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Stained glass supplies and classes. A wonderful place to shop and craft. Great place to learn how to construct stained glass or grow your skills as an artist. With willing and patient workers, you are sure to have a fun time.

Stained Glass Class Times. Contact us to reserve your spot. Classes are 6 weeks long for $120.00

 

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Store located on the corner of Spring and Fulton. We sell local art and beverages. Come in for live music and a drink while you look around at the art!

 Jerry Stangl
I strive to present the many varied moods of the seasons and times of day in my paintings. I work mainly by recall and seek to transmit to the viewer the impression of subjects, be they natural or man-made, realistic or abstract.My paintings include landscapes, structural compositions, abstracts, and figures. The paintings are done in watercolor and mixed media.

The Lord’s creation is the inspiration for much of my work.

I was the recipient of “The William Church Osborne Memorial Award” in the 106th Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in New York City. I was awarded the “Best of Mixed Media” in the 2009 Art in the Barn Exhibition in Barrington, Illinois.

I was also a finalist winner in the Artist Magazines’ 2000 Art Competition and have been the recipient of numerous other awards.

Realizing that life is a journey, we provide a forum for self-expression, exploration, and insight through the natural art process.

For scheduling of parties, groups and events please email us at Artisticology@gmail.com.

The purpose of Arts in Bartlett is to improve the community by providing access to the arts. This 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, founded in 2002, brings diverse events to the Bartlett area, so that the multitude of cultural arts can be experienced and enjoyed by all. Through its activities, Arts in Bartlett wants to make the full variety of media and multicultural experiences accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds, whether they want to create, actively participate, experiment,or simply appreciate the arts

The Bartlett History Museum collects, preserves and interprets Bartlett’s rich heritage and shares it with the community through exhibitions, education, and media in order to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation.

Children’s Theatre of Elgin and its affiliate Fox Valley Theatre Company are not-for-profit 501(c)(3) companies based in Elgin, Illinois.

Who are we? Simply one of the oldest, the largest, and most acclaimed children’s theatre companies in Illinois!

We develop programs that offer a maximum number of children, youth, and young adults an affordable opportunity to experience performing arts productions, either as participants or audience members.

Classic Cinemas’ mission is to provide an outstanding experience that is affordable in a clean well-supervised environment using state of the art technology with a total commitment to customer service while working with the community to improve the quality of life.

Classic Cinemas takes the satisfaction of our customers very seriously. For more than 35 years, we have offered our Classic Cinemas Guarantee:

The Classic Cinemas Guarantee is posted in each theatre lobby along with comment cards on which you can make suggestions, ask questions or voice complaints. Just give the card to a staff member or mail it. The postage is prepaid. You can send an email comment by clicking Contact Us/Survey.

http://www.classiccinemas.com/page/3701/About-Us

 

 

We designed the Dream Hall with event rental in mind. We know how hard it can be to find the perfect space to host your next event. From special occasions and weddings to corporate events and book release parties, The Dream Hall has everything you need to make your next event a success.

We offer exceptional culinary chefs and catering teams that bring your event to life with food and service. The Dream Hall includes two floors, each with a separate bar for any type of networking or social based event.

Our mission is to inspire appreciation in our rich local heritage by encouraging understanding and preservation of the history of our township.

Dundee Township is an area where new growth and historic preservation stand side by side. We seek your active involvement in the Historical Society. Your financial support by membership dues, donations, and gifts of time as a volunteer (docent, library aide, special events volunteer, etc.) will allow us to achieve our goals.

We don’t just sell Instruments. We make Musicians.

Kathleen Eaton is a Chicago area artist whose work is an interpretation of city and suburban life.

The Elgin History Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy campus. The building was designed in the Greek Revival style. The museum has a staff that helps welcome visitors to the museum, educates the public about Elgin history and assists with research inquiries.

The Elgin Area Historical Society, which was founded in 1961, is a thriving organization that operates within the museum. The society has a board of directors with a mission that is driven to preserve and educate the community about Elgin history.

Through permanent and changing exhibits, the museum brings to life Elgin’s rich heritage. Permanent exhibits include Elgin National Watch Company, the E. Maude and Carl Parlasca Native American Collection, and Elgin Road Race memorabilia.

The Elgin History Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy campus. The building was designed in the Greek Revival style. The museum has a staff that helps welcome visitors to the museum, educates the public about Elgin history and assists with research inquiries.

The Elgin Area Historical Society, which was founded in 1961, is a thriving organization that operates within the museum. The society has a board of directors with a mission that is driven to preserve and educate the community about Elgin history.

