2023 OP Winter Resident Newsletter





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Upcoming Village Events Police & Public Safety TABLE OF CONTENTS

Pictured (L to R) front: Trustee Brian J. Riordan, Trustee William R. Healy, Trustee Joni J. Radaszewski, Village Clerk Patrick R. O’Sullivan, Mayor Keith Pekau, Trustee Cynthia Nelson Katsenes, Trustee Michael R. Milani, Trustee Sean Kampas.

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Keith Pekau Mayor

Patrick O’Sullivan Village Clerk

Orland Parks


Southwest Job Fair Water Improvements

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Snow Safety

Brian J. Riordan Trustee William R. Healy Trustee Joni J. Radaszewski Trustee

Cynthia Nelson Katsenes Trustee Michael R. Milani Trustee Sean Kampas Trustee

Winter Wonderland

Around Town

Community Pride

Welcome to Orland Park


Winter Fitness

George Koczwara Village Manager

Jim Culotta Assistant Village Manager

January 15 February 5 February 19 March 4 March 18 April 1 BOARD MEETINGS

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Dear Orland Park Residents, The winter season is upon us and the Orland Park community is abuzz with festive events, beautiful Christmas decorations and plentiful options for shopping and dining. We hope you will take a moment to enjoy the happenings around town and celebrate the holiday season here in Orland Park. Thank you to those who were able to join us for the annual Village of Orland Park Veterans Day Ceremony at the civic center. It was wonderful to join the community in recognizing our heroes of today, as well as those of the past. This year’s Turkey Trot had one of the largest number of attendees in Village history! Over 1,000 people (and a handful of four-legged participants) took part in the annual Thanksgiving morning Orland Park tradition this year. It is always great to see everyone out as families enjoying a great start to the day. I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with your families and friends. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in the Village! We enjoyed our annual Holiday Parade down Ravinia Avenue where I was joined by so many wonderful members of the community in lighting the Christmas Tree and officially marking the beginning of the holiday season in Orland Park. Thank you to the many community members who took part in the festivities. Please take a moment to enjoy the Christmas lights on display at Village Hall, at Crescent Park, along our main thoroughfares and at Centennial Park. As we head into the colder winter months, remember to check on your elderly and disabled friends and neighbors. The Village’s Police Department serves as the main warming center for those who may experience heating issues and need to get out of the cold. Lastly, there are exciting projects underway in Orland Park. Renovations have started at Schussler Park, with the water storage and groundwork in place for the Michael Schofield Sports Complex. In addition, the foundations for the new concert venue at Centennial Park West have been laid. I could not be more excited to see the future home of our concerts and the Taste of Orland Park. I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2024! Sincerely, Keith Pekau Mayor of Orland Park

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Sunday, December 31, 2023 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Winter Wonderland Ice Rink (15600 West Ave.)

Thursday, January 11, 2024 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Orland Park Civic Center



Saturday, February 3, 2024 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Orland Park Civic Center

Saturday, March 23, 2024 10 a.m. Centennial Park Ballfields (15600 West Ave.)

Water Billing..................................................... (708) 403-6175 Register for Programs....................................... (708) 403-5000 Non-Emergency Police ..................................... (708) 349-4111 Mayor’s Office.................................................... (708) 403-6160 Have Questions?

