April’s Out to Lunch

Out to LunchThe DNA’s April Out to Lunch takes place at Imago, 216 Prairie St, Elgin, on Monday, April 28th, at Noon. Mark Novelli and his wife Aimee are the Managers at Imago and this Out to Lunch gives you the opportunity to check out this incredible building in downtown Elgin that you have always been curious about!
In addition, Blue Box Café will provide us with a Box Lunch (Sandwich, Sea salt chips, 2 delicious cookies chocolate chip and raisin) and your choice of water or Soda at a cost of $12 per person (includes tax and tips). For your sandwich selection have a choice of:
*The Elgin Club – Turkey, roast beef, ham, applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, sriracha mayo on wheat or Sourdough
*Submarine Italiano – Salami, ham, pepperoni, mortadella, provolone cheeses, lettuce, red onions, oil, vinegar, Italian dressing on Italian roll
*Turkey Ranch – Oven roasted turkey breast, tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, red onions, baby swiss and our ranch dressing on whole grain wheat bread.
*Also Veggielicious sandwich available on request
The DNA’s special guest speakers will be Ruth Munson, Social Media Strategist and John Steffen, Elgin City Council member. Both Ruth and John were DNA founding members and their topic will be about beginnings of the DNA, their present positions and involvement with Elgin.
RSVP with your name and e-mail address and your sandwich selection to 847-488-1456 or right here, no later than Thursday, April 24th at noon.  Hope to see you there!

March’s Out to Lunch will be at EPH!

RSVP FOR MARCH’s DNA OUT TO LUNCH!Out to Lunch

Laura Valdez and “The Team” from the City of Elgin will be our special guests for the Monday, March 24 edition of DNA’s Out to Lunch program. Come to the Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago, at noon where you will have the pleasure of Greg’s Signature Buffet and a Printpresentation about Elgin’s 311 system, featuring everything one ever wanted to know about 311, but were afraid to ask!

RSVP at 847-488-1456 or online by Friday, March 21. As usual, the cost is $12, tax and tip included. Cash is preferred, and you pay at the event.

DNA Member Spotlight: Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – 5/29/13

DannysAs part of the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s brand new “We ♥ Downtown Elgin” Buy Local campaign, the DNA will highlight one local downtown Elgin member business each week throughout 2013.

We shine this week’s DNA Member Spotlight on:

 

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas
231 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120
847-742-5400
DannysPizzaElgin.com

 


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In 1968, Danny and Sandy Dalton decided to live their dream, and opened their first pizza restaurant, and they have been in the pizza business ever since. The first “Danny’s Pizza” was opened on the North side of Chicago. At that time we began the family tradition of serving a delicious pizza made using special ingredients and from our own family recipes. In Danny’s words “Good food is good business”. With the success of that first restaurant in Chicago, Danny knew he had a winner, and opened several locations throughout the Northwest suburbs over the years. In late 2012, Danny’s Pizza celebrated the grand opening of their new Downtown Elgin location at 231 Douglas Avenue.When Danny passed away in 1999, his wife Sandy, their children and grandchildren were all involved in working the restaurant and continue the family traditions to this day. There are now four generations that are part of the daily operations at Danny’s Pizza.Danny’s Pizza on Douglas is quickly becoming known as the spot for live entertainment in downtown Elgin, offering karaoke nights on Wednesday and Thursday nights and live bands on Friday and Saturday nights. Take a look at the upcoming musical performances at Danny’s for June and July. All live music performances kick off at 9pm:May 31 – The Moods
June 1 – Destination Band
June 7 – The Super Suits
June 8 – Run 4 Covers
June 14 – Doors of Chicago
June 15 – Smokin’ Gunz
June 21 – Hooked on Sonics
June 22 – Sexy Blues Band
June 28 – Cadillac Cassanovas
June 29 – Disorder
July 5 – Sam Dandals Band
July 6- The Nick Moss Band

Last Chance to RSVP for Out to Lunch at Indulge

Out to LunchOur next Out to Lunch in Downtown Elgin takes place Monday, April 29 at Noon at the beautiful new Indulge Show Kitchen & Buffet inside the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

This month’s special guest speaker is Kimberly Bless, President & CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who will be speaking about tourism and its economic impact on the Elgin area as well as promoting National Tourism Week and the EACVB’s 6th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon, which takes place on Monday, May 6 in Grand Victoria Casino’s upper level Fox River Room.

For $12 per person – CASH ONLY – guests will enjoy an exclusive buffet dining experience at downtown Elgin’s newest restaurant, Indulge Show Kitchen & Buffet at Grand Victoria Casino.

RSVP with your name and e-mail address to 847-488-1456 or via RSVP ONLINE by no later than TODAY at 5pm.

