Tree Management

Tree Removals and Replacements

As part of the Village's ongoing environmental effort and to adequately restock our urban forest, the Village will fully fund the replacement of trees removed by the Public Works Department. Following the removal of any parkway tree, a representative from the Public Works Department will meet with each resident and determine the most appropriate tree to plant on the parkway. A contractor will plant the trees in April, May, October, and November (as weather permits). The Village's Public Works Department will monitor the health of the tree during the initial growing season. The contractor will furnish tree-care instructions to each resident.

There is a list of species being planted during the Fall of 2021. Trees are divided by the space that is available. If you have a question about whether you should select a large or small tree, please consult the letter you received.

Tree Removal Process

The policy of the Village is to balance the private property rights of landowners with the public health, safety, and welfare that is promoted by the existence and maintenance of trees. Prior to removing any tree that is eight inches or greater in diameter on private property, residents are required to obtain a tree removal permit from the Community Development Department. Further, residents that wish to remove any tree that is greater than eight inches in diameter and that is outside of the building envelope will be required to plant replacement trees on the property or pay a fee to the Village for the planting of new parkway trees.

Trees that constitute a threat, danger, nuisance, or that may be dangerous to the health of other trees in the Village may be removed without fulfilling the tree replacement requirements and requires a permit from the Community Development Department. The penalty for removal of a tree without a permit is a fine of not more than $1,000 and the imposition of a tree replacement fee which is $150 per diameter inch of the tree removed.

For questions regarding the Tree Management Ordinance or to obtain a tree removal permit, contact the Community Development Department at 847-673-7402. View a tree permit application (PDF).

Tree Trimming

The Village owns and maintains over 7,000 parkway trees. The minimum diameter of these trees is 2.5 inches as measured six inches off the ground, but these trees can be as large as six feet in diameter and up to 80 feet tall. Tree trimming is performed in order to maintain a healthy stock of trees and to keep residents, pedestrians, and motorists safe from dead or weak branches. If a property owner wants a parkway tree to be trimmed, a Tree Trimming Request may be submitted.

The Public Works Department only trims parkway trees for public safety or the health of the tree. This can be initiated either by a Department directive or by the property owner request. The Village does not permit private contractors or other agencies to trim Village trees.