Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cicero announces American Fest with 9 bands, 4 Blackhawk Hall of Famers and more

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Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero celebrate American Fest Friday July 6 through Sunday July 8 with nine popular rock bands and a fireworks display Sunday night at 10 pm and autograph sessions with four former Blackhawk Hall of Famer superstars.

The music festival is free and open to the public. Friday’s lineup features Caliente at 6:30 pm and the Ides of March with Jim Peterik at 8:30 pm. On Saturday, July 7, the entertainment begins at 4 pm with Ronnie Rice, followed by the Chicago Tribute Anthology at 6:15 and the very popular band 7th Heaven at 8:30 pm. On Sunday, The Meteors perform at 1 pm, followed by HiFi Superstar at 4 pm, Cool Rockin’ Daddies at 6:15 pm and Infinity at 8:30 pm.

On Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8, attendees can get autographs from Black Hawks players Bobby Hull (Saturday from 3 pm until 5 pm), and Denis Savard on Sunday at 3 pm and Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito at 5 pm. The Town of Cicero Ice and Roller Rink is named in honor of Bobby Hull.

The annual festival features food, rides for family and children and carnival vendors and takes place at Cicero Community Park at 34th and Laramie Avenue. For more information, visit www.TheTownofCicero.com

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dominick spells out strategies to help fight street gangs Offers support to Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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Dominick spells out strategies to help fight street gangs
Offers support to Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Cicero, Il – Cicero Town President Larry Dominick said that Cicero has been very successful in reducing street gang related homicides during his seven years in office and he extended his hand to help the City of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Dominick spelled out some of those successes while kicking off the Town’s annual “Cease Fire Week” events which offers Cicero young people
activities and alternative programs to discourage them from joining street gangs.

Dominick said that the key is to get your community and your residents involved. Dominick said that he recognizes that Chicago has nearly 3 million residents while Cicero has about 100,000, but he added that the idea have made a difference in Cicero and can do the same in Chicago.

“What happens in Chicago impacts the Town of Cicero and all of the neighboring suburbs. So if Chicago is more successful, suburban communities like Cicero can be more successful, too,” Dominick said, noting he is not criticizing the Chicago Mayor’s efforts.

Cicero has seen a significant drop in street gang activity. In 2004, the year before President Dominick came to office, Cicero had more than 17 street gang related killings.

“Last year, we had no street gang related killings. This year we had one,” Dominick said.

Dominick said that Cicero works hard to make a one-on-one connection between police and residents.

“They need to see you. Cicero Police hold outdoor roll calls in the neighborhoods and that reinforces the public’s confidence and it encourages them to get involved,’ Dominick said.

Cicero also created the SOS Task Force which brings together Town Services and Agencies to provide immediate response to resident needs that range from removing graffiti to reports of street gang activities.

The SOS Task Force sends employees from the police, public works, and social services to show residents that we are there for them when they need us., Dominick said.

“We declared war on street gangs that makes the difference,” Dominick said.

The number of Street gangs operating in Cicero has been cut in half and continue to get smaller, Dominick said.

“To beat the street gangs, you must have the full support and participation of the community where the street gangs are operating,” Dominick said.

“Police can’t do it alone. They need the support and cooperation of the residents and we have that in Cicero. We always want more but that is the key to successfully fighting street gangs.”

Cease Fire is co-sponsored by several community organizations such as Corazon Community Services, and local businesses including the United Way and BMP Harris Bank. The week will feature a series of activities for youth including sports clinics to help young people participate in baseball, basketball, soccer and other sports activities.

Officials of the Chicago Fire attended to show their support. Town officials have held several Marches Against Street Gangs in areas of the Town where street gangs are still present.

The press conference Tuesday morning (June 18) was emcee'd by Cicero Town Collector Fran Reitz, and included town officials and activists including Mary Johnson from Corazon, Town Trustees Dennis Raleigh, Larry Banks and Victor Garcia, Town Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Police Supt. Bernard Harrison, Fire Marshal Ron Opalecki, Gangs Crimes Deputy Supt Jerry Chalada, and representatives from Morton High school and the Chicago Fire Soccer Team.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Ray Hanania on the history of the Town of Cicero with George Blaise at WCIU TV CH 26. June 4, 2012

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Ray Hanania on the history of the Town of Cicero with George Blaise at WCIU TV CH 26. June 4, 2012 

