Community Events

The Village of West Dundee organizes and sponsors several events for the community each year, from family events and volunteer opportunities to the highly anticipated annual 3-day Heritage Fest. Click here for an overview of 2019 events and their potential impacts.


West Dundee River Challenge (Intelligentsia Cup Cycling Series)

In 2016, West Dundee became a host city for the Intelligentsia Cup, a 10-day bicycle road racing event for amateur and professional cyclists which takes place in mid-July each year.

Historic Old Town North will once again be abuzz with fast paced racing action throughout the day, offering an extra challenge for racers as they face the Washington Street uphill climb - the “legbreaker” - on every lap of the circuit.

Grafelman Park will be full of family-friendly activities, including a kid’s bike clinic and a family bike parade, costumes encouraged (with prizes.) This year will see the event expanded to include a Restaurant and Entertainment Corridor downtown with live music and race-side dining.

Additional information will be provided to all addresses on the course in regards to impacts and parking arrangements.

For more information about the 2022 event, scheduled for Friday, July 22, please view the following PDFs and links:
West Dundee River Challenge Website
Intelligentsia Cup Website
West Dundee River Challenge - July 22, 2022 Facebook Group
Race Course Map
2022 Volunteer Signup
Host Housing Opportunities


Concerts In the Park

Concerts In The Park
Dundee Township Park District

dtpd.org

Each summer, the Dundee Township Park District, in conjunction with the Villages of West Dundee, East Dundee and Carpentersville, puts on a series of concerts in area parks, providing free fun entertainment for residents of all ages.

Grafelman Park in West Dundee and Lions Park in East Dundee play host to several such events during the months of June, July and August, with a concert and fireworks display at Meadowdale Park in Carpentersville at the end of June. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends for dinner, fresh air, entertainment and community spirit!

For a complete schedule of events organized by the Park District, visit www.dtpd.org.


Heritage Fest

Heritage Fest-West Dundee
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

wdundeeheritagefest.org

In mid-September (second weekend after Labor Day), the Village of West Dundee hosts a highly anticipated 3-day community celebration to close out the summer with a bang! Our annual Heritage Fest offers a little something for everyone with no cost for admission.

Friday night features heart-pounding live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display, along with mouth-watering food and beverage options. Continuing into Saturday and Sunday, the community is a-buzz with the addition of Craft & Antique Fairs, Classic Car Show, Baggo Tournament, Kids Activities, 5K Race and more.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.wdundeeheritagefest.org.

Heritage Fest is made possible by the generous donations of local and national businesses, who recognize the value of the festival not only as a community event, but as a powerful marketing tool. Additional business partners are always welcome. Volunteers are also sought to assist in festival operations. Please visit www.wdundeeheritagefest.org for details.


West Dundee Halloween Party

In 2011, West Dundee resident Jill Harris proposed a fun, free family-focused Halloween Party for the West Dundee community. The event quickly became a favorite, with families from all around the Dundee community dressing up and converging on Grafelman Park on a Saturday in October each year.

Grafelman Park will be full of Halloween and Fall themed activities for kids of all ages, including a costumes parade and contest (with prizes), trunk or treat, games and more!

For more information about the 2021 event, scheduled for Saturday, October 30, please view the following PDFs and links:
West Dundee Halloween Party Facebook Page
West Dundee Halloween Party Facebook Event
Halloween House Decorating Contest Registration Form
Business Request Letter
Event Sponsorship Application
Trunk or Treat Application


Dickens In Dundee

Dickens-West Dundee
Village Hall
villagehall@wdundee.org

dickensindundee.org

In the tradition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, each year during the first weekend of December (second weekend after Thanksgiving) downtown East and West Dundee come to life in a Victorian Christmas celebration with small town atmosphere.

The weekend kicks off with tree lighting ceremonies, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa and live portrayals of Christmas scenes in the merchant windows along Main Street. Saturday begins with the cornerstone event: the Spirit of Christmas Parade. Other popular events include Gingerbread House Making, Festival of Trees, Santa's Petting Zoo and, Christmas tree sales by the Dundee Lions Club in Grafelman Park.

For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.dickensindundee.org.

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Randall - Binnie Road - Carpentersville Development Proposal

The discussion surrounding the potential for a large-scale truck depot/logistics park is a complicated one. What follows is an effort by the Village of West Dundee to clarify certain aspects.

Here goes:

Did the West Dundee talk with the property owner and developer about the project prior to its being offered to Carpentersville?

Yes—twice in 2021. The inquiry was informal, and did at one time include the prospect of commercial uses along Randall Road frontage as a “make-good” for the village potentially accepting the less-desirable truck depot/logistics park concept. The Village of West Dundee thought the overall concept so disruptive and incongruous with the area that it did not advance the discussion to the full village board. Put simply, the concept is a poor one, and it had no chance of being given a positive appraisal by the current board for West Dundee.
So after the rejection, the property owner and developer then took the concept to Carpentersville?

Yes.

Did West Dundee try to work with Carpentersville on a boundary agreement for the area?

Yes. Carpentersville refused.

Carpentersville claims that 60% of the project is dedicated to open space?

One of the more perplexing items in the “Carpentersville Frequently Asked Questions” is the statement that the development shows that 60% of the entire space will be kept as open wetland space. The proposed development area is 90 acres total comprised of three building areas of 24 acres, 27 acres, 22 acres totaling 1M sq. ft. under roof, 2 acres of roadway, and 15 acres of detention, all totaling 90 acres. There is virtually no green or open space on the site plan. Where is the 60% open space?

Is Carpentersville strongly considering the project?

Yes. It would appear that the village has every intent of approving the use. Consider that Carpentersville has: • Rejected West Dundee’s request to formally consider a boundary agreement for the previously expected corporate limits of West Dundee on the south side of Binnie Road and Carpentersville on the north side.
• Indicated strong support of this developer and the project, via emails.
• Has developer an expedited timeframe for approval.
• Initiated and provided a full concept review evaluation by both the Village Board and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
• Amended their zoning ordinance in the last two weeks to include and allow for light industrial development on Randall Road. • Amended and adopted a revised comprehensive plan, which for the last 30 years has never been contemplated in the Village of Carpentersville and even their Comp Plan adopted last month does not include this property in its future land use map.

Why is West Dundee concerned?

The reasons can be distilled to the following:

• Carpentersville is formally amending their needed and required documents in order to support and grant approvals for 325 truck bays and 1 million square feet for light industrial on property, that has always been expected to be located within the Village of West Dundee.

• Carpentersville is not considering the existing, nearby land uses or being respectful of the surrounding properties--including the large estate residentials and the open space and recreational township areas located at Randall Oaks Park.

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Sat
Oct 29
2022

West Dundee Halloween Party

12:00PM - 3:00PM at Grafelman Park
The Grafelman Park Halloween Party is a family event held annually at Grafelman Park. There is no entry fee, however food and/or monetary donations for FISH Food Pantry are strongly encouraged.

The Halloween Party includes a costume contest, kids crafts, games, face painting, straw bale maze, hayrides, house decorating contest (popular judging) and more. For more information, click the link below.

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Fri
Dec 02
2022

DICKENS IN DUNDEE

6:00PM - 10:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 34th annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

Visit www.dickensindundee.org for more information.

Sat
Dec 03
2022

DICKENS IN DUNDEE

10:00AM - 3:00PM at Downtown East & West Dundee
Join us for Dundee's 34th annual Dickens in Dundee traditional holiday celebration!

Visit www.dickensindundee.org for more information.


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