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Chicago Area Newspapers contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, SouthtownStar, and much more.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives contains the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. Browse front pages by date, search obituaries by name, and explore the news archive by date, era, or presidency.

Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.


Bike Paths & Trails

Cook County Forest Preserve Trails
View trail maps for the forest preserves in Cook County.

DuPage County Bikeways and Trails
Learn about the 52 miles of trails in DuPage County as well as bikeways on streets.

Illinois Bike Paths and Maps
A listing of bike paths in Illinois

Illinois Trails & Maps
View maps of Illinois trails throughout the state compliments of the League of Illinois Bicyclists.


Donating Goods

Accepts clothing and household items. Call 708/388-7800 to arrange a pick up or find a drop off location near you.

Downers Grove Area FISH, Inc.
Accepts donations of food and clothing. Located at 4340 Prince St., Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630/964-7776

Goodwill Industries
Accepts clothing, appliances, furniture, computers, and vehicles. Drop off at 6300 Kingery Highway, Willowbrook, IL 60514 or to arrange a pick up 630/323-9186.

Hinsdale Community Service
Accepts donations of food, clothing and furniture. Memorial Building 19 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale, Illinois 60521, 630/323-2500

The Hope Chest
Accepts donations of clothing to benefit the Constance Morris House a shelter for abused women and children. Located at 717 West Hillgrove Avenue, La Grange, IL.

The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Family Thrift Store Accepts donations of clothing, automobiles, furniture and other resalable items. 17W687 Roosevelt Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, 630/889-8780 or call 888/574-2587 to schedule a pickup.


Local News

Burr Ridge Patch
Get Burr Ridge news and photos, learn about local businesses and events, and participate in discussions.

Darien Patch
Get Darien news and photos, learn about local businesses and events, and participate in discussions.

The Doings
Local paper serving Burr Ridge, Darien, and Willowbrook.

Suburban Life
Local paper serving the Chicago suburbs.

Trib Local: Burr Ridge/ Willowbrook
Your spot on the web to find out about local news and events as well as where to shop or dine - all brought to you by local experts: you and your neighbors.

Trib Local: Darien
Your spot on the web to find out about local news and events as well as where to shop or dine - all brought to you by local experts: you and your neighbors.




  • Books
  • Cell phones*
  • Eyeglasses*
  • Hearing Aids*
  • Ink Cartridges*

*Darien Lions Club box near the elevator.

DuPage County Green Initiatives & Recycling
Learn about electronics and other recycling services. Explore the recycling guide for information on where to dispose of hazardous and other types of solid waste. Get details about local recycling events.

Earth 911
A rich, authoritative site with information on where to recycle everything from used motor oil to paint to BATTERIES in your neighborhood, plus consuming products responsibly. Just click "Recycling Search" at the top right and enter your location and the item you want to recycle (or call 1-800-CLEANUP).

A large nonprofit network of groups which consists of people giving and getting free materials (from furniture to appliances and electronics). Emphasizes reusing and keeping those items out of landfills. Local coverage.

Greener Gadgets
Provides information on living and buying green. It includes a calculator for determining your energy use and a way to search for recycling centers by zipcode.

Recycle Bank
Offers a points system for recycling, which you can then use for discounts and merchandise. The site boasts more than 2 million users.

Educates the community about ways to recycle and be green and provides information about upcoming recycling events in the area.

Electronics Recycling Locations

Accepted Items:
Desktop and laptop computers, TVs, printers, fax machines, radios, microwaves, small appliances (coffee makers, toasters, curling irons, hair dryers), toner cartridges, extension cords, game consoles, copy machines, CD players, DVD players, VCRs, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, cables and cords, speakers, tape players, scanners, modems, routers, stereos, docking stations, network hubs, telephones, and circuit boards, Rechargeable Batteries Only

SCARCE: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2nd Saturdays: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn; 630/545-9710

