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.

2021 Water Quality Report (PDF)

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. 

If we receive 2” of heavy snowfall on your street maintenance day, please follow street maintenance signs, as that side will get plowed first.  Once it is plowed please move vehicles to the opposite side. 

If we receive 2” of heavy snowfall not on your street maintenance day, we ask that all vehicles be moved to the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses. Public Works can then clear the snow to the curb line on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses. After the even side is cleared of snow, we ask that vehicles be moved to that cleared, even side of the street so the village can clear snow to the curb line on the odd address side. Once both sides have been cleared of snow please follow your regular street maintenance signs.

Refuse Collection

Our contractor, Flood Brothers Disposal, picks up all single-family residential homes every Monday. 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.

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 rainwater from your roof and saves it for when you need it. Rain barrels may be purchased through the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Program.