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!

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.

Be in the Know on Everything Downtown Elgin!




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 If not, you could be missing out on all the activities, events, dining and shopping specials and happenings in downtown Elgin!

Each week the Top10 and Weekend Reminder delivers the goods,
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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.

2017 DNA Membership – Registration Now 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
  • This past year, we have accomplished a lot, and here is just a sampling:
    *Since the DNA’s Design Committee achieved recognition for Downtown Elgin on the National Register for Historic Places last year, we had created the historical walking tour of downtown Elgin. We worked with community partners such as the Elgin History MuseumGail Borden Public Library and individual community volunteers to see this through.
    *We hosted the  “Downtown Elgin Real Estate Tour”, which attracted new businesses, realtors and developers to Elgin’s central business district. 
    *We also brought in thousands of visitors with our special events, such as the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl, Window Wonderland, Small Business Saturday and much more.
    *The DNA Board and Staff has established relationships with both Elgin Academy and Judson University to create opportunities for our downtown stakeholders that were previously not available.

The above is only a slice 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.