“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

There is a chill in the air. The same chill that creeps into our homes and makes us pull the blanket a little closer; drink the hot chocolate a little faster. Nightmare on Chicago Street is just around the corner (Oct. 22); caramel apples beckon us to taste their buttery sweet deliciousness. Pumpkins are everywhere…
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10.13.2016

Catering Made Simple for Pour on the Promenade

We are so hungry today! It must be because of the announcement of our last food truck for Pour on the Promenade. Catering Made Simple will be bringing out the truck and adding some major twists to our current food line-up. Check out the menu! Sample BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders Replica Morris BBQ Pulled Pork…
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09.28.2016

Elgin Orchestra Symphony

Music is the food for the soul, and this has never been more true than at the Elgin Orchestra Symphony. The Hemmens was packed for the opening night of the symphony season and rightly so! After the ESO has won the Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year four times, why wouldn’t there be standing room only?…
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09.20.2016

The Elgin Historic Districts

Restored homes have always held a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s the intricate designs, all the work and dedication of the owners to bring it back to its glory, or just the fact that they remind me of my home which has been in my family for five generations and is close to…
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09.14.2016

Announcing the Pour on the Promenade Music & Entertainment Line-up

Picture this if you will: The changing colors of the trees shimmer their brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows on the Fox River. The lingering summer night gives way to Fall’s gentle breath as it tugs at your hair. The contrast of delicate strands of lights crisscrosses the Promenade while the umbrellas are ablaze with multi-colors. You…
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09.13.2016

“You won’t bay leaf how nice olive our vendors are.”

   The kids are back at school, everyone is returning from vacation, and the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market is in full swing! Every Thursday from 9 AM-2 PM, the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market provides everything from handmade jewelry to plants. My novice Elginite self-has sadly, never been to the Market; until today. Along with my…
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08.25.2016

What even is the Fringe Festival?

It’s on flyers, in-store shops, and referenced in passing from Elginites, but what is Fringe Festival? Sadly, I do not hail from these parts and have only heard about Fringe. Now that I have been here for a sufficient amount of time, I know what the Fringe Festival is…but I still have not experienced it! So…
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08.24.2016

ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS…WE WANT YOU!!

Calling all artists, are you itching to show your talent on a larger scale, converse with other like-minded artists on their craft, while drinking beer and or wine? The Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce our long anticipated Pour on the Promenade event, Friday, September 30th. Not only will there be art…
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08.22.2016

Top 10 Photo Spots on the Fox River Bike Trail

With all the social media we use on a daily basis, its no wonder we’ve gotten so great at taking pictures. Your next amazing photo opportunity should be on the Fox River Bike Trail! There are sites either on or near our Bike Trail that are sure to give you the picture perfect background. Some…
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06.24.2016

Ladies’ Getaway Day Trip

Do you ever just want to get away for the weekend, or even just one day with all of your girl friends? I’ve planned a full day with eating, wine and bike riding on our Fox River Bike Trail. You can also experience the arts, which is a plus. Start with coffee, because who doesn’t want…
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06.23.2015