BG Days / fiscal planning / buy a duck

 BG Days wristbands on sale now

One-day and unlimited wristbands for Buffalo Grove Days are now available. Save $5 when you buy before Sept. 1.

            The 2021 Buffalo Grove Days are scheduled from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 6.

The carnival will run all four days with musical entertainment set for Friday through Sunday with one band playing each night from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and a DJ playing before and after.

Local food trucks will be available and the Park District will sell soft drinks and beer.

The annual program for residents with disabilities will be held on Monday, Sept. 6. However, unlike previous years, it will only consist of the carnival rides.

The Buddy Baseball Game will be held this year at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at Kendrigan Field at Rick Drazner Park (formerly Twin Creeks Park).

Parking and shuttle buses will be available. Complete information is available at

 Work underway on village’s 2022 budget

Even though the Village Board’s budget meeting is not until November, work has started on the 2022 budget according to coverage in the Buffalo Grove Countryside.

Speaking of finances

The next time your cable is out and you’re looking for a way to pass the time, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020 is now available on the village's website. It can be found here.

Cops cracking down on impaired drivers

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is partnering with law enforcement throughout the state to stop impaired driving and help save lives by participating in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ enforcement campaign which runs through Sept. 7.

During this period, motorists in Buffalo Grove can expect to see increased impaired driving patrols and seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest. Speeding or distracted drivers should also be aware of the stepped-up enforcement.

The Labor Day ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Blood drive Sept. 4

Residents can participate in a community blood drive from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Dr.

For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, call 877-258-4825 or visit; use group code BG98. Appointments and masks are required.

IDPH Offers ‘Vax Verify’ System

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has launched Vax Verify, a new immunization verification portal. Registered portal users ages 18 and older will have access to a digital copy of their vaccination record in case the physical copy is lost or damaged. For more information, click here.

Got ideas for the future?

The village is identifying ideas that will shape the future of Buffalo Grove, and wants residents' input. Learn more about the Comprehensive Plan here, and share your thoughts and ideas on our new Comprehensive Plan Facebook page.

Firefighter/paramedic lauded

            Longtime Buffalo Grove firefighter, Lt. Jeff Morris, was honored Monday, Aug. 16 as the Fire Fighter of the Year.  Presented annually by the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, the award cites outstanding efforts by a member of the Fire Department. Morris was one of five nominees submitted.

            According to a report in the Daily Herald, Buffalo Grove Rotary President Brett Robinson, Morris stepped up at the onset of the pandemic last year to coordinate logistics and ensure that each station had the needed cleaning supplies and PPE to operate.

Bills fundraising for new scoreboard

With their first game Sunday, the Buffalo Grove Bills are still raising money for a new scoreboard.  Details about the $6,500 goal can be found here.

Why a duck?

Because the Rotary is raising money. The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is sponsoring its annual duck race fund raiser starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Three options are available including the “Lucky Duck,” which is a single-duck entry for $5, the “Quack Pack” which is six ducks for $25 or the “Flock of Ducks” which is 25 ducks for $100.

The top prize is $1,500, second prize is $500, third prize $is 250 with 10 fourth place winners each receiving $100. Full information is available here.

Beth Am food pantry open Sunday

The food pantry at Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove, 1370 Abbott Court, will be open this Sunday, Aug. 29 from noon - 2 p.m. The pantry is open to everyone regardless of religious or financial background. Donations are accepted at the same time.

GiveNKind sets mini-golf fund raiser

A mini-golf fund-raiser sponsored by GiveNKind place is scheduled from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Par-King Skill Golf, 21711 N Milwaukee Ave, Lincolnshire.

The event includes a round of 18-hole miniature golf, a picnic meal from The Picnic Basket, music, games and raffles.

Standard and premium packages are available for four and five-person teams (all attendees must be over 48” as required by Par-King). Sponsorship opportunities are available for families and businesses.

This event is limited to 200 participants. Packages start at $160 per foursome. For more information, go to this link.

GiveNKind is a nonprofit for nonprofits, serving as a logistics organization to connect donors of quality goods with local nonprofits. GiveNKind currently serves more than 75 nonprofit organizations in Lake County and more than 225 in Illinois.

Cardboard regatta this Saturday

The Park District is holding a cardboard boat regatta on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Willow Stream Pool. The event will be from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm for participants 7 - 17 years of age, and from 2 - 4 p.m. for 1participants 8 years and up.

The Park District says “this event will challenge amateur boat builders to design, build and navigate a boat made entirely of cardboard.” Each boat will then set sail or sink in Willow Stream Pool, as each team competes for a variety of awards and trophies. The fee is $25.

Registration will be done by teams (maximum of 3 people), with only one person from each team needing to register. All rules will be emailed prior to the event. For more information, contact Jenn Foreman at (847) 850-2110 or 

Disc golf tourney Sept. 4

The Buffalo Grove Park District will host its annual Doubles Disc Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Friends of the Park Foundation. From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Rick Drazner Park (formerly Twin Creeks Park).

Teams will consist of two players, scoring in a best-shot format. Teams will be playing two rounds of 18 holes, one round at Willow Stream Park, and one round at Rick Drazner Park, and there will be a 36-team limit.

Play will be by PDGA rules and PDGA approved golf discs are required. This is tournament is for all ages and will be played rain or shine.

If there is thunder and/or lightning the day of the tournament, the Park District will determine a new tournament date. Lunch will be served between rounds at Rick Drazner Park. There will be an awards ceremony at Willow Stream Park immediately after the event.

Check-in will be at Willow Stream Park. For more information, please contact Megan Baird at 847.850.2119 or


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