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Historic Stone House Walking Tours

May is National Historic Preservation Month! To celebrate, join Oswego’s Historic Preservation Commission on an educational walking tour of the village’s historic stone houses to celebrate historic preservation in Oswego.

Many of Oswego’s stone houses are some of the oldest structures found in the village, most of them built between the 1840s and the 1860s, each with its own unique architectural style and history.

The Historic Stone House Walking Tour will provide a unique opportunity to learn about these historic structures through a brief video screening at the Little White School Museum followed by a guided walking tour of five nearby stone houses and including opportunities to enter a few of the homes and listen to stories and lessons from the property owners themselves.

This tour is perfect for Oswego residents that currently live in historic homes and are interested in preservation and restoration, history and architecture enthusiasts, and preservation students and professionals.

Register online at  

This event is free but registration is required and space is very limited. Given the historic nature of the homes, not all homes on the tour will be ADA accessible. Walking is required to get to the tours sites, and participants will be asked to sign a waiver in order to participate. Participants under 18 are invited to attend, however, a parent or guardian must sign a waiver and is responsible for the participant. Parking is available at the Litter While School Museum.


Questions? Contact Natalie Zine, Community Development Planner, at 630-551-2332 or

Sign up for the Community Garage Sale

This year in Oswego, it’s even it’s even easier to tidy up and sell the things you own that no longer spark joy with online and in-person registration for the Oswego Community Garage Sale.

The Oswego Community Garage Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it’s a great opportunity to clean out basements and attics in an eco-friendly way by reusing and recycling unused items. 

This year, the Village of Oswego is offering registration online and in person. 

The cost to participate is $7, to help cover the cost of advertising the sale. Those who register will get their sales advertised on the Village of Oswego’s website as well as on, social media, and in a full-page ad in the Oswego Ledger on Thursday, May 16.

To register

To register online, fill out the form at Then click the link to pay your $7 registration fee using a credit or debit card. 

To register in person, visit Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to complete the paper registration form and pay with cash, check, or credit or debit card.

Registration is open now until 5 p.m. on Monday, May 6.

For more information, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Jenette Sturges at 630-551-2392 or

Wine on the Fox tickets on sale now!

Celebrate the coming of spring and the ascendance of the best Illinois wines, plus wines from Spain, Italy, California and more, at Wine on the Fox!

Tickets are on sale now for Wine on the Fox, returning for the 13th year on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, to Oswego.

The Illinois wine industry has exploded in recent years, claiming its spot among other famed wine-growing regions. Come discover what Oswegoans have known for years – that Illinois IS wine!  See for yourself -- enjoy local wine selections from around Illinois plus selections from other famed international wine-growing regions at this unique wine festival.

Plus, tempt your senses with wine pairings from a variety of food vendors, sit back and chill, or get up and dance to live music from Wild Daisy, Cadillac Groove and other fan favorites, and let the kids roam with children’s activities at this family-friendly event.  

Most importantly, Wine on the Fox offers an opportunity for friends and neighbors to come together to toast to the arrival of spring in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, all benefitting the Oswego community.

Proceeds from Wine on the Fox benefit Oswego event programming and community amenities throughout the year. Fourth of July fireworks, Movies in the Park and other fun for Oswego families is made possible because of the contributions of Wine on the Fox sponsors, participating businesses and attendees.

Packages begin at just $15 when purchased online or at Village Hall before the event and include a commemorative glass, a wristband, and seven wine tickets, and this year, all 1-ounce servings are just one ticket each, making Wine on the Fox the perfect entry point to learning about wine – and a great opportunity to discover new favorites. Then buy a full glass, or take home a bottle or case!

Tickets and details

As always, Wine on the Fox is free to enter.

A commemorative 2019 Wine on the Fox glass and wristband are required to consume alcohol at the festival and are included in every package. Buy online before the event to save $5 on every package and get additional tickets! Pre-sale packages go on sale Monday, March 4, and include:

Intro to Wine Package. $15. Get 7 wine tasting tickets, a commemorative glass, and a wristband.
Wine Lovers Package. $20. Get 14 wine tasting tickets, a commemorative glass, and a wristband.
Wine for Two Package. $25. Get 14 wine tasting tickets, two commemorative glasses, and two wristbands.

