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Shoe Carnival comes to South Elgin

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  • Shoe Carnival has opened a new location on Randall Road in South Elgin near Kohl's and TJ Maxx.

      Shoe Carnival has opened a new location on Randall Road in South Elgin near Kohl's and TJ Maxx.
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A new shoe store has joined the Randall Road corridor.

Shoe Carnival now is open in South Elgin at 354 Randall Road in South Elgin.

The store opened earlier this month in the Shops at South Elgin, next to TJ Maxx.

Inside you'll find shoes and accessories for children through adults.

There are more than 350 Shoe Carnival stores throughout the country.

One of those stores is also along the Randall Road corridor. It is at 820 S. Randall in Algonquin, in the Oakridge Court shopping plaza.

"We are excited to add another Shoe Carnival location in the Chicago market. Shoe Carnival is known for our one-of-a-kind shopping experience, unbelievable product assortment and unique atmosphere, which creates a customer-focused way to shop for shoes," said Todd Beurman, Shoe Carnival's senior vice president of marketing.

Live Entertainment: In addition to the food and drink at Claddagh Irish Pub and Restaurant along Randall Road in Geneva, you'll also find entertainment.

The restaurant and pub has a full lineup of live music for March and beyond.

Every Saturday night from 8 to 11 p.m. you can hear tunes live at the restaurant.

On March 23, you'll get to hear Brandon Weber. The Exception will appear on March 30.

In addition to the live music, the restaurant and pub also has other weekly entertainment planned for patrons.

Every Wednesday night is open mic night.

If you want to show off your talent, you can stop in between 7 and 11 p.m. on Wednesdays. And if you'd rather just listen than perform, you will find many local performers who brave the stage each Wednesday, showing off whatever their talent may be.

The fun continues on Thursday nights, when the Claddagh has more entertainment planned for patrons.

That night you will find Pub Trivia from 8 to 10 p.m.

It is free for teams to play in the trivia challenge. And winners will get prizes on Pub Trivia night.

Their theme for the night for is, "You don't have to be a genius, you just have to be smarter than the next team."

Socrates Café: If you're looking to talk about more than the latest celebrity gossip, you can meet with others at the local Barnes and Nobel along Randall Road in Geneva.

The store, at 102 Commons Drive, hosts Socrates Café a couple of times a month.

The next time the Socrates Café group meets is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

You can meet in the Barnes and Noble Café for lively philosophical discussion.

The topics change, but no matter what the group is talking about, the public is welcome to join in the conversation.

The group meets again April 3, and then again April 17. While dates may change, the group usually meets every other Wednesday of the month.

Amy Williams' column covers all the news of business along the Randall Road corridor from Batavia to Crystal Lake. Contact her at or (847) 894-5036.

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