Archives for January 2013

January Out to Lunch at Mr. Tequila’s

Out to LunchThe DNA invites you to join us for our first Out to Lunch in Downtown Elgin event of 2013, taking place on Monday, January 28 at Noon at Mr. Tequila de Elgin, 51 S. Grove Avenue.

This month’s special guest Out to Lunch speakers are Karen Schock and members of the Elgin Charter School committee, who will be discussing the community initiative to bring a charter school to Elgin.

For $12 per person (tax & tip included, cash only) guests will enjoy a delicious, authentic Mexican buffet lunch consisting of beef and chicken fajitas, salad, rice and beans, fresh chips and salsa, dessert and pop or water.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with your name and e-mail address to 847-488-1456 or via our ONLINE RSVP FORM by no later than this Friday, January 25.

For more information about where to dine in downtown Elgin, visit our Downtown Elgin Restaurant/Bar Directory.

2013 DNA Member Honor Roll

15DNAHeart_FinalThe Downtown Neighborhood Association is celebrating 15 years of service to the downtown Elgin community in 2013 and we are partying like it’s 1998 with all of our DNA Business and Community Members.

And it’s not too late to join the party! You can sign up or renew your DNA Membership Online now! Individual Memberships start at only $30, Community Business Memberships start at $100, and Downtown Business & Property Owner Memberships start at $185.

Don’t be late – come celebrate! Sign up as a DNA Member today!

Join Now!



On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff, we thank you for your generous support of the organization that supports downtown Elgin.

Below is a list of all of our 2013 DNA Members thru Tuesday, February 19:

Downtown Business/Property Owner Members

164 Division LLC
164 Division St, Suite 705
Elgin, IL 60120

A&R Global Logistics
164 E Chicago St, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60120

Al’s Café & Creamery
43 DuPage Ct
Elgin, IL 60120

Burritt Building LLC
25 S. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

Chooch’s Pizzeria
64 S Grove
Elgin, IL 60120

Elgin Academy
350 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120

Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
31 S Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
77 Riverside Dr
Elgin, IL 60120

Elgin Knit Works
8 Douglas Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Elgin Public House
219 E Chicago St
Elgin, IL 60120

Elgin Symphony Orchestra
20 DuPage Ct
Elgin, IL 60120

First United Methodist Church
216 E Highland Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Floodlight Design
25 S Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley
56 S. Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Imago Media
216 Prairie St
Elgin, IL 60120

Jan Nohling Photography
216 Prairie St
Elgin, IL 60120

Jerri McCue
176 E. Chicago St
Elgin, IL 60120

Keystone Realty
23 S Spring St
Elgin, IL 60120

Kim’s Black Belt Academy
5 S Spring St
Elgin, IL 60120

Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi
169 E Chicago St, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60120

On The Side Restaurant
74 S Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Pittsburgh Paints
266 Kimball St
Elgin, IL 60120

PJN Financial Services
165 N Spring St
Elgin, IL 60120

Safe Deposit Box Insurance Co, LLC
25 S Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Side Street Studio Arts
15 Ziegler Ct
Elgin, IL 60120

Simple Balance Holistic Center
221 E. Chicago St
Elgin, IL 60120

Soulful Sparrow
10 Douglas Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Steffen, Kelly & Steffen
17 Douglas Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

The Stickling Foundation
100 E Chicago St
Elgin, IL 60120

Tom’s Auto Clinic
264 Prairie St
Elgin, IL 60120

VTS Investigations
7 S State St
Elgin, IL 60123

Wrona Brothers
205 E Chicago St
Elgin, IL 60120

YWCA Elgin
220 E. Chicago St
Elgin, IL 60120

Ziegler’s Ace Hardware
215 N Spring St
Elgin, IL 60120

Community Business Members

Acme Design, Inc.
37 N Union St
Elgin, IL 60123

Allen + Pepa Architects
81 S. McLean Blvd, Suite A
S. Elgin, IL 60177

Avid Architecture
18 Warwick Pl
Elgin, IL 60120

Celebrating Smiles
750 Fletcher Dr, Suite 302
Elgin, IL 60123

Children’s Theatre of Elgin
1700 Spartan Dr, H104
Elgin, IL 60123

Congregation Kneseth Israel
330 Division St
Elgin, IL 60120

Ecker Center for Mental Health
1845 Grandstand Pl
Elgin, IL 60123

Elgin Theatre Company, Inc.
PO Box 208
Elgin, IL 60121

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra
PO Box 5608
Elgin, IL 60121

