Upcoming Activities of Interest

April & May, All Month – Village Rain Barrel Sale. 
Downers Grove is  holding a raRain Barrel Salein barrel sale – online orders can be placed until June 2, mail-in orders until May 31. Barrel pick up will be on June 6. Please visit https://www.downers.us/index.php?section=villagenews&prrid=224 for more information.

Visit https://www.dgparks.org/downers-grove-museum-programs-tours and click on “view current museum programs” for information and signup.

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Morton Arboretum Updated Chicagoland Tree Census 

In 2020, The Morton Arboretum partnered with Davey Resource Group Inc. and the Student Conservation Association to conduct its second tree census, remeasuring 1,576 plots in the city of Chicago and the seven surrounding counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will to gain a comparative snapshot of the regional forest and the benefits it provides.

The first census was in 2010. For the whole seven-county area, the number of trees and shrubs increased from 157,142,000 in 2010 to 172,297,000 in 2020, representing more than 194 species. In 2020, the regional forest tree and shrub canopy cover was assessed to be 23%, an increase from 21% in 2010. In DuPage County, the canopy cover increased from 26% in 2010 to 31% in 2020.

Although the number of trees and shrubs and the canopy coverage did increase, the study notes that a large percentage of the canopy is composed of species considered invasive, such as European buckthorn and tree of heaven. Detailed discussion of the tree census findings may be found at:  https://mortonarb.org/science/tree-census/

In addition, based on earlier data, the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) has developed community-specific tree canopy summaries, including Downers Grove and many other Chicago area towns.

Tree Canopy
The above images and corresponding ones for other communities may be found at: http://chicagorti.org/CanopySummaries/

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Historic Preservation Activities

The Village's historic preservation program was revised in 2015, contributing to an increased interest in landmarking homes and other structures. Since then twenty-nine historic features have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove –– nine structures in 2016, another nine in 2017, four more in 2018, four historic features in 2019 and one each year in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

5804 Carpenter, William S. Barnhart
                                                          HouseLandmark status was unanimously approved  for 5804 Carpenter Street, the William S. Barnhart House, on December 12, 2023 at the request of Mary Ann Badke. Please click here to learn about this Cape Cod Style home built in 1940.

Landmark status was approved unanimously for 5834 Middaugh Avenue,5834 Middaugh the Mochel-Goodman Home, on February 1, 2022 at the request of Nancy and Gordon Goodman. Please click here to learn about this Mid-Century Modern Ranch home built in 1954.

200 Shady LaneThe Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on February 16, 2021 for the Kotes-Kenny House, 200 Shady Lane at the request of Christie and John Kenny. Please click here to learn about this Mid-Century Modern home that was built circa 1960.

The Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on December 5329
                                                          Meadow Lane10, 2019 for the John and Doris Mochel House, 5329 Meadow Lane at the request of Louise and Peter Trucano. Please click here to learn about this Mid-Century Modern home that was built in 1964.

Robert J. Darnley HouseThe Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on July 9th for the Robert J. Darnley House, 4721 Highland Avenue, at the request of Ted and Andrea Anderson. Please click here to learn about this Craftsman Cottage home that was built circa 1904.

Main Street Cemetery
On April 16th landmark status for the Village owned Main Street Cemetery, 5158 Main Street, was unanimously approved by the Village Council following a request by the Downers Grove Historical Society.  Learn about this source of civic pride and identity that was established in 1856 by clicking here.

H. M. Patton HouseOn February 5, 2019 the Village Council approved landmark status for the H. M. Patton House, 5 Jacqueline Drive, at the request of Judith M. Erickson. Please click here to learn about this English Country Revival home that was built circa 1927.

Please click here to read about the presentation of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Advocacy to Friends Of The Edwards House.

Please click here for a complete listing of the 31 historic features that have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove.

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Heritage Alliance Mission Statement

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance is committed to sound and sustainable environmental practices; protection and appreciation of our community's outstanding natural features, such as Lyman Woods and Belmont Prairie; and preservation of significant cultural traditions, including the rich architectural heritage of Downers Grove.

The Alliance works to promote appreciation, protection and enhancement of our community's natural and cultural heritage through education, advocacy, stewardship and community outreach.

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Last updated  5/27/2024

Village Council Meeting

  Tuesday, June 4, 2024
 Meeting Agenda
7:00 PM, Council Chambers
Village Hall
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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PDHA Meeting
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
7:00 PM,
Downers Grove Public Library
1050 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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1846 Blodgett House
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1846 Blodgett House

The 1846 Blodgett House
is one of the Village's
oldest houses, reflecting
our rich cultural heritage.
PDHA supports preservation
of such valuable
historic resources
for future generations.

Click here to learn about the
1846 Blodgett House project.

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