Friday, June 25, 2010

Countdown is on to The City of Elgin's 2010 Fourth of July Parade

The City of Elgin’s 2010 Fourth of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health steps off on Saturday, July 3 at 10am.

Over 15,000 spectators annually attend this Elgin summertime tradition, making it one of the area’s largest Fourth of July parades. This year’s parade features over 100 parade units and nearly 2,000 participants. The parade route begins at Slade and Douglas Avenues, travels south on Douglas and ends at Highland and Douglas Avenues.

The theme of this year’s Fourth of July Parade is “Summer in the City!” – a celebration of the City of Elgin’s rich history, exciting present, and prosperous future. In addition to the regular parade float judging, a special "175th Anniversary Award" will be given to the float that best tells the story of Elgin’s rich history and a special "Eco-Elgin Award" will be given to the float that best tells the story of a "Green" Elgin - utilizing eco-friendly materials and processes for their parade entry.

Shabbona District, Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America, who are celebrating 100 years of Scouting in 2010, will be this year’s Parade Grand Marshals. In Elgin, the Boy Scouts of America are represented by Shabbona District, Three Fires Council, which serves some 2,900 youth across 55 units, relying on more than 800 dedicated adult volunteers to advance its mission.

Roland Behling, an Eagle Scout with 75 years of participation and leadership service to Scouting, and Dick Barth, with 55 years of leadership service to the program, will both serve as honorary Grand Marshals riding in Elgin resident Richard Bennett’s powder blue 1957 Cadillac convertible representing the Boy Scouts and their promotion of life-long skills and positive role modeling.

Parade-goers and participants are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items with them to the parade. Along the parade route the Boy Scouts will be collecting the food, which will then be donated to the Salvation Army in Downtown Elgin

The Parade Committee is still seeking volunteers for this year’s parade. The time commitment is approximately 7am to 1pm, depending on what duty you are assigned. Volunteers are treated to a free breakfast at orientation before the parade and a free t-shirt. Please contact the DNA Office at (847) 488-1456 or e-mail to sign up.

The DNA would like to thank our valued parade sponsors Sherman Health, Provena St. Joseph's Hospital, Woody Buick, Redmon's Towing, Elgin Community College, Davey Tree Experts, Insure One, VNA of Fox Valley and Elgin Public House.

A special thank you to all of the members of the Fourth of July Parade Committee, chaired by Jeff Allison, and all of our volunteers who will be giving so generously of their time over the holiday weekend. This parade would not be possible without all of your hard work!

It's "Summer in the City" - come out and celebrate!

Come for the Parade...Stay and Enjoy Downtown!

The City of Elgin's Fourth of July Parade Presented by Sherman Health steps off next Saturday, July 3rd at 10am.

Over 15,000 people attend this annual Elgin tradition, making it one of the most well-attended Fourth of July Parades in the suburbs. If you're coming for the parade, why not stay and enjoy all that Downtown Elgin has to offer?

Many of our Downtown restaurants are offering special post-parade promotions for our parade-goers and participants! Below is a complete summary of all the special restaurant promotions which are valid on July 3 only.

NOTE: You must print out and present the attached flyer at each venue in order to redeem your special.

Ravenheart Coffee
176 E. Chicago Street

10% Off Your Order

15 N. Grove Avenue

20% Off Your Total Bill (Food & Drink)
$4 Bomb Pops

Toom Toom Thai
23 S. Grove Avenue

10% Off Your Total Order

Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago Street

Hot Dog & Fries - $2.50 (dine-in only)

Martini Room
161 E. Chicago Street

25% Off Your First Martini (all Martinis included - limit one per person/per night)

Villa Verone
13 Douglas Avenue

Italian Burgers or Italian Sausage with Peppers - $5.00

Domani Cafe
109 E. Highland Avenue

10% Off Your Total Order

Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill
231 Douglas Avenue

Come By to Celebrate DSSB's 2nd Annual Family Fun Days on July 3rd

Mad Maggies
51 S. Grove Avenue

$8 Ribs, $5 Burgers, $3 Budweiser Products

Quiznos Sub
59 Douglas Avenue

Select Sammies & Bullets - 2 for $5 (see store for details)

We also invite all parade-goers and participants to stick around immediately after the parade to enjoy some of Downtown Elgin’s post-parade activities including the Elgin OPERA's Patriotic & Broadway Show on DuPage Court near Al's Cafe, and the Dundee Scottish Pipe Band Pub Crawl which meets at the park at the southwest corner of Chicago Street and Douglas Avenue - then proceeds to Mad Maggies and Elgin Public House.

