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

slideDOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY: A weekend of summer fun is on tap in Mount Prospect! The Downtown Block Party kicks off on Friday (July 22/4 – 11 p.m.) and continues on Saturday (July 23/11 a.m. – 11 p.m.) Music, food, kids activities and more will keep everyone happy! As part of MP’s Centennial Celebration, the 1992 time capsule from the Village’s 75th Anniversary will be unearthed on Saturday (July 23) at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building (112 E. Northwest Hwy.) Former mayor Gerald “Skip” Farley will read the letter he wrote 25 years ago to the residents of the Village today. The Time Capsule will be on public display during the Block Party. For a complete schedule of bands and activities, click here .

CRUISIN’:Rev up your engines and don’t miss the muscle cars and street rods at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night on Saturday (July 23) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra commuter parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) Take a break from the block party and check it out!

FARMERS’ MARKET: For a wonderful array of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and more, head on over to the Lions Club Farmer’s Market on Sunday (July 24) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is held weekly in the Metra commuter parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) through October 30th. It’s one of the best Farmers’ Markets in the ‘burbs!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: There’s no snow but plenty of holiday cheer at the MP Park District’s Christmas in July week, July 24 – July 28. Chill with Santa at the North Pole Beach (Meadows Pool) on Sunday (July 24) from 3 – 7 p.m.; get a jump on holiday crafts at The Studio on Monday (July 25) from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; and watch a favorite holiday movie, Elf, on Thursday (July 28) at the Band Shell in Lions Park. For more info on the week’s festivities, call 847/640-1000 or click here .

RED, WHITE AND BLUE AND ICE CREAM TOO: Every Monday in July from 4 – 6 p.m., Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine) will give any child (12 and under) a free kiddie cone for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance from memory. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Now there’s a patriotic treat!

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT: The MP Community Band joins in the holiday spirit with a “Christmas in July” concert on Monday (July 25) at the Veterans Memorial Bandshell beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sing along to your favorite holiday tunes and enjoy an evening of music under the stars!

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING:Drop off unwanted electronics at the Mount Prospect Public Works Facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) on Wednesday (July 20) 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.

ENTREPRENEURS’ NETWORKING: Meet with successful, local entrepreneurs and learn from their experience at the Progressive Networking Event on Wednesday (July 27) at the Mount Prospect Public Library beginning at Noon. The event is presented by the MP Entrepreneurs Initiative and will have a “speed dating” format where prospective business owners can ask questions and get information from established MP businesses. The event is free but registration is required. For more info/reservations, click here.

HARPER COLLEGE INFO SESSION: Are you a busy adult thinking about returning to college to learn new skills or brush up on old ones? Then you will want to attend the Harper College Info Session for Prospective Adult Students on Wednesday (July 27) at 6 p.m. The session will be held at the Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Rd./ Room W219.) Learn more and RSVP by clicking here  .

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 (July 21). 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  .

POOL PARTY WITH THE POLICE: Come hang out with the MP Police and the River Trails PD lifeguards at a Pool Party on Thursday (July 28) from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Woodland Trails Pool (1500 E. Euclid Ave.) It will be a night of music, pool games, giveaways, and more! All ages are welcome and the event is free. For more info, call 847/255-1200 or click here .

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED: Both Wheeling Twp. (1616 N. Arlington Hts. Rd., AH) and Elk Grove Twp. (2400 S. Arlington Hts. Rd., AH) are collecting school supplies for children of low-income families in our community. Backpacks, binders, crayons, glue, loose leaf paper, pencils, scissors etc. will gladly be accepted. Supplies can be dropped off at the Township halls. There are additional drop-off locations in Elk Grove Village. For more info, call the Wheeling Twp. office at 847/259-7730 or the Elk Grove Twp. office at 847/437-0300.

POLL WORKERS NEEDED: The Cook County Clerk’s office is in need of poll workers to serve voters during the Nov. 8 Presidential election. Both election judges and equipment managers are needed. You can learn more and apply online by clicking here.

—LOW COST RABIES CLINIC: The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control will hold a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets on Wednesday (July 27) in the parking lot of the Prairie Lakes Community Center (515 E. Thacker Drive in Des Plaines.) For complete information, click here  .

The first city to install parking meters in 1935 was (d) Oklahoma City. The Park-O-Meter was invented by Carl Magee of Oklahoma City. Today, Park-O-Meter #1 is displayed at the Statehood Gallery of the Oklahoma Historical Society. (

It looks like we are in for some really hot weather! What is the highest official temperature ever recorded in Chicago?
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Village of Mount Prospect

50 S. Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Police Department

112 E. Northwest Hwy.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Emergency: 9-1-1

Fire Department

112 E. Northwest Hwy.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Emergency: 9-1-1

Post Office

300 W. Central Road
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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
TTY - 1-800/325-0778
M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.