With the holidays drawing near, it’s time for festive music,
sparkling lights, and tasty treats. Save some room on your calendar for these
Elgin-area holiday events.
Head south to St. Charles for a spectacular holiday display. The two-day event starts at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 with Lighting of the Lights on First Street Plaza. The annual Electric Christmas Parade heads down Main Street at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24. There will also be free holiday music, moves, and other activities.
Sounds of the Season
The Northeast Neighborhood Association of Elgin is hosting its annual Sounds of the Season event on Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. This event will be held in the Spring-Douglas Historic District. Food and drinks are included in the cost of a ticket. Featured performers include members of the Elgin Youth Symphony and the Sterling Brass Quintet.
This Is Christmas
Christ Community Church in St. Charles will present its annual holiday concert Dec. 7-9. Tickets cost $5 per person. Concert times vary by day.
New Year’s Eve Family
On Dec. 31, Pheasant Run Mega Center will host a Family Fun Fest from noon to 8 p.m. There will be a fun balloon drop at 7 p.m. Other activities include a petting zoo, zip lining, inflatables, and carnival games.
An automotive alliance could have a major impact on an upcoming model of the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Automotive giants Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have had an alliance since 1999, and now Renault and Nissan — which controls Mitsubishi — are talking about a merger. The companies, however, aren’t waiting for a merger to make a big move.
As part of the alliance’s attempt to make further inroads in the American crossover market, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will reportedly be based on the wider, longer frame of the Nissan Rogue. That would make the Outlander noticeably different in size from Mitsubishi’s other crossover vehicles, the Outlander Sport and the Eclipse Cross. The 2021 Outlander may also have a plug-in, hybrid model.
While the Outlander and Rogue will share the same base, they’ll be different enough to have their own design and marketing strategies.
The Outlander will be the first Mitsubishi to benefit from sharing a Nissan platform, but others could follow. The Outlander Sport will reportedly be built on the same frame used by the Nissan Versa, Kicks, and Juke. There are also rumors that Mitsubishi might build a mid-sized truck on an alliance platform. That’s a move that would make customers hungry for such a vehicle very happy. Until then, come to Biggers Mitsubishi and take a test drive of a new 2018 Outlander!
Whether you live in the area or are just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of fun things to do in or around Elgin this spring. Read on to discover some of the Elgin area’s most exciting upcoming events.
Cinco de Mayo in Elgin
Come to downtown Elgin on May 4 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This festive event will feature authentic Mexican cuisine, traditional Mexican music and plenty of local food trucks and eclectic vendors. Admission is free, so we hope to see you there!
On May 5, you can experience the sixth annual Elgin International Festival (iFest). This event will feature tons of music, entertainment, cuisine, and art displays from cultures all over the world. Admission is free and there will be plenty of sights and activities for people of all ages to discover and enjoy.
Barrington Art Festival
Just a short drive away from Elgin, the Barrington Art Festival in downtown Barrington will highlight paintings, sculptures, glass, jewelry and other works from more than 130 artists around the world over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-27). There will also be plenty of food, live music, and activities for the whole family. Best of all, admission is free.
Creating your very own holiday wreath is the game plan at the Holiday Wreath Workshop at Blumen Gardens. Taking place on Dec. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the event will also feature a selection of wine to indulge in as you craft the perfect wreath.
“The Spirit of the Horse”
If you’re on the hunt for a story that reflects the Christmas spirit, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one better than “The Spirit of the Horse.” An inspiring holiday tale, the story follows two orphans who wish for a family to love them. Catch a showing on Dec. 8, 9, or 10. All proceeds benefit Horses Without Humans.
Breakfast with Santa
There are plenty of great ways to get into the Christmas spirit, and attending the upcoming Breakfast with Santa is one of them. Taking place at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, the event will feature brunch on Dec. 9 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. with the big man himself. Families will be treated to crafts, a breakfast buffet, and plenty of photo opportunities with Santa Claus.
