Veterans within park district boundaries to receive special benefits beginning in 2023

Bensenville, Ill.— U.S. Armed Forces veterans residing within the boundaries served by the Bensenville Park District will soon be receiving additional, enhanced benefits, Board President Richard Johnson announced at the November 11 Veterans Day Breakfast at White Pines Golf Club.

“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude much more than words can express,” Johnson told the crowd of more than 160, noting veterans’ commitment to put service before self.

In addition to committing to continue to host the Veterans Day Breakfast at White Pines, Johnson announced the district will continue to add additional opportunities for veterans to stay active utilizing park district facilities and services. He identified three park district facilities that would add programs to serve veterans throughout the year: Wood Street Fitness, White Pines Golf Club and the Bensenville Water Park and Splash Pad.

As part of the veteran’s initiative, Johnson indicated Wood Street Fitness, 1000 W. Wood Street, would offer new fitness center programs to serve veterans. The center would offer free veteran memberships to new members, he said. Terms and conditions apply.

White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson, would also host a “summer bash” that would include a luncheon and golf for veterans. The date for this event has yet to be announced.

Additionally, the Bensenville Water Park and Splash Pad, 1100 W. Wood Street, would host a day at the pool for veterans and their families. The date of this event will be announced at a future time.

The programs and events would take place beginning in 2023. Winter-spring program registration begins Tuesday, November 29, for residents (November 30 for non-residents). Program rules and registration information for veterans programs will be announced separately.

Bensenville Park District residents can sign up for mobile workshop home visit by November 30!

​Bensenville, Ill.— “You better watch out! You better not cry! You better not pout; I’m telling you why…Santa Claus is coming to town.” That’s because he will visit Bensenville residents in his mobile workshop from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, December 5-9, as part of a Bensenville Park District program.

Catch Santa as he parades through the town in a lighted mobile workshop as he makes personal house visits across Bensenville this holiday season. While the visits will be brief, participants will be able to share their holiday gift list and will receive a special treat. Visit times will be arranged by the park district a week prior to the event.

Santa’s visit will adhere to the following schedule:

  • Monday, December 5—Addresses south of Jefferson/Third Avenue, with the exception of the White Pines subdivision;
  • Tuesday, December 6—Addresses north of Jefferson and south of Green Street;
  • Thursday, December 8—All addresses north of Green Street; and
  • Friday, December 9—White Pines subdivision and all unincorporated areas of Bensenville

Sign-up for ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ is already underway, and spaces are limited to just 20 homes per date. The fee is $10 per child or $35 per family. Register at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, or call 630-766-7015 by end of day Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Park district adds Bensenville Family Day in spring 2023

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District has joined forces with the Chicago Wolves to offer a ticket package for the 7 p.m. game Saturday, November 19, between the Chicago Wolves and Rockford Ice Hogs that includes a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink and winter cap and provides at least $4.50 per ticket to benefit the Bensenville Youth Coalition. Those purchasing tickets for the through will receive the special pricing and benefits. The event is open to all, and ticket packages start at just $27.

“We are excited to join with the defending Calder Cup champions for this special that offers a great value to our residents and gives back to the community,” says Bensenville Park District Executive Director Joe Vallez. “Because of the popularity of these events, we are pleased to announce a Bensenville family day with the Wolves at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 19, when they face the Manitoba Moose at Allstate Arena.”

Tickets for the March 19 game will go on sale at the start of winter-spring registration on Tuesday, November 29, at Purchases made through the site include a game ticket, hot dog, soft drink and winter cap and also include a donation to the Bensenville Youth Coalition. More information is available in the park district’s Winter-Spring Program Guide.

The Chicago Wolves are the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. All Wolves home games are played at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont, located near I-90 and I-294 and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Parking is available on-site.

The Bensenville Youth Services Coalition is a non-profit organization made up of diverse partners. The Coalition’s mission is to recognize, promote and develop youth by strengthening their connections with the community. Since the 1970s, the coalition has been committed to helping youth reach their full potential. More information about the Bensenville Youth Coalition may be found online at

Since 1960, the Bensenville Park District has grown to include 22 parks and recreational facilities, including the White Pines Golf Club, a water park and splash pad, the Deer Grove Leisure Center, Wood Street Fitness Center, Bensenville Railroad Museum, and Fischer Farm. The district’s mission is to promote community participation in leisure activities, learning experiences and social integrations by providing excellence in service, facilities and programs throughout the district. For more information about Bensenville Night and other activities, visit

Snowmen to be displayed at Fischer Farm through December 31

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District is giving local residents and businesses a chance to adopt a four foot snowman to be displayed through the month of December at Fischer Farm, 16W680 Grand Avenue, Bensenville.

