Village President Welcome

I hope that you are finding Lombard Illinois to be more than you ever expected, just as I have in my over 30 years as a resident.

As your village president, I am proud to serve the residents of Lombard and the business community in a town that is like no other. From the thriving regional mall to an ever-growing downtown to several strip malls located throughout the village, business development and growth is present in Lombard. We are privileged to have a strong relationship with our business community and the Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as numerous other community partners. Together, we all contribute to the success that Lombard enjoys.

Our community partnerships are a strong part of providing additional visitors and shoppers to Lombard to help our business community thrive. Please patronize our businesses and thank them for being an important and vital part of our community.

Life in Lombard is well rounded with excellent options for education, an award-winning park district, active library, interactive historical museums and much, much more. These aspects of our community help us to realize that in Lombard, there’s no place like home.

Lombard’s proximity to the expressways makes travel for business or pleasure one more reason why Lombard is a great place to live or work. Raising a family in Lombard is now spanning generations with a variety of housing – both historic homes and new construction – that may be found in our community.

All around, the Lilac Village has much to offer its residents, businesses and visitors. I hope that like me, you will find that it’s much more than you ever expected.

Sincerely,

Keith Giagnorio
Lombard Village President


Information at a Glance for Residents

PHONE 911 FOR EMERGENCY POLICE, FIRE OR AMBULANCE SERVICES

LOMBARD VILLAGE HALL
255 E. Wilson Ave., Lombard
(630) 620 5700
www.villageoflombard.org
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

NON-EMERGENCY FIRE
(630) 620 5738

NON-EMERGENCY FIRE TDD
(630) 873 4595

NON-EMERGENCY POLICE
(630) 873 4400

VILLAGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
General meetings of the board of trustees are held the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lombard Village Hall Board Room and are open to all. Video coverage is broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 6 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99 and is accessible online at villageoflombard.org.

VOTER REGISTRATION
To register at Lombard Village Hall, please bring two forms of identification: one must have your current address, such as a current valid driver’s license, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.

DUPAGE COUNTY OFFICES
(630) 407 6500
www.dupageco.org

U.S. POST OFFICE
380 E St. Charles Rd., Lombard
(630) 627 1864
www.usps.com

226 Yorktown S at Yorktown Center, Lombard
(630) 620 5317

PUBLIC LIBRARY
Helen M. Plum Memorial Library
(630) 627 0316
www.helenplum.org

PARK DISTRICT
(630) 620 7322
www.lombardparks.com

SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES
Elementary School
District 44 Administration
(630) 827 4400
www.sd44.org

Glenbard High School
District 87 Administration
(630) 469 9100
www.glenbard87.org

Villa Park Elementary School
District 45 Administration
(630) 516 7700
www.d45.org

High School District 88 Administration
(630) 530 3981
www.dupage88.net

REFUSE, RECYCLING & YARD WASTE
Waste Management
(800) 796 9696
www.wastemanagement.com

Refuse and recycling pick up is once a week. Yard waste is picked up starting the first full week of April through the second week of December.

UTILITIES
Lombard Water Dept.
(630) 620 5920
www.villageoflombard.org/379

Nicor Gas
(888) 642 6748
www.nicorgas.com

ComEd Electric
(800) 334 7661
www.comed.com

Comcast
(800) 934 6489
www.xfinity.com

AT&T
(800) 244 4444
www.att.com

TRANSPORTATION
Illinois Secretary of State Facility
(630) 629 0434
www.cyberdriveillinois.com
837 S. Westmore–Meyers Rd., Lombard
Driving tests, renewals, license plates
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday; closed Sunday & Monday

Train – Metra Line (Union Pacific West)
(630) 627 0099
www.metrarail.com

Bus – Pace Line
(847) 364-7223
www.pacebus.com

Cab and ride share Services

AAA Universal Taxi
(630) 617 5400

American Taxi
(630) 305 0700

303 Taxi
(630) 368 0303

Uber
www.get.uber.com

Lyft
www.lyft.com

PARKING
Overnight parking in Lombard is not permitted on public streets from 2 to 5 a.m. or in designated snow routes when there is one inch or more of snow (until it is cleared). In an emergency case, contact the Lombard Police Department at (630) 873 4400. There is a $250 fine for parking in an accessible space.

For more information

For more information about village services, visit www.villageoflombard.org. The complete Resident Handbook is available online; printed copies are available at village hall.