Food for Greater Elgin
1553 Commerce Dr
Elgin, IL 60123

Gifford Park Association
PO Box 928
Elgin, IL 60121

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
800 N. State St
Elgin, IL 60123

Highland Christian Academy
2250 W. Highland Ave
Elgin, IL 60123

Independent Players
208 Lovell St
Elgin, IL 60120

Lamp, Inc.
460 N Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

The Larkin Center
1212 Larkin Ave
Elgin, IL 60123

889 Randall Rd
Elgin, IL 60123

Signs By Tomorrow
1028 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL 60120

Source One Office Products
380 Production Dr
South Elgin, IL 60177

Spring Hill Gymnastics
2750 Pinnacle Dr, Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123

United Way of Elgin
1797 N LaFox St
South Elgin, IL 60177

Individual & Family Members

Aaron Cosentino
Amy Knorek
Amy True
Betsy Couture
Bill and Kathy McGraw
Bill Kellenberger
Bjorn Rektorli
Bob Smelser
Carl & Chris Missele
Carol Morrisroe
Carolyn & Bob Malm
Christie Clarke
Dan & Karen Fox
Dan Miller
David Newton
Debbie Humphrey
Deirdre White
Dorothea Poulos
Elisabeth Stonebreaker McCoy
George Irizarry
Grace Richard
Herb Gross
Howard Stege, Jr. & Robert Knizner
James Eric Viebrock
Janet & Bill Jones
Jason Pawlowski
Jay Herzog
Jennifer Foley
Jennifer Hughes
Jennifer Silk
Jerri McCue
Jodie Stackowiak
Joe & Armida Dominquez
Joe & Maureen Rosenfeld
Joe Follrath
John Breault
Jon Guiney
Joseph David Dominguez
Juan Figueroa
Julie Adams Radcliffe
Julie Schmitt
Karen Damiano
Karen Lee DeBias
Kari Christensen
Karin & Gentry Jones
Kathleen H. Beger
Keith Farnham
Krisilee Murphy
Lauren Jackson
Laurie-Faith Gibson
Linda & Steve Knight
Michael Giugliano
Michelle Clute
Ramona Aguina
Rebekah & Chris Berry
Rick Poulton
Roger Smithberg
Steve Thoren
Suzan Shipyor
Suzzann & Terrence Cummings
Terry Gabel
Titus Dominguez
Tom Armstrong
Tom Kresbach
Tonya Lucchetti-Hudson
Traci & Rickey Ellis

Elgin Food Co-Op Informational Meeting – 1/21

Elgin_Food_CoopThe Elgin Food Co-Op Committee’s next informational meeting is Monday, January 21 at 7pm at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Community Rooms A & B.

Learn more about how you can support this community-wide initiative to bring a cooperative food store to Elgin.

DNA iPad Membership Promotion Extended

Good news! There’s still time to make a resolution to join the Downtown Neighborhood Association in 2013. The DNA’s Individual and Family Member iPad Promotional Offer has been extended!

Now through January 28, 2013, join or renew your DNA Individual Membership for $30/annually or Family Membership for $50/annually and you will be entered into a drawing to win a new iPad 2 (16MB, WiFi) as well as other great prizes including season tickets to the remainder of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season!

There are great things happening in downtown Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin has been at the heart of it all for over 15 years!

The DNA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization focused on enhancing the economic vitality of downtown Elgin through promotions, special events, economic development and historic preservation. DNA utilizes the National Main Street’s 4-Point Approach to downtown revitalization and is a designated Illinois Main Street Community.

Membership is a critical component of our organization’s annual funding and long-term financial stability. Our members help us to carry out the DNA’s mission of advocating for and revitalizing downtown Elgin.