00:08 George Blaise
Welcome once again to Now.Chicago, I'm your host George Blaise, every week with a little bit more about this great city we have one neighborhood at a time and this week were going a little bit outside the boundaries Chicago, but when you talk about Chicago history it's really within the confines of everything we talk about here. We’re in Cicero this week joining me Ray Hanania town spokesperson for the Town of Cicero, thank you so much Ray for coming in.
00:32 Ray Hanania
You're welcome, thank you George for having me.
00:34 George Blaise
Many people know you for your writing on Palestinian issues as well as your comedy work with Aaron Freeman, but you're also the spokesperson for the Town of Cicero I guess you have to have a sense of humor (laughs).
00:44 Ray Hanania
I covered politics for 35 years from Daley to Daley and if you can survive that everything else is ice cream after that. So, Cicero is not as bad as everyone thinks, actually it's a lot of fun.
00:55 George Blaise
Well, Cicero has a lot of Chicagoan minds in many ways and Cicero is a neighborhood of Chicago interactively tied to Chicago history in that sense.
01:02 Ray Hanania
Oh yeah                                                                                                                                                                
01:04 George Blaise
Ray give us a little background history on the Town of Cicero.
01:08 Ray Hanania
Well the Town of Cicero was originally about 36 square miles and now it's about 6 miles, and it's funny because it was always a confrontational relationship with Chicago. In the 19th century to the 20th century Chicago saw all this land on the west side and fully kind of gobbled it up and as soon as Cicero formally became a municipality it's the only town in Cook County to have special privileges and we’ll talk about it later maybe that's why Al Capone went out to Cicero because he would get protection and because they were treated like separate governments outside of all the other governments.

