Month: March 2021

This Week in Mount Prospect Blog

March 26 – April 1

YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE: Cast your vote early in the Consolidated Election on Tuesday (April 6). Registration for early voting takes place on Sunday (March 28) from 10 a.m. – 4 the Community Room of Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). Early voting is as follows: Monday – Friday (March 29 – April 3) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday (April 4) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Monday (April 5) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Questions?  Contact Village Clerk Karen Agoranos at 847/818-5333 or by email:

COVID SURVEY SCAM: The FTC, Division of Consumer and  Business Education has a new warning: People across the country are reporting getting emails and texts asking them to complete a limited-time survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine and there may be one for Johnson & Johnson, too. In exchange, people are offered a free reward, but asked to pay shipping fees. If you get an email or text like this, STOP.  It’s a scam.  Don’t click on any links or attachments. Doing so could install harmful malware that steals your personal information without you realizing it. Never give your bank account, credit card or personal information to someone who contacts you. If you get an email or text that asks for your personal information that you think could be a  scam, tell the FTC at To learn more about COVID related scams   and fraud, visit

BUNNY PHOTOS: Enjoy a springtime outing on Saturday (March 27) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP). Have a 15-minute photo session with the Easter Bunny in the lush indoor Atrium. One family will  be allowed in the Atrium at a time to ensure a safe and fun visit. The cost is $10 for a session. Masks can be  removed for the photo. Enter for a chance to win a home-grown Easter Lilly. Reservations are required. Call 847/298-3500 x 403 to reserve a time-slot.

FAcolored eggs with bunny faces drawn onMILY SCAVENGER HUNT: Gather up your kiddos on Saturday (March 27) from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and head over to Woodland Trails Park (1500 E. Euclid Ave. MP) to follow clues from the Easter Bunny and find colorful eggs hidden around the park. Enjoy a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny and a goody bag to take home for each child. Bring your own basket for collecting eggs and a personal camera for your Easter Bunny photo. The cost is $15 per child. For more info, call 847/255-1200.

REGISTER FOR RUN: Plan for the Mt. Melas Adventure Run on Saturday (April 17) by completing the $30 early bird registration now through Wednesday (March 31). Test your limits with this fun and challenging 5K run at Melas Park (1500 W. Central Rd.). Timeslots are every 30 minutes starting at 8 a.m. Registration prices increase closer to race day: $35 from April 1- 15, $40 on race day (April 17). Have fun with friends and family. Team registration is $200 for up to 10 people. Team registration deadline is April 1. Register online at


—-LONG GROVE EGG HUNT: Enjoy a different venue on Saturday (March 27) from noon – 4 p.m. when historic Long Grove hosts its spring family tradition. The event will take place in Brother’s Field (344 Old McHenry Rd.) Families must register at Bring your own baskets for children to collect their eggs, and take a picture with the Easter Bunny, who will be behind a plexiglass wall.   They will receive a goody bag and a take-home craft. All participants must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Following the egg hunt, attendees can walk throughout town for a Jelly Bean Hunt with participating merchants. Children can guess the number of jelly beans in the jars and return their guess cards to the Long Grove Visitors’ Center (308 Old McHenry Rd.). Children will be  given a treat (while supplies last) and adults will be entered to win a prize donated by the participating merchants.

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.


March 19 – March 25

covid vaccine vialsUNDERSTANDING COVID-19 VACCINES: Do you have questions about the different COVID-19 vaccines? Learn more on Monday (March 22) from 7 – 8 p.m. during a Zoom program presented by Mount Prospect Public Health Nurse Jill Heinking. She will explain how the vaccines were  developed, how they work in the body, their effectiveness, side effects, and information about the CDC’s immunization schedules. She will also address vaccine myths and misconceptions. If you have questions about vaccines you would like addressed, please submit them via email to for consideration. Participants must register and provide a working email address to receive the login information. The program will  be  presented in Spanish on Monday (March 29).  This program is to provide general information and is for educational purposes only.