Through permanent and changing exhibits, the museum brings to life Elgin’s rich heritage. Permanent exhibits include Elgin National Watch Company, the E. Maude and Carl Parlasca Native American Collection, and Elgin Road Race memorabilia.

January 2007, the City of Elgin opened the doors to the Elgin Art Showcase, Elgin’s newest performance and gallery space. Located on the eighth floor of the historic Professional Building at 164 Division Street in the heart of downtown Elgin, the Art Showcase offers an intimate space for local artists to exhibit their work and performers to display their talent.

The Elgin Art Showcase is located near City Hall parking and downtown restaurants and is handicap accessible. The theater boasts a spectacular view of the city, a grand limestone fireplace, and a 100-seat capacity. The gallery space is equipped with picture rails and track lighting.

Elgin Artspace Lofts, located 40 miles northwest of Chicago’s Central Business District at 51 South Spring Street, Elgin, IL 60120, is a project that combines the rehabilitation of an existing structure with a new building.

55 units of affordable live/work space for artists and their families plus 5,874 square feet of retail and community space for arts-friendly businesses and nonprofit organizations

 

 

Rehearsals begin September 11th: Register today!

Join Children’s Chorus Conductor Becky Narofsky in our upcoming ’17-’18 season.
Participating in EMC Children’s Chorus will help your child grow as a musician and as a person, teaching work ethic and confidence alongside musical techniques.
With our motto Sing. Perform. Friends really helps to envision what your child will get out of joining the chorus. Keep everything after rehearsals are mondays.
We’re so excited to announce that the beloved and renowned Elgin Children’s Chorus is going to become the Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus!
The Elgin Children’s Chorus has long been a staple of the arts in Elgin, and we’re proud to honor that tradition and start a new chapter.
Introducing our new Conductor, Rebecca Narofsky – an Elgin Children’s Chorus alum!
Participating in EMC Children’s Chorus will help your child grow as a musician and as a person, teaching work ethic and confidence alongside musical techniques
Fall and Spring concerts at Blizzard Theatre

Rehearsals are Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Elgin Community College

All children ages 7-15 are welcome to register.

Experience amazing artists, delicious pre-show dinners, and easy accommodations (parking is plentiful and free) at the Elgin Community College (ECC) Arts Center! The ECC Arts Center features two intimate theatres (the largest seats 662) and presents a range of exhilarating music, theatre, and comedy performances. Past performers include Ben Folds, Mavis Staples, Lewis Black, Rosanne Cash, Tommy Emmanuel, and John Hiatt. By partnering with ECC’s award-winning Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs, the ECC Arts Center offers pre-show dinners in conjunction with many events. The ECC Arts Center is also home to six college ensembles (ECC Concert Band, ECC Concert Choir, ECC Jazz Combo, ECC Steel Bands, ECC Musical Theatre, and ECC Theatre) and five community in-residence ensembles (BFH, Children’s Theatre of Elgin & Fox Valley Theatre Company, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Hamilton Wings’ SCORE!).

