Friday, September 24, 2010

The Scene: Another Big September Saturday On Tap

The song may say, "Wake me up when September ends," but after a fun-filled September slate of family festivals, live entertainment and cultural events the last two weekends in downtown Elgin, you may need another 40 winks at September's conclusion.

Whatever your weekend plans are, cancel them! We've got your Friday and Saturday planned in downtown this weekend:

Friday, September 24th

Ladies first! At 5pm, kick off your heels and celebrate the weekend with Salon Couture at 176 E. Chicago Street and their monthly Martini and Manicure event. For $25, you'll savor an Espresso martini while enjoying $10 chair massages and $10 off all hair, nail, facials and full massages. You'll also be eligible for a drawing to win a $25 Salon Couture gift card.

Don't stop the pampering there! Grab up your main squeeze and head over to Douglas Street Sports Bar at 231 Douglas Avenue for their Fantastic Friday including live music and an $8 Fish Fry or enjoy some live jazz upstairs at Elgin Public House's (219 E. Chicago Street) Pub 217. At 9pm, get your Martini fix again at Martini Room's (161 E. Chicago Street) Harlem Liquor Tasting featuring Harlem RHS shots for $2 and Harlem Tootsie Roll Martinis for $6. Then dance the rest of your night away After Dark-style on Red Bar Winery's (74 S. Grove Avenue) dance floor.

Saturday, September 25th

Good morning sunshine! Start off your Saturday with a morning coffee or breakfast nosh at Domani Cafe at 109 E. Highland Avenue or Ravenheart Coffee at 176 E. Chicago Street.

Then head over to the 2010 Downtown Elgin Car Show & Midwest Green Car Expo from 9am-2pm at the Civic Parking Lot at Highland and Douglas Avenues near City Hall. Check out all the coolest muscle cars, hot rods, classics, vintage and antique roadsters as well as the latest innovations in fuel-efficient technologies, hybrids, E-85's, veggie oilers and much more! Two great car shows for one great price - FREE!

Afterwards, grab lunch at one of over a dozen downtown eateries:

Maybe a burger and a Burns malt at Al's Cafe & Creamery at 43 DuPage Court, wonderful Chinese cuisine at Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant at 11 Douglas Avenue, tantilizing Thai food at Toom Toom Thai at 23 S. Grove Avenue, or a tasty Sammie and soup at Quiznos Sub at 59 Douglas Avenue?

Perhaps Mexican food is front-and-center on your menu. No problem. Enjoy all the festive flavors of fine Mexican fare at La Puesta Del Sol at 165 E. Highland Avenue, La Quebrada at 50 N. Spring Street, El Faro at 9 N. State Street, or Camaroncito Loco at 21 N. State Street.

If you've got a craving for gaming, bring your crew to the Grand Victoria Casino at 250 S. Grove Avenue to double-down on four distinct dining experiences for appetites of all kinds including Crave Deli, Grand Victoria Buffet, Prime BurgerHouse, and Buckingham's Steakhouse.

Feeling full yet? Save room for the "Cos" as legendary comedian Bill Cosby comes to the Hemmens Cultural Center at 45 Symphony Way for two shows at 5pm and again at 9pm. For ticket information and purchase, call the Hemmens' Box Office at (847) 931-5900 or visit

Cap off the night with friends at the 2010 Elgin Pub Crawl beginning at 8pm. Start off by picking up your passport at any one of the ten participating downtown venues including:

The AfterSet - 158 Symphony Way
Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill - 231 Douglas Avenue
Elgin Public House - 219 E. Chicago Street
Gasthaus - 15 N. Grove Avenue
Hangout Club & Grill - 51 S. Grove Avenue
La Puesta Del Sol - 165 E. Highland Avenue
Martini Room - 161 E. Chicago Street
Medusa's - 209 E. Chicago Street
Red Bar Winery - 74 S. Grove Avenue
Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano - 13 Douglas Avenue

Procure a minimum of 6 punches on your passport, fill it out and insert it into one of the passport collection boxes to be eligible for some great prizes courtesy of City Beverage and Budweiser including a Michelob Mountain Bike, Budweiser Coleman Cooler, Amber Bock Golf Bag and Bud iPod Speaker Tower.

Volunteers from Senior Services Associates, The John E. McCue Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin will be on hand at each venue selling charity raffle tickets for $5 each with proceeds to be split amongst the three Not-for-Profit organizations. Raffle prizes include a brand new iPad (valued at $525) and a $250 cash prize.

Some of the Pub Crawl venues have special events going on as well including Birthday Night at Medusa's, Comedy Night at Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill and Hall of Fame blues recording artist Lonnie Brooks performing at 8pm at Hangout Club & Grill's (formerly Mad Maggie's) grand opening!

To make sure everyone gets home safely, A-1 Cab Dispatch will have a fleet of cabs in and around downtown as well as discounted fare coupons (good for the night of the Pub Crawl only) available at each Pub Crawl venue.

If ever there was a weekend to get Downtown, this would be the one!

Enjoy your weekend!

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