Archives for April 2012

Elgin Artspace Lofts Informational Meeting

Call to Artists!

Join Artspace Projects, Inc. at the Gail Borden Public Library on Wednesday, May 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for an informational meeting about the Artspace Lofts located in downtown Elgin.

A welcoming reception begins at 6:00 p.m. in Community Rooms A, B and C, followed by an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. where the public can meet members of Artspace Projects, Inc. and Realty and Mortgage Co., the property managers for the project, learn how you can secure a unit and discover more about becoming a part of this creative community.

Elgin Artspace Lofts is one of the latest live/work space projects under development by Artspace Projects, Inc.  This project will feature 55 affordable residential units including parking. Residents of the artist lofts will enjoy common features such as an open interior gallery space for art exhibits, a community room, in-door bike storage, a “tot-lot” kids play area, a rooftop deck and additional individual studio work areas in the lower level.

Over 5,800 sq. ft. of street level commercial space for creative businesses and organizations that support the arts will also be available for lease.

Attendees are asked to RSVP at by Friday, May 11 or visit to register online for the Elgin Artspace Lofts informational meeting.

For more information about Artspace Projects, Inc. visit

2nd District Appellate Court Tours with Out to Lunch/Out to Dinner

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin invites the public for a tour of the 2nd District Appellate Court building, 55 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin, on Monday, April 30 as part of its monthly Out to Lunch and Out to Dinner events.

One of the most distinctive buildings in the region, the Appellate Court building is severely modernist, but with a humanist touch. Built in 1966, its integrated courtyards, skylights that flood the interior with light, saturated colors, and luxurious materials and furnishings all combine to give this building a startling textural and visual richness. Most of the original modernist furniture and decorative surfaces survive in the building.

The tours will discuss not only how court proceedings occur in the building, but also its architecture and design intent. This is also a rare opportunity to see the original judges’ living quarters with their original designer furnishings.

Tours will be led by Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Robert Mangan, 2nd District Appellate Court Clerk.

Guests have their choice of the following activities:

• Afternoon Appellate Court Tour ONLY: 11:45AM to 12:30PM (No charge)

• Afternoon Appellate Court Tour followed by Out to Lunch: 11:45AM to 1:45PM
– Buffet lunch at La Quebrada, 50 N. Spring Street; $12 cash only (tax and tip included)

• Evening Appellate Court Tour ONLY: 6:00 to 6:45PM (No charge)

• Evening Appellate Court Tour followed by Out to Dinner: 6:00 to 8:00PM
– Dinner at Prairie Rock Grill, 127 S. Grove Avenue; $12 cash only (tax and tip included)

Space is limited. Guests can RSVP online at or call (847) 488-1456. RSVP deadline is Friday, April 27.