The natural history collection belonging to Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Lord was first exhibited in the Lords Park Pavilion in 1898. However, it was the Lords’ desire that their collection be housed in its own building. In 1904 local architect David E. Postle was contracted to design a building to serve this purpose.
Construction of the current building’s central structure began two years later, to be paid for in donations, the largest donation coming from the Lords. When Mr. Lord died in 1906, the center section of the building had been completed as well as the basement of the west wing, at a cost of $9,856. The following year, the metal roof covering the west basement was removed and the west wing was completed. However, after the death of Mr. Lord, interest in the project declined and the north and east wings of the building were not completed as originally planned. Further delays in opening the Museum were caused by breaks in the floor in 1908 and disagreements over hiring a full-time curator. The goal of housing a museum collection was forgotten as the building served as a storage place for hay from 1909-1911, and as the City Dog Pound, with animals being disposed of in the basement, from 1911-1917.
Originally named Lord Memorial Museum, the building finally opened on November 12, 1920 as the Elgin Audubon Museum, the Audubon Society having completed an agreement with the City of Elgin in 1917 to operate the Museum. The Audubon Society was to approve the curator and maintain the exhibits, while the City assumed the finances. The first curator was Charles J. Adkins, who served from 1920-1946, while at the same time working as Parks Caretaker until 1929. The exhibits and display cases, including those made to order by Rhineheimer’s of Elgin, were moved from the Pavilion to the Museum; and in 1921 the Zeigler brothers donated additional cases. In 1933 the basement partitions, fireplace and restrooms were added as a government work project (WPA), at a cost of $2745.
When the Elgin Audubon Society disbanded in 1961, the City of Elgin’s Department of Public Property and Recreation took over complete operation of the Museum. The Museum’s name was changed to the Elgin Public Museum in 1975. Although lacking the balance of model in architectural integrity because the east wing was never built, the Museum was recognized by the National Registry of Historic Places as an example of Neo-Classical architecture, as well as for its local historical significance.
Finally in August of 1998 ground was broken to complete the east wing. The exterior of the east wing was built to match the original building. Architects Dalquist & Lutzow went so far as to match the brick and oolithic limestone detailing. The interior was built to complement the original design while keeping ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) requirements in mind.
The Elgin Public Museum reopened in July of 2000 with a handicapped accessible north entrance, elevator and public restrooms. New exhibits included Exploring the Waterways: The LaSalle Expedition, Nature of Elgin and a hands-on Children’s Discovery Room. The Museum Store was expanded as well.
The Elgin Public Museum is now the oldest building in Illinois built expressly as a museum that is still serving that purpose. Its Neo-Classical style of architecture is unmistakable from the front with its two free columns and two square-engaged columns. Inside the Museum, visitors can still experience the beautiful and original oak woodwork, plaster wall ornamentation and ceramic tile floors.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra experience is unmatched for a fun, relaxing, cultural experience. Now in its 65th season and under the direction of new Music Director Andrew Grams, the ESO continues to delight audiences of all ages, year after year. Patrons can enjoy a drink, time with friends and even shopping in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural Center. After Saturday night performances, the audience is invited to “Mingle with the Musicians” at the local restaurant, Elgin Public House. From start to finish – the ESO brings world class, big city entertainment without the hassles of the big city. Come Experience ESO!

2017-2018 Performance Schedule

Hemmens Cultural Center
45 Symphony Way
Elgin, Illinois 60120
Website – Link on Tourism Bureau’s Website

The Elgin Theatre Company has a rich theatrical history.  A list of every ETC production, as well as other historical tidbits can be found here.

For over fifty nine years Elgin has enjoyed a vibrant and active community theatre group. Over the past several years, the word is out – there is quality theatre northwest of Chicago.

Many of our patrons are amazed at just how much talent we have here in Elgin and how lucky we are to be able to enjoy productions that rival those “downtown” (and at a fraction of the cost).

The goal of the Elgin Theatre Company is to provide quality entertainment and education to all residents of Elgin, and beyond. It is also a place for those wishing to explore and exercise their talents in a friendly, open, and warm atmosphere.

The Elgin Theatre Company exists for our community and we strive to be community theatre at its best. We welcome your involvement, your patronage, and your support!

The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), an In-Residence Ensemble in the Arts Center at Elgin Community College, is home to five orchestras, a brass choir, a percussion ensemble and a thriving Chamber Music Institute (CMI) with 350 students from over 60 communities. Founded in 1976, the mission of the EYSO is to create a community of young musicians, enriching their lives and the lives of their families, schools, communities and beyond, through the study and performance of excellent music. Musicians work and study under Artistic Director Randal Swiggum who celebrated his 16th year with the organization this past season. The EYSO is partially supported by grants from the EFS Foundation, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, the Grand Victoria Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), and the Palmer Foundation.

Drink craft beer in West Dundee’s skyscraper from the 1800’s. Emmett’s Brewing Co. is a great local spot for lunch, dinner or just stop in for a beer or two.

There is outdoor seating during warm weather. Event space is located on the upper floor for meetings, wedding rehearsals and birthday parties.

Every year Emmett’s Brewing Co. in West Dundee plans the Annual Big Wheel Race . The race draws over 100 racers and more than 2,000 racers.

 

 

 

Escapade 360 is Elgin’s premier escape room. Located approximately 35 miles west of Chicago, Escapade 360 is the perfect complement to a night out, before or after dinner or drinks. Our family-friendly themes are fun and safe for guests ages 12 and up, and your group is sure to be talking about your experience for days afterward. Come experience a journey from the everyday!

In 1990, a small group of individuals met to discuss the future of Elgin’s last Fire Barn, built in 1903, which was scheduled to be taken out of service.  It seemed that the logical solution was to use the Fire Barn to house the city’s collection of fire-related memorabilia.  This solution would allow the building to be viewed, as well as the collection, which had been stored in the basement storeroom of Fire Station 1.

