Nominees for Downtown’s Best of 2017

Ace Sign and SAA shared an award for the Art Benches project for 2016. Who will win for 2017?

On January 25, Downtown Springfield Inc. will hold its 25th Annual Dinner–including awards recognizing the most buzzworthy people and places in downtown over the past year.

After a public nomination period which ended in November, the Awards Committee is thrilled to announce the 2017 nominees in each of the following categories. Award Committee Chair Jane Mosey-Nicoletta is a Past President and past Volunteer of the Year winner at DSI. “Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the nominees this year — we have a great mix of new and old favorites who people really root for,” said Mosey-Nicoletta.

The 2017 winners, along with Green Leadership Award winner, Downtown Advocate, DSI Volunteer of the Year and Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced during the Dinner.

This is DSI’s biggest fundraiser and party of the year to support our work to increase Volume (ie foot traffic), fill Vacancies, increase Vitality and create a shared Vision for downtown’s future. Get your tickets before the early bird deadline of January 16 to support our work in 2018 and to celebrate a year of growth and change in Springfield’s downtown district in 2017>

Look back at DSI Award History 2008-2016

Best Signage
The Roost
Springfield Vintage
Tacology 101

Impactful Public/Private Partnership
Sangamon CEO Program
SAA’s Paint the Street
Urban Sassafras Parklet with IL Realtors/CAR & City of Springfield

Best Downtown Event
DSI’s Friends of the Market Street Dinner
Fat Ass 5K
The Parent Place’s Halloween Parade

Best Retail
The Roost
Springfield Vintage
Urban Sassafras

Best Restaurant
Long Nine Junction
Tacology 101

Best Nightlife
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
The Legacy Theater
Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery

Innovative Business Concept
Hair of the Dog Bar/bershop
Urban Sassafras Take & Make Kits

People’s Choice Holiday Walks Window
Augie’s Front Burner
Murphy’s Loft
Wild Rose

Best Advocate
Brent Boesdorfer
Linda Renehan
Erin Svendsen

Best Renovation
Loukinen’s on Fourth
St. George Building

Best NFP Initiative
100+ Who Care
186 Foundation Pop-Up Bookstore
Central Baptist Feast of Plenty Thanksgiving Meal

Best Creative Promotion
Incredibly Delicious‘ Social Media Cake Campaigns
Urban Sassafras Girls’ Night Out
Willow & Birch‘s Countdown to Downtown

Celebrate 26 Years of DSI

Celebrating 26 years of our neighborhood and the people who make it special.

5:00 – 6:00 pm VIP Pre-Party for Corporate & Business Tables at President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

5:30 – 6:30 pm Reception for all guests at BOS Center

6:30 – 8:15 pm Banquet & Recognitions for all guests at BOS Center

* fabulous meal prepared by Chef Jeffrey Davis from the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
*2018 Downtown Awards for Excellence
*Mayor Jim Langfelder’s annual State of the Downtown Address

Online ticket sales end midnight, January 16, 2019. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

Nov. 6 – Dec. 31 – Full refund MINUS $10 processing fee
January 1 – 15 – 50% refund, but ticket is transferable
After January 15 – NO Refund, but ticket is transferable

Here are the prices:

Individual Tickets

Early Bird (11/12-1/2) $85

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $95

This ticket type includes: Reception | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception


Business Table (8 Seats)

Early Bird (11/12-1/2) $700

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $800

This ticket type includes: V.I.P. Pre-Party | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception | Reserved seating in preferred location | Per ticket discount


Corporate Table (8 seats)

Early Bird (11/12-1/2)  $1500

Late Bird (1/3-1/16) $1700

This ticket type includes: V.I.P. Pre-Party | Dinner & Awards | Dessert Reception | Reserved seating in prime location | Per ticket discount | Recognition as an event partner in the program book | Logo included in scrolling PowerPoint | Table handout

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