For the first time in 28 years, Downtown Springfield Inc. held its annual dinner and awards ceremony in a virtual format on Thursday, January 21, 2021. At least 250 people purchased tickets to watch the program in real time. The program may be viewed here.

2020 Downtown Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of the nominees from the most difficult year for small business in recent history. We are pleased to announce the following 2020 recipients:
Best Retail: Wild Rose
Best Restaurant: Jerk Shop Go
Best Nightlife: Adams Family Patio
Best Creative Promotion: Dumb Record’s Downtown Pinball Tournament
Best Facade: Ascend
Best Overall Renovation: Illinois Treasurer’s Office
Best Business to Business Collaboration: Willow & Birch with multiple businesses
Most Adaptive Business Pivot: Incredibly Delicious
Downtown Advocate: Mark Forinash
Volunteer of the Year: Jim Morris
Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement: Dennis Bringuet

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton

Mayor Jim Langfelder

About the Annual Dinner
“DSI & Chill,” was produced by Crowdson Creative and hosted by siblings Lauren Nevius and Chris Davis of Resource One. Special guest appearances were made by Mayor Jim Langfelder, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and DSI Board President Brian Wojcicki.

The Dinner was organized by a committee staffed by Ben Paoletti:
Lauren Nevius and Chris Davis, Co-Chairs
Kristina Barbee
Katherine Cadagin
Brian Galecki
Graham Prellwitz
Blake Pryor
Brian Wojcicki

Lauren Nevius and Chris Davis, Co-Chairs