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Elgin Public Museum

  1. Mammals of May Science Night

    May 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elgin Public Museum

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  2. Bison Feeding in Lords Park

    May 28, 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM @ Elgin Public Museum

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Hemmens Events

  1. Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents Season Finale: Bernstein & Mahler

    May 1, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Andrew Grams, conductor Laura Wild, soprano Bernstein – Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” Mahler – Symphony No. 4 This season closes with works by two titans: Bernstein and Mahler! Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 retells the story of Jeremiah the Prophet with musical anguish and ancient Hebrew text. The Mahler ends with the vision of a child’s description of Heaven – leaving you with a feeling of peace and tranquility. ESO welcomes Lyric Opera Rising Star Laura Wilde for her debut on the Hemmens stage.

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  2. Private Event ~ Entire Building

    May 2, 3:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  3. Private Event ~ Entire Building

    May 3, 3:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  4. Private Event ~ Entire Building

    May 4, 3:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  5. Attorney Admissions Ceremony

    May 5, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    General Admission. Non-ticketed.

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  6. Private Event ~ Entire Building

    May 5, 3:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  7. Bataille Academie of Danse ~ Recital

    May 6, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  8. Bataille Academie of Danse ~ Recital

    May 7, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  9. Bataille Academie of Danse ~ Recital

    May 7, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  10. Happy Mother's Day!

    May 8, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  11. Bataille Academie of Danse ~ Recital

    May 8, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  12. Private Event ~ Main Stage Theatre

    May 9, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  13. Private Event ~ Main Stage Theatre

    May 10, 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  14. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 10, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  15. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 11, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  16. District 300 Orchestra Concert

    May 11, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  17. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 12, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  18. The Ballet Box ~ Recital

    May 13, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Trinkets and such available in the lobby for purchase before and during show. The lobby will open at 6pm for this event for patrons and dancers alike.

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  19. First Fridays Improv with GreenRoom Productions 2016 on the 2nd Friday this month!

    May 13, 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM @ The Hemmens Cultural Center Theatre in the Round

    Just trying to keep you on your toes! It's true, First Friday Improv is actually 2nd Friday Improv this month. They have one more week of life experience, and wacky ideas to add to the mix! 100% clean. 99.27% hilarious. 90 minutes of complete improvisation a la "Whose Line Is It Anyway". With competing teams, live music and a cash bar who knows what the night will hold. Great fun for all ages! General Admission.

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  20. Private Event ~ Entire Building

    May 14, 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  21. 40th Anniversary Season Finale Gala Concerts: City of Time presented by the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

    May 15, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    We bring the 40th Anniversary season to a close at Elgin’s beautiful Hemmens Cultural Center, downtown on the Fox river. Two gala concerts at 3pm and 7pm feature our nine incredible ensembles and how far we’ve come in 40 years.

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  22. 40th Anniversary Season Finale Gala Concerts: City of Time presented by the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

    May 15, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    We bring the 40th Anniversary season to a close at Elgin’s beautiful Hemmens Cultural Center, downtown on the Fox river. Two gala concerts at 3pm and 7pm feature our nine incredible ensembles and how far we’ve come in 40 years.

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  23. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 16, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  24. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 17, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  25. Private Event ~ Main Stage Theatre

    May 18, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  26. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 18, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  27. The Centre of Elgin Pre-school Graduation

    May 18, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  28. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 19, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  29. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 20, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  30. Mrs. Illinois Competition

    May 20, 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Contestants and audience members wanted!

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  31. Private Event ~ Main Stage Theatre

    May 21, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  32. Sherwood School of Ballet ~ Recital

    May 22, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  33. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 23, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  34. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 24, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  35. Cultural Arts Night presented be Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association

    May 24, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

    Come out and see what amazing talents the NISRA members have. It's a great showcase of talent and a wonderful way to support the NISRA performers. It is a truly inspiring event!

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  36. Private Event ~ Main Stage Theatre

    May 25, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  37. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 25, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  38. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 26, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  39. Streamwood Park District ~ Recital

    May 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  40. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 27, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  41. Tony Roberts and Ray Lapowski Stand-Up Comedy Show

    May 27, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ The Hemmens Cultural Center

    Cash Bar (no ATM onsite though...)

