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Christmas Walk, presented by Jewel-Osco

Come home for the holidays this December in downtown Oswego!

The 2017 Oswego Christmas Walk, presented by Jewel-Osco, returns to downtown Oswego on Friday, Dec. 1. This beloved community event offers tons of free family fun and showcases the fabulous, festive offerings of unique downtown Oswego shops for residents looking to shop local as they cross items off their holiday gift-giving lists.

The event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and kicks off this year with a return to tradition: the annual tree-lighting ceremony, once again on the same evening as the Christmas Walk. The Village’s tree will be lit with a theatrical ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. in front of Village Hall, officiated by Village President Gail Johnson and The Grinch.

All along Main Street, from 5 to 9 p.m., join in on tons of free activities for the young and young-at-heart, including  crafts and games to the faux ice skating rink, ice sculpture demonstrations, holiday-themed improv comedy, and strolling carolers. Get your photo taken on Santa’s lap at The Garden Faire beginning at 5:30p.m.,take a ride on the Toyland Train, meet a real reindeer, drop off your letters to the North Pole, and take a slide down the giant inflatable sled hill.

When little fingers and noses get chill, warm up inside Village Hall, with Christmas stories told by the real fireplace, a hot chocolate fundraiser for the Oswego Senior Center and live music around the piano from Fox River Academy of Music and Art. Then go for a Belgian draft horse-pulled wagon ride along Parkers Mill.

At 7:30 p.m., make way along the crowded and festive Main Street for the Silent Illuminated Fire Truck Parade, featuring Anna and Elsa and other holiday celebrities.

As always, Oswego’s holiday festivities continue into the next morning, with the annual Breakfast with Santa, brought to you by the Oswego Rotary Club, the Oswego Family YMCA, and Allied First Bank on Saturday, Dec. 2. Get another opportunity to meet Santa, over pancakes and other tasty breakfast offerings.

The Cookie Walk tradition, hosted by downtown Oswego businesses, also returns Saturday morning for a uniquely Oswego experience – remember to buy your tins ahead of the event for just $10 at participating shops all along Main Street.

Thank you to our sponsors: Jewel-Osco, Allied First Bank, Ron Westphal Chevrolet, Temple Display, Kane McKenna, Alarm Detection Systems, GA Blocker, Metronet, Old Second Bank, State Sen. Linda Holmes and State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, Metropolitan Industries, Hennessy's River View Ford, Meade, Frost Electric, HR Green, S&K Excavating and Trucking, Portillo's, Ancel Glink, Fox Matro Water Reclamation, State Rep. Mark Batinick, Clarke, KR&G Excavating, Meijer, 1st Place Rental, Imagination Print and Design, Herc Rentals, Groot, Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Home Depot, Target, and the Kendall County Record!

 For more information on the Christmas Walk, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, visit

Oswego, Shodeen finalize deal for The Reserve at Hudson Crossing

OSWEGO, ILL. – More residents, more shops and dining, more parking, and a more charming downtown experience are all on their way to Oswego as  the Village of Oswego and Shodeen Group announce a $64 million redevelopment deal to take the former Alexander Lumber property in downtown Oswego from vacant to vibrant.

On Dec. 11, 2017, the Oswego Village Board is expected to officially approve a deal struck between the Village and Shodeen Group, finalizing the details on The Reserve at Hudson Crossing, a residential and commercial development in the heart of downtown Oswego.

The two six-story buildings, nestled between the Village’s downtown core and its picturesque riverfront Hudson Crossing Park, have been designed to anchor downtown Oswego’s revitalization as a shopping and dining destination. In addition to 245 luxury apartments, The Reserve will include 12,000 square feet of new restaurants and shops along Washington Street (Route 34), a reimagined streetscape with inviting benches and lighting, plus two levels of public parking that will create 506 spaces for residents and downtown shoppers.

“It has been exhilarating to watch the vision and planning of this Village Board come to fruition through our talented staff. Economic Development Director Corinna Cole and Administrator Dan Di Santo have led efforts on behalf of the board to shape what will be the largest development deal in Oswego’s history,” said Village President Gail Johnson. “This is a transformative project that will be a catalyst for additional development in our downtown. The Reserve at Hudson Crossing is about enhancing the identity of our community. Residents and business owners have asked for a vital, thriving downtown. Now, we are one step closer to making our shared vision possible.”

The $64 million project exceeds many of the expectations for what is at the heart of the Village’s long-range planning: a redevelopment on the former Alexander lumber site that will jump-start reinvestment in downtown Oswego. By combining the lumberyard site with adjacent properties to the north, the project is expected to generate more property tax revenue than previously proposed and accelerate the rate of redevelopment for the whole downtown.

The Village’s contributions to the project total approximately $7 million, all of which is eligible to be reimbursed to the Village through future TIF-funded projects, and includes the initial land purchase that made the deal possible, as well as the complete reconstruction, infrastructure improvement, and redesign of Harrison, Jackson and Adams Streets, which are aging and in need of repair. To back the construction of the publicly owned parking deck, the Village will additionally issue a $16 million bond to be repaid by Shodeen through incremental property tax payments.

