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!

 

Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland

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The 15th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland was a wonderful event that brought hundreds of visitors to downtown Elgin on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The theme of this year’s event was “Holiday Traditions Around the World – Celebrating the Sights, Sounds, and Scents of the Season!”  And individuals, business and organizations put their holiday heart and souls into the creativity of their windows to fit the theme!
At this year’s Window Wonderland, downtown Elgin was the destination for Santa’s Crew with Santa’s real live reindeer, the Elgin Police Department’s Open House, Ice Skating at City Skate, decorating cookies and roasting of chestnuts at local businesses, holiday Musical Musings by Dave Newton Music, horse drawn carriage rides, Window Wonderland Photo Scavenger Hunt – sponsored by Elgin 360 Photography, the traditional visit with Santa at Elgin Public House and so much more that made the holiday season bright and cheerful in downtown Elgin!
And we are happy to announce the 2013 Window Wonderland window decorating contest winners:  The People’s Choice Award (determined by Facebook likes and paper ballots) goes to:
for the Business Category:  Roy Vombrack who used Steffen & Kelly, P.C.’s window as a canvas at 17 Douglas Avenue and in the Open Category:  Little Angels took top spot who used the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce’s windows as their painting board.  The overall winner, determined by a panel of judges, was the YWCA Elgin, who decorated their own windows.  Thank you to all of those who participated and voted, and Congrats to this year’s Window Wonderland recipients!  And the DNA also thanks, Kari Christensen of Elgin, IL who was the 2013 Window Wonderland Chairperson!   Please visit the DNA’s Facebook page to see all the pictures of this year’s decorated windows – or better yet, visit downtown Elgin, and see them in real time for yourselves!

Window Wonderland Judging Results Announced

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday, December 1 for our 14th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland – presented by Waste Management and BMO Harris Bank. It was a beautiful day in downtown Elgin!

The Window Wonderland window decorating contest winners as determined by our judging panel of Crysta Anderson, Mike Butirro of Chooch’s Pizza, Tom Creighton of On the Side Restaurant and Councilmembers Anna Moeller and Tish Powell, are as follows:

OPEN:

YWCA Elgin
220 E. Chicago Street

BUSINESS:

Razor’s Edge
55 Douglas Avenue

BEST OVERALL:

WE HAVE A TIE!

Elgin Knit Works
17 N. Grove Avenue

Soulful Sparrow
10 Douglas Avenue

Our two category winners will each receive $50 in downtown Elgin gift certificates. Our two Best Overall windows will split a $300 prize! Congratulations to all of our Window Wonderland winners!

Remember you can still vote for your favorites in the Win This Window People’s Choice Award voting thru Wednesday, December 12.

> VOTE NOW! <

14th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland Activities

DOWNLOAD THE 2012 WINDOW WONDERLAND PASSPORT NOW!

The 14th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland returns Saturday, December 1 from Noon-5PM. The theme of this year’s Window Wonderland event is “Win This Window” – a celebration of our Elgin area non-profits and an opportunity for them to fundraise and fun-raise.

HOLIDAY TREASURE HUNT PASSPORT PUZZLE

The Holiday Treasure Hunt Passport Puzzle is a new wonderous Window Wonderland activity. Kids 12-and-under are invited to participate in this unique holiday quest. Collect pieces to a special holiday puzzle by visiting all 12 Window Wonderland Passport Stops. Once the puzzle is assembled, bring it to Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, for a free photo with Santa Claus and an entry into a drawing for $50 in downtown Elgin gift certificates. Kids can even keep the puzzle as a memento of their downtown holiday adventure.

WINDOW WONDERLAND ACTIVITIES

The following is a complete list of the holiday fun that awaits visitors on Saturday, December 1:

The Centre 10th Anniversary Open House, The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, 7AM-2PM

Free Ice Skating at City Skate, Elgin Civic Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, Begins at 12PM

Chestnut Roasting, Elgin Tower Building, 100 E. Chicago Street, 12-3PM

Letters to Santa, Downtown Neighborhood Association, 2 Douglas Avenue, 12-4PM

Santa’s Crew’s Real Live Reindeer, Civic Parking Lot, Highland & Douglas, 12-4PM

Santa’s Workshop with Mrs. Claus, Primerica Financial, 162 E. Chicago Street, 12-4PM

Boy Scout Troop #10, Serving Trail Doughnuts & Refreshments, Civic Parking Lot, 12-5PM

Boy Scout Troop #111, Selling Wreaths and Serving Cobbler, Civic Parking Lot, 12-5PM

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Up and Down Douglas Ave, Starts at Civic Parking Lot, 1-3PM

