Archives for July 2013

Deirdre White Named New DNA Executive Director


On behalf of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin and our Board of Directors, we would like to welcome Deirdre White as our new Executive Director. Deirdre has been a board member with the DNA for the last two and a half years and a volunteer with us for much longer than that. She has served on numerous committees within DNA and we are all very excited to be a part of her next steps with our organization.  She brings with her a love for everything downtown and her ever present, up beat, get it done spirit.

Her official first day will be August 12th. So for those of you who know Deirdre, please congratulate and welcome her in our Downtown Elgin way!  Those of you that have not yet met her, look forward to meeting her soon!

The dynamics at DNA are about to shift yet again as we continue to evolve and change during our 15th year! With the recent hiring of Don Obenauf as our Economic Development Director and now Deirdre as our new Executive Director, we foresee quite the dynamic duo and many exciting things in our future!

And you all know I can’t resist quoting Dr. Seuss so, Deirdre, our advice to you is, “Why fit in when you were made to stand out?”

Welcome aboard! We look forward to seeing you in full swing!

Karin Jones
DNA President

Purchase Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl Passports In Advance

PubCrawlThe 2013 Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl takes place on Saturday, August 3 from 7-11:30pm and includes stops at 10 downtown Elgin bars including:- Afterset
– Chooch’s Pizzeria
– Danny’s Pizza on Douglas
– Eaton’s Redwood Inn
– Elgin Public House
– Gasthaus
– Martini Room
– Medusa’s/Jet Night Club (Pub Crawl After Party starts at 11:30PM!)
– Prairie Rock Grill
– Villa VeroneEach bar will offer unique drink specials and other goodies. Crawlers may begin at any of the participating bars.

For a $10 donation at the door ($8 in advance online – must be purchased prior to 12PM on Thursday, August 1), crawlers will receive an official Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl lanyard and passport.  Visit and obtain punches at least 7 of the participating bars to be entered into a $500 cash prize drawing. No purchase necessary. Please drink responsibly.

Donation proceeds benefit the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin to support the continued revitalization of downtown Elgin.

Register and pay online via the Online Registration Link in the right sidebar. We use PayPal to process our online payments, but you don’t need to have a PayPal account to use this service. Only VISA is accepted. Payment by cash is also accepted in advance or at the door.

You must be 21 or over to register. Photo IDs required at check-in.

In the event of a rain out, the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl rain date will be held on August 17.

Elgin 4th Parade Judging Contest Results

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe Elgin 4th of July Parade Committee is pleased to announce the winners of yesterday’s City of Elgin 4th of July Parade’s Marching Thru Time decorating contest:



1st Place – Danny’s Pizza on Douglas
2nd Place – Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy
3rd Place – Lamp Incorporated


1st Place – Spring Hill Gymnastics
2nd Place – South Elgin High School
3rd Place – Safari Childcare


1st Place – People That Make Patriotic Floats
2nd Place – Elgin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
3rd Place – ABODE

The parade judging panel consisted of Charlene Sligting, Saul Acevedo, Rose Reinert, Chloe White, Layne Fleming and Max Moring.

All contest winners will be recognized at the July 24 City Council Meeting at 7pm.

The City of Elgin, the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Elgin 4th of July Parade Committee would like to thank our parade entrants, entertainment, judges, VIPs, Grand Marshals, sponsors, volunteers and everyone who attended the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital.

Elgin 4th Parade Judging Panel

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThis year’s Elgin 4th of July Parade Judging Panel represents some of the Elgin area’s brightest young present and future leaders. Rest assured Elgin’s future is so bright…these young professionals gotta wear shades!

Charlene Sligting – an alum of the Elgin Leadership Academy who works as a Victim Advocate at National Safety Council in Itasca and enjoys volunteering with numerous organizations in the Elgin area, including the Elgin Junior Service Board. Charlene is our head parade judge.

Rose Reinert – a member of the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Director of Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

Saul Acevedo – also a member of the Elgin Young Professionals Network, talented social media aficionado and a #ResidentRec ambassador for the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Chloe White – a senior at Central High School, Burlington and award winning and published photographer and Varsity Cheerleader and Competition Cheerleader

Layne Fleming – a graduate of Central High School, Burlington and currently a Sophomore at Eastern Illinois University and a member of the Delta Zeta sorority.

Max Moring –7th grader at Larsen Middle School, computer guru and avid motorcycle “tinkerer” and future Mayor of Elgin

Thank you for your service as our 2013 Elgin 4th of July Parade judges!

DNA, BMO Harris Bank Announce Additional Link Program Funding

2013_HM_LogoThe Downtown Neighborhood Association is excited to announce that BMO Harris Bank is committing an additional $3,000 towards the funding of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market’s Link Double Couponing program.

Throughout the 2013 season, Link customers can swipe their Link/EBT cards at the Harvest 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.

“It’s important that we all think about how we can further provide assistance to those with the greatest of needs and being able to provide families with fresh produce that’s so important to wellness is a great benefit to our community,” said Jeff Blanchette, BMO Harris Bank Elgin Market President.

The Link program at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, one of only two such farmer’s market programs in all of Kane County, is made possible thru a partnership with BMO Harris Bank and Making Kane County Fit for Kids Funders Consortium.

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market takes place every Thursday thru October 3 from 9am-2pm at 200 N. Grove Avenue, across from the Gail Borden Public Library, The Centre of Elgin and The Hemmens. For more information about the Harvest Market, visit