01:50 George Blaise
Well what is it about the Town of Cicero at that time that kind of kept it from being annexed just like every other neighborhood that we have talked about.
01:56 Ray Hanania
Well actually the city of Chicago annexed most of Cicero they took almost everything and two other well-known communities used to be part of Cicero, they are well known that's Oak Park and Berwyn,  they were neighborhoods of Cicero. So, Chicago grabbed areas like Austin and different areas of Cicero Berwyn and Oak Park and they were trained to become separate communities also. Which will lead us into another story that we will talk about later Ernest Hemingway, we will talk about all the research I did about that.
02:30 George Blaise
What was interesting was that Cicero was part of the Western suburbs, for years in 1899 when Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, which was a small neighborhood in the Town of Cicero.
02:41 Ray Hanania
There was no Oak Park it was like Pill Hill in the south east side of Chicago or Calumet in Chicago, and different areas like that. So, when Ernest Hemingway was born, it said on his birth certificate the Town of Cicero.
03:01 George Blaise
03:02 Ray Hanania
Of course no one could find his birth certificate and two years later Oak Park became an independent community and had petitioned its separation from Cicero to become its own municipality. I think it was 1901 or somewhere around there but people forgot that Ernest Hemingway was from Cicero. The reason it is important for the people in Cicero years later; I left journalism at the Sun-Times I went into media relations and Cicero was one of my first clients, and their biggest problem was just what you bought up in the beginning of the show every time they mention the Town of Cicero they seem to think the Town of Cicero today was the original birthplace of Al Capone.
03:44 George Blaise
Right right
03:45 Ray Hanania
It was like in every sentence and I remember the leaders of the community saying, Ray what can we do to break the bond from Al Capone? It's been 80 years since the last time that guy was there and that was like in the 1920’s. I’d say, what we have to find is another big controversy that is not it is negative but positive.
04:03 George Blaise
So, Ernest Hemingway was it
04:04 Ray Hanania
So, Ernest Hemingway was it, I did a little research and said wait a minute Ernest Hemingway was born in Cicero in 1899 because Oak Park did not exist until 1901, he's our baby. We had signs and banners all over with the original Town of Cicero saying “the hometown and birthplace of Ernest Hemingway” and the next thing all the media was stating was, and the Town of Cicero, which claims is the original birth place of Ernest Hemingway.
04:52 George Blaise
It’s a work in progress.
04:54 Ray Hanania
It completely got rid of Al Capone off the radars.
04:57 George Blaise
When you talk to anybody outside the United States and you mentioned Chicago all they think about is Al Capone.
05:03 Ray Hanania
That reflects illiteracy (laughs) because if they were good readers they would say, WOW Ernest Hemmingway was from Cicero, that guy is famous he was all over the world. Now Oak Park is always upset with me, I have to be careful when I go through Oak Park when they see me and say, “You’re the guy that slandered the name of our famous son”.
05:24 George Blaise
That’s not exactly fair.
05:25 Ray Hanania
Pretty close, they were and are upset.
05:27 George Blaise
The Town of Cicero, a lot of Chicagoans and in general might not understand the municipality itself. Is it a village, a town, how does it work and how it does it differentiate from let say a large ward of Chicago?
05:39 Ray Hanania
It’s a town and a Township with one government, and that was the reason Al Capone wanted to go to Cicero because as a town in a Township it has special powers that another community did not have, it was combined, it had its own police force, it was the biggest independent entity in Cook County. You could go downstate go anyplace to get away from Cook County, but Al Capone wanted to stay in Cook County and the Town of Cicero was the perfect place for him to hide, he took over the government, he took over the police, he took over basically everything.
06:15 George Blaise
And that's an important distinction historically to make, Cicero is not because of Al Capone, but he took it and managed it.
06:40 Ray Hanania
Absolutely, and what is interesting about this served up Cicero in the media, and what I mean by that is that people are so familiar with the negative history of Cicero. I can take Barrington, it's like taking a comedian on stage, but you can say Barrington and people will say oh yeah. But you say Cicero and people they don't know when the flare started or why, but over the years they've been conditioned that this is a place where things have really happened, they watch it on TV, they see it in the news, so it's easy for the media to take the story or the non-story in Barrington or Wilmette and turn it into a major story that's why you'll see Cicero on the front pages of newspapers. You won't see the same type of controversy in Wilmette even if they buy 250 rubber chickens.
07:17 George Blaise
Let’s not get into that. It's interesting that you mention this it’s a lot and it’s due to illiteracy. It's just general historic illiteracy; which would be despairing to the average Chicagoan. The average Chicagoan to not understand Chicago history, but this show is all about educating.
07:30 Ray Hanania
I went to the Chicago Public Schools, I was educated there, I know what the challenges are, but yeah you're right it's about a lack of knowledge, it's about just reading and writing the controversy headlines that probably a lot of people know and now with the Internet. Cicero has a rich history and now it has a rich population it's very friendly.
07:54 George Blaise
Well I'll t tell you what Ray let’s take a short break and let's talk about current events of the great things that are going on in the Town of Cicero. Will be back with more of Now.Chicago.
08:18 George Blaise
Welcome back to Now.Chicago, this week we’re talking about Cicero with Ray Hanania town spokesperson for the Town of Cicero. Ray you know in the last couple years we've gone through this huge economic shift across the City of Chicago that's affected property values, how has it impacted Cicero? In the Town of Cicero do you see the same levels of foreclosures and other things that are going on?
08:38 Ray Hanania
We have an unusual situation, we have over 80,000 residents and that’s based on the last census report, but another 30,000 are unofficial residents and that has to do with the increasing growing Mexican-American community. Cicero has become a focal point for Mexican Americans we have a large population I think there's about 82% of the population.
09:03 George Blaise
Now, when did that should start to happen? Since we just got off talking about history, we just can't avoid talking about this since it's a current situation.
09:08 Ray Hanania
It originally was a European community, Czechs, Polish, Bohemians, as a matter of fact my wife is a Bohemian Jewish from Cicero and very diverse, there were Mexicans it was very blended out and that actually started with the railroad, they were doing some work out there and people started going out there and there was Western electric it opened its plant there, I think it was in 1920 and they hired 20,000 people. So all the immigrants in the middle of the 1920’s started coming to Cicero because of their jobs that was kind of like Detroit and Dearborn in forms of the Ford factory, Western electric was a magnet like that and of course Western electric closed and we started having economic problems. We had a lot of the money leaving with the people, when money leaves it creates a void for people that are hoping to find the American dream and work their way up and a lot of the newer immigrants started moving in there. Today I'll tell you, it’s amazing when you go to Cicero there is a parade that's been taking place for over 40 years it's called the Houby Day Parade it is a Czech parade and it means mushroom.
