Operating a New Business
The Village promotes shopper convenience in the downtown through "Customers First" parking rules which make on-street parking spaces exclusively available for customer use only. The on-street spaces are free with an extended 3-hour limit to promote both dining and shopping in the same visit. Village rules prohibit downtown business employees from parking on downtown streets. There are a variety of options for downtown employee parking.
Year round upkeep of sidewalks in commercial districts is the responsibility of property owners. As a practical measure, attention to the appearance of sidewalks fronting businesses is most often a detail for business owners to ensure convenient, attractive and safe access for their customers.
Snow & Ice Removal on Sidewalks
In the pedestrian-oriented downtown, the Village has snow management procedures described in a Village Public Works Department brochure (PDF). When snow has fallen to a depth of 3 or more inches, Village Public Works staff will clear a 4-foot wide path on all central business district sidewalks. Clearing the remaining snow on the sidewalk, including opening pathways for shoppers from parked vehicles at the curb, is the responsibility of the property owner.
If a property owner does not follow through, the storefront tenants should undertake this maintenance. Clearing sidewalks during a winter event of under 3 inches of accumulation rests with the property owners, or in their absence, their storefront tenants. In addition, business owners should maintain ice free conditions in front of their businesses through salting.
View the Village Community Development Department brochure of business regulations for outdoor signs, merchandise and balloons (PDF). For additional information, call the Village's Community Development Department at 630-547-5250.
Used to advertise special events and allowed only on the private property of the business, permit with fee required. View the banner sign application form (PDF).
Business owners' needs to draw attention and the community’s desire for high quality appearance in commercial districts are balanced in Village codes. Outdoor displays, (including tents, promotional activities, and outdoor merchandise sales, display or storage) are generally not allowed unless a Special Use Permit has been granted. The process to request a Special Use Permit involves a public hearing conducted by the Plan Commission, and approval by the Village Board, application fee applies. This is a one-time approval process with no need for annual renewal. View the Village Community Development Department Special Use Permit Application Packet (PDF).
Outdoor Seating License
The Village offers an annual license for restaurants that wish to provide outdoor seating for patrons. Outdoor seating on the public sidewalk or public property requires approval of the Outdoor Sidewalk Cafe Application to Allow Tables and Chairs in the Public Right of Way Fillable (PDF).
Outdoor seating is allowed on private property with certain restrictions (Section 10-5-15 of Zoning Code).