Americans take a stand against violence Tuesday night when they participate in National Night Out.
To celebrate, people come out of their homes to promote safe neighborhoods. Police use the occasion to publicize programs such as neighborhood watch, drug prevention and other crime-fighting efforts.
The annual observance is held on the first Tuesday of August.
Events will be held in Chicago and throughout the suburbs.
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4 p.m. — (CHICAGO) Ogden District police station holds a National Night Out event with food, games and entertainment. 3315 W. Ogden Ave. Contact: (312) 747-7190.
4 p.m. — (VERNON HILLS) Police host National Night Out event. Hartmann Park, 292 Oakwood Rd., Vernon Hills. Contact: (847) 247-4889.
5 p.m. — (DES PLAINES) Police Department hosts annual “National Night Out” event, with presentations, giveaways and crime prevention activities. Maine West High School, 1755 S. Wolf Rd., Des Plaines. Contact: Mike Meyer, (847) 391-5410.
5 p.m. — (BUFFALO GROVE) Police host “National Night Out” to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity with business expo, picnic, inflatable attractions, and police and fire department displays. Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Rd., Buffalo Grove. Contact: Mike Terson, (847) 850-2116.
5 p.m. — (BARTLETT) Police and fire departments host 21st Annual National Night Out Against Crime “Picnic in the Park” event with free food and activities. Until 9 p.m. Bartlett Park, 696 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett. Contact: (630) 837-0846.
5 p.m. — (LINCOLNSHIRE) Police host National Night Out Against Violence celebration with free food and activities. Until 8 p.m. North Park, 1025 Riverwoods Rd., Lincolnshire. Contact: Sgt. Kimberly Covelli, (847) 913-2345 or email@example.com.
5 p.m. — (SKOKIE) National Night Out events. Lee/Wright Park, 4840 Lee St., Skokie. Contact: Janelle Silva, (847) 933-8257.
5 p.m. — (LOMBARD) National Night Out events. East side of Paradise Bay Water Park at Commons Park, 437 E. St. Charles Rd., Lombard. Contact: Sgt. Will Mitchell, (630) 873-4677.
5 p.m. — (CRYSTAL LAKE) Police host National Night Out events including games, vehicle displays, K-9 demos and more. Three Oaks Recreation Area, 5517 Northwest Hwy., Crystal Lake. Contact: Officer Kimberley Shipbaugh, (815) 356-3620.
6 p.m. — (NORTHBROOK) Park District and police host National Night Out including DJ, food, games and crime prevention information. Meadowhill Aquatic Center, 1501 Maple Ave., Northbrook. Contact: (847) 664-4427
6 p.m. — (DOLTON) Police host National Night Out Against Violence celebration with free food and activities. Until 10 p.m. Dolton Waterfall, 14015 Park Ave., Dolton. Contact: (708) 201-3200.
6 p.m. — (ELGIN) National Night Out Against Crime celebrations take place in 38 neighborhood blocks, with an all-city block party until 8:30 p.m. Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. Contact: Cherie Aschenbrenner, (847) 289-2626.
6 p.m. — (OAKBROOK TERRACE) National Night Out & Touch a Truck event features Jessie White Tumblers, music, outdoor film and municipal trucks for kids to explore. Heritage Center and Heritage Park, 1S325 Ardmore Ave., Oakbrook Terrace. Contact: (630) 627-6100.
6 p.m. — (ROLLING MEADOWS) Police Department holds National Night Out Against Crime celebration with free food and activities. Until 8:30 p.m. Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Dr., Rolling Meadows. Contact: Sgt. Tom Gadomski, (847) 870-9070.
6 p.m. — (FRANKFORT) Night Out Against Crime features family activities, food, games, K-9 demos and more. Breidert Green, Kansas Street and Oak Street, Frankfort. Contact: (815) 469-9435.
6 p.m. — (ST. CHARLES) Kane County Sheriff’s office hosts National Night Out. Southeast corner of Route 38 and Peck Road, St. Charles. Contact: Kane County Sheriff’s Office, (630) 232-6840.
6 p.m. — (PLAINFIELD) Village hosts National Night Out events including games, crafts, car show and more. Fire Dept. Administration Building, 15025 S. Des Plaines St., Plainfield. Contact: Officer Mark Siegel, (815) 267-7207.
6 p.m. — (EVANSTON) Police host National Night Out Against Crime events throughout city, with an 8:05 p.m. screening of “E.T” at Penny Park. 1500 Lake St., Evanston. Contact: Patrick Deignan, (847) 448-8234.
6:30 p.m. — (PARK RIDGE) Police Department hosts 10th National Night Out event to heighten crime and drug awareness, and strengthen community. Hodges Park, 101 S. Courtland Ave., Park Ridge. Contact: Lou Jogmen, (847) 318-5267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:30 p.m. –– (VILLA PARK) Police host National Night Out celebration for crime and drug prevention. Jefferson Pool, 341 N. Harvard Ave., Villa Park. Contact: Kevin Conner, (630) 834-7447 or email@example.com.
7:30 p.m. — (MUNDELEIN) Police Department hosts National Night Out Against Crime celebration. Until 10:30 p.m. Santa Maria Del Popolo, parking lot, Seymour and Courtland, Mundelein. Contact: Jennifer Marshall, (847) 968-3775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.