Kringle Karaoke, Villa Verone, 13 Douglas Avenue, 1-3PM

Elgin Police Department Holiday Open House, Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Avenue, 1-3PM

Polar Express Story Telling & Activities, Burritt Building, 25 S. Grove Avenye, 1:30, 2 & 3 PM

Photos with Santa, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, 2-4PM

Winter Kaleidoscope Concert Elgin, Civic Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, 3:30-4:30PM

City of Elgin’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, Begins at 5PM

WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST

On December 1, the Window Wonderland judging panel will determine the best decorated windows in the categories of Business and Open and each will receive $50 in Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates. The BEST OVERALL decorated window will receive a $300 cash prize! Winners will be announced in the December 5 edition of the DNA’s Downtown Neighborhood News Top 10 eblast.

Decorated Windows by Category:

Business

Corner Antiques, 201 E. Chicago Street

Elgin Antiques & Uniques, 203 E. Chicago Street

Elgin Knit Works, 17 N. Grove Avenue

Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance, 19 S. Spring Street

Mr. Tequila’s, 51 S. Grove Avenue

Neighborhood Housing Services, 163 E. Chicago Street (Decorated by Totally Cool Piano Studio)

Primerica Financial, 162 E. Chicago Street

Salon Couture, 176 E. Chicago Street

Simple Balance Holistic Center, 221 E. Chicago Street

Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue

SpaceTaste Gallery, 215 E. Chicago Street

Two Doors Down Antiques/Rediscover Records, 207 E. Chicago Street

Wrona Brothers, 205 E. Chicago Street

Razor’s Edge, 55 Douglas Avenue

Open

Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court (decorated by Elgin Junior Service Board)

Artspace, 51 S. Spring Street

Elgin Area Chamber, 31 S. Grove Avenue (decorated by Highland Community Church)

Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Avenue

Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street (decorated by Elgin Community Garden Network)

Future Link, 164 E. Chicago Street (Decorated by St. Edwards Boys Bowling Team)

Habitat for Humanity, 56 S. Grove Avenue

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, 205 Fulton

Ravenheart Coffee, 176 E. Chicago Street (decorated by Gifford Park Association)

YWCA Elgin, 220 E. Chicago Street

VOTE NOW IN THE “WIN THIS WINDOW” PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING

Beginning November 29 thru December 12, visitors can vote for their favorite windows (and each window’s corresponding gift basket they would like to win), in the Win This Window People’s Choice Award voting. Votes are $1 per vote online or in person at the DNA. All participating non-profit organizations will receive the total proceeds collected for their window/gift basket from the People’s Choice Award voting so get out and rock the vote!

At the conclusion of the voting process, the window receiving the most People’s Choice votes will receive the total proceeds collected for their window/gift basket PLUS a matching cash donation from DNA up to $300! Gift baskets will then be awarded via raffle drawings from the all of votes cast for each basket.

CAST YOUR VOTE NOW!

“Win This Window” Participants

Al’s Cafe, 43 Dupage Court, (benefitting NorthEast Neighborhood Association)

Elgin Antiques & Uniques, 203 E. Chicago Street (benefitting NorthEast Neighborhood Association)

Elgin Police Department,151 Douglas Avenue (benefitting Elgin Citizens Police Academy)

Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog, 19 S. Spring Street (benefitting Boy Scouts Troop 10)

Neighborhood Housing Services, 163 E. Chicago Street (benefitting Stronger for Women)

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, 205 Fulton Street (benefitting Fox Valley Pregnancy Center)

Ravenheart Coffee, 176 E. Chicago Street (benefitting Gifford Park Association)

Razors Edge, 55 Douglas (benefitting Senior Services Associates)

Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue (benefitting ReStore)

Window Wonderland: Win This Window

The 14th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland returns Saturday, December 1 from Noon-5PM. The theme of this year’s Window Wonderland event is “Win This Window” – a celebration of our Elgin area non-profits and an opportunity for them to fundraise and fun-raise.

Window Wonderland passports will be available at www.DowntownElgin.com and at area businesses, City Hall, and the Gail Borden Public Library beginning Thursday, November 29.

HOLIDAY TREASURE HUNT PASSPORT PUZZLE

The Holiday Treasure Hunt Passport Puzzle is a new wonderous Window Wonderland activity. Kids 12-and-under are invited to participate in this unique holiday quest. Collect pieces to a special holiday puzzle by visiting all 12 Window Wonderland Passport Stops. Once the puzzle is assembled, bring it to Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, for a free photo with Santa Claus and an entry into a drawing for $50 in downtown Elgin gift certificates. Kids can even keep the puzzle as a memento of their downtown holiday adventure.

