Archives for April 2013

Last Chance to RSVP for Out to Lunch at Indulge

Out to LunchOur next Out to Lunch in Downtown Elgin takes place Monday, April 29 at Noon at the beautiful new Indulge Show Kitchen & Buffet inside the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

This month’s special guest speaker is Kimberly Bless, President & CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who will be speaking about tourism and its economic impact on the Elgin area as well as promoting National Tourism Week and the EACVB’s 6th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon, which takes place on Monday, May 6 in Grand Victoria Casino’s upper level Fox River Room.

For $12 per person – CASH ONLY – guests will enjoy an exclusive buffet dining experience at downtown Elgin’s newest restaurant, Indulge Show Kitchen & Buffet at Grand Victoria Casino.

RSVP with your name and e-mail address to 847-488-1456 or via RSVP ONLINE by no later than TODAY at 5pm.

DNA Takes Harvest Market on the Road with “Pop Up” Markets

2013_HM_LogoBefore the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market – Presented by Alexian Brothers Health System gets popping this June, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin is taking the Harvest Market on a May road trip by offering two “Pop Up” Markets to preview the upcoming season.

The “Pop Up” Markets will take place on Thursday, May 9 from 10am-1pm, at the newly opened Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates, and again on Thursday, May 16 from 10am-1pm inside the pavilion of the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

These Pop Up Markets will be a sampler size version of our normal market to give the public a taste of just a few of the many fresh, local products available at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, which opens Thursday, June 6, 9am – 2pm at 200 N. Grove Avenue in Downtown Elgin and runs every Thursday for 18 weeks.

For more information about the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, contact Market Manager Jennifer Benson at 847-488-1456 or visit www.ElginHarvestMarket.com.

For more information about the Downtown Neighborhood Association or upcoming Downtown Elgin special events, contact Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or visit www.DowntownElgin.com.

Honoring Our Volunteers: DNA Board of Directors

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the board members from our DNA Board of Directors. Through proactive advocacy, volunteerism, fundraising and promotion, the DNA Board carries out the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin’s mission, which is as follows:

– Market Downtown as the cultural, civic, and symbolic center of the community and support activities and special events that maintain Downtown’s economic role in the community

– Retain and enhance Downtown’s locally owned, small business community to serve both resident and visitor needs, to promote sustainability (shop local), and to maintain Downtown’s unique character

– Maintain and enhance Downtown’s burgeoning mix of dining establishments, entertainment venues and other cultural opportunities

– Market the unique character and adaptability of Downtown’s available properties; incent and assist property owners with façade improvements and other aesthetic enhancements

– Lay the foundation for retail redevelopment via an aggressive recruitment and marketing strategy aimed at small to mid-size “creative class” businesses and organizations

– Continue to diversify the DNA’s portfolio of revenue streams by adding more sustainable revenue streams over the next 2-3 years

Several board members also serve on the DNA’s Organization (Org) Committee, which establishes consensus and cooperation by building partnerships among the various groups that have a stake in our downtown. By getting everyone working toward the same goal, DNA can provide effective, ongoing management and advocacy for our downtown. Through volunteer recruitment and collaboration with partners representing a broad cross section of the community, DNA is able to incorporate a wide range of perspectives into our downtown revitalization efforts.

DNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Karin Jones – President (Org)
Tom Brockner – Vice President (Org)
Jerri McCue – Treasurer (Org)
Deirdre White – Secretary
Aaron Cosentino
Armida Dominguez (Org)
Traci Ellis
Elizabeth Haney
Chris Higgins
Grace Richard
Butch Stege

We thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service. In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

Honoring Our Volunteers: 4th of July Parade Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the members of our Elgin 4th of July Parade Committee.

Each year the Downtown Neighborhood Association coordinates the City of Elgin’s annual 4th of July Parade. Under the direction of Managing Director Jason Pawlowski, the 4th of July Parade Committee consists of local volunteers who help organize various facets of the parade including recruiting parade entertainment, sponsorship, volunteer & parade participant recruitment, marketing, parade staging, set-up & take-down and more! Last year over 450 volunteer hours were spent organizing the Elgin 4th of July Parade.

4TH OF JULY PARADE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Jeff Allison – Chair
Lori Gardner
Mike Giugliano
Barb Keselica
Rich Pollack
April Richert
Suzan Shipyor
Deirdre White

This year’s City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health steps off on Thursday, July 4 at 9am at the intersection of Slade & Douglas Avenues and ends at Highland & Douglas Avenues. The Elgin 4th parade draws better than 10,000 people annually to the streets of downtown Elgin. The theme of this year’s parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time”. Parade Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities are also available.

The 4th of July Parade Committee is currently seeking volunteers to serve as block captains, route ambassadors, bike ambassadors and set-up and take down crews on the day of the parade. Shifts are from 6am-12pm. All parade volunteers receive a parade t-shirt and will enjoy a volunteer breakfast the morning of the parade. To volunteer for this year’s 4th of July Parade, call 847-488-1456 or e-mail downtownelgin@gmail.com.

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

Honoring Our Volunteers: DNA Economic Development Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the members of our DNA Economic Development Committee.

Under the direction of Economic Development Director Don Obenauf, the Economic Development Committee discusses plans to strengthen our downtown community’s existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base. This is accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills or business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. Working with our downtown property owners and managers on converting unused or underused commercial space into economically producitve property also helps boost the profitability of the Central Business District. The committee’s goal is to build a downtown that responds to the needs of today’s consumers, ensuring the success of our existing businesses and growing the district’s economic base with additional customers and new, sustainable businesses.

