Villa Park News

Picture Book Picnic

Picture Book Picnic

CHRIS FOX PHOTO Whitney Martin (left) and Amity Davis (right) of the Villa Park Public Library’s youth services department visited the Iowa Community Center recently for a Picture Book Picnic. Library staff members held multiple Picture Book Picnic events at the community center on Wednesdays in June and July. All […]

 
 

Drive-through graduation

Drive-through graduation

CHRIS FOX PHOTO Montini Catholic High School’s Class of 2020 was originally scheduled to celebrate its commencement on May 17. That ceremony was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s graduates finally had a chance to cross the stage in their caps and gowns during a drive-through event in […]

 
 

Villa Park Historical Museum opens for the season

Villa Park Historical Museum opens for the season

CHRIS FOX PHOTO The Villa Park Historical Museum opened for the 2020 season on July 7. The museum usually opens for the year in early April, but this year’s opening was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is located at 220 S. Villa Ave., just south of the […]

 
 

Villa Park residents organize their own holiday parade

Villa Park residents organize their own holiday parade

CHRIS FOX PHOTO The Village of Villa Park’s traditional Fourth of July parade was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade route passes by the Madison Street home of the Behnke family. About one week before this year’s holiday, the Behnkes organized a parade that welcomed children […]

 
 

Assembly at Willowbrook protests racial injustice

Assembly at Willowbrook protests racial injustice

CHRIS FOX PHOTOS Willowbrook High School students organized an assembly that took place outside of their Villa Park school on Saturday, June 27. The event to protest against racial injustice included a march around part of the school property. A portion of the march included a procession down Ardmore Avenue. […]

 
 

Man charged with attempted murder of Elmhurst resident out walking dog

Man charged with attempted murder of Elmhurst resident out walking dog

On Wednesday, July 1, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael Ruth announced that a 22- year-old man had been charged with Attempt First Degree Murder for allegedly shooting an Elmhurst man last May. Charged with one count of Attempt First Degree Murder and […]

 
 

Summer campers

Summer campers

CHRIS FOX PHOTO The Villa Park Parks and Recreation Department’s summer camps for children began last week at the Iowa Community Center. The photo from Friday, June 19, shows members of the Adventure Camp, which welcomes kids ages 8-12. Pictured left to right with camp counselors Olivia Hartshorn (far left) […]

 
 

Sprucing up a Little Free Library

Sprucing up a Little Free Library

CHRIS FOX PHOTO Katie Bennette of the Villa Park Public Library’s circulation department recently applied some fresh paint to the Little Free Library located near the Rotary Club Playground at Harvard Avenue and the Illinois Prairie Path. The Little Free Library is part of the Villa Park Public Library’s outreach […]

 
 

Ready for takeoff

Ready for takeoff

CHRIS FOX PHOTO The skate park near Villa Park’s Iowa Community Center opened for the season last week. The area had been closed this spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In early May, village staff placed wood chips inside the skate park after receiving numerous complaints about skateboarders using the […]

 
 

Village board approves ordinance to allow outdoor restaurant service and liquor sales

Village board approves ordinance to allow outdoor restaurant service and liquor sales

CHRIS FOX PHOTOS DeMito’s Saloon, located at 335 E. Kenilworth Ave., opened to on-site service on Friday, May 29. The Villa Park business, like other bars and restaurants throughout Illinois, had been closed to in-person service since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants and bars in Illinois were allowed […]