Archives for September 2013

FRIENDS OF LORDS PARK ZOO – Fall Fundraiser 9/29/13

The Friends of Lords Park Zoo will be hosting a fall fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th from 4-7pm. This will be held at Imago on 216 Prairie St. Elgin, IL. There is plenty of free parking in the deck just east of Imago.

PRICE: $20.00
Admission includes appetizers, wine, beer, soft drinks, & entertainment!


Help bring back the farm zoo in 2014!

Independent Players Presents…Other Desert Cities By Jon Robin Baitz

The most richly enjoyable new play for grown-ups that New York has seen in many seasons (premiered 2011) – Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Douglas Orlyk will be held on Fridays & Saturdays: Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-5, 11-12 at 8pm. This play will be at the Elgin Art Showcase located on 164 Division St., Elgin.

Tickets: $15
Senior Citizens (65+): $12
Students (14-21): $10

For Information: (847) 697-7374


Martini Room LIve DrawOn Sunday, September 22, 2013, 2-6pm, participate in a unique afternoon of art. Be a witness of the art process, as you have never seen before! Experience and observe the art process when the artists are drawing and sketching nude models posing live.  You might even want to collect the artwork you witnessed being created. Get to know the artists and their methods. Become the part of the LIVE DRAW at Martini Room!

There is $15 at the door to cover models cost. Wine and martini specials will be served. Doors open at 2:00 PM.


Tom's Auto Clinic retro ad

All the “mad” talented artists have entered their posters into the DNA Mad Poster Campaign contest.  Now we need you to vote for the best one!  Artists have created vintage 1950’s or 60’s inspired advertisements for current Downtown Elgin businesses similar to the kind produced by the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ad agency on the hit AMC TV series, “Mad Men”.

All finished pieces will be displayed at our 2013 DNA Awards Gala on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Grand Victoria Casino.  Get your tickets today to support your local artists!

To Vote:  “Like” the Downtown Neighborhood Association Facebook page. (

Click on the “Photos” and find the album “DNA Mad Poster Campaign Contest”.

Click on the photos, so you can see the “Like” option.

Every “Like” = 1 vote.

If you are under the age of 18, you will need your parents permission to vote, and all votes must be submitted before Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:59pm.  The winners will be officially announced at the DNA Awards Gala!

Make your reservations today to support your local artists!

SOMETHING WICKED… Dark Arts Exhibits in October

Side Street Studio Arts at 15 Zeigler Ct. presents a month long event – Something Wicked… A Dark Arts Exhibit.

Friday, October 4th at 6pm… First Friday Art Opening and Reception at. Musical guest: Koopa and Los Mysterios, and a Zombie Peep Show featuring the Death Maidens.

Saturday, October 5th at 7pm Saturday Night Film Fever event featuring “Night of the Living Dead” and other classic horror films.

Friday, October 11th at 9pm… Something Wicked Burlesque Show. Following this event there is Medusa’s Dark Wave just around the corner at 11pm.

Saturday, October 12th… Kid’s Day Event (See Facebook for times). Costumes, Scarecrows and a Jack-O-Lantern contest.

Friday, October 18th at 6:30pm… NENA Monster Mash pre-party. Warm-Up the Dead Costume Contest at 7pm. Stop by to show off your costume for the NENA monster mash. Music and libations to follow.

Saturday, October 19th at 7pm… Last Chance Zombie Disco. Dress as a zombie, dance as a zombie. A king and queen will be crowned.

Friday, October 25th at 7pm …Movie and a Make-over.  Watch a spooky movie and get last minute make-up tips from the Death Maidens.

Saturday, October 26th at 6pm… It All Ends Here;  Svengoolie, a block party and the best Wicked Art.

SPACETASTE GALLERY CASH MOB – 09/18/13 | 5 – 6pm

The next of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s famous Cash Mobs is at SPaceTaSTe GaLLeRy, 215 E. Chicago, Elgin, IL 60120, this Wednesday, September 18th, 5 – 6pm.  We know that “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” , and now you can too!


SPaceTaSTe GaLLeRy is “Anything but Boring”!  Browse this unique shop and you are sure to find a unique gift for yourself or a family member or a friend. The inventory is always changing with exciting products, artists & events to fill this SPACE with great TASTE. Stop in & say, “Hi”, and tell Tim, the owner, that the DNA sent you!

If you wonder how a cash mob works, here is the 411:

1. Show up at SPaceTaSTe GaLLeRy, 215 E. Chicago, Elgin, IL 60120,  5-6 pm on Thursday, September 18th.

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

3. All participating Cash “Mobsters” agree to spend a minimum of $20 at SPaceTaSTe GaLLeRy…$20 for a unique gift for yourself (you deserve it!) or even a friend, will go a long way!

Want to see how a cash mob works first hand in Elgin – Then stop on by SPaceTaSTe GaLLeRy on Wednesday, September 18th, 5 – 6pm!

Also, check out the Spacetaste GalleryFacebook page.

