COVID’s Impact on Downtown

Downtown Springfield Inc polled downtown businesses and non-profits from March 31-April 2 to find out what impact COVID-19 has had on our neighborhood.

More than 40% of respondents have experienced a drop in revenue above 75%. Approximately 20% of the downtown workforce has been laid off, mostly in the hospitality sector.

The need for rapid distribution of stimulus dollars is apparent in the survey results. Most restaurants can survive only 1-2 months in the current state; a majority of businesses can make it 3-5 months before being at risk of closing permanently.

Gap financing varies by sector as well — a majority of downtown retailers need gap financing through June 1 of less than $10,000, with a majority of bars and restaurants needing $20,000-$50,000 to make it through to that date.

See all of the results here

Download the COVID-19 Survey Results Here

COVID Resources for Business Owners

GENERAL

Keep Your Customers Updated on Your Status

  • Whether your business is currently open or not, please log your business at SpringfieldZoom.com so the public knows your status and you can update it as things change. This is free and will take less than three minutes to get set up. You will never be spammed. Thanks to DSI Member AlertsMadeEasy.com for donating this service during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • We recommend posting regularly on your social media accounts whether you are open or not. Your customers want to hear from you and know how you’re doing. A picture is worth 1000 words.
  • Recording of webinar Top three ideas for tourism economies to save some business during the coronavirus from Destination Development Association

Stay at Home Executive Order

Federal Action

Employees

Free Parking at Meters

  • The City Council passed an Emergency Powers ordinance which includes suspension of parking meter fees until 14 days after Gov. Pritzker’s emergency declaration is lifted and fees or penalties that would have accrued in during that period are waived

LOANS

Paycheck Protection Program (Federal CARES Act)

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (EIDL)

  • Apply Now. It may take up to 12 hours online to finish your application because the system is getting slammed. SBA says loan applications are usually processed in 18-21 days but they are processing faster than that. Money reaches businesses 2-5 days after approval.
  • Borrowers can receive $10,000 in an Emergency Economic Injury Grant (cash advance) that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue loss. Applicants can get the emergency cash even if they don’t qualify for additional funds through the EIDL process. Because lending decisions are based on self-certification and the applicant’s credit score, the review process should go quickly.
  • In addition to the application form, be prepared to submit a completed and signed
    Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T); complete copies of the most recent Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; completed and signed Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) and a Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202).
  • Register for Disaster Loan Trainings
  • Check out this handy one-pager about the process
  • Independent Contractors – “When in Doubt, Apply.” Sole proprietors are eligible. You will need to have tax returns and/or a profit and loss statement for 2019 if your taxes haven’t yet been filed. Apply even if you don’t have an EIN. You will need to demonstrate that you have been generating business revenue in order to demonstrate economic injury. – Advice from Illinois SBDC at Lincoln Land Community College

Accessing Low Interest Loans via Local Banks

Accessing Low Interest Loans via Justine Petersen (City Partnership)

DCEO (State) Small Business Emergency Loan Fund 

  • Small businesses (outside of Chicago) with fewer than 50 employees and less than $3M in 2019 revenue are eligible for this program, allowing up to $50k loans with 5 year low interest repayment terms. Six month deferral on repayments.
  • First-step applications are now available on DCEO’s website.

GRANTS

Chamber’s Business Relief Fund (for all Sangamon County businesses regardless of Chamber member status)

State Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

  • $14m fund to help hotels, bars and restaurants support payroll and rent. Including job training and technology for operations to adjust to new options like delivery and curbside
  • Applications are available now on DCEO’s website and are due by April 1 at 5 p.m. All valid, eligible applications received within the five-day window will be entered into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4.

Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

  • The James Beard Foundation is launching a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Click here to sign up for the email list so that when they launch their application, you know.

DEFERRALS

Electric and Water Bills

  • City Water, Light & Power is suspending ALL disconnections for nonpayment for electric and water services for its customers effective immediately. This order remains in effect until May 1, 2020, at such time it will be re-evaluated. Find out more

Tax Deferrals

OTHER PROGRAMS

We’re Open This Weekend

Downtown will be open this weekend. Check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute event happenings.