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  42. Mar Ray Dance Studio ~ Recital

    May 28, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  43. Mar Ray Dance Studio ~ Recital

    May 28, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  44. Mar Ray Dance Studio ~ Recital

    May 29, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  45. Happy Memorial Day!~ Closed

    May 30, All Day @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  46. Private Event ~ Exhibition Hall

    May 31, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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  47. Private Event ~ Main Stage Theatre

    May 31, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Hemmens Cultural Center

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Police Events

  1. Neighborhood Watch Group Meeting

    May 3, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Training Room

    Elgin has 140 Neighborhood Watch Groups. Neighborhood Watch Groups are the eyes and the ears of the community. All groups have a Block Captain. Block Captains, along with neighbors, are encouraged to become actively involved in crime prevention efforts, as well as the important process of information exchange between neighbors and the police department. Block Captains receive periodic newsletters providing crime tips and updates.

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  2. Chief's Monthly Community Meeting

    May 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Elgin Police Department North Community Room

    Meet with Chief Jeff Swoboda and talk about community issues.

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Preservation Month

  1. Elgin's 26th Annual Mayor's Awards

    May 3, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ The Haight

    Elgin Heritage Commission and the Downtown Neighborhood Association are the hosts for the 2016 Mayor’s Awards and will honor outstanding contributors to Elgin’s heritage. Honorees have demonstrated their dedication to older architecture, neighborhoods and history. Sponsored by the Elgin Heritage Commission and Downtown Neighborhood Association.

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  2. Planetarium Public Shows

    May 6, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM @ Elgin National Watch Company Observatory

    Two 1-hour presentations will include a sky show plus an in depth history of the Observatory and the Elgin National Watch Company. Self-guided tours will be available before and after both shows. Visitors will be able to tour the building before the presentation.

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  3. Fire Department Memorial Service

    May 7, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Elgin Fire Barn No.5

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  4. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebration

    May 7, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Gail Borden Public Library, Meadows Community Rooms A-B-C

    Celebrate the wonderful Asian-Pacific cultures through our local dancers, singers and presenters and immerse yourself in the array of beautiful tapestries, clothing, music, food and books that will take you far away and close to home.

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  5. Downtown Commercial Historic District Walking Tour with Jerry Turnquist

    May 9, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Parking Lot, Corner of S. Grove Avenue and Prairie Street

    Learn more about the variety of buildings in this newly established National Register Historic District in this leisurely paced 90 minute walk. Sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association this tour will be led by Jerry Turnquist. Meet at the city parking lot at the corner of So Grove Ave and Prairie Street.

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  6. Elgin Police Department Memorial Service

    May 11, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM @ Elgin Police Department

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  7. Mammals of May Science Night

    May 13, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Elgin Public Museum

    Curious about the natural world around you? Why not investigate the huge group we humans belong to – mammals! Experiments and demonstrations for kids and their families will be set up at different stations throughout the Museum. Find out what makes a mammal a mammal; Use their skulls, bones and hides to find their place in the animal kingdom; Test out your athletic prowess in Mammal Olympics and see how you match up against kangaroos and blue whales; And learn about the smallest, largest, oddest, and everything in between! No registration required.

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  8. Candle Light Museum Tour

    May 13, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Elgin History Museum

    Bring your friends and family and see the museum in a whole new light as a guide takes you through the museum stopping at spots to point out features you may have never noticed.

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  9. Walking Tour Elgin Mental Health Center Cemetery

    May 14, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Meet at The Grumpy Goat Restaurant parking lot in the Elgin Sports Complex

    The EMHC cemetery is more than a burial ground. It is an artifact of a by-gone era's social safety net and healthcare policy. Tour this little location with Elgin Mental Health Center historian Bill Briska.

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  10. Tour Bertrand Goldberg’s Laundry Building, Elgin Mental Health Center

    May 14, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Meet at the corner of Sports Way and Elgin Mental Hospital Drive, near Lawrence Hall Youth Services. For directions, please contact Christen Sundquist @ 847-931-6004.

    Join Elgin Mental Health Center historian, Bill Briska, and Association for Preservation Technology- Western Great Lakes Chapter for a technical review of Bertrand Goldberg’s Laundry Building located on the Elgin Mental Health Center Campus. This review will include a brief history of the Mental Health Center as well as an overview of condition of the structural system, exterior envelope and interior of the building that was conducted by Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates.