Downers Grove: 1st Saturday of the month; 9 a.m. – noon; Village Hall, 801 Burlington Avenue (in the employee parking lot at the rear of the building, off Curtiss St.); 630/434-5500

Lisle: 3rd Saturday of the month; 9:00 a.m. to noon. 4930 Lincoln Ave. (Rt. 53), just south of Ogden Ave., just north of Lisle Police Department. Look for the sign on the West side of Rt. 53. 630/271-4100

Naperville: Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Public Works Recycling Drop Off Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive; 630/420-6095

Wheaton: 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. – 12 noon; 820 W. Liberty Drive (Public Works Storage Lot) across from Public Works Garage, just west of Carlton

Shelters & Housing


Beds Plus
Our mission is to provide emergency overnight shelter and assist homeless people of west suburban Cook County to become self-sufficient.

Catholic Charities
Provides transitional housing for homeless families.

DuPage P.A.D.S.
DuPage PADS, Inc. provides safe and hospitable shelter, support services, and advocacy to homeless or at risk individuals and families of DuPage County. Click the calendar at the bottom to view shelter locations.


Community Housing Association of DuPage (CHAD)
Provides and advocates for quality, affordable housing for low-income persons in DuPage County.

DuPage Housing Authority
The DuPage Housing Authority provides rental assistance vouchers through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Housing Choice Vouchers allow income eligible families and individuals, elderly persons and persons with disabilities to live in decent affordable rental units.

DuPage Shared Housing and Housing Assistance
Learn about affordable housing arrangements for people wanting to share their homes as well as possible financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments.


DuPage County Continuum
This agency's mission is to end homelessness in DuPage county by providing access to information and services for those who are homeless.

DuPage C.R.I.S
The DuPage County Resource Guide allows users to search for basic needs services and other social service organizations.


Food Pantries

HCS Family Services
19 E. Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale, Illinois 60521, 630/323-2500
Monday & Wednesday: 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday: 3:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
8404 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 60561, 630/852-3303
Tuesday: 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.; Friday: 1-3 p.m.

Our Lady of Peace
701 Plainfield Rd., Darien, IL 60561, 630/325-9220
Wednesday 9:30-11 a.m.
Serves Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook, Clarendon Hills (including unincorporated areas), and Hinsdale (including unincorporated areas). Clients must sign up with a photo ID (which includes name and current address) as well as proof of residency (like a lease or tax bill).

People's Resource Center Southeast in Westmont
649 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont, IL 60559, 630/682-5402
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 a.m.–11:15 a.m.; 1 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Wednesday 6-8 p.m.; Saturday 9–11:45 a.m.

West Suburban Community Pantry
6809 Hobson Valley Dr. Ste. 118, Woodridge, IL 60517, 630/512-9921
Monday: (Bread/Produce ONLY)10 a.m.-Noon; Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.


Chicago Transit Authority
Bus and train service in and around Chicago. Track trains and get fare information

Provides train schedules, maps and ticket information.

Pace Suburban Bus Service
The local public transportation agency for the Chicago area suburbs.



Darien Patch
The newspaper connects volunteers with local organizations looking for volunteers.

DuPage County Volunteer Opportunities
Find volunteer positions within the local government system and other organizations they support.

Forest Preserve District DuPage
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage needs volunteers for everything from gardening to office support to bike patrol.

Literacy Volunteers of DuPage
This nonprofit, community-based organization trains volunteer tutors to help adult learners achieve sufficient skills in English literacy so they may achieve personal goals and function independently.

People's Resource Center
Operates a food pantry for DuPage County, distributes clothing, offers family literacy instruction, and provides computer training.

Seniors helping seniors. SeniorNet seeks to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

Volunteer Match
Use your zip code to find a great place to volunteer.

West Suburban Humane Society
Volunteers help with adoptions, animal transporting, building maintenance, fundraising, humane education programs, temporary care and with other projects.


Impact DuPage
Intended to help community members and policymakers learn about the health of the community. Clearinghouse for local resources. From DuPage County Health Department.