On March 10, 1958, the incorporation of the Village of Hawthorn Woods was approved through a unanimous vote by the 71 citizens who became the original residents of our community. They endeavored to preserve an open, rural lifestyle set within a unique, natural landscape of lakes, trees, and parks. From the beginning, the residents envisioned a community comprised of large property lots allowing homeowners unobstructed, panoramic views of their surroundings. For this reason, the Village continues to uphold zoning regulations which do not allow accessory, free-standing structures on private property. With a thriving population of over 8,300 residents, the preservation of this “rural by design” lifestyle still remains a priority.
The Village is an environmentally progressive municipality and we have implemented numerous conservation initiatives . During the last three years, we have been working with America in Bloom, a national non-profit organization designed to empower communities to beautify and improve the quality of life through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other sustainable enhancements.
We have spent the last five weeks conducting extensive virtual tours of our Village for a panel of America in Bloom judges, showcasing our pollinator habitat restoration projects, community parks and their many amenities, and our attractive, upscale residential subdivisions. Always striving to maintain and enhance our legacy, we value their expert guidance and feedback.
As of March 31, 2020, the Village of Hawthorn Woods is now a certified International Dark Sky Community. The Village is only the second municipality to achieve this prestigious designation in the State of Illinois. The International Dark-Sky Association, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving the night sky from the negative effects of artificial light at night.
With the adoption of our new Municipal Lighting Ordinance in September of 2019, the Village takes a comprehensive approach toward reducing light pollution, conserving energy, protecting nocturnal wildlife patterns, and promoting public safety.
On occasion, our residents will ask why accessory structures are not permitted on their property in Hawthorn Woods. Allowing sheds, fences or above ground swimming pools would disrupt the preservation of our community’s rural atmosphere and segregate the desirable open space we so dearly cherish. Our legacy continues.
If you should have any questions, please contact Village Hall at (847) 438-5500.