EYPN Judging Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland

1441370_10151772149570920_2796441_nOn Saturday, December 6 from 12-5:30pm, the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin presents their 16th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland holiday event and Elgin Young Professionals Network will play a role.

This year EYPN members Krisilee Murphy, Saul Acevedo, Angela Carlson, Emily Tyler and Jen Crazythunder will all serve as judges for the storefront window decorating contest. Jason Pawlowski and Kari Christensen will also serve as photographers at the Photos with Santa activity at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street.

The decorating theme for this year’s Window Wonderland is “Holiday Scenes from the Silver Screen”. There will also be horse drawn carriage rides, Santa’s Crew live reindeer, chestnut roasting and much more. The day will culminate with the City of Elgin’s annual tree lighting at 5pm at 150 Dexter Court.

For more information about the 16th Annual Downtown Elgin Window Wonderland, visit the DNA website at www.DowntownElgin.com or follow Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin, IL on Facebook

Pick the Painting for EYPN RAW at Ola la Ijorere

Elgin Young Professionals Network is asking your help to pick the painting for our first ever EYPN R.A.W. (Rhythm, Art and Wine) night at Ola la Ijorere, 51 S. Spring Street in downtown Elgin, on Thursday, July 31 at 7pm.

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To cast your vote, visit our EYPN Raw Night event page on Facebook or just click on one of the three images above and “like” your favorite. People’s Choice Voting concludes later this week!

Tickets for EYPN Raw are only $31 and will go fast! To pay in advance by credit card, fill out our Online Ticket Reservation Form. You will be sent a PayPal invoice within 24-48 hours. NOTE: You do not need to sign up for a PayPal account in order to pay by credit card.

Volunteers Needed for Elgin Fringe Festival

EFF LogoElgin Fringe Festival is right around the corner, September 11-14! Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including box office, housing, technical assistance, marketing, and much much more!  Join our volunteer mailing list, and help us figure out where you fit in to the EFF Community!

Why should you volunteer for the Elgin Fringe Festival?

Give back to your community, to enjoy an art filled experience, meet interesting people and make connections, HAVE FUN and receive Elgin Fringe Festival swag!

You can get involved by volunteering for:

Billeting (Sept. 7-14th)
Venue (Sept. 7th, & 11-14th)
Box Office (Sept. 7-14th)
Headquarters (Sept. 7-14th)
Merchandise sales (Sept. 7th & 11-14th)
Photography (Sept. 7th & 11-14th)
Family/ Kids events (Sept. 7th & 11-14th)
…and much more!

a volunteer badge giving access to the festival, one free ticket to a show of your choosing per 4 hour shift worked, EFF t-shirt, access to all after parties at the Martini Room!

a volunteer badge giving access to the festival, one free ticket to a show of your choosing per 4 hour shift worked (minimum of 2 shifts), EFF t-shirt, access to all after parties at the Martini Room!

2 all access passes to the festival including buttons, t-shirts, VIP tickets to shows of your choosing, access to after parties at the Martini Room and events.

We also need volunteers during the year to help promote, volunteer at fringe events, etc.

For more information about volunteering at the Elgin Fringe Festival visit the website and Volunteer Form. For additional details, follow Elgin Fringe Festival on Facebook.

EYPN RAW at Ola la Ijorere

EYPNRAW_FinalThe RAW (Rhythms Art & Wine) Painting Nights at Ola la Ijorere have been so much fun, Elgin Young Professionals Network wanted to host one as well!

On Thursday, July 31 at 7pm at Ola la Ijorere, 51 S. Spring Street, Elgin, bring your date, your friends or just yourself to EYPN RAW for a night of painting, networking, and lots of fun in downtown Elgin!

The cost is just $31 per person. To purchase tickets online, please complete the form below. A PayPal invoice will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours. NOTE: You do not need to sign up for a PayPal account in order to pay.

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All painting supplies as well as dessert will be provided. The event is BYOB so bring your favorite beverage and your thirst for painting!


Here is the image we will all be painting that evening.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page or e-mail Krisilee Murphy at kmurphy@northernfoxrivervalley.com with questions or for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Community Carnival Fundraiser

1941532_738552766184625_40477436_oThe Community Carnival, which takes place May 1-4 and May 8-11 at the intersection of Kimball and N. Grove Avenue (across from the Gail Borden Public Library) in downtown Elgin, is seeking volunteers to greet visitors, give information and directions, or provide general maintenance at the event.