“Who wants to decorate another Christmas Tree?” asks Manager of Facilities and Special Events Todd Linder. “Why not decorate a snowman that is guaranteed not to melt?”

After paying the $5 adoption fee at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, a snowman will be available to decorate from November 23 to December 3. Each snowman will be displayed at the Farmside Christmas and tree lighting from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 4, and will remain at Fischer Farm throughout December for all to enjoy. The deadline to adopt is Wednesday, November 23.

Visit for more information about adopting a snowman, Farmside Christmas or other park district holiday programs.

Intervillage registration deadline Nov. 9; house league registration ends Nov. 23

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District offers several options for kindergarten through eighth grade boys and girls interested in playing basketball, including co-ed in-house basketball for those in grades K-4 and intervillage play for boys and girls grades 3-8.

Intervillage League play is broken into three separate grade levels for both boys and girls teams: grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. All players will be evaluated and placed on a team. Evaluations take place within a week of the Wednesday, November 9, registration deadline. Practices will begin in December, and games against other villages begin in January, running through March. Home games are played at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, and road games are played in nearby villages. The fee of $115 for residents ($138 non-residents) includes a team uniform.
The deadline to register for co-ed in-house (Bensenville Sports Conference) play is Wednesday, November 23. Teams are broken down in four grade levels. All games will be played at the Deer Grove Leisure Center.

Kindergarten co-ed basketball games take place between the hours of 2:30 and 5 p.m. Saturdays beginning January 7. Practices take place before games. The fee is $45 for residents ($55 for non-residents) and includes a team t-shirt and awards.

First grade and second grade co-ed basketball teams are formed by coaches and the supervisor of athletics. Practices begin in December, and games are played between the hours of noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, beginning January 7. The $85 fee ($110 for non-residents) includes a team t-shirt and awards for top finishers.

Co-ed teams made up of third- and fourth-graders will be formed by the athletic supervisor and coaches after the registration deadline, and practices will begin in December. The games will take place between 5:45 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings beginning January 5. The fee is $85 ($110 for non-residents) and includes a team t-shirt and awards for top finishers. Fourth graders enrolled at this level may still register to play in Intervillage League games on Saturdays.

Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams to make these leagues possible. Please contact Breana Aponte for more details by calling (630) 766-7015 or emailing

Bensenville, Ill.— Wood Street Fitness, located inside the Bensenville Park District’s Deer Grove Leisure Center (DGLC), 1000 W. Wood Street, is offering two new seated fitness classes for those with limited mobility and those needing modifications. Tuesday’s seated Zumba Gold/Drum Fitness combo class helps build cardiovascular health while strengthening muscles, and Thursday’s Chair Yoga class focuses on developing mobility, strength and balance in a relaxed setting with a chair as a prop.

“The seated Zumba Gold/Drum Fitness class is perfect for those dancing enthusiasts who need modifications, those with limited mobility or those just starting to exercise after a long period of inactivity,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo, who teaches the class. “The mix of classes—30 minutes of Zumba Gold followed by 15 minutes of drum fitness and a final stretch—is a fun way to exercise your body and mind with coordinated moves.”

The class runs from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays in the DGLC’s Exercise Room. The fee is $6 for residents ($8 non-residents) and is free to those who purchased the Wood Street Fitness Core Class Pass. The first class on November 1 is free for people to try it out.

The new Chair Yoga class takes place Thursday mornings in the Exercise Room in addition to the existing Monday class. The 45-minute classes guides participants through gentle seated and standing poses to stretch and relieve tension in the body, focusing on developing mobility, strength and balance while incorporating breathing and relaxation techniques.

“You’ll even raise your heart rate with some cardio exercises and fun, seated dances,” Acevedo adds.

Chair Yoga runs 11:15 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays, and the new Thursday class begins November 3. The resident fee is $6, and non-residents are just $8 per session. The class is included among Wood Street Fitness’ Core Class Pass offerings, so no additional fee is due for those passholders.
For more information about these and other Wood Street Fitness classes, programs and facilities, visit

Resident veterans and their immediate families eat free Nov. 11; all others $14

Bensenville, Ill.— U.S. Armed Forces veterans residing in Bensenville and their immediate families will be recognized with a free breakfast when the Bensenville Park District, Village of Bensenville and Fenton High School join to salute their service at the annual Veterans Day Breakfast 9 a.m. Friday, November 11, at the White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville.

Welcome VeteransState Senate President Don Harmon (39th District) and State Representative Kathleen Willis (77th District) are scheduled to join Bensenville Village President Frank DeSimone, Fenton High School District 100 Superintendent James Ongtengco, Bensenville Park District Board President Rich Johnson and Executive Director Joseph Vallez in saluting Bensenville’s veterans.

