Archives for May 2013

DNA Member Spotlight: Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – 5/29/13

DannysAs part of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s brand new “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will highlight one local downtown Elgin member business each week throughout 2013.

We shine this week’s DNA Member Spotlight on:


Danny’s Pizza on Douglas
231 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120


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In 1968, Danny and Sandy Dalton decided to live their dream, and opened their first pizza restaurant, and they have been in the pizza business ever since. The first “Danny’s Pizza” was opened on the North side of Chicago. At that time we began the family tradition of serving a delicious pizza made using special ingredients and from our own family recipes. In Danny’s words “Good food is good business”. With the success of that first restaurant in Chicago, Danny knew he had a winner, and opened several locations throughout the Northwest suburbs over the years. In late 2012, Danny’s Pizza celebrated the grand opening of their new Downtown Elgin location at 231 Douglas Avenue.When Danny passed away in 1999, his wife Sandy, their children and grandchildren were all involved in working the restaurant and continue the family traditions to this day. There are now four generations that are part of the daily operations at Danny’s Pizza.Danny’s Pizza on Douglas is quickly becoming known as the spot for live entertainment in downtown Elgin, offering karaoke nights on Wednesday and Thursday nights and live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. Take a look at the upcoming musical performances at Danny’s for June and July. All live music performances kick off at 9pm:May 31 – The Moods
June 1 – Destination Band
June 7 – The Super Suits
June 8 – Run 4 Covers
June 14 – Doors of Chicago
June 15 – Smokin’ Gunz
June 21 – Hooked on Sonics
June 22 – Sexy Blues Band
June 28 – Cadillac Cassanovas
June 29 – Disorder
July 5 – Sam Dandals Band
July 6- The Nick Moss Band

Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Sprouts into its 14th Season

2013_HM_LogoThe Downtown Neighborhood Association is excited to open its 14th season of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market – Presented by Alexian Brothers Health System on Thursday, June 6 with brand new market hours from 9am – 2pm.  Located prominently in downtown Elgin at 200 N. Grove Avenue, this weekly outdoor farmer’s market will run for eighteen consecutive weeks thru October 3.

Notable 2013 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market opening day offerings:

– Free Alexian Brothers backpacks and Davey Tree tote bags and water bottles for customers;

– More than 20 area vendors offering locally grown and produced fresh, quality vegetables, breads, meat, cheese, eggs, olives, spices, honey, herbs, pickled products, raspberry edibles, soaps, dog treats, knife sharpening, and concessions;

– WRMN-AM 1410 will be broadcasting live at the market with their Radio Shopping Show;

– Thanks in part to a grant from the Florence B. and Cornelia A. Palmer Foundation, the Harvest Market will now promote local musicians weekly at a daytime venue in downtown Elgin with live entertainment at the market. Rock N Bach will be performing 10am – 11:30am and Noah Gabriel will perform noon – 2pm.

– NEW! Along with accepting Link, Debit, and Credit cards, in partnership with BMO Harris Bank and the Fit For Kids Funders Consortium, the Harvest Market will now offer a double couponing value for Link customers.  Customers using their Link cards at the market will now be matched up to $20.00 in additional Link tokens per person per week while funding lasts;

– Two weekly local artist booths will be set up with different art exhibits and art for sale – organized by Art for All and Side Street Studio Arts;

– The Elgin Fire Department will also be on hand weekly with fire trucks and various fire fighting and rescue equipment to give the public the opportunity to meet and mingle with their local firefighters and become familiar with the tools of their trade;

– Weekly interactive, informational community and sponsor booths focusing on wellness, environment, sustainability, and the community will be staffed and operated by organizations including Elgin Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Elgin Climate Change Organization, Gail Borden Public Library, The Hemmens Cultural Center, and Shared Harvest Elgin Food Cooperative.