Shift schedules are as follows (3-hour shifts):

Thursday shifts: 4:30-7:30 and 7-10 (5-10 counts as double shift)
Friday shifts: 4:30-7:30 and 7-10 (5-10 counts as double shift)
Saturday shifts: 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10
Sunday shifts: 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10

There are two ways volunteers can also help support your local school or non-profit:

1. $10 per volunteer shift will be donated to a Non-Profit/School
2. For every 10 people that volunteer for a Non-profit/ School, they will receive $100

For more information about volunteering at the Community Carnival, contact Anthony, 312-402-8880 or e-mail Communitycarnivals@gmail.com. For additional details, follow Community Carnivals on Facebook.

Hula for Moola Raffle Baskets

Poster_teaserAd3Tonight’s the night! Get your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts on and come see what all the hoopla is about at Elgin Young Professional Network’s Hula for Moola Scholarship Fundraiser benefitting the Elgin High School Clumsy Chefs culinary students. The fun starts at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizza, 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin.

In addition to a cash bar and free pizza, guests can enjoy Hawaiian music, freshly prepared treats from the Clumsy Chefs and our inaugural Hula Hoopla Challenge where hip-shaking hipsters compete head-to-head in a battle of hula hooping supremacy.

There will also be over 30 raffle baskets available. EYPN members will be selling raffle tickets tonight for $5 each or 6 for $20. Below is a summary of each raffle basket as well as photos of several of the baskets.

If you are unable to attend tonight but would still like to donate to the scholarship fund, please e-mail us at elginyoungprofessionals@yahoo.com.


  1. Well, don’t you look pretty! – Basket includes gorgeous handcrafted necklace and earrings from Simply Exquisite by Sandra Young. Value $80
  2. Make your hair shine! – Basket includes $100 gift card to Fox River Spa & Salon and a Beauty Kit of Kerastase Elixir Ultime for sublime, weightless, radiant hair. Value $125
  3. Basket from Shop.com - Basket includes Motives Boxed Beauty (6 eye shadows & 2 brushes), 30-day supply Isotonix Multi-Vitamin, liquid eyeliner, Motives makeup remover towelettes, and two sample packs of Lumiere De Vie skin care products. Value $75
  4. Salon C Beauty Basket - Basket includes tote bag, 1 pump Liter of Redken Shampoo, 1 pump Liter Redken Conditioner, 1 Redken styling cream, 1 oversized hand mirror and a $50 Salon C gift certificate. Value $175
  5. Mind, Body, and Soul – Gift certificate for five free yoga classes at Fusion Mind/Body Studio. Value $70
  6. Go Blackhawks! - Replica Jonathan Toews 2010 Winter Classic Chicago Blackhawks jersey. Value $175
  7. Tee it Up! – Two “Member for a Day” guest passes to Bowes Creek Country Club. Valid thru the 2014 season. Value $198
  8. Drive the Course! – Pass for 2 rounds of golf at The Highlands of Elgin w/ a cart. To be used any time Monday-Friday or after 2 PM on weekends or holidays. Value $118
  9. Fore! – Package includes a foursome pass to Hughes Creek Golf Course in Elburn with 2 carts and a brand new putter. Value $200
  10. Let’s Go Cougars! - Four box seats for the Friday, May 2 Kane County Cougars game vs. Burlington Bees. It’s their annual Star Wars Night (who doesn’t love Star Wars) as well as a fireworks night. Value $60
  11. Happy Easter Boys – An Easter basket full of wonderful goodies for your little boy. Value $25
  12. Happy Easter Girls – An Easter basket full of wonderful goodies for your little girl. Value $25
  13. Love the wine you’re with! – Basket includes Sweet Beginnings Wine, Cherry Wine and Chardonel 2006 Grand Reserve all from Fox Valley Winery, Houdini wine preserver and flippers, Wine for Dummies book, two wine scented and shaped candles. Value $75
  14. Aloha! – Basket includes Oahu Coconut Sunset Pink Sand Body Scrub (8oz), Triple Moisture Body Cream (8oz) and Body Lotion (8oz). Peach Bellini Room Spray, Glass Pineapple Luminary, two Hawaiian Hibiscus Candles, Pineapple Wallflower with two Caribbean Escape Wallflowers and one Island Waters Wallflower. Value $75
  15. Manly Man Basket – Basket includes Bacardi Gold Rum and flask, Bacon Bowl maker, Stuffed Burger maker, corn grilling basket, nose hair trimmer, “Bromance” DVD, tools, golf balls, casino set (poker chips, cards, dice), t-shirts, man flower vase, hot sauce, nuts and more! – Value $100
  16. Step Into My Office Basket – Basket includes writing utensils, magnets, note-cube, electric pencil sharpener, sophisticated glass white board and large pushpin and clothespin art/note board. Value $130
  17. United Way of Elgin Basket – Package includes a United Way sports duffle bag, trunk organizer, Live United tote, tumbler, Mag Lite, 5×7 notebook and two Live United t-shirts. Value $65
  18. Test Your Luck! – Package includes 10 lotto scratch-off tickets and a bottle of bubbly to either celebrate or drown your sorrows after the tickets have been scratched! Value – who knows?!?!?
  19. Spring Fling for Your Car – Basket includes gift certificate for 1 free car wash and 1 free oil change from Brittain’s Express Oil & Lube along with some extra cleaning products to keep the inside as clean as the outside. Value $50
  20. Downtown Elgin Basket – Basket includes Buckingham’s Steakhouse and Lounge $100 gift certificate, $50 in Downtown Elgin gift certificates, “Old Riverview Park” photos/posters from SpaceTaste Gallery, Elgin Public House gift certificate, Rediscover Records t-shirt, Downtown Elgin Harvest Market t-shirt, various Hemmens and Grand Victoria Casino Elgin swag. Value $250
  21. Movie Date Night Basket - Basket includes $25 Cooper’s Hawk Winery gift card, 5 date night DVDs, tub of popcorn, movie candy and Frango mints. Value $75
  22. Kountry Kennels Basket - Basket includes toys and treats your dog will love and a gift certificate for one weekend (2 nights) of lodging including playtime. Value $200
  23. Tool Basket - Basket includes brand new tool sets including sander, jigsaw, socket sets, pliers sets, cutters and more. Value $100
  24. Trendy Cook’s Basket - basket includes Food Network 3 cup mini-processor/chopper, 10 speed hand mixer, kitchen towel, dishcloths, wooden utensils and spatulas. Value $115
  25. Dinner and a Show! - Two tickets to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for one of the remaining 13-14 season concerts or upcoming 14-15 concert season and a $100 Buckingham’s Steakhouse & Lounge gift certificate. Value $220
  26. Clumsy Chef Dinner – Two tickets to the Clumsy Chef Candlelight dinner provided by the talented Elgin High School Culinary students. Value $60
  27. Have a WILD Family Day— Package includes four general admission tickets to Azoosment Park and a $40 Rainforest Café gift card. Value $120
  28. Local Favorites - Gift certificates in various denominations from Al’s Cafe, Colonial Cafe, Domani Cafe, In the Neighborhood Deli, Macianos Pizza and Pastaria, Pita Puff, Starbucks and Villa Verone. Value $160
  29. Make it a Girls Night (TWO AVAILABLE) - Package includes $30 Martini Room gift certificate, $25 Villa Verone gift certificate, two martini glasses and a half dozen Andes Mint cupcakes made and professionally decorated by Stephanie Casstevens Value $75
  30. Girl Scouts Bag - Package includes Girl Scouts tote bag with boxes of Pecan Clusters and Samonas and a can of cashews. Value $30

