Indoor Farmers Market



The Downtown Neighborhood Association, Shared Harvest Food Cooperative and Advocate Sherman Hospital have teamed together to bring the community an Indoor Farmers Market.

Shop a wide selection of HEALTHFUL, LOCALLY GROWN and HOMEMADE foods and personal care products from a variety of vendors. Including:

Trogg’s Hollow
Windy Acres Crafts
Smart Cookie Baker
Three Bees
Butter & Flour
Radiant Raw Foods
Wildtree Chabad Jewish Center
CC Angus Beef
and more!

Dates & Hours:
10:00am – 1:00pm
*December 8
*January 12
*February 9
*March 9

The DNA’s Harvest Market will return June, 2017. Until then, please stop by Advocate Sherman Hospital, 1425 N. Randall Road, Elgin, IL, for the Indoor Farmers Market!

DNA Pub Crawl – C’mon down!

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“Come on down!” To the DNA’s Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl on Friday, September 23rd, 6pm! “Survey says…!” It’s going to be a great night!

Maybe you’d “like to phone a friend” and tell them about this fun event… Ask them if it is a “Deal, or no deal?”

Don’t forget to register to enter to win the grand prize “for $300, Alex.”

Don’t be the “weakest link”, and as always, remember to drink responsibly.

Stay tuned – More information to come!


If you are interested in sponsoring this popular event,
please contact the DNA at 847.488.1456 or


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Experience the magnificence and historic charm of Elgin’s unique downtown by taking this walk through the “Elgin Downtown Commercial District”. 

The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin IL‘s Design Committee is committed to the historical preservation of downtown Elgin. In December, 2014, the DNA achieved recognition for downtown Elgin, on the National Register of Historical Places.

Now in 2016, the DNA’s Design Committee, along with the Elgin History Museum, Gail Borden Public Library and community members, have created the “Downtown Commercial Historic District Walking Tour”. If you missed the kick-off walking tour, on Monday, May 9, don’t worry, the DNA will host another guided tour on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6PM.

Watch for updates on the DNA Facebook page. The tour will begin at the parking lot at Prairie and South Grove. Mr. Jerry Turnquist, local historian, will lead a special tour of historic downtown Elgin to celebrate the city center’s rich historical beauty! We hope you can join us, and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes!

Downtown Elgin Commercial Real Estate Broker Tour



There are also Sponsorship Opportunities available!
This is a prime event to get your business noticed!

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Upcoming Downtown Elgin Property Owners Meetings

Downtown Elgin Property Owners Meeting

All downtown Elgin Property Owners are invited to attend these regularly scheduled meetings that are customized just for you! The group discusses topics that are specific to property owners in Elgin’s central business district. At every meeting, updates are given on the potential for a Special Service Area (SSA) for downtown Elgin.

A Special Service Area (SSA), also known as a Business Improvement District or BIDs, are districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy on the properties within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently being provided through the City of Elgin. The DNA has been working diligently to establish an SSA in downtown Elgin to provide special services that the City does not currently provide, but are wanted by property owners. Those services are being narrowed down by property owners at the Downtown Elgin Property Owners Meetings.

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Small Business Saturday in downtown Elgin 11.28.15

sbs 1128Small Business Saturday (SBS), is right around the corner! Every year, this American shopping holiday is held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. However, SBS focuses on the local shopkeepers and all that they have to offer!

This year, Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday, November 28. Be sure to visit downtown Elgin businesses that offer the quality and selection that the big box stores can’t. Downtown restaurants offer the flavors and atmosphere that only an individual restaurant can offer. Be sure to shop local on Small Business Saturday, and always!

Fourth of July Parade set for Monday, July 4, 2016!

  • The 2016 City of Elgin and Downtown Neighborhood Association’s (DNA) Fourth of July Parade begins with an All-American Pooch Parade at 8:30am. 
  • Then, stepping off at 9am the “Going for the Gold” 2016 Fourth of July parade begins! 
  • From there, enjoy the large trucks, creative floats, music, dancing, BMX bike stunts, cheerleaders, tumblers and all the other entertaining acts and floats!

Volunteer Information:
Register to volunteer here

Meet at Danny’s on Douglas at 6:15am to register, pick-up your volunteer t-shirt, receive your volunteer supplies and attend the short volunteer orientation.
-All volunteers: Please read the Participant Information below, to acquaint yourselves with the participant process.
-After the parade, stop back at Danny’s for lunch, a game of bags and a cold beverage, or visit any of our many Downtown Elgin restaurants to grab a bite to eat.

Participant Information:
-General registration is now closed.  To register as a sponsor, please contact
-Parade information and guidelines here

Information for Spectators:
Downtown Elgin is open for business! Many of the shops and restaurants are open to welcome the community! After the parade stop by Soulful Sparrow, Elgin Antiques & Uniques, and our many other unique shops, or make your way to Side Street Studio Arts for their 3rd Annual Americana Jubilee, which will feature a pie eating contest, dunk tank, and many other fun family-friendly activities.

From there, take a stroll along Elgin’s Riverside Drive Promenade, along the scenic Fox River, and then make your way to Festival Park, where the Grand Victoria Casino will continue the tradition of their Summer Concert Series!  Then, sit back in your seats and enjoy the GVC Fireworks display in Downtown Elgin! It will prove to be a spectacular event!

-Plenty of Free Parking in Downtown Elgin!
-The Grand Victoria Concert starts at 5:30pm
-Fireworks will be deployed from National Street bridge at approximately 9:30pm
-Contact the DNA at info@Downtown Elgin or 847-488-1456


Thank you to our 2015 Fourth of July Parade Volunteers and Sponsors!

For 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities click here!

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Busker Guidelines for Elgin, IL


Downtown Elgin welcomes buskers to perform in and about town.  We just ask that you follow some simple guidelines.

What is Busking?
A busker is considered to be an entertainer who is actively providing a public performance in the public space in exchange for a donation. Busking is defined as playing a musical instrument, singing, reciting or performing conjuring, juggling, puppetry, miming, dancing or other entertainment. Busking also includes the activity of drawing any message, picture or representation on a pavement, paper or canvas surface.

ELGIN BUSKING GUIDELINES provides a framework to assist performers, businesses and residents in understanding the rules for busking. The aim is to foster an environment that encourages and enables a range of busking performances to thrive in our city. After reading the guidelines, if you have more questions, please contact the City of Elgin’s 311 or the DNA at or 847-488-1456.


under-construction-flashing-barracade-animationThe final phase of the  Downtown Elgin Streetscape began March 21, 2016, with improvements being made to the Chicago Street and Highland Avenue Bridges and the frontage road that connects them adjacent to State Street/Route 31.When this project is finished, the gateway to downtown Elgin will mirror the beautiful sidewalks, pavers and planters that have already adorned our city’s center.

12885992_10153482882235920_7660144735983352333_oLane improvements on the Chicago and Highland Bridges:
On the Chicago Street Bridge, the south lane will remain open, as will the north side of the Highland Avenue Bridge. The frontage road on 31 that connects the two will be closed for streetscape improvements.  Businesses will remain open during this construction, so please continue to visit.

Please be aware that these new lane configurations will remain in place until June, 2016.

-PACE will continue with removing their current building located between Chicago and Highland in Downtown Elgin, and rebuilding a new building and making improvements to the deck. The canopy will stay in place. The PACE construction should all remain on the property footprint.

Click here for a list of updated road projects!


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