Chamber President Welcome

Your Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to present the 2018 edition of the Lombard Community Magazine and Business Guide. Once again, this beautiful presentation of our village is made possible by the support of our members and those who have chosen to advertise in this publication. Please patronize these fine businesses and help grow our local economy.

We are a strong and vital organization made up of local businesses, service professionals, community and commerce organizations, bodies of local government and enthusiastic individuals who have joined together to support and cultivate Lombard and its surrounding area’s economic and civic development. These are the outstanding people of our community who make Lombard a great place to shop, work, play and raise a family. In addition to promoting our member services, we also take great interest in local education and the community at large. There are many opportunities for businesses of all sizes and scopes to benefit from participation with the Chamber.

The Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce hosts many public events to showcase and celebrate the wonderful amenities Lombard has to offer. Our two premiere events – the Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair (which brings thousands of folks into our beautiful historic downtown) as well as the Lilac Ball, an evening of nightlife fun: delicious food, an open bar, dancing and neighborly camaraderie – are held during Lombard’s much-anticipated Annual Lilac Festival. They are only two of the many Chamber contributions to life in our wonderful village. Business marketing and mentoring, consumer information and civic involvement are also part of our mission to enhance the experience of those living, working and shopping in Lombard.

Your Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce is at your service and ready to assist you. If you would like to know more of what the Chamber can offer your business in terms of visibility, connectedness and insight – or if we can answer a question about this great community, please visit our website at www.lombardchamber.com or call us at (630) 627-5040. Our dynamic and friendly Chamber staff can help you discover all there is to love about Lombard.

Sean Quirk
President


Resident Information

DRIVERS LICENSES/LICENSE PLATES
Illinois Secretary of State’s Driver’s License Facility
837 S. Westmore
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 629-0434 or Public Information: (800) 252-8980
www.cyberdriveillinois.com
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 7:30 a.m. to
noon Saturday; closed Sunday
& Monday

VILLAGE OF LOMBARD CENSUS INFORMATION
(based on 2010 Census figures)
Population: 43,395
Projected 2030 population: 50,600
Area: 10.5 square miles
Number of households: 17,405
Median age: 39.1
2000 household income: $85,285

Form of government: Council/Manager

CountyDuPage Townships: York, Milton, Addison, Bloomingdale

Fire protection: Two stations, 19 vehicles
Police protection: One station, 38 vehicles
Public schools: Districts 41, 44, 45, 87, 88, 89
Houses of worship: 33 congregations
Hospitals: Four servicing area
Parks: 18

Utilities
Water/Lake Michigan
GasNicor
ElectricComEd
Local broadcast programming:Comcast Cable, Channel 6 or AT&T U-Verse, Channel 99


Yorktown Center

People, organizations and entities that are alive and vital are constantly changing. Remaining static and simply maintaining the status quo seldom works long-term.

The management team at Yorktown Center, a centerpiece of Lombard since it was constructed in 1968, works hard to stay ahead of the curve in terms of lifestyle and shopping trends.

Yorktown Center understands that there must be a constant process of reinvention and innovation in order to attract guests to its doors. The shopping center must not only be a place in which to buy goods, but must also be a destination for dining, entertainment, socialization, exploration, and now, to be healthy.

Fitness in many different forms is now a major endeavor for Yorktown Center, said Todd Hiepler, general manager.

In fact, the Center has assembled a new “self-care precinct” on the west side of the Center, located along Highland Avenue. The self-care precinct is composed of national fitness, health and beauty brands to make it a one-stop shop for 8.5 million annual visitors and local residents, said Emily Barack, Yorktown Center’s marketing coordinator.

The self-care precinct currently boasts five such businesses, including Orangetheory Fitness, a facility offering group personal training workouts based on high intensity interval training that blend cardiovascular and strength training; CycleBar, a premium indoor cycling studio; The Barre Code, a women’s fitness facility that focuses on increasing mobility and flexibility through stretching and full-body workouts; Amazing Lash Studio; and European Wax Center.

“Self-care is now one of the fastest-growing segments nationwide,” Barack said.

Yorktown Center has also recruited a large fitness firm – which is yet to be revealed – to open a 40,000-square-foot facility in the former Sports Authority space. The new concept is expected to open in fall 2018 and will have both interior and exterior access.

The new brick-and-mortar beauty and fitness offerings at Yorktown Center are also supplemented by the Center’s partnership with Humana. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday in center court, Humana ambassadors host cooking seminars in open-air classrooms, health screenings inside modular consultation rooms, fitness demonstrations and much more.