“Serving in the armed forces is one of the most selfless and courageous things someone can do for our country,” Vallez says. “We are pleased to celebrate the service of our local veterans, and joining together to thank them with a free Veterans Day Breakfast at White Pines is one way we can do that.”

In addition to recognition by the dignitaries, highlights of the breakfast include a presentation by retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis as well as three winners of the Defending Freedom Essay contest from Fenton High School. Yantis’ military background includes more than 22 years of service as a cavalry officer and army spokesman. He was deployed in more than 33 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa in addition to working in the Pentagon during the 9-11 attack.

Although the event is free for resident veterans and their families, pre-registration is required by Friday, November 4, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, or by calling (630) 766-7015. Other members of the community, including non-resident veterans, are welcome to attend the breakfast for $14 per person.

Enjoy fall rates through the month of November; pro shop sale begins November 1

Bensenville, Ill.— The leaves are changing and full of autumnal splendor, and with those changes come new, lower golfing rates at White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville.

The new fall rates begin Wednesday, October 26, and last until December 1, when winter rates are effective. The fee is $36 riding ($26 walk) until 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. After 1 p.m., it is just $26 to ride and $16 to walk. Weekend rates are $52 riding ($42 walking) until 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. From 1 to 3 p.m., the price drops to $36 to ride and $26 walking. From 3 p.m. to close on weekends, the rate is just $26 to ride and $16 to walk.

“We are grateful for all the golfers who came out to White Pines this summer and look forward to welcoming more this fall,” says White Pines PGA Manager Andrew Godfrey. “Additionally, we invite patrons to visit our pro shop to take advantage of our fall and winter savings.”

Beginning Tuesday, November 1, the pro shop will be offering 30 percent savings off all merchandise. The discount applies to clothing, footwear, accessories and more. The sale lasts through Tuesday, February 28. Gift cards are also available.

The White Pines Golf Club’s two 18-hole championship courses, situated on more than 260 acres, has been a favorite among Chicago area golfers since 1928. The public course owned and operated by the Bensenville Park District is an excellent choice for players of all skill levels. Whether it’s an evening at the lighted driving range, a casual round with friends or an outing or special event, White Pines Golf Club offers the perfect setting to get “away from it all.” Course patrons are also invited to enjoy food and drink at the 37 Bar & Grill. More information may be found at

Free Oct. 29 event features children’s costume contest, bounce houses and candy

Bensenville, Ill.— The Bensenville Park District invites area residents to do the mash—the Monster Mash, that is—from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Those attending Bensenville’s Monster Mash will get in the Halloween spirit early by taking a trip through the DGLC’s Halloween-themed activity walk, ending in the gym, where kids of all ages will be able to enjoy many fun activities. The event is free, and advance registration is not necessary.

“Monster Mash 2022 will have all the staple entertainment that our community has come to expect from our special events, along with some exciting new additions,” says Manager of Facilities and Events Todd Linder. “We’ve constructed a new path through the leisure center this year and changed up the room to add more excitement.”

Children and families can come dressed in costumes, and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Winners will be announced online on Halloween, Monday, October 31.

Attendees of the family-friendly Monster Mash also will enjoy the carnival games, inflatable bounce houses, live critters and, of course, free candy while supplies last.

Information about this and other park district programs and activities can be found on

Join the ultimate Halloween costume dance party at the DGLC Gym

Bensenville, Ill.— People of all ages and abilities are invited to the Wood Street Fitness “spooktacular” Halloween Zumba® class from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 27, at the Deer Grove Leisure Center Gymnasium, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville.

Costumes are strongly encouraged to make this fitness party like no other. There will be prizes for the top three costumes and lots of Halloween props for pictures.

“We are taking our fun-sized Zumba® class beyond the exercise room and into the gym, where you will find yourself, your family and friends in a full-size Halloween dance event with lights, spooky decorations and props for the best Halloween pictures and social media posts,” says Fitness Supervisor Silvia Acevedo. “The best part is, of course, our 60-minute Zumba® class and its fun mix of Zumba® hits and Halloween songs. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and have a blast.”

Instructors will team up to provide the ultimate Halloween dance party for all fitness levels, with modifications for active adults, seniors and children.

“Everyone is welcome and can be assured that they will get a great workout and a blast from start to finish,” Acevedo adds. “You won’t even know that you will be burning up to 800 calories during class!”

Acevedo advises to dress in a fun, comfortable Halloween costume and to bring water.

The special event is not included among the fitness center’s Core Class Pass offerings, but don’t be spooked by the fee: just $6 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Payment is to be made upon arrival.

Visit for more information about fitness center classes, instructors, schedules and more. Wood Street Fitness is a community service of the Bensenville Park District. Additional information may be found at