To celebrate the St Patrick’s Day holiday, the City is allowing plastic or aluminum containers of alcohol outside from 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday, March 14th. Drinks must be purchased at a participating downtown bar as outdoor sales are not allowed.

BARS

  • Buzz Bomb Brewery opens at 10 am on Saturday and for Boozy Brunch on Sunday
  • Club Station House opens at 9 am on Saturday
  • Anvil and Forge opens with new releases at 8 am on Saturday
  • Craft Beer Bar opens at noon on Saturday
  • Gin Mill opens at noon
  • Celtic Mist opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • Floyd’s Thirst Parlor opens at 7 am on Saturday
  • JP Kelly’s opens at 7:30 am on Saturday
  • Frankie’s Brewhaus opens at 8 am with breakfast and beverages on Saturday
  • The Incubator opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • The Alamo opens at 8 am with breakfast burritos on Saturday
  • WetBar opens at 11 am on Saturday
  • Try Terra Ferment from 2 – 11 pm on Saturday

RESTAURANTS

  • Obed and Isaac’s from 11 am – 11:30 pm
  • Boone’s Saloon opens at 8am with breakfast
  • Robbie’s Restaurant will be open 11am-3pm Saturday serving their corned beef & cabbage along with potatoes & Irish soda bread
  • Long Nine Junction open from 11 am – 3 pm
  • VELE will be open for regular dinner service on Friday and Saturday (4 pm bar 5 pm dinner – 11 pm)
  • Cafe Moxo open 6:30 a – 3 pm on Saturday and free delivery for orders over $30 (every day except Sunday)
  • La Piazza open 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Di Piero’s open 5 -10 pm on Saturday
  • Order online from Head West
  • Maldaner’s Restaurant is open from 5 – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Tacology 101 open from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Anchors Away open from 11 am – 10 pm
  • Try the new Jerk Shop Go from 11 am – 9 pm
  • Saputo’s open starting at 5 pm
  • Springfield Carriage Company 8 am – 8 pm with green eggs and ham and free mimosas
  • Enjoy Coffee Cake Donuts with green icing and Green Tea Cupcakes from Wm Van’s Coffee House from 7a-7p

RETAIL

  • Willow & Birch’s online store offers 17% off through Sunday
  • Springfield Vintage is open 11 – 5 pm with 20% off all day Saturday
  • Dumb Records is open 10 am – 8 pm with bands starting at 7 pm (all ages show)
  • Murphy’s Loft is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday
  • Corrine’s Closet is open from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday
  • Studio on Sixth is open from 10 am – 5ish
  • Wild Rose is open 10 am – 5 pm
  • Reverie Apparel is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • The Elf Shelf open 10 am – 3 pm

Our neighborhood understands that some people may be social distancing right now. If you choose to go out, please keep your hands washed & clean and don’t shake hands.

Whatever you decide, we encourage everyone to please continue to support local business. Please consider taking one of these actions this week:

-Buy Gift Certificates
-Order Restaurant Delivery for a Friend Who Is Freaking Out
-Donate Your Ticket Costs Back to the Venue if Event Has Been Cancelled
-Fill A Growler and Take It Home
-Give to Cultural Institutions
-Give to Social Service Agencies
-Be Mindful with Your Health and Health of Your Neighbors

Generous tipping is also very much appreciated. People working in Springfield’s very important hospitality industry don’t always get sick leave and very small businesses don’t have an army of staff.

This is going to be tough going for a while and we appreciate your support!

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Downtown

Roses are red. Violets are blue.  Downtown is a hot spot of romance for you.

Join Downtown Springfield for a week of love and romance.  Many of our businesses have special activities planned just for you and the one you love.

Get your Vintage Love on:
The Sixth annual Vintage Love Tour will be on February 8th, 10am -4pm.  Wander downtown and around town in search of cute vintage, hand-painted, antique, home decor shops. Collect a charm at each stop and take home a fun necklace to remember your day in Springfield.

Grab your best Gals and have a fun night shopping for Galentine’s Day:

Why not Wednesday’s special addition Galentine’s Day will be on February 12th.  One lucky shopper will go away with a gift basket filled with downtown love.