WINDOW WONDERLAND ACTIVITIES

The following is a complete list of the holiday fun that awaits visitors on Saturday, December 1:

The Centre 10th Anniversary Open House, The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, 7AM-2PM

Free Ice Skating at City Skate, Elgin Civic Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, Begins at 12PM

Chestnut Roasting, Elgin Tower Building, 100 E. Chicago Street, 12-3PM

Letters to Santa, Downtown Neighborhood Association, 2 Douglas Avenue, 12-4PM

Santa’s Crew’s Real Live Reindeer, Civic Parking Lot, Highland & Douglas, 12-4PM

Santa’s Workshop with Mrs. Claus, Primerica Financial, 162 E. Chicago Street, 12-4PM

Boy Scout Troop #10, Serving Trail Doughnuts & Refreshments, Civic Parking Lot, 12-5PM

Boy Scout Troop #111, Selling Wreaths and Serving Cobbler, Civic Parking Lot, 12-5PM

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Up and Down Douglas Ave, Starts at Civic Parking Lot, 1-3PM

Kringle Karaoke, Villa Verone, 13 Douglas Avenue, 1-3PM

Elgin Police Department Holiday Open House, Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Avenue, 1-3PM

Polar Express Story Telling & Activities, Burritt Building, 25 S. Grove Avenye, 1:30, 2 & 3 PM

Photos with Santa, Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, 2-4PM

Winter Kaleidoscope Concert Elgin, Civic Plaza, 150 Dexter Court, 3:30-4:30PM

City of Elgin’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, Elgin City Hall, 150 Dexter Court, Begins at 5PM

WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST

On December 1, the Window Wonderland judging panel will determine the best decorated windows in the categories of Business and Open and each will receive $50 in Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates. The BEST OVERALL decorated window will receive a $300 cash prize! Winners will be announced in the December 5 edition of the DNA’s Downtown Neighborhood News Top 10 eblast.

Decorated Windows by Category:

Business

Corner Antiques, 201 E. Chicago Street

Elgin Antiques & Uniques, 203 E. Chicago Street

Elgin Knit Works, 17 N. Grove Avenue

Hernandez Law Office, 76 S. Grove Avenue

Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance, 19 S. Spring Street

Neighborhood Housing Services, 163 E. Chicago Street (Decorated by Totally Cool Piano Studio)

Primerica Financial, 162 E. Chicago Street

Rediscover Records, 207 E. Chicago Street

Salon Couture, 176 E. Chicago Street

Simple Balance Holistic Center, 221 E. Chicago Street

Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue

SpaceTaste Gallery, 215 E. Chicago Street

Two Doors Down Antiques, 207 E. Chicago Street

Wrona Brothers, 205 E. Chicago Street

Razor’s Edge, 55 Douglas Avenue

Open

Al’s Cafe, 43 DuPage Court (decorated by Elgin Junior Service Board)

Elgin Area Chamber, 31 S. Grove Avenue (decorated by Highland Community Church)

Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Avenue

Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street (decorated by Elgin Community Garden Network)

Future Link, 164 E. Chicago Street (Decorated by St. Edwards Boys Bowling Team)

Habitat for Humanity, 56 S. Grove Avenue

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, 205 Fulton

Ravenheart Coffee, 176 E. Chicago Street (decorated by Gifford Park Association)

YWCA Elgin, 220 E. Chicago Street

“WIN THIS WINDOW” PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING

Beginning November 29 thru December 12, visitors can vote for their favorite windows (and each window’s corresponding gift basket they would like to win), in the Win This Window People’s Choice Award voting. Votes are $1 per vote online or in person at the DNA. All participating non-profit organizations will receive the total proceeds collected for their window/gift basket from the People’s Choice Award voting so get out and rock the vote!

At the conclusion of the voting process, the window receiving the most People’s Choice votes will receive the total proceeds collected for their window/gift basket PLUS a matching cash donation from DNA up to $300! Gift baskets will then be awarded via raffle drawings from the all of votes cast for each basket.

“Win This Window” Participants (to date):

Al’s Cafe, 43 Dupage Court, (benefitting NorthEast Neighborhood Association)

Elgin Antiques & Uniques, 203 E. Chicago Street (benefitting NorthEast Neighborhood Association)

Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog, 19 S. Spring Street (benefitting Boy Scouts Troop 10)

Neighborhood Housing Services, 163 E. Chicago Street (benefitting Stronger for Women)

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, 205 Fulton Street (benefitting Fox Valley Pregnancy Center)

Ravenheart Coffee, 176 E. Chicago Street (benefitting Gifford Park Association)

Soulful Sparrow, 10 Douglas Avenue (benefitting ReStore)