By August of 1991, the group had been successful in obtaining national recognition for the building by having it placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  A short time later it became the second official City of Elgin Landmark.  By fall of 1991 the Museum Board had incorporated and by-laws, as well as a museum policy had been adopted.  The main focus of the group had shifted from saving the Fire Barn to organizing into a viable museum.  The Board has taken on the role of administrator and operator of the Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum.

The board is representative of the grass-roots support that began over 20 years ago.  With the onset of Corporate fundraising it is the hope that the enthusiasm will be contagious and the Fire Barn No. 5 Museum will thrive.

Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery is a custom tattoo shop located in the heart of downtown Elgin, IL. We’re north of the Grand Victoria Casino & Riverside Park on the east side of the river across from Dogs Paw Brewery. We’re a licensed professional tattoo shop who takes great pride in our clean, friendly, and laid back environment. Our goal is that each and every client will enjoy a friendly, relaxing, and safe experience, while walking away with an amazing tattoo.
We welcome you to stop in, chat with our artists, and check out the original paintings on the walls. And Yes, they are for sale! We also sell art prints of our original paintings, unique jewelry, t-shirts designed by our artist Jose Manuel, Folk art from Mexico, fun stickers, and other cool stuff. Walk-ins are welcome! Hablamos Espanol !!

Gail Borden Public Library is not only the third largest library building in Illinois but is also known as the community center. The library is known for bringing in museum exhibits such as SuperCroc and Lego Architecture. What will they do next?

Get ready for a deep sea adventure from the moment you walk into Gail Borden Public Library. The Extreme Deep exhibit will help you explore the bottom of the ocean. Families will enjoy an interactive exhibit where they can take their photo with jellyfish, drive the Robot Art and build a 3D high-tech submersible.

Gail Borden Public Library is the perfect spot for families to stop for a break while out exploring the Fox River Bike Trail. Take a break where you can grab some water, purchase food from In The Neighborhood Fresh and cool off.

New American cuisine is our fusion of cuisine which assimilates flavors from the melting pot of traditional American cooking techniques.

On the second floor, we have an amazing venue space for larger gatherings such as trendy rustic weddings, dinners, lunches, dances, concerts or social gatherings complete with its’ own private bar, large balcony overlooking the pond, stage for live music or shows and can accommodate over 100-250 guests.

If you would like help planning a wedding in the Elgin Area please contact the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 217-5362, email Wendi@ExploreElginArea.com or complete our form to request more information

Get in on the action! With hot new games, a cool new look and awesome cash prizes, it’s all aboard for excitement! We’re Rockin’ the Boat!

Perched atop the spectacular Fox River, Grand Victoria Casino boasts over 1,100 exciting slots, a countless variety of Vegas-style table games, acclaimed gaming promotions and giveaways, four extraordinary restaurants, including award-winning Buckinghams, and unparalleled customer service. It all makes Grand Victoria Casino the best gaming, dining, and entertainment destination in all of Chicagoland.

Every summer the Grand Victoria Casino puts together a summer line-up that has visitors coming from near and far. Here is the 2017 schedule of concerts and events. More information will be released as it is made available.

July 1st – Gretchen Wilson with The Loving Mary Band and Charlie Daniels Band with Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys

July 22nd – 3 Doors Down plus Filter plus 7th Heaven

August 19th – Yestival-A Full Festival Experience

September 3rd – Belinda Carlisle and Smash Mouth and The Motels with Martha Davis and Bow Wow Wow

All concert and ticket information can be found here. 

Check out the Elgin Area CVB’s blog post about preparing to attend the Summer Concert Series. Here is the link.

Discover suburban Chicago attractions and when you are ready to relax, return to the Hampton Inn Elgin and find everything you’ll need for a successful stay near Chicago. Unwind in our inviting lobby with soft sofa seating and check email on your laptop with free WiFi throughout the hotel. Sip on the perfect cup of coffee or tea from our free, 24-hour beverage station. Enjoy a choice of thoughtful amenities at our Elgin, IL hotel including Hampton’s free hot breakfast, served fresh daily. Even if you’re in a rush, don’t miss the most important meal of the day. On your way out, simply grab one of our free Hampton On the Run

Heartland Voices consists of professional and professionally trained singers from the greater Northern Illinois area who are committed to excellence in choral music performance.

Formed in 1999, this critically acclaimed ensemble came together to expand their love of music, to perform challenging and diverse literature, to offer their talents as guest artists for symphonies and other organizations, and to establish a strong community service component with an emphasis on educational outreach programming. They have been regularly featured as guest artists for the Illinois Chamber Symphony and the DuPage Opera Theatre.