  • Murphy’s Loft will have 10% off any items with hearts, love or arrows.
  • Wild Rose will have Valentines Promo Sale $10 off all upcycle clothing. 10% off all wood furniture and shelves. $10 all hats and ear warmers by Cindy. 25% off felt paintings
  • Corrine’s Closet will have 20% off sweaters and coats 

Listen to the melodies of romance.

  • Enjoy a romantic evening featuring music inspired by classic stories of star-crossed lovers by the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra.  The orchestra will perform LIVE on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Join Conductor Niccoló Muti as the orchestra performs beloved classics including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Humperdinck’s Sleeping Beauty SuiteFor more information, please visit their website at www.SVYS.org.
  • Illinois Symphony Orchestra will be performing a special Love Note concert.  Take note that

love is in the air this Valentine’s Day with the pure magic of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the seductive passion of Strauss’s Don Juan. The technical fireworks of pianist Sandra Wright Shen will be on display in Rachmaninoff’s captivating Third Piano Concerto. The perfect gift for this notable day.  Saturday, February 15, 2020 | 7:30 PM

 

Date night plans?  Whisk the one you love and treat them to an evening downtown to one of our fine restaurants.

  • Valentine’s Weekend at VELE: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at VELE! We will be offering our regular menu along with a few specials on Friday and Saturday. Each couple will enjoy a complimentary flower and chocolates. 5-10 (dinner) bar is open until 11pm; reservations now open online: https://www.velerestaurant.com/dine
  • Augie’s Front Burner will have an exquisite Valentine’s day weekend menu for you to choose from. Click here to see the menu.  You can make a reservation by calling (217)544-6979.
  • Nu-Voh at the Saint Nicholas will feature a Valentine’s Day Dinner! A five-course dinner. 1st Lobster Bisque, 2nd Fig w/bacon chilies, Walnut roasted grape spinach salad w/ feta balsamic vinaigrette, Choice of one. Braised short ribs $44.95 Herbs of providence filet Mignon $54.95 Butter poached lobster w/crispy potato pave $59.95, and finally Valhora chocolate-covered strawberries or Vanilla cheesecake w/ pear port wine glaze. Reservations 217-572-1994

Or maybe your relationship is not quite ready for a dinner date.

  • How about Boozy Brunch on February 15 or February 16? 10 am at Buzz Bomb Brewing with hot food served up from Cafe Moxo, a Bubbly & Bloody Bar from Just The Basics Mobile Bar, and of course Buzz Bomb beer!

Need a Love potion?

  • Cupid coming after you? The bite of love still fresh?  Celtic Mist will be serving up Love Potion #5 (sangria, coconut water vodka, juices) -$4.

Learn the history of Love

  • History doesn’t always mean treaties, speeches, and battles. It can also mean romantic letters, love songs and reunions with loved ones, as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will demonstrate the day before Valentine’s Day. 
    A special “Tales from the Vault” session on Feb. 13 will showcase materials from the presidential library’s collections that connect to love and romance. Manuscripts curator Christopher Schnell will explain each item and discuss what historians can learn from them.

 

FY 2021 City Budget Hearings

Last night, DSI went to the City of Springfield budget hearings for the three departments our organization works with the most: Economic Development, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Public Works. The departments were offering their proposals for the FY2021 city budget which starts March 1, 2020. Here are some highlights from the presentations and discussion with Aldermen of interest to those of us who care about downtown.

DOWNTOWN TIF FUNDS

In three years, the TIF will have positive cash flow. There is no cash available for payouts for obligated projects this fiscal year. Annually, the TIF pays $1.4M to the County to disperse to the taxing districts, including District 186. This fiscal year, $1.25M will go to the YMCA project at 4th and Carpenter, $450,000 is targeted for DK Collections’ hotel project at 4th and Washington, and another $165,000 needs to be paid for the sewer project on the north side of the Y Block. Discussion included whether the City would bond against future TIF projects.