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The Village of Orland Park is committed to prioritizing the safety and well-being of all residents. In line with this commitment, the Orland Park Police Department has introduced the Occupant with Autism program, aimed at providing crucial information to emergency responders during response calls. This initiative utilizes placement of decals and a registration system to inform first responders about individuals with autism residing in homes or as drivers or passengers in vehicles. The program offers free decals to residents of Orland Park as well as non-residents who are employed or attend school in the area. These decals can be affixed near the front door of homes and/or on the rear window of vehicles, effectively alerting law enforcement officers to the presence of an occupant with autism. By recognizing the decal, officers can draw upon their autism training and adjust their approach accordingly, understanding that the individual may not communicate, respond to verbal commands, or be aware of potential dangers. Residents who wish to participate in the program but prefer not to display the decal can still do so by completing the form and registering without placing the sticker on their home or vehicle. The Orland Park Police Department will then flag the address in their dispatch system, ensuring that arriving officers are aware of the presence of an individual with autism in the home. Police Chief Eric Rossi emphasized the voluntary and beneficial nature of the program, stating, “This free and voluntary database managed by the department is designed to provide peace of mind to our residents. It serves as a valuable tool for enhancing interactions involving individuals with autism and the men and women of the Orland Park Police Department,” explained Rossi. “The decals will serve as a visible notification not only to police but to all first responders.” The Orland Park Police Department remains committed to ongoing training on the best strategies and approaches for law enforcement encounters with individuals on the autism spectrum. By continuously enhancing their knowledge and understanding, the department strives to ensure the safety and well-being of all community members. To participate in this free program, interested individuals can complete the registration form at orlandpark.org/OWAProgram. For any inquiries regarding the program, please contact AutismAwareness@orlandpark.org. POLICE & PUBLIC SAFETY Occupant With Autism Program:

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Timothy J. McCarthy Honored with Building Dedication TIMOTHY J. MCCARTHY HONORED

On October 23, the Village of Orland Park dedicated the newly named building, the Timothy J. McCarthy Police Department. This momentous occasion was marked by the unveiling of a new police department sign bearing McCarthy’s name, a decision unanimously approved by the Village Board during their June 5 meeting. “Chief McCarthy diligently served the Village for 26 years,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. “His hard work and dedication elevated the Orland Park Police Department to the top-rated law enforcement agency in the state. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to recognize his efforts with the naming of the police department building.” Chief McCarthy assumed the role of Chief of Police of the Orland Park Police Department in May 1994, following an illustrious career with the U.S. Secret Service. His impressive background includes eight years assigned to the Presidential Protective Division in Washington D.C. and 14 years as a criminal investigator in Chicago. On March 30, 1981, McCarthy distinguished himself while protecting President Ronald Reagan when he was shot in the line of duty during an assassination attempt. McCarthy recovered from serious injuries and returned to work. “Chief McCarthy consistently prioritized the safety and well-being of Orland Park’s residents,” remarked Chief of Police Eric Rossi. “His visionary leadership led to the transformation of our police force through the implementation of new training programs, cutting-edge technology, and an exceptional staff. These efforts have positioned us as the finest police force in Illinois.” Under Chief McCarthy’s guidance, the nation’s first LEED Gold certified police station was

successfully constructed. This 62,000 square-foot facility not only excels in technology and safety but also sets a benchmark for sustainability and efficiency. Notable features include porous bricks in the parking lot, a “white roof” that conserves energy by reflecting light, and a 2,000-gallon rainwater collection and recycling unit. Chief McCarthy’s dedication extended beyond the physical infrastructure. He actively lobbied on law enforcement issues, championed school safety and security, automated the Orland Park Police Department, implemented numerous community policing initiatives, and introduced the use of NARCAN to save lives during heroin overdoses. In 2017, under Chief McCarthy’s leadership, the Department became the first agency internationally to complete the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s One Mind Campaign Pledge, enhancing the interaction between law enforcement and individuals affected by mental illness. Throughout his remarkable 48-year career in law enforcement, Chief McCarthy received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious NCAA Award of Valor in 1982 for his bravery in saving former President Ronald Reagan from an assassination attempt. In 2016, he was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the Chief of Police of the Year Award from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, a testament to his exceptional leadership and service. The dedication of the Timothy J. McCarthy Police Department Building stands as a lasting tribute to Chief McCarthy’s outstanding contributions to the Orland Park community. It serves as a reminder of his unwavering commitment to public safety and his relentless pursuit of excellence.

