With the State of Illinois moving into Phase 4 on Friday, June 26, 2020, the Village reopening will move to the second stage of our reopening plan effective June 29, 2020.

The second stage will include:

  • All employees and visitors will be required to wear masks when entering any Village owned building and observe social distancing whenever possible.
  • Public meetings and social events are limited to the lesser of 50 guests or 50% of overall room capacity.
  • Masks are required and social distancing is observed whenever possible.  This includes Board of Trustee meetings and all other public meetings.
  • All Departments of Village Hall will be open, including the second floor and basement.




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The Oak Lawn Fire & Rescue Department reminds all residents that on March 13, 2016, please remember to "spring forward" your clocks by one hour for daylight savings time. This is also a perfect opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

March is Women’s History Month

What: Celebrate Women’s History Month with the following programs and movie screenings at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave.

Hell Hath No Fury: The Wild, Wonderful & Wicked Women of the Windy City - Monday, March 7, 7pm. For every male giant who trod Chicago’s streets, there was a feminine counterpart who was equally impressive.

Join entertainer/historian/storyteller Clarence Goodman for an exciting virtual tour of how the other half has lived.

The Mystery of Living: Packing for Syria with Agatha Christie - Wednesday, March 16, 7pm. Betsey Means from WomanLore brings to life author Agatha Christie – the prolific English “Queen of Crime.” This

one woman theatrical performance is adapted from personal writings and complete with authentic costumes and designs!

Film Series: “This is What a Feminist Looks Like!” - Explore the beginnings of second wave feminism, women of the world rising up and the power of women in religion. Films are not rated and may contain

mature situations.

  • “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” (2014) - Thursday, March 3, 7pm. A documentary that resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. 92 min.
  • “Pink Saris” (2010) - Thursday, March 24, 7pm. A woman in India tries to help other women escape from some awful marriages. 96 min.


  • “Radical Grace” (2015) - Thursday, March 31, 7pm. For decades, U.S. nuns have been bucking the Church hierarchy by living a gospel of love, social justice and inclusion. From confronting U.S. bishops over the Affordable Care Act, to protesting for women’s equality at the Vatican, Radical Grace follows three sisters who transform American politics and the Catholic Church. 86 min.

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue (708) 422-4990,   



Tuesdays in the Lobby

What:  How valuable is your Library card? On Tuesdays in March, staff from the Oak Lawn Public Library will be in the lobby demonstrating some of our favorite resources that you might not be aware of or have always wondered how to use.

  • Library Databases –Tuesday, March 1 from 12-6pm. Receive reading recommendations for your next read with Novelist and discover the many databases available for finding information, from car repair to consumer data.
  • Digital Magazines & eBooks – Tuesday, March 8 from 12-6pm. Download free digital magazines using Zinio and explore eBook downloads with Media on Demand and Axis 360.
  • Mango – Tuesday, March 15 from 12-6pm. Have fun while learning a new language online with Mango.
  • Beyond Books – Tuesday, March 22 from 12-6pm. From musical instruments and umbrellas to projectors and binoculars, discover the many unusual and useful items in our Beyond Books Collection.
  • Genealogy & Local History Online – Tuesday, March 29 from 12-6pm. Review the best online resources for genealogy and local history research.

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990,   



"Full Steam Ahead"

What:   Since 1881, rail service has given Oak Lawn travelers the opportunity to venture beyond the Village while also bringing in visitors and commerce. See the new gallery exhibit - “Full Steam Ahead: The Railroad in Oak Lawn" featuring nearly 40 unique images. The new display will be available for viewing in the second floor Local History Room.  

When: Exhibit opens Saturday, March 5

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990,   


Join the Flock Events for 5 to 7 Year Olds

Shimmy & Shake (Ages 5-7)

What:  Break free from the winter blues! We’ll read books and sing songs to get you moving. Registration not required.

When: Thursday, March 10 from 3:45 to 4:30pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue (708) 422-4990,   


The Wild Bunch (Ages 5-7)

What:  Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! Get ready for a rootin’, tootin’ Wild West storytime. Yee-haw! Registration not required.

When: Monday, March 14 from 3:45-4:30pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue (708) 422-4990,   


Sensory Storytime For Children of All Abilities (All ages, with adult)

What:  Children of all abilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this inclusive storytime program filled with stories, music, rhymes & playtime. Registration not required.

When: Saturday, March 12 from 10-10:45am

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990,   


Color Yourself Calm: Coloring for Adults

What:  Coloring isn’t just for kids; it’s also a soothing, engaging activity for adults. Color your stress away with a relaxing evening of coloring and conversation. Supplies and coloring books for adults will be provided. Please bring your own pencils or coloring crayons, if you wish. Must be 18 and over.  