NEW! “Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market” begins Thursday, June 13 running for nine weeks from noon – 2pm each week featuring kids programming catered to children from grades Pre through 6th grade.   Sponsored in part by Bright Horizons, this program will feature three 20 minutes sessions from active fitness fun, to cooking demos, to an interactive activity as well as fun stuff to bring home!

For more details about weekly events, vendor information, live entertainment and attractions at the 2013 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, visit

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market is presented by Alexian Brothers Health System and is sponsored by Davey Tree Expert Company, Waste Management, Chiro One , D’Angelo Natural Spring Water,  Judge Family Chiropractice/Maximized Living, Responsive Mailroom, Salon Couture, Shared Harvest Elgin Food Cooperative, Simple Balance Holistic Center, and Ziegler’s Ace Hardware.

For more information on the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market or how to get involved, please contact Harvest Market manager Jennifer Benson at 847-488-1456 or via email at

Elgin 4th Parade Application Deadline Extended

MarchingThruTime_LogoOn Thursday, July 4, Elgin parade goers will be Marching Thru Time. Now we’ve turned back time on the deadline to participate in the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health as the parade application deadline has been extended!

Interested Elgin 4th parade participants and sponsors now have until Monday, June 3 at 5 pm to submit completed parade applications at

Parade Staging and Check-In information will be e-mailed to all registered parade applicants on Tuesday, June 4.

The 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health steps off Thursday, July 4 at 9 am beginning at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, proceeds south on Douglas thru the NENA (NorthEast Neighborhood Association) neighborhood, into the heart of downtown Elgin and finishes at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

The theme of the 2013 parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a celebration of Elgin’s history from its founding over 175 years ago to its bright and bold future. This year, all parade entries – not just floats – will be encouraged to decorate their units or dress in period specific attire. Parade judges will select a winner from each of the following time periods: “Pre to 1900s”; “1900 to 1920s”; “1930 to 1940s”; “1950 to 1960s”; “1970 to 1980s”; “1990 to Present”; or “The Future”.

Parade judges will also determine the best decorated floats in the Business, Children’s and Open categories and the public will select a “People’s Choice Winner” from all of the parade participants in online voting the weekend following the 4th of July Parade.

Questions about the Elgin 4th of July Parade can be directed to the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin at 847-488-1456 or by e-mail at

Parade Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities are also still available thru Monday, June 3. Contact Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or e-mail for additional information.

The DNA thanks the following generous Elgin 4th of July Parade sponsors (to date) for their support of one of the suburbs’ most well-attended parades:

City of Elgin

Sherman Health

Alexian Brothers Health System

Armida and Joe Dominguez

BMO Harris Bank

Elgin Community College

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Lamp Incorporated

Midwest Elite Gymnastics

PLS Loan Store

Redmon’s Towing

Spring Hill Gymnastics

DNA Member Spotlight: Ruben Ramos Photography – 5/22/13

RRamosAs part of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s brand new “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will highlight one local downtown Elgin member business each week throughout 2013.

We shine this week’s DNA Member Spotlight on:



Ruben Ramos Photography
Elgin Tower Building
100 E. Chicago Street, Suite 1402
Elgin, IL 60120

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Ruben and Dawn Ramos operate Ruben Ramos Photography, specializing in Weddings, Portrait and Commercial Photography. Ruben is a Chicago native. He picked up his first camera at the age of 12 and now has over 20 years of professional experience. He has an outgoing personality and is very vivacious. His clients choose him because of these qualities, in addition to his photographic talents. Best known for his event photography he has been published and won awards including Chicago Professional Photographer’s event picture and album of the year. He also has be featured in Rangefinder Magazine. He can mix in with the crowd or be the fly on the wall with a shooting style mixture of traditional, contemporary and photojournalism. Ruben is available for projects anywhere in the U.S. or worldwide.

Downtown Elgin Transit Oriented Design Public Meeting

elginlogo-3colorThe City of Elgin is providing an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, questions, and ideas about future development around the Chicago Street Metra station.