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Introducing Fusus: Creating a Safer Orland Park

By partnering with local businesses and residents, the Orland Park Police Department aims to establish a comprehensive surveillance network that will greatly assist in solving crimes, deterring criminal activity, and ensuring the safety of our community. Through this voluntary program, businesses and homeowners can contribute to the collective security of Orland Park by granting the police department access to their camera footage. By doing so, participants become an invaluable resource in the fight against crime, helping law enforcement respond more effectively and efficiently to incidents as they occur. The Fusus program has the potential to be a game-changer for law enforcement in Orland Park. By integrating security camera assets, the Police Department can respond more effectively to incidents, deter criminal activity, and ultimately, solve crimes faster. This program exemplifies the department’s commitment to leveraging technology and fostering collaboration to create a safer environment for all residents and businesses. The Orland Park Police Department assures residents and business owners that their privacy and security are of utmost importance. Access to camera footage will be strictly controlled and limited to authorized personnel, adhering to all applicable laws and regulations. To participate in the Fusus program and help create a safer Orland Park, interested businesses and homeowners can sign up by visiting connectorlandpark.org.

The Orland Park Police Department is proud to announce the launch of the groundbreaking Fusus program, a cutting-edge initiative aimed at integrating business and home security camera assets to create a safer Orland Park. The Fusus program represents a significant step forward in the Police Departments’ ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and security of the community. By leveraging the power of surveillance technology and engaging residents and businesses, everyone is empowered to actively contribute to a safer Orland Park. This innovative program harnesses the power of technology and community collaboration to enhance public safety and crime prevention efforts. The Fusus program is designed to leverage the existing network of security cameras throughout the community, enabling law enforcement to access real-time video footage in the event of an incident.

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Fusus Program Benefits:

Participation will greatly enhance emergency preparedness by enabling police, fire, and public safety professionals to better assess and rapidly respond to criminal activity and emergency situations. It will also enable investigators to easily gather evidence in case of an incident.

Enhanced Crime Prevention: By integrating security camera assets, law enforcement gains a broader and more comprehensive view of the community, deterring criminal activity and reducing the likelihood of incidents. 1

Rapid Incident Response: Real-time access to camera footage allows the police department to respond swiftly and effectively to emergencies, improving overall public safety. 2

Efficient Investigations: The availability of high-quality video evidence significantly aids in identifying suspects, solving crimes, and bringing perpetrators to justice. 3

Community Collaboration: The Fusus program fosters a strong partnership between law enforcement and the community, empowering residents and businesses to actively contribute to a safer Orland Park. 4

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Centennial Park West Update Renovations are underway for the new Centennial Park West Concert & Events Venue. Conceived in 2003, and utilized for

concerts and events since 2011, Centennial Park West will become the home for many of the Village’s special events including the Taste of Orland Park, the Independence Day Celebration and the popular Market at the Park. The open air stage features a 3,200 sq. ft. performance stage, covered by a roof structure inspired by the Gibson Explorer Guitar. The new stage will enable the Village to host cover, tribute and national touring artists. The site itself will include full infrastructure support to host a variety of food and other vendors. For more information, visit orlandpark.org/ masterplan.

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Schussler Park Update

Renovations are also underway for the redevelopment of Schussler Park. The primary features of this redevelopment will include the installation of the Michael Schofield III Sports complex featuring two full-size artificial turf fields on the east side of Schussler Park for football/soccer and lacrosse use. The complex will include a scoreboard, coaches’ box, bleachers, storage buildings, parking lot improvements and a sledding hill in the northwest corner of the park. The newly renovated Schussler Park will become the home of Pioneer Football and Cheer, and will provide practice fields for the Village’s many youth athletic organizations. When not scheduled for use, Orland Park residents may enjoy the fields for drop-in play. For more information, visit orlandpark.org/ masterplan.

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In partnership with Michael and Kendall Schofield of the Schofield Family Foundation, the Village of Orland Park is excited to introduce a campaign to develop an all-inclusive playground that allows children of all abilities to play, learn, interact and grow.

SCAN ME! After extensive work, the All-Inclusive Park design was approved by the Village Board. The playground will feature accommodating play zones including a sensory zone, various inclusive play equipment, life size cutouts of Michael and Kendall and a donor wall. Design subject to change*

Our Goal: To build a universally designed, sensory-rich play environment that enables children of all abilities to develop physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally together. A truly inclusive playground is more than just accessible; it is an environment that facilitates parallel play in which children of all abilities play side-by-side, engaging with each other, and laying the groundwork for more complex social stages of play. To view the campaign and to donate, scan the QR code or visit orlandpark.org/schusslerplayground.

