The Beautification Commission (BBC) aspires to enhance the scenic environment of the Village of Brookfield through community involvement and raising environmental awareness. The Committee will strive to encourage a sense of responsibility among Brookfield residents to facilitate the creation of a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing community.
Mail: BBC c/o Elyse Vukelich, Village of Brookfield, 8820 Brookfield Ave., Brookfield IL 60513
- Rose Bottorff
- Martha Carlson
- Carla Close-Prosen
- Lynn Daugherty
- Julie Janetopoulos (Chair)
- Karl Sokol
- Maria Verduzco
- Michelle Ryan – Trustee Liaison
- Elyse Vukelich – Staff Liaison
A village-wide volunteer service day held each spring and fall in Brookfield. 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! Project NICE received the Governor’s Home Town Award in recognition of community volunteers’ efforts.
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 the Project N.I.C.E. flyer for more information:
2018 Call for Artists
The Village is looking to collaborate with an artist or artist team to pursue public art to be located at Ehlert Park. The painted mural will be showcased for 1‐2 years. For more information please see the following:
Community Art Project (CAP)
The BBC created a project 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 project document 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!
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 looking 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.
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, theBrookfield Public Library, The LeaderShop and the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.
Contact the BBC if you are interested in helping beautify our business areas! The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Garden Recognition Program
The BBC recognizes Brookfield citizens’ commitment to enhancing the natural environment and in turn beautifying the community. Each month a different member of the BBC selects a home that meets pre-determined criteria. The criteria may include factors such as well tended garden free of weeds, pleasing mix of plants/flowers, etc.
BBC encourages members of the community to take pride in their landscapes, and it seeks to reinforce community members’ hard work. The ultimate goal is to create a ripple effect that translates into all neighbors working to maintain their properties.
When a home is determined to meet the requirements, the owner is contacted and asked if she or he would like to be recognized for their hard work. If they accept the recognition then a temporary plaque/sign is placed in their yard indicating that they have been chosen as a BBC-awarded home. This sign will be transferred to the next awarded home.
The Village Board would recognize winners at a regularly scheduled public meeting and it would be featured on the Village website in the same time frame. For more information, please click on the following form:
The BBC is pleased to announce the 2018 Garden Recognition winners. Below is a listing of the winners for the current year along with photographs of their beautifully maintained gardens. Additionally, the BBC has a special holiday season winner to feature a home with a great holiday lighting scheme to beautify their home frontage.
Cervenka Family – 9400 block of Lincoln (May)
Vodicka Family – 3100 Block of Prairie (June)
Wingelnik Family – 3400 Block of Park (July)
Evans Family – 9100 Block of Lincoln (Holiday Season)
Business Recognition Program
The BBC recognizes Brookfield businesses who have a commitment to enhancing their facade and interior space. We recognize landscape improvements and visually appealing facade enhancements, as well as interior improvements. Once a year the BBC votes to recognize 1-4 businesses within our community that have made changes which improve the general appearance and contribute to the visual appeal of of our town. We hope that this recognition process will bring pride to our businesses and offer ideas and encouragement to our other establishments. Ultimately we hope each of the businesses within our town will re-invest in their properties and thus improve our community.
When a business is determined to meet the requirements, the owner is contacted and asked if s/he would like to be recognized for their hard work. If they accept the recognition, BBC will present a framed certificate to the owner and photographs are taken to share on the village website and media outlets.
The following businesses were recognized in 2017 based upon improvements made in the preceding 12 months. These include the following:
Mary’s Morning Mix-Up – 9110 Broadway
Laura Atwood Studio Beads & Trading Co. – 9142 Broadway
Brennan Massage & Spa – 3700 Grand Blvd.
Paisans Pizza – 3720 Grand Blvd.
For more information, please send an email to: email@example.com or contact Elyse Vukelich at 708-485-1445.