The next public meeting which will be held on Wednesday, June 5 from 6-8 pm in the Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, will allow the general public to be a part of a larger planning effort.

This public meeting will be part of the collaborative planning process that will create an improvement and implementation strategy integrating transit oriented design (TOD) principals. This strategy will further allow the city to position itself to promote the downtown strengths, capitalize on its assets, and re-establish the station area as an integral multi-use district for the city.

The project is largely being funded through a grant that the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) awarded the City of Elgin to fund a transit-oriented redevelopment plan. The Chicago Street Area Plan will focus on the development of innovative approaches to improving access to the train station with the consideration for redevelopment opportunities. The City Council has selected Land Vision, Inc., to prepare the plan, which will include a development and market research study of the areas adjacent to the Chicago Street Metra station.

If you have any question regarding the public meeting or the planning process please call Dave Waden, Senior Planner, City of Elgin at 847-931-5909 or email

New Link Double Couponing Program at the Harvest Market

2013_HM_LogoIn partnership with BMO Harris Bank and Making Kane County Fit for Kids, the Downtown Neighborhood Association invites Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Link/EBT customers to double their shopping pleasure this season with the market’s new Link Double Couponing program.

Beginning June 6, Harvest Market shoppers can swipe their Link/EBT cards at the market’s information booth to be eligible to receive up to an additional $20 in Link tokens to shop with per week, courtesy of a generous financial contribution from BMO Harris Bank.

“The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market helps to fill a critical need in our community,” said BMO Harris Bank Market President Jeff Blanchette. “I am proud that we are able to assist The Downtown Neighborhood Association in their mission to help residents get access to locally grown and sustainably produced food while providing an outlet for educational opportunities on sustainable practices and healthy living.”

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market’s Link/EBT program, is one of only two such farmer’s market programs in all of Kane County, and is made possible by Making Kane County Fit for Kids thru a grant funded by the Fit For Kids’ Funders Consortium.

“Our Harvest Market has been so blessed to have great partners in the local community, like BMO Harris Bank and the Fit for Kids Funders Consortium, who have made it a priority to help all area residents have access to local foods no matter their economic status,” said Harvest Market Manager Jennifer Benson.

The 14th season of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market begins Thursday, June 6 with brand new hours from 9am-2pm at 200 N. Grove Avenue across from the Gail Borden Public Library, The Centre of Elgin and The Hemmens. The market runs every Thursday thru October 3. For more information about the Harvest Market, visit

View the Harvest Market’s Link Double Couponing Flyer in English >

View the Harvest Market’s Link Double Couponing Flyer in Spanish >

DNA Member Spotlight: Andersen’s – 5/15/13

Andersens50th_6As part of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s brand new “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will highlight one local downtown Elgin member business each week throughout 2013.



We shine this week’s DNA Member Spotlight on:

27 N. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

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Andersen’s is a family owned and operated downtown Elgin business since 1961 specializing in social invitations, napkins, matchbooks, favors, place cards, thank you notes, wedding programs and custom engraving on brides knives and gift items on site.

They are members of Carlson Craft’s PSR Group, consisting of only their top dealers. Andersen’s goal is to give you, the customer, the best quality service at the lowest cost. Just getting a discount somewhere doesn’t mean you will get the lowest price, not to mention good service and reliability. Dave and Dawn Andersen help you buy smart.

They also can do Graduation Announcements, Engraving, Trophies, Plaques w/Logos & Crests, Foil Hot Stamping, Christmas Cards and Business Cards.

Calling All Downtown “Ad Men”

Sample_AdThe DNA is seeking “mad” talented artists for a unique, downtown-focused art project that will complement our 2013 DNA Awards Gala this October.

We are looking for artists to create vintage 1950’s or 60’s inspired advertisements for current Downtown Elgin businesses a la the kind produced by the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ad agency on the hit AMC TV series “Mad Men”. A sample of the kind of look and feel we are seeking in your “creative” is depicted on the left.

