Indoor Farmers Market

 

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The Downtown Neighborhood Association, Shared Harvest Food Cooperative and Advocate Sherman Hospital have teamed together to bring the community an Indoor Farmers Market. Now that summer is upon us, the Indoor Market is expected to return in November or December 2017. In the meantime, please visit us at the DNA Harvest Market, every Tuesday from 9am to 2pm.

Last season, the Indoor Farmers Market offered shoppers a wide selection of HEALTHFUL, LOCALLY GROWN and HOMEMADE foods and personal care products from a variety of vendors such as:

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 for the upcoming 2017/2018 Indoor Farmers Market will be announced closer to fall. The location for the Indoor Farmers Market is Advocate Sherman Hospital located at 1425 N. Randall Road in Elgin.

DNA Pub Crawl – C’mon down!

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SAVE THE DATE!

“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 info@downtownElgin.com.

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ELGIN WALKING TOUR

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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

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

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Thank you to our sponsors:

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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 info@downtownelgin.com
-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!

Noteables:
-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

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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 provide 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 info@DowntownElgin.com or 847-488-1456.

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ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN DOWNTOWN ELGIN!

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.

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS TO DOWNTOWN ELGIN include:
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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.

UPDATES:
Click here for a list of updated road projects!

 

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The DNA is looking for a Harvest Market Manager!

 

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Position:  Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, Market Manager

  General Description:

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market began operating in 2000 as an event of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin.  It is a seasonal market held weekly on Thursdays from the first week in June through the first week of October (18 weeks) and is located outdoors in a City of Elgin parking lot at 200 North Grove Avenue in Downtown Elgin.

The market offers and encourages locally grown and sustainably produced food, provides an outlet for educational opportunities on sustainable practices and healthy living, supports local artists, community organizations, and Downtown businesses while cultivating a welcoming and entertaining public space atmosphere in Downtown Elgin. During peak season, more than 20 vendors of raw and processed agricultural local products participate, selling their goods to over 500 or more customers and visitors a week.

The market manager is a part-time position who will work closely with the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Event Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. The person filling this position will need to have the following skills to successfully operate an urban farmers market including:

  • Vendor recruitment and relations
  • Market application process
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Market promotion and outreach
  • Collaboration with city departments, local businesses, and other organizations
  • Market day logistics and execution
  • Financial record keeping
  • Understanding/operating EBT program

Qualifications:
A strong candidate for this position will have a demonstrated passion for local, sustainable food production and/or community building and civic engagement as well as excellent communications skills.  This is a physically demanding role, requiring the ability to work in all weather conditions and to lift and carry up to 50lbs.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and legally eligible for employment in the U.S.

Other desired qualifications are:

  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Familiar with Downtown Elgin and/or Downtown Districts
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Basic understanding of social media, online communications
  • Experience in customer service and/or event planning
  • Agricultural background
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse populations
  • Ability to learn on the job and multitask
  • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills

Position Responsibilities:
The 2015 Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Harvest Market outdoor season will operate on Thursday’s from June 4 through October 1, 9am – 2pm, at 200 North Grove Avenue, Elgin, IL. The Market Manager will be expected to arrive at 7am and stay through tear down (approximately 3pm).  During that time, s/he will work with volunteers, etc. to set up the Market, coordinate volunteers, interns, sponsors, vendors, community partners, kid program partners, special activities, and tear down of the Market.  This is a physically and mentally demanding role that is best filled by someone with enthusiasm and a positive, resilient attitude. The Market Manager will also have regularly scheduled office days to focus on such tasks as enrolling farmers/vendors, collecting fees, creating and maintaining the Harvest Market budget, overseeing the Harvest Market Committee meetings and other duties as assigned. The DNA office is located at 10 N. Spring Street, Elgin, IL.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL at info@downtownElgin.com. In the subject line, please enter “Harvest Market Manager Position”.

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