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The following email provides timely information on general news and community events from the Village of Wilmette. For more information, please visit the Village of Wilmette website.

Stay Strong, Wilmette!

Thank you to Twitter users @earnestdave, @JenMcGinnChi, @fpotvow, @FatGroundhog, @framesbydevora and @AndreaTaylor31 for sharing your community spirit and tagging us @VofWilmette.

Our community is our strength! From signs in windows, chalk messages on sidewalks, candles and luminaries outside, there are so many examples of residents and businesses showing our community spirit and strength. We are #WilmetteStrong!

A special thank you to the Wilmette Theatre for their message of support to our first responders.

Also, view this locally produced Facebook video featuring some familiar footage.

Please continue to share your pictures and stories on Facebook and Twitter and tag us @VofWilmette and use the hashtags #StayHomeSaveLives, #AllInIllinois and #WilmetteStrong.

As Wilmette families celebrate Passover and Easter this weekend, it will be especially hard to break long-standing traditions of gathering with extended family for meals and fun due to the COVID-19 crisis and Stay at Home Order.

Many churches and congregations are holding virtual services, and families can take advantage of video conferencing to celebrate the holiday with family members who are not in the same household. Several Wilmette businesses are offering holiday specials, which may also bring a bit of normalcy and comfort during a time when we can all use it. Check out our interactive restaurant map and the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce list of restaurants and shops that are open for carry-out and delivery.

We wish all of you a safe and happy holiday. Please continue to stay home to save lives. These next few weeks are absolutely critical as we approach the peak of the virus outbreak in Illinois.

Try This Wilmette Family Activity: "My Community" Journal 


Certainly, these are unprecedented times and we are living through a historic event. Some families have started keeping journals, video blogging and making time capsules to help make sense of this un usual time and have something to look back on years from now. The Village of Wilmette has created a "My Community" journal coloring page where parents and kids can record their feelings and experiences during this time. We'd love to see your completed journals! Please take a picture and share on social media. Tag us at @VofWilmette and use the hashtags #StayHomeSaveLives, #AllInIllinois and #WilmetteStrong.
Be Smart! Stay 6 Feet Apart 


With warmer spring days upon us, it's good to get out and enjoy some sunshine and go for a
long walk, run or bike ride. 

Gillson Beach and the Wilmette Golf Club are open, as long as individuals adhere to the six feet social distancing guideline.

So, what does six feet look like? Check out our tips above!

Please adhere to guidelines and avoid large groups in Wilmette's open spaces. Group sports and pick-up games, any kind of group gatherings and use of picnic tables and benches are not allowed.

Unfortunately, if the use of parks becomes a health concern and social distancing guidelines are not followed, additional measures will be taken, including closing of the parks and beach.
Garbage and Recycling Safety Reminders During COVID-19 Outbreak


If you or a member of your family have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are showing s ymptoms, there are important safety precautions you should take when disposing of trash and recycling items.
  • Place all trash in bags and seal bags before setting them at the curb for collection. 
  • Do not place plastic gloves, masks or medical items in your recycling bin.
  • Bag all recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart.
  • Resume normal recycling when no one in your household shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

As a general rule of thumb remember, "WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!"

Wilmette Village Board to Meet Virtually April 14 at 7 p.m. 


The Village Board will meet remotely on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on the Village's YouTube channel and Channel 6. The public may submit comments in advance of the meeting by emailing publiccomment@wilmette.com or submitting comments during the meeting through YouTube live. The meeting video will also be archived on the Village's website.
Reminder: Vehicle Stickers Deadline Extended to May 15

The Village has extended the sale of vehicle stickers from the April 15 deadline to May 15. Residents can renew their stickers online, via a dropbox located at the front entrance of Village Hall or by mail (Village of Wilmette, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091). If you need assistance with processing a payment online or via mail, please call us at 847-251-2700.
Purchase Yard Waste Stickers Online

Residents can now purchase their yard waste stickers online through the Village's 311 portal

It works like this:
  1. Submit your request through the online system.
  2. After submitting your online request, you will immediately receive a confirmation email with the details of your order. 
  3. Once the Finance Department has processed your request, you will receive a second email with your invoice and payment instructions.
  4. Pay your invoice through the Village's online payment portal
  5. The Village will mail you the stickers and you should receive them within one week of making your payment. 
For questions or if you don't have access to the online system, please call Wilmette Public Works at 847-853-7500 or email pubworks@wilmette.com.
Neighborhood Storage Project Construction Underway


Construction of the Neighborhood Storage Project is underway! Work continues on Phase 1A on Lavergne, Washington, and Lamon and crews recently started work on Phase 1 at Community Playfield and the storm sewer improvements. Visit the project website at wsnp.com for details, including work recently completed and work scheduled for next week. You can also view the Virtual Open House meeting video that explains the construction plan and answers residents' questions.
Census Update: About 34% of Wilmette Residents Still Need to be Counted!


If you completed the U.S. Census, thank you! As of April 9, 66% of Wilmette residents have responded. That's higher than the State's 50.8% response rate and higher than the national rate, but we need your help to get closer to 100%!

There is still time to complete the census! It is easy to respond online, over the phone or by mail. Paper forms are starting to be mailed to those who have not yet responded and census takers plan to visit homes this summer to help make sure everyone is counted.

Illinois collects over $34 billion per year in federal funding for vital services like education, business investment, child care, workforce training, transportation and health care. If we fail to count everyone in Illinois - for every one percent we undercount ourselves in the 2020 Census it could result in the state losing over $195 million per year in federal funds.

Please visit 2020census.gov and take 10 minutes to complete the census and be counted! Your voice matters!

Also, please snap, post, tweet and share your message of how the Census helps US - because there's "US" in the 2020 CENSUS! Use the hashtags #2020Census and #MakeIllinoisCount.