In celebration of DNA’s 15 years of service to the downtown Elgin community, we will be rolling out a variety of exciting new programming, special events, initiatives, campaigns and promotions in 2013, including:
– Revamped Downtown Neighborhood News Top 10 eblast
– Brand new printed Downtown Directory
– Ongoing downtown community events: Taste-N-Tweets, Cruise Nights, cash mobs, clean-up days, arts events
– Research of National Historic Register District; establishment of Downtown design guidelines
– Broker tours of available commercial properties
“We Heart Downtown Elgin” marketing campaign
– And much more!



iPad Drawing Rules and Restrictions: iPad drawing to be conducted on January 30, 2013 and will consist of one entry per each new and renewing 2013 DNA Individual and Family Members who sign up between November 7, 2012 thru January 28, 2013. Downtown Business, Property Owner and Community Business Members are not part of the iPad drawing – Individual and Family Members ONLY!

Riverside Drive Promenade Update – Week of January 14

riverside_thumbThe Riverside Drive Promenade Project will see continued concrete work taking place next week. The new retaining wall is taking shape as well as the southern outlook structure. IHC will begin the extension of the existing storm sewers from the existing retaining wall to the new retaining wall. The Micro Pile installation will also continue at the Northern end of the project. Public access will remain the same as currently set.

2013 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market

Alexian Bros.Maybe it’s the mild winter weather we’ve been enjoying but things are already sprouting with the 2013 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market.

2013 Presenting Sponsor

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin is excited to announce that Alexian Brothers Health System will again be the Presenting Sponsor of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market in 2013.

“Alexian Brothers has been a great asset to the growth of DNA’s Downtown Elgin Harvest Market over these past four years,” said Harvest Market Manager Jennifer Benson.

“Most can be attributed to the standard of health and nutrition which they promote as a local hospital and health network, their free health screenings onsite, and their desire to make themselves available to all.We are excited to continue our partnership in 2013, as we focus on being a benefit for families in the Elgin area through the market’s season.”

Times They Are A-Changin’

After much consideration and input from market vendors and customers, the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market committee has also made the decision to move the hours of operation back to daytime hours from 9am – 2pm. The 14th season of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market begins Thursday, June 6 at 200 N. Grove Avenue. The market runs each and every Thursday thru October 3.

2013 vendor and sponsor applications will be available on the market website at and the DNA website at in late January.

“Like” Elgin Harvest Market for more information about the 2013 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market season. “Like” Alexian Brothers Health System on Facebook for more details about their new Women and Children’s Hospital opening in April 2013.


DNA Seeks Downtown Economic Development Director

DNA logoThe Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin is seeking a Downtown Economic Development Director. Under the supervision of the DNA Board of Directors, this highly skilled self-starter will be responsible for driving economic growth in downtown Elgin through property and business owner engagement, strategic resource coordination and strong analytical and reporting skills.

Responsibilities include identification and recruitment of new office and retail tenants to downtown Elgin; retention and expansion of existing business tenants; providing steering guidance to Economic Development volunteer committee and interfacing with key City of Elgin staff and departments.

A 4-year degree in Planning, Business, or a related field or equivalent experience in professional downtown real estate development and/or planning is preferable. Knowledge of downtown mixed-use development as well as municipal zoning & code issues, urban planning, historic preservation, business financing and/or Main Street revitalization philosophies is highly desirable. This job will operate out of downtown Elgin.

Qualified applicants should email a resume, cover letter bullet pointing your qualifications, salary requirements and 3 professional references to

Sound Off with New Weekly Downtown Poll Questions

DNA logoWe want your feedback about your downtown. Make your voice heard with the DNA’s new weekly Downtown Elgin Poll Questions.

Each week we will unveil a new poll question about downtown Elgin:

– What’s your favorite restaurant?
– What downtown event will you be attending this weekend?
– What kind of new business would you like to see come to downtown Elgin?

After you’ve cast your vote, visit @DowntownElgin on Facebook or Twitter and share your thoughts on why you voted the way you did.

Watch every Monday for a new poll question and the results of the previous week’s question. Sound off with us about your downtown!