Arts & Entertainment

swell gallery

Shop small, local and handmade in one stop.

The 9th annual swell Holiday Market opens on Black Friday with an Artists' Reception and continues for 4 weeks, ending the weekend before Christmas. Find unique gifts among the wide variety of art, crafts, jewelry, wearables, body products and more, all created by talented people in and around the Dundee community.

We also have classes this month in painting, jewelry making, knitting and kids ornaments. Visit them on Facebook for details.

swell gallery

swell gallery is an events based art gallery in historic downtown West Dundee focused on local and regional artists.

We put together art events in the Spring and Fall, including artisan markets and fine art exhibitions, each running for 3-4 weeks. We also host classes and workshops throughout the year.

Visit our website for information on recent and upcoming events.

The C.A.K.E. Village

The C.A.K.E. Village is a cultural arts center that is designed to promote and foster an enriched, positive connection between all children and Africa. The C.A.K.E. Village offers school assemblies as well as immersion field trips that include social, visual and performing arts.

The Hemmens Cultural Center

Located in the Center City area along the banks of Elgin's award-winning Riverwalk, The Hemmens Cultural Center is the cornerstone of Elgin's growing arts community. This intimate 1,200-seat theatre is a favorite venue for seeing stars up close. Since 1969, audiences have been treated to such names as B. B. King, Bob Newhart, Phil Vassar, Garrison Keillor, Bill Cosby, The Ides of March, Blue Oyster Cult and many more. Attending a performance at The Hemmens is an experience not to be missed; clear sightlines and wide aisles provide an unparalleled concert and theatre-going experience where patrons get the sense of sitting in a luxury suite. Even the balcony's level of comfort and proximity to the stage rivals that of many other venues' 'club level seating'.

The Hemmens Cultural Center

The Hemmens Cultural Center offers Chicagoland a 1,200 seat acoustical gem that Harry Belafonte described as a "jewel". With seats no further than 87 feet from the stage and ample leg room, The Hemmens is the ideal venue to enjoy entertainment ranging from local favorites such as The Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Children's Theatre of Elgin to performing legends such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Bob Newhart and BB King. The Hemmens Cultural Center not only boasts a beautiful proscenium theatre, it also has an 11,340 square foot Exhibition Hall, fully equipped banquet kitchen and art gallery. With convenient, ample parking, and easy access from major routes, The Hemmens Cultural Center is ideal for trade shows, performances, conventions and meetings

Event Schedule - Parking - Virtual Tour

Whether it's a ballroom, café, loft, pub, or storefront, you will find us there, staging new plays, short plays, and classic plays in a variety of found spaces.