Niles News Briefs


Last updated 12/18/2019 at 3:16pm

Parking Permit Sales

Parking permits will be available for purchase at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 16 at the cashier’s desk at City Hall, 505 Butler Place.  Six-month permits (January 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020) are available in the following locations:

One available - Touhy Triangle $350 (Resident only).

Three available - Central “Library” Lot $350 (Resident only).

One available - Main Street $350 (Resident only).

Two available - Garden Street $250 (Resident only).

** Resident only permits must have current Park Ridge vehicle sticker.

Six available - Uptown Parking Court $200.

One available - Summit Avenue North $200.

Three Handicapped -Touhy Triangle $350 (Resident only).

** Handicapped permits requires proof of valid HC placard or License plate registration. 

Any outstanding parking tickets issued by the Park Ridge Police Department must be paid before a permit will be issued. Limit one per household.

City in search of Board and Commission Volunteers

The City has referred to its Board and Commission members as being the backbone of this great City.  Without these dedicated individuals, the City could not function.  Now, you too, can apply to serve your City.

The City is currently accepting Board and Commission applications for the following current/upcoming positions:

Appearance Commission (must be a licensed architect).

Farmers Market Committee.

O’Hare Airport Commission.

Interested residents are encouraged to complete an Application Form which are available in the lobby area at City Hall or on our website at  

Completed applications should be returned to Deputy City Clerk Peterson in person, by email, or by fax 847-318-5300 by December 31. Interviews will be conducted on a Monday evening between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. for those who apply.  

Please call 847-318-5464 with any questions.  For additional information, visit Boards and Commissions and the Municipal Code on the City’s website. to $18 per hour if they return to the program in subsequent summers to take on a leadership position.

More than 700 students across Cook County have completed the CCLC program since 2009, gaining both critical experience for a career in conservation and the basic communication and cooperation skills needed to succeed in any job.

Next time you visit a Forest Preserves nature center, ask a staff member how CCLC students have made a difference at the site, from a bird garden at Sand Ridge to enhancing wildlife habitat removing invasive plants at Crabtree.

Positions go fast. Apply early! CCLC recruitment starts in January and applications are usually due end of March. The 2020 program runs from June 29–August 7.

Visit our Main Page and search “corps” for more information on CLCC and other conservation job programs, or write [email protected].

The CCLC program is managed in partnership with Friends of the Forest Preserves and the Student Conservation Association, with financial support provided by the Forest Preserve Foundation.

Niles-Maine District Library encourages creative bug for the holidays

When celebrating the holidays, nothing brightens and warms the heart more than giving the perfect gift, especially if it is homemade.

The Niles-Maine District Library has an online resource called Creative Bug, which includes more than 1,000 arts and crafts video tutorials taught by recognized design experts and artists. Creative Bug also gives you a list of what materials are needed for each project.

Explore all the videos Creative Bug has to offer to make gifts to your loved ones, friends, co-workers, postman, neighbors, and pets, a gift they will remember and use for years to come.

Knitted Mug Cozy

Keep you mug of hot chocolate or tea warm during the winter months with an adorable knitted cozy. Even better, gift this to someone and pair it with a special mug!

Handmade Soap

This amazing smelling gift will satisfy everyone on your holiday list! Learn how to safely mix soap, add color and scent, and finish with stamps and gift wrap.

Gemstone Favor Boxes

These 3D paper gemstone boxes can hold little gifts, serve as a place card, or just brighten up your holiday season. The gemstones are easy to personalize to give a unique touch to your gift.

Rectangular Paper Boxes

Learn how to create adorable paper boxes using decorative paper! The perfect finish to gifting cookies or small trinkets.

Stamped Ceramics

Using rubber stamps, create a design on your ceramic surface that’s strikingly gorgeous and has the charm of a handmade print.

