Getting married in the Elgin Area: The Artist(s) in love

It’s that time of year again, engagements everywhere. With each engagement, more and more couples are trying to plan their dream wedding without having to pay an arm and a leg. Elgin is known for the arts and the power it has in the community and on individuals. If you are getting married to an…


How to Plan the Best Main Course-Elgin Wedding Season

Planning your dream wedding can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! We have done the hard work for you, so all you have to do is show up. Food can be the make or break of the reception and honestly one of the most important decisions to make. Weddings are a merging of…


It’s wedding planning season! So you want an outside wedding…

  I don’t know about you, but everyone and their brother got engaged over the holidays. Now begins the frenzy of finding a venue/church/cater/photographer etc. Welcome to the wedding season! Good thing the Elgin area has a TON of options for the newly engaged! Whether you are a newly engaged couple or helping someone plan their wedding we’re here…


Happy National Popcorn Day!

“Do the Popcorn Dance…” Happy National Popcorn Day! The Popcorn song has been on repeat in our office, take a listen and make sure you grab a bag of Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn! Have a POPtastic day!   Mama Lee’s Gourmet Popcorn 20 S. Spring Street, Elgin or Located in Spring Hill Mall 1072…


THE NEW GIRL’S GUIDE TO ELGIN: 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 10 Lords a-Leaping 11 Pipers Piping 12 Drummers Drumming

Tomorrow is the day! Where can you get last minute Christmas gifts? The Souful Sparrow– Soulful Sparrow is a unique gift and decor shop inspired by artistic, industrial, romantic and re-purposed imagination.  We offer a mix of gifts, jewelry and home decor combined with the time worn warmth of vintage charm.  Many items are handmade or…


THE NEW GIRL’S GUIDE TO ELGIN: 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 8 Maids a-Milking, 9 Ladies Dancing

We are getting down to the wire for Christmas shopping folks so here are a few more ideas for you in your neighborhood! For the skateboarding champion in your life, visit Yeah Boardshop at Bartlett Plaza Shopping Center, 148 Bartlett Plaza, Bartlett, IL. They have everything you can think of from skateboards to skateboard equipment! Yeah, Boardshop…


The New Girl’s Guide to Elgin: 12 Days of Christmas: 6 Geese a-Laying 7 Swans a-Swimming

Christmas will be here before we know it and if you are anything like me, I still don’t have all my gift shopping done. This week we are looking for gifts for the beer lover(s) in your life, Emmett’s Brewing Co. and Plank Road Tap Room have you covered. Emmett’s Brewing Co is located at 128 West…


Thursday Lunch Specials!

Got food on the brain? Say no more: In The Neighborhood Deli (ITN Deli): Free Drink with full sandwich purchase. Cafe Roma: Shrimp & Broccoli Aglio e Olio- spaghetti, jumbo shrimp & broccoli tossed in garlic, oil, and crushed red pepper Emmett’s West Dundee: Half price bottles of wine when you order two entrees and…


Happy National Hot Cocoa Day!

We all know that December is cold but today seems more brisk than usual. Good thing today is National Hot Cocoa Day! Now you have more than one reason to enjoy this delightfully warm and decadent drink. Here are some Elgin area places to get your fix: Blue Box Cafe Elgin Books and Coffee Domani…


THE NEW GIRL’S GUIDE: 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 4 Calling Birds, 5 Gold Rings

The 12 Days of Christmas continues! My stops this week are Wall to Wall Retro and Whatnots & Whimsies. For the vintage aficionado in your life, these are the best places around! Wall to Wall Retro is located at 225 E. Chicago St. in Elgin. They have multiple items from every era stretched out throughout their store. My…