All finished pieces will be displayed at our 2013 DNA Awards Gala. The public will also help select the best “creatives” both online and at our Downtown Ad Men Creative Pitch juried art exhibit at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, in September. The Top 5 artists as determined by our Creative Pitch judges will then be invited to attend the DNA Awards Gala to pitch their work to our team of mad men and women at the Gala. The overall winner will receive a $250 CASH PRIZE and the runners up will each receive $50 in downtown Elgin gift certificates.

Submitted advertisements can be paintings, sketches, photographs or digitally composed work. Electronic submissions must be minimum 300 dpi high-resolution file in PDF or JPG format with minimum dimensions of 12′ x 16′. Hard copy submissions will also be accepted with minimum dimensions of 12′ x 16′.

Advertisements must depict a current Downtown Elgin business. Artists can submit pieces for multiple downtown businesses with a maximum of three. There will likely be multiple submissions representing the same business but only one creative per business will be selected for the Creative Pitch exhibit with the tie breaker determined by online voting. There is no fee to participate. All submissions become the property of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and may be used in future promotions, fundraisers or other marketing campaigns.

Submit your “creative” as a hard copy or electronically on a CD or DVD to:

Downtown Neighborhood Association
Attn: Downtown Ad Men
2 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

Submissions are due no later than Friday, August 2 at Noon.

Call the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456 or e-mail for more participation details and guidelines.

RSVP Now for Out to Lunch at Danny’s Pizza on Douglas

Out to LunchOur next Out to Lunch in Downtown Elgin takes place on Monday, May 20 beginning at 10AM (PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME) the Gail Borden Public Library’s Elgin Room, 2nd Floor, 270 N. Grove Avenue.

This month, the DNA’s Design Committee has invited representatives from the cities of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles to downtown Elgin to showcase our successes, discuss the development challenges our downtowns face, share strategies and take a brief tour of the downtown.

Transportation will be provided from the library, to the downtown and then to Danny’s Pizza on Douglas, 231 Douglas Avenue for a buffet lunch beginning at Noon. Buffet lunch is $12 per person – CASH ONLY, tax and tip included.

RSVP with your name and e-mail address to 847-488-1456 or via RSVP ONLINE by no later than Friday, May 17 at 5PM.

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Downtown Elgin

MothersDayMake Mom feel extra special with myriad Mother’s Day events in downtown Elgin. Reservations are highly recommended!

Al’s Cafe
43 DuPage Court
(847) 742-1180

Chef Tony rolls out a special Mother’s Day menu including two specialty desserts and a FREE gift just for mom!

Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago Street
(847) 468-8810

Enjoy a marvelous Mother’s Day brunch with the family from 10am-2pm.

Grand Victoria Casino
250 S. Grove Avenue
(847) 468-7000

Brunch buffet in the all new Indulge Show Kitchen. Check out music by R Gang in the GVC Showbar later that evening.

Martini Room
161 E. Chicago Street
(847) 741-0349

Martini Room staff will be serving up the Wild Sensation Martini on Mother’s Day. Later that evening enjoy Martini Room’s monthly Vino Van Gogh painting class at 6 pm.

Villa Verone
13 Douglas Avenue
(847) 742-0263

Make your Mother’s Day dinner reservations now at (847) 742-0263.

Salon Couture
176 E. Chicago Street
(847) 488-1465

Offering Mother’s Day packages on Saturday, May 11, including complimentary sweets and a gift bag while supplies last.

You can also give mom the gift of jewelry at Shockey Jewelers, 18 Douglas Avenue, and Elgin Jewelers, 11 N. State Street. You can also find great gifts at many of our downtown shops and businesses.

Not sure what to get mom? Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates make great gifts and are accepted at over 60 downtown businesses. Nothing says love like the gift of Downtown Elgin. Purchase your Downtown Gift Certificates at DNA, 2 Douglas Avenue in Elgin from Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

We ♥ Moms and We ♥ Downtown Elgin!