“Indulge in Tourism” at Out to Lunch in Downtown Elgin

Out to LunchOur next Out to Lunch in Downtown Elgin takes place Monday, April 29 at Noon at the beautiful new Indulge Show Kitchen & Buffet inside the Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

This month’s special guest speaker is Kimberly Bless, President & CEO – Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who will be speaking about tourism and its economic impact on the Elgin area as well as promoting National Tourism Week and the EACVB’s 6th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon, which takes place on Monday, May 6 in Grand Victoria Casino’s upper level Fox River Room.

For $12 per person – CASH ONLY – guests will enjoy an exclusive buffet dining experience at downtown Elgin’s newest restaurant, Indulge Show Kitchen & Buffet at Grand Victoria Casino.

RSVP with your name and e-mail address to 847-488-1456 or via RSVP ONLINE by no later than Friday, April 26.

Downtown Madness Round Two Results

ScoreCentral_LogoThe Second Round of Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown is now official and the “steaks” have officially been raised.

The votes have been tabulated and verified and we can now release the results and announce the brackets for Downtown Madness Round Three which begins tomorrow at Noon:

 

 

ROUND 2 FINAL RESULTS:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza defeats Domani Cafe Cuban Sandwich by 124

Al’s Cafe Burns Malt defeats In the Neighborhood Fresh 50 Shaves of Ham by 112

Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta defeats Toom Toom Thai Restaurant Chicken Pad Prik Khing by 68

Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa defeats Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant Pa-Naeng Curry by 88

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis defeats In the Neighborhood Deli Lowrie Sandwich by 48

Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich defeats Mr. C’s Hot Dogs Mr. C’s Burger by 78

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza defeats Pita Puff Falafel by 56

Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog defeats Nick’s Pizza & Pub Nick’s Special by 34

Bracket_Round3So our ROUND 3 match-ups are as follows:

 

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza vs. Al’s Café Burns Malt

Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta vs. Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis vs. Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza vs. Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog

Round Three voting for Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown tips off Saturday, March 23 at 12pm and concludes Monday, March 25 at 12pm at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Eat16_Front_ad We congratulate all of our Round Two participants on a great showing and be sure to look for all of our “ousted” participants to return later this week and next week in our Downtown Madness “Best of the Rrest” Facebook promotion. Please continue to patronize all 32 of these amazing Elgin eateries and don’t forget to pick up your Elgin Eat 16 punch card at any one of them for your change to Eat, Punch and SCORE a Downtown Madness mini basketball or a chance to shoot for big prizes at our Downtown Madness trophy presentation in April.

Lace up your sneakers, get in the game and Join the Madness in Elgin! Round Two voting for Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown tips off Wednesday, March 20 at 5pm at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Downtown Madness Elgin “Eat 16” Punch Card Promotion

Eat16_Front_adThe Downtown Madness Elgin Eat 16 punch card promotion is off and rolling!

Now thru April 8, Downtown Madness voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch cards and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes” at any of the participating Elgin eateries. Obtain 8 punches in the “Elgin Elite Ate” to receive a Downtown Madness mini basketball. Obtain 16 punches in the “Elgin Eat 16″ for a chance to take a shot at winning big prizes at our Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation and #TasteNTweet on April 8 from 4:30-6pm.

PARTICIPATING DOWNTOWN MADNESS ESTABLISHMENTS:

Al’s Cafe 43 DuPage, 847-742-1180
Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant 11 Douglas, 847-742-1460
Charles Fast Foods 59 Douglas, 847-468-0047
Chooch’s Pizzeria 64 S Grove, 847-888-0211
Chorizo Grill 440 Washington, 847-697-0001
Colonial Café 600 S McLean, 847-888-3939
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas 231 Douglas, 847-742-5400
Delicia Tropical Café 780 Villa, 847-695-6207
Domani Café 109 E Highland, 847-695-8851
Elgin Public House 219 E Chicago, 847-468-8810
Herb’s Bakery 1020 Larkin, 847-741-0249
In the Neighborhood Deli 185 Edison, 847-888-9486
In the Neighborhood Fresh Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove, 847-346-9240
JB’s Grill & Pub 297 S McLean, 847-695-0734
Jester’s Fast Foods 96 Tyler Creek, 847-622-0749
Martini Room 161 E Chicago, 847-741-0349
McGruder’s Irish Pub 1350 E Chicago, 847-931-0130
Mel’s Pizza 728 W Chicago, 847-695-8180
Mr. C’s Hot Dogs & More 1350 E Chicago, 847-888-4600
Mr. Tequila’s 51 S Grove, 847-214-2976
Nick’s Pizza & Pub 990 S Randall, 847-531-5550
On the Side Restaurant 74 S Grove, 847-214-2323
Paul’s Family Restaurant 1300 Lawrence, 847-695-8687
Pita Puff 512 Waverly, 847-622-7833
Prairie Rock Bar & Grill 127 S Grove, 630-883-8799
Ravenheart Coffee 176 E Chicago, 847-841-8451
Sherman Health Cafeteria 1425 N Randall, 224-783-8921
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 2300 Bushwood, 224-359-5458
Toom Toom Thai 23 S Grove, 847-531-8755
Villa Verone 13 Douglas, 847-742-0263
Walnut Speakeasy 214 Walnut, 847-695-2420
Wienerville III 1785 Larkin, 847-608-7801

