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Brookfield Beautification Commission (BBC)

Our Mission

The Beautification Commission (BBC) aspires to enhance the scenic environ-ment of the Village of Brookfield through community involvement and raising environmental awareness. The Commission will strive to encourage a sense of responsibility in Brookfield residents to facilitate the creation of a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing community.

Phone: 708-485-1167

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BBC Commissioners

  • Carla Close-Prosen
  • Linda Dunbar
  • Brian Elwart
  • Julie Janetopoulos
  • Carol McBride-Leslie
  • Pam Powers
  • Dale Nowicki
  • Olga Andrulis
  • Trustee Liaison
  • Ryan Evans
  • Department of Public Works Liaison
  • Dan Kaup
  • Sarah Thomas

Get Involved

  • Volunteer for an upcoming event or program
  • Donate your skills or supplies
  • Learn more about the Beautification Commission
  • Help raise funds through Beautify Brookfield

PROJECT N.I.C.E. (Neighbors Involved in a Clean Environment)

A village-wide volunteer service day held each spring and fall in Brook-field. Residents donate one morning of their time to give our parks, schools, train stations and outdoor public areas a good outdoor cleaning. Gardens are weeded and planted, trees mulched, small branches picked up, walkways swept and litter collected. Special projects are also planned for each event.

Sponsored by the Brookfield Beautification Commission, Project N.I.C.E. and the volunteers who make it happen have been creating a positive impact on the Village of Brookfield for over 20 years!

Maps, bags, some gloves and tools are also provided. We encourage volunteers to also bring their own tools such as rakes, shovels for mulching and hand tools for weeding if at all possible. Please label your tools if you bring them.

Download Project N.I.C.E flyer for more details

All participants must complete a Volunteer Waiver of Liability form. For minors participating in Project N.I.C.E., a parent or guardian must sign a Volunteer Waiver of Liability for each minor who chooses to participate. Waivers can be downloaded and completed using the links below or picked up on the day of the event. Completed waivers must be brought to the Village Hall on the morning of the event.

Anyone can pre-register for the event by completing the Pre-registration Form. Pre-registering will help to streamline the morning of the event and ensure that you have the work site that you wish. If you prefer not to pre-register, work sites will be assigned on the day of the event.


Free plant exchange! Residents are encouraged to bring perennials to this popular spring plant exchange. Pots and gardening tools are also accepted.

Give a plant, take a plant. Bring three plants, take three plants. It's a fast moving, fun event and a great way to meet other gardeners from beginners to masters. This is a much anticipated event so come early!

Download the Plant Swap flyer for more details.

7:30-8:00am - Plant drop off, social time and viewing
8:00am - Time to swap!
West lawn of Brookfield Village Hall at 8820 Brookfield Avenue


The BBC created a Master Plan for Brookfield's Community Art Program (CAP) in January 2011. This program includes proposals for the installation of murals, sculptures and other artwork throughout the Village, as well as streetscape/landscape initiatives. You can review the Master Plan by clicking here.

The first CAP project, Progress Park, located at Broadway/Washington at Eight Corners was dedicated on November 12, 2011. Ceremony Video

Progress Park was awarded the 2012 Governor's Home Town Award for Beautification and Sustainability! Special Thanks to the following donors and volunteers: Phil Richard and the First National Bank of Brookfield, Friends of Brookfield Library, Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, The LeaderShop, Robert & Peggy Evans, Freeman Fence, True Value Hardware, Sign Up Sign Company, Atrium Landscape Management, Ketchmark Landscaping, Vulcan Material, Sonata Kazimieraitiene, Andre Copeland and the Brookfield Zoo, Pam Bylsma, Nick Gehl & RBHS student artists, Brian El-wart, and over 80 volunteers who contributed more than 1000 hours!



2014 winners!

2013 winners!

2012 winners!

  • 1st Place - Rosie Gonzalez
  • 2nd Place - Scott Trevor
  • 3rd Place - Linda Baca

2011 winners!

2010 winners!
    2010 winners!
  • 1st Place - Susan Diederich
  • 2nd Place - Eleanor and Joe Byrne
  • 3rd Place - Mary Mitchell
2009 winners!
  • 1st Place - Robert and Peggy Evans
  • 2nd Place - Luanne Madonna
  • 3rd Place - Rebecca Rosak
2008 winners!
  • 1st Place - Gloria Gurga
  • 2nd Place - Doug and Rachel Hoogstra
  • 3rd Place - Ronald Mangus


The Brookfield Adopt-A-Spot program provides individuals, families, organizations and businesses with the opportunity to volunteer to adopt a designated area of the Village for a one-year period. Volunteers help pick up litter and pull weeds from flowerbeds in parks, landscaped traffic islands, historical markers and other public spaces. See list of spots, application and waivers below.

Adopt-A-Spot Service Opportunities: Are you part of a group that is look-ing for service opportunities but can only commit one or two days per year? Does your company require service hours from you each year? Contact us and we will help you organize a day of service at one or more of our sites.

March 29th Program Kick-Off Flyer
Adopt-a-Spot Program Guide

View the 2011 Adopt-A-Spot Kickoff Meeting Presentation (PDF) from March 19, 2011 at Village Hall.


The Beautification Commission participates in the State of Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program. The BBC began cleaning up trash along Ogden Avenue in 2009. Commissioners recently renewed their commitment to clean up this area four times per year for another two years. IDOT has placed Adopt-A-Highway signs on Ogden Avenue at Custer and Eberly.


The BBC, in cooperation with the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce and community volunteers, decorates the lampposts and hanging baskets to enhance the look of our Grand Blvd/Prairie Ave. and Broadway Ave. busi-ness districts. Decorations change seasonally, and have included live plants and flowers in the spring and summer, gourds and bows in the fall, and fresh greenery and ornaments for the winter holidays.

Additionally, the holiday season brings our festive annual window painting project to the districts. Business windows are painted with snowballs, winter landscapes, animals and more for the winter holidays! Our theme "It's Snowing Stories" is a fun way to liven up the downtown area and create some entertainment for young readers as they identify book quotes on the local businesses. This annual project is a cooperative effort between the businesses on Grand Blvd., the BBC, the Brookfield Public Library, The LeaderShop and the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.

Contact the BBC if you are interested in helping beautify our business areas!


Beautify Brookfield is a 501©3 non-profit organization that supports the mission of the Brookfield Beautification Commission (BBC) through funding and volunteerism. The goal is to enhance the quality of life of Brookfield citizens through community involvement. This will be accomplished through outreach, education, resource development and financial support of beautification, environmental, conservation and sustainability efforts; community art and culture projects and programs; and mainstreet and cor-ridor improvement projects throughout the Village.


The Brookfield Beautification Commission consists of nine village appointed members of the community. Meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month, at 6:00PM in Village Hall, are open to the public and last approximately two hours.

Phone: 708-485-1167


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