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Friday, May 5th from 4 - 7:00pm

Western Springs French Market Opens for the season

Saturday, May 6th from 9:00am - Noon

Styrofoam recycling at the Western Springs Rec Center

Monday, May 8th at 7:00pm

Western Springs Board of Trustees Workshop Meeting at the Village Hall

Tuesday, May 9th at 7:00pm

Western Springs Park District Board Meeting at 4400 Central Avenue

Thursday, May 11th from 4 - 6:00pm

WSCCI presents Beyond the Business Card at American Legion Post 1947 - Register Here

Saturday, May 13th at 7:00pm

WSSTE Concert at First Congregational Church of Western Springs - Purchase Here

Sunday, May 14th at 8:00am

Register Here to support ICP and Run for the Roses on Mother's Day

Friday, May 19th at 5:00pm

Western Springs Rotary's groundbreaking ceremony for the Pickleball Center at Spring Rock Park

Saturday, May 20th from 9 - 11am

WSBA'S Shred Event at the Rec Center Parking Lot

Saturday, May 20th from 9 - 12:00pm

Village of Western Springs' Touch A Truck at the Tower Green

Saturday, May 20th from at 6:00pm

Tacos and Trivia at the Village Club of Western Springs

Monday, May 22nd at 7:00pm

Western Springs Board of Trustees Regular Meeting at the Village Hall

Saturday, May 27th at 8:30am

Western Springs Tower Trot at the Grand Avenue Community Center - Register Here

Monday, May 29th at 10:00am

Western Springs Memorial Day Parade

Tuesday, May 30th from 12:00 - 1:30pm

WSBA'S Lunch and Learn at Davanti Enoteca - RSVP Here

Friday, June 16th from 4 - 10:00pm

WSBA'S Gathering on the Green 2023 - Click Here for the most up to date information on the event!

Save the date for our WSBA Shred Day on Saturday, May 20th. Help protect yourself from identity theft. Bring your documents that contain your personally identifiable information - such as old bank statements, tax returns, bills, receipts, credit card applications and outdated medical records - to be safely shredded.

Any questions, email Kristen at


Send in Your Membership Dues!

The deadline has been extended! Please send in your dues by Monday , May 8th to ensure your business name will appear on our WSBA banner at all 2023 events (must be a VIP Gold or Silver sponsor). Event sponsorships also go quickly so if your business is interested in sponsoring a 2023 event like Gathering on the Green, Jammin' in July, Fall Festival or Winter Wonderland, please fill out the form online (see below).

Western Springs Business Association

P.O. Box 172

Western Springs, IL 60558

Download Membership Brochure

Sign-Up Here

Mike McNeily, President

McNeily & Company


Annie Tandy, Vice President

kidlist • activities for kids


RIck Bastyr, Treasurer

FNBC Bank & Trust


Katie Mattix, Secretary

Mattix Music Studio


Lauren Goodwin, Immediate Past President

Colonial Barber Shoppe


Mark Ptacek

Heartland Bank and Trust


Ellen Welter

Clarity Physical Therapy


Craig Mawdsley

Clarity Physical Therapy


Eddie Sugarman

Theatre of Western Springs


Andrew Ariens

Standring Financial


Katie Stetz

Village Club of Western Springs


Coya Smith

Re/Max Properties


Keith Chapman

Chap Public Relations


Jeff Dulla

United Home Loans


Kristen Hettinga

Western Springs Business Association


Send Your News to the Village!

If your business plans to celebrate an anniversary, expansion, award, open house or other milestone, please send the relevant information to Western Springs' Community Development Department. The department features interesting updates about Western Springs entrepreneurs and businesses on their Facebook page and occasionally in Tower Topics

Please email your news and photos to Elizabeth Chenelle at

Attention Business Owners!

Are you a business owner or investor looking to lease or buy commercial property in Western Springs? Then visit and click the “Available Properties” link. Here you will find an interactive website which includes properties for sale or lease throughout the Village. Property images, descriptions and links to brokers and owners are included as well.

If you have an available property and want to get it added, contact Steve O’Hare at Questions about zoning can be directed to Tony Budzikowski at or Steve O’Hare.

Some 'Did-You-Knows' About Estate Plans

Comprehensive estate planning can protect your legacy for future generations. But it can also involve some issues you might not have thought about.

For example, if you have children in college who are considered legal adults, you may not have any control over their medical treatment if they face a sudden, serious illness or are involved in an accident. So, you may want to have your children sign a medical power of attorney form, which will allow you to make decisions on their behalf, if necessary.

