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Huntley plans Route 47 celebration

HUNTLEY – Residents can enjoy shopping discounts, a free Beatles cover band concert, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for tolerating two years of construction along Route 47.

Starting today, the village and the Chamber of Commerce kicks off festivities to celebrate the official opening of the wider Route 47, beginning with Huntley Days. Almost 30 businesses throughout the village will offer promotions for shoppers through July 21.

The Route 47 celebration culminates with a Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony in Deicke Park that will mark the end of the two-year, $24 million construction project. Following the historic moment, residents can listen to BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band, as part of the park district’s ongoing summer concert series.

“The celebration is really for the entire village, since the construction project affected the entire village,” said Margo Griffin, Huntley business development coordinator. “It’s a great community event that residents can be proud of.”

Village and Chamber planners will attempt to include anyone – residents, business owners, government officials – who attends the ribbon cutting in a group photo to capture the community moment.

The all-inclusive celebration is designed to reward residents and local businesses for dealing with periodic lane closures and alternative traffic routes during construction that widened intersections and created five traffic lanes along the main highway.

Officials hope that the wider Route 47 will make Huntley more accessible to travelers and developers throughout the Chicago area.

Chamber President Rita Slawek said that residents should make time to celebrate the Route 47 opening, since everyone in Huntley had to make sacrifices during construction. The weeklong business promotion, in part, was developed to recognize the highway businesses that were affected by the road project.

Businesses from Tropical Smoothie Cafe to Huntley Goodwill will offer savings, enticing residents to spend their money. Interested consumers can visit the village’s website, www.huntley.il.us, to see a list of the ongoing promotions.

“There were sacrifices made, and we are now at that climatic moment,” Slawek said. “We just all want to celebrate this success together.”

If you go

Route 47 ribbon-cutting ceremony

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17

Where: Deicke Park, 11419 S. Route 47

Participants are encouraged to watch BritBeat after the ceremony at 7 p.m. in Deicke Park, as part of the park district’s summer concert series.

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