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Winners of the Explore Elgin Area Lights Contest!

On December 28th, we tallied up the 1,086 vote submissions that came in. And we announced the winners in each of the 4 categories. Scroll down to see the results! Displays will remain up until at January 1st at the earliest. We’ve updated our interactive map with special icons for our winner making it easy…


Holiday Displays 2020

This year we have seen the continuation of a beloved holiday tradition. Driving around the neighborhood, admiring the bright, shining displays. Some spots have even started collecting donations for various nonprofits in the area. Here you can find the details on some of the best displays in the Elgin Area.   Explore Elgin Area Lights…


Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt

Make your drive to see the Explore Elgin Area Lights display more interesting. And participate in the Explore Elgin Area Lights scavenger hunt! We’ve taken unique pieces of 12 displays for you to hunt down while on your drive. All 12 of these displays are listed in our interactive map. Haven’t used an interactive map…


Experience Explore Elgin Area’s Lights

Explore Elgin Area is determined to end 2020 on a good note. And what better way to brighten up the end of the year other than actually brightening up our communities! Explore Elgin Area’s Lights is a holiday lights contest and we need to hear from you. What displays do you like best? Hop in…


Holiday Shopping in the Elgin Area

Let the Elgin area community be your one stop shop this holiday season! It’s almost time to ring in the holidays, which means hitting the stores. Whether it be online or in-store, the Elgin area can be a one stop shop to discover truly unique finds for that collector friend or give the gift of…


Thanksgiving To-Go in the Elgin Area

We know that Thanksgiving will look a little different this year as we all work together to keep our friends and family safe but that is no reason to skip the great food. We have put together a quick wrap-up of some of Elgin Area’s local spots that are offering meals to go.   Full…


Pumpkin Farms Worth Checking Out This Fall

Hello Fall! The weather is just about perfect, which makes it absolutely ideal to enjoy fall activities with your family, including heading to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch.  We’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite farms and markets to find a pumpkin, snack on a caramel apple, or take pictures with the family! Enjoy Pioneer Farm 17N400…


International Sudoku Day!

Number and word games have been around for a long time. One of the first was published in 1895 in a newspaper in France. But Sudoku was invented in Indiana in 1979. Howard Garns was a freelance puzzle inventor who created the game and it was published in a magazine with the original name of…


5 Date Night Ideas for this February

Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Stores are already setting up their displays of heart shaped boxes, stuffed animals and balloons galore! Preparing for this holiday can be far more overwhelming than it needs to be – Here’s a list of 5 date night ideas in the Elgin area for you and your special…


Route 20 Road Trip – Day 2 in Downtown Elgin

Plan a road trip on America’s longest road!   About Route 20 Did you know that US Rt 20 is the longest road in the US? Spanning 3,365 miles, Rt 20 stretches from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Boston, Massachusetts.  It nearly runs parallel to that of I-90 which in turn is the…

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