Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pre-Register Now for 5th Annual Downtown Elgin Car Show

The 2011 Downtown Elgin Car Show - Presented by Ken Stepps State Farm Insurance Agency returns to the Civic Parking Lot at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues on Saturday, September 10 from 9AM-3PM.

Now in its fifth year, the Car Show will showcase the area's hottest hot rods, classic cars, vintage vehicles, tricked-out trucks and green/alternative fuel vehicles all in one location in the heart of downtown Elgin. There will also be music, food, entertainment, demonstrations, car care clinics, vendor booths and much more!

The Downtown Elgin Car Show is FREE to the public. There is a $5 Registration Fee per participating vehicle. All pre-registered participants will receive a limited edition Downtown Elgin Car Show Dash Plaque at check-in.

Click here to pre-register your vehicle today!

For more information about the Downtown Elgin Car Show or our upcoming Downtown Elgin Cruise Nights on Thursday, August 4 and Thursday, August 25, call DNA Promotions Coordinator Jason Pawlowski at (847) 488-1456, e-mail or visit

Monday, July 25, 2011

Art & Soul on the Fox/Passeggiata Returns to Downtown Elgin

The Third Annual Art & Soul on the Fox/Passeggiata, produced in cooperation with the City of Elgin by Art for All, will fill downtown Elgin with art and music on DuPage Court, S. Spring Street and S. Grove Avenue on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.

Art & Soul on the Fox is open to the public on Saturday from 11AM-6PM - followed by the Passeggiata from 7-10PM Saturday night - and again on Sunday from 11AM-5PM.

To our downtown businesses, please note the following street closures for the weekend:

Spring Street from Chicago Street to Fulton Street will be closed Friday, July 29 at 5PM until the night of Sunday, July 31.

Grove Avenue from DuPage Court to Fulton Street will be closed Saturday, July 30 at 5AM until the night of Sunday, July 31.

This free cultural festival offers a visually captivating environment of juried artists and handcrafted artisans working in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors, wood and more.

Enjoy local actors in Walkabout: Theatre on Your Feet, as well as local singers, musicians, poets and dancers. In addition, all of the thrones from the popular Adirondacks: Thrones of Summer promotion will be on display and then auctioned off in silent and public auctions throughout the weekend. There will also be creative childrens activities, a bike corral, great food and more.

Here is the line-up of live entertainment scheduled for both days:

Saturday, July 30:

Noon - Heart of Hawaii (hula)​la.html

1PM - Walkabout Theatre

2PM - Elgin Opera Training & Performing Ensemble

3PM - Chase Away

4PM - My Lazy Elephant​LazyElephant

5PM - The Sexy Blues Band

6PM - Fox Valley Bellydance Collective - including performance by Zoh'ra's Jewels!​ges/Fox-Valley-Bellydance-​Collective/101750756541995

7PM - Projecto 7 & Salsa Dancers
Join the salsa dancers for an evening of dancing under the stars w/special guests Chi-Caribena Designs & Dance (samba)

Sunday, July 31:

Noon - North American Gurning Championship

1PM - Adirondacks-Thrones of Summer Live Auction

2PM - Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl

3PM - Blue Tulip Wranglers

4PM - Fox River Trio​dex.html

5PM - Vehicle

6PM - Luna Blues Machine

All questions and concerns about Art & Soul on the Fox/Passeggiata should be directed to Sigi Psimenos at 312-953-8216 or e-mail

Vote for the DNA's Harvest Market Throne

All of your favorite Adirondacks: Thrones of Summer are on display now thru Thursday, July 28 along the bike path at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, and your vote could help determine the winner of The Game of Thrones.

Be sure to vote for DNA's Harvest Market Throne - #8 at the Library or online at

Voting closes this Thursday, July 28 at 5PM!

The top ten favorite thrones, as selected by the voting public, will be auctioned off live at Art and Soul on the Fox/Passeggiata on Sunday, July 31 at 1PM on the main stage. The remaining 45 Thrones will be part of the silent auction that begins on Saturday, July 30.

Proceeds benefit sustainable neighborhood projects.