Here's another issue: Property owned by spouses can be treated differently in community property states than in common law states. If you move from one type of state to another, you may want to consult with an estate-planning attorney in your new state to determine where you stand.

And don’t forget your pets. To ensure they will always be taken care of, you might want to establish a pet trust, under which payments can be made to a caregiver you’ve designated if you become incapacitated or pass away.

Estate planning certainly covers big-picture issues. But don’t forget the other ones, which can be meaningful to you.

 Mary Jo Ardizzone, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones Investments

150 Harvester Drive, Suite 110

Burr Ridge, IL 60527


Copyright© 2014 Edward Jones. All rights reserved. Member SIPC

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

This Weekend in Western Springs!

Save the Date - Touch a Truck at the Tower Green

Get Recharged!

Want to recharge your business? Start by recharging yourself, with your Library card.

FIND YOUR VOICE! is the theme of our Summer Reading Program this year and there’s something for everyone. Mark your calendars; in-person and online sign-up begins Thursday, June 1. Library info 

Explore More Illinois! From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield to the Wheels O' Time Museum in Dunlap, your Thomas Ford Memorial Library card offers instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues. Explore More Illinois

Museum Adventure Pass is another benefit of your Library card. Many patrons know they can score tickets to Brookfield Zoo this way, but there’s lots more, including Air Classic Inc Museum of Aviation, Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College and KidsWork Children's Museum. Museum Adventure Pass 

See you at the Library…and all over!

Memorial Day 2023

The Memorial Day Parade and Observance will occur Monday, May 29,2023. The parade will start at 10:00 A.M near the Western Springs pool and end at the Tower Green. Memorial Day is the one day of the year set aside for all Americans to gather rand remember the sacrifices of America’s brave women and men who have served in our military services- and their families who bear the memories of loved ones who died in various conflicts. It is because of their sacrifices Americans enjoy their freedoms.

The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Allen Lynch, Congressional Medal of Honor. Al served with the 1St Cavalry Division in Viet Nam. For additional information for the Memorial Day Parade and Observance, please call or email Chuck Bosko at 708-205-3541 or  

Recreation Department News!

Our Summer 2023 Brochure is out!

Find our brochure at

We’re Hiring Summer Program Instructors! Visit: for more information

Tennis Dates Coming Up

Spring Tennis: 5/8 – 6/3

Summer Tennis: 6/5 – 7/15

Late Summer Tennis: 7/17 – 8/5

Harvest Tennis: 8/7 – 8/26

Coach Simon’s Summer Adult Drills: 6/5 – 8/26

Women’s League: 5/2 – 9/14

Programs Coming Up

Manners Matter Boot Camp

·        6/12 – 6/15

·        Children will learn the basic skills needed to help them navigate in various social situations with ease and certainty. The focus is on teaching manners as a demonstration of kindness, consideration, and respect toward others.

Baking Book Club

·        6/12 – 6/15

·        Our Baking Book Club will focus on one classic childhood book for the week. Each day we’ll read a section of our book together (your child does not need to read to participate). Then, we’ll bake a treat inspired from the pages of our reading and use our imagination to connect with our story via crafting.

Yoga/Cheer Camp

·        6/12 – 6/16

·        Each day participants will start with the yoga portion. They will flow through positions concentrating on their breath and flexibility. Then will find their voice and learn the cheers and poms routine. Parents are welcome to attend the last 15 minutes of the last day to watch the cheerleader’s performance.

GNO PJ Summer Spa Night

·        6/28

·        Come in your PJs for a pampered night at the Spa. Our staff leads the event with teaching manicures and pedicures with a toe and nail polish application. Each person gets a foot/nail brush, cuticle stick and mini buffer to use and take home.


·        5/20 – 6/24

·        The Ballerz workouts will be run by Spartz Sportz elite trainers to ensure that the experience for your developing basketball player is positive and fun.

Lil Hoopers

·        5/20 – 6/24

·        Let the first time your son or daughter pick up a basketball be with Spartz Sportz Lil Hoopers!

Happy Anniversary to Spring Orthodontics!

Spring Orthodontics turned FIVE on May 1st! The WSBA would like to congratulate Dr. Ro and team for an amazing milestone here in Western Springs!

Spring Orthodontics

800 Hillgrove Avenue, Suite 200

(708) 505-2525

Western Springs School of Talent Education News

Two of our advanced performing ensembles will be presenting programs this month.

