A Letter from the Mayor of Palos Park

Mayor John Mahoney


A Centennial Message from Mayor John Mahoney
Looking Back, Looking Forward

As we enter into the final months of our Village’s Centennial year, I am more excited than ever about our town’s future. Palos Park is a wonderful community with a friendly, small town feel. Our Village still embodies the pastoral setting, rural splendor found on our Village crest. The natural beauty of our town is boundless and incomparable in the Chicago Metropolitan area. We are surrounded by nearly 11,000 acres of Forest Preserve property. Folks from around Chicago visit our town and the surrounding areas for a multitude of paths, hills and trails. Palos Park is a great place to live and raise a family.

Our Village Staff has worked tirelessly during the past few years to increase and improve our community events. We feel these events showcase our beautiful town to residents from all over Chicagoland and provide our residents more opportunities to gather with neighbors and friends. Our recently concluded centennial edition of the Autumn in the Park Festival was an outstanding showcase for what a small town can be. Our litany of centennial events continues with the Public Art Dedication on Monday, October 27th. Our Centennial Gala will be held at Cog Hill Country Club on Friday, November 7th. The Gala will feature a fabulous dinner, centennial celebration and dancing to the big band rhythms of the Outcast Jazz band. Our ever popular and festive Village Tree Lighting and Holiday will be held on Friday, December 5th which will include the dedication of a time capsule.

While we are busy remembering our past, we are also looking toward our future. After many years of planning, the construction of the Cal Sag Trail has begun and will be completed this year. Palos Park will be an important focal point on the trail. The multi-use trail will add yet another opportunity for our residents to enjoy the outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities that our town has to offer. Our annexation of the Catholic Charities and Holy Family Villa property west of Will-Cook Road has brought us new residents, a wonderful community partner and the Centennial Park. Our Centennial Park opened this March with a beautiful multi-purpose baseball diamond, athletic field and walking path. The park is located just north of McCarthy Road along Will-Cook Road. While our main park facility remains the Village Green, this new park will offer more opportunities to enjoy recreation in our town with other residents. We continue to pursue annexation possibilities on our south and western boundaries. Our western annexation initiative promises to provide additional outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities and the possibility of additional unique residential and commercial development along and around the Bell Road corridor. The LaGrange Road widening project also provides new opportunities will allow us to connect some of our existing neighborhoods to each other and to commercial areas along Lagrange Road.

Our vision for our community is suggested and advanced by its past. Although settled by farmers in the early 1800’s, Palos Park was popularized over a century ago by weekend and seasonal travelers. While seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of a growing Chicago, these visitors fell in love with our town’s pastoral setting and rural splendor, and it became known as an artists’ colony. Later, in 1932, the Reverend Paul Sanders established the “House by the Side of the Road,” now known as the Center on Southwest Highway. The Center continues to be a beacon for Palos Park, welcoming visitors, those who want to help, and those in need of help, truly, “a friend to man.” Our wooded features and ravines, surrounding forest preserves and many trails make Palos Park a phenomenal place to enjoy outdoor recreation of all kinds, including horseback riding, walking, biking and hiking. Many of our local organizations, including Palos Fine Arts, the McCord Gallery, the Center and our Recreation Department, continue to foster and promote the arts and cultural activities and keep our tradition as an arts colony alive and well. Our Village Staff continues to emphasize and deliver an incomparable level of service to our residents. Our many, varied and vibrant community and service organizations, community events and gatherings and small town feel make it a great place to live and raise and family. Here’s to looking forward to the next 100 years!


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8999 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, Illinois 60464
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