10:29 George Blaise
We’re very familiar here with it, my co-worker Rich Koz have been the grand Marshal several times.
10:30 Ray Hanania
And it has gotten us a lot of publicity, from him and the rubber chickens.
10:33 George Blaise
We’re not going to get into that.
10:39 Ray Hanania
No we won't; but he's a great guy and we love him, but that parade bought out about 25,000 people who came out on Cermak between Cicero and Berwyn, and I would say 90% were Mexican-Americans that were enjoying this Czech festival that had to do with another culture and that's the way the community is. Larry Dominick was elect president in 2005 and his father had remarried and his stepmother was African American and that was his stepmother for 27 years so one of the first things he did was create a commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King and so here's the Town of Cicero with a reputation, with Al Capone, the story that never happened and that the Rev. Martin Luther King was going to march in Cicero, that he was attacked in Cicero, but he never actually came to Cicero.
11:32 George Blaise
That was Marquette Park wasn’t?
11:33 Ray Hanania
Yes, he ended up doing Marquette Park, but he didn't come to Cicero, but here's the town that had a reputation for being anti-black very in founded but having a commemoration every year for Dr. King we have a well diverse community, we have a lot of Arab-Americans that live in Cicero.
11:55 George Blaise
As far as Economic Development we recently did a show on Berwyn, there is a lot of things happening there you kind of have to share you’re in the same economic corridor.
12:01 Ray Hanania
Of course, just in the past year President Dominick was able to convince the Wirtz Beverage Corporation to relocate there statewide hub and consolidate three of their warehouses into one to the Town of Cicero in the old Sportsman’s Park, which had been abandoned for the last 10 or 15 years, so that's bringing 11,000 employees from outside of Cicero now coming into Cicero and engaging in the diversity and also creating another hundred jobs. We just signed a deal with Walmart to open a Walmart there a little controversial because a lot of the small businesses hated when Walmart comes in but Walmart brings in a lot of business into the town and jobs.
12:46 George Blaise
And it kind of serves as a hub and you can build around it.
12:49 Ray Hanania
Absolutely, it's kind of a Burger King and McDonald's principal, Burger King and McDonald's has built a pattern of building restaurants right next to each other because they create a demand for business and in a lot of ways Walmart is going to bring in a lot of people to Cicero and it's going to bring a lot of spillover to the smaller businesses.
13:01 George Blaise
I understand the Town of Cicero also makes an effort to create job opportunities for disabled people as well as seniors.
13:14 Ray Hanania
We do, we have a unique program I think, we actually train and hire disabled individuals, we have about 18 disabled people working in our work force who were recruited to work in the Town of Cicero. We are trying to create jobs for people that might not otherwise find it easy finding work. We have a lot of programs, what we did with Wirtz was we asked them because you know they own the Blackhawk’s so we asked them kind of pushed them to build a professional size hockey stadium in Cicero, you have all these people in the community who may never ice skate, this past winter we had 200 or 300 kids ice skating every day at the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink, Bobby Hull came out.
14:03 George Blaise
I think they've been up to the same I idea because they just finished building another training center in the west side of Chicago west of the United Center and a lot of people just might not even know it’s there they used to train at Johnny’s Ice House, but if you go a few blocks west past the soul food restaurants there is a Blackhawk’s training center.
14:22 Ray Hanania
Larry's been pretty cool, I worked for a lot of political people and one reason I like Larry is he has an attitude that he doesn't care about the people that don't like him because he unlike many politicians are focused on what do people think about me, he just doesn't care. So he'll do things believing it's a good thing like we built skateboard parks for the kids, we built a youth community center for the youth, and we have two senior centers.
14:50 George Blaise
And since I didn't want you to go without talking about the seniors, the most important population.
14:54 Ray Hanania
You’re not a senior are you?
14:55 George Blaise
Not yet, I have a little of the silver fox but not yet.
14:53 Ray Hanania
You're going to want to move to Cicero, when you have a problem with your house we provide money to fix the house, we have people if you're over 62, most seniors become seniors at 65 in Cicero it’s 62. We shovel the snow in front of your house, we mold the lawn for you, we come out and paint the house, we have transportation it takes you to the store, the doctor, we even have our own Health Department where we give you medical treatment if you can't afford to go to a regular doctor or hospital you can come to Health Center for a very small fee or for free, and you can get medical treatment. So we are doing a lot, but as you know these are not the things that make great headlines or sell newspapers.
15:45 George Blaise
That’s why my show is at six o'clock in the morning because I'm talking about real things.
15:51 Ray Hanania
A lot of people watch your show and I'll tell you there are a lot of good things happening in Cicero. I actually enjoy being there its fun to see the diversity and it's probably one of the most diverse communities when it comes to activities.
16:03 George Blaise
Well Ray, thanks so much for spending some time with us today and sharing a history lesson, I hope you're educated and if you want more information about everything we have been talking about today or just what's going on in the Town of Cicero you can call 708-656-3600 or go to www.thetownofcicero.com. We are going to take a break when we come back we're going to talk about service for people who really need help the most.
16:40 George Blaise
Welcome back to Now.Chicago, this week talking all about Cicero. Now were going to change gears and talk about the resources available to help the people who really need help the most and creating opportunities for those people who are disadvantaged a little bit in certain ways, John Voit is president and CEO of Seguin Services. John thank you for spending some time with us today.
17:01 John Voit
Thank you for inviting me.
17:02 George Blaise
You have a long history of dealing with services and providing for people with disabilities. Tell us a little bit about Seguin Services?
17:10 John Voit
Seguin Services was started in 1949, basically from a group of parents who really needed to provide services for their children with disabilities who were not accepted in the public schools at that time and that has transitioned over the years to a variety of different things from federal legislation, mandatory education, Americans with Disability Act, and a number of federal laws have provided an opportunity to create more opportunities for people with disabilities.
17:40 George Blaise
Many people may find it surprising that you may not think of these things, but the Americans with Disability Act, and were talking about 1996 when this was passed prior to that there were no wheelchair ramps, they were not mandatory until literally the last 20 something years.