Cellissimo a cello choir of 12 of the most advanced students at our school will present at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 13th. Tickets are available here.  

The Chicago Consort our Violin Touring ensemble will present their spring program on Saturday, May 20th at 7:00 pm at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Naperville. The group is excited to be gearing up for a concert tour of South Africa in June of 2024.

Western Springs Park District News

WSCCI'S May News

The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce along with the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Schaumburg Business Association are co-hosting a B2B grant application webinar on April 20, 2023, from 1 -1:30pm. A representative from NCRC (partnered with DCEO regarding B2B grant applications) will provide insight to the B2B grant program and will answer questions on eligibility and application questions. 

The application window is open until May 10 for the B2B grants for Creative Arts, Hotels & Restaurants. Learn more about the program and get your questions answered at this webinar. To register Email You will receive confirmation and a zoom link for the event. 

A Call for Docents!

The Western Springs Historical Society is looking for docents for the Tower Museum on Saturdays from 10-Noon this Summer. Docent opportunities are also available for students looking for service hours. 

Interested parties are encouraged to contact us at or call 708 246 9230.

Water Safety Tips from Max Aquatics

With summer and swim season just months away, one mom is warning other parents not to buy blue swimsuits for their kids. Nikki Scarnati, a mom of two and swim instructor in Spring Hill, Florida, shared in a recent video post on her TikTok page why she doesn't recommend them.

"This is not a regular bathing suit my daughter wears on a regular basis. I bought it on clearance specifically for this example for parents who wanted to learn," the 32-year-old says in the video, turning the camera on her 2-year-old daughter Claire, who is seen treading water in a pool while wearing a light blue swimsuit.

"Look how difficult it is to see her under the water -- and this is in calm water," Scarnati continued. "This is not with a whole bunch of other kids playing, splashing around and having a good time. Even look in the sunlight, look how difficult it is to see her with that bathing suit on 'cause it's the same color as our environment. So, do not buy a blue bathing suit guys."

Scarnati, a Florida native who specializes in teaching children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old, said this simple piece of advice was one she learned from her family growing up. "My mom had three kids so she wanted us to be easiest to spot because we were always in different places at one time. But as I've gotten into the teaching role and working with students, I discovered it wasn't as widely known as I thought it was," Scarnati explained to " Good Morning America ."


"In the industry, it's kind of widely known that blue bathing suits are problematic in pools and open water. So it was just one of the many things that I could help educate parents on, that would be applicable to really everyone," she said.Scarnati said she has noticed blue children's swimsuits are widely available and very easy to find."Blues are very common in bathing suit color and I think that [fuels] the frustration for a lot of professionals that work with children, especially in a pool setting," Scarnati said.

Click here for the full article!

Time to Order Your Graduation Sign!

Graduation time is approaching quickly! We celebrate every age and grade! Hurry and book your celebration sign today! We will sell out! It’s time to celebrate the class of 2023! 


Order at 

Tacos & Trivia at the Village Club

Tower Chorale May Concert

Join the Tower Chorale for the final concert in our 37th season, as we celebrate music from the 1980s in Totally Tubular Tunes! Break out your leg warmers and fingerless gloves, and prepare for a fresh selection of '80s jams - a mix tape of soul, pop, rock, and hair bands, led by Music Director Patrick Godon. You'll tap your toes and hum along to the melodic pop tunes and lyrical ballads that the Tower Chorale can't wait to share with you!

For tickets, Click Here

This concert is generously supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency

Book Chills Italian Ice for Your Next Event!

Aging Care Connections Upcoming Events

Run for the Roses 2023

Please come support ICP at the La Grange Park Run for the Roses 5K on Mother’s Day morning! There are so many ways to join this fun charitable event --- run, walk, volunteer, or cheer on the participants!

We are thankful to the LaGrange Park Chamber of Commerce for designating ICP to receive half of the event proceeds!

Click Here for details and registration.

Contact Kristen Hettinga to lean more about Whiz-bucks.
To promote and grow member businesses through community and collaboration. 

PROVIDE leadership as the voice of the business community, advocating for pro-business initiatives and local government affairs.
CREATE opportunities for member businesses to grow their business, to connect with the community and to learn from each other by sharing their knowledge and experience.
UTILIZE technology to promote Western Springs businesses and to encourage collaboration among members.
ENCOURAGE broader membership involvement with community events.

Do you have thoughts or suggestions for WSBA News? We welcome your feedback.

Kristen Hettinga
Executive Director
Western Springs Business Association


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