A Message From Mayor Turry
The Village of Lincolnwood has always been one of the most desirable places to live in the northern suburbs. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Chicago or O'Hare Airport, Lincolnwood is part of the mainstream of suburban Chicago's transportation grid. Our strong financial base is made up of a mix of fine business and quality homes. Our superior school systems, Elementary School District 74 and High School District 219, are continually among the top schools in the state's annual assessments. Our residents are greatly involved in the many issues which face municipalities today. We have enjoyed the synergy created by a knowledgeable community and a hard working Village staff.
Lincolnwood continues to seek ways to improve the quality of life for our community's citizenry and businesses. We have completed several major projects which will define our city streetscapes for the next 50 years. These include the Lincoln Avenue Corridor planning and completion of the construction of the Touhy-Crawford Business District improvements. The Lincoln Avenue Corridor plan recommends several right-of-way improvements which will add landscaping to the area, create curbed bump-outs to clearly define on-street parking areas and to shorten the distance for pedestrians to cross Lincoln Avenue, and recommends several traffic changes to improve the flow of traffic onto Lincoln Avenue. The Touhy-Crawford Business District project was designed to eliminate the unsafe parking situation for areas immediately off of Touhy Avenue, added landscaping to the center median on Touhy as well as the parkways, installed new street lights and streetscape amenities, repaved the public alleys throughout the district to improve traffic circulation and, through the cooperation of several private property owners, collaborated on constructing landscaped plazas in front of several stores to allow for outoor dining. We are fortunate to have three substantial car dealerships in our Village. These all occupy part of our commercial core. Loeber Mercedes-Benz & Loeber Porsche continue their expansion, becoming the luxury car capital of the Northshore, and Grossinger Toyota's new facility at the gateway to the Village on Touhy & Cicero Avenues is achieving unprecedented acclaim. In addition, Grossinger still operates its Grossinger Autoplex dealership on McCormick Blvd. and a new Hyundai dealership as well as a Kia Dealership at Lincoln and Crawford.
The Parks and Recreation Department has many programs to offer our residents. Our Village aquatic center is in its third year of operation. We are happy to note that we have increased our non-resident membership in order to accommodate 1300 new families. Youth baseball and softball as well as our summer day camp program are filled daily with energetic campers and staff. The Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (LCO) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring. Watch for announcements on a special performance which will honor Director Philip Simmons as well as the fine musicians who have performed in for the LCO. Our arts exhibits continue to fill the Village Hall gallery with some of the most outstanding art work in the Chicago area. It is a testimony to a Village which places the highest value on the importance of music and art in defining a community.
The use of new technology in Lincolnwood continues to demonstrate that residents are on the cutting edge of these technologies and relish its use in making life better. Residents utilize the Village website and cable access channel to obtain up-to-date information. Our Village Board meetings are televised on our cable access channel. In addition we broadcast School District 74 board meetings from our Council Chambers as a partnership in sharing Village resources. Broadcasts can be viewed on public Comcast cable channel 6 or AT&T U-Verse channel 99. The Village Board meets the first and third Teusday of the month, except July and August at 7:30 p.m. (click here for the schedule).