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Whatever the season, there’s a reason to celebrate in West Chicago. Family-friendly events, coordinated by community volunteers and organizations in cooperation with the City of West Chicago bring people together to share an experience that’s distinctly West Chicago!

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Event Descriptions:

 

National Night Out
Date: August 5, 2014

Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Reed-Keppler Park

The City of West Chicago will join neighborhoods nationwide in hosting its own National Night Out. The event is an annual tradition that celebrates the success of communities’ crime, drug and violence prevention programs. For more information, contact the West Chicago Police Department at (630) 293-2222.

Slide Show: National Night Out 2013
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Kruse House Ice Cream Social
Date: September 6, 2014 (Rain Date: September 7, 2014)

Time: Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Location: 527 Main Street, West Chicago

Enjoy a delightful afternoon of food and fun at the Kruse House Ice Cream Social! For additional information, contact Joan Conkright at (630) 231-2329.
   

 

Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration
Date: September 13, 2014
Time: Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown West Chicago

Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of West Chicago's Mexican heritage. The City of West Chicago is sponsoring a parade through the community culminating in a celebration in the historic downtown district on Main Street until 4:00 p.m., including music, food and other Mexican favorites, commemorating this important day in Mexican history. For further information, or to become a volunteer, contact Valeria Lopez at (630) 293-2200 x170.

Slide Show: Mexican Independence Day 2010

 

 

Tales Tombstones Tell
Date: October 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Last tour begins at 7:45 p.m.)
Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Experience costumed interpreters revealing the life stories of selected former residents buried in Oakwood Cemetery. For more information, call the City Museum at (630) 231-3376.
   

 
Downtown Trick or Treat
Date: October 25, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown West Chicago

Downtown West Chicago businesses, designated by a pumpkin in their window, will host the annual trick or treat for the community’s little ghosts and goblins.

 

   

 
Frosty Fest
Date: December 6, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown West Chicago

West Chicago’s downtown will be transformed into an old-fashioned winter vignette complete with a grand tree lighting, horse-drawn sleigh, live reindeer, Victorian carolers, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Slide Show: Frosty Fest 2013
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Breakfast with Santa
Date: December 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: ARC Center, 201 W. National Street

Families can visit with Santa, make a craft and have a great breakfast to start their day.  For more information or to register, contact the West Chicago Park District at (630) 231-9474.

   

 

Chili Fest
Date: February 2015
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: American Legion Post 300, 123 Main Street

Things get ‘hot’ in February as the West Chicago Fire District teams up with the West Chicago Park District to proudly present the annual Chili Fest! Spend the evening testing and voting on a variety of tasty recipes that range from mild to ‘Five-Alarm’. For more information, contact the West Chicago Park District at (630) 231-9474.
   

 
Easter Egg Hunt
Date: April 4, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Reed Keppler Park
An annual West Chicago tradition for more than 50 years, the American Legion Post 300 sponsors an Easter Egg Hunt on at Reed Keppler Park. The hunt is divided into four age groups - 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 - with two "prize" eggs in each group. All age groups begin at the same time. For additional information, contact Post 300 at (630) 231-2112 during afternoon hours.
   

 

DuPage Veterans Foundation fundraiser

for Honor Flight Chicago
Date: May 2, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: DuPage Airport

The DuPage Veterans Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded by the late Mayor of West Chicago, Michael Kwasman, and other DuPage County leaders for the purpose of supporting initiatives to recognize the special needs of our veterans and to provide fundraising efforts to acknowledge appreciation for all they have sacrificed for our freedom and safety. An annual fundraiser at DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive, for Honor Flight Chicago will include lunch with the veterans, military and civilian period vehicles, historic aircraft displays and more! For more information on this event, visit www.dupageveteransfoundation.org or call (630) 614-4533.

Slide Show: DuPage Veterans Foundation fundraiser for Honor Flight Chicago 2012

   

 
Wiggly Field Bark Bash
Date: May 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Location: Reed Keppler Park
West Chicago Park District Wiggly Field Bark Bash is a FREE Dog Park Special Event in Reed Keppler Park. This event serves as a chance for you to come and visit or renew your dog park permit while enjoyiing the special programs that have been planned. For more information, contact the program office at 630-231-9474 or visit the West Chicago Park District.
   

 
Blooming Fest
Date: May 16, 2015
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown West Chicago

Longer days and warmer temperatures invite a return to the garden or a stroll down Main Street. Enjoy both when the City of West Chicago presents another colorful Blooming Fest, an annual downtown garden festival. It combines the West Chicago Garden Club’s popular plant sale, with a craft show, children's activities, music, food and fun. Downtown merchants and restaurants get into the act with special promotions, in-store specials and sidewalk sales. For additional information or to request a vendor registration packet, call City Hall at (630) 293-2200 ext. 135. For those who crave spring, this is one event you won’t want to miss!

Slide Show: Blooming Fest 2012
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Touch-a-Truck
Date: June 2015
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Turtle Splash Water Park parking lot
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sit in a fire truck, dump truck, cement mixer or police car? The West Chicago Park District in conjunction with the West Chicago Police Department offers this opportunity free to kids of all ages. For more information, contact the West Chicago Park District at (630) 231-9474.

Slide Show: Touch-a-Truck 2011
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Railroad Days
Dates: July 9-12, 2015
Time: Various
Location: Reed-Keppler Park
Grab friends and family and head to Reed-Keppler Park in downtown West Chicago for this fantastic weekend of fun, one of the largest parades in DuPage County and exciting entertainment for everyone to enjoy! For additional information, contact the Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce at (630) 231-3003 or visit this page.

Other highlights include:
  • 4-Day Carnival
  • Fireworks
  • Live national, regional and local entertainment
 



 
 
 
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photos and videos are periodically taken of people participating in City of West Chicago programs and activities. All persons attending public events/activities sponsored by the City of West Chicago thereby agrees that any photograph or videotape taken by the City or its designee may be used by the City for promotional purposes including its website, promotional videotapes, brochures, flyers and other publications without additional, prior notice or permission and without compensation to the participant.