Whether you take a splash in Festival Park's bubbling fountains, make a splash at the Grand Victoria Casino, spend some cash in our shopping district, or have a blast at one of our many dining establishments, Downtown Elgin has something for you and the entire family to enjoy!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Downtown Elgin Live Music & Entertainment Scene - June 23-26

It's officially "Summer in the City"; a statement of fact to be sure but also a shameless plug for the theme of the City of Elgin's 4th of July Parade coming up on July 3rd at 10am. In case anyone is interested...just sayin' is all.

Anyway, without further delay (remember July 3rd, 10am, 4th of July Parade...okay, sorry) onto this week's Downtown Elgin Live Music & Entertainment Scene:

Mad Maggies
51 S. Grove

Thursday, June 24
Cavalry with Minus the Girl and They Came With Sirens - 7:30pm

Friday, June 25
Gypsy Fly - 7:00pm
The Brokedown with Vacation Bible School, Spanish Gamble and Arms Aloft - 8:00pm

Martini Room
161 E. Chicago Street

Thursday, June 24
Refried Blues Band - 9:00pm

Elgin Public House/Pub 217
219 E. Chicago Street

Saturday, June 26
Party Favors

Douglas Street Sports Bar & Grill
231 Douglas

Friday, June 25
Blind Roosevelts

The Roadhouse/Main Event
200 Prairie Street

Friday, June 25
Hed P.E. & Kutt Calhoun

Saturday, June 26
False Idols

Also don't forget about the Elgin OPERA's 2nd Annual Summer Music Festival this weekend and running every weekend through July 11 at the Kimball Street Theater, located on the first level of the new Rider Center on the campus of Elgin Academy at 261 Dundee Avenue. This weekend's shows include Staged Opera Scenes From Popular Operas on Friday & Saturday, June 25 & 26 at 7:30pm and Broadway & Variety Show, Excerpts from your Favorite Broadway Shows on Sunday, June 27 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Students and $10 for Elgin OPERA Guild Members. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Elgin OPERA at 847.695.5014, via email:, or visit their website at

Remember that bands, ticket prices and performance times are subject to change so we ask that you please call or visit each venue's website for ticket information, performance times or for any applicable cover charges.

4th of July Parade! July 3rd! 10am! Be there!

Okay, I'm done!

Previewing July "First Thursday" Harvest Market

The Downtown Elgin Harvest Market - Presented by Alexian Brothers continues its landmark tenth season this Thursday, June 24 from 10am-4pm at the Civic Center Parking Lot at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenue near City Hall. We invite you to come out and shop for all the best locally grown produce, fresh baked bread, meats, cheeses, spices and organic products!

Our next "First Thursday" market will take place on Thursday, July 1 with special extended market hours from 10am-6pm. In addition to our usual market, the DNA has planned the following activities and attractions for July's First Thursday:

* Ray Maxwell from Elgin Antiques & Uniques, whose antique juicers and reamers were recently profiled in Martha Stewart Living Magazine, will conduct a wood furniture restoration demonstration.
* The Elgin Express Train will pay a visit to the Harvest Market.
* Chef Virginia Lopez will conduct a cooking demonstration.
* The Frock Swap committee will be on hand to promote this year's wardrobe recycling/revitalization event, which benefits the Community Crisis Center, on August 5 at The Hemmens Cultural Center.
* The Centre's Raks Christina will be demonstrating Tribal Improvisational Bellydance which helps build core strength.
* Mad Discs & Dyes will conduct a t-shirt tie-dying demo.
* A Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Elgin will commence at 6pm. If you are interested in participating in the walking tour, please RSVP to by June 30.
* Information booths from Alexian Brothers, Salon Couture, Landin Chiropractic, ECCO and Elgin Community Network.
* Live music and entertainment (TBA)

The dates for the remaining special "First Thursday" markets this season are August 5, September 2 and October 7.

Nestled in the heart of historic Downtown Elgin within minutes of the Grand Victoria Casino, Metra and the scenic Fox River, and within walking distance from Downtown’s dining and shopping district, the Harvest Market attracts hundreds of local residents and workers each and every week.

For more information about the 2010 Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, please call Jason Pawlowski, Promotions Coordinator for the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, at (847) 488-1456 or e-mail: