2015 Elgin Fourth of July Parade ~ American Pastimes ~

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The 2015 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Steps off Saturday, July 4 at 9AM at  the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, then  proceeds south on Douglas thru the NorthEast Neighborhood Association, into the heart of downtown Elgin, and ends at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

This year’s theme is “American Pastimes”.  Please join the City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association in celebrating those who have served our country and community.

Participants:
For all those participating in the City of Elgin’s 4th of July Parade, complete the 2015 Parade Participant Application and the 2015 Parade Waiver.  We also encourage you to decorate your parade entries in this year’s theme of American Pastimes.

All participants, please read and familiarize yourself of the 2015 Parade Application Guidelines.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities:
The DNA offers businesses, organizations and individuals to take advantage of 2014 Fourth of July Parade Sponsorship.

The Fourth of July Parade is a time-honored tradition in downtown Elgin that enjoys extensive media coverage and more than 15,000 spectators annually, who range in age from young to young-at-heart.

Some benefits include:  Ad space in the DNA’s Top 10 e-news for the month of June, logo and link on DNA website, sponsor representative interviewed on local Channel 17.

Become a City of Elgin 2015 Fourth of July Sponsor today!

 

The DNA is busy planning the 2014 parade, but here are some highlights from 2013:

2013 PARADE ENTRIES:

Over 105 confirmed parade units, more than 100 vehicles and 25 floats, and over 2,000 walkers participating, crowd of 10,000-15,000 parade enthusiasts took advantage of the warm weather to take in Elgin’s annual summertime rite of passage!

Click here to download the 2013 Parade Packet, which includes a complete list of 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital parade participants (with individual staging block listed in parenthesis) as well as the 2013 parade staging map with parade route, shuttle bus drop off points, listing of parking areas and restrooms, and disbandment routes.  Also included is the Parade Waiver which needs to be completed for all those participating in the City of Elgin’s 4th of July Parade.

MARCHING THRU TIME:

2013’s theme for the City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a timeline-based, community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries several area businesses and groups are celebrating.

The following 2013 Elgin 4th parade entries participated in the “Elgin Marching Thru Time” parade unit decorating contest:

The Golden Era (Pre 1900′s-WWII)

American Indian Center/Trickster Gallery – Pre-1900′s
Gail Borden Public Library – Pre-1900′s
Fox Valley Libertarian Party – Pre-1900′s
Elgin History Museum – Pre-1900′s
Elgin Police/Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) – Pre-1900′s
ABODE – 1900-1920′s
Fox Valley Chapter of the Model T Ford Club International, Inc. – 1900-1920′s
Elgin Lions Club – 1930-1940′s
Redmon’s Towing – 1930-1940′s
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl (BFH) – 1930-1940′s

Back to the Future (1950′s-The Future)

West Suburban Shrine Club Roaring ’57s – 1950-1960′s
St. John’s Lutheran School and Church – 1970-1980′s
Raging Waves Waterpark – 1970-1980′s
Rescue Warriors Corp – 1970-1980′s
Elgin Youth Football League – 1970-1980′s
PLS Loan Store – 1970-1980′s
Spring Hill Gymnastics – 1990-Present
Elgin Medi-Transport, Inc. – 1990-Present
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – 1990-Present
South Elgin High School Band & Dance Team – 1990-Present
First Congregational Church of Elgin – The Future
MEGA (Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy) – The Future
Elgin Parent Co-op School – The Future
Dance It Off with Kim – The Future

The parade’s distinguished judging panel, consisting of Elgin’s ghostly historic forefathers from the Elgin Area Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Walk, will name a first, second and third place winner in each of the “Elgin Marching Thru Time” judging categories.

PARADE GRAND MARSHALS

2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club, the organization that was instrumental in bringing Sherman Hospital to the Elgin community, will serve as this year’s parade Grand Marshals.

