Façade Improvement Program

The Village of Fox Lake is a strong supporter of business development and expansion. To show our support, the Façade Improvement Program has been revised and re-instated. We believe that façade improvements can benefit the entire community. This program was designed to assist building and business owners with improvements to their commercial businesses in the Village of Fox Lake. The goal of the program is to improve existing property values, encourage redevelopment, and enhance the overall attractiveness of our community.


Owners of commercial property on which a business is being operated who install at least one thousand dollars ($1,000) of improvements to the façade are eligible to a receive a grant equal to fifty percent (50%) of the cost of the work, up to a maximum grant of four thousand dollars ($4,000) per storefront. Individual applicants who own multiple storefronts may apply for more than one grant. Improvements which may be eligible are as follows:

  • Awnings, Canopies, Shutters
  • Landscaping Features, permanent
  • Painting, Masonry, Siding
  • Signage, permanent
  • Windows and Doors

Getting Started

To begin the process, please complete and return the application along with supporting documentation to the Community Development Department. Staff will review your application for completeness and will provide a meeting date to present before the Plan Commission. 

Items required at time of submittal;

  • Completed Application
  • Plat of Survey
  • Photograph of existing façade
  • Sketch of proposed improvements
  • Three, third party estimates
  • If not building owner, must provide letter of approval from building owner


For more information, questions or assistance with the application process, please contact the Community Development Department at (847)587-3176. We look forward to working with you!