Community Information

Mount Prospect offers an active business community, good schools, an excellent library and park districts. There are many small specialty shops and restaurants in the downtown area.

According to the 2010 census, Mount Prospect has a population of 54,167. At the corner of Central Road and Main Street in downtown Mount Prospect, the elevation is 660.5 ft. above sea level. The Village is located at 42 degrees, 31 minutes north latitude and 87 degree, 56 minutes west longitude.

The Village Tree is the Euonymous alatus (aka Burning Bush) and the Village flower is the Snap Dragon.

Village Vibe

This Week in Mount Prospect

MP iceBACK TO SCHOOL CELEBRATION: Join the Science Academy of Chicago (501 Midway Dr.) for a Back to School Celebration on Friday (Aug. 26/ 5 – 11 p.m.), Saturday (Aug. 27/ Noon – 11 p.m.), and Sunday (Aug. 28/ Noon – 10 p.m.) Carnival rides, games, food, and family fun will be among the featured events. For more info, click here .

MAPLE COMMUTER LOT CLOSED: The Village-owned Maple Street Commuter Lot will be closed on Saturday (Aug. 27) starting at 7 a.m. and will remain closed until 3 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 28). The scheduled work includes pavement seal coating and pavement striping of all parking spaces. For more info, call 847/870-5640. Plan accordingly!

ICE, ICE, BABY: Check out Mount Prospect’s newest ice arena on Saturday (Aug. 27) from 1 – 6 p.m. The Arena is located in the Kensington Business Center at 1501 Feehanville Drive. Free open skate, hockey and figure skating demonstrations, games and fun on the ice will make this a skate to remember! For more info, call the MP Park District at 847-255-5380 or click here  .

HOT TRUCKS AND HOT CHILI The Prospect High Marching Knights will be hosting a chili cook-off at this weekend’s BluesMobile Cruise Nights. The event was scheduled for last week’s show, but was postponed due to the weather. It has been rescheduled for this Saturday (Aug. 27) from 5- 9 p.m. at the Metra station (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) Amateur contestants will be selling chili to the public, who will then cast a ballot for their favorite chili. A special guest judge from Tokens and Tankards Gastrocade will also select his choice! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Marching Knights, who will be participating at this years Macy’s Thanksgiving parade! Go Knights!

CABARET: The MP Parks Foundation presents Cabaret NIght on Saturday (Aug. 27) at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 W. Algonquin Rd.., DP). Enjoy the jazz sounds of Deborah and Rich along with a selection of appetizers and desserts. Wine raffles, a mystery grab, and giveaways will spice up the evening. Tickets are $15 and groups from two to tables of ten are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Parks Foundation. For more info, call 847/255-5380.

FARMERS’ MARKET: So much to choose! The Lions Club Farmers’ Market will be in full swing on Sunday (Aug. 28) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra Commuter Lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) Stock up now.

CHORAL SOCIETY: The Northwest Choral Society invites those interested in joining the renowned signing group to attend a “Meet & Greet” on Tuesday (Aug. 30). This casual event will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (1095 Thacker St., DP) between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Learn about the Choral Society and meet current members as well as attending a short group singing lesson given by Jade Maze, a faculty member at the Merit School of Music in Chicago. For more information, call 224/585-9127 or click here .

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING:Drop off unwanted electronics at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) on Wednesday (Aug. 31) between 10 a.m. and Noon. (Items brought outside of designated hours will NOT be collected.) The service is provided as a cooperative effort between the Village and SWANCC. For more info, call 847/870-5640. Electronics for recycling will be collected every Wednesday through October.

BIKE RIDE: Enjoy the evening while getting some exercise with the MP Bike Club as they leave from Lions Park at 6:30 p.m. sharp on Thursday (Sept. 1). The beginner/intermediate ride will run 12-18 miles and will return to Lions Park around dusk. Lights are required. For more info, click here  .

NEARBY HAPPENINGS:

—KIDS ROCK!: A kids’ rock concert will be the final performance of Friday Nights Live at Metropolitan Square in Des Plaines. The concert will be held Friday (Aug. 26) from 5 – 9 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and kids and rock out!

—A WALK IN THE PARK: Don’t miss the 45th annual Walk in the Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fest on Sunday (Aug. 28) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in North School Park (410 Arlington Hts. Rd., AH.) There’s something for everyone with over 90 juried artists and food and entertainment as well. Admission is free. For more info, call the AH Art Guild at 847-870-1878.

NEWS YOU CAN’T USE:

According to the Lake County Forest Preserve District, coyotes (a) are native to Illinois and were present before Illinois was settled. Livestock owners tried to eliminate coyotes in the 1800s but by the 1850s those efforts were stopped as the population dwindled.

How many types of butterflies are common to northeastern Illinois?
a) 12       b) 15       c) 18       d) 21


Village of Mount Prospect

50 S. Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/392-6000

Police Department

112 E. Northwest Hwy.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/870-5656
Emergency: 9-1-1

Fire Department

112 E. Northwest Hwy.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/870-5666
Emergency: 9-1-1

Post Office

300 W. Central Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
847/392-2731
M-F 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Social Security Office

705 N. Wheeling Road
Mount Prospect, Il 60056
1-800/772-1213
TTY - 1-800/325-0778
M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.