Founded by more than 30 women in June of 1887, the Elgin Woman’s Club’s very first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin. Henry Sherman, farmer, Elgin businessman, and part-owner of the Elgin National Watch Factory, learned of the club’s plan and agreed to donate a two-story house to serve as the hospital’s site. Thanks to the efforts of the Elgin Woman’s Club, Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888 and the two organizations have been community partners ever since.

PARADE ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

2013’s City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital offered its usual diverse and high energy cast of premiere performers, highlighted by The Jesse White Tumblers; Medinah Motor Corps, Green Thunder Percussion, The Drumline, Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl; Pro Dance Elite; Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble; Elgin, Larkin and South Elgin High School Marching Bands; Kane County Mounted Rangers and more!

Before the Elgin 4th parade steped off, dozens of pretty and patriotic pooches put their best paws forward in the third annual Kountry Pet Resort Pooch Parade, which began at 8:30am at Ann Street and Douglas Avenue.

Just before the National Anthem, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Elgin City Councilman John Steffen delivered a reenactment reading of this legendary speech to the crowd assembled at the front of the parade route at Slade & Douglas Avenues in the role of President Abraham Lincoln.

This year’s National Anthem was performed by Jeorge Holmes at the front of the parade route at Slade & Douglas Avenues, and by a quartet of Elgin OPERA singers near the end of the parade route at Symphony and Douglas Avenues.

Members of the Elgin Sister City delegation from Cauquenes, Chile also walked with representatives from the City of Elgin’s entry into the parade.

2014 PARADE ROUTE & STREET CLOSURES:

The Elgin 4th Parade route begins at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, proceeds south on Douglas thru the NorthEast Neighborhood Association, into the heart of downtown Elgin, and ends at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

The following streets in downtown will be closed to vehicle traffic from approximately 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, and vehicles parked along these streets after 6 AM will be towed:
  • Kimball St. from Dundee Ave. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Douglas Ave. from River Bluff Rd. to E. Chicago St.
  • Highland Ave. from Spring St. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Symphony from Douglas Ave. to Spring St.

The following streets in the adjacent NENA neighborhood will be closed for staging and for the parade route from 6AM to Noon. No parked cars will be allowed on these streets during this time. Driveway access will be limited beginning at 6AM.

CARS PARKED ON THESE STREETS ON JULY 4 AFTER 6AM WILL BE TOWED:

  • N. Grove Ave. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd.
  • Brook St. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd.
  • River Bluff Rd. from Spring St. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Douglas Ave. from River Bluff Rd. to Chicago St.

Parking will be allowed on the east-west streets between Spring St. and N. Grove Ave. though access will be very limited from 9-11AM while the parade is in progress.

MEDIA:

Jeff Myers and Councilman John Prigge will provide play-by-play of the entire City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital from their broadcast position in front of the Elgin Police Department. The Elgin 4th Parade will be rebroadcast throughout the month of July on Channel 17. Kyle Bault will serve as on-site parade announcer over the loudspeakers for parade goers gathered around the performing area near the end of the parade route.

PARADE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

There is still plenty of time to sign up to serve as a volunteer for the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital. Volunteer opportunities include Block Captains, Parade Route Ambassadors and Set-Up and Take-Down Crews. Shifts are from 6:30-11:30AM. All volunteers will receive a parade t-shirt and free breakfast at the volunteer orientation beginning at 6AM. For more information about parade volunteer opportunities, contact the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456 or e-mail info@downtownelgin.com.

POST PARADE FESTIVITIES:

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SPONSORS:

The City of Elgin, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and the Fourth of July Parade Committee wish to thank the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor – Advocate Sherman Hospital

Red Level Sponsor – Alexian Brothers Health System

White Level Sponsors – BMO Harris Bank, Chase, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Blue Level Sponsors – Armida & Joe Dominguez, Danny’s Pizza on Douglas, Davey Tree Experts, Elgin Academy, Elgin Community College, Judson University, Lamp, Inc., PLS Loan Store, Spring Hill Gymnastics, Redmon’s Towing, Waste Management

Community Level – Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy

Media Sponsors – Daily Herald, WRMN Radio AM-1410

Central Business District (CBD) Streetscape – Phase 06

phase 6 streetscapePRE-CONSTRUCTION PUBLIC MEETING: In conjunction with the City of Elgin and TranSystems, the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin (DNA) will be conducting a pre-construction public meeting about Phase VI of the Central Business District Streetscape project on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 5-7pm at The Centre of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, downtown Elgin.