Heartland Voices has performed at weddings, masses, nursing homes, local schools, and has joined with the Community Crisis Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, Mother Goose, the Resident Police of Elgin, Sherman Health Systems and the Larkin Center for community service projects. In October 2001, Heartland Voices was honored to join an elite number of ensembles when they performed for the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Director’s association, and were honored with an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2002.

Now in their seventeenth season, Heartland Voices continues to expand their repertoire and their love of music, while striving to set the highest standard for performance and professionalism.

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.

The primary mission of the Illinois Railway Museum shall be to educate the public as to our nation’s railroad and railway history, by:

* Collecting, preserving, and restoring rolling stock; artifacts, structures, and related transportation equipment for display to the public;

* Exhibiting the operation restored rolling stock and equipment on a demonstration rail line; and

* Collecting, preserving, and maintaining a reference library of publications, drawings, technical information, and other materials regarding railroads, railways, and related forms of transportation for research and other purposes.

Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Judson offers degrees in more than 50 different majors/minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students. Judson University ranks consistently among the Top-Tier of Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that will shape the world. During our academic year, Judson provides chapel for our community at 10 a.m. in Herrick Chapel Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These events are free and open to the public. Each year Judson hosts concerts, recitals, plays, lectures and art galleries from renowned artists and architects on campus for our students. These events are typically open to the public and admission fees and registration may be required. Judson also is home to the World Leaders Forum, an annual event that brings global world leads in the spring. During the school year, Judson offers music lessons to younger students through the Fox Valley Community Music School. During the summer, special sports camps and a music camp are available for area youth.

Marcus Theatres vision is to “Create Magical Movie Memories” by exceeding guest expectations in everything we do. Marcus Theatres provides a memorable out-of-home experience at the finest theatres in America, featuring the best motion picture presentation and personal, fast friendly service, all at the best entertainment value.

Martini Room in Elgin is the premier lounge – nightclub and entertainment venue in the northwest suburbs. We offer a unique Chicago-style lounge atmosphere with a friendly staff, great martinis and fabulous customers! Of course, Martini Room is known for great martinis and an intimate atmosphere. Our menu features more than 50 martinis, which combine to create the best top-to-bottom martini menu in all of Chicagoland. Our atmosphere is defined by comfortable couches, brick walls, and ever-changing art that is always for sale. On weekends, we feature DJ entertainment spinning the best dance music from the 70’s to today.

Designed in 1950 by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime. Initially built for Robert and Elizabeth Muirhead, the 3,200 sq. ft. Farmhouse is an excellent example of Wright’s Usonian architecture using Chicago common brick, concrete flooring with radiant heat and large window walls.

Panic Escape Room is more than just a game of logic; it’s a collaborative problem-solving experience. Sure, there are certainly portions of the game that will require the use of puzzle-cracking strategies, but it is the way the team works together that saves precious time on the clock. A team of puzzle masters will not necessarily translate to success – you need to be a team that works together!

Downtown Elgin’s exclusive boxing gym provides training in Olympic style boxing, as well as Insanity, Yoga, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Strength & Conditioning and Personal Training. With programs designed for men, women and children of all fitness levels, everyone will experience an unmatched workout while perfecting their fighting skills.

Our home is in a great place that dates back to 1855.  You are always welcome at River Trading Post, to browse, to relax and read and to enjoy a cup of Cowboy Coffee.  And, of course, to enjoy one of the finest collections of Native American art anywhere in the Chicagoland area.

You might enjoy spending some quiet time in our upstairs gallery looking at the images of some of the finest photographers around, including our Edward Curtis collection.  And maybe you’ll find yourself thumbing through one of the many books in our Native American library.

Enjoy a concert at the Fox Valley’s newest event venue! Located in downtown West Dundee there are plenty of local restaurants to grab a bite to eat before the show.

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The Lab at Side Street Studio Arts is a shared artist space.

Provides educational and creative resources and an accessible space, run by artists. Side Street’s mission is to support the artist and artistic journey through collaboration.  An intimate performance space, perfect for event rentals, additional gallery space, and so much more.  Side Street Studio Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization encouraging the artistic process in Elgin from creation to curation. SSSA has proved itself to be an artistic, cultural, and social beacon for Elgin and beyond.

swell Gallery is an event’s based art gallery in historic downtown,West Dundee. We put on a handful of artisan markets and fine art exhibitions each year. Visit our website for information on recent and upcoming shows.

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 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 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.

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 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

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