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

old glory4TH OF JULY: Monday (July 4) is Independence Day! Mount Prospect and surrounding communities offer a host of ways to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue! Village Hall, the Post Office, financial markets, government offices and courts. and the Library are all closed. Although the Library buildings are not open, you still have 24/7 access to conduct research with our online resources, register for upcoming programs and renew items and place holds through the My Account feature at . Need a book? Pick up an e-book or audiobook through MyMediaMall at any time. Don’t forget to fly Old Glory!

LIONS CLUB FESTIVAL: The 4th of July Festival runs now through Monday (July 4) at Melas Park. Don’t miss the carnival rides (unlimited ride specials), live bands and entertainment, food and drink, the pancake breakfast and bake sale (Monday, July 4), and loads of fun. A special car show will be held at the Public Works Facility from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday (July 2). For a complete schedule, click here.

PARADE: Who doesn’t love a parade?! Mount Prospect’s 4th of July parade kicks off at 1 p.m. from the corner of Emerson St. and Prospect Ave. The parade proceeds northwest on Prospect to Central Rd. and then to Melas Park. This year’s theme is “Birthday Countdown” as Mount Prospect approaches its 100th Anniversary in 2017. See the bands, floats, fire engines and more and don’t forget to wave at the Library’s entry. See you there!

FIREWORKS: Bring your lawn chair or blanket and catch the fireworks on Monday (July 4) at Melas Park at 9:30 p.m. Thanks, Lions Club!

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE: Every Monday in July (beginning July 4) from 4 – 6 p.m., Capannari’s 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. Talk about sweet rewards!

CRUISIN’: The Bluesmobile Cruise Night gets into the action on Saturday (July 2) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Metra commuter parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Rte. 83.) It’s MOPAR night featuring vintage Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps, and Ram Trucks. Live music will be provided by Rosie and the Riveters and Lemons of Love.

FARMERS’ MARKET: The Lions Club Farmers’ Market will be packed with fresh produce on Sunday (July 3) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Market is held every Sunday in the Metra commuter parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) and runs through October 30.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Drop of your unwanted electronics on Wednesday (July 6) and consecutive Wednesdays through October from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works facility (1700 W. Central Rd.) Clear the clutter and take advantage of this great service. For more info on acceptable items, call 847/870-5680. Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: The River Trails Dist. 26 School Board will meet on Wednesday (July 6) at 7 p.m. in the Education Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd.) For more information, call 847/297-4120.

THURSDAY CONCERT: Join the HIllbilly Rockstarz for a rockin’ good time on Thursday (July 7) at the Veterans Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. with the music kicking in at 7:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, enjoy the concession stand and kids’ activities, and make an evening of it. For more info, click here .

BIKE RIDE: The Mount Prospect Bike Club’s Thursday Night Ride (beginner/intermediate level) leaves Lions Park (411 S. Maple) at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The 12 – 18 mile ride will return to Lions Park around dusk. Lights are required. For a complete schedule, click here .

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Santa is coming to Woodland Trails Park Pool (1500 E. Euclid Ave.) on Thursday (July 7) from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Don’t miss out on the holiday decorating, reindeer games, and some festive treats. The event is free for pool pass holders, $3 for non-pass holders. For more info, call 847/255-1200.


—FRONTIER DAYS: This annual Festival in Arlington Hts. runs through Monday (July 4) at Recreation Park (500 E. Miner, AH.) For a complete schedule, click here .

—RACETRACK FIREWORKS: Always one of the best displays in the ‘burbs! Arlington International Racetrack (2200 W. Euclid, AH) opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday (July 3) for a full day of racing. From 4 – 9 p.m., live music will fill the concourse. Wayne Messmer will sing the National Anthem followed by the fireworks. You’ll be a winner whether or not your pony comes in! For more info, click here .

The famous Manos de Dios soccer goal was scored in the 1986 by (b) Diego Maradona. Maradona followed the allowed goal with what many consider to be the greatest goal in World Cup history, dribbling through five British players before putting the ball past the English goalkeeper. Argentina upset England 2-0.

The Lions Club 4th of July Festival is a mainstay here in Mount Prospect. How many years have the Lions held this event?
a) 28 years       b) 48 years       c) 78 years       d) 98 years

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.