focusing on the history of cycling in and around West Chicago and the connection it had and continues to have with surrounding nature.   


Late Night at the Museum

Date: Friday, October 3, 2014

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy the work of Out of the Woods, a wood reutilization project connecting students in the Architecture and Furniture classes at Illinois Institute of Technology with wood salvaged from West Chicago parks.   



The Museum's blog, A Sense of Place is back and will be featured regularly on the City's new website. Visit often for the latest installment:

Tales Tombstones Tell celebrates a milestone - a 25 year anniversary on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m at Oakwood Cemetery, located at Garden Street and York Avenue. Costumed interpreters will reveal the never-before-heard life stories of selected former West Chicago residents buried in Oakwood Cemetery, including Dr. Joseph and Mary McConnell.  The couple played an important role in the community's development and civic improvements, including donating the land for the cemetery and platting the Town of Turner, the historic portion of West Chicago. This family-friendly evening includes historic music and song and an evening stroll, with lanterns and luminaria lighting the paths through West Chicago's oldest cemetery.  Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Garden Street entrance with the final tour group beginning at 7:45 p.m.  Refreshments will be served following the program in St. Mary's Church basement.  While the program is free, donations are encouraged.  In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.  The 25th Anniversary Celebration will continue at the City Museum with a display of the cemetery's rich history, from October 15, 2014 through March 2015. For more information, contact the West Chicago City Museum at (630) 231-3376 or
Inspired by the City's Healthy West Chicago initiative, the Cultural Arts Commission has chosen A Picture of Health as the subject for its 2015 Banner Art Project.  The deadline for art this year is December 12, 2014. The Commission is hoping for a "healthy" number of entries for a grand display. Applications are available here or at under Forms.  


2010 Ice Cream Social
Enjoy a delightful afternoon of food and fun at the Kruse House Ice Cream Social. Activities include an old-fashioned ice cream social with homemade cakes and pies, a silent auction and a raffle to benefit the West Chicago Historical Society on Saturday, September 6, 2014.The cost is $4.00 and a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 2014. The Kruse House is open for tours from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and features the summer exhibit  It's a Doll's World, featuring dolls and doll-related items such as furniture and doll clothes, as well as a special raffle on "Cathy", a handcrafted and hand painted porcelain doll from the William Tung Collection.For additional information, contact Joan Conkright at (630) 231-2329 or visit  


Gallery 200
200 Main Street - (630) 231-9550  
Gallery 200/STUDIO
203 Turner Court - (630) 231-9550

Support the arts in West Chicago and take advantage of the many cultural offerings of Gallery 200, now a division of People Made Visible.

Girls' Night Out Jewelry Classes 

September 12 & 26, and October 10, 2014

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.


diy-beading-items.jpg Artist Britta Renwick continues with her popular Girls' Night Out series of jewelry making classes, offering instruction on how to design and construct an article of jewelry, followed by a social gathering with participants at a downtown West Chicago restaurant to sport their new creations. Classes are held on Friday evenings September 12 and 26, and October 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The cost varies based on the designs created and all supplies are included. Designs will incorporate the latest styles as seen in Switzerland during the summer of 2014. To register, contact Gallery 200 at (630) 293-9550 or visit for further information.

Art Share Saturday

Wood Carving with Leroy Fennewald

October 18, 2014

Noon - 4:00 p.m.


For Leroy Fennewald, carving fine automobiles, classic cars and racing cars is a labor of love. See him demonstrate how a block of basswood becomes an elegant automobile on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from noon to 4:00 p.m.


















Art Share Saturday

Etching with Fredericka Krauss Howard

September 20, 2014

Noon - 4:00 p.m.  

Artist Fredericka Krauss Howard describes herself as a "line scratcher," laying down colored pencil lines in a blizzard of cross hatches and lighter and darker lines, punctuated with erasures, additions and subtractions. See her demonstration on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon to 4:00 p.m.


