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Thank You Blue Island for a GREAT Parade

A big thanks to everyone that came out, residents and visitors alike, for the Blue Island Christmas Light Parade on Saturday, December 3rd. We think it was one of the best yet, with 60 entries, thousands of spectators and a very busy Uptown! We’d like to give a special thanks to our parade committee: Ald. Tom Hawley, Jerry and Lori ... Read More »

15th Annual Light Parade and Festival

It’s Christmas in Blue Island! Blue Island’s 15th Annual Light Parade and Festival kicks off this Saturday, December 3. Our famous Christmas Light Parade features bedecked bands, floats and vehicles on Western Ave in Uptown Blue Island. The Light Parade steps off at 5:30pm from Union to Grove St. Adding to the holiday cheer, Blue Island Library is screening holiday ... Read More »

Division Street Bridge GRAND Opening!

The day many Blue Islanders have waited for: Mayor Vargas, all Blue Island elected officials, and State Rep Bob Rita invite YOU to attend the GRAND OPENING of the Division Street Bridge! The celebration begins at 5:30pm on Thursday, August 4. Meet at the south end of the bridge, at Canal Street. Read More »

Traffic Safety Checkpoint

The Blue Island Police Department is encouraging residents and all motorists to focus on traffic safety by reminding everyone to SLOW DOWN, to NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE, and to BUCKLE UP every time, all the time. A special emphasis will be placed on traffic safety this weekend as the BIPD, in conjunction with the Cook County Sherrif’s Police, will be ... Read More »

WWII Marine Returns Home

Nearly 73 years after he was killed in World War II, the remains of a Marine from Blue Island will finally be returned to his family. PFC Charles Oetjen, USMC died in November of 1943 in the battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands southwest of Hawaii. He arrived at O’Hare this morning and is on his way to Blue ... Read More »