City of Chicago Heights Newsletter
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Zarlengo’s Reveals Expansion Plans

Zarlengo’s Italian Ice began over 30 years ago with a family dream of an ice cream shop rooted in Chicago Heights. Since then, the local shop off Ashland and Joe Orr Road has remained a staple in the community while distributing Zarlengo’s Italian Ice, Zar Bars, and Gelato all over metropolitan Chicago, including US Cellular Field. As their market has expanded, so has their need for manufacturing space.
The City of Chicago Heights acquired the lot at the Northeast corner of Joe Orr Road and Ashland Avenue and recently sold the parcel to Zarlengo’s Italian Ice to assist in their manufacturing expansion. Zarlengo’s plans to expand their current storefront and manufacturing location from lot line to lot line and beautify the adjacent lot while creating additional parking. This manufacturing expansion will upgrade the intersection of Joe Orr Road and Ashland Avenue and at the same time is set to create 8-18 full-time year round jobs.
For more information on Zarlengo’s Italian Ice, visit For more information on new Economic Developments in the City of Chicago Heights, visit

Sister Cities Festival

The Festival of Sister Cities

The Chicago Heights Sister City Festival will bring cultures together again this year Sept. 10 and 11 at Bloom High School, 10th Street and Chicago Road. This annual celebration of cultural heritage will include an assortment of ethnic foods, crafts, and live entertainment.
For more information on the Sister City festival, visit

School Supplies

Thornwood Apartments Back-to-School Event

Another exciting back to school event was held at Thornwood Apartments yesterday. Over 120 children received school supplies for a great start to the school year. Alderman Vincent Zaranti and Park District Commissioner Curtis Straczek provided refreshments for the boys and girls, and school supplies were provided by the City of Chicago Heights, Chicago Heights Public Library, and Comcast Cable Network.
View our new calendar of Special Events for information on upcoming community functions by visiting

Airstar LED

ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Partner to Advance Public Safety Initiatives Across Northern Illinois

Chicago Heights Police Chief Thomas Rogers is pleased to announce the Police Department is the recipient of a ComEd Powering Safe Communities grant. ComEd and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus have awarded $170,000 in grants to fund projects in 24 municipalities to improve local public safety. In the program’s second year, ComEd has both increased funding and the number of projects it is able to support through their Powering Safe Communities Program.
            City of Chicago Heights Police Department
The Chicago Heights Police Department’s grant will help purchase 2 Airstar 600W LED lighting systems to illuminate accidents and incident scenes to improve emergency response.

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Chicago Heights City Council Meeting
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
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