Dear Cicero residents,
Don’t look now but school is about to start. I know a lot of kids are likely unhappy for that bit of news, but we still have a month’s worth of fun in store for them before they hit the books.
Every week this month includes a new theme for Summer in the Park, finishing with the End of Summer Celebration from Aug. 27-30. We’ll have an exciting fireworks show on Sunday, August 27.
We start the month with a wonderful tradition to reinforce positive cooperation between our first responders and the community with National Night Out. This Aug. 1 event is held throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in American military based across the globe.
Cicero has been fortunate to have a strong police-community partnership, especially when it comes to reducing and eventually eliminating gang violence in our town. That’s why it is very important to continue to support our first responders.
We have done so much as a community to reduce gang violence and crime. That work has received national recognition in the past.
We have transformed from a town run by many gangs, with high crime rates to show for it, to a community where kids are freely playing in our growing number of parks. Families have more opportunities than ever to enjoy safe and fun activities throughout the year.
While residents enjoy the summer weather, many of us are already hard at work preparing for fall and winter fun for the town. I want to touch on a couple upcoming activities so you can mark your calendars today.
Cicero is home to one of Chicago’s largest Mexican-American festivals and we are excited to renew that tradition in Sepetember with Mexican Independence Day. The festival features some of the best musical acts, carnival rides, and our annual parade that celebrates Mexico’s independence and the proud Mexican-American culture. This year’s celebration runs from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17.
In October, we celebrate one of the oldest traditions in our town — the Houby Festival. This Czech and Slovak celebration focuses on some of the earlier cultures that called Cicero and Berwyn home; a tradition we are proud to say we’ll be doing for the 49th time. We will start the fun along the “L” strip behind Cermak Avenue on Oct. 5 and culminate with the Houby Day Parade on Sunday, Oct. 8.
These are just a couple of the many activities we’ve got in store throughout the rest of the year, so keep an eye on the Town News for more information!
Cicero Town President