And don’t forget to vote for your favorite Elgin eateries in Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown. Join the Madness in Elgin at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Downtown Madness Opening Round Results

ScoreCentral_LogoThe Opening Round of Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown is officially in the books and if Act Two of the Madness is anything like its predecessor, Elgin is in for quite a show!

The votes have been tabulated and verified and we can now release the results and announce the brackets for Downtown Madness Round Two:

 

OPENING ROUND FINAL RESULTS:

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza defeats Prairie Rock Bar & Grill Smoked Beef Brisket by 135

Domani Cafe Cuban Sandwich defeats Chooch’s Pizzeria Bruschetta by 229

In the Neighborhood Fresh 50 Shaves of Ham defeats Mr. Tequila’s Fajitas by 77

Al’s Cafe Burns Malt defeats Martini Room Life is Good Martini by 193

Toom Toom Thai Restaurant Chicken Pad Prik Khing defeats Walnut Speakeasy Shillelagh Burger by 9

Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta defeats Charles Fast Foods Tacos by 277

Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa defeats Villa Verone Tiramisu by 77

Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant Pa-Naeng Curry defeats On the Side Restaurant Beef Brisket Sandwich by 19

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis defeats Chorizo Grill Taco Dinner by 143

In the Neighborhood Deli Lowrie Sandwich defeats Mel’s Pizza Western Pizza by 205

Mr. C’s Hot Dogs Mr. C’s Burger defeats McGruder’s Irish Pub Guacamole by 133

Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich defeats Herb’s Bakery Crunch Cake Donut by 61

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza defeats Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery BBQ Bacon Burger by 189

Pita Puff Falafel defeats Delicia Tropical Cafe Pechuga Rellena de Camarones by 129

Nick’s Pizza & Pub Nick’s Special defeats Jester’s Fast Foods Gyros by 31

Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog defeats Colonial Cafe Pot Roast French Dip by 65

 

Which sets up these 16 sweet Elgin dishes to square off against one another in Round 2 of Downtown Madness beginning on Wednesday, March 20 at 5pm:

ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS

DOWNTOWN

Danny’s Pizza on Douglas Sausage Pizza vs. Domani Cafe Cuban Sandwich

In the Neighborhood Fresh 50 Shaves of Ham vs. Al’s Cafe Burns Malt

Toom Toom Thai Restaurant Chicken Pad Prik Khing vs. Elgin Public House Jambalaya Pasta

Ravenheart Coffee Cake Batter Cocoa vs. Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant Pa-Naeng Curry

CROSSTOWN

Paul’s Family Restaurant Paninis vs. In the Neighborhood Deli Lowrie Sandwich

Mr. C’s Hot Dogs Mr. C’s Burger vs. Sherman Health Cafe Crazy Chicken Club Sandwich

JB’s Grill & Bar Peitro Pizza vs. Pita Puff Falafel

Nick’s Pizza & Pub Nick’s Special vs. Wienerville III Bacon Burrito Dog

Eat16_Front_adWe congratulate all of our Round One participants on a great showing. Please continue to patronize all 32 of these amazing Elgin eateries and don’t forget to pick up your Elgin Eat 16 punch card at any one of them for your change to Eat, Punch and SCORE a Downtown Madness mini basketball or a chance to shoot for big prizes at our Downtown Madness trophy presentation in April.

Lace up your sneakers, get in the game and Join the Madness in Elgin! Round Two voting for Downtown Madness 2013: Downtown vs. Crosstown tips off Wednesday, March 20 at 5pm at www.DowntownElgin.com.

2013 Downtown Madness Selection Show

Bracket_VideoThe wait is over and the Madness has returned to Elgin!

Watch as the Downtown and Crosstown brackets are revealed in the 2013 Downtown Madness Selection Show on YouTube.

Opening Round voting for all of your favorite Elgin eateries is now open at DowntownElgin.com and concludes on Monday, March 18 at Noon. Click the bracket to the left to be linked to the Round 1 online voting form.