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The Village of Orland Park, the Village of Tinley Park, Orland Township, and the Office of Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison are proud to host the inaugural Southwest Job Fair to be held January 11, 2024. The Southwest Job Fair will be a one-day event held at the Orland Park Civic Center at 14750 S. Ravinia Ave. in Orland Park from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (11 a.m. for military veterans and 11:30 a.m. start for the general public.) With the goal of connecting talented individuals with local businesses, the fair will feature a wide range of industries, including healthcare, technology, retail, hospitality, and more. “The event is a collaborative effort aimed at bridging the gap between job seekers and employers, fostering economic growth and opportunities within the Southwest suburban region,” said Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau.

January 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Orland Park Civic Center 14750 South Ravinia Avenue

The first 100 job seekers will receive a $10 gift card. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for twenty, $20 gas cards, 30 backpacks and four laptops. Professional headshots for digital download will be available free of charge for all job seekers. "We are thrilled to co-host the Southwest Job Fair, bringing together job seekers and employers in our vibrant communities," said Tinley Park Mayor Michael Glotz. "This event will serve as a platform for individuals to explore career opportunities, network with industry professionals, and gain valuable insights into the job market." The Southwest Job Fair will provide job seekers with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with hiring managers and company representatives from prominent local businesses. Attendees will have the chance to submit resumes, engage in on-the-spot interviews, and learn about available positions and career paths within various industries.

Job seekers of all experience levels and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Military veterans are extended a special invitation to the event. “We recognize the unique skills, dedication, and leadership that veterans bring to the workforce,” said Pekau. ”We will reserve the first half-hour of the event specifically for military veterans to ensure they have early access to resources and opportunities.”

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“We recognize the importance of supporting our local workforce and fostering economic development in the Southwest suburban region,” said Orland Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady. “By co-hosting the Southwest Job Fair, we aim to connect job seekers with employers, creating a win-win situation that benefits both individuals and businesses.” In addition, attendees will have access to a variety of resources and workshops designed to enhance their job search skills. These workshops will cover topics such as resume writing, interview techniques, and professional networking strategies, providing valuable insights and guidance to job seekers.

“The Southwest Job Fair represents a collaborative effort to address the needs of our community and support local businesses," said Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison. "We are excited to bring together employers and job seekers, fostering economic growth and creating opportunities for individuals to thrive in their careers." To learn more about the Southwest Job Fair and register for the event, please visit swjobfair.com. Participation is free for both job seekers and employers, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

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The Village of Orland Park’s water meters play a crucial role in the operation, maintenance, and support of its water and sewer infrastructure systems. Like most equipment, wear and tear over time can ultimately cause water meters to fail or read inaccurately. When meters age, they register less water over time. The accuracy of metered water is crucial not only in the assessment of water and sewer fees to customers, but also serves as the primary source of revenue for the Village’s Water & Sewerage Fund. In 2021, the Village began a two-year evaluation to determine the best method to update the Village’s water meter infrastructure. Based on this evaluation, the Village determined it is better to install new meters quickly rather than replace meters over a longer period. This shift in strategy also aligned with the Village’s goal to ensure data compatibility with the new water billing financial system implementation. The new water billing system has brought an improved online bill payment portal and allowed the transition to monthly billing to help residents with their household budgets. In 2023, the Village replaced over 18,000 water meters. This monumental task was accomplished over the course of eight months. If you have recieved your meter notice and have not received a new meter, please reach out to

Professional Meters Inc. (PMI) to schedule an appointment at (815) 942-7000. For more information about water meter replacements, visit: orlandpark.org/waterinfo