#2 Make Your Hair Shine

#6 Go Blackhawks!

#13 Love the Wine You’re With

#14 Aloha!

#15 Manly Man Basket

#16 Step Into My Office

#17 United Way of Elgin Basket

#19 Spring Fling For Your Car

#21 Movie Date Night Basket

#23 Tool Set

Aloha and Mahalo!

Professional Connections Mentoring Program Year-End Meeting

EYPN1 (4)On Thursday, February 20 at 6pm at Chooch’s Pizza (upstairs), 64 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, the Elgin Young Professionals Network invites the public to join them for an informational meeting about the network’s Professional Connections Mentoring Program.

The informational event will summarize the 2013 mentoring program’s success stories as well as provide details about the 2014 program and how Elgin area young professionals can participate.

The Professional Connections Mentoring Program matches EYPN members with local civic, business and non-profit leaders with the goals of enhancing our members’ overall leadership skills and building vital community connections.

Please RSVP via EYPN’s Facebook event page.

Welcome to the Elgin Young Professionals Network

cropped-eypn1-4.jpgWelcome to the Elgin Young Professionals Network website. Here you will be able to learn more about our organization, our members and our efforts to help enrich the Elgin community as well as discover myriad opportunities to enhance your career and your professional development.

As we continue to build and add content to this site over the coming weeks, we invite you to follow EYPN on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on upcoming meetings and events.

To contact EYPN for additional information on membership, networking events or volunteer and career opportunities, click on the CONTACT tab above.