In 1930, Lombard held the first Lilac Pageant, crowning the first Lilac Queen, Adeline Fleege. In 2001, the Lombard Junior Women’s Club obtained sponsorship of what is today called the Lilac Princess Program. This time-honored tradition has been in existence in our community for over 90 years and it is an important part of Lilac Time in Lombard.
The contest is open to young women of Lombard who are between 16 and 21 years of age. The women are evaluated by a panel of impartial judges and are scored in categories like academics, community service involvement, poise and grace, speaking ability, and appearance. Five Lilac Princess are selected and serve as the Lilac Court, community ambassadors for the Village throughout Lilac Time. The Princesses participate in another round of interviews and on the first Saturday in May, the Lilac Queen is crowned. Each Lilac Princess is awarded a $1,000 scholarship, funded in part through a Village of Lombard Tourism Grant.
2023 Lilac Court Applications
Interested in applying to be a member of the 2023 Lilac Court? Submit your application by Friday, March 3, 2023. All applicants are required to attend Preliminary Interviews on Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. to be considered for the Lilac Court. Interviews are held at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center. Interviews are conducted in the order in which you check-in that day, not the order in which you submit your application online. Five young women will be chosen to represent Lombard for this nearly 100 year old tradition during Lilac Time, and will receive a scholarship for higher education, funded by a Village of Lombard Local Tourism Grant.
Requirements to apply:
Young women between 16-21 years of age, residents of Lombard (including Butterfield and Unincorporated residents)
Proof of Lombard residence required
Agreement to Code of Conduct
Dress: Business/Interview attire required (dress or blouse/dress slacks)
Applicants are interviewed by unbiased, non-Lombard or Villa Park residents on:
Photo Credit: Chris Fox, Lombardian
2023 Lilac Princess Program Schedule of Events
Dates are subject to change and more events will be added as dates/times/venues are confirmed.
*March 5, 10:00 a.m. - Preliminary Interviews
*March 5, 6:00 p.m. - Lilac Court Parent Orientation
*March 13, 7:00 p.m. - Tiara Presentation (Maple Street Chapel & livestream)
April 1 - Lombard Park District Easter Egg Hunt
*April 29 - Final Interviews
*May 5 - Little Lady Lilac Ball
*May 6, 1:00 p.m. - Coronation (Lilacia Park)
May 7 - Lilac Time Art & Craft Fair appearance
*May 12 - Lilac Ball, The Westin
*May 21, 1:30 p.m. - Lilac Day Parade
June 21 - TLC Camp
This listing represents public appearances and other events that Lilac Court members are required to attend (as indicated by *). There are other events not listed here that Lilac Court members are encouraged to attend throughout their term as a 2023 Lilac Princess.
Events are subject to state and local guidelines and may be cancelled or moved to a virtual format at any time.
2022 Lilac Ball. Pictured from left: Felicity Abbott, Kayla Hickman, Allison O'Callaghan (2022 Lilac Queen), Katy Nairn, and Caitlyn Oliva.
How to Support the Lilac Princess Program
The Lombard Lilac Princess Program has been a signature program for the Lombard Junior Women's Club since 2001 and its success is grounded on community support. Contributions, large and small, from individuals, businesses, grants and in-kind gifts all are essential to ensuring the continuation of this long-time tradition of Lombard.
Make a Donation
Make a one-time or reoccurring donation online or send a check to the Lombard Junior Women's Club (memo: Lilac Princess Program) to PO Box 512 Lombard, IL 60148.
Become a Sponsor
We offer flexible corporate sponsorship opportunities for our partners who join our mission to give back to our community. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to customize a sponsorship package that fits your interests and budget.
For more information on the Lombard Lilac Princess Program, contact Brittney Conway at email@example.com.
Thank You to our Supporters
The Lilac Princess Program Committee and the Lombard Junior Women's Club sincerely appreciate and thank all of the many individuals and local businesses who support this long-time Lombard tradition.