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As an important life-giving commodity to our residents, water supply redundancy is vital in order to avoid a community emergency whether by natural disaster or system disruption. Currently, the Village of Orland Park has redundancy in the water system to eliminate single points of failures with multiple pumps at the Main Pump Station (MPS), a generator to run the MPS, and an electronic monitoring and data collection system. This includes two underground reservoirs, seven elevated water towers, loops in water system, and limited interconnections with Illinois American Water System and Tinley Park. The Village receives its fresh water from Lake Michigan via the Regional Water System. In 2012, the Regional Water System initiated the design and award of a redundant water pump station in Oak Lawn, and water mains to the twelve communities of the Regional Water System to provide a complete and parallel redundant water system. Referred to as “Spur 2”, the water main is a separate route to the Village’s Main Pump Station versus Spur 1. The estimated cost for Spur 2 is $300 million with the Village of Orland Park’s share of the cost at $75 million. Spur 2 is expected to be operational in 2025.

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Questions? For water rates, contact the Village of Orland Park’s Utility Billing Department at (708) 403-6175. For meter replacement or the water redundancy program, contact Public Works at (708) 403-6350.

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The Village of Orland Park Public Works Department is gearing up for the upcoming season and is prepared to tackle whatever Mother Nature sends our way. When a storm begins, day or night, Public Works crews are promptly mobilized and dispatched. The type of storm, anticipated accumulation, expected duration and other variables such as wind, drifting and temperature dictates how our specific snow plowing operations will progress. The snow removal process includes a prioritized implementation schedule to ensure public safety. It is imperative to clear main roads first to provide mobility and access for police, fire and ambulatory activity. All Village-owned streets will be plowed with main streets cleared first, followed by side-streets, and finally cul de-sacs and dead ends. When heavy snowfall demands additional resources, the village will dispatch contractors to assist with clearing snow from elbows, courts and cul-de-sacs. Not all roads within Orland Park are maintained by the village. Some state, county and privately maintained roads and properties are maintained by other agencies. Please use the following phone numbers to find out about state and Cook County roads: • State Roads, 847-705-4161 • Cook County Roads, 708-448-8006 To clear the roads as quickly as possible residents’ cooperation is needed. Those with questions regarding snow removal can contact the Public Works Department at 708-403-6350.

Village ordinance prohibits parking on village streets once two inches of snow has fallen. Parked vehicles must be kept off of streets for ten hours after it has stopped snowing. When clearing driveways, residents should place snow on either side of the driveway on the lawn and never in a recently plowed street. Residents should keep garbage cans and recycle bins from rolling into the street on garbage pick-up day. Mark edges of curbs and mailboxes with stakes available for free from the Public Works Department. Digging from the street, clear out fire hydrants and storm drains near your home. Do not clear your driveway at the curbline until the snowplow driver has made his last curb pass in front of your residence. Be patient. Every storm is different with many variables. Streets may need to be plowed more than once. Clear the snow from storm sewers in front of your home so melting snow can easily drain, preventing ice patches. To ensure mail delivery, residents must clear the snow from around their mailboxes after the streets have been plowed. Mailboxes should be kept in good repair and be placed at least one foot behind the curb to avoid damage.

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Winter Wonderland ICE RINK

OPEN DECEMBER 1 - FEBRUARY 25, 2024 weather permitting


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ICE RINK HOURS Open December 1, 2023 to February 24, 2024, (weather permitting) sunrise until the warming house closes. However, during resurfacing the rink will be closed.

MODIFIED WARMING HOUSE HOURS Sunday, December 24: 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, December 25: Closed Tuesday to Friday, December 26 to 29: 12 - 8 p.m. Sunday, December 31: 1 - 4 p.m. Monday, January 1: 11a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, January 2 to 5: 12 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 8: 12 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 15: 12 - 7 p.m. Monday, February 19: 12 - 7 p.m.

WARMING HOUSE HOURS Monday – Friday: 4 - 7 p.m.

Saturday: 12 - 7 p.m. Sunday: 12 - 7 p.m. RENTALS Skates: $3.00

Skate aides/walkers: Free Photo ID required for rentals

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1862 Civil War Event The second annual Civil War event brought hundreds to Stellwagen Farm to explore history. Those who attended listened to Abraham Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address, explore historical artifacts and watched troops conducting drills, including live cannon fire.