This will give downtown stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions of the project leaders, find out which parts of downtown will be impacted and for how long, as well as to voice their input.

 

RSVP to the DNA by phone at 847-488-1456 or by email at info@downtownelgin.com by Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon.

Talkin’ Trash with the City of Elgin!

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The Elgin Strategic Plan Advisory Commission invites you to attend a community discussion about our current waste hauling program. Give your input on ways we could improve service, control costs and lower the volume of trash we generate.

The Strategic Plan Advisory Commission was put in place in 2013 to assist the City Council and city management by providing input and direction on issues related to the city’s Strategic Plan. A part of those duties includes advising the council on key issues of concern to the public.

The Commission will host two public meetings designed to gather input from residents on curbside trash pickup. Residents are invited to attend the one most convenient to their schedules.

Meeting locations and times are as follows:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove
or
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Dr.

After ten years, the current contract with Waste Management will expire in 2014. The city will be soliciting bids from waste haulers in the spring and will use these meetings to discuss potential additions or changes that the public might want included in the contract.

At these public meetings, residents will be asked to share their opinions on current services as well as options the city should consider as part of the new contract. Among the subjects that will be discussed will be controlling costs by lowering the volume of waste going to the curb through initiatives such as recycling, composting and educational campaigns.

Dan Ault, Senior Analyst for the City of Elgin is overseeing the new contract.“Elgin has a reputation for having one of the finest waste programs in the area, and the cost to our residents in the lowest in the area. We want to take this opportunity to discuss the changing needs and desires of our residents in the coming years and take those things into consideration when negotiating the next contract. We want to continue to provide high quality service at reasonable cost to our residents.”

For more information regarding the upcoming meetings please contact Cherie Murphy, staff liaison to the Strategic Plan Advisory Commission at 847-931-5667 or murphy_c@cityofelgin.org

 

 

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!

 

Home for the Holidays Annual Kick-off Event

HFTH 2013 logoJoin us for the 2013 “Elgin: Home for the Holidays Kick-off and Craft Fair” on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., downtown Elgin, Illinois.

The holiday season starts in downtown Elgin with entertainment, special drawings, a visit from Santa Claus and the Ecker Center Festival of Trees at this free, fun, family-friendly event. There will be live musical performances, photos with Santa, non-profit expo and much more that creates a truly magical event!   Children can even make a holiday ornament for the City of Elgin’s holiday tree. And you won’t want to miss out on the craft fair that will take place on the second floor of the library – Get your holiday shopping done – a one-stop shop!   The event is sponsored by the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library and welcomes many Elgin non-for-profits (including the Downtown Neighborhood Association) to participate in this festive event!

 

Downtown Elgin Shred Event

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DOWNTOWN ELGIN SHRED EVENT

Helping Elgin go GREEN

Over the years, Future Link IT has been helping you protect your electronic data and keeping it secure.  Now Future Link IT would like to help you securely destroy your paper data and protect you and your customers from identity theft by sponsoring a Downtown Elgin Shred Event.

What: Downtown Elgin Shred Event

When: October 23rd From 11-2

Where: Downtown Elgin – South West Corner of Kimball St and Grove Ave in the old library parking lot.  (Home of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Harvest Market)

Businesses and individuals will be able to drive up and drop of any paper they would like to have shredded.  It will be shredded on the spot in a commercial shred truck and then recycled, keeping your personal or customer data protected.  There are no limits to how many boxes of paper that you can bring, however, if the truck gets filled before 2pm, the event is done.

Sponsored by:  Future Link IT     Lifeline Plumbing      Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance Agency       Steffen Law, P.C.        Mason CPA Tax & Accounting

For more information, contact Future Link IT at 224-523-8063 or the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456.

