Archives for June 2014

Sheila Simon Learns About Link

Lt. Governor Sheila Simon attended the Harvest Market today, June 26th, 2014, and learned about the Link program instilled for the people of Elgin. The Link program allows the people of Elgin to purchase items from the market. A wonderful bonus about using Link, is that when you purchase a certain amount of money, we double it! With BMO Harris helping to sponsor and amazing vendors partaking in the program, the Downtown Association of Elgin has helped feed many people!

Come to the market every Thursday and learn more!

Join us for the DNA’s Harvest Market in the PM at GVC!!!

GVC_Alt_BlueElgin, IL— The Downtown Neighborhood Association is excited to continue in its 15th year of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market – Presented by Alexian Brothers Health System.  Opening day was Thursday, June 5th, and we have been full steam forward since!  Our market is located prominently in downtown Elgin at 200 N. Grove Avenue, near the Centre of Elgin, Gail Borden Public Library, and Hemmens Cultural Center, this weekly outdoor market will run for eighteen consecutive weeks every Thursday, 9am – 2pm, thru October 2.

We are excited to add a pop-up Harvest Market on every third Thursday of the month from 4pm – 7pm at the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove.  The next PM Market is September 18th.  If you can’t make the traditional DNA Harvest Market, we do hope that you join us at our pop-up HM in the PM!


DNA Promotions Coordinator Wanted


The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL (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.

The Promotions Coordinator will plan, organize, market and execute successful special events and promotional activities for Downtown Elgin. The Coordinator will also utilize knowledge of current graphic design software to produce compelling visual and written content for ads, promotions, website, and social networking purposes. This is a full-time, exempt position with a flexible schedule and many evening and weekend hours.

• Works collaboratively with volunteer committees to plan, organize and execute DNA special events and promotional activities.
• Coordinates and hosts all volunteer event committee meetings; works with committee chairs to create agendas and other meeting materials.
• Collaborates with Executive Director and volunteer committees to provide in-house graphic design and written content for all flyers/posters, invitations, event branding materials, email campaigns, website content and other promotional materials.
• Works closely with ED to create and manage special event budgets; ensures event committees operate within established budgetary restrictions.
• Creates and manages cost effective marketing and promotional strategies for special event print, broadcast and social media, collaborating with other organizations and special events when applicable.
• Writes and distributes press releases and other communications materials; posts press releases and events to local web sites as well DNA’s web site and social media sites.
• Responsible for maintaining, editing and managing DNA website and all electronic media including weekly e-newsletter and all social media networking sites.
• Solicits potential sponsors for DNA special events; creates and distributes sponsor packets that are designed for each event.
• Develops and enhances working relationships with City staff, various organizations, non-profit groups, service clubs and businesses.
• Prepares written reports, presentations and evaluations on special events.
• Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.

• Ability to manage constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
• Proactively anticipates needs and works to meet them.
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
• Professional appearance and demeanor.
• Ability to manage priorities and workflow.
• Reliable and punctual.
• Excellent computer skills.
• Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher.
• Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
• Familiarity with website content management systems and social media applications
• Ability to lift and carry up to 45lbs.

• Bachelors degree in advertising, graphic design, marketing, communications or related field or
equivalent experience.
• 1-2 years graphic design and/or marketing work experience.
• Not-for-profit experience preferred, but not required.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Submissions without salary requirements will not be considered.

The DNA is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.

Tuesday, October 28th Out to Lunch – “Ask the Employment Law Attorney”

Out to LunchTuesday, October 28th is the next DNA Out to Lunch!

It will take place at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, from 12-1pm.

Blue Box Cafe will provide a hand crafted Boar’s Head Deli Sandwich (vegetarian option available), a package of chips, gourmet cookie and your choice of drink, including Metropolis Coffee for only $12/person (cash please).

Our guest speaker will be Glenn R. Gaffney of Gaffney & Gaffney PC; who will present “What’s on Your Mind – Just Ask the Employment Law Attorney“.

RSVP with your name and e-mail address to 847-488-1456 or at the link provided (but please pay at event). Please RSVP so we have a count, but you pay at the door (preferably cash).

Downtown Elgin Harvest Market Offers FREE Children’s Program

RainbowlandThe Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin, with assistance from community partners is excited to invite the public and children groups to participate in their second year of hosting a FREE children’s program called “Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market”, a ten week children’s program held each and every Thursday from June 12 thru August 14, noon – 2pm, at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, 200 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120. This activity is an effort to promote and educate students (K – 6) about healthy eating, being active, and related activities with additional focus on sustainability and agriculture, plus time to shop, and meet vendors through a scavenger hunt.  This children’s program will feature three 20 minutes sessions from active fitness fun, to cooking demos, to an interactive activity, and fun stuff to bring home!

Open to the general public with children (adults must be present) or organized children’s groups (If a group larger than ten children contact the market in advance by calling 847.488.1456 or emailing One may bring their children one week or all ten weeks and can meet at the information booth at noon to join in.

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market’s “Rainbowland: An Adventure at the Market” is sponsored by the Alexian Brothers Health Systems and organized by Boys & Girls Club, Centre of Elgin, Chef Quincy Owens, Elgin Area History Museum, Elgin Public Museum, Gail Borden Public Library, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Kim’s Black Belt Academy, Salvation Army (Elgin), Side Street Studio Arts, and the YWCA Elgin.

To sign up your children’s group for this free program please contact Harvest Market manager Jennifer Benson at 847-488-1456 or via email at For more information about the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market which is open Thursday’s now through October 2, 9am – 2pm go to