Gift Wrapping Techniques

Who wouldn’t want to wrap gifts like a pro? Learn how to finish the corners on all your wrapped gifts, as well as master the tricks for attaching gift toppers, belly bands, tags, and how to tie the perfect bow!

What are you waiting for? Log on to Creative Bug now and create your free profile. Simply go to, click on the RESEARCH tab and select the letter C from the menu, and scroll down to Creative Bug.

Happy crafting!

Chamber feeds the hungry during Annual Sunday Night Supper

On December 15, the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce served the hungry during the annual Sunday Night Supper at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church. Sponsored in part by Bredemann Chevrolet & Toyota, approximately 100 hungry guests enjoyed a delicious meal.

The Chamber would like to thank everyone who sponsored, donated, and volunteered for this special holiday tradition.

Major Sponsor: Bredemann Chevrolet & Toyota

Ash & Willow ECO Salon & Beauty Apothecary

Belmont Kolmar Towing Inc.

Danny McGovern Group

RE/MAX Properties Northwest

Di Valerio, Kathy - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff

Maine Community Youth

Assistance Foundation

Nonna Silvia’s Trattoria & Pizzeria

Park Ridge Living Magazine &

Be Local Magazine - Dolly McCarthy

Swanson, Paul - Baird & Warner

Village Bank & Trust

Vive! Therapeutic Massage LLC

Willow Wellness Center

December 2019 Volunteer Opportunities

Warm up this winter while helping restore the forest preserves! Consider joining our community of dedicated volunteers to remove invasive brush and conduct brush pile burns. There are opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages and experience levels. Check out the list below for a nearby workday, or visit our Volunteer Page to view the calendar of all upcoming volunteer opportunities.


Saturday, 12/22/18: Poplar Creek-Schaumburg Road Grasslands • 9 am-12 pm in Streamwood

Saturday, 12/28/19: Busse Woods South • 9 am-12 pm in Elk Grove Village


Sunday, 12/29/19: LaBagh Woods/Hernandez • 10 am-1 pm in Chicago


Thursday, 12/19/19: Bob Mann Woods • 10 am-1 pm in La Grange

Saturday, 12/28/19: Chicago Portage • 9 am-12 pm in Lyons


Saturday, 12/21/19: Cap Sauers Moraines • 9 am-12 pm in Lemont

Saturday, 12/28/19: Paddock Woods • 9 am-12 pm in Palos Park


Saturday, 12/28/19: Kickapoo Woods • 10 am-1 pm in Riverdale

Tags: Volunteer

Park Ridge Annual Holiday Luncheon lights up the season

What a fabulous way to celebrate the holidays!

Thank you to all who joined us for our Annual Holiday Luncheon hosted at Pennyville Station on the afternoon of December 11. Dozens of toys were donated to the Toys for Tots Drive this year! A special shout out to our generous members and the Park Ridge Police Officers for collecting our toy donations - we couldn’t have done it without you.

We hope you all enjoyed jingling and mingling as much as we did! Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends this season. ❤

Where Youth Learn to Love Nature

Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps crew members work on constructing a boardwalk

When Chicago Conservation Leadership Corps (CCLC) students finish their six-week summer job in the Forest Preserves, they sound proud, inspired and ready for their next challenge.

“I like working here because I feel like I am making a difference in my community,” explained Ben Wolowitz, a senior who joined 50 other high school students last summer on crews that removed invasive brush and maintained trails near nature centers in forest preserves across Cook County.

The CCLC job program balances important service work with nature-based educational experiences, focused on inspiring a life-long appreciation for nature.

“I’m passionate about animals, and I think it’s important to learn about and protect where they live,” said senior Niana Smith, who also valued the team building and basic job skills training incorporated into each day. “Something I learned that will stick with me is how to work as a team and the importance of cooperation.”

During the CCLC season, participants work and learn 28 hours per week, with transportation and work clothing provided. All high school students or recent graduates aged 15 to 19 years old are eligible to earn $10 per hour to start—and up


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