The 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 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.
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
The 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.