18:07 John Voit
Well the battles that were fought prior to 1996, really attempted to establish those kinds of not requirements but basically accommodations and parents were the driving force related to that, their sons and daughters needed to go places and Seguin who was based on that knew that some kind of parent involvement was needed and parents and families came together and as a result of that you had legislation that provided an atmosphere and opportunity for people with disabilities to grow and connect with the community. Right now because that is what we’re doing we’re going from institutional kinds of care for many many years in Illinois to basically community care, meaning that instead of being placed in a living and isolated environment perhaps being placed in a community. Those entities or institutions are becoming closed and people are transitioning to organizations like Seguin across the state and across the country, where adult individuals with disabilities can live within a normal kind of situation in a single-family home. We have about 60 group homes scattered throughout the western suburb area that serves about 220 individuals in residential support.
19:06 George Blaise
It’s a really important, this attention make this move is beyond simply making accommodations and creating opportunity and creating a better life for people.
19:16 John Voit
That’s correct, and of course all of that involves not just federal legislation but local support and that's where we bring in Cicero. When you think of Cicero you think of Seguin and vice versa and when we talk about Seguin we say we are located in Cicero. So we hope, we did and we hope we are a charming star for Cicero in terms of growth that we have experienced as a result of a lot of things Cicero has done for us and supports our efforts.
19:44 George Blaise
It draws a line of parallels in my mind with the work that's being done in Misericordia we’ve had them on the show a couple of times and creating opportunity not just a living space, but getting people jobs making it work and to be able to have a better quality of life. A better quality of life does so much for the human spirit that can uplift people and not just have them separated from society.
20:06 John Voit
Yeah, self-esteem is a part of everybody's life whether you have a disability or not, creating a positive self-being can really assist you in every part of life, to integrate and feel like you're providing accomplishments in your life and again. Cicero has provided an offer opportunity that no other community adheres or can expose or present primarily our businesses, which we've created in order to afford our people with disabilities to be employed and for that we have a garden center and we have an auto center.
20:36 George Blaise
Perhaps you can share with us some of the partnerships you have created, especially what are some of the businesses you have created that are really helping out in that effort.
20:42 John Voit
While we have a garden center that was created about five years ago, and of course it needed the zoning and building permits and everything that was associated with it, and Cicero was very much accommodating and we have actually created a business which now provides employment to people with disabilities as well as integrates citizens of Cicero, people around the area to understand not only what we do but also to interact persons with disability. It’s an ongoing concern it's real and it's been very successful and we also have a center for car sales a used-car program that basically provides affordable transportation for our local community. We take donated cars we do some cleanup and we sell the vehicles, we have a car wash and a car detailing service right on site. All those businesses are licensed by the state but also licensed by Cicero in order to provide for our persons with disabilities but also providing services to the community.
21:43 George Blaise
It’s important to provide support as well to the family members for someone who is living with a disability so they are not just marginalized in the household. I could think of a few things while growing up with someone in the family or friends with a disability and hearing Uncle Johnnie kind of just stays in his room, we just have him there and we don’t let him out. That kind of mindset needs to be washed out.
22:03 John Voit
Yeah, it's a challenge to be able to break out of that over the years we've been somewhat productive to be able to assist families and reach into that but families of Mexican descent. We really do have a purpose in being able to provide for their family members and what that sometimes means  is they don’t seek out these services, so what we are trying to do and we've been successful at doing right now is going to the high schools and working with the staff, the teachers and the families who have sons or daughters with disabilities and introduce them to Seguin, and offer them an opportunity or to say this is what's out there and were willing to reach out to you and were willing to link you up with our services and this has become very successful.
22:48 George Blaise
In terms of when we’re talking about Cicero were talking about the Mexican-American population there is an immigrant population but these are Chicago people, I mean some of the Mexican-American people that I know personally their families and friends with Chicago accents deeper than a lot of the other people, it’s surprising these are Chicagoans and these are Chicagoans that were talking about.
23:07 John Voit
And our objective is to reach into all of those backgrounds, all the families and be able to link them up with the services we offer and if we can't link them up with that service we can redirect them to an entity in the area that could assist them.
23:24 George Blaise
As CEO part of your task is to create a vision a long-term plan for a growing organization and making sure it's successful as it actually comes to life. What are your major challenges that you're facing as you’re coming to light as an organization?
23:38 John Voit
I think I can answer that pretty quickly.
23:40 George Blaise
23:41 John Voit
10,000 individuals that are my age and are called baby boomers from all backgrounds are going on Social Security on a daily basis. Those individuals, those 10,000 have a least 50 to 100 adult children with disabilities. We need to create the opportunity for those people to be served.
24:07 George Blaise
Is there a way for people that are watching the program today that need to get involved, do you need volunteers?
24:12 John Voit
Always go to our website it's a very comprehensive website we have more information there then you could probably even use in terms of background on Seguin, all you can do is link up with us at SeguinService.org and you'll be right there.
24:28 George Blaise
Well thank you John for all the work you're doing in general and in particular in Cicero. It's great to meet you and if there is anything we can do moving forward please let us know.
24:36 John Voit
Thank you so much for the opportunity.
24:37 George Blaise
If you want more information and what's going on in Seguin Services you can call 708-863-3803 or log on to Seguin.org, but don't go anywhere after the break get a pen and paper and I will provide you with telephone numbers and websites on all the services we have shared on this program here today.
26:01 George Blaise
Thanks for tuning in to Now.Chicago we want to thank Ray Hanania spokesperson for the Town of Cicero you could reach him at 708-656-3600 or log in to www.thetownofcicero.com, and John Voit the President and CEO of Seguin Services you can reach him at 708-863-3803 or log on to Seguin.org
We’ll see you here next week on Now.Chicago

