Business FAQ

Historic Downtown Long Grove Business District.

Long Grove may be best known for its specialty shops and special dining.  Visitors travel long distances by car and chartered bus to spend a day in our Historic Business District.  Downtown Long Grove contains some 120 businesses.  With few exceptions, all are open seven days a week, all year long.  The success of our turn-of-the-century shopping environment is not just luck.  After World War II, when the Village as we know it today began taking shape, a need to preserve the historic value and flavor of the district was recognized.  As a result, the first historic district in Illinois was created in 1960 by Village ordinance.

The Village created an Economic Development Commission in 2018 to bring together talented residents and business owners to design and help implement initiatives that foster vibrant and durable business development throughout the Village.  The Commission meets twice a month.  For further information, please contact Mike Sarlitto via email Michael.Sarlito@longgroveil.gov.

Downtown Public Water Connection Requirements & Old McHenry Road SSA

In order to recoup roughly 1/3 of the cost for the public water system in the Historic Downtown, the Village Board approved amendments to the Village Code: (1) extending the deadline for buildings along Old McHenry Road to connect to public water system from November 2018 to January 31, 2019 and (2) reducing the distance of buildings from the public watermain that have to connect by from 400′ to 80′.  As an option to provide alternative financing for those property owners that are interested, the Village Board also approved an ordinance approving the establishment of a Special Service Area for those buildings that are located within 80′ of the watermain.  The minimum quarterly water rate is $100.

Historic Downtown Economic Development Incentives.

The Village of Long Grove Board of Trustees recently passed an incentive plan for the historic business district.  The programs provide the ability for business and or property owners that make pre-approved program eligible capital improvements to their property / business to be reimbursed for 50% of these expenses with a maximum reimbursement of $ 100,000.  The following documents provides details on these programs that are aimed attracting and maintaining business in the historic downtown.  To learn more about these Village incentives, please contact Village Manager Dave Lothspeich (847-634-9440 or dlothspeich@longgroveil.gov).

IL 83 & Downtown Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District

Downtown Master Plan

The Village is currently updating its comprehensive plan, and expects to finalize it by early 2019.