 

 

Deirdre White Named New DNA Executive Director

DeirdreAN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DNA BOARD PRESIDENT KARIN JONES:

On behalf of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin and our Board of Directors, we would like to welcome Deirdre White as our new Executive Director. Deirdre has been a board member with the DNA for the last two and a half years and a volunteer with us for much longer than that. She has served on numerous committees within DNA and we are all very excited to be a part of her next steps with our organization.  She brings with her a love for everything downtown and her ever present, up beat, get it done spirit.

Her official first day will be August 12th. So for those of you who know Deirdre, please congratulate and welcome her in our Downtown Elgin way!  Those of you that have not yet met her, look forward to meeting her soon!

The dynamics at DNA are about to shift yet again as we continue to evolve and change during our 15th year! With the recent hiring of Don Obenauf as our Economic Development Director and now Deirdre as our new Executive Director, we foresee quite the dynamic duo and many exciting things in our future!

And you all know I can’t resist quoting Dr. Seuss so, Deirdre, our advice to you is, “Why fit in when you were made to stand out?”

Welcome aboard! We look forward to seeing you in full swing!

Karin Jones
DNA President

Elgin Artspace Lofts Grand Opening This Thursday

Elgin Artspace LoftsPlease join us in downtown Elgin for the grand opening of Elgin Artspace Lofts, a new live/work space for artists and their families at 51 S. Spring Street, on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30-8:30PM. Brief remarks from Artspace and representatives from the City of Elgin begin at 6PM.

Guests can tour open studios, enjoy food from In the Neighborhood Deli and The Culinary Fox, as well as live entertainment as we celebrate a bright future for the resident artist community and downtown Elgin.

Follow the activities of Elgin Artspace Lofts on Facebook or sign up for e-mail updates about events at Artspace.org.

Elgin 4th of July Parade Participants

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe following is a complete list of 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital parade participants (with individual staging blocks listed in parenthesis) and sponsoring organizations. Click to Download Parade Staging Packet including route map and staging instructions.