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Great Pumpkin Party The annual fall event returned to Orland Park, bringing fun, family friendly seasonal festivities for all to enjoy. Participants enjoyed fall games, pumpkin smash, horse drawn carriages, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, a live DJ and a costume contest. It was a perfect fall day!

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35th Annual Turkey Trot The annual Thanksgiving Day tradition included over 1,000 participants this year who ran (or walked) through a two and a half mile course around the streets, paths and woods of Orland Park. Awards were given to the top overall male and female finisher and the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

Jadie Chavez won her second Turkey Trot

16-year-old Jack Krusinski finishes in first place

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Christmas Festival Orland Park residents and the surrounding community kicked off the Christmas season right here with the annual Village of Orland Park Christmas Festival. Festivities included the Christmas parade, spectacular lighted display on the Village Green, a Christmas market with crafts, holiday items, food and live entertainment. A special guest from the North Pole made a visit, too!

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At the August 7 board meeting, Orland Park resident Rocco Hayes was honored with a Community Pride award for his outstanding achievement in wrestling. Rocco came in first in the Junior Men’s Nationals for Team Illinois in the 100lb. weight class.

At the September 5 board meeting, Colleen Kisel was honored with a Community Pride award for her outstanding 27 Years of service as founder and CEO of the nonprofit Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.

Girl Scout Troop 60558 attended the Nov. 6, 2023 Meeting of the Village Board and led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Scout Troop 318 attended the Oct. 2, 2023 Meeting of the Village Board and were welcomed to lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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The Village of Orland Park OWLS softball and golf teams were honored for their State Championship accomplishments! Congratulations to the athletes, coaches and families!

Arctic Ice Arena was recognized as the Village of Orland Park’s August 2023 Business of the Month. The Arctic Ice Arena has been in Orland Park for 23 years. Owner Dave Gust was presented with the Business of the Month award and August 7, 2023 was declared Arctic Ice Arena Day in Orland Park.

Fox’s Pizza and Irish Pub was recognized as the Village of Orland Park’s September 2023 Business of the Month. Fox’s recently celebrated its 50th year in Orland Park. Ryan Fox was presented with the Business of the Month award and September 18, 2023, was declared Fox’s Pizza and Irish Pub Day in Orland Park.

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<< GRAPHIC IMAGE CORPORATION Graphic Image Corporation opened its Orland Park location at 10500 163rd Place. Focusing in graphic arts, Graphic Image Corporation offers some of the finest commercial printing and direct mailing services in the Chicagoland area. Contact Graphic Image Corporation at (312) 829-7800.

RELIEF MENTAL HEALTH >> Members of the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce and Relief Mental Health staff celebrated suicide awareness month, and one year anniversary of the Orland Park location, located at 14300 Ravinia Ave. Schedule your appointment at (855) 205-4764.

<< TECH CREDIT UNION The Village welcomed Tech Credit Union to Orland Park. Tech Credit Union is located at 11051 West 179th Street, and offers banking and loan services for personal and business needs, contact TCU at (708) 963-0630.

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<< HAMPTON INN CHICAGO Mayor Keith Pekau, Orland Park Chamber of Commerce Officials and Hampton Inn Chicago staff celebrated the grand opening of Hampton Inn Chicago, Orland Park. The hotel, located at 16176 S. LaGrange Road, boasts 158 rooms as well as free breakfast, WiFi, an indoor pool and a fitness center. It is a premier destination for those wishing to visit Orland Park.

TODAY’S FAMILY DENTISTRY >> Village staff joined the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce in welcoming Today’s Family Dentistry to its new location in Orland Park at 10720 West 143rd Street. Today’s Family Dentistry provides conservative general dentistry with the latest advances in dental technology. Schedule an appointment at nicoratadds.com or at (708) 460-1109.

<< 104TH AVE. BIKE PATH The long awaited bike path on 104th Ave. has arrived! The path connects Centennial Park to the Orland Grasslands and futher increases the mileage available for those in Orland Park who run, walk and bike.

