Friday, October 28, 2005

Downtown Halloween Events

There are many Halloween events this weekend and Trick or Treating at downtown shops on Halloween.

Urban Legends Begin in Downtown, what all ages can do this Halloween weekend!!

TC Church
THE FUN FAIR! a community event for all Kids!
Free Admission!
> Free Candy!
> Free Food!
> Free Games!
> Sign up to win exciting Prizes!
Indoor-carnival which serves as a alternative Halloween celebration. The kids are in a safe environment. And they definitely have a FUN time!
10/31 6pm-8pm
@ 310 E Chicago
info: 847.888.8558

Halloween Hike
10/28 & 10/29, 6pm-9pm
@ Camp Tu-endie-wei
info: 847.742.7930

MT Special Cut
Halloween Specials - Green Hair!
10/31 @ 15 N State St
info: 847.760.6528

Books at Sunset/Prairie Rock Brewing Co
Elgin's Supernatural Tour (Adult)
10/28 & 10/31, 6:30pm-9pm
@ Books at Sunset, 1100 South St
tickets & info: 847.888.1860

Al's Cafe & Creamery & Janus Theatre
"We Only Have Ives for You: A David Ives Revue"
10/27-10/29, 8pm @ 43 Dupage Ct
tickets & info: 847.841.1713/ dinner: 847.742.1180

Gasthaus Zur Linde
Costume Party - Contest with prizes!
10/31, @ 15 N Grove Ave
info: 847.695.8828

Oak Crest Atrium
Grandma's Porch on Halloween
10/31, 3-5pm @ 204 S State St
children 10 & under
info: 847.742.2255 - Zoila

Elgin Theatre Company
"Night of the Living Dead"
10/28 & 10/29, 8pm
@ Theater 355 - 355 E Chicago St
tickets & info: 847.741.0532

Gail Borden Library
"The Land Before Time" Movie
10/29, 10:30am-Noon
Enjoy popcorn & come in costume!
info: 847.429.4599

McNeil Mansion
7th Annual Holiday Open House
10/28-10.30, 10am-5pm @ 162 S State St
info: 847.622.9636-Mary

The Mission (Adult)
Medusa's Halloween Costume Party
10/28, 10:30pm @ 209 E Chicago
info: 847.488.0320

Salon De Belleza Yatzel
Halloween Discounts & Free Face Painting
10/31, 4pm-7:30pm @ 210 Dupage St
info: 847.608.2619

Senior Services Association
Halloween Costume Party Lunch & Bingo
10/28 11:30am-2pm @ 101 S Grove Ave
info/reservations: 847.741.0404

Trick or Treating at these downtown shops on Monday, October 31st from 4:00 to 7:30
Super Print
160 E. Chicago St.

19 Douglas Ave

15 N Grove Ave

Gail Borden
270 N Grove Ave

7 Clock Tower Plaza

Downtown Neighborhood Association
2 Douglas Ave

Mobile Media
231 Douglas Ave

Extreme Wireless
117 S Grove Ave

Carswell's Flooring
225 E Chicago St

Salon De Belleza Yatzel
210 Dupage St

Montana Realty
10 Douglas Ave

Quick Shoe Repair
18 S. Spring St

51 Clock Tower Plaza

That Suits You
203 E. Chicago St

The Cash Store
87 Clock Tower

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Out to Lunch, October 31st

Please join us for the last Out to Lunch of 2005!

Akina’s Thai Restaurant
23 S Grove Ave
Elgin, IL
Date: Monday, 10/31/05
Time: 12 pm
Menu: Buffet lunch for $7, includes beverage
Special guest: Councilman Tom Sandor

Costumes optional

Please RSVP to (847)488-1456 by October 28th.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Construction Updates - Parking Lot Closing

The south portion of the City’s Riverside Drive parking lot, also known as
the Osco lot, will be permanently closed effective Nov. 1, as City crews
prepare for the demolition of the old Spiess Department Store, 32 S. Grove Street.

The northern section of the parking lot, also known as the NBD lot, will
remain open with 58 reserved parking spots and 27 unrestricted spaces
daily. Reserved spots currently located in the southern lot will be
relocated to the north lot, and will remain available Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employees and clients who currently park in these lots can find alternate
parking in the Spring Street Deck located on Spring Street between
Highland and Chicago, or in other off-street lots throughout the Center
City area, including the Civic Parking Lot at Highland and Douglas
Avenues. The City of Elgin monthly parking permits will be honored at
these alternative sites. Permits are $30 per month and are available at
City Hall.

An additional 550 spaces will become available upon the opening of the new Fulton Street Deck, scheduled to open in mid-November. The new deck is located between South Grove and Villa Street, with entrances from both Fulton Street and Prairie Street.

For more information Ruthanne Hall, the City’s management analyst at (847) 931-6104.

The Great American Family Diner Set to Open in November

The Great American Family Diner is moving to downtown from it's Villa St. location. It will be located in the space formally occupied by Anthony's Restaurant and Jazz Club. The site is at a prime location onDouglass and Kimball. They expect to open in early November and will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Read the article in the October 25th Daily Herald.

Unilever Closing Downtown Plant

The Unilever plant at State and Highland is closing. While the loss of a business and the jobs it provides is never a positive. In the case of a manufacturing facility with no room for expansion, located in a revitalizing downtown, it is not unexpected.

Below are two excerps from the Riverfront Master Plan created in 2000.

This parcel's high visibility from the Highland Avenue bridge, Walton Island and the Civic Center/Cultural Campus demands that the building be more aesthetic and less of a wall blocking the views from the west side. Temporary artwork placed on the east fa├žade could work into a cultural theme of the Civic/Cultural Campus, with long term replacement of the building with a more human scale architecture a long-term goal. A walkway along the water's edge linking Highland Avenue to Kimball Avenue or Foundry Park would continue the riverwalk north to Judson College. A canoe chute/fish ladder on the west bank would create a longer stretch of navigable water in Elgin.

Lipton Industries is a valuable corporate member of the community that would benefit by relocating to a more appropriate industrial site that enhances their business development plan. The City and Lipton should begin to negotiate a transition process that would allow redevelopment of this site in a 3 - 5 year time frame. Redevelopment site uses should be flexible to take advantage of unforeseen market opportunities to capture corporate, residential or commercial uses that would benefit from a high visibility site on the Fox River in the heart of downtown. Parking for the new site uses will need to be accommodated on site and partially in off-site areas.

Read the article in today's Daily Herald.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Festival Park Phase II Presentation to Council

The plans for Festival Park Phase II will be presented to the City Council on Wednesday, October 26th at the 6 p.m. Committee of Whole meeting. The council meets in the council chambers on the second floor of city hall, 150 Dexter Ct. Elgin, IL.

Read the article in today's Daily Herald.