Mayor's Message

Summer 2021

Summer is a great time to get involved and stay connected with our Village, especially after a long year and a half with COVID restrictions. First off, we would like to welcome Charles Eck and Eileen Murphy Donnersberger to our Village Board of Trustees.  We have many events and opportunities this summer to get to know one another, so mark your calendar!

August 14, 2021, - Movie in the Park, First Seasonal Showing

Co-Hosted with SEASPAR, Movie in the Park will be in Blackhawk Park as in past years. Check back periodically, the movie selection is to be determined. The movie starts at 7:30 and the gates open at 7:00pm. This event is free of charge! 

September 19, 2021, - Second Annual IHP Car Show

There will be food and live music, as well as the car show.
3:00 - 6:00 PM - Indian Head Park Plaza on the Southwest corner of Joliet & Wolf Roads
For more information, contact Joe at 708-514-0589

September 25, 2021, - Movie in the Park, Second Seasonal Showing

Co-Hosted with SEASPAR, Movie in the Park will be in Blackhawk Park as in past years. Check back periodically, the movie selection is to be determined. The movie starts at 7:30 and the gates open at 7:00pm. This event is free of charge! 

Based on your feedback, here are some updates that may be of interest about happenings that are going on within the Village;

  • Coronavirus Update: Now in suburban Cook County and Chicago, anyone 12 years and older can get vaccinated. I encourage everyone to get a COVID vaccination. For more information on vaccine sights, please visit https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/ or call the Vaccine Sign-Up Hotline: 833-308-1988 M-F 8am-8pm.

Please note, Phase-5 guidelines issued by Governor Pritzker go into effect Friday, June 11, 2021. For businesses where everyone present is fully vaccinated, the state will not require face coverings and social distancing for both indoor and outdoor settings. Anyone unvaccinated should wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet of social distance.

  • Sidewalks: Four main areas in the Village’s sidewalk master plan:
    • Acacia Drive: A new sidewalk will be added this summer alongside the east side of the new re-built Acacia Drive. Reminder - Acacia Drive will be a construction zone all summer.
    • Plainfield Road & Wolf Road: Are both in a Phase 1 Study, that is being done by Cook County, since they are both county jurisdiction. We are expecting to have Wolf Road alternatives available in the Fall of 2021 for resident review and comments.
    • Joliet Road: The process for the exploration of land acquisition has started. 

  • I-294 Update: The northern half of the I-294 noise wall between Joliet Road and Plainfield Road is under construction at the moment. The work this summer has involved work at night, which we know is very disturbing to residents. The Illinois Tollways has stated that some work that requires lanes or ramps to be closed, and must be performed in off peak hours. They also have stated that the night time pile driving work has been completed. Some pile driving work will be starting Friday, June 11, 2021, closer to Plainfield Road. The tollway construction will continue throughout the summer. Please note the southern half of the noise wall between Joliet Road and Plainfield Road will be constructed next summer. A new noise wall will also be added this year along south side the Wolf Road ramp onto the south bound I-294, located close to the Chestnut on the Green association. 

  • Plainfield Road project: A village board has a resolution of opposition to five lanes is on the agenda for the June 10, 2021 Village Board of Trustees Meeting. Preparation is starting for the Plainfield Road bridge reconstruction. The work is anticipated to begin mid-summer this year.

I would like our residents to know that our Board of Trustees work very hard to be open and transparent. I encourage everyone to sign up on the village website to be kept posted on information that they want to know about. You can get an email or text on things like meeting agendas, updates and alerts. It is also a great idea to sign up for Smart911, to receive emergency updates and to provide law enforcement information about you, your family, and your home. We also encourage residents to get involved with volunteering on a committee and other activities. Please contact me, any trustee or village hall staff if you have an interest in getting involved. Part of being open and transparent is discussing all village business in the open at village meetings, so we encourage residents, business owners, and anyone who would like, to attend board meetings.

Please let me know about any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have. You may also use the Concern or Compliment Portal features within the website under the “Residents” tab. I am also available to address your community group, condo association, club, or neighborhood coffee groups to address all and anything Indian Head Park. Happy to hear from you at thinshaw@indianheadpark-il.gov or call me at 708-497-9745. I am very proud to serve as your Mayor.


  Thank you, 
  Mayor Tom Hinshaw