Public Works

Public Works Department Overview

Red, white and blue American flag flying above a white, black and orange public responder flag.

The Public Works Department provides professional quality maintenance, repair and construction services while maintaining our: 

  • Common areas
  • Facilities
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Sidewalks
  • Village streets

Employees are also responsible for the ongoing maintenance of water mains, sewer mains, village vehicles and various pieces of equipment. Additionally, staff members are trained to provide a rapid response to all snow, ice and other inclement weather emergencies and conditions.


Our facilities include:

  • Village Hall, 2621 N. Thatcher Avenue
  • Police Department (attached to Village Hall, same address)
  • Elmer Wolf Senior Center, 2607 N. Thatcher Avenue
  • Fire Department, 2601 N. Thatcher Avenue
  • Public Works, 2101 N. West Street
  • American Legion Recreation Center, 8664 W. Grand Avenue
  • River Front Park & Gazebo, 8701 W. Grand Avenue


The services we provide include:


The Village of River Grove supplies potable water to all of our residents and businesses. Presently, the Village of River Grove receives its water from Lake Michigan via a connection to the City of Chicago’s water distribution system.

2020 Water Quality Report (PDF)

2019 Water Quality Report (PDF)

2018 Water Quality Report (PDF)

Street Sweeping

The street sweeping season now runs all year round! Please obey the parking restrictions posted on every side street as this ordinance is strictly enforced.

Alley Sweeping

Alleys are swept twice a year, once in the spring and once in the summer.

Snow Removal

Starting with the main streets, our crews will work their way onto your block, plowing the even address side first. Once the even address side is cleared to the curb, we ask that you move your vehicle onto this side so that the odd address side of the street can be cleared.

Refuse Collection

All single family residential homes are picked up every Monday by our contractor, Roy Strom. On the following Monday holidays, pickup will be the following day:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

For more information about residential refuse collection, please see the following flyers:

Refuse Collection Flyer (PDF)

Hazardous Waste Flyer (PDF)

eWaste Flyer (PDF)

Animal Damage (PDF)

Yard Waste Disposal

Begins on the first Monday in April and ends on the last Monday in November. Branches less than three feet long must be placed in a yard waste container. Leaves cannot be raked into the street. Call Public Works for branches larger than three feet long.

Yard Waste Flyer (PDF)

Electronics Recycling

Residents can drop off electronics for recycling on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Public Works yard located at 2101 N. West Street. Proof of residency may be required.

Additional Services

Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels are a type of green infrastructure that captures rain water from your roof and saves it for when you need it. While the free rain barrel program ended in 2016, they may be purchased through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Click here for products and pricing.