THE WALL THAT HEALS coming to Elgin

The-Wall-That-Heals-photo-2-300x199The Wall That Heals

Open to the public
September 19 – 22
Civic Center Plaza
150 Dexter Court, Elgin 60120
Located between the Hemmens Cultural Center and Elgin City Hall

The Wall That Heals provided by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is a half-scale replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to preserve the legacy of The Wall, promote healing and educate about the impact of the Vietnam War. It is the most fitting and recognized tribute to the fallen of the Vietnam War. The Wall is open to the public all day and night from September 19-22. Events are as follows:

Tuesday, September 17             Motorcade Escort departing Trout Park at 1:15pm

Thursday, September 19           10 am – Opening Ceremony & Presentation of Colors. Open all day and night.

Friday, September 20                7 pm – POW/MIA Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil. Sponsored by Chase Bank. Open all day and night.

On Site Services for All Veterans: The Mobile Vet Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs
September 19-21   10am-6pm
September 22        10am-4pm

The Hines Veterans Mobile Medical Unit
September 21        10am-6pm
September 22         7am-4pm

Sunday, September 22              4 pm – Closing Ceremony & Presentation of colors. Open all day until 4 pm.


Group Booking is available, ADA compliant.

Click here to schedule a group visit to The Wall That Heals on September 19, 20, 21 & 22.


For more information, if you would like to honor a veteran or if you would like to be involved, contact The Big Read Coordinator Hector Ocampo at 847-608-4673 or email



Elgin Historical Society logoThe Elgin Area Historical Society (EAHS) will host its 26th annual Cemetery Walk on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, from 11-3:00 p.m. This year begins a new quarter century of educating and entertaining visitors who enjoy both history and dramatic presentations.


This year’s walk features 6 former Elginites such as Edward Szula, an early professional parachute jumper;Mary Stewart, a 19th century woman who fostered a former slave child; Louis Blum, owner of Blum’s Ice Cream Parlor; Levi Tennant, Civil War African American soldier in the 106th US Colored Troops; Annie Tallent, Black Hills gold rush pioneer; and Polly Rutland, a freed slave who arrived in Elgin in 1862.


Edward Szula 1914-1970; portrayed by August Conte

Mr. Szula was one of two Ripley’s Believe It Or Not personalities from Elgin.  Edward Szula stepped from an airplane in 1938 with the intent of falling gently to the ground with the assistance of his parachute.  Unfortunately, it didn’t fully deploy and his descent was a little faster than he had planned.  He survived the plunge and lived until 1970.


Mary Elizabeth Stewart (nee Smith) 1846-1934; Portrayed by Linda Rock

Mary Elizabeth, who was known as “Lib”, was a beautiful red-haired woman in the Smith family home. Her father, Phineas, left the family farm to explore the gold fields of California in 1848. He returned without success, bought a dairy farm and successfully shipped the milk from his farm to Chicago, the first Elgin farmer to do so. This set the pace for Lib’s life and she continued to find success in life as well.


Polly Rutland 1798-1888; Portrayed by Traci Ellis

Polly was born into slavery in North Carolina. In 1862 she arrived in Elgin on the so-called “contraband train”. She was the mother-in-law to Arthur Newsome twice over, since two of her daughters at different

times were his wives. Polly was a pillar of her community and was one of the founding members of the SecondBaptistChurch. She lived to the age of 90 and died in Elgin in 1888.


Levi Tennant 1847-1883; Portrayed Rick Ellis

Levi was born into slavery in Alabama. He joined the Union forces in Decatur, Alabama on March 31st 1864 in the 106th United States Colored Troops. He served in a garrison unit until the end of the civil war. He came to Elgin after the war and died of pneumonia at the age of 36.


Louis Blum 1872-1941; Portrayed by Bill Briska

Louis was the owner and proprietor of an Elgin institution – “Blum’s ice cream and homemade Candies”. This ice cream parlor was located on Douglas Avenue for many years and it was a popular place for children and adults.


Annie Tallent 1827-1901; Portrayed by Bonnie Conte

Annie was born in New York, one of eleven children. Her father was active in the Scotch church, which later was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. In 1874 she traveled with her husband to the Black Hills in the Dakota Territories, becoming the first white female to enter this area.  Gold had been reported to have been discovered there and a group of men set out to try their hand at discovering it. The area was declared off-limits to any settlers by a treaty with the Native Americans and the group was sent home.







NOCS 2013 Rosie Image


Nightmare on Chicago Street
Saturday, Oct. 26th – 2013
6pm-11pm Only $7.00 online ($10.00 at the gate)

Two stages of entertainment, Svengoolie, costume contest, Hookah Lounge, Absinthe Parlour, unique vendors, and so much apocalyptic energy, you have to come to the “Safe Zone”!!

Below are some pictures to see what you might expect inside the safe zone (only bigger and better!)

Let’s keep the Humans alive!! Enter the safe zone on October 26th from 6pm to 11pm at NIGHTMARE ON CHICAGO STREET