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November 7th- Park District Board of Commissioners Meeting 7:00 p.m.

November 14th- Annual WSBA Meeting: open to all members

November 25th- Small Business Saturday

November 27th- Village Board of Trustees Meeting 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

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.

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Scholarship Survey

The Western Springs Business Association‘s scholarship was created to encourage and reward local students who also work in our member’s businesses. Recently, this scholarship has been $1,000 each awarded to 5 recipients. At this time, we are reassessing what this scholarship program looks like. We would be grateful if you could take some time to answer these few questions.

Survey Link

Winter Wonderland Sponsors Needed

Thank you to Comprehensive Family Dentistry for sponsoring our Santa on 12/2. We are still looking for Santa sponsors for 12/3, 12/9, and 12/10. Santa sponsorship is $500 and includes a sign with your logo and a promotional table.

Thank you to Mattingly Paint for sponsoring our Hot Chocolate stand. We are still looking for one more hot chocolate sponsor. Hot chocolate sponsorship is $500 and includes a sign with your logo as well as you logo on the beverage cups.

We are still in need of a Petting Zoo sponsor. This is $550 and includes signage for your business at the activity.

Thank you to the Community Bank of Western Springs who is our Hayride Sponsor and thanks to Western Springs Baptist Church who is sponsoring our holiday craft.


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


Melissa Larson

Western Springs Business Association

Pick Up Your Whiz-bucks at Village Hall!

Can you make charitable giving less 'taxing'?

Once again, it’s the season of generosity. If you’re thinking of making charitable gifts, what should you know?

For starters, make sure that any charity you’re planning to support is reputable and uses its funds wisely. You can find valuable information on charities at the Charity Navigator website.

You might also think about the tax benefits of charitable giving. If you itemize on your taxes, you can get a deduction for gifts of cash or other financial assets.

But you might also think about longer-term charitable giving strategies that offer tax advantages. One such possibility is a donor-advised fund, which allows you to make charitable contributions and receive an immediate tax deduction. And if you give appreciated assets, such as stocks, you might also avoid capital gains taxes.

Once you turn 73 and must start taking withdrawals from some of your retirement accounts, you could consider having some of this money go directly to charities through a qualified charitable distribution, which can be excluded from your taxable income.

See your tax advisor to determine if these strategies are appropriate for you. If so, they might help make your charitable giving a less taxing event.

​​Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding our situation.

Mary Jo Ardizzone, Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

150 Harvester Drive, Suite 110

Burr Ridge, IL 60527


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

Standring Financial

Time for a Health Insurance review!

If you’re a business owner, one of the things you may dread most is your upcoming health insurance renewal. No one relishes the potential increase as it’s probably one of the more volatile costs you will have in your business. Most businesses typically renew on January 1st , so you will be receiving that email any day now.

While it’s no fun to deal with, health insurance in this country (notwithstanding the tribulations of the healthcare industry) is a necessity as the costs of healthcare have skyrocketed. That is why it is consistently one of the most requested employee benefits by employees.

As broker-agents, Standring Financial can help you navigate the bumpy road of health insurance renewals. By utilizing multiple carrier quoting and using back offices to help us adjudicate claims, we can help from plan quote to implementation to ongoing support. We have over 40 years of experience in health and other employee benefits. Sometimes, all it takes is the right phone call to make a claim go away or perhaps it’s just time to make sure you’re not overpaying.

At the same time, you can ask us about Illinois Secure Choice, the state-mandated retirement plan for nearly all employers in the state of Illinois. Yes, there is a regulatory requirement for you to have a retirement plan for your business or use the state’s Secure Choice Individual Retirement Account. If your business has more than 5 employees and has been in business for more than 2 years, you may want to give us a call today to see what other options you have available to you.

Call us today to see if we can help!

Andrew F Ariens, CLU

Standring Financial



The Thomas Ford Library Foundation is dedicated to making a great library even better through gifts from the community.

In partnership with the Library, the Foundation directs your tax-deductible contributions to build an endowment for the future, or funds patron programs and capital improvements right now – programs and projects that are beyond the scope of the Library’s operating budget. 

To learn more about the Foundation, click Do you already know about this important effort and want to help? Use the mailer the Foundation sent to Western Springs residents to bring in or mail back your gift, or click to donate online. Thank you.

Recreation Department News!

Our Winter/Spring Brochure will be released the week of Monday, November 20th. 

Find our current Brochure at 

Register for all our programs at: 

Programs Coming Up

Rec Basketball League (1st-8th Grade Boys & Girls)

  • Western Springs Rec Basketball League for boys and girls grades 1-8! Practices will start in December and Games will begin in January.
  • Registration Deadline is November 19th!

Double the Fun w/Young Rembrandts

  • Awaken your inner Artist! Participants will explore all the basics of visual arts, in a fun and confident setting that ensures success for every child.
  • Ages 5 – 12 yrs
  • Date: 12/2 – 12/16

Candy Cane Cordial

  • Come one, come all to this spectacular Holiday event! Families can enjoy a visit with Santa, sweet treats, holiday crafts, a reading of the Polar Express and leave a letter to Santa. Everyone must register to attend.
  • Date: 12/9/2023

And many more!

Recreation Department Facility Improvements

Wayfinding Signs

Additional wayfinding signs have been installed at the Recreation Center.  A directory is now located at the main entrance of the Recreation Center helping guide visitors to their destination.  Room flags were installed on the second floor allowing visitors to see the locations of specific rooms by just looking down the hallway.  Additionally, new ADA compliant room number signs were installed outside of each room.