In partnership with Humana, Yorktown Center has also launched its Heart & Sole Walking Club, which encourages the public to utilize the shopping center as a place to get fit and make healthy choices. Heart & Sole members receive invitations to fitness events, as well as exclusive deals and discounts for Yorktown Center retailers, among other perks. On Mondays and Thursdays each week, members are invited to join a professional fitness instructor for guided walks through the Center.

The Center also plans to hold a “Taste for the Space” culinary competition on Saturday, June 16. Applicants will submit ideas and business plans, and competitors will be chosen based on a variety of special criteria. The top 15 applicants will be invited to compete at Taste for the Space, where they will offer bites of their cuisine to both the community and a panel of judges who will then vote on food favorites.

The contest winner will be offered a dining space at Yorktown Center, which they will receive rent-free for six months, and they’ll also be awarded a $50,000 investment prize for their new restaurant to be used for equipment and supplies.

“Our hope is that those who vote for the winner will be loyal patrons once they open their doors in Yorktown,” Hiepler said.

Taste for the Space will also feature games, special activities and live entertainment. In addition, a local nonprofit will be named the recipient of public donations to be collected that day.

Outside the walls of the shopping center – on 15 acres at the northern end of the Yorktown Center property – construction is underway on the first phase of two master-planned multi-family residential structures.

Greystar Development, a multi-family real estate construction and management firm, is currently building a residential area known as Yorktown Commons. The four-story Elan building will feature 295 apartments and the seven-story Overture senior living building will be home to 175 units. A sales office for the Yorktown Commons properties is currently open at The Shops at Yorktown for those who want to preview the offerings.

This summer Yorktown Center will be working on streetscape improvements that will better-connect the new residential buildings with the shopping center. Sidewalks, bike paths and crosswalks will be installed to help create a more well-rounded community atmosphere. The work is expected to be complete by early September.


Economic Development

Lombard sparkled economically during 2017 with over 2,600 building permits issued, amounting to over $233 million in value as residents and business owners invested in new and improved businesses and homes, said William Heniff, Lombard’s director of community development.

“It is the highest numbers we have seen in Lombard in over a decade,” he said, “thanks, in large part, to exciting investments by Mariano’s and by GrayStar, the developers of new apartments at Yorktown Shopping Center.”

The 70,000-square-foot Mariano’s opened to much acclaim in late August on the site of the former K-Mart store at Finley and Roosevelt Roads and construction has begun on two residential buildings at Yorktown Shopping Center. Occupancy in the four-story Elan building and the seven-story Overture building is expected in late 2018 or early 2019, Heniff said.

Elsewhere in town, the Lombard Healthmart Pharmacy is planning to relocate from their long-time location at 805 S. Main St. to the site of the former Carlson Paint Glass and Art Store and Steve Wilk Insurance in the 200 block of South Main Street. The former art store was demolished and construction of a new expanded pharmacy with a drive-thru is underway. They expect to open the new store this summer, Heniff noted.

Just north of the new pharmacy at 101-109 S. Main St., the village has issued a request for proposals on the old DuPage Theater site. They are seeking viable development proposals for that prominent downtown location.

A new 35,000-square-foot prototype LA Fitness health club is also being constructed on the east side of the High Point Shopping Center on the former site of the Old Country Buffet. It is scheduled to open in 2019.

A new 96-room Holiday Inn Express hotel has been approved and construction will start this year on a vacant site along St. Regis Drive behind the Greek Islands Restaurant. It will be the village’s 10th hotel, Heniff said.

Other newly-constructed restaurants that will open in 2018 include Yard House at Fountain Square of Lombard and Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza.

Unfortunately, plans for a new Sam’s Club along Butterfield Road have been scrapped, thanks to recent news from the massive national wholesale club that involved scores of closings. Heniff said that the property owner will be working to attract an alternate development.

Yorktown Shopping Center is remaining innovative and competitive in the face of a changing retail environment, he added. They are increasingly attracting and marketing fitness, health and beauty-related businesses which are effectively attracting visitors to the entire center, including the retailers.

A 27-acre parcel along Butterfield Road is currently on the market because the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary relocated to Lisle. A broker team is currently working to market the large parcel, Heniff said. Recognizing the potential need to address substandard infrastructure in the area and on the seminary property, the village quickly stepped in to designate a tax increment financing district for that parcel and the northern part of the nearby Yorktown Center.