Second Round voting (“Eat 16”)  begins Monday, March 20 at 5pm and ends Friday, March 22 at Midnight.

Third Round voting (“Elite Ate”) begins Saturday, March 23 at Noon and ends Monday, March 25 at 5pm.

Fourth Round voting (Elgin’s Fine Four) begins Friday, March 29 at Noon and ends Monday, April 1 at Noon.

Championship Round voting begins Saturday, April 6 at 12pm and ends Monday, April 8.

Join the Madness in Elgin at DowntownElgin.com!

Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown Participants

Join the MadnessThe Opening Round of voting in the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin’s third annual edition of Downtown Madness – the DNA’s award-winning, month-long, social media driven restaurant and bar promotion tips off this Thursday, March 14. “Signature dishes” from Elgin area eateries and pubs – both downtown and “crosstown” – will again be competing for your votes in a March Madness-style bracket tournament where the public chooses the winners round-by-round until a champion is crowned.

The Opening Round online voting form goes live at 5pm at www.DowntownElgin.com and www.ElginDowntownMadness.com.

The 2013 installment of Downtown Madness: Downtown vs. Crosstown expands from 16 participating “teams” to a total this year of 32: 16 Downtown Elgin eateries vs. 16 Crosstown Elgin eateries. Downtown and Crosstown bracket entries compete against each other through four rounds of online voting before one finalists each from both sides of the bracket square off in the Championship Round of voting which ends on April 8, the night of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s championship game. The winner receives the honor of displaying the Downtown Madness traveling trophy for one year as well as a Blue Level Sponsorship in the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade.

Bracket_VideoHere are the 32 participating Elgin establishments in Downtown Madness 2013:

PARTICIPATING DOWNTOWN MADNESS ESTABLISHMENTS:

Al’s Cafe 43 DuPage, 847-742-1180
Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant 11 Douglas, 847-742-1460
Charles Fast Foods 59 Douglas, 847-468-0047
Chooch’s Pizzeria 64 S Grove, 847-888-0211
Chorizo Grill 440 Washington, 847-697-0001
Colonial Café 600 S McLean, 847-888-3939
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas 231 Douglas, 847-742-5400
Delicia Tropical Café 780 Villa, 847-695-6207
Domani Café 109 E Highland, 847-695-8851
Elgin Public House 219 E Chicago, 847-468-8810
Herb’s Bakery 1020 Larkin, 847-741-0249
In the Neighborhood Deli 185 Edison, 847-888-9486
In the Neighborhood Fresh GBL, 270 N Grove, 847-346-9240
JB’s Grill & Pub 297 S McLean, 847-695-0734
Jester’s Fast Foods 96 Tyler Creek, 847-622-0749
Martini Room 161 E Chicago, 847-741-0349
McGruder’s Irish Pub 1350 E Chicago, 847-931-0130
Mel’s Pizza 728 W Chicago, 847-695-8180
Mr. C’s Hot Dogs & More 1350 E Chicago, 847-888-4600
Mr. Tequila’s 51 S Grove, 847-214-2976
Nick’s Pizza & Pub 990 S Randall, 847-531-5550
On the Side Restaurant 74 S Grove, 847-214-2323
Paul’s Family Restaurant 1300 Lawrence, 847-695-8687
Pita Puff 512 Waverly, 847-622-7833
Prairie Rock Bar & Grill 127 S Grove, 630-883-8799
Ravenheart Coffee 176 E Chicago, 847-841-8451
Sherman Health Cafeteria 1425 N Randall, 224-783-8921
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 2300 Bushwood, 224-359-5458
Toom Toom Thai 23 S Grove, 847-531-8755
Villa Verone 13 Douglas, 847-742-0263
Walnut Speakeasy 214 Walnut, 847-695-2420
Wienerville III 1785 Larkin, 847-608-7801

Eat16_Front_adThe Elgin Eat 16 punch card promotion also returns with some new surprises. Now thru April 8, voters can pick up Elgin Eat 16 punch card tickets and obtain punches for trying the various “signature dishes” at any of the participating restaurants. Obtain 8 punches in the “Elgin Elite Ate” to receive a Downtown Madness mini basketball. Obtain 16 punches in the “Elgin Eat 16” for a chance to take a shot at winning big prizes at our Downtown Madness Trophy Presentation on April 9.

The 2013 Downtown Madness bracket with the complete list of participating “signature dishes” will be revealed on March 14 in the Downtown Madness Selection Show on the DNA’s YouTube Channel, on the DNA’s website at www.DowntownElgin.com and the brand new Downtown Madness website: www.ElginDowntownMadness.com.

Pull for all your favorite Elgin eateries in Elgin’s EPIC-urean Big Dance! Join the Madness beginning this Thursday.