Among the projects the Economic Development Committee are currently working on include developing an ongoing series of broker tours of available spaces in downtown Elgin and streamlining processes for City assistance programs such as the projecting sign and facade rehabilitation grants.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Migdalia Bishop
Tom Brockner
Sybil Ege
Pete Garlock
Elizabeth Haney
Chris Higgins
Paul Miessler
Jeanette Miranda
Orlando Miranda
Mike O’Kelley
Ed Schock

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

Honoring Our Volunteers: DNA Promotions/Special Events Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the members of our DNA Promotions/Special Events Committee.

Promotions takes many forms, but the goal is to create a positive image that will rekindle community pride and improve consumer and investor confidence in our downtown. Advertising, retail promotions, special events, and marketing campaigns help sell the image and promise of downtown to the community and surrounding region. Promotions communicate our downtown’s unique characteristics, business establishments, and activities to shoppers, investors, visitors, and potential business and property owners.

Under the direction of Managing Director Jason Pawlowski, the Promotions/Special Events Committee helps not only plan all aspects of DNA’s special events, including the 4th of July Parade, Harvest Market, Pub Crawl, DNA Awards Gala, Window Wonderland, Cash Mobs, Cruise Nights, TasteNTweets and others, but also works to create partnerships to support and help other organizations promote their downtown events. The committee also works collaboratively to brainstorm new and effective ways to market and promote the positives of downtown Elgin.

PROMOTIONS/SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Krisilee Murphy – Co-Chair
Deirdre White – Co-Chair
Liz Clemmons
Alana Freedman
Sylvia Grady
Jen Howver
Barb Keselica
Amy Knorek
Elissa Kojzarek

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

Honoring Our Volunteers: Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the members of our Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Committee.

Under the direction of Market Manager Jennifer Benson, the Harvest Market Committee provides input and feedback on market programming, policies, vendor applications & guidelines, marketing and much more.

HARVEST MARKET COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Mike Batt
Lisa Calcagno
Liz Clemmons
Ina Dews
Armida Dominguez
Joe Dominguez
Tony Durante
Kathy Herr
Chris Prchal
Marcy Prchal
Betty Skyles

For more information on the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market – Presented by Alexian Brothers Health System, visit www.ElginHarvestMarket.com or follow the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market on Facebook.

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

Honoring Our Volunteers: DNA Design Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who for more than 15 years have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts.

Today we are recognizing the members of our DNA’s Design Committee.

The Design Committee helps get downtown Elgin into top physical shape and creates a safe, inviting environment for shoppers, workers and visitors. The committee leverages the visual opportunities inherent in our downtown business district by directing attention to all of its physical elements: public and private buildings, storefronts, signs, public spaces, parking areas, street furniture, public art, landscaping, merchandising, window displays, and promotional materials. An appealing atmosphere, created through attention to all of these visual elements, conveys a positive message about downtown and what it has to offer.

In addition to historic preservation education and advovacy, the Design Committee also reviews all downtown projecting sign and facade improvement grants for the City of Elgin and offers free architectural consultations to new and existing businesses through DNA’s Design Resource Center.

DESIGN COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Tom Armstrong – Chair
Besty Couture
John Hrivnak
Darlene Hulin
David Jurina
Amy Munro
John Roberson
Sarosh Saher
Dave Segel
Jerry Sorenson

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

 

Elgin Housing Fair at Gail Borden Public Library

LOGOGBPL-01Community residents can get information about buying and owning a home at a free Elgin Housing Fair to take place from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday, April 20 at Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue.

The fair will feature information about home ownership, credit, special programs and incentives, down payment assistance, preservation and city grants at this free fair that will offer presentations and information tables. The fair will be presented by the Neighborhood Housing Services of the Fox Valley, in partnership with BMO Harris Bank, the City of Elgin, Elgin Community Network and the Gail Borden Public Library. Consumer Credit Counseling Services and Habitat for Humanity of the Fox Valley will also be participating in the program.

The morning presentation will be offered in English, and the afternoon program will be offered in Spanish. Both presentations will end with a panel of experts on hand to answer questions.

Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day. To ensure enough materials are on hand, RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Please call 847-695-0399.

“Yarn and Soul” Downtown Elgin Cash Mob

Yarn&SoulTo help launch the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will debut its first monthly Downtown Cash Mob entitled “Yarn and Soul” at Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue and Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue.

How does a cash mob work? Easy!

1. Show up between 5-6 pm on Thursday, April 25.

2. Invite all of your friends via social media, word of mouth, Pony Express…whatever!

3. All participating Cash “Mobsters” agree to spend a minimum of $20 at either host business (or $10 at both businesses). Mobsters will then receive an entry into a drawing for $20 in Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates! Winner to be announced in May.

Come join the mob in downtown Elgin every month throughout the spring and summer.

Want to see how a cash mob works first hand in Elgin? The Elgin Young Professionals Network will host a cash mob at State Street Market, 701 N. State Street in Elgin on Saturday, April 20 between 10am-5pm.

Last year the EYPN hosted very successful cash mobs at Elgin Books and SpaceTaste Gallery in downtown Elgin. The DNA is hopeful to partner with the EYPN on future cash mobs as well.