Friday, December 11, 2009

Window Wonderland (& All of its Offerings) Tomorrow!

No more time to procrastinate, it's time to whip out the passports you have picked up this past week or print them from our website and map your day tomorrow.

I have found that there are three kinds of people that will attend this event...

First type, has probably already mapped out the attractions they want to see, the specific time entertainment is showing(like Books at Sunset's Polar Express at 2pm), is having lunch and dinner in Downtown Elgin (even made reservations), and will probably shop while their husband takes the kids to see one of the animal attractions (sledding dogs, live nativity, reindeer) for the third time.

Second type, has to see a little bit of everything and will not only go to Window Wonderland, but will go to the Kim's Black Belt Academy breakfast 9-11am, will donate a toy and canned food to Salvation Army in their bright red collection barrels, eat lunch in Downtown, go on the NENA House Tour, will grab a coffee, finish Window Wonderland with their picture of Santa, have dinner, and then go to the Elgin Symphony's night concert.

Third type, will decide to come last minute, be surprised all that is hiding in Downtown Elgin at 30 passport stops, 10 extra attractions, 41 windows in the Window Wonderland contest, and will probably make some impulse buys, along with great buys and specials through the various discounts being offered by retailers and restaurants. (Check out the passport link for more info)

Whichever one you are, I can't wait to all types tomorrow on a thirty something degree weather with some sun!!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Downtown Sidewalk Snow Removal

Downtown Sidewalk Snow Removal

Dear Downtown Property/Business Owners,
As the forecast is calling for snow over the next few days, please be advised that the City's downtown sidewalk snow removal services will be reduced for 2009-2010.

Downtown property/business owners are responsible for clearing snow from their sidewalks and piling it on the curbline (not in the street). The City will remove the mounds of snow at the curb as time allows. The City plans to use restitution workers to assist in downtown snow removal when possible.

The City will continue to clear sidewalks adjacent to City properties, in the City parks, across the bridges, and at handicapped crosswalks, as well as sidewalks in front of vacant properties.

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we can continue to keep Downtown Elgin looking great for the holiday season.

If you are in need of a shovel, shop local at Ace Hardware at the corner of Spring and Kimball.


We have put together a short list of snow removal service companies in Elgin who have the capabilities, availability and equipment to handle downtown sidewalk/alley snow removal in the case that you need it. The list was compiled by referrals from property owners/managers.

I have called each of these companies to verify their capabilities and to make sure that they are licensed and insured. All are open to giving multi-business discounts.

Martinez Family Landscaping
717 Linden Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 429-1800

Tecza Environmental Group
12N442 Switzer Rd
Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 742-3320

Tovar Snow Professional
31377 Spaulding Rd
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 695-0080

The DNA is not endorsing any of these companies, nor do we have personal experience working with any of them. This is merely a resource list. We hope you find this information helpful.