Art Pop-Up Comes to Downtown Alley

Get ready to experience local art in the most unexpected venue. Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) invites you to a one-night takeover and transformation of a boring downtown alley into a big city art club. The Art Alley Pop-Up takes place on Thursday, June 29 from 5-9 pm. Enjoy art, syncopated music and light show, an interactive mural, plus appetizers by Augie’s Front Burner and Floyd’s Thirst Parlor beverages!

Tickets are $15 at the door, which include admission and appetizers with proceeds benefiting downtown revitalization. All ages are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Our first ever alley party in the alley between the Reisch Building & the Old Town Mall between 4th & 5th Streets, just west of the Old State Capitol.

This event is made possible with partnership from Springfield Art Association and generous support from Neuhoff Media, Solomon Colors, AARP Illinois, Crawford Murphy and Tilly, Don Smith Paints and PPG Paints.

A music and light show will be produced in coordination by Neuhoff and Chicago light artist Brandon Mojica of ProSource. Art Alley will include a paint by colors mural for event goers to leave there own mark downtown. The south wall will feature 30+ local hanging art pieces with the north wall comprising of two larger scale murals by local artists Laura Zuniga and Immanuel Ahiable.

You can score free admission by serving as a volunteer for this event. Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

 

Laura Zuniga is ART BY ZUNIGA.  She is an emerging artist currently residing in Springfield, IL.  Zuniga attended Benedictine University in Springfield. She completed her Bachelor’s in Studio Arts at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.  Zuniga is a museum full of potential art projects that hopes will open people’s eyes.  She looks to bring many more creations that will tell stories and be appreciated by individuals who admire art just as much as she does.  Her mural Lion Chaser was inspired by Chase the Lion, a book about pursuing your dreams, given to her by a close friend who believes in her dreams as an artist.  The book is about going after your dreams.

”It inspired me and gave me the courage to pursue what God has placed in my heart,” Zuniga says. “Since I came to Springfield in the summer of ’08, it has always been a dream of mine to paint a mural downtown. The mural depicts this opportunity that I was blessed with and I hope that it will encourage other generations to do the same, to chase their lion.”

Immanuel Ahiable, a new exhibiting member at the SAA Collective gallery in Springfield, has incorporated visual art into his life. His mural, In Loving Memory, is inspired by the recent passing of his grandfather and his families roots in Ghana, West Africa. His passing brought new perspective to Ahiable’s life. The mural prominently featured the words of If a poem by Rudyard Kipling.

“Ever since the age of 4, and even before as a young boy who had just moved to the US, I always had a strong desire to create,” says Ahiable. “Visual arts always had a certain consistency in my life. It made sense to me that that this was my way of communication. I will use it to make the most beneficial impact on the world that I live in.”

Zuniga and Ahiables work has already in progress on the alley walls…So if you love art, murals, experiences, downtown or just want a big city feel for one night, drop in after work and kick-off the Fourth of July weekend in a new unique hip way!

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th – and his relationship to Downtown

Downtown Springfield is super lucky to be chock-full of history and significant historical buildings — including the Dana Thomas House at 4th and Cook.  It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, whom some consider America’s finest architect of all time. The Dana Thomas House Foundation and Springfield Historic Sites staff are giving you multiple opportunities to celebrate the great architect’s birthday this month (It is tomorrow, June 8!). Plus DSI is dedicating the most recent mural in our ARTification Public Art Project – which pays homage to Wright and his Dana Thomas designs in a big way, this month.

The Dana Thomas House is located at 301 E Lawrence Ave. Tours are available 9 AM – 4 PM, Wed-Sun, 10 AM – 2 PM Mondays and Tuesdays. All of these events listed above the ** line take place at the House.

Thursday, June 8 – THE BIG DAY
Enjoy refreshments in the Sumac Shop; Take a birthday photo with Frank Lloyd Wright; Now available, all new Wright in Springfield 2018 Calendar.

