Saturday, August 16, 2008


New sign for the Fulton Street parking deck. We could use one of these for the Spring Street deck.

Mad Maggies sign. The restaurant and bar will open in September. Those on the Pub Crawl had a sneak peek and I can confirm that it is impressive. Looks like dancing will be big here based on the size of the dance floor and the lights, fog machine, etc.
Per comment from Brian, Mad Maggies won't be a dance club really, maybe some fun 80's/indie dance nights mixed with bands etc...but the dance floor you mention is going to be the main dining area for the restaurant which should be open in a week or two, check out or for upcoming events, specials and more!
One problem could be the nearly identical bars on the first and second floors. You may think you're seeing double before your first drink.

Al's sign on Spring Street. These are great examples of signage in downtown Elgin, let's see some more like these.

Alley of Art - Week 1

The Alley of Art's first week had music and art along with great weather.
Margot Seigle explains how A'i jewelry is handcrafted by Cofan women in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

You have two more chances to experience Alley of Art and Walkabout Theatre for yourself on August 23rd and 30th. More info is available here.

Daily Herald article - Live theater comes to Elgin

BoriquaFest 2008

The music

The booths

The colors

The roasted pork

The drinks

Courier News article - Elgin fest celebrates all things Puerto Rican and photos

Friday, August 15, 2008

Downtown Blog is all in a Twitter

Now you can follow the Downtown Elgin blog using Twitter. Well that clears it up.
We will now Tweet whenever a new article is posted on the blog.
Let me explain. Twitter, is a service that allows you to send short messages to people that follow you. Like status updates on Facebook. You can receive Twitter updates on your cell phone via SMS messages, on an iPhone app or on your computer using the web. If you are already into Twitter you can follow us at "downtownelgin". If you want to see what it is all about go to Twitter and sign up.
We will be tweeting about events and breaking news in addition to new blog posts.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Downtown Elgin Top 10 List - August 15, 2008

Top 10 List
1 - Harvest Market
2 - Elgin Pub Crawl
3 - Boriqua Fest
4 - Theater & Art
5 - Sidewalk Sales
6 - Chicago Bandits
7 - Library Card Sign-Up
8 - DNA Gala
9 - Brown Bag
10 - Comedy

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Click here to have the Top 10 List delivered to you every week. All those who sign up in August will be placed in a drawing to win a $10 gift card from Ravenheart Coffee.