When:  Monday, March 14 at 7pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990,   


"How to Adult" Series – Mastering Student Loans

What:  Lawyers from the Chicago C.A.R.E. Program will help teens prepare for student loans and financial aid.

When: Wednesday, March 16 from 7-8:30pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990,   



Fabulous Spring Trip - Immigrant to Elite

What:  Registration is underway for the Friends of the Oak Lawn Public Library’s “Immigrant to Elite” trip. Discover the unique vibes of Chicago’s neighborhoods, from the immigrant areas to the spaces of the rich and famous. This narrated tour begins at the original home of the late real estate developer Charles Hull. Built in 1856, this is now known as the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Founded in 1889 as a social settlement, Hull-House played a vital role in redefining American democracy in the modern age. Other stops include a Mexican bakery, Palmer House Hotel and the Driehaus Victorian Mansion Museum, which offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. With the series ending of the beloved period drama “Downton Abbey,” you can check out the museum’s exhibit, "Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times.” Lunch will be served at Pompei. Max: 54. Cost: $82 for members and $87 for non-members. No refunds or exchanges. Please be advised that this trip is not wheelchair accessible.  

When:  Wednesday, April 13 from 8:45am-5pm.            

More Info:  Call 708-422-4990


Experience Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County

Birding highlights include Big Year competition, Bird of the Month events, and more

Did you know that just after dusk in late March and early April, the male timberdoodle performs a strange mating ritual? Or that Baltimore orioles have a serious sweet tooth in spring and fall? The native and migrating birds spotted in the Forest Preserves of Cook County are as diverse and interesting as the Forest Preserves themselves.

Throughout 2016, the Forest Preserves invites visitors to take advantage of frequent opportunities to view some of the most interesting and spectacular birds in the preserves. Odd mating dances, unbelievable migrations and interesting birds including ruby-throated hummingbirds and red-bellied woodpeckers will take center stage at bird walks, festivals and informational programs across Cook County.

Each month, a new bird will be highlighted. Visitors will have the opportunity to spot the bird of the month at an event or program, and learn what makes that bird so special. Numerous birding groups will also be hosting bird walks throughout the year. Visit to learn more about the multitude of birding opportunities.

In addition to enjoying birding programs and events, birders of all skill levels can explore the preserves with teams competing in the Forest Preserves’ Big Year birding competition. During the Big Year competition, the preserves compete instead of the people. Participants will visit their team’s preserve and log all bird sightings in eBird, an online birding checklist program. All are welcome to join these searches and binoculars will be available for loan.

The competition runs from March 1 to Dec. 31, and is a great way to challenge yourself and explore a local preserve, make new friends and experience what birding is all about. To learn more about the Big Year competition, visit

On May 7, each of the Forest Preserves’ six nature centers will be hosting The Big Sit. Visitors can join in at any time between 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see how many birds can be heard or spotted from within a 17-foot circle. Citizen science events like The Big Sit can help ecologists make better decisions about the conservation of bird habitat.

Join a growing movement of nature lovers and bird the preserves this year while enjoying the many amenities offered throughout the Forest Preserves, including miles of marked trails, major waterways that can be canoed or kayaked, dedicated nature preserves and more.

Support for Bird the Preserves was generously provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through Chicago Wilderness. For more information, visit For additional information about the Big Year competition, visit



The Oak Lawn Rotary will be sponsoring a Donkey Basketball night on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  It will

be held at the Oak Lawn Community High School.

Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door.  All proceeds benefit charities in Oak Lawn.

For more information or to purchase tickets you can contact any Rotary member or Mike Ideran, President-Elect, at



Oak Lawn Senior Center:

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Oak Lawn Park District Events:

2016 Easter Open Skate Poster2016 Egg Hunt Poster2016 eggcellant open gym

2016 Preschool Enroll NOW Poster

Hometown School:

School Gardening 101 Invite

Religious News:

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn will hold a Lenten potluck luncheon on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share.

Following the lunch attendees will discuss their “Star Words,” a special word each one received to reflect on throughout 2016. Each will have opportunity to share what they think God might be saying to them through their word.

Any who have not yet received a “Star Word” may contact the church at 708-422-4200 or to obtain one. 

The church is at 9411 S. 51st Ave. in Oak Lawn and is handicapped accessible. 



Craft  & Vendor Fair Bake  Sale, Lunch, & Raffle

Pilgrim  Faith  Church

9411  South  51st  Ave.

Saturday,  March  12th  2016

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Proceeds from this Fair will help to send our High School kids to the United Church of Christ National Youth Event this summer.

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