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  11. Continuing the Heritage, Friends of Lords Park Zoo

    May 14, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Lords Park-Farm Animal Zoo Area

    In unique and historic Lords Park, come see the bison, elk, and deer while we celebrate the June 4th reopening of the Lords Park Farm Animal Zoo. Because animals have been a part of Lords Park for over 120 years, we will be celebrating their heritage with free popcorn & bottled water, washable animal tattoos, give-aways, fire engine display, etc. Come learn the dates and times of the many family programs which will be presented in the farm zoo area this summer. Joining us will be other iconic Elgin Organizations ( Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin Public Museum, Elgin Historical Society, Fire Barn Museum, Izaak Walton League, Hanover Township and Elgin Parks and Recreation) who will also be providing information regarding their organizations and programs.

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  12. Guided Bicycle Tour – Main Order Homes in the Northeast Neighborhood

    May 14, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM @ 903 Cedar Avenue, one of Elgin’s new Bungalow District Homes

    Grab your bikes and get ready to admire some of northeast Elgin's many mail order kit homes. The Northeast Neighborhood Association area is one of the four Elgin neighborhoods where kit homes were most popular. We will see homes from not only Sears, but also Wards, Gordon-Van Tine, Aladdin and Harris Brothers. The tour is led by architectural historian and mail order home expert Rebecca Hunter.

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  13. Elgin Alive—Remarkable Women of Elgin’s Past

    May 17, 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM @ Gail Borden Public Library, Meadows Comm. Rooms A/B

    A follow-up to a program a year ago, this presentation will take a further look at some of the women and women’s groups that have shaped the city’s past. Included will be a look at some notable women who have passed through the city, contributions of women during World War II and some of the women who have set local records. Presented by Jerry Turnquist of the Elgin History Museum.

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  14. A Guide to Elgin’s Bungalows— Informational Panel Discussion

    May 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Elgin History Museum

    Join the Neighborhood Housing Services of the Fox Valley, the City of Elgin, the Elgin History Museum and local historians for an informational panel about Elgin’s Bungalows. This panel will explain and discuss the characteristics of a bungalow, how your bungalow can be a part of the Elgin Bungalow Thematic Historic District, an overview of architectural rehabilitation grants available to bungalows in that district as well as NHS of the Fox Valley Home Improvement loans and the State of Illinois Property Tax Assessment Freeze benefits.

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  15. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Preservation of the Nancy Kimball Home

    May 19, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Elgin History Museum

    To kick off Preservation Month local preservationists and Elgin History Museum staff will speak about the latest preservation effort in Elgin at the Nancy Kimball home located at 302 W. Chicago Street. The discussion will center around a brief history of the house, the project milestones and future vision for how the house will be used to serve the community. This program will be insightful for all those interested in this historic buildings in Elgin and curious about local preservation efforts.

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  16. Adaptive Reuse in Historic Preservation with Rebecca Hunter

    May 19, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Gail Borden Public Library

    Rather than demolish a significant structure, preservationists much prefer alternatives such as restoration of original exterior features and adaptation of the interior for a different purpose. Thus, an old firehouse can become, for example, a residence, a museum, or a commercial building. This is known as adaptive reuse. We will explore how buildings can be adapted, and see examples of successfully repurposed historical structures. Come hear the latest updates on the future of the Elgin Tower Building.

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  17. The Doughboy Statue Repair Event

    May 20, 9:00 AM @ Memorial Park (previously named Davidson Park), corner of Villa and Prairie Streets

    Everyone is invited to watch Dave Reich, head of the ECC Welding Department, repair the 1922 statue that was funded by Elgin citizens to commemorate those who fought in World War One.

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  18. 11th Annual Bowl for Preservation Event

    May 20, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM @ Elgin Lanes (Must enter off of Fleetwood from the east)

    The admission price includes door prize raffle ticket, dinner, shoe rental, and up to 3 games of bowling. $15 for dinner only. Join ABODE for retro fun to raise funds supporting historic preservation activities in Elgin

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  19. Guided Bicycle Tour: Elgin’s East Side

    May 21, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Lords Park-Elgin Public Museum

    Twist and turn your way through historic neighborhoods and parks and past historic sites on Elgin’s east side.