DOGTOPIA >> Village of Orland Park and Chamber officials celebrated the grand opening of the Dogtopia Orland Park location, at 18030 Wolf Road. Call Dogtopia at (708) 778-3880 for a variety of playrooms, daycares, pet spas and more!

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Veterans Day

“We are honored to pay tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country,” said Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau. “We are grateful for their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their family members, and look forward to gathering as a community for this poignant remembrance event.” The community came together to honor our veterans this past Veterans Day at the Orland Park Civic Center. It is with tremendous gratitude and pride that the Village of Orland Park has added the names of the following

veterans to the memorial wall: Thomas Robert Queeney James Thomas Boylan

Reginald Miller Thomas Hooker Edward F. Cygan George G. Bacho Steven C. Bacho Darryl F. Wertheim

Do you want to Honor and Remember a Veteran? Each Memorial and Veterans Day, the Village’s Veterans Commission adds the names of veterans’ at the Village’s Memorial, Ara Pacé ~ Place of Peace Memorial at the Village Center. You can find this application available in person at the Village Hall or on the Village’s Website at: orlandpark.org/veterans

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The Orland Park’s Veterans’ Commission host’s Military Care Package events to make care packages that contain food and personal care items to be delivered to active military members. Donations for these events are accepted year round by the Orland Park Veterans’ Commission and can be delivered to Village Hall. This years events created hundreds of care packages that were sent to military members around the globe. The Veterans Commission thanks all who donated their time and resources to this worthy cause. Those who wish the request a care package for their loved one may do so at orlandpark.org/veterans For more information please contact the Veterans Commission at (708) 403-6115, veterans@orlandpark.org.

Questions about the Orland Park Veterans commission? Please call 708-403-6115 or veterans@orlandpark.org

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VETERANS INFORMATION Disabled American Veterans

orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government. 4) Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters. 5) Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs. Disabled American Veterans provides free, professional assistance to more than 1 million veterans every year to connect them with the healthcare, disability, employment, education and financial benefits they have earned through military service. Over the past 100 years, DAV has submitted more than 12 million claims on their behalf. DAV’s FREE services include: • Assistance for VA Form 21-22 • Consultation for eligibility for benefits, compensation and medical treatment from the VA • Assistance with denied benefits Those that wish to attend are asked to bring their DD214s, or the name, date of birth and social security number of the veteran. To learn more about DAV, scan the QR code below.

DAV Chapter 84 operates at the Orland Park Veterans’ Center (15045 West Ave.) during the first Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to Noon and third Tuesday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m. Any veteran or family member of a veteran is welcome to come by and obtain information and services from the chapters Service Officers. Disabled American Veterans works towards empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. This mission is carried forward by: 1) Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government. 2) Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically. 3) Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their

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Become a Member!

Orland Park is home to multiple veterans groups that provide services to fellow Veterans, their families and the community. Learn more about these groups below.

VFW Orland-Palos Post 2604: VFW Orland/Palos’ mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; to serve our veterans, the military, and our communities, as well as advocate on behalf of all veterans. Please PRINT and complete the application AND come to the next General meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. OR mail the application form, membership fee ($42 by check) and COPY of your DD214 to: Veterans of Foreign Wars – Orland / Palos Post 2604 Attn: Membership 15045 West Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462-0587 Veterans Voices: Veterans Voices is a local group of veterans of the armed forces of the United States of America. Its mission is to support and assist the greater community of veterans in the area and the U.S.A. All veterans discharged under honorable conditions are welcome. No dues or fees required. Email veteransvoicesop@gmail.com for more information. American Legion Post 526 Memorial Post 111: The Amercian Legion is the nation’s largest Wartime veterans service organization aimed at advocating patriotism across the U.S as well as help Veterans in need. Prospective members must have served at least one day of active military duty, and was honorably discharged or are still serving honorably. Those interested in membership may find the application online at orlandmemorialpost111.org and mail the application form, a copy of their DD214 or current Military ID and $40 for annual membership fee to: Orland Memorial Post 111, P.O. BOX 413, Orland Park, IL 60462.

