Mexican Independence Day and Back to School

Dear Cicero residents,

I hope you have enjoyed summer here in Cicero! I know we packed so many events that it may feel like there is nothing left to do for the year.

But that’s not the case. Instead, we are just getting started. This month holds one of the largest celebrations in all of the Chicago area – Mexican Independence Day. Running from Sept. 13-16, this festival will feature all of your favorite activities, including the parade on Sept. 16 and El Grito later that evening. I personally enjoy reenacting moments of any country’s independence. To see a group of people standing up as a community to have a better life gives me great joy.

I hope to see you sometime during that weekend as we celebrate the Mexican heritage of so many of our residents!


Another fantastic fall festival coming up is the Houby Festival.

This annual Czech and Slovak celebration is turning 50 and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it.

As is tradition, we have partnered with the City of Berwyn to make this event a great success. The fun runs from Oct. 4-7 along the “L” Strip just behind Cermak Road and features carnival rides, food, and live music.

Then we’ll kick off the Houby Day Parade on Oct. 7 at noon. It’s going to be a wonderful day of celebration and I hope you can come out and join us!


School is in full swing now, which means it is time to be more aware of the new schedules for many families.

Many of our schoolchildren bike and walk to class, which means our commuters need to be more aware of the younger pedestrians crossing the streets.

Please keep an eye out for our kids during the morning and evening hours. It’s important that we all work together to keep them safe as they prepare for a successful future.


It is also important to realize the vital roles we all have as parents, grandparents, guardians, and residents to help our kids succeed.

Without the best teachers and schools, we cannot provide the fundamentals our kids need to achieve great things. Without support from parents and guardians, our kids won’t be able to stay focused on the tasks at hand in our classrooms and beyond.

We all need to do our part to help our kids know how much we care about them and about their education. Encourage them to be their best, help them with homework, and help those who work hard so they can continue to help their kids succeed.

When we partner together as one community, we can accomplish great things. Let’s do that for our kids to help keep them off the streets and away from life-ending choices.


Larry Dominick
Cicero Town President