“We wanted to have a tool in place so that we could effectively position that property for the future,” he said.

While that educational facility has moved, after 26 years in Lombard, the College Preparatory School of America is sinking its roots ever deeper. Last May the preschool to 12th-grade educational facility broke ground on a $7 million expansion that will increase the capacity of the academically challenging school in the Islamic tradition.

An expansion and modernization of the school at 331 W. Madison St., housed in a former public school that was built in three phases beginning in the 1930s, has long been sought. The new 33,000-square-foot building will serve high school students, allowing preschoolers through eighth-graders to spread out within the existing space. The new facility will increase the campus’ capacity to more than 600 students. It currently has 434.

Highlights of the future high school include a full-size gymnasium with bleachers and locker rooms, new science labs with updated technology and additional classrooms.

Further residential development is also taking place. The former Allied Drywall Material Supply facility on East Windsor Avenue near the Lombard Post Office has been purchased by Emerald Homes, a subsidiary of D.R. Horton Homes. They are presently building 12 new homes, starting from the high $400,000s.

In addition, Airhart Construction continues to construct single family homes in a similar price range at Park Place in downtown Lombard and there continues to be scattered site in-fill residential construction as lots become available.

“The economy is good right now and Lombard is feeling the positive effects,” Heniff said.


AM Connection

Lombard businesspeople – both members of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and non-members – meet the second Friday of each month from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 1250 Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, in order to connect with other businesspeople and further each other’s business interests by forming mutually beneficial relationships. There is no charge to attend the monthly sessions which began in 2010.

“We average 30 to 35 people attending the AM Connection session each month,” said Yvonne Invergo, executive director of the Lombard Chamber of Commerce, “but sometimes we have twice that number attend. This meeting is open to everyone and is not business category exclusive.”

Business networking is a low-cost activity that involves more personal commitment than company money, so such sessions are generally popular. In fact, many businesspeople contend that business networking is a more cost-effective method of generating new business than either advertising or public relations campaigns.

“We borrowed the format for our monthly meetings from the CPA Society so attendees spend the first half hour networking as they get settled. Then we do a welcome, followed by a rundown of the meeting’s agenda and a review of upcoming Chamber events,” Invergo said. “Then we go around the room and ask for news from other networking groups and then ask attendees to give 30-second commercials about themselves, their businesses and the types of clients they are seeking.”

Next on each month’s agenda is a three-to-five-minute networking tip by Anna Weselak of Lombard’s Weselak & Associates, a firm that provides customized seminars and consulting on self improvement, improving interpersonal relationships and communication. Weselak likes to say, Invergo noted, that she “helps people play ‘nice’ at work.”

Recent quick-hit topics Weselak has addressed during the AM Connection include “Seven Networking Tips for the Introvert in You,” “How to Approach and Join that Group which is Already Talking,” and even “How to Shake Hands While Holding a Plate of Food, Glass of Wine and a Napkin.” Weselak presents a new topic related to enhancing your productivity and professional development at virtually every month’s meeting.

Following Weselak’s presentation, the group goes around the room again to give attendees an opportunity to mention and thank others for business connections recently facilitated. Finally, a business card drawing is held to win a bottle of wine plus several other small giveaways, brought by attendees.

After the formal portion of the gathering, members may linger to network again and are given the opportunity to pull other attendees’ business cards from bins on a side table.

“This is a great place to make connections and it is a nice, welcoming group where humor is an integral part of the proceedings,” Invergo said. “For instance, if someone talks for over 30 seconds in the ‘commercial’ about themselves, a big cow bell is rung. We approach everything in a light-hearted manner so there is a very relaxed atmosphere at these meetings.”

Attendees range from small business owners to hotel and restaurant executives, managers from large businesses, village staff members, representatives of local nonprofits and even people who are looking for new jobs.

“Some people come every month and others attend occasionally. Everyone there knows others in Lombard so a lot of great connections are made,” she said.

For more information, call (630) 627-5040. Incidentally, no RSVP is required.


Peck House

Lombard’s oldest house, the Sheldon Peck home, was constructed around 1839 and is still located at 355 E. Parkside Ave., at the corner of Parkside and Grace. It was home to the Peck family, the first school in the area, a stop on the Underground Railroad and a place of business for Sheldon Peck, a mid-19th century portrait painter. The home belonged to descendants of the Peck family until 1996 when it was donated to the Lombard Historical Society, which has restored the house to the 1840-1860 time period.