September Featured Artist -   Fredericka Krauss Howard               

Opening Reception:  Friday, September 5, 2014         

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 


How do you capture the soul of your beloved spaniel; or the personality of the squirrel that stalks your bird feeder? You might have asked Fredericka Howard to pick up her favorite pencils. Durer, DaVinci and Fredericka have all shared a passion for the line that a pencil makes, whether that pencil is graphite or colored. Now Fredericka is pausing and looking back. Gallery 200 is pleased to feature Fredericka Howard: A Retrospective during the month of September. Fredericka's original works, DuPageCounty houses and barns, wild and domestic animals, will be offered for sale to the highest bidder during a silent auction that will run the entire month of September. Bid sheets will be available; bidding will end on September 29, during Fredericka's closing reception.


Her etchings will be available for immediate purchase. She will also offer pages from her sketchbooks for purchase for $1 each, with proceeds to be donated to the West Chicago Community High School Scholarship Fund for arts students (a scholarship she created some years ago).


yellow-wrapped-gift.jpg October Featured Exhibit  - Artoberfest: Unpredictable Gifts 

Opening Reception: October 3, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Gallery 200 kicks off the holiday shopping season with Unpredictable Gifts, as the October featured artist exhibit. The Gallery's member artists will present a broad range of new work, in a head-turning variety of genres, media, colors and prices. Pieces will range from stocking stuffers to the extravagant "honey, I love you" once-in-a-lifetime gift. Artists represented will include Heide Morris, Andy Kozlowski, Phoebe Smith, Tom Obright, Kathy Steere, Rita Heim, First Star Art, Jeff Lesnik, Marge Hall, Sandy McLain, Bill Hochmuth and Britta Renwick. Artoberfest celebrates Unpredictable Gifts through October 30, 2014.  


Business News




Opening your doors to doing business in West Chicago requires following some simple, but necessary, procedures.  To help make sure that establishing your business runs as smoothly as possible, we would like to take this opportunity to advise you of several requirements that must be met prior to occupancy.  All new businesses in the City must follow the requirements listed below:


                1.            Receive Zoning Approval

                2.            Complete a Water Usage Survey

                3.            Obtain a Change of Occupancy Inspection

                4.            Submit a Business Registration Application


Business registrations must be renewed annually and are due before December 31st for the subsequent year. For more information, visit > Business > Economic Development > Opening a Business.


The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Brilliance in Business Awards is fast approaching. Take a moment to nominate a favorite business by Friday, September 5, 2014.  The process is easy, with the application and instructions linked below, or available at under Business>Brilliance in Business Awards. Businesses may nominate themselves.

Brilliance in Business


Brilliance in Business Guidelines  

Community Service Award

Green Initiatives

Small Business of the Year

Community Image Award

Economic Development



Children are invited to masquerade as their favorite ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks during West Chicago's annual Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Downtown businesses, designated by a pumpkin in their window, host the free "spooktacular" event for community families. For more information, contact the City of West Chicago at (630) 293-2200 ext. 135 or visit where a complete list of participating businesses will be listed by mid-October.

 Please remember to support our local business community.


Important Numbers
City Council: 
Fire Administration
(630) 231-2123
Fire Emergency
Police Administration
(630) 293-2222
Police Response

City Administration
City Hall
(630) 293-2200

Ruben Pineda

Nancy Smith
City Clerk
Michael Guttman
City Administrator 
Ward 1 
Lori Chassee     (630) 231-8709 
James Beifuss   (630) 231-0584

Ward 2 
James Smith     (630) 231-1524 
Don Earley        (630) 231-3060

Ward 3 
Laura Grodoski  (312) 925-9241 
Alton Hallett       (630) 254-7112

Ward 4 
Al Murphy           (630) 231-4624  
Sandy Dimas      (630) 293-5170

Ward 5 
Kurt Meissner      (630) 231-9302 
John C. Smith, Jr. (630) 293-3802

Ward 6 
Rebecca Stout    (630) 293-7335 
Mark Edwalds     (630) 632-6670

Ward 7 
Matt Fuesting      (630) 762-1996 
John Banas         (630) 762-9762