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…


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…


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: 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…


Happy Espresso Day!

Happy Espresso Day my fellow coffee enthusiasts! If you need a pick me up today, we have the best places to get you out of your comatose state. If you are like me, I prefer the sugar overload coffees and frappes with lots of whipped cream topping. Espresso is the complete opposite of that. Espresso should be…


The New Girl’s Guide to Elgin: Part 4: Benedicts Eggs and More

Confession: I am a brunch nut. I am always looking for the best brunch food that curbs my sweet tooth but also indulges my love for savory. When I find a place that does that, it’s no doubt nothing less than heavenly. Brunch food is the quintessential food for life; alright just my life. Give…


Preparing to Attend Nightmare on Chicago Street

Are you planning on attending the largest zombie apocalypse event in Chicagoland’s, Nightmare on Chicago Street? We have put together a list of things to help you get the most of your experience to one of our favorite events. Buying Tickets Tickets are available online through the event website or at the Elgin Area Convention…


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…