The kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to fall and the weather this week has certainly reminded us that summer is probably in the rear-view mirror. As 2020 moves forward, and our normal realities continue to remain abnormal, we are starting to look to what comes next. Thanks to COVID-19, the seasons ahead – fall and winter – will surely be different, just as spring as summer were. With that in mind, I wanted to provide a few updates on some positive things we can all look forward to.
- Dining this fall and winter: Next week at our Committee of the Whole meeting, the Village Board will dialogue over options for our restaurants to continue providing some level of outdoor dining as the weather gets colder. Just as we did early this summer, the Village is committed to find ways to support our restaurants whose day-to-day business model has shifted dramatically. This includes considering allowing restaurants to put in place small structures on sidewalks and Village streets to accommodate small groups of diners in order to supplement the 25% of available seats in indoor spaces. We will keep you advised of the options we are considering and always welcome public feedback. The information for this discussion is available here.
- Enjoy some events: Like me, you were likely dismayed that our art festival which usually lines the streets in downtown Glencoe in late July had to be postponed. We have been working closely with the art festival manager, Amdur Productions, and they have developed an “art walk” model that they have employed in many surrounding communities since the COVID-19 pandemic started. On October 17 and 18, we will host the Glencoe Art Walk, which will require reservations and crowd size limitations, ad employ numerous COVID protocols to keep patrons and artists safe. Read more about it here.
We are also working to find ways to help our retail business community and will be working with the Glencoe Chamber of Commerce on possible shopping events this fall and winter that can help support our special Glencoe businesses.
The Chicago Botanic Garden has announced that both of their fall/early winter signature events – Night of a 1000 Jack-o-lanterns and Lightscape - will take place this fall and winter. More information is available here.
We plan to make announcements regarding Halloween and Light the Lights in the coming weeks, and so please stay tuned!
- Recycle! The Sustainability Task Force is hosting its second annual Donation and Recycling Drop Off Event on Saturday, October 10. This is a tremendous event for our community, and we are working to make it both successful and COVID-19-safe. Please, before you set out items for our Village-wide Clean Up Day on October 17, consider donating and/or recycling many items that would otherwise be destined for a landfill by participating with the Donation and Recycling Drop Off Day!
It wouldn’t be a Village Manager Blog post if I didn’t make a pitch to keep wearing those masks. I would add to that message that I hope you continue to support our local businesses and engage in COVID-19-safe events and opportunities this fall. Please, whenever possible, try to shop locally – not only do you help our one-of-a-kind businesses succeed in a difficult environment, your sales tax dollars support the day-to-day operations of the Village. Now more than ever, we all need that support.
Finally, if you haven’t yet responded to the 2020 Census, please do so! The deadline was recently moved up to September 30 and is rapidly approaching. Every household in Glencoe needs to respond! You can find information on how to respond and any other Census-related questions you may have here.
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback about the items I’ve discussed in this Blog, or on any other subject about which you may have questions or concerns. Please stay healthy and well!