VISITORS BUREAU AT 6TH AND ADAMS

There has been a 550% increase in visitors to the Visitors Bureau since it opened its visitors center on the Plaza vs when it welcomed visitors at its headquarters on 7th Street. There were 17,000 people who stopped in in 2019. We advocated for a Plaza visitors pop up back in 2017 and we’re thrilled with the results.

CVB GOES MOBILE

The Convention and Visitors Bureau’s budget includes a $54,000 “wrapped” van to utilize for interstate travel when hunting for new conventions and for local events and site visits.

LOCAL SPRINGFIELD PROUD

CVB will be working with other local organizations on a local pride marketing campaign.

OTHER CVB UPDATES

Convention bookings turned definite 20% higher in 2019. Route 66 Living Legends program will be rolled out Spring 2020. A new billboard on N Peoria Rd (near ISF Gate 4) directs southbound visitors downtown to the Visitors Center. The graphics are at right. Northbound, a Route 66 tease and another for travelers heading out of town to return to Springfield.

PARKING METERS

City has sent out the same RFP they used 18 months ago again. Public Works plans to hold a public input meeting in a few months.

The current RFP calls for upgrading 200 of the 1400 meters downtown to be able to accept a credit card. Much discussion with Aldermen about whether this is the right strategy.

Staff admits that some meters are not used much in the outskirts and may consider taking them out.

TREE ASSET INVENTORY

Public Works has $100,000 in its proposed budget for an inventory of Springfield’s trees and a plan to replace them. Aldermen displayed skepticism for the price tag for this consultant. This is an initiative of the Mayor’s Urban Forestry Commission.

BIKESHARE

Public Works said Gotcha will be launching their bike share program in downtown this spring.

TWO WAY STREETS

Along with the modernization of traffic signals which have outlived their useful life and need to be replaced, the City intends to convert several downtown streets back to two-way (as they were previously in the 1950’s and before) for easier navigation and safety.

Regarding the costs — $4.3M is the cost for overall signal modernization and two-way street conversion of 4th, 7th and Adams as the first phase. If the City reversed course and decided not to do the conversion back to two way (which DSI would oppose), the cost of the modernization would be $3.4M.

BEAUTIFICATION

The Mayor’s beautification proposal includes downtown and the major corridors of the city. It was unclear how the routes would be prioritized. Public Works said they would be putting together a five year plan for this and their other projects.

Public Works mentioned installing a street arch at First Street. We’re not sure what this is, but we’re asking! Sounds like the replacement of something historic to go along with the Mayor’s beautification proposal.

SUPPORT FOR DSI

The Economic Development budget included $50,000 for DSI’s economic development work.

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Downtown is represented by two aldermen – Andrew Proctor (Ward 5) and Shawn Gregory (Ward 2).

Announcing the 2019 Downtown Awards Nominees

All recipients are announced at our Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 16th. (You can still buy tickets! We are going back to the 1920’s with this year’s theme).

Awards without pre-announced nominees include Best Holiday Window as voted by the public; Best Upper Story Renovation; Best Overall Renovation; DSI Volunteer of the Year; and Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to the following businesses and individuals who epitomized the Best of 2019 in downtown Springfield. The nominations by the public were reviewed by a committee of DSI Past Presidents and members who were active in DSI committees last year:

Best Retail
Corrine’s Closet
Dumb Records
Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk

Best Restaurant
Arlington’s
Cafe Moxo
La Piazza Cucina Italiana

Best Nightlife
The Alamo
Floyd’s Thirst Parlor
JP Kelly’s

Best Event
Jaycees Holiday Lights Parade
Levitt AMP Springfield
Pride Fest

Best Creative Promotion
12 Days of Giveaways (Willow & Birch)
Holiday Walks Trivia (The Portuguese Radio Clown Company)
She’s Blooming Awesome (Springfield Vintage)

Green Leadership
Hoogland Center of the Arts, Energy Efficiency Plan
Illinois Environmental Council, Solar Installation
Susan Helm, Native Planters Project

Innovative Business Concept
Dumb Records
HelloWater
The Incubator

Best New Signage
The Cardologist
Good Heart Tattoo
Richards & Stehman

Best Interior Renovation
Anvil & Forge
Brown Hay and Stephens
INB Training Center & Marketing Offices

