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. 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.

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Top-10-Header-Elgin-HighlightsEvery week we feature all the events, activities, live music, dining and shopping specials happening in Downtown Elgin!

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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 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 or 847-488-1456.



2017 DNA Membership – Registration Open

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA)
asks you to support the organization that supports downtown Elgin!

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin, IL is a non-profit volunteer-driven organization that represents the interests of Elgin’s Central Business District. The Association’s purpose is to foster a center of activity and ensure economic stability for the heart of Elgin through organization, design, promotion and economic revitalization, and we can do this through your support.

  • Some member benefits include:
    *Priority listing on the DNA’s “Top 10” and “Weekend Reminder”
    *Official downtown Elgin Ribbon Cuttings, Open Houses and Anniversary Celebrations
    *Marketing of available downtown Elgin properties
    *Member assistance and promotions for member events and happenings
    *Complimentary use of DNA resources such as folding tables, chairs, pop-up tents and signs
  • Over the years we have made great accomplishments, here is just a sampling:
    *The DNA’s Design Committee achieved recognition for Downtown Elgin on the National Register for Historic Places, creating a popular Walking Tour of Historical Downtown Elgin. We worked with community partners such as the Elgin History MuseumGail Borden Public Library and individual community volunteers to accomplish this goal.
    *The DNA hosted the “Downtown Elgin Real Estate Tour”, which attracted new businesses, realtors and developers to Elgin’s central business district.
    *The DNA brought thousands of visitors to Downtown Elgin through special events, such as the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl, Winter Wonderland, Small Business Saturday, First Friday’s, the Harvest Market and more.
    *The DNA Board and Staff has established relationships with both Elgin Academy and Judson University to create new and exciting opportunities for our downtown stakeholders.
    *On behalf of the City of Elgin, we guided numerous new business owners on opening a business in Downtown Elgin. In addition, we work with investors and property owners on redevelopment in Elgin’s central business district.

The above is only a fraction of what we have accomplished, but we cannot carry out our mission without the generous support of our Members. Thank you, in advance, for supporting your Downtown via the DNA.

Memberships start at $30 annually for an Individual Membership and $185 annually for a Downtown retail business. Click here for more details or to join now.