Over the past year the historic home has undergone major structural work to ensure its survival, said Sarah Richardt, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society.

“For the last 170 years the east end of the 1,000-square-foot home was simply supported by eight large rocks and it had sunk six inches. So we desperately needed to build an actual foundation for the east end of the home to preserve its structural integrity,” she said.

The other two portions of the historic home were already supported by the original fieldstone cellar (center) and by a foundation that was rebuilt in 1999 (west end).

“At some point those original cellar walls will also need work but we expect the fact that we did this work now will save us money then,” Richardt said.

The museum was closed for the $42,000 construction project from early October to Feb. 1.

“The contractor did the foundation work from the inside out, removing the floors plank-by-plank and then replacing them,” she said. “The wood floors were easily put back in place but the tile floor in the bathroom had to be broken up, so we took the opportunity to make the restroom more ADA-compliant by moving the doorway and replacing the sink and toilet. So now, we are able to make the restroom available to the public.”

The work also allowed for the installation of on-demand water heaters and insulated curtains for the historic glass windows, as well as the creation of more storage space. In addition, the village re-graded the property to prevent basement flooding and moved the sump pump discharge, gas meter and electrical box to the rear of the building.

“This is a friendly, cozy house that people love, not an institutional museum,” Richardt said. “It features warm exhibits that are representative of the Peck family, as well as a new ‘Pioneer Playhouse’ space where children in preschool through the age of 8 can interact with history. Everything is touchable. They can load the old stove with wood and then ‘cook’ on it. They can sit on the beds and read. They can dress up in a variety of clothes that we rotate and can even play ‘school’ at an old desk near an old chalkboard.”

The new space is very popular with young children and is even available for pioneer birthday parties. In addition, a local train expert does a train-spotting event there once each month. Richardt said it is often difficult to close up at the end of the day because the children are reluctant to leave.

“The space is going over very well,” Richardt said. “Young children want to come back to play, over and over, and our donations from the public are up.”

The Lombard Historical Society is well-known for special events and exhibits which draw the public into their facilities. For instance, a Wassail party with a one-night exhibit is held each December for members and volunteers only in the Victorian house. Members-only euchre card parties are also held monthly in the Victorian house, as are drop-in needlework sessions.

“We understand that we need to stay relevant and be different and in order to do that, we try to use our facilities as a place where people can enjoy themselves,” Richardt said.

The Peck house is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For information about tours, see the website at www.lombardhistory.org or call (630) 629-1885. Both tours of the house and educational programs are available.Peck family figures prominently in Lombard history

Folk art portrait painter Sheldon Peck and his wife, Harriett, brought their family to Lombard (then known as Babcock’s Grove) from Vermont in 1837, shortly after the end of the Blackhawk War, in an oxen-pulled covered wagon. Two years later they moved into this home they had constructed. They had been encouraged to make the trek by former Vermont residents – the Churchills of Glen Ellyn.

Over a 28-year period Harriett gave birth to 12 children (six of them in Lombard). Two died of cholera during their stop-over in Chicago, but the other 10 lived to adulthood.

While Sheldon traveled throughout Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri, painting portraits, Harriett minded the children and the 204-acre farm, made award-winning cheese and healed both neighbors and itinerants. She even maintained a sick room in the house. Sheldon would periodically return home, reportedly always bringing a roll of money he had earned from his art and turning it over to Harriett.

The couple was also active in the Underground Railroad movement since they were ardent abolitionists, according to newspaper articles, family diaries and the memoirs of their son, Frank. He reported the Pecks helping to save seven former slaves as well as “Old Charley” who had escaped from Missouri. Sheldon and his two oldest sons, John and Charles even attended abolitionist meetings.

Sheldon died in 1868, the year before Babcock’s Grove was re-named “Lombard,” and Harriett lived another 21 years, dying in 1887. Both were reportedly overjoyed by the fall of the South in the Civil War since they knew that spelled the end of slavery.

Three more generations of Pecks lived in and maintained the home for over 100 years after Harriett died. Sheldon and Harriett’s granddaughter, Alyce, lived in the home until 1991 and within a few years her son, Allen, donated the house to the Lombard Historical Society and sold the land to the village.

It bears noting that the folk art portraits of Sheldon Peck are highly-sought-after and exhibited in folk art museums across the country, including the Whitney Museum in New York. The Lombard Historical Society plans to host a several-month exhibit of 15 to 20 Peck originals borrowed from museums across the country during spring 2019.