Thursday, November 24, 2005

It's Happening Downtown - November 23rd

Econonic Restructuring
Tuesday, November 29th
Retention, Recruitment & Marketing Strategies for Downtown Elgin.
Developed by the Senior Business Seminar Class from Judson College

From 1-2:15pm
At the Judson College, Linder Center, Eagle Lounge

Project Participants:
Dr. Patrick Alden, Chair, Business Division
Students: Stevan Djuric, Boris Jasovic, Jonathan Jespersen, Lauren Patron, Diego Rossi, Noy Saengpraseuth, David Sawdey, Timothy Tanner

*Please RSVP by Monday, November 28th, 2005
Call Downtown Neighborhood Association (847) 488-1456

Monday November 28th - Sunday February 26th
City Skate
The outdoor rink is located on the Civic Center plaza between the Hemmens and the City Hall. The hours of operation are 9am-9pm everyday. Warming Shelter Hours are Monday-Friday 4pm - 9pm , Saturday 11am - 9pm, Sunday 11am - 6pm. For more information please call 847.931.6140.

Wednesday & Thursday Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st
Master Magician - Tim Balster
Bringing season’s greetings at the Hemmens on November 30th and December 1st at 9:45am and noon. Call 847.931.5900 to order your tickets for $7.

Friday and Saturday, December 2nd - 3rd
The Nutcracker
Performed by the Civic Ballet of Chicago at the Hemmens. The night shows will be at 7:30pm and a matinee show at 3pm. Tickets are $20 or $25. To order please call 847.931.5900.

Friday, December 2nd
Dinos on Parade Auction
Come see these dinos for the last time…or take one back with you!! Join the Elgin community at the Gail Borden Library for spirits, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a steel drum music by Pan Chicago. The schedule for the evening is 7:30 - 8:30pm Dinos on Review and 8:30 - 10pm for the auction. Tickets are $25. Interested in attending the auction? Contact Karen Maki at (847) 429-5976 or stop by the dinosTaur

Saturday, December 3rd

Window Wonderland
Time to grab the friends and family and take advantage of all the activities, sales, and entertainment in Downtown!!

Grand Opening of The Great American Diner (231 Douglas Ave.) For more information call (847) 289-0524
Cookie Walk and Mission Market 9am-1pm With homemade goodies at the First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. For more information call, (847) 741-0038
Cookie Decorating 11-3pm at Pastigel Bakery 154 E. Chicago St.
City Skate free skate rentals from 11-9 p.m. (Civic Cemter Plaza behind City Hall)
Lunch with Santa 12-1:30pm at the Centre (hot dog, chips, dessert & beverage). Call (847) 931-6123 to register.
NENA's Homes for the Holiday's House Tour 12-5pm Tickets $12 at registration. For info, call (847) 931-0239
The Polar Express 4pm at 115 E. Highland Ave. Savor delicious cookies while enjoying an interactive book reading with the conductor of Polar Express. Dancing French Chefs performing the Boogie Woogie. By Books At Sunset & the Larkin Performing Arts Academy. For more info, call (847) 888-1860.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m., behind City Hall
Downtown Holiday Fireworks! right after Tree Lighting.
Sleigh ride on Walton Island 5:30-7:30 p.m

Sales at the following locations:
Keeney's (19 Douglas Ave) -10% off knives & antiques- Dec 3-25
Elgin Jewelers (11 N. State St.) 20-50% off all jewelry
Shockey Jewelers (18 Douglas Ave.) Annual Christmas Sale
Andersen's Trophies (64 S. Grove Ave.) 20% off all 3D & 2D subsurface crystal etching- Dec 1-25
Artistic Framing & Supplies (25 N. Grove Ave.) 20% off all art supplies, 25% off all in stock frames- Dec 1-25
That Suits You (203 E. Chicago St.) Sale up to 50% off

Sunday, December 4th
Chica Concert
1:30pm and 5:30pm show This will be a free concert at the Hemmens though you must have tickets ahead of time. So call MaryBeth Markwell for English and Silvia Ysais for espanol at 847.741.5521 ex. 112

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Spiess Building Demolition Has Begun

The demolition has begun on the Spiess building. It will be replaced by the Fountain Square on the River, a 280,000-square-foot project with 204 units including one-, two- or three-bedroom condominium units as well as duplexes and townhouses. The project includes 15,000 feet of retail space. See the Courier News article.

Update - New pics