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February 02, 2016

This is an exciting time to be in Elgin! The Chamber’s Enhancing Elgin Committee works to provide information about the many positive things about our city that are solidifying our reputation as The City in the Suburbs. Visit our website at www.elginchamber.com/Fab5 where you will find complete information on this month’s Fab Five or follow Enhancing Elgin on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@EnhancingElgin) to read more about what makes Elgin the place to live, work, learn, do business, get involved, visit and enjoy!

Advocate Sherman Hospital renovations:

Advocate Sherman Hospital is renovating its emergency department to provide an even higher level of service for the community. Since opening in 2009 on the new hospital campus, the department has served more than 60,000 patients per year, yet was built for about 40,000. As a pediatric-certified emergency department, Sherman is partnering with Advocate Children’s Hospital to create special waiting and exam rooms for children and families. Other renovations include streamlining the registration and main waiting areas and adding results-pending bays to further improve the patient experience. Renovations are expected to be complete in Spring 2016.

Elgin teen robotics team lends a hand:

Teenage students from the got robot? robotics team in Elgin recently participated in a national effort to produce prosthetic hands for children and adults in developing countries. After creating one hand, and partnering with local companies the team was able to deliver seven complete artificial hands as well as additional parts to the e-NABLE project.

South Elgin park honored:

South Elgin’s SEBA Park was recently awarded the Outstanding Facility and Park Award, which recognizes unique achievements in design and development, by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. This beautiful new and inclusive park opened in August 2015.

Nominate a deserving woman of leadership:

The YWCA Elgin is seeking nominations of individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership, achievement and contribution to the community to be recognized at their annual Leader Luncheon Awards on May 12. Nomination categories include Arts, Business & Professions, Communications & Technology, Education, Public Service, Racial Justice, Social Services and Volunteer & Community Service. All nominations are due by March 10. Visit www.YWCAElgin.org for nomination information.

GBPL Frozen Extravaganza draws record crowd:

In early December, the Gail Borden Public Library’s Frozen Extravaganza Home for the Holidays event drew nearly 4,000 visitors. Kids and families were treated to an engaging and interactive sing-along experience, took photos with Frozen characters, made crafts, read stories, registered for library cards and much more.

Jason Pawlowski, Director - Communications & Events
jpawlowski@elginchamber.com, (847) 741-5660