Native Plant Sale

The Downers Grove Park District is partnering this year with Possibility Place for their first native plant sale. Please click here to order from the selection of one gallon trees, shurbs and vines offered for sale.  Possibility Place will generously donate 10% of every purchase to the District to help purchase native plants for landscape projects. Orders are being accepted until the end of business on Tuesday, October 27 for delivery at Hummer Park on Saturday, October 31.

A few of the many benefits to using native plants in your landscape are –
      • Using native plants helps restore the range of species important to local ecology.
    • Native species are deeper rooted and can help increase water absorption.
     • Native plants are adapted to local weather patterns and are more tolerant of changes, when sited correctly.

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Restoring Native Areas

Downers Grove has an active program to establish native vegetation in appropriate locations around the village. Recent areas converted or in the process of being converted to native vegetation include the retention area south of 2nd St. at Florence, the Belmont BNSF underpass area, and the corner of Fairview and Austin.
Pollinator Garden SignRestoring native vegetation in these areas helps retain stormwater, lowers maintenance costs, provides a valuable resource for pollinator species, and a colorful display of wildflowers and native plants through three seasons. Click here to see a short video about this program.

Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance supports and encourages the Village with these projects through volunteer work and assistance with grant applications.

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COVID-19 and the Great Outdoors

A visit to a local park or forest preserve can be a nice break from the routine of “sheltering in place” during the COVID-19 emergency. A brisk walk or run can be a good way to get your steps in. Local outdoor recreation areas are generally open for hiking, walking and running, with some exceptions.

Downers Grove Park District ––
The Park District has announced the reopening of some programs, services and amenities under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. 
  Information and updates at

DuPage County Forest Preserves ––
The preserves are open including parking lots, trails, and off-leash dog areas. Buildings and restrooms are closed. At some facilities, the buildings are closed but grounds and surrounding areas are open: Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, Mayslake Peabody Estate, and St. James Farm.
  Information and updates at

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Planning Improved Village Facilities
The Village Council is considering various options for Ken Lernerimproved village facilities.  The discussion of these options at the council meeting March 10th included a good deal of public comment.  Chair Ken Lerner spoke then on behalf of Pierce Downer's Heritage Alliance. 

Ken stressed the importance of taking the long view, saying, "So if we're going to build a building, let's do it right, and build it in a way that will enable us to use it for a long time. That includes (a) allowing for future growth, and (b) making those investments in sustainability that will pay off over the long run in areas such as energy savings or storm water management." Please click here for more information about options under consideration and to read Ken's statement in full.

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1846 Blodgett House

Public tours inside the 1846 Blodgett House started on Saturday, December 14, during last year's Merry and Bright celebration at the Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Avenue.

1846 Blodgget HouseThanks to community-wide support the 1846 Blodgett House has come a long way during the past decade, well beyond its initial journey from Randall Street onto the Park District's Museum Campus. Substantial progress toward completion of the building's interior has been achieved in 2019 as a result of two major grants. The house now looks really great as described on the Park District's website!

Come to look around inside the 1846 Blodgett House before long. Monthly tours that were offered during the summer have been suspended for now.  Please consult the Park District's registration page for information about future 1846 Blodgett House tours and other interesting activities.

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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-six historic features have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove –– nine structures in 2016, another nine in 2017, four more in 2018 and four historic features in 2019.

The Village Council unanimously approved land5329 Meadow Lanemark status on December 10, 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 House
The 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 HouseThe Village Council unanimously approved landmark status on February 5, 2019 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 to Friends Of The Edwards House of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Advocacy.

Please click here for a complete listing of the 28 historic features that have been granted local landmark status in Downers Grove.

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Betty Cheever & Wally Brown Honored

Many organizations and individuals joined forces to honor Betty M. Cheever and Wallace H. (Wally) Brown (June 16, 1928 - April 23, 2019) with tribute benches in Lyman Woods Preserve. A celebration of Betty Cheever's and Wally Brown's community leadership took place on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Lyman Woods Interpretative Center.  Please click here to learn more about this event and the tribute benches honoring Betty Cheever and the late Wally Brown.

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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.

Last updated 10/29/2020

Village Council Meeting

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Meeting Agenda
Village Hall
801 Burlington Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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PDHA Virtual Meeting
Thursday, December 10, 2020

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to support
educational activities of
Pierce Downer's
Heritage Alliance.

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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.