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The Village of Orland Park prides itself on the array of special events held throughout the year. These family-oriented programs create a sense of community for all who attend and support our events. Volunteers are a vital part of making these events a success. Check out orlandpark.org/volunteer to download your Volunteer Form to start getting involved with the community today! OPPORTUNITIES VOLUNTEER

ORLAND PARK HERITAGE SITES • Programs and Education Committee

ORLAND PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT • ESDA Volunteer • Community Involvement Events • Digitalization Committee

• Collections Committee • Digitalization Committee • Special Events Committee • Marketing Committee

PARKS • Adopt -A- Park • Nature Center RECREATION • Special Events

VETERANS COMMISSION • Special Events with Veterans

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Lets Connect!

We want to hear from you! There are many ways to communicate with Village staff and your local representatives. From stopping by any Village building, giving us a call, interacting on social media, or sending us an email, we appreciate and encourage community input.

Facebook Events, fun highlights of the community and important information are featured on our page. Give us a “follow” to stay up-to-date on all that’s happening.

Instagram Capturing fun and lighthearted sights around Orland Park, as well as keeping the community up-to-date on Village happenings is what you’ll find on our feed.

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YouTube Check out the many videos featuring local events, cable programs and updates from the Mayor. Catch our board meetings and events LIVE and be sure to subscribe to be notified when we go live.

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IT’S COLD OUT THERE! It can be difficult to reach those step goals when snow and ice cover the sidewalks and walking trails. Luckily for those in Orland Park, there are many options for continuing your exercise routine indoors.

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VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK SPORTSPLEX 11351 W. 159th St. | 708-403-5000 The Sportsplex is a state-of-the-art fitness facility with much to offer for all ages and interests. Spanning over 90,000 square feet, the Sportsplex offers an array of fitness and recreational opportunities.

ORLAND PARK HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTER 15430 West Ave. | 708-226-0555

OPHFC is approximately 78,000 square feet and is a multi-purpose facility with state-of-the-art equipment, multiple group exercise studios, a walk jog track, gymnasium, spa, a lap and therapy pool, conference rooms, and outpatient therapy spaces.

FACILITY HOURS Monday - Friday | 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.

•Fitness •Yoga •Pilates

•Rock climbing •Exercise classes •Birthday parties •Hit & Pitch Lessons

Saturday | 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday | 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

•Weight lifting

•Cardio •Running •Basketball •Volleyball

•Golf cages

•Open gym time

• Childcare

•Special Events


FACILITY HOURS Monday - Friday | 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday | 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

FRANKLIN E. LOEBE RECREATION CENTER 14650 S. Ravinia Ave. | 708-403-7275 Another option for indoor fitness is the Franklin E. Loebe Recreation Center, located in the Orland Park Village Center Complex. •Five preschool rooms •Walking track •Gymnasium •Indoor playground The indoor track and playground are open to the general public BUILDING HOURS September 4 - May 27, 2024 Monday through Friday | 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. •Dance studio •Two meeting rooms

Saturday | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday | 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Prsrt Standard U.S. Postage Orland Park, IL Permit Number 33 PAID

14700 SOUTH RAVINIA AVENUE ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 orlandpark.org



PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 15655 South Ravinia Avenue (708) 403-6350 ORLAND PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT 15100 South Ravinia Avenue (708) 349-4111(non-emergency) Dial 9-1-1 for emergency RECREATION AND PARKS DEPARTMENT 14600 South Ravinia Avenue (708) 403-5000

VILLAGE HALL 14700 South Ravinia Avenue (708) 403-6100 VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK SPORTSPLEX 11351 West 159th Street. (708) 403-5000 FRANKLIN E. LOEBE RECREATION CENTER 14650 South Ravinia Ave. (708) 403-6259 SENATOR JOHN HUMPHREY HOUSE 9830 West 144th Place (708) 403-5000

15600 West Ave. (708) 349-4386

ORLAND PARK HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTER 15430 West Avenue (708) 226-0555 ORLAND PARK CIVIC CENTER 14750 South Ravinia Avenue (708) 403-6200

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