Friday, June 9, 10:15 AM and 1:15 PM Tour: Wright Concepts
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Saturday, June 10, 1:15 PM NEW Tour: The Restoration of the Dana-Thomas House
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Saturday, June 10, 6 PM Concert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Words and Music — Join acclaimed musicians David Cain and Larry Gray for an exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy through music and words.
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Saturday, June 24, 1:15 PM NEW Tour: The Restoration of the Dana-Thomas House
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

Sunday June 25, 11:15 AM and 1:15 PM NEW Tour: Animals and Architects — Designed for families. Animals and Architects is a 30 minute tour that will begin with an activity in the courtyard and explore representations of animals inside the house.
All events are free however reservations are required and donations are suggested. Contact the House at 217-782-6776 for concert and tour reservations.

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Thursday, June 22 from 4-5 pm
Join DSI for the Public Dedication of the Frank Lloyd Wright window mural on the back of the building at 5th and Monroe. Say you’ll be there on Facebook>

“Prairie Sumac,” painted by Springfield artist Troy Freeman, is from a Frank Lloyd Wright window design that can be seen locally at the Dana-Thomas House. Thanks to the City of Springfield, sponsorship from AIA Illinois, building owner Curtis Tillett, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for making this mural a reality.

The Man Behind the Mail

Everybody knows OJ, the mail carrier for the Old State Capitol Route! But how MUCH do you know about OJ?

Harry Crowder AKA “OJ” delivers mail and packages to many of us in the downtown area. But mail is not all he brings with him — we are also the daily recipients of his generous and warm spirit! No matter what kind of day one has, OJ’s standard good mood is sure to brighten it. With his big smile, warm heart, and listening ear he is always a joy to see.

OJ was born and raised in Chatham, and graduated from Chatham High School in 1990. He got his nickname from his Mom, who didn’t want to have him come running every time she yelled for his Dad, who he shares his first name with.

From Chatham, he went on to join the Air Force, where he worked as a Fuel Systems Specialist. When his Air Force base closed in 1992, he decided to join the postal service. That means that OJ has worked for USPS for 24 years. During that time, he has been gifted with three children; Jordan 23, Kaitlyn 20, and Braiden 14.

OJ also is the proud bearer of a bowling record that still stands six years later: 34 out of 36 strikes during a game at Laketown Lanes for a score of 886.

What does OJ like most about downtown Springfield? It’s definitely the festivals. One event, especially, holds a special place in his heart: Old Capitol Blues and BBQ (which DSI ran for many years). OJ was there at the very first Blues & BBQ Festival in 2004 to cook up some delicious barbeque. You can still find him at several downtown festivals, volunteering to serve you a cold one at the beer truck.

OJ also loves downtown during the Christmas holidays and is a fan of too many local eateries and bars to mention. “I’d like to see more growth in local tourism, and hope that word will continue to spread about all that downtown Springfield has to offer,” he says with a grin.

DSI’s Downtown Architectural Walking Tour

Lincoln’s law office was in this building above the Tinsley Grocery Store.

DSI’s popular and free architecture walking tour will fascinate people of all ages. The 1-1/2 hour walk is led by Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, who discusses downtown Springfield’s architectural styles, materials, and treatments. Rubano also points out design successes and areas for improvement along the way in an entertaining presentation that covers six different areas of downtown over the course of the season. Just as nice, a downtown establishment hosts the tour participants for a complimentary reception at the end of the walk. Cheers to that!

Thanks to the Illinois Realtors for being our 2017 season sponsor!

When: 5:30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of the month, May-October

Where: Meet at the Lincoln family statutes on the southeast corner of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site EXCEPT FOR JULY* when participants should meet at 2nd and Capitol in front of the Lincoln Statue.

Details on the rest of the 2017 season:

June 3: (South on 6th)

  • historic Tinsley Dry Goods
  • Maldaner’s Restaurant
  • Booth and Ferguson Buildings
  • Firestone
  • Hoogland Center for the Arts

Reception: Obed and Isaac’s

The August reception will be held at the renovated headquarters of the state’s American Institute of Architects association.

*July 5: (Capitol Campus)

  • New State Capitol
  • State Armory
  • Supreme Court
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Centennial Building

Reception: Pasfield House (ice cream!)