At the end of the project, the Village will own the parking decks, and, along with the street reconstruction project, the Village will acquire assets worth approximately $20 million.

Shodeen will contribute a total private investment of $57 million, split between $41 million in traditional private financing and $16 million in TIF increment property taxes. 

“This has been a carefully considered and hard-driven bargain,” Village Administrator Dan Di Santo said. “In the end, Shodeen gets profitable project and the Village gets a revitalized downtown. The Village will also receive long-needed streetscape enhancements and a publicly owned parking deck, which we are getting for a very good price.”

“The Chicago Metropolitan Agency’s (CMAP) comprehensive planning work called ‘Goto 2040’ and CMAP’s ‘Onto 2050’ urges and emphasizes the need for communities in the six collar counties to reinvest in their downtown areas deploying opportunities for compact, walkable, and mixed-use development that will provide the residents with a range of housing options. Shodeen has been actively pursuing these trends for years and are proud to join the thoughtful leaders in Oswego who are championing this very same objective as urged by CMAP and the market,” said Dave Patzelt, president of Shodeen Group. “Shodeen is proud to contribute our expertise to this partnership with the Oswego leaders, taking this long-dormant property and redeveloping it into not only a housing opportunity but also an economic engine for the existing and future businesses of downtown Oswego.  Truly all involved are taking the appropriate steps to transform this vacant parcel into the Reserve at Hudson Crossing.”  

Following the formal approval of the agreement, it will take approximately one year to break ground, and move-in for the large project is expected by fall 2021.

 Proposed southern elevation of The Reserve at Hudson Crossing


Proposed eastern elevation of The Reserve at Hudson Crossing

Free Fall Clean-up Week

The Village of Oswego, through its contracted waste hauler, Groot Industries, provides a clean-up day each spring and fall for residents free of charge.

This year’s fall clean-up week is Monday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

Groot Industries will collect additional household waste, yard waste and bulk items for all Village residents from Monday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 17, on your regularly scheduled garbage day.

To be collected, yard waste, including grass and shrub clippings, plants, and small branches and twigs, must be placed in 30-gallon kraft paper yard waste bags. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be accepted. No sticker is required for this collection.

Bulk items will also be collected curbside without a sticker.

As always appliances, electronics, and televisions are prohibited from curbside collection. For information on how to properly recycle these potentially hazardous items, including a curbside collection appointment, contact Groot directly at 877-775-1200.

All additional household waste, yard waste and bulk items must be placed along with your regular garbage and recycling at the curb by 6 a.m. on your regular garbage day.

For more information, contact the Village of Oswego Public Works at 630-554-3242.

Free Curbside Leaf Collection

Free Curbside Leaf Collection Runs Oct. 16 through Dec. 8

Curbside leaf collection, a service provided free to Oswego residents, begins Monday, Oct. 16 and continues through Friday, Dec. 4, throughout the Village of Oswego.

Leaves will be picked up three times in each of the three zones throughout the Village.

Zone A includes all properties that are west of the Fox River, plus the Hunt Club subdivision, and all properties that are both east of Fox Bend Golf Course and south of Route 34. Leaves in Zone A will be collected the weeks of Oct. 16, Oct. 30 and Nov. 20.

Zone B includes all properties south of Wolf Road; all properties that are south of Route 34, east of the Fox River, and west of Route 71 (downtown Oswego); and all properties south of Route 71 excluding Hunt Club. Leaves in Zone B will be collected the weeks of Oct. 16, Nov. 6, and Nov. 27.

Zone C includes all properties that are both east of the Fox River and northwest of Route 34. Leaves in Zone C will be collected the weeks of Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4.

Place leaves in piles in the grass on the parkway near the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your specified week for collection. Leaves not places in the parkway by 7 a.m. Monday will be picked up on the following scheduled collection week for your zone. 

For more information on proper leaf disposal, including a map of your zone, visit the Leaf Collection page. 

Free Shredding Event

Identity theft is a serious crime. Those who are victimized can spend countless hours and money cleaning up the mess thieves have made of one’s good name and credit record. Vigilance in protecting personal information is crucial.

How Identity Theft Occurs:

•   Your personal information is stolen from businesses or other institutions.

•   Your personal information is taken from your mailbox or your trash.

•   Personal information is captured using “skimming” devices.

•   On-line “phishing” scams.

While you cannot fully prevent identity theft you can certainly minimize the possibility of becoming a victim. By managing your personal information wisely, cautiously and with an awareness  of  the  issue,  you  can  help  guard  against  Identity  Theft.  To  assist  in  the prevention of identity theft, the Oswego Police Department is partnering up with First National Bank of Oswego to offer a free shredding service to the community. Important personal  documents  no  longer  needed  that  should  be  shredded  may  include  charge receipts, copies of credit card applications, insurance forms, physician statements, checks, bank statements, or expired charge cards and credit offers you get in the mail.

This event will take place on  Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the First National Bank located at 6601 US Route 34. You may bring up to 3 large file boxes full of papers to be shredded.

For further information regarding Identity Theft, please visit the Oswego Police Department website at and click on the Community Programs and Services link.


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