No plans yet for the weekend? How about a night out on the town Friday, Aug. 12.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin is having its annual Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl as visitors move from one bar to the next starting at 8 p.m.
If you goWhat: Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl for those 21 and older
Where: Afterset, Douglas Street Sports Pub, Elgin Public House, Gasthaus, La Puesta Del Sol, Martini Room, Medusa's and Villa Verone, all in downtown Elgin
When: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday
How much: $10 admission; drink prices and specials vary from location
For information: Contact the Downtown Neighborhood Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 488-1456
Last year, between 1,000 and 1,500 people attended the crawl, said Jason Pawlowski, the association's promotions coordinator.
The pub crawl will feature eight bars, down from 10 last year, as the other two locations went out of business in the past year. Each bar will offer different specials and promotions. For a $10 donation at the door, visitors also will be entered into a raffle for a grand prize of $500.
People who visit at least five of the eight bars will receive a second raffle ticket into the grand prize drawing. Each bar also will offer its own separate raffle prizes for $1 each.
Lesley LaRock, manager of Elgin Public House, said the crawl is a great event that fully captures the revitalized downtown area at its best. Elgin Public House has participated in the crawl since its beginning.
"It is a lot of people just having fun and having a great time out," LaRock said.
Donations benefit the DNA, an organization vital to the continued development of downtown Elgin. The crawl, Pawlowski said, has been effective in raising money.
"I think we have found a model that works well for us," he said.
Despite the large number of attendees, Pawlowski said the crowds were well behaved.
Sue Olafson, Elgin Police public safety communication official, said no extra officers are deployed into the downtown streets on pub crawl night. The Elgin Police Department does advise any motorists in the area that evening to be on the lookout for an increase in pedestrian traffic.
"Everything is incorporated through the normal downtown detail we normally provide," Olafson said.
Participants can now start at any of the eight bars, easing the flow of traffic from one location to the next and, Pawlowski said, "(it) enables people to start at their favorite place and just go on from there."
Each visitor will be given a route to follow from the first stop onward. Local musicians will be entertaining the crowds along various street corners downtown.
In the event of a rainout, the pub crawl will be held Saturday.