Best Public/Private Partnership
UIS Adoption of Innovate Springfield (Community Foundation and UIS)
Dare to be Different Fashion Show (Springfield Vintage and PCASA)
Levitt AMP Springfield (City, DSI, Heritage Foundation, PNC and other Sponsors)

Best Not for Profit Initiative
Bees & Butterflies Exhibit (Kidzeum)
Center for Health and Housing Concept (Helping Hands)
Farmers Market SNAP Outreach (Junior League of Springfield)

Downtown Advocate
Chris Nickell
David Lee
Josh Sabo

Tell Us Who Should Receive This Year’s DSI Awards

Every year during our Annual Dinner & Awards, Downtown Springfield Inc. recognizes the business owners in the downtown area who are leading the way to a busy, friendly, bold, entertaining and coveted neighborhood.

The first step in the nomination process comes from YOU. Log your suggestions using our online survey tool>

We’ll announce the 2019 recipients at the Annual Dinner on January 16, 2020.

Review the recipients over the years here.

This 27th Annual Dinner will be held at the Wyndham City Centre and we’re taking downtown back to its Roaring 20’s. Tickets will be available soon for DSI’s largest fundraiser of the year. This is one celebration you won’t want to miss!

Kids Day at the Market

DSI’s Old Capitol Farmers Market presented by HSHS St. John’s Hospital encourages kids and their parents to come interact with the market and learn healthy habits during Kids Day at the Market. The event takes place during the Old Capitol Farmers Market from 8:00 am- 12:30 pm on Saturday, July 20th. There will be activities throughout the morning in the US Bank Parking lot located at Fourth and Adams. 

The first 500 kids to arrive at Kids Day will receive a $2 token that they may use to purchase a treat at participating market vendors. Kids Day is free to the public because of the generosity of sponsors including Davis Financial Group, West Central Bank, and The Baker Group.

Kids Day at the Market is in partnership with Kidzeum in celebration of their one year anniversary of opening their doors last summer. The Kidzeum website has a full list of anniversary activities. Kidzeum will be open from 10:00am-5:00pm to the general public.

Kids Day at the Market promotes healthy choices through activity stations like a yoga session with Ah Yoga at 9:00 am and a Chef Demonstration with Chef Michael Higgins from Maldaner’s Restaurant at 9:30 am. There will also be an interactive arts project for kids courtesy of Phoenix Collision providing a car for kids to mosaic. The Springfield Youth Performance Group will perform at 10:30 am. 

Numerous children-focused groups and organizations, including the Junior League of Springfield, Northside Children’s Community Library, GenHKids, Central Baptist Church, Lincoln Library, and the Abraham Lincoln Council Boy Scouts of America will also be attending to provide fun, free activities on Kids Day.

We encourage kids and their families to attend the Old Capitol Farmers Market, not only on Kids Day, but all season long on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm at 4th and Adams.

 

 

All the Deets for Open Streets

For the second year, DSI is hosting Downtown Open Streets presented by Memorial Health System!! The event takes place on the paved streets around the Old State Capitol on Saturday, May 4 “May the Fourth Be With You” from 11-3, so there’s plenty of time to participate and watch the Kentucky Derby later that day….

Open Streets temporarily opens streets to people and closes them to cars. People can travel the loop from Washington Street to 5th to Monroe Street to 6th on their bikes, skateboards, skates, by foot or otherwise and enjoy the activity hubs on the “spokes” around the Old State Capitol and on Monroe and Adams.

Mosquito Joe “Outside is Fun Again” and a bevy of Springfield organizations will be providing health, fitness & FUN activities for all ages — ALL FOR FREE!

Old State Capitol Plaza

The first 200 attendees at the event will get a free drawstring backpack/shopping bag by visiting the DSI Information Booth on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Maps and times of all of the activities will also be available. Families should also stop by the Ace Bike Shop Corral on 6th at Adams Street to be entered in a drawing for an adolescent’s bike valued at $239. The drawing for the bike will be held at 1:30 pm right before the Bicycle Parade that starts at 6th and Washington.

