Friday, September 09, 2011

Downtown Elgin Car Show Details

The DNA's fifth annual Downtown Elgin Car Show - Presented by Ken Stepps State Farm takes place Saturday, September 10 from 9AM-3PM at the Civic Parking Lot at Highland and Douglas Avenue.

Registration and Check-In Procedures for Participants:

Registration begins at 9AM sharp! We will have minimal staff on hand at the Civic Lot setting things up so if you do arrive early, we would appreciate your patience in waiting until we are completely set up at 9AM to take your registration info.

If you have pre-registered AND pre-paid for your vehicle in advance, you just need to provide our check-in volunteers with your name so they can check you off the list. You will then receive your complimentary Car Show dash plaque and instructions on where to park your vehicle.

If you have pre-registered but did not pre-pay, our volunteer will also collect your information and the $5 registration fee from you. You will then receive your complimentary Car Show dash plaque and instructions on where to park your vehicle.

If you did not pre-register your vehicle, you will need to fill out a Car Show registration form and pay the $5 registration fee. Supplies permitting, you will then receive your complimentary Car Show dash plaque (they are first come, first served to non-preregistered particpants) and instructions on where to park your vehicle.


Participants will be handed a ballot at check-in to vote for your Top 3 vehicles in show. Please return your completed ballot to the DNA volunteer at the check-in tent before 1PM.

Car Show patrons can pick up their People's Choice Ballots at the DNA check-in tent. Ballots must be returned to the DNA volunteer at the check-in tent before 1PM.

Awards will be presented at 2:30PM.

•Plaques will be awarded to the 2nd-5th Place winners (based on our participants' votes) and a trophy to our Best in Show. There will also be a People's Choice Award trophy - as selected by guests in attendance at the Car Show.


The forecast is calling for a chance of rain on Saturday, thus we are enacting the following procedures should weather become an issue:

Prior to 9AM

•If there is heavy or sustained rain or threat of lightning in the area prior to 9AM, we will postpone the Car Show until Saturday, September 17, Civic Lot, 9AM-3PM.

•Light rain or drizzle will not cause the Car Show to be postponed.

After 9AM

•The Car Show will go on rain or shine. If the weather becomes a bigger issue after the Car Show has started, we will wait it out as long as possible then, if necessary, cancel the remainder of the show. We would not reschedule.

We will be keeping an eye on the weather beginning at 7AM that morning and will post updates about the status of the Car Show at and on DNA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We look forward to a great weekend of activities in downtown Elgin - including the Car Show, Next Wave Art Salon, Elgin Historic House Tour, 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and Concert of Rememberance at Hemmens. Join us!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

This Week at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market - September 8

Here's what's happening this week at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market - Presented by Alexian Brothers on Thursday, September 8 from 10AM-4PM at the Old Library Lot at 200 N. Grove Avenue, across from the Gail Borden Public Library and adjacent to The Centre of Elgin:

Vintage Cars at the Market - promoting the Downtown Elgin Car Show - Presented by Ken Stepps on Saturday, September 10 at the Civic Lot.

Live Entertainment – Grandpa Q singing and playing guitar - 10AM-Noon.

Davey Tree Booth–”Ask an Arborist” - educational information about trees and our environment.

City of Elgin Booth – staff from the Bluff City Cemetery will be on hand to provide information on the cemetery.

Simple Balance Holistic Center Booth– information about wellness programs and packages offered, as well as, upcoming workshops and events.

Landin Chiropractic Booth – performing free spinal screenings with state-of-the-art equipment, using infrared cameras to measure the temperature of the nerve roots on the spine.

ECCO/ECN’s Sustainable Booth: Elgin Area Historical Society – Apple press activity and promoting Bluff City Cemetary Walk on Saturday, September 24.

Community Booth: Gifford Park Association - will be present selling tickets to their upcoming Historic Elgin House Tour on September 10 & 11.

For more information on the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, contact Market Manager Jennifer Benson at 847-488-1456 or e-mail

Downtown Elgin Car Show Rolls Into Fifth Year This Saturday

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

Celebrating its fifth year, the Car Show will again showcase the area's hottest hot rods, classic cars, vintage vehicles and green/AFVs all in one location in the heart of downtown Elgin. There will also be entertainment, green seminars, car care clinics, food drive, vendor booths, and more! Trophies will be awarded to the best five cars in show as determined by the car show participants. A People's Choice Award, selected by the voting public, will also be given out.

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

To pre-register your vehicle(s) for the Downtown Elgin Car Show, click here!

Note to Downtown Residents, Employees and Business Owners: the Civic Parking Lot will be closed off to public parking from 7AM-3PM on Saturday, September 10. Street parking is available on the streets adjacent to the Civic Lot including Highland Avenue, Douglas Avenue and Division Street and FREE parking is available in the nearby parking decks on Spring Street and on Symphony Way across from The Centre. The Civic Lot will reopen to public parking at 3:30PM.

The rain date for the Downtown Elgin Car Show is Saturday, September 17.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association would like to thank our event sponsors Redmon's Towing, Tom's Auto Care and Kirkpatrick, Jones & Herzog Insurance, our booth sponsors Chiro One Wellness, Huntington Learning Center and Titan Self Storage, and a special thanks to our presenting sponsor Ken Stepps State Farm Insurance Agency.

Downtown Money Saving Discounts with Your Gail Borden Library Card

During September's National Library Card Sign-up Month, show your Gail Borden Library card at area merchants and receive a money-saving discount. Below is a list of participating downtown merchants and DNA members:

2 Doors Down Antiques
207 E. Chicago St.
10% off merchandise (except records)

Al’s Café
43 DuPage Court
10% off the check

Andersen’s Engraving
27 N. Grove Ave.
10% off all orders

Artistic Framing & Supplies
25 N. Grove Ave.
10% off framing & 15% off in-stock supplies

Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant
11 Douglas Ave.
10% off entire bill, excluding alcohol

Douglas Street Sports Bar
231 Douglas Ave.
5% off food

Elgin Antiques
203 E. Chicago St.
10% off merchandise

Elgin Books
209 E. Chicago St.
20% off purchase of books

Elgin Historical Museum
360 Park St.
10% off one regularly priced item in museum store

Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago St.
$4 off two or more entrees (restrictions apply)

Elgin Public Museum
225 Grand Blvd.
10% off any item in the museum store

In the Neighborhood Deli & Café
185 N. Edison Ave.
10% off any order

La Quebrada Restaurant
50 N. Spring St.
Free dessert with purchase of $10 or more

Salon Couture
176 E. Chicago St.
15% off any one service or product; one discount per visit

Villa Verone
13 Douglas Ave.
5% off the total bill

To view the complete list of participating Elgin area merchants, visit