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cicero's Summer in the Parks festivals and events begin

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Dear Residents:

Every year since 2008, the Town of Cicero sponsors a series of more than 40 family-focused events at our local community parks that feature a wide array of activities for everyone, young and old.

On Wednesday and Sunday each week, the events are held at the Community Park at 34th and Laramie. On Monday night, events are held at the Municipal Court Yard Park adjacent to Town Hall.

You can participate in any or all of a variety of events that feature a different fun theme each week, such as Circus Week, Magic Week, American Week, Blast from the Past Week, Picnic in the Park Week, Animal Week and Renaissance Week.

Don’t forget to also have enjoy the regular activities that we offer year round at all of our parks such as visiting the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink which we convert during summer months into our Roller Rink. We also offer fun events for seniors including Senior Bingo and Karaoke at our Senior Center and parks.

Please look for our Summer in the Park pamphlet where you will find a schedule of when and where each event is held. Not only are these events fun for every age and especially for our children, but they are also free.

When I was young, growing up in the Town of Cicero, we did not have many events for children or for families. So when I became Town President in 2005, I was determined to change that. I believe offering these programs and activities strengthen our families and help give our children proper direction so they have safe, fun and productive lives. They are our future.

I hope you will join me and enjoy the Summer in the Park activities.


Town President