August 2: (West on Washington)

  • West on Adams/Plaza
  • North on 5th/ Myers and Broadwell
  • West on Washington/ St. Nick Apartments
  • 3rd Street Train Station

Reception: AIA Illinois

September 6: (West on Adams)

  • Kidzeum in former Schnepp and Barnes Printing
  • 400 Block of Adams
  • Sangamo Club
  • State House Inn

Reception: Arlington’s

October 4: (South on 5th)

  • former Herndon’s Department Store
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Jackson Street
  • AT&T Building

Reception: The Pharmacy

 

 

All the Female Entrepreneurs

For International Women’s Day, we did a Facebook collage of nine of our female proprietors. The community responded with more names of their favorites, so we decided to make a blog post that encompasses more of Downtown’s #ladybosses. “Who runs the world, GIRLS!”

Jeannie from Wild Rose-PASSIONATE
Address: 115 N. 6th
Contact:(217) 572-1884
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun- Closed

A beautiful artisan boutique filled with handcrafted items and art work by local artists. "We were built on a foundation of friendship and creativity."
Tuyen from Sobi Sushi-CREATIVE


Address:420 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 718-0350
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-2pm; 4pm-9:30pm, Sun-Closed

A unique sushi restaurant with a modern interior. "Take your sushi game to the next level. Sobi it!"
Cassie from Urban Sassafras-COURAGE


Address: 100 N. 6th
Contact: (217) 210-2303
Hours: Mon- Closed, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Closed

A fun whimsical store with a little bit of everything from fine art to delicate vintage pieces. "Each one-of-a-kind artistic piece is created right in the shop in the back studio."
Julie from Daisy Jane's-BRAVE


Address: 424 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 622-7183
Hours: Mon-Closed, Tues-Sat 10:30am-5pm, Sun- Closed

A quaint little store with beautiful handcrafted gifts and art work. "Find fabulous handcrafted gifts for everyone, art, unique home decor, and a little bit of vintage!"
Jenny from Milk and Honey-AUTONOMY


Address: 221-223 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 210-2240
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun-Closed

A fresh market filled with local produce and other grocery items. "Fresh produce and herbs are grown on location in our indoor garden."
Megan from Café Andiamo-UNIQUE


Address: 204 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 523-3262
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm

A coffee house and restaurant with a fun and whimsical interior with friendly staff.
Kendra from Custom Cup-COMPASSIONATE


Address: 321 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 652-7279
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-1pm, Sat 8am-1pm, Sun- Closed

A lovely coffee shop serving fresh roasted coffee. "At Custom Cup, we only roast your order after it is received. Each individual order is unique so roasting only small batches allows us to see the progress and transformation of the coffee."
Linda from Springfield Vintage-SUCCESSFUL


Address: 215 S. 5th
Contact: (217) 652-8413
Hours: Mon-Closed, Tues-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun-Closed

A vintage treasure trove with hidden gems in every corner. "Vintage, Retro, Kitsch! Colorful, Eclectic, Fun!"
Melissa from Your Corner Office-FEARLESS


Address: 427 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 679-4653
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun Closed

"A shared working space that provides resources business professionals can leverage to collaborate, meet with clients, and host productive meetings. This co-working environment is designed to help yield higher productivity while encouraging you to grow personally and professionally."
Rachel from The Roost-COURAGEOUS


Address: 216 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 528-2234
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun- Closed

A fun and trendy artist co-op with loads of handcrafted items and art work by local artists.
Shellie from Dell's Popcorn


Address: 213 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 544-0037
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Closed

A gourmet popcorn shop with many other tasty treats. "Caution: This isn't some mamby pamby popcorn stand!"
Ellen from JP Kelly's


Address: 300 E. Adams
Contact: (217) 753-7933
Hours: Mon-Closed, Tues-Fri 3pm-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun-Closed

An Irish Pub that feels like a real slice of Ireland. "We Proudly Fly The Irish Flag 365 Days A Year!!!"
Alicia from Studio on 6th


Address: 215 S. 6th
Contact: (217) 522-8006
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun-Closed

An original artist co-op with a little bit of everything. From jewelry to artwork and much more! "One-of-a-kind items from more than 60 artists are here."
Trudy from Abe's Old Hat


Address: 111 N. 6th
Contact: (217) 414-3320
Hours: Mon-Tues 11am-5pm, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun-Closed

