Glen Ellyn CBD Improvements: Phase II

On Monday, September 23 the Village Board approved the contract to move forward with for the Central Business District (CBD) streetscape and utility improvements project.
As part of the project, new festoon lighting was recently installed at Shock’s Square, located in the downtown just east of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. This new lighting is one of several sample demonstrations across downtown showcasing what is possible during the Village’s upcoming streetscape and utility improvements project, expected to commence construction in 2021.
Additional streetscape features and mock-ups including exposed aggregate concrete sidewalks (decorative sidewalks), decorative curbs, tree planters, benches and a new street light pole will be installed in the coming weeks at different locations throughout the downtown including:
  • On Main Street near the northwest corner of Main Street and Crescent Boulevard
  • On Pennsylvania Avenue near the southwest corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • On Pennsylvania Avenue near the southeast corner of Glenwood Avenue and Main Street.
Stay tuned for updates and ways to provide feedback on the mock-ups displayed throughout  downtown. The downtown streetscape and utility improvements project will address the roadway, sidewalk and underground utility needs, as wells as ADA compliance issues throughout downtown. The last major widespread CBD rehabilitation project was completed in the mid-1980’s.

Upcoming Village Board Workshop

The Village Board is set to continue discussions on this project at the Monday, March 4 Special Village Board Workshop meeting at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Specific discussions pertaining to this project will include on-street parking, budget and sidewalk materials.

In this workshop setting, it’s important to note that this is a discussion only and voting will not take place. The workshop meeting is open to the public with community members and business owners invited to attend. The workshop agenda is posted to the Village website.

What I LOVE about Glen Ellyn…

In late January, we met with 100+ locals to ask their ideas and learn where their priorities lie when it comes to making Downtown Glen Ellyn better. We heard many compliments about local charm, character, and wishes to make it even more vibrant, inviting, and sustainable for years to come. People also shared what it was they loved about their town – their hand-written comments are in the banner above!

What do you love about Glen Ellyn? Tell us and help shape the future of Downtown!

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Scenes from the 1.26 Design Workshop

Take a look at last month’s Design Workshop planned in collaboration with the Village, MUSE Community + Design, and Civiltech Engineering and see your neighbors’ ideas for improving Downtown Glen Ellyn’s streetscape and add your own!

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1.26 Design Workshop

On Saturday, January 26th, the Village of Glen Ellyn, together with MUSE Community + Design and Civiltech Engineering, held a Design Workshop at Fire Station 1. Timed to coincide with the annual Indoor Sidewalk Sale, the event sought input from residents and business owners on a number of topics pertinent to the Village’s CBD Streetscape & Utility Improvements project.

Despite cold and snow on the ground, 100+ residents, business owners, teens, and youth filtered through the space that day. The event, Advertised online and via social media, the Workshop was well attended by Glen Ellyners of all ages, business owners, and others. Despite colder-than-usual temperatures that weekend, we handed out ~90 comment cards to attendees who provided rich commentary and insight about their preferences for future Streetscape & Utility improvements for Downtown Glen Ellyn.

After signing in, attendees had access to six stations, each with varying degrees of interactivity, and with activities for all ages, plus informational kiosks and displays that educated or sought input from attendees. Have something to add? Get involved and share your ideas today!

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1.26 Design Downtown Glen Ellyn Workshop

January 26th
10am – 2pm
Fire Station #1

(524 Pennsylvania Ave.)

Join us at Fire Station #1 on January 26th for a warm-up during the annual Indoor Sidewalk Sale! We’ll have music, refreshments, kids’ activities, and lots of fun activities and useful information regarding the Village’s upcoming streetscape & utility project!

Come learn about the Village’s past planning efforts, our work done thus far, and share your ideas for Downtown Glen Ellyn!

The Village looks to address the roadway, sidewalk, and underground utility needs and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance throughout downtown. These improvements are long-overdue and much-needed to ensure the Village’s continued vibrancy and success for years to come!

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State of Downtown Meeting

Downtown business representatives and other stakeholders convened on October 24th to hear about the many exciting improvements coming to downtown. Village Manager Mark Franz provided updates on development proposals, ongoing planning efforts, and the downtown streetscape and utility project. The event provided an opportunity to answer questions and clarify the timing of proposed improvements.

How do you shop local?

The holidays are a busy time for Glen Ellyn’s many boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and other locally-owned businesses as people stroll and shop, meet friends and family, and see Downtown’s festive holiday decor and legendary Christmas tree. As you are out and about in downtown, take time to think about ways we can improve the downtown experience by making it even more beautiful and easier to get around.

Have an idea? Share it at Your Municipal, a tool the Village is using to help bring the best ideas forward.

Downtown Walking Tour

To help kick off the Village’s streetscape improvement project, Village staff, the consultant team, and the Steering Committee did a walking tour to spark ideas and gain insights. Here are some general takeaways from the event:

  1. Increase opportunities for outdoor recreation and greenery, including outdoor restaurant seating, pocket parks, planters, and more green spaces. Consider amenities such as music and wi-fi and ongoing issues regarding maintenance and mature trees.
  2. Trade-offs were identified particularly around proposed improvements (bike facilities, expanded sidewalk space) versus adequate and accessible car parking.
  3. The streetscape should help current businesses thrive, reinforce past planning efforts, and support proposed development and redevelopment.

Have an idea? Add it to the list of ideas from past plans at

Add your Ideas!