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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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:
12885992_10153482882235920_7660144735983352333_oLane improvements on the Chicago and Highland Bridges:
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”.

01.05.15

2015 WILL BE A BUSY YEAR!

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SAVE THE DATES!

WOW – There is a lot going on in downtown Elgin for 2015
and here is a sneak peak!

The DNA, City of Elgin and downtown Elgin businesses and organizations are very busy planning events for Elgin’s central business district, so Save the Date and don’t miss a thing!  More to come! And remember…There is always plenty of free parking in downtown Elgin!

SAVE-THE-DATES! 11.29.14 & 12.06.14

circle sbsThe Downtown Neighborhood Association LOVES our DBO’s – Downtown Business Owners! And this year, we want everyone to participate in Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Saturday, November 29, 2014 (in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Downtown businesses offer quality and selection that the big box stores can’t. Downtown restaurants offer the flavors and atmosphere that only an individual restaurant can offer. More info to come…

 

 

 

 

window_wonderlandThen on Saturday, December 6, 2014, noon-5pm, please join the DNA for Window Wonderland. This is a time-honored tradition in downtown Elgin. The decorated windows in Elgin’s central business district are always a crowd-pleaser, plus there will be Santa’s reindeer to pet, and even Santa himself will be available for a photo opp. This event all leads up to the City of Elgin’s official tree lighting at 5pm. More info to come…

 

PURCHASE YOUR 2016 NOCS TICKETS RIGHT HERE!

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The Apocalypse is upon us –  Nightmare on Chicago Street! Your only hope to survive the UnDead this year is to head to the Safe Zone surrounding Chicago Street in downtown Elgin on Saturday, October 22nd, 6 – 11pm!

 

This year, look for the DNA, as we will be selling Blinky and Glo products to ward off any zombies! If you would like to pre-purchase blinky items to incorporate into your costume – or make it your costume – call us at 847.488.1456 or email us at info@downtownElgin.com.

 

Until then…Get your tickets now for the Nightmare on Chicago Street at the discounted price of $12. Tickets will be $15 at the door, upon availability.

 

 

 

 

Join us for the DNA’s Harvest Market in the PM at GVC!!!

GVC_Alt_BlueElgin, IL— The Downtown Neighborhood Association is excited to continue in its 15th year of the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market – Presented by Alexian Brothers Health System.  Opening day was Thursday, June 5th, and we have been full steam forward since!  Our market is located prominently in downtown Elgin at 200 N. Grove Avenue, near the Centre of Elgin, Gail Borden Public Library, and Hemmens Cultural Center, this weekly outdoor market will run for eighteen consecutive weeks every Thursday, 9am – 2pm, thru October 2.

We are excited to add a pop-up Harvest Market on every third Thursday of the month from 4pm – 7pm at the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove.  The next PM Market is September 18th.  If you can’t make the traditional DNA Harvest Market, we do hope that you join us at our pop-up HM in the PM!