A store filled with antique royalty! "Abe's Old Hat Antiques and Country Store specializes in quality Americana including Folk Art, Advertising, Civil War, Arts and Crafts, Pottery and Paint."
Dana from Old Capitol Goods and What the Shirt


Address: 2 Old State Capitol Plaza
Contact: (217) 525-1825
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun-Closed

"Stop in to this charming shop for the area's largest collection of Lincoln busts & souvenirs, and home to items from the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition." The store also boasts loads of custom T-shirts that are made right on site!
Sharon from Augie's Front Burner


Address: 109 N. 5th
Contact: (217) 544-6979
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30PM; 5pm-9:30pm, Sat 5pm-9:30pm, Sun-Closed

"Augie’s Front Burner offers a unique dining experience for the adventurous in palate and spirit. Offering a distinctive blend of experiences engaging all senses, diners will be seduced by the sight, smell and taste."
Karen from Conn's Hospitality


Address: 625 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 744-3735
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

"A 4th generational family owned and operated company that specializes in business research and development, historic asset conversions, and operation management of dining facilities, beverage production, specialty fruit and vegetable farming, unique retail outlets, and special events production."
Shandy from Dalliance Salon


Address: 314 E. Adams
Contact: (217) 303-5242
Hours: By Appointment

A beautiful full service salon. "Whether you want to enhance your natural beauty or just escape from the trials of a long day, We offer a retreat tailored to your specific needs."
Heather from Moxi Massage


Address: 107 S. 7th
Contact: (217) 725-6597
Hours: By appointment

"The atmosphere is nothing like what you are used to. How can we describe it? Tranquil, Serene, Quiet, Relaxing, Cozy, a Hidden Gem. Part of the appeal is that we are not a Mega-Salon."
Michelle from Yoga7even


Address: 605 E. Washington
Contact: (303) 882-1225
Hours: Mon-Thurs 7am-7pm, Fri 7am-5pm, 7am-11am, Sun-Closed

"We aim to cultivate peace of mind so each student can find and retain their strength while growing and aging with grace. Yoga is always better....TOGETHER!"
Kari from Kari Bedford


Address: 314 E. Monroe
Contact: (217) 836-5623
Hours: By appointment

"Way beyond "candids," but more alive than traditional portrait photography, her work truly reveals the connection she forges with each client."

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and we are very aware that there are probably quite a few procrastinators out there that are scrambling to find the perfect gift. The good news is, the staff at DSI have made your job easy. Below are a list of the retailers right downtown with some awesome ideas to get your wheels turning.

Whether your significant other is fun and flirty or dark and mysterious, quirky and cool or spunky and playful….WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED! Check out these amazing Valentine’s Day finds, you only have 2 days left. What are you waiting for?

Abe's Old Hat-His:
111 N. 6th Street

Handcrafted Vintage Hat
Abe's Old Hat-Hers:


Handcrafted vintage handkerchiefs
The Cardologist-His:
627 E. Adams Street

Valentine's Day cards-$3.50+
The Cardologist-Hers

Quirky Necklace Duos-$15
Chartruse-His:
229 S. 6th

Handcrafted ceramic and clay guitar-$90 (Call for availability)
Chartruse-Hers:

Lucky clay and ceramic coffee mugs-$25
Daisy Jane's-His:
424 E. Monroe Street

Vintage Record Clocks-$45
Daisy Jane's-Hers:

Bath Bombs-$9
Dell's Popcorn-His:
213 S. 6th Street

Sports Fan Popcorn Gift Baskets-$22+
Dell's Popcorn-Hers:

Popcorn Gift Baskets-$16-$32
Elf Shelf Books and Music-His:
413 E. Adams Street

Music by Nat King Cole & Barry White
Elf Shelf Books and Music-Hers:

Poems by Pablo Neruda & Mary Oliver as well as recipes to send the heart fluttering!
Jade's Far East Emporium-His:
631 E. Adams Street

Saki Set-$19.99
Jade's Far East Emporium-Hers:

Silk Robes-$27.99
Merchant House-His:
625 E. Monroe Street

Wooden Wine Rack-$337.50
Merchant House-Hers:

Soap and Dish Set-$18.75
Salad Spoons-$25
Serving Platter-$25
Milk and Honey-Traditional Dinner Option:
223 S. 6th Street

