Congrats to Our “Best Of” 2018 Nominees

Our 2017 Best Restaurant, Long Nine Junction, has a big 2019 in store — with their first child on the way in March, and the recent announcement of their Top 20 ranking among all restaurants in the US by Yelp.

Each year, Downtown Springfield Inc., the downtown business association and neighborhood revitalization champion comes together as a community for the organization’s Annual Dinner, which takes place on Wed., January 23, 2019 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel a Doubletree by Hilton. Thanks to the Doubletree and our Co-Host sponsors, AT&T and Watts Copy Systems.

Although tickets are no longer available, fans of downtown can still support DSI’s revitalization work by bidding on our Silent Auction, which is available online. You’ll get minute-by-minute updates on the status of the items you want to bid on by going to https://dsiawards.givesmart.com. Thanks to the Illinois REALTORS for sponsoring our Silent Auction system this year!

The highlight of the Dinner is the Annual “Best Of” Awards presented to the people and businesses who were the most buzzworthy in the prior year. The public nominated every category, and then the nominations were all vetted by a DSI committee consisting of current members and Past Presidents of the organization.

DSI does not release names of nominees of the Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award, the DSI Volunteer of the Year Award, or the Downtown Advocate Award. This year, DSI will present a special Bicentennial Award as well.

DSI is proud to announce the following 2018 nominees:

Best Retail
The Roost
Studio on 6th
Wild Rose

Best Restaurant
VELE
Maldaner’s
Long Nine Junction

Best Night Life
Buzz Bomb Brewery
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
Hoogland Center for the Arts

Best Event
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ
Springfield Jaycees Xmas Parade
Legacy of Giving Music Festival

Best Creative Promotion
#AdamsFamily by Mark Forinash, Cafe Moxo
Dumb Records’ Record of the Night/Moving
Obed & Isaac’s Bus Wine Tour

Green Leadership
Maldaner’s/Michael Higgins
Kevin Greene, Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council
Wind Solar USA

Best Overall Renovation
St. George Apartments – Josh Wagoner
Anvil & Forge
Willow & Birch

Impactful Public/Private Partnership
Innovate Springfield/ University of Illinois Springfield
Obed & Isaac’s/Fire Dept/MMC Burn Unit Station – One Porter event
Kidzeum/City of Springfield

Best Not-For-Profit Initiative
Gift of Hope’s Banner Campaign
Lincoln Library’s Homeless Outreach
PCASA’s Dare to be Different Fashion Show

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. 

REFUND POLICY: 
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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