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  20. Guided Bicycle Tour: Elgin’s West Side

    May 26, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Wing Park Golf Course-Parking Lot

    Twist and turn your way through historic neighborhoods and parks and past historic sites on Elgin’s west side.

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  21. Bison Feeding in Lords Park, Friends of the Lords Park Zoo

    May 28, 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM @ Lords Park-Farm Animal Zoo Area

    Join us for an up close and personal look at the bison, deer and elk at the Lords Park Zoo. Meet at the Museum for a short introduction after which we head for the zoo to assist the zookeeper in feeding these magnificent creatures. Space is limited to 12 people, so please register early! Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Lords Park Zoo.

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  22. Memorial Day at Bluff City Cemetery

    May 30, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bluff City Cemetery

    An Elgin tradition since 1868, this year’s program will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a keynote address by Lieutenant Adrienne Benton, staff chaplain from Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Local veterans who served during World War II will also be recognized.

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Public Meetings

  1. Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

    May 2, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall

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  2. Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

    May 3, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Centre

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  3. Human Relations Commission

    May 3, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ City Hall

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  4. Heritage Commission

    May 3, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall

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  5. Elgin Liquor Control Commission

    May 4, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ City Hall, Second Floor Conference Room, South Wing

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  6. City Council Meeting

    May 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall, City Council Chambers

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  7. Special Committee of the Whole Meeting

    May 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ The Centre Heritage Ballroom

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  8. Cultural Arts Commission

    May 9, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall

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  9. Sustainabilty Commission

    May 10, 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM @ City Hall

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  10. Walk with the Mayor

    May 18, 6:30 PM @ Gifford School Neighborhood

    Meet at Gifford School. Walk lasts about 45 minutes.

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  11. Image Advisory Commission

    May 23, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall

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  12. Strategic Plan Advisory Commission Meeting

    May 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room, South Tower

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  13. City Council Meeting

    May 25, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ City Hall, City Council Chambers

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  14. Parks and Recreation Board Meeting

    May 31, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ The Centre

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Special Events & Elgin Art Showcase

  1. May is National Bike Month: Bike to School Day

    May 4, All Day @ Ride or walk to school with your kids. For information and advice, go to: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

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  2. May is National Bike Month: CycloFemme Ride

    May 8, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Meet in the north parking lot at the Gail Borden Public Library at 4:00 PM.

    Join BPAC on a Mother’s Daybike ride on the Fox River Trail. A special treat for the first 50 ladies to show up! Learn more about this international event at http://cyclofemme.com/

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  3. Discover Elgin Realtor Tour

    May 11, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Check In; Highland Woods Owners Club

    This spring, we invite REALTORS to discover Elgin's diverse housing stock, unique neighborhoods and unparalleled quality of life amenities.

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  4. May is National Bike Month: Elgin Cycling Classic

    May 14, All Day @ Elgin Cycling Classic – A full day of bike racing through the neighborhoods next to beautiful Lord’s Park. Details pending.

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  5. Public Works Open House

    May 14, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Public Works

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  6. May is National Bike Month: Bike to Work Week/Bicycle Safety Week

    May 16 - May 20

    Don’t just bike to work on Friday, do it every day! Here’s how … http://bikeleague.org/content/ commuting. Test your knowledge of the laws and safety techniques governing roadway interactions between motor vehicles and bicycles. Take the Bicycle Safety Quiz at http://rideillinois.org/ safety/bike-safety-quiz/ .

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  7. Elgin Alive Series: Remarkable Women of Elgin's Past

    May 17, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Gail Borden Public Library, Meadows Community Rooms A and B

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  8. May is National Bike Month: Bike to Work Day

    May 20, All Day

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  9. May is National Bike Month: Guided Bicycle Tour: Elgin’s East Side

    May 21, All Day @ Meet at the Lord’s Park Museum at 1:00 PM.

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  10. May is National Bike Month: Guided Bicycle Tour: Elgin’s West Side

    May 26, All Day @ Meet at the Wing Park Golf Course parking lot at 6:00 PM.

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  11. 39th Annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot

    May 28, 7:30 AM @ Intersection of Kimball & Douglas

    For more information log onto: www.cityofelgin.org/foxtrot or call 847-531-7056.

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  12. May is National Bike Month: Bike the Drive

    May 29, All Day @ Don’t miss the best car-free ride on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. For more information, go to: http://bikethedrive.org

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