Milk and Honey bag, 2x ribeye steaks(local),rainbow carrots, 2x baked potatoes, Bunn Gourmet Chocolate Cake and a recipe card- $40
Milk and Honey-Vegiterian Dinner Option:

Milk and Honey bag, spaghetti, organic lemon olive oil, asparagus, mini tiramisu, cannoli, parmesan cheese and a recipe card-$40

Vegan Dinner Option:

Milk and Honey bag, mushrooms, red sauce, yellow onion, zucchini noodles, Almond Dream Ice cream and a recipe card-$20
Murphy's Loft-His:
210 S. 6th Street

Mens Accessories-$11-$20
Murphy's Loft-Hers:

Women's Accessories-$10-$20
Old Capitol Goods/What the Shirt-His:
2 E. Adams Street

T-Shirts-$20-$25
Old Capitol Goods/What the Shirt-Hers:

Women's vintage brooches-$12.99-$29.99
Prairie Archives-His:
522 E. Adams Street

Vintage TIME Magazines-$5-$10
Prairie Archives-Hers:

Springfield Book-$22.99
Recycled Records-His:
625 E. Adams Street

Men's Vintage Watches-$265-$400 (Pictured price ranges)
Men's Pocket Watches-$125-$195 (Pictured price ranges)
Recycled Records-Hers:
Women's Vintage Rings-$300-$600 (Picture price ranges)
Women's Bracelets-$175-$450 (Pictured price ranges)
The Roost-His:
216 S. 6th Street

Handcrafted Bird House-$20-26
The Roost-Hers:

Succulent Dolls-$23-$38
Springfield Vintage-His:
215 S. 5th Street

Sweater-$20
Shirt-$16
Groovy Pants-$18
Springfield Vintage-Hers:

White Faux Fur Coat-$50
Studio on 6th-His:
215 S. 6th Street

Decorative Sports Bottle Caps-$50 each
Studio on 6th-Hers:

Various Valentines Day Gifts-$5-$16 (Pictured price ranges)
Wild Rose-His:
115 N. 6th Street

Recycled Barn Wood Paintings-Call for pricing
Wild Rose-Hers:

Hand Painted glassware-call for pricing
Urban Sassafras-His:
110 N. 6th Street

Recycled Tire belts-Call for pricing
Urban Sassafras-Hers:

Handcrafted layered necklace-$55

UIS Downtown Nightlife Shuttle Starts

Tonight a new shuttle launches between the University of Illinois Springfield campus and downtown Springfield. It was an initiative of the UIS Student Government Association, which is partially funding the program. The program is also receiving financial support from downtown establishments The Remedy, The Alamo and The Gin Mill, with some financial and staff assistance from DSI.

“The Student Government Association at the University of Illinois-Springfield is dedicated to bringing students closer to the greater Springfield community. We have a large population of students on our campus who are unable to enjoy Downtown Springfield because they lack transportation. This latest initiative allows our students to not only get a taste of downtown Springfield but also serves as a way the University can form partnerships with local downtown businesses,” said Austin M. Mehmet, President of the UIS Student Government Association.

DSI has contracted with Gracious Cab to run four 16-person shuttles every Friday and Saturday night throughout the spring semester (except March 17-18, which is spring break).

The shuttle will pick up students for free with a valid ID from TRAC on the UIS campus and drop them off downtown. Pick up times at TRAC are 10 pm, 11 pm, midnight and 1 am.

The downtown drop-off and pick-up location is:

Remedy Nightclub at 5th and Adams: January 28 through February 26

The Alamo at 115 N 5th St: March 3 – April 1 (excluding March 17-18)

The Gin Mill at 235 S 5th St: April 7 – May 6

The last shuttle leaving downtown for campus is at 2 am.

Downtown Business Priorities Going into 2017

At the end of 2016, DSI conducted a needs assessment of our downtown district business owners so that we could set priorities as an organization for the coming year. A majority indicated that they were optimistic heading into the new year. Respondents indicated their 2017 priorities as filling vacancies, permanent directional signage, launching a new district brand and educational campaign, a parking app, adding family-friendly amenities to the Old State Capitol Plaza and determining a collective vision for the next 10-15 years.

