Clubs & Organizations

Interested in listing your Club or Organization in the Park Forest Recreation & Parks brochure? The Park Forest Recreation & Parks brochure is mailed to all households in Park Forest. Contact Carolyn Hoff at 708-748-2005 or email to discuss advertising opportunities and rates.

Autumn 2018 Brochure

Friends of Thorn Creek Woods
Join Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and support the 985 acre Thorn Creek Nature Preserve and its Nature Center. Formed in 1969, Friends efforts ensured permanent protection for this unique open space enhancing Park Forest and the region. Friends volunteers build and repair trails, create exhibits, monitor species, staff the nature center, lead programs, and raise funds for programs and improvements. Members enjoy a quarterly newsletter and sponsor Earth Day, plus Spring and Fall meetings. Annual family membership is $20 or $50 for an organization; life membership is $200. For more information: 708-747-6320;;; Mailing address: P.O. Box 32, Richton Park, IL 60471.

Garden Club of Park Forest
64 years young this August and still growing! Founded in 1954, the Park Forest Garden Club has been instrumental in promoting gardening, conservation and related philanthropies. The Garden Club maintains the BLUE STAR MARKER on the corner of Orchard and Lakewood.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at St. Mary’s Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest. Doors open at noon. Special events to be announced. September, October and November are open meetings and all welcome. Master Gardeners and other well versed speakers present programs in a friendly environment.

October 9th is our annual FALLING LEAVES FESTIVAL. Marikay Peter Witlock, artist and landscape designer will present “GARDEN DESIGN PLUS”. Doors open at 11 am. Light refreshments, door prizes and raffle baskets will be available.

Please join us for an afternoon of food, fun and friends! We look forward to seeing you. For more information contact

The Blue Star Marker has been refurbished and landscaped with special thanks to Betty Doty, the Garden Club Board and the Village of Park Forest. 

You can see this on the corner of Lakewood and Orchard Drive across from the Library.

Honoring Those Who have Served Our Country
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors all men and women that serve in the United States Armed Services. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted this program and began a Blue Star Highway system that covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.

What we see today is a program that has expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving, or would serve in the armed services of the United States. Memorial Markers and By-Way markers were added to the Highway Markers, to be used at locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran's facilities and gardens.

The Blue Star became an icon in World War II and was seen on flags and banners in homes for sons and daughters away at war, and in churches and businesses. This program has been active all through the years to the present, a fitting tribute to our Armed Forces and especially now.

Link:  National Garden Clubs Official Website

blue star memorial highway marker

Kiwanis Club
The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest, celebrating the vitality of our community for 67 years, is dedicated to performing community service for young people, the aging, and the needy in local and international settings. The club sponsors Key Clubs at Rich Township High Schools and has repeatedly been recognized with Distinguished Club Awards. It will celebrate an amazing 67th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Rich East High School. Club dinner meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Carlo’s Restaurant in Chicago Heights. The club also has special service project meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Park Forest Village Hall. Call Elmer Washington at 708-816-8089 or email for additional information.

League of Women Voters of The Park Forest Area
The Park Forest Area of the League of Women Voters (LWV) welcomes all persons (female and male alike) who are interested in promoting responsible government at any level. Good government does not happen without active citizen participation. The LWV studies issues, gets to know public officials, observes public meetings, lobbies on issues, registers voters and provides many educational services including candidates’ forums. The LWV does NOT support parties or candidates, but deals only with issues. We continue to support and lobby for increased school funding.

Anyone interested in the LWV should write to Diane Hodges or Barbara Moore at P.O. Box 782, Park Forest, IL 60466. Visit our website at

Park Forest Historical Society
August 28, 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of Park Forest residents moving in.  Visit PFHS for village history.  Join this year!
The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road (St. Mary’s) is open Wednesday and Saturday 1-3:30 p.m.; or by appointment.  Adults $5; 12 and under free.  Park Forest Archive is open Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or by appointment.  Seeking volunteers for museum and archive.

Five history programs each year are free and open to the public.  Annual meeting, September 23, 2018, Park Forest Village Hall, will include a program.  Visit for information and volunteer opportunities.

Park Forest Photography Club
Have a longing to take better pictures? Have a new camera and don’t know how to use the camera? Why not join the Park Forest Photography Club? We’ve been meeting in Park Forest since 1981 and presently meet at Freedom Hall on the second floor. We meet at 7:30 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August.

We have a short educational program each night and competition to help improve our skills. Each month a different photo challenge is the competition theme for novice level through advanced level. We compete in B & W, color and Alternative Process (artsy) for each skill level.

Membership is $35 per year. Visitors are invited to attend a meeting free of charge. We’d love to see you. For more information call Allan Fritz at 708-747-0717.