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

1015WEB_CS_CM Bella ItaliaBELLA ITALIA: This year, the Library’s Cultural Series will highlight beautiful Italy throughout the month of October. Begin with a tour of Italy, starting Friday (Oct. 2) at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) The first event of this month-long cultural experience is Musica Italiana – love songs, opera arias, duos and popular crossover music. Hear classics such as “Volare” and “Torna a Sorriento”, as well as selections from La Boheme and Turandot. Enjoy refreshments after the performance. The second event scheduled is “The Backroads of Tuscany” on Tuesday (Oct. 6) 7:30 p.m. Tour five locations in this magnificent countryside: St. Gimignano, Pienza, St. Galgano, St. Antimo, and Montalcino. There are many more activities throughout the month.Click here to register.

SENIOR HEALTH MONTH: Learn how to keep your brain and body in balance on Friday (Oct. 2) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) Presented by Sian Nolan of Stay Fit Physical Therapy, you’ll have fun while you test your mind and body. This is a free program. For more info, call 847/870-5680.

CEMETERY SEARCHING: Join family history researcher Kathy Kutt on Saturday (Oct. 3) at 10 a.m. at this month’s meeting of the Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society at Arlington Heights Senior Center (1801 W. Central Rd. AH.) As a member of the National Genealogical Society, among other groups, she will share tips and information on how to effectively search, record and share the information found while searching for gravestones. You’ll learn cemetery etiquette, what to take in a “cemetery toolkit,” and more. For more info,click here .

-ST. CECILIA OKTOBERFEST: Get into the spirit on Saturday (Oct. 3) at 5:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia Parish Center (700 Meier Rd.) Enjoy Brats, German potato salad, sauerkraut, and dessert, plus beer and wine while you listen to music by a German band for only $15. For more info, click here  .

FARMERS’ MARKET: Enjoy a walk in the crisp autumn air and stop by the Lions Club Farmers’ Market on Sunday (Oct. 4) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Metra parking lot (Rte. 83 and Northwest Hwy.) Pick up some squash, apples in season, and maybe a pumpkin or two. Only a few weeks remain, so don’t miss it!

BIKE RIDES: Join the Mount Prospect Bike Club on Sunday (Oct. 4) from 9 a.m. – Noon for a 20 – 45-mile ride. The group departs from Starbucks (90 Northwest Hwy.) For a complete schedule, click here .

THE ACCIDENTAL PRINCESS: Enjoy acclaimed book dramatist, Barbara Rinella on Monday (Oct. 5) from 1 – 2 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) as she brings to life Alison Pataki’s compelling novel, The Accidental Empress. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in person at the Library’s Registration Desk in the front Lobby. The performance is a fundraiser for the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation. For more info, click here or call 847/253-5675.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS: Learn what is happening in River Trails School District 26 by attending the board meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m. at the Educational Resource Center (1900 E. Kensington Rd.) A Meet and Greet precedes the meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here or call 847/297-4120.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK POSTER: Mount Prospect students are encouraged to help celebrate this important week (Oct. 4-10) by participating in a poster/essay contest. The 2015 theme is: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep.” Visit for more information on the theme. Kindergarten through 5th grade students are invited to design a poster. Sixth through eighth graders can write an essay, or create a multi-media presentation. The deadline for entries is Wednesday (Oct. 7.) Entries should be dropped off at the Police/Fire Headquarters (112 E. Northwest Hwy./2d floor.)For more info, call 847/870-5660.

PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES: Make sure your family is ready when a weather related disaster strikes. Sign up for the free 20-hour Citizens Emergency Preparedness Training course beginning Wednesday (Oct. 7) from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Mount Prospect Fire Station 14 (2000 E. Kensington Rd.) The class meets on consecutive Wednesdays at the same time/location until Nov. 18. You’ll have hands-on training and an overview of fire suppression, basic first aid, light search-and-rescue and more. For more info, contact Jim Miller (847/818-5254.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING: Dispose of your unwanted and outdated small electronics (computers, monitors, cameras) on Wednesday (Oct. 7) from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Mount Prospect Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) Items brought to the facility outside of designated hours will not be collected. For more info, call 847/870-5640. This service ends on Oct. 28, so take advantage now!

POWER OF THE PURSE: Donations of vintage, designer, and handmade purses are still being accepted by the Mount Prospect Historical Society for their annual auction slated for Thursday (Oct. 29) from 7 – 9 p.m. at Mount Prospect Village Hall (50 S. Emerson St.) This year will feature the work of the Sew-Bee-It Quilters and the Mount Prospect Historical Society board of directors. Included in that collection will be quilted and felted wool purses. The evening is a fundraiser to support the restoration of the one-room 1896 Central School, located at 103 S. Maple Street on the Museum campus. Reservations for the event are requested by Monday (Oct. 26) and cost $10. For more information, call 847/392-9006.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Journeys: The Road Home is a non-profit shelter that serves the homeless population in North and Northwest suburban Cook County. They are in need of people to staff overnight PADS shelters as they welcome guests now through April 30, 2016. Volunteers are needed for set-up and first shifts which run from 6 – 11 p.m.; for the overnight second shift from 11 p.m. – 3 a.m.; the third shift from 3 a.m. – 7 a.m. Volunteers are required to attend one 90-minute training session that includes learning how to interact with the homeless. Journeys’ main facility is located at 1140 E. Northwest Hwy., (PAL). For more information, call 847/963-9163 ext.14.

HANDYMAN PROGRAM: Residents of Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows who are 65-years-old or older or disabled, may qualify for this program. Residents can expect to pay anywhere from $10-$30 per hour, depending on household income, for minor repairs and home improvements such as: grab bar installation, hanging curtains, garbage disposal repair, gutter cleaning, window repair and more. All work is performed by insured, experienced, and reliable home repair professionals. The Handyman Program is administered by the North West Housing Partnership. For additional information or to hire a handyman, call 847/969-0561.

LICENSE PLATE RENEWALS: Due to a lack of the state budget, the Secretary of State’s office has suspended mailing vehicle registration renewal reminder notices. You’ll have to figure out for yourself when you license plate is due for renewal or pay the late penalty if you forget! You can sign up for email reminders by clicking here .


—-AUTUMN HARVEST FEST: Enjoy a family outing on Saturday (Oct. 3) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Autumn Fest held at North School Park (Eastman Street at Arlington Heights Road.) A petting zoo, scarecrow building contest, story time, crafts, food vendors and a farmers market are all included in this free admission event. For more info, click here.

George Washington appointed (b) John Jay as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Who was the first reigning Pope visited the United States?

a) Pope John XXIII       b) Pope Paul VI       c) Pope John Paul II       d) Pope Francis

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.