Additional wine tickets are available for $1 each at the event.

Buy pre-sale ticket packages online at (a small online ticketing fee applies), or in-person at Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill. Pre-sales end at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Wine glasses, wristbands and tickets purchased online can be picked up at Will Call the day of the event.

Packages will be available at the gate for an additional $5. Act early and buy your wine packages online now to save $5 and get more tickets per package!

Wine on the Fox happens rain or shine.

Please note that no beverages may be brought into the festival park, except water, milk and children’s drinks.

Designated drivers are rewarded for their role in keeping the event and our community safe with complimentary bottled water and soda. The designated driver tent is sponsored by the Oswego Rotary Club, as a part of its Operation Impact, an initiative to reduce teen driving accidents in Oswego.


Volunteers needed!

Volunteers are needed to help make Wine on the Fox a success. Have fun, support the community and earn giveaways! Financial donations are available to non-profit Oswego-based organizations that provide volunteers.  Contact Julie Hoffmann at for more information.


Sponsor Wine on the Fox

When you sponsor Wine on the Fox, your dollars go even further. Proceeds from this highly anticipated annual event help make Oswego events happen all year long, and show your business’ dedication to the Oswego community. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Julie Hoffman at or 630-551-2344.

This year’s Wine on the Fox will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Village Square Park, 100 Parkers Mill, near Oswego Village Hall, to avoid downtown construction.

For more information or to buy tickets visit For a full listing of events happening this summer around Oswego, visit   

Let it pour! Volunteers needed for Wine on the Fox

Wine on the Fox, presented by john greene Realtor, returns to Oswego on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, 2019, and volunteers are needed to help make the event a success.

Proceeds from Wine on the Fox benefit other family-friendly events in the Oswego community throughout the year, including Fourth of July fireworks, Movies in the Park, and much more.

Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts to help pour wine, sell tickets, set up and tear down, check gates and more. As a thank-you for their time, volunteers get a commemorative glass and wristband, and either free food vouchers or exclusive discounts on wine packages at the event.

To sign up, visit and pick out your time slot. Volunteers handling alcohol must be 21 or older to participate. All volunteers must submit a release form and safety check the day of the event.

In addition, community organizations in Oswego can promote their organization and earn donations by offering volunteer time from their members. For more information about this opportunity, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Julie Hoffman at 630-551-2344 or

About Wine on the Fox

Wine on the Fox, presented by john greene Realtor, is a two-day wine festival featuring 190 wines from Illinois and around the world, with proceeds benefitting Oswego special events and amenities throughout the year. Sip wines, learn about different varietals, nosh on food pairings, listen to live music and shop our Mother’s Day Boutique, all benefitting community amenities.

Entry is free. Wine packages are on sale now, beginning at just $15 when purchased online or at Village Hall prior to the event.

This year’s Wine on the Fox will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Village Square Park, 100 Parkers Mill, near Oswego Village Hall, to avoid downtown construction.  Event parking is available adjacent to the event from Washington Street.

For more information or to buy tickets visit For a full listing of events happening this summer around Oswego, visit   

Free spring cleanup week is April 15-19 in Oswego

During the week of April 15-19, Groot Industries, the Village of Oswego’s contracted waste hauler, will collect additional household waste, yard waste, and bulk items from the curb for free.

Yard waste must be placed in 30-gallon Kraft paper bags and placed at the curb, but stickers will not be required during this week.

Residents cannot put out appliances, televisions, or electronics during this collection.

Place all items at the curb along with your regular garbage and recycling by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day. If you have any questions regarding this special collection week, contact Public Works at 630-554-3242.


What about electronics?

Electronics will not be collected during this spring cleanup, however, residents have two options for electronics collection:

On Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Village will host a Community Recycling Day, sponsored by Groot, at the Oswego Public Works Facility, 100 Theodore Drive. This collection will include most kinds of electronics for free, including television sets of all kinds. This event is open to Oswego residents only and ID will be required. For more information on accepted items, visit 

Residents can also schedule collection of electronics from their homes by calling Groot Industries at 800-244-1977. A fee may apply for this service.


Remember, electronics cannot be put at the curb, according to Illinois law.

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