2013 Elgin 4th Parade Participants

A-1 Repair – GROVE E
ABODE – BROOK B
Advocate Sherman Hospital – Presenting Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Alexian Brothers Health System – Sponsor
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Chi Alpha Omega – GROVE E
American Indian Center/Trickster Gallery – BROOK A
American Legion Elgin Post 57 – DOUGLAS
American Taxi Dispatch – GROVE D
Armida and Joe Dominguez – Sponsor
Artie’s Towing – GROVE C
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl – BROOK A
Bear Family McDonalds – DOUGLAS
Ben’s Global Recycling Inc. – GROVE E
Bethlehem Lutheran Church – GROVE D
BMO Harris Bank – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
CasaBlanca Realtors – COOK
Chase – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble – GROVE B
Citizens to Elect Kevin Williams Kane County Sheriff – GROVE E
City of Elgin – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Congregation Kneseth Israel – GROVE B
Dance It Off with Kim – BROOK C
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Davey Tree Experts – Sponsor
Don Kramer for Kane County Sheriff – BROOK E
Downtown Neighborhood Association – Sponsor
Dundee Masonic Lodge #190 – GROVE E
Eastern Groove Studio – GROVE C
Elgin Academy – Sponsor
Elgin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) – DOUGLAS
Elgin Community College – Sponsor
Elgin Continental Little League – BROOK C
Elgin Elks Lodge #737 and Ladies of the Elks of Elgin – GROVE A
Elgin High School Band – GROVE A
Elgin History Museum – BROOK A
Elgin International Festival – GROVE C
Elgin Knights of Columbus – GROVE A
Elgin Lions Club – BROOK A
Elgin Medi-Transport, Inc. – BROOK B
Elgin Parent Co-op School – BROOK C
Elgin Parks and Rec Soccer Team Spain – GROVE B
Elgin River Rats High School RFC – GROVE A
Elgin Sharks Track Club – GROVE C
Elgin Summer Theatre/City of Elgin – BROOK D
Elgin Theatre Company – GROVE C
Elgin Township Democrats – GROVE A
Elgin Township Republicans – GROVE B
Elgin Youth Football League – BROOK B
Epworth Church/Christ the Lord Lutheran Church – GROVE C
Extreme Remodeling – GROVE E
First Congregational Church of Elgin – BROOK C
First Presbyterian Church of Elgin – GROVE C
First United Methodist Church – BROOK D
Food For Greater Elgin – GROVE E
Fox Valley Chapter of the Model T Ford Club Int’l – COOK
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice – GROVE D
Fox Valley Libertarian Party – BROOK A
Gail Borden Public Library – BROOK A
Gifford Park Association – GROVE E
Golden “K” Kiwanis Club of Elgin – BROOK C
Greater Elgin Family Care Center – GROVE C
Green Thunder Percussion – BROOK D
Hanover Township – COOK
Integrity School of Dance – GROVE E
J B Harris Construction, Inc. – BROOK E
Jesse White Tumblers – BROOK A
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
JQ Designs – BROOK A
Judson University – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham – COOK
Kane County Mounted Rangers – COOK
Kane County Sheriff’s Office – GROVE B
Kickers United FC – GROVE D
Kim’s Black Belt Academy – BROOK E
Knights of Columbus & El Cardunal Assembly – GROVE A
Kountry Pet Resort & Training Center – PRE-PARADE
Lamp Incorporated – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Larkin High School Band – GROVE D
Laura Buhmann Ms. Illinois Universal Dream 2013 – GROVE A
League of Women Voters – GROVE E
Leopoldo Ochoa – COOK
Medinah Clowns – BROOK B
Medinah Motor Corps – BROOK C
Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy – Sponsor – BROOK A
New Generation Drill Team – BROOK D
Next Level BMX Team – BROOK D
People That Make Patriotic Floats – BROOK D
PLS Loan Store – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Pro Dance Elite – BROOK E
Raging Waves Waterpark – BROOK C
Redmon’s Towing – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Rescue Warriors Corp – BROOK C
Safari Childcare – GROVE E
Second Baptist Church Military Veterans Ministry – GROVE D
Shabbona District Three Fires Council Boy Scouts of America – GROVE E
Shared Harvest – Elgin Food Cooperative – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Shriners Big Wheels – BROOK E
Side Street Studio Arts – GROVE E
South Elgin High School Band & Dance Team – DOUGLAS
Spates Temple Church – GROVE E
Spring Hill Gymnastics – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
St. John’s Lutheran School and Church – BROOK B
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – GROVE E
The Larkin Center – BROOK D
The Pet Squad/F.Y.D.O.Land – BROOK B
VNA Health Care – GROVE A
Walgreens – BROOK E
Waste Management – Sponsor
Watch City Lodge #131 and Fox Valley Chapter #137 – GROVE A
Watch City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1307 – DOUGLAS
West Suburban Shrine Club Roaring ’57s – BROOK B
Westminster Christian School – GROVE C
Zion Lutheran Church – GROVE B

Elgin Woman’s Club Named Grand Marshals of Elgin 4th Parade

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with presenting sponsor Advocate Sherman Hospital, announced today that the Elgin Woman’s Club will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade.

Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club will ride in a vintage convertible to kick off this year’s parade on Thursday, July 4 at 9AM, beginning at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues.

The theme of this year’s Elgin 4th Parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a timeline-based, community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries several area businesses and groups are celebrating.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Advocate Sherman Hospital’s founding, of which the Elgin Woman’s Club was instrumental in orchestrating.

Founded by more than 30 women in June of 1887, the Elgin Woman’s Club’s very first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin. Henry Sherman, farmer, Elgin businessman, and part-owner of The Elgin National Watch Factory, learned of the club’s plan and agreed to donate a two-story house to serve as the hospital’s site. Thanks to the efforts of the Elgin Woman’s Club, Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888 and the two organizations have been community partners ever since.

For more information about the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital, please contact DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or e-mail jpawlowski@downtownelgin.com.