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Elgin Train Guide and Schedule Information
America, in general, is not great at using trains for public transportation. However, here in Elgin, we’re lucky enough to have three separate Metra stations that can take riders into Chicago and beyond. This gives residents easy access to the beautiful lakefront, museums, zoos, sporting events, shops, restaurants and more that are on offer in the Windy City.
The first step in utilizing the Elgin train is finding the station. Where can one learn more about using the local Elgin train system?(more…)
Elgin’s Lao Restaurants
Among many other things, Elgin is known for its sizeable Lao community. Since 1967, in fact, Elgin has been the sister city to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Having this population here in Elgin brings a delightful dose of cultural diversity to the (literal and figurative) table.
Today, we’re focusing primarily on the literal aspect of that statement. What are some delicious Laotian restaurants in the Elgin area?(more…)
Volunteer Opportunities in Elgin During COVID-19
During these uncertain times, volunteers are more needed than ever. Unfortunately, providing assistance in a safe and responsible way is a challenge with COVID on the loose. It’s important not to cause more harm than good.
Luckily, most institutions in need of volunteers appear to have implemented responsible mask and social distancing measures. We still recommend approaching opportunities with caution and ensuring in advance that proper measures are being carried out to prevent the spread of the virus.
To help individuals find where they can currently provide assistance in Elgin, we’ve compiled some current options below! Opportunities range from food distribution and music instruction to foster homes and woodland restoration.
Hit each link to learn more; together, we can make Elgin a better place for all!(more…)
Local Charities to Donate to in Elgin
Many institutions are more in need than ever during these trying times. Luckily, the pandemic does nothing to impede the ease and feasibility of donations. To this end, we’ve compiled several charities below that work to make Elgin a better place for all. Causes range from furnishing homes and feeding people to helping individuals get fair legal justice and assisting in intercultural relations.
Learn more about each organization by hitting the requisite link! For now, we leave you with the timeless words of the Buddha: “Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.”(more…)
Though there are many, many challenges being presented to us in these unique times, one of the positive side-effects of the coronavirus pandemic is how people are experimenting with new ways of Being. One of these experiments involves doing more shopping online, even for items customers previously tended to prefer to buy in-person, such as a new vehicle.
Thanks to such experimentation, many individuals are finding that, to their surprise, shopping for a new vehicle online can be an easy, straightforward experience that is preferable in many ways to the traditional trip to the dealership lot. Where can one shop for a new car online in the Elgin area?(more…)
The coronavirus continues to run rather rampant in Chicago, and as such, new regulations and advice have recently been issued by the city. Not everything is put forth as a law, but citizens are also strongly encouraged to follow recommendations in order to slow the spread of the virus, keep hospitals functioning, and ultimately save lives.
What precautions are currently recommended for Chicago citizens to slow the spread and stay safe from COVID-19?(more…)
Great Spots to Appreciate Autumn in the Elgin Area
With turning leaves and just-as-rapidly cooling weather, fall is in full swing here in Illinois. The cycle deepens by the day, blessing us with a beautifully visceral demonstration of the inherently impermanent nature of the universe.
If you find yourself with a spot of free time, why not get out and see it in action? To that end, we’ve provided some of our favorite hiking areas to observe, feel, experience and accept the continual fading and rebirth process of our planet.
Peruse below, and happy exploring!(more…)
Elgin-area Pumpkin Patches for Halloween Fun
Autumn has arrived, and the best way to take advantage of this fleeting season is by taking part in a few rituals that really help one enjoy the fall vibes. One tried-and-true activity is picking one’s own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch.
So pick an Elgin-area patch from below, and then pick a pumpkin (don’t be slow)!(more…)
Illinois Title and Registration FAQs
Situations may arise where you want to obtain title and registration on a vehicle. Perhaps you’re thinking about buying the ride, or you have some other motive.
Whatever the reason for getting such information, it can be obtained from the state of Illinois. How much does it cost to request title and registration info in the Land of Lincoln?(more…)
September 2020 Limited-Time Deals on New Volkswagen Models
Shopping for a new vehicle can be made all the more economically feasible when a special deal is on hand to help. Luckily, we at Elgin Volkswagen are currently offering an array of special financing rates, along with one heady MSRP discount!
The specials listed below are slated to expire on September 30th, so if you see something you like, take advantage of it soon. We recommend using our online shopping options to do so. Thanks for reading, and happy perusing!(more…)