Archives for November 2014

DNA’s 2014 Window Wonderland ~ “Holiday Scenes from the Silver Screen”

ww2014Imagine snowflakes falling gently though the crisp air, the clattering click clack of a carriage as it carries a group of laughing folks through town, brilliantly decorated windows, the lighting of a tree, and to bring it all together – the warm smile of a friendly face to capture the glow of the season.

This is Window Wonderland.

Join the DNA as we celebrate the 16th Annual Window Wonderland on December 6th, 12pm-5pm. For 2014, windows will be decorated in the theme of “Holiday Scenes from the Silver Screen”. The day will include pictures with Santa, Santa’s live reindeer, carolers, free City Skate, roasted chestnuts, City of Elgin official tree lighting and much more!

Al’s Cafe
43 DuPage Court
Elgin Junior Service Board (JSB) decorated Al’s windows and will be on site to sing some joyous Christmas carols for all to enjoy! So stop by Al’s to get some lunch, enjoy one of their delicious hand-made shakes or malts for dessert, and sing along with JSB at this magical time of year!
~Al’s will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Auntie Vee’s
Civic Parking Lot, Douglas and Highland
Most amazing cupcakes for sale!

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Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant
11 Douglas Ave
Bangkok House specializes in authentic Thai and Chinese cuisines, but for Window Wonderland, they will specialize in their annual Holiday Cookie Decorating for all…Sweet!
~Bangkok House will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop.

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Blue Box Cafe
176 E. Chicago St.
Blue Box will be celebrating Winter Wonderland with the spirit of giving by hosting a Toy Drive and will also feature local musicians entertaining you all day long! Stop by, grab a hand-crafted deli delight and sit back and enjoy this warm and welcome atmosphere!
~BBC will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Boy Scout Troop #10
Civic Parking Lot, Douglas and Highland
Will be serving hot chocolate and a savory treat to warm you up at this magical event!
Boy Scout Troop #10 also decorated the windows at Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance at 19 S. Spring
~Boy Scout Troop #10 will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop

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Boy Scout Troop #111
Civic Parking Lot, Douglas and Highland
You can count on Boy Scout Troop #111 this year again, because they will be at Window Wonderland with their delicious cobbler!
~Boy Scout Troop #111will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop

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Carriage Rides
Civic Parking Lot
Highland & Douglas Ave

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C. Insurance Agency
7 S. Spring St.
Warm up on a your stroll downtown at C. Insurance Agency with Cookies and Coffee!
~C Insurance Agency will be Window Wonderland Passport Stop

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Danny’s On Douglas
231 Douglas Ave.
Will be serving their award-wining pizza as always! And has a band starting later in the evening at 9pm.
~Danny’s will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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D&M Antiques
207 E. Chicago St.
Check out their beautifully decorated windows! Magical and warm for this special time of year!
~D&M Antiques is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Elgin Antiques & Uniques -New Location
207 E. Chicago St.
Mosey around this beautiful shop – You never know what you will find! Check out their beautifully decorated windows that are adorned with gorgeous antiques and that could be rare and unique!
Elgin Antique & Uniques is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
31 S. Grove
The Chamber’s windows were created by Little Angels. A must stop on the Window Wonderland Tour in downtown Elgin!
~Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Elgin Police Department / Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
151 Douglas Ave
EPD will be hosting their 4th Annual Winter Open House, 12-4pm, in the lobby of the Police Department. Come in and warm up with a free hot chocolate, hot cider, and some great police coffee.  Visit with the Elgin PD staff and see some neat police gadgets.  There will also be historical items on display.
~EPD will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago
It’s time for the Annual Winter Wonderland Picture with Santa at EPH! Santa will be onsite from 1-4pm! Stop by for your free photo opp with the Santa Claus! While you are there, you can even order some lunch and unwind over their better than average “pub grub” and their fine line of beverages.
~EPH will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop.
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest*

Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance
19 S. Spring
Always big supporters of Window Wonderland, KJH Insurance lent their windows out to Boy Scout Troop #10 as a pallet for their “Holiday Scenes on the Silver Screen” theme!
~KJH is an entry for the window decorating contest

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NHS of Fox Valley
163 E. Chicago
Even though they are moving to a bigger location, they did want to miss out on the DNA’s Window Wonderland! Stop by to see their “Holiday Scenes from the Silver Screen” window created by local artist, Tania of Elgin Artspace.

