A Special E-News Message from Village President Catherine Adduci

October, 8, 2020

A Special E-News Message from the Village President, Catherine M. Adduci


October 8, 2020

Dear River Forest Residents,

COVID-19 Update

As of today, the percent change in confirmed cases in River Forest over the past 14 days is +6.67%. Unfortunately, this trend of  confirmed positive cases is up from our previous 14 day trend which was -15%. Please click here and select “Case Data by Town” to see updated information from the Cook County Department of Public Health.

It is imperative that all River Forest residents be responsible for keeping our community safe by wearing a mask and maintaining proper social distance which will be the only way to reduce the spread of positive cases.

As our community works toward our students returning to school and trying to safely celebrate the holiday season, we all need to do our part. Please take your responsibility seriously and play, learn, live and shop safe, River Forest.

Halloween During COVID-19 - 2020 Trick-or-Treating

The Village asks residents to be cognizant of the risks of COVID-19 exposure during trick-or-treating this year. Therefore, we discourage residents from door-to-door trick-or-treating but ask that you consider alternative ways of celebrating at home with your family instead.  

Trick-or-treating hours are from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2020. 

If you choose to allow your children to trick-or-treat this year, parents are responsible for ensuring their families are following the below Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines:

  • As an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy or treats on a table, on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space that allows for at least 6 feet of social distance from the door. The individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another. Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing.
  • All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy, should maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and wear proper face coverings. A costume mask, such as those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering. If face coverings are worn under costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems, and if so, discard the costume mask. 
  • If you come upon a group of children not adhering to the face covering or social distancing requirements, try to avoid calling the Village’s non emergency number but instead talk to the parents...most of us know each other anyway. 
  • Only household members should trick-or-treat together, and they should maintain 6-feet social distance from other trick-or-treaters at all times. Mixed household trick-or-treaters are discouraged.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
  • Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after handwashing. As always, a parent/guardian should check all candy to make sure it is wrapped and should discard unwrapped candy.
  • Outdoor areas are preferred for trick-or-treating. Enclosed indoor areas, like apartment buildings, present greater risk of transmission. Open doors and windows as appropriate to promote increased ventilation.

Downloadable signs are available to put on your front door or other visible location so those who are trick-or-treating know whether your home is participating. Click here for a RED "no trick-or-treaters" sign if you are choosing not to participate this year. Click here for a GREEN "trick-or-treaters are welcome" sign if you decide to pass out candy this year. Signs will also be available for pick up at Village Hall. 

District 90 Schedule for Returning to School

Earlier this week, the D90 Board of Education approved a blended return to school plan, with a full-remote option. Students’ return to school will be phased-in. The remote learning selection form must be submitted to the District by Tuesday, October 13. Click here for more information.

River Forest Supper Club Round Two

I am pleased to report that due to the huge success of the first round of the ONE OFF SUPPER CLUB IN RIVER FOREST, One Off Hospitality Group will be launching a second round of weekly fully prepared family meal subscriptions through the end of the month: Big Star on October 15, Publican Quality Meats on October 22, and Pacific Standard Time on October 29. Meal pick-up will be on those dates between 3:30 - 6:30pm at the River Forest train station. Order quickly - quantities are limited. Click here for more information and to purchase a subscription to enjoy meals from these award-winning restaurants!


Catherine M. Adduci, Village President

Village of River Forest

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