EARLY VOTING IN MP: The Consolidated Election is on Tuesday, April 6. You can cast your vote early Monday – Saturday (March 22 – 27) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.). More dates will be listed in the weeks ahead. Choose to vote by mail?  Request your mail ballot by Thursday (April 1) by visiting Questions? Contact Village Clerk Karen Agoranos at 847/818-5333 or by email

IDPH LAUNCHES CALL CENTER: The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist people who do not have access to online services. The call center will bridge the digital divide and ensure the vaccine reaches all communities. Hours are 6 a.m. – Midnight. The phone number is 1-833-621-1284.

EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE: Join the Village of Mount Prospect in remembering those who have been lost during the pandemic on Wednesday (March 24) 7 p.m. in the Village Hall Board Room (50 S. Emerson St.). Residents can gather with the Interfaith Council. Limited seating will be available and registration is required  by calling the Human Services Department at 847/870-5680.  You can participate at home by live streaming the event at The Village also invites businesses, government offices, and residents to turn off their lights from 7:30 – 7:33 p.m. and place a lit candle in remembrance in a window.

IRS AND IDOR EXTEND TAX DAY FILING: The deadlines for filing 2020 individual federal and Illinois tax returns have been extended from April 15 to May 17, 2021 without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. The extension does not apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15. Taxes must be paid as taxpayers earn or receive income during the year, either  through withholding or estimated tax payments.

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is  gathered  from various local news sources.


March 12 – March 18

SPRING FORWARD: Sunday (March 14) begins Daylight Saving Time. Move your clocks ahead one hour early Sunday morning and enjoy the extra light. Spring is in the air! 

POLICE TRAINING WORKSHOP: To increase candidate diversity and address the shortage of police officers, the Mount Prospect Police Department, other Northwest suburban communities, and Harper College will present a virtual event on Saturday (March 13) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Attendees will network with newly hired and veteran police officers. Sessions will cover the written exam, physical ability (POWER) testing, a panel discussion on the polygraph examination, psychological testing and background investigation, and oral interviews. The cost to attend the workshop is $25.To register, visit 

HELP FOR STUDENT LOANS: Cook County is teaming up with the Joyce Foundation and the company Summer to provide free advice and support for student loan borrowers. Residents can enroll in state and federal savings programs that reduce payments and qualify for loan forgiveness. There are no income eligibility requirements to enroll. Borrowers who were unable to graduate but still hold student loan debt also can enroll. Visit 

CHURCH HOSTS DRIVE UP PARTY: Enjoy a socially distanced Valentine’s/St. Patrick’s Day event from on Saturday (March 13) from 10 a.m. – Noon at Unity Northwest Church (259 E. Central Rd. DP). Wear your mask and drive through the parking lot to receive a special treat! 

RECYCLE COACH: Mount Prospect residents can now access Recycle Coach, free of charge, from their desktop computers, mobile devices, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This free platform makes it easy and provides the following: Garbage and Recycling Schedule, weekly reminders for garbage and recycling collections, recycling knowledge boosts, and provides detailed information on where and how to recycle thousands of items. For more info, visit 

NEW FOIA REQUEST SYSTEM: Cook County has launched a new online system for filing Freedom of Information Act requests. Requesters can track their public records and receive updates by email. To access the portal, visit Each of Cook County’s separately elected officials and the county health department handle their own FOIA requests. For information on how to submit a request to those offices, visit 


DINING ALFRESCO: Downtown Arlington Heights will look a little different in the coming days. Street dining will return (it was a COVID related solution from June to November last year). This year’s setup along Vail Avenue and Campbell Street is expected to be barebones for now, with ropes to delineate restaurant spaces, should there be snowfall and the need to remove it. Fences should be in place by mid-April, officials say. The street dining area could last until as late as November, though it could end in September to hold a fall weekend festival if COVID-19 restrictions allow it. 

NO FRONTIER DAYS: One of the largest summer festivals in the summer – Frontier Days in Arlington Heights – is cancelled for the second year in a row, organizers announced. Cancellation also comes with the postponement of the 4th of July Parade and Stamped Run that takes place over the same long summer weekend.  

PET EXPO POSTPONED: The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, scheduled for March 16-18 at Arlington International Racecourse, has been postponed until further notice. For future show status updates, visit 

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.