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The Razor’s Edge Salon
55 Douglas Ave
Stop by The Razor’s Edge to take the chill out with some Hot Cider until 3pm.  While you’re there, get a new “do” because Walk-in’s are more than welcome!
~Razor’s Edge will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Retro-a-GoGo
225 E Chicago St
GoGo and get some hot mulled cider and a sweet treat at this vintage and retro paradise!
~Retro-a-GoGo will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Roasted Chestnuts by Tom & Tom
Corner of Chicago and Douglas
This holiday time-honored tradition is back!  While Jack Frost may be nipping at your nose, stop by and say hello to Tom & Tom who will be roasting chestnuts over an open fire!

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Robert M. Mikulski & Co PC
23 Douglas Ave
At Robert M. Mikulski & Co it all adds up to a fun time! You can decorate ornaments while enjoying some holiday refreshments.
~Robert M. Mikulski & Co will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop.

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Santa’s Reindeer
Civic Parking Lot, Highland & Douglas Ave
Santa’s real live reindeer are making a stop in Elgin before their big day at the end of the month!

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Side Street Studio Arts
15 Ziegler Court
From 11am-2pm, Side Street Studio Arts welcomes you to their free Santa’s Workshop! Kids of all ages can create your own holiday/winter crafts! Side Street Studio Arts is where art happens!
~Side Street Studio Arts will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop.

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Simple Balance Health Center
221 E Chicago St.
Stop by Simple Balance to help yourself sustain magnificent health in mind, body, heart and soul. And start by helping yourself to hot chocolate, which they will be serving from 1:30-3:30pm!
~Simple Balance will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Soulful Sparrow
10 Douglas Ave.
Soulful Sparrow will be celebrating our community’s “Holiday Stars” by making handprints on construction paper (like they do in cement on Hollywood Blvd). Get inspired at this unique gift and decor shop that is inspired by artistic, industrial romantic and re-purposed imagination!  Soulful Sparrow will be open from 10am-5pm.
~Soulful Sparrow will be a Window Wonderland Passport Stop
~and is an entry for the window decorating contest

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Wrona Brothers Office Supply
205 E. Chicago St.
From office supplies to beautiful holiday windows – Wrona delivers! While strolling down Chicago Street take a peak at their decorated windows!
~Wrona Bros. is an entry for the window decorating contest

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YWCA Elgin
220 E. Chicago St.
The YWCA Elgin has been serving the community for over 113 years and always does a great job – even when it comes to window decorating! Check out the YW’s holiday scenes from the silver screen!
~YWCA Elgin is an entry for the window decorating contest

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This all leads up to the official City of Elgin tree lighting at 5pm. Santa will be there along with wonderful carolers to continue the magic of this wonderful event!

Thanks to our sponsors: TranSystems, MetLife Insurance, Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance, City of Elgin, Santa’s Village Azoosment Park (Closed for the season, but save-the-date for May 9, 2015 when they re-open!), Danny’s on Douglas, Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant, Soulful Sparrow, and D & M Antiques!

We also want to give a “Thanks a Mil” shout-out to the DNA’s Window Wonderland Volunteer Groups:
Elgin Young Professional Network ~ The Official Judges for the 2014 Window Wonderland
Elgin 360 ~ The Official “Picture with Santa” elves!
Elgin Junior Service Board ~ Overseeing the DNA’s Operation Gratitude
Judson University Service Learners – For doing all that they do!