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-…


Forgot that it was Valentine’s Day?

We get it. Valentine’s Day sneaks up on us sometimes and around 5 pm, you get an excited text from your sweetheart asking, “What are we doing for Valentine’s Day??” Save yourself from another hurried trip to Walgreen’s for the last box of packaged chocolates, let us help you make this year the best Valentine’s…


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…


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…


The New Girl’s Guide: 12 Days of Christmas: Two Turtle Doves and 3 French Hens

According to the song “12 Days of Christmas,” by the second day, I should be handing you over two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. These do sound like unusual gifts, to say the least. I can definitely say I have never received any poultry or fruit trees as Christmas gifts and I’m…


The New Girl’s Guide to Elgin: Part 3: State Street Market Shops

Christmas is right around the corner: a little more than six weeks to be exact. If you’re anything like me, I do the shopping either a month before or an hour before we open gifts. There is no in between. You could say it’s my super power. Of course, this type of selective procrastination can be…


Trick or Treating Hours

The best time of the year is here…Halloween! Little Spidermen, Elsa’s, and BB8’s will soon fill the streets asking for candy in a few weeks. The surrounding Elgin Areas may have different Trick or Treating times from one another. Here are the Halloween Trick or Treating hours:   Bartlett: Monday, October 31st at 3:00- 7:00…


Dinner Specials on Valentine’s Day

Haven’t thought of where you might take your valentine for dinner? We’ve got you covered. Restaurants in our area are running specials for Valentine’s Day. From casual atmospheres like Al’s Café and Porter’s Pub to formal atmospheres like The Anvil Club and Francesca’s Campagna Restaurant, you’re sure to find something that fits your valentine’s idea…