Who Responded to the Survey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(“Other” consisted of: non-profits, hotels, property managers, etc.)

Morale Going into 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What were your best months in 2016?

  1. December
  2. May
  3. April
  4. July

What were your worst months in 2016?

  1. January
  2. December
  3. November
  4. February

Was the year “normal” as far as sales?

The majority of businesses were split between lower sales than normal and maintaining sales levels compared to 2015, with a few businesses that expanded their footprint or amended their offerings seeing a gain.

What DSI activities in 2016 helped your bottom line?

  1. Old Capitol Holiday Walks
  2. Publicizing businesses in all communication channels
  3. Farmers Market
  4. Work to decrease panhandling annoyances

2017 Priorities for DSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are some other ideas to help downtown grow?

Community Music School and Performance Venue; changing all parking meters to 2 hour meters; changing parallel parking back to diagonal; guaranteed water mains sized to supply required sprinkler systems; slow down the traffic; local talent night on the Plaza; vacant Peases building get national retailer like Crate and Barrel or IKEA; movie theater; additional shopping (women’s trendy clothing, shoes and kids); healthy eating restaurant; dog park; new park/green space with playground and bandshell close to downtown (Y-Block); pull more workers from medical district by promoting labs and doctors to set up in downtown spaces; launch a moving billboard on a downtown shuttle; incentives for start-up businesses; down payment assistance and/or grants to encourage purchase of downtown condo space.

 

City of Springfield Budget Discussions for FY18

The FY 2018 budget workshops will take place in the City Council Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Center West, 300 S. Seventh Street. The budget workshops will be broadcast live on the city’s cable station, Channel 18.  Residents will be able to view the complete budget information beginning Monday, January 9 on the city’s website.

 Date: Time: Topic:
Tuesday, January 10

 

After Committee of the Whole Office of Budget & Management overview; Human Resources; Public Works
Tuesday, January 17 After City Council Treasurer; City Clerk; City Council; Convention & Visitors Bureau; Office of Planning and Economic Development; Library
Thursday, January 19 5:30 p.m. CWLP

 

Monday, January 23 5:30p.m. Police Department and Fire Department

 

Tuesday, January 24

 

After Committee of the Whole Office of Budget & Management; and Mayor’s Office

 

Tuesday, February 14 During Committee of the Whole meeting starting at5:30p.m. Public Hearing

 

2016 Best of Downtown Award Nominees

Alex Block (center) was named DSI’s Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

The Annual Dinner Committee is excited to announce this year’s nominees for downtown’s annual awards featuring the people and places that raise the bar in downtown. This year’s process included soliciting nominations from the public, so thank you!

The recipients, including DSI Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award–and the first-ever Window Decorating Contest winner–will be announced at DSI’s Annual Gala “Downtown Springfield’s Blooming” on Wed., January 18.

Reserve your tickets today>

 

 

Best Facade/ Signage

Lincoln Herndon Exterior Renovation

Floyd’s Thirst Parlor

Urban Sassafras

Public/ Private Partnership

Frank Lloyd Wright Mural

Springfield Art Association & Ace Sign Co. Art Bus Benches

UIS & Villas of Downtown

Best Event

SOHO Music Festival

Downhome Festival

Blues and BBQ

Best Retail Business

The Card*ologist

Urban Sassafras

Wild Rose

Best Restaurant

JoJo’s Street Cuisine

Obed and Issac’s Brewery

Stop and Roll Sushi

Best Nightlife

Floyds Thirst Parlor

Obed’s Beer Garden

The Hoogland Center

Creative Promotion

Arlington’s Murder Mystery Dinner

Floyd’s Thirst Parlor “Make Cocktails Great Again”

Urban Sassafras Insta-Sales & Thanksgiving Giveaway Event

Downtown Advocate

Alicia Bibb

Brian Wojcicki

Rep. Tim Butler

Innovative Business Concept

Stop and Roll Sushi’s Hours and Offerings

Business Incubator Innovate Springfield

Milk & Honey Fresh Market for Growing Veggies & Reusable Bags

Best Not for Profit Initiative—

Springfield Black Chamber’s Pop-Up Happy Hour

100+ Who Care Fundraising Event at the Gin Mill

Illinois Stewardship Alliance Farm to Table Series