DNA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers! It’s true!

The Downtown Neivolunteerghborhood Association is currently looking for volunteers for our Promotions Committee.  If you love the downtown Elgin area and want to work on events such as the Fourth of July Parade, Window Wonderland, Pub Crawls, Cruise Nights and the DNA Gala, let us know!  We’d like you to be on the team that creates these successful promotional events that drives individuals to Elgin’s central business district.  With the support and generosity of volunteers, the Downtown Neighborhood Association organizes some of the most popular events in Elgin.  In addition, the DNA partners with other organizations and committees to promote events such as Nightmare on Chicago Street, Next Wave Art Salon and Home for the Holidays.  With your input and assistance, we can build an even greater downtown Elgin.  If you are interested, please send an email to info@downtownelgin.com.  Thank you for your consideration of being a part of the DNA team!


Retro-a-GoGo Cash Mob

Retro-aGoGo_finalOn Thursday, November 14th from 5-6pm there will be a Cash Mob held at Retro-a-Gogo, 225 E. Chicago Street.

Stop by and see their unique vintage and retro items in their original state as well as an occasional vintage and retro item that has been refinished, redone or repurposed!

Here’s how a Cash Mob works:
1. Show up at Retro-a-Gogo, 5-6 on Thursday November 14th.
2. Invite all your friends via social media, word of mouth, Pony Express, Morse Code… whatever!
3. All participating Cash “Mobsters” agree to spend a minimum of $20 at Retro-a-GoGo… $20 for a unique gift for yourself (you deserve it!) or even a friend, will go a long way!
4. Spend the $20 and your name will be entered into a DNA Gift Certificate raffle drawing!

Start your holiday shopping early…You are sure to find that unique and fun gift from Retro-a-GoGo!

Downtown Elgin Cash Mob at Elgin Books This Thursday 6/13

Elgin_BooksThe DNA invites avid readers and coffee drinkers to join the mob in Downtown Elgin. Our next Downtown Cash Mob takes place this Thursday, June 13 from 4-6 pm at Elgin Books, 66 S. Grove.

Participating Cash Mobsters agree to spend a minimum of $10 between 4-6 pm that day. Following the Cash Mob they will then be entered into a subsequent raffle drawing for $10 in Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates. There will be a total of two gift certificate drawings.

Interested readers will also have access to information about the Gail Borden Public Library’s “Read on the Wild Side” summer reading program.

Our first Downtown Cash Mob in April at Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue, and Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue, had over $400 in economic impact on those two businesses.

Join the mob with us in Downtown Elgin all summer long!

“Yarn and Soul” Downtown Elgin Cash Mob

Yarn&SoulTo help launch the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will debut its first monthly Downtown Cash Mob entitled “Yarn and Soul” at Elgin Knit Works, 8 Douglas Avenue and Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue.

How does a cash mob work? Easy!

1. Show up between 5-6 pm on Thursday, April 25.

2. Invite all of your friends via social media, word of mouth, Pony Express…whatever!

3. All participating Cash “Mobsters” agree to spend a minimum of $20 at either host business (or $10 at both businesses). Mobsters will then receive an entry into a drawing for $20 in Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates! Winner to be announced in May.

Come join the mob in downtown Elgin every month throughout the spring and summer.

Want to see how a cash mob works first hand in Elgin? The Elgin Young Professionals Network will host a cash mob at State Street Market, 701 N. State Street in Elgin on Saturday, April 20 between 10am-5pm.

Last year the EYPN hosted very successful cash mobs at Elgin Books and SpaceTaste Gallery in downtown Elgin. The DNA is hopeful to partner with the EYPN on future cash mobs as well.