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Des Plaines businesses are the threads that hold our economic fabric together. Our restaurants and large and small businesses drive our economic health and influence our distinct community character.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on all businesses, but especially retail and restaurants.

And, they need our support now more than ever.

When making purchases and dining in or out, we encourage you to look local first. You can help make our community stronger by investing your money where your heart is – in Des Plaines.

Find out how you can support our local businesses.

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Winter Weather Reminders


As winter weather approaches, residents’ cooperation and patience with Public Works during snow plowing and salting operations is appreciated. Please place snow on parkways, leaving the street free for plow trucks. For snowfall over two inches, vehicles must be parked away from snow routes until snow removal operations are completed. There is a prioritization to the winter operations based on emergency response requirements, volume of traffic, and other criteria. Find out more about snow routes and winter weather operations.

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Update on New Refuse, Recycling and Yard-Waste Hauler


The City’s new waste and recycling hauler, Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS), will begin providing service March 1. Residents will receive a new LRS 95-gallon garbage cart and a 65-gallon recycling cart. Residents should contact LRS directly before February 5 to select different size carts. Visit or call 844.NEED.LRS.

For more information, visit the LRS City of Des Plaines Waste, Recycling and Yard Waste Collection Program website at

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Current Mitigations, Testing and Vaccination


Des Plaines is in Phase 4 Tier 1 under the Restore Illinois plan which aims to safely reopen our state based on public health metrics. Tier 1 mitigation measures include limited indoor dining and limiting gatherings. City Hall is open. In adherence with State guidelines, residents are encouraged to conduct city-related business online, by email, or by phone. Learn more.

More information about testing and vaccine access can be found on the details page.

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