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Upcoming Special Events in the Forest Preserves

Check out some of the great upcoming events in the Cook County Forest Preserves:

December 19
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus at Regenstein Center, Chicago Botanic Garden
Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and story time with Mrs. Claus. Fees apply.
December 21
8:30 p.m.
Winter Solstice Bonfire at Little Red Schoolhouse,  Willow Springs
The winter solstice has been celebrated for centuries. We will celebrate the shortest day of the year with a short nature walk, singing around the bonfire, and trimming of the wildlife tree. Register in-person starting December 1. This program is for families only, and requires at $3 fee per person. Not suitable for groups.
December 21
7:00 p.m.
Solstice Celebration at Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills
Learn about the science and mythology surrounding the solstice, and enjoy a hot drink around a campfire. Call to reserve your spot.
December 27 – 29
Tuesday – Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Winter Nature Camp at Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland
Join us for a three-day camp where we’ll explore the wonders of nature in winter. Ages 7-10. Register by 12/20. $15 per child.



Veterans Day Celebration at Brookfield Zoo

Honor the brave women and men who have proudly servbrookfield-zoo-posted our nation at Brookfield Zoo’s
Veterans Day Celebration! Taking place on Friday, November 11 at the Discovery Center from 11 -2, the celebration will include a display of Military Memorabilia, a performance by the Legacy Girls and much more. Admission to the zoo will be FREE for all guests, though parking fees still apply. Visit for more!


Quentin Road Study

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. to examine potential improvements to Quentin RhwyCnstrctnHorseoad from Dundee Road to Lake Cook Road. This informational meeting will present that project’s purpose and need statement, as well as introduce the alternative analysis results. Interested parties are welcome to ask questions and leave comments.

The meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn Express Chicago-Palatine/N Arlington Heights (1550 E Dundee Road). For more visit


Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan

Residents, business owners and unincorporatednw_cook_studyarea_finalall other interested stakeholders in the Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area are invited to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, November 15 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the C
rowley Park Field House (749 Huber Lane). Attendees will be about to share ideas, leave comments and discuss the future of the Maine-Northfield Area. For more information, visit


FY17 Executive Budget Recommendation

On Thursday, October 13, President Preckwinkle announced her FY17 executive budget recommendation and departmental budget hearings are currently underway. I invite you to review the FY17 budget recommendationstream the department hearings and attend any of the FY17 Public Hearings in Skokie, Markham, Downtown and Maywood.