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Community Center Hours for Fourth of July

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Independence Day!
In observance and honor this holiday, our hours at the Community Center will be changing:

•July 3: Closed at 4:00 p.m.
•July 4: Closed All Day

Have a great and safe holiday!

Summer Concert Series

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Check out our Summer Concert Series!

The Mustangs • July 2 (Chestnut Park)
The Mustangs are a spectacle in their tie dye filled show as they bring back the best of Woodstock! They will be playing favorite songs produced by an array of artists from the 70’s, including Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills & Nash. In addition to the music, The Mustangs’s show proves very interactive as they add great humor while providing interesting facts and trivia to the audience between songs. The audience is sure to be entertained on many levels as The Mustangs rock along memory lane until everyone is up and dancing!

Wayne Messmer Big Band • July 10 (North Park)
Wayne Messmer is “Chicago’s Voice for all Seasons." For over 30 years, sports fans have enjoyed Wayne’s rendition of The National Anthem for every one of Chicago’s professional and college teams, and his spirited rendition of the United States and Canadian National Anthems prior to the NHL All-Star game at Chicago Stadium in January 1991 is still mentioned among the most memorable National Anthem performances of all time. Supported by his complete, Big Jazz Band, Wayne is prepared to give an unforgettable experience to everyone in the park!

Vagando • July 9 (Chestnut Park)
Vagando, an awesome International Pop and Global Hits quintet with a guitar-heavy, modern rock edge. Ferris Hermes has a charismatic, sultry voice and style that tops off with hard hitting, shimmy inducing dumbek playing. Agustin Alvarez jams hard on the guitar! They have a high-energy Santana-esque mixed with a Pop Rock/Latin Pop sound, and have been acclaimed for their live performances all over downtown Chicago. They sing Latin, English, Italian, Greek, Arabic.

Frank Catalano • July 16 (North Park)
Frank Catalano is the only saxman believed to play with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! After high school he was signed to Delmark records and had several acclaimed recordings before signing on to Columbia/Savoy records where his Bang! recording debuted at #12 on the Billboard charts and his recording Mighty Burner was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks! In addition Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend.

The concerts are held on Thursday evenings at the gazebo at North Park, 10040 Addison Street and Chestnut Park, 10150 Chestnut, from June to August. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and end at 8:45 p.m. Enjoy delicious food from a different vendor each night!

Check Out Our Restructured Early Childhood Programs!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Our Curriculum
We have made many new and exciting changes to our programs. The programs are designed to prepare your child for first Playschool, Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment. Our curriculum's focus on but are not limited to, language, socialization, emotional development, fine motor skills, safety skills, creativity, music, singing and cognitive development. Each week a theme will focus on these areas.

Play-Based Education
A key purpose of our program is to provide education through developmentally appropriate play. Play is a child’s most important work. Through play, a child acquires cognitive, social, language, motor and cultural awareness skills in a non-threatening environment.

Our Staff
Our instructors are educated, experienced, and dedicated to the development of each child.

Lesson Plans
Lesson plans incorporate age-appropriate activities revolving around specific, monthly themes that encourage imagination and the child’s natural love for learning. Pre-reading and math skills are reinforced throughout the play-based curriculum. Social and emotional development is emphasized through hands-on experiences where children strengthen their skills by sharing with others and participating in a group environment.

Tot School, Ages 24-35 Months
This program will provide many opportunities for children to develop to their full potential. This is a great introduction to social interaction with other children. We will follow a yearly curriculum and students have an opportunity to explore different learning centers, such as dramatic play, reading, music, blocks and puzzles. Snack time and gym time are also included daily.

Playschool, Age 3
The Playschool program is guided by a philosophy of learning through play. Students are exposed letters, numbers, colors and shapes in a variety of ways. Each day, they have the opportunity to explore learning centers and also spend time in small groups with their teachers. Concepts are reinforced through interactive songs, story boards, group activities and gym time. Our primary vision is for children to develop a love of learning and a positive self-image while preparing them for the Preschool experience. Children must be toilet-trained. A birth certificate is required for registration. Snack time and gym time are included daily.

Preschool, Age 4
Our Preschool program prepares your child for kindergarten. A challenging and an engaging curriculum fosters the development of the whole child: cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical. Play promotes the abilities that enable children to learn concepts through exploration of centers and teacher guided small groups. Our professional, experienced teachers value each child’s individuality and strive to give each child a positive feeling of self-worth in a warm, caring environment. Children must be toilet-trained. A birth certificate is required for registration. Snack time and gym time are included daily.

Kindergarten Enrichment, Ages 5-6
Our Kindergarten Enrichment program provides a quality enrichment experience for kindergarten-age children attending half-day kindergarten programs. This unique and multifaceted program is designed to spark children’s interest in a variety of activities, including art, music, theater, movement, science and child-led play. Children spend time outdoors at North Park taking nature hikes and playing games. The program follows the District 84 school-year calendar of full days off. We offer Early Start and Transportation options.

To register, your child must be appropriate age by September 1, 2015.

Our programs take local field trips to the Public Library, Police Station, Ice Arena and Fire Department.

For more information, call us at 847-455-2852. 

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Featured Parks and Facilities

Pool on Pacific
The Pool on Pacific features two slides, a plunge dive, diving board, adult sun deck, basketball hoop and a fun-filled zero depth tot area with several play features.

Centre at North Park
The Banquet Hall and Sports Arena at North Park are the perfect setting for your next event.  Find out more about rentals and our Special Occasion Package.

Chestnut Park
ADA Accessible, this park features a sitting shelter, fitness equipment, sandbox, water pump, tree house, slides, swings, a putting green, bags game, and lots of outdoor, open space.

The Ice Arena
The Ice Arena is undergoing a major renovation. Be sure to stop by when the rink reopens in September!

Highlights of Upcoming Events

Fourth of July at the Pool on Pacific

Sat, Jul 04, 2015 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On Saturday, July 4, the Pool on Pacific will be open for everyone to come cool themselves off. We w...

Session II of Tot Camp begins

Mon, Jul 06, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This camp is designed to let little ones do what they do best—play! Our smallest campers get m...

Session II of Sunshine Camp begins

Mon, Jul 06, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This three-hour camp is a great way to introduce preschool/prekindergarten children to fun camp expe...

Summer Concert Series: Vagando

Thu, Jul 09, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Vagando is a Chicago based World Dance Music band with an international flair. Their eclectic repert...

Session III of Discovery Day Camp begins

Mon, Jul 13, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Summer is around the corner and Discovery Day Camp is the place to be! The award winning Discovery D...

Local Weather

Conditions for Franklin Park, IL at 10:49 am CDT

Current Conditions:
Fair, 76 F

Sat - Mostly Sunny. High: 81 Low: 65
Sun - Sunny. High: 85 Low: 67
Mon - Partly Cloudy. High: 88 Low: 70
Tue - AM Thunderstorms. High: 70 Low: 57
Wed - Mostly Sunny. High: 70 Low: 59

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