Plus, “check out” new and gently used paperbacks and hardbacks for free from Land of Lincoln Bookshare.

5th Street between Washington and Monroe

Check your health knowledge and your blood pressure with Memorial; get a first look at Springfield’s coming BikeShare program, Gotcha; play bingo with Girls on the Run; practice Yoga with Willow City Farm’s goats and puppies; watch a performance by Dance Creations Dance Studio; do some crafts with Lincoln Memorial Garden; and learn about roller derby from the MidState Mayhem Roller Derby women’s team and Capital City Hooligans men’s teams.

Adams Street between 4th and 5th

Get ready for the 1:30 pm Bicycle Parade by decorating your bike with US Kiddos and Central Baptist Church; play “old-school” playground games in front of the Kidzeum; and get your portrait taken at the Curtain and Leaf booth.

Adams Street between 6th and 7th

Park your bike for free at the Ace Bike Shop Bike Corral and register for a childrens’ bike giveaway; stop by The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space for the 2 pm public ribbon cutting; and test your abilities at Springfield Bicycle Club’s fun obstacle course.

6th and Washington Streets

Participate in the “Bicycle Parade”  at 1:30 pm; enjoy a performance by Springfield Youth Performance Group; take a free boot camp class every half hour with 180 Fitness; sign up to start running with Springfield Road Runners Club with their Abe’s Army program; watch experienced skateboarders in a Ramp Jam hosted by Boof City Skate Shop or learn tips for beginners; and make wind chimes with Wild Rose.

6th and Monroe Streets

Enjoy a Plant It bar with succulents and air plants with The Roost; make on-demand screen-printed T-shirts at Murphy’s Loft; look at APL animals to adopt with Studio on Sixth, enjoy 50% off select items in the store, and participate in Studio’s Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest, with prizes for every participant.

Monroe Street between 4th and 7th

Take free classes provided by the YMCA including street hockey, basketball, zumba spin class, and more; sit on the street in Custom Cup’s colorful tables and chairs; and enjoy a live band performance on an outdoor stage thanks to Dumb Records.

Get up-t0-the-minute posts on DSI’s Facebook event page.

Meet our Farmers Market Team

Hey, Farmers Market fans! We’d like you to introduce you to Mollie Ringer, DSI’s Market Manager for the 20th season of the Old Capitol Farmers Market.

A lifelong resident of Springfield, Mollie’s enthusiasm for working for nonprofit organizations started in college at Illinois State University where she completed an internship with the Children’s Discovery Museum. There she found passion working with youth and fundraising for the community.

Mollie’s non-profit resume includes the Appalachia Service Project, Illinois Grape Growers and Vintner’s Association, and most recently, Hope. She has also been active as a volunteer for DSI events.

“Coming from a farming family, I am very excited to have the opportunity to connect farmers with local consumers and to educate the community about the available healthy products and produce right in their backyard,” says Mollie.

Mollie will be joined on Market Days by Market Assistant Kailey Connour, who graduated from UIS in August with a BA in Environmental Studies. Kailey’s interests include sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and anything to do with the Ocean (as her long-time goals include working with marine wildlife). “Springfield has been my home for the past three years and I’m excited to see the extra steps that the city is taking towards a better city and a greater environment,” said Kailey.

The Market management team will oversee a 12-month calendar which includes the Old Capitol Farmers Market from May 18-October 26; two Holiday Markets in November and December; and a monthly Winter Market from January – April 2020.

This is the first year that DSI has taken on the role of producing a year-round market, taking over day-to-day management of the Holiday Markets and Winter Markets which were started by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, in addition to the summer-time Old Capitol Farmers Market, which has been managed by DSI since 1999.

The vendor application for the 2019 Old Capitol Farmers Market is now live.

Some Market dates to jot down on your calendar:

May 18 – Grand Opening of the Old Capitol Farmers Market

July 20 – Kids Day at the Market/Kidzeum One-Year Anniversary

September 5 – Friends of the Market Street Dinner (tickets go on sale in July)

October 26 – Halloween at the Market

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