Elgin Area’s Hottest Hot Chocolates

Photo: Breanne Moreno Elgin Area’s Hottest Hot Chocolates By: Breanne Moreno It’s that time of year again when the weather outside gets frightful, and what’s better than a hot cup of hot cocoa to treat your senses? Here’s our list of the top 6 hot chocolate spots in the Elgin area. Grab a friend and…


Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter

Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter We live in the Midwest, which means at some point we’ll inevitably have snow.  Then comes the all too familiar polar vortex of bitter cold and we’re yet again stuck inside. Well my friends, it doesn’t need to be an all day drag when the Elgin…


Happy National Doughnut Day!

The team at Explore Elgin Area has been out in the area doing research on some of the options visitors and residents have to celebrate National Doughnut Day. This is a quick roundup of some local options.   CRAFT Donuts + Coffee Foodies of all preferences will find donuts they can eat at the newest…


Downtown Elgin Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Elgin Farmers’ Market has made some big changes this year. The market will now take place every Friday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM starting June 1-October 5. We are also excited to announce that the market has moved to Grove Avenue. The vendors will be set-up right in front of our office…


Coffee for Anytime of the Day

Coffee is the nectar of the gods. If I can’t have my macchiato in the morning, I can’t function. Coffee isn’t just go-go juice, it’s also something to build great conversation over. However, not everyone loves coffee. No problem! If your taste buds prefer teas, juice, smoothies, and hot cocoas you have options from some of…


Restaurants Open during and After July 4th Parade

It’s time for 4th of July celebrations! Cookouts, fireworks, and picnics are in full swing around the area! Whilst you are enjoying the parade, you don’t have to lug all your picnic gear with you, here are a few Downtown Elgin restaurants that are open: Crave Deli: Open 24 hrs Domani: 6:00 AM-2:00 PM Arabica- 7:00 AM-…


Need some grub on Fox Trot day?

Preparing for a race is hard work. Lots of early mornings, resistance training, loads of protein, and testing your limits. Before and after the race local cafes, restaurants, and coffee shops will be open to Fox Trot runners! Here are a few to keep your eye open for:  Domani’s- 6:00 AM- 5:00 PM Blue Box-…


Preparing to Attend the 2017 GVC Summer Concert

Are you planing on attending Grand Victoria Casino’s Summer Concert series? Performers range from Gretchen Wilson to 3 Doors Down to Smash Mouth. When you are ready to plan your trip to the concert here is a list of things that will help you. If you have specific questions about places to dine or sight-see then give us…


Dundee Farmer’s Market

The Sunday Farmers Market, sponsored by the Dundee Foundation, is open 10a-2p from June 11 through October 8. It features food and horticultural and artisan goods sold by local farmers, producers and businesses. This market also offers live music, family events, food demonstrations, educational programs and more.


Downtown Elgin Harvest Market

The Harvest Market is a seasonal and weekly, outdoor farmers market organized by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL. The market offers and encourages locally grown and sustainably produced food from area businesses who offer fresh, quality vegetables, fruits, bread, meat, olives, spices, and knife sharpening services. The market continually provides an outlet for…