Recreation Center Gymnasium Improvements

The gymnasium at the Recreation Center was given a face lift while improving participant and staff safety.  New padding was installed on the entire interior wall.  Automatic backboard vertical height adjusters were installed on all six backboards for easy transition between age groups and their corresponding backboard heights.  All the cables that raise the entire backboard to the ceiling were replaced.  Safety straps were also installed in case of a cable failure. And finally, a new touchscreen system was installed to control the backboard adjustments and the center curtain.

Western Springs Park District News

Milk Money Brewing

First Congregational Church of Western Springs

From the Cook County Assessor's Office

At the Assessor's Office, we are striving to make assessments more accurate and fair and to better serve your business community, especially small businesses that need support navigating our assessment system. Each commercial corridor and small commercial property may have specific circumstances that impact its value, such as occupancy or changing uses. We're here to help.

In the first quarter of each reassessment year, we send a form (RPIE) to each commercial parcel owner that allows the owner to submit information about rents, costs, occupancy, and other circumstances that affect the value of their property. This allows us to gather specific information that often saves time, money, and trouble before assessment notices are sent out. This form must be filled out when making an appeal, so commercial property owners are realizing it makes sense to submit an RPIE form. 

We're happy to engage with your business community at other times as well, of course. Our outreach team wants to engage with each village's Economic Development Officer and Chamber of Commerce so we can provide services and better help you. We can also help improve your local investment environment by providing our data about your local real estate values. For example, we hep investors, lenders, and underwriters estimate how a new property is likely to be assessed in your community. 

Visit for more information.

Interfaith Community Partners

ICP is looking for passionate volunteers to make a difference in the lives of our older adult neighbors! Join our non profit organization by offering rides, and be the hands and wheels that connect them to the community. Flexible schedule, training offered, background check completed on all volunteer drivers.

Contact ICP for a volunteer application and for further information!

Phone: (708) 354-9328 



Grand Avenue Preschool & Daycare

Grand Avenue Preschool & Daycare is having an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, from 10:00 AM - Noon. Enroll for the "2024-25" school year. We will be accepting applications for our "2's are Grand" program, 2.5 hr preschool, 6 hr. extended preschool that includes lunch & fun enrichment afternoons, daycare for 3 & 4 year olds, Kindergarten Care (lunch & enrichment after the 1/2 day D101 K program), and 1st -5th grade Before &/or After School Care!

Theatre of Western Springs

The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs is delighted to announce the upcoming production of "Mary Poppins JR." a practically perfect family-friendly show that promises to enchant audiences of all ages. This beloved classic will be brought to life by a talented cast of young performers, and you won't want to miss it!

Join us for this magical journey as Mary Poppins takes the stage from December 8th through December 17th at the historic Theatre of Western Springs, located at 4384 Hampton Avenue, Western Springs, IL. This heartwarming production is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends.

Based on the timeless stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, "Mary Poppins JR." features all your favorite songs, including "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and "A Spoonful of Sugar." The show follows the adventures of the Banks family, as they learn valuable life lessons from the magical and enigmatic Mary Poppins.

"Theatre of Western Springs is proud to bring this enchanting tale to our community," said Nick Corpora Brandt, director and CHILDREN'S THEATRE DIRECTOR at the Theatre of Western Springs. "Our talented cast and crew have worked tirelessly to ensure that this production captures the heart and magic of Mary Poppins, creating a memorable experience for our audiences."

"Mary Poppins Jr." is directed by Brandt, with musical direction by Steve Scherer and choreography by Joe Savino. The production is made possible through the dedication of enthusiastic young students, both on-stage and backstage, and a team of skilled professionals who are passionate about bring this iconic story to life.

Performance dates and times for "Mary Poppins Jr." are as follows:

Friday, December 8th at 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 9th at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 PM

Friday, December 15th at 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 PM

Ticket prices for this magical production are as follows:

$16 /$13 kids (under 18) 

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 708.246.3380, or in person at the Theatre of Western Springs Box Office. Be sure to secure your seats early, as this beloved production is expected to sell out quickly.

The Theatre of Western Springs has been a cornerstone of the community for 95 years, dedicated to providing outstanding theatrical experiences for audiences of all ages. "Mary Poppins Jr." is the latest example of their commitment to quality entertainment and artistic excellence.

Join us in celebrating the magic of the season with "Mary Poppins Jr." at the Theatre of Western Springs. We look forward to welcoming you to our production, and we're confident that it will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

The Legacy Guild

The Legacy Guild is expanding our services. We are now able to formally support Scholar and non-Scholar parents through a bereavement support group. Please see details below around the Embracing the Struggles Together group. We are excited to offer this new opportunity to further grow and support our Legacy Guild Community.
Register today or share this with someone that you think could benefit by the extra support. No one needs to grieve alone. 
Spots are filling up fast and we want to limit the group to 10 widows and widowers. Email with any questions.

The Tower Chorale

December 2, 7:30 pm & December 3, 2:00 pm

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, La Grange

Begin your holiday celebrations with “A Festive Nowell” on December 2 and 3. Within the inspiring nationally-designated historic environs and glorious acoustics of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of La Grange, Music Director Patrick Godon will lead chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists in preparing the way for a joyous holiday season, featuring well-known selections by Benjamin Britten (Rejoice in the Lamb), Michael John Trotta (O Magnum Mysterium), and William Ferris (Festival Alleluias). The second half will include samplings by Maconchy, Silver, Hamilton and Tower Chorale founder James Winfield, along with the Chorale’s much-beloved tradition of an audience carol sing-along to favorite classics such as Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful.

Celebrating Bannerville's 50th Anniversary

Skinovatio Medical Spa News!

My Reading Garden

Looking for after-school tutoring or enrichment? Contact Demi at MY READING GARDEN for further information. 

My Reading Garden is located at 822 Hillgrove and welcomes returning and new students of all ages!

For further information, please call 630-272-3364

Contact Melissa Larson 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.

Melissa Larson

Communications Director

Western Springs Business Association

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