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"Hinsdale, located 21 miles west of Chicago, offers natural beauty, hometown charm, and a friendly community atmosphere. The village serves as a great base for commerce, education, and suburban living. You'll find Hinsdale, Illinois is like a fresh breath of air."
19 E. Chicago Ave, Hinsdale, IL 60521

Halloween Guidelines

The Village of Hinsdale wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween and suggests the following guidelines.

  • Never go "Trick or Treating" alone. Always go with a trusted adult or a group of friends. Small children should never be allowed to Trick or Treat alone.
  • Always walk on the sidewalks, not in the street. Cross the street only at corners.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars. Never approach a vehicle even it appears no one is inside.
  • If possible, use face paint instead of a mask that may cover your eyes.
  • For your safety, we recommend that children should go out during daylight hours only.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made of light colored or reflective type clothing so they are more visible. Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Children should only stop at familiar houses in their own neighborhood unless they are accompanied by an adult.
  • Instruct your child never to go into the home of a stranger or get in their car.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
  • DO NOT ALLOW your children to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
  • Wash all fruits and cut them into small pieces before eating.
  • Examine candy closely and discard unpackaged and opened candies. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If your children do go out without adult supervision, agree on specific times they must check-in and return home. Make sure they bring a cell phone with.
  • Teach your children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and to report them to you(parents) and/or the police.

The Village of Hinsdale DOES NOT set trick or treat hours, but is recommending that children complete their trick or treating before dusk.


Important Information About Downtown Parking

On Tuesday, October 7th, Historic Downtown Hinsdale's Garfield Lot, which is bordered by Garfield Street to the east, Village Place to the west, and the backs of commercial buildings along Hinsdale Avenue and First Street, north and south, respectively, will have two pay boxes in place of traditional parking meters.

In addition to being able to pay for parking at one of the Garfield Lot's two pay boxes, visitors may also conveniently pay for parking via a mobile phone app from the Village's new mobile pay vendor, Passport Parking.

On October 7th, the Passport Parking mobile pay feature will also be active at the Village's Washington Lot, just southeast of the intersection of Washington Street and First Street adjacent to the Hinsdale Middle School.

Please click here for more detailed information.

Innovative Parking Strategies for Hinsdale

Click here to learn about the Village's efforts to improve downtown parking!

Road Construction Notices:

55th Street Closure

Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District (FCWRD) will be conducting sewer maintenance on 55th Street from Monroe to Quincy between October 20th to November 15th. Residents should expect temporary lane closures on 55th Street during this time.

Pedestrian Portion of Oak Street Bridge Closed

A structural deficiency was observed on the pedestrian portion of the Oak Street Bridge. Until this can be repaired, the pedestrian portion of the bridge is closed. The Highland Station crossing on Hill Grove Avenue is available as an alternate route for pedestrians to cross the tracks. The bridge will remain open for vehicle traffic.

Fire Department Conducting Fire Hydrant Inspections

During the summer months you will notice members of the Hinsdale Fire Department inspecting fire hydrants through different sections of the Village. This inspecting process helps ensure that the nearly 900 fire hydrants in town are free and clear of any debris, not missing any parts, working properly and available for use if there is a fire emergency.

In the fall, the Fire Department and Department of Public Works will start flow testing fire hydrants, a process that will be broken down into phases. Phase one will include flow testing 25% of the nearly 900 fire hydrants. This proactive approach is part of an overall effort to better maintain the Village of Hinsdale's water system and is in compliance of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating criteria. Additional information about the flow testing process, will be available in the coming weeks.

If there is a fire hydrant in your parkway or near your property, the Fire Department urges residents to be diligent about helping maintain an open area of at least three feet around the fire hydrant. Please do not place anything that would restrict the visibility or access to the hydrant, such as garbage or recycling containers, yard waste, or planting flowers, trees or bushes. As always, we ask that you also follow Village ordinance by not parking in front of a fire hydrant by at least 25 feet in either direction.

Thank you for your cooperation. If there are any questions regarding this activity please feel free to contact the Hinsdale Fire Department at 630-789-7060.

Got Cameras? Let us know..

The Hinsdale Police Department has launched a new initiative, "Block Watch".

This program has been developed to aid investigators in quickly locating residents that may have cameras near the scene of a crime. Home cameras will help us catch criminals, especially burglars that have been breaking into homes nearby.

Click here for details

Sign up for BLOCK WATCH here

Oak Street Bridge Reconstruction Project

The Oak Street Bidge Reconstruction Project website can be seen here.

October 31, 2014
Village News

Recent News:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 STRUCTURE FIRE IN HINSDALE - At approximately 4:07am this morning, the Southwest Central Dispatch 9-1-1 Center received a call from the resident at 925 S Bodin Street in Hinsdale who reported that her house was on fire. The Hinsdale Fire Department responded with a truck, an engine and an ALS ambulance. While in route, an initial report from a Hinsdale police officer, who was first to arrive on the scene, stated that the house was "fully involved." Lieutenant Mike Neville immediately elevated the response to a box alarm, requesting additional fire resources from neighboring towns. Read more...

Friday, October 24, 2014 HINSDALE ESTABLISHES EBOLA PROTOCOLS - In response to the Ebola situation, the Village of Hinsdale in cooperation with Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, LaGrange, and LaGrange Park have been working together with local hospitals to develop a uniform set of protocols for patient care, employee safety and to safeguard public health. Read more...

Monday, October 6, 2014 POLICE & FIRE WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE MAN'S LIFE - Thanks to the quick thinking and timely response of both the Hinsdale Police and Fire Departments, an 88 year-old man from Lake Forest survived a massive heart attack when he arrived for his afternoon appointment at the office building located at the corner of York Road and Ogden Avenue in Hinsdale. Read more...

September 15, 2014 - SMOKE ALARM RECALL - Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. ("Kidde") in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde AC/DC smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. Read more...

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