The new Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is great for road trips, with a sleek exterior, comfortable interior, and unparalleled gas mileage. Check out of these road trip destinations in Illinois to get the best out of your new G4. You’ll be surprised by the world of possibilities this intelligent car opens up.
Stop by Aurora, Illinois. This Chicago suburb is known for being the second largest city in the state, with a great view of the Fox River, as well as landmarks like the Paramount Theatre. Originally known for its manufacturing, Aurora is now a cultural center in the Midwest.
Chicago is a no-brainer for anyone in Illinois. This massive city is one of the largest in the US, known for its modern and working-class feel. Writers like Carl Sandburg have made this city an American icon, with a unique atmosphere and history you just can’t find elsewhere. Road Trip USA suggests visiting the Art Institute, Navy Pier, or the Willis Tower (formerly called the Sears Tower).
Chrystal Lake is known for its clear lake and small-city feel. With just 40,000 residents, you can easily find your way around this quaint town. Crystal Lake is part of the Chicago metro area, but it has a unique history, including some truly stunning buildings. If you visit this town, stop by the nearby lake, also called Chrystal Lake.
Finally, the Mirage G4 can easily get you to Rockford. As the third largest city in the state, Rockford is known for high-quality furniture and its beautiful scenery. Called the Forest City, Rockford is home to the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Anderson Japanese Gardens.
These are just some of the many places to visit in your Mirage G4. You’ll have plenty of gas in the tank after you visit each of these locations, just one reason so many can’t leave the driver’s seat of this new model.
It’s the day and age where we basically can’t let go of our phone. But we have to let go of it when we’re driving and here’s why: texting and driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do.
Motor vehicle crashes can come unexpectedly, but if you’re texting, there’s a much higher chance of it happening to you. You’re four times more likely to crash if you’re texting. In 2015, 1 in 4 of all car crashes involved a cell phone. Unfortunately, that’s not the most tragic statistic there is.
Every day, nine drivers die because of texting while driving, and in 2013, texting caused 341,000 motor vehicle crashes. Forty percent of teens say that they have been a passenger in a car when a cellphone was used in a way that put them in danger.
A reported 33% of US drivers from ages 18 to 64 admitted reading or composing text messages while driving. To compare, only 15% of drivers from Spain reported that they texted while driving.
It’s a US epidemic that we need to squash before it grows any more. Make a vow to yourself now that you will never text and drive again. It can wait.
The day has come: the new Mirage has finally been revealed. The 2017 Mirage G4 will serve as a sedan sibling to the popular Mirage hatchback.
This Mirage sedan will bring a fresh dose of style and environmental consciousness to the Mitsubishi lineup. The G4 will have the same powertrain of the 2017 hatchback, a revised 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. It will be at the top of its class in combined fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. The G4’s long wheelbase makes for a spacious interior cabin and trunk.
Tech elements make the new Mirage G4 a standout, too. It will be equipped with available smartphone integrations and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you’ll get features usually reserved for higher-priced vehicles in your affordable Mitsubishi.
With the new Mirage, you’ll get everything the hatchback offered with the benefits of a four-door sedan. “The Mirage hatchback and now the Mirage G4 sedan will form a formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA.
Keep an eye out for the 2017 Mirage G4’s release to check it out for yourself.
Biggers Mitsubishi is proud to serve the community of Elgin, Illinois. We appreciate all that the city has to offer, especially the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.
The park began in 1938, as Camp Hawthorne Hills. This camp served the Elgin Girl Scouts for 34 years. In 1977, the City of Elgin purchased the camp and 45 acres west of Brookside Drive. The goal was to preserve the area for future generations. Hawthorne Hill Nature Center opened to the public in 2005 and has been a popular place for locals and visitors ever since.
The Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to learn about nature. The center provides year-round opportunities to explore the natural landscape. When you visit, you can hike one of the many trails or explore the interactive nature center.
There is also a wheelchair-accessible trail leading to a pond and meadow to allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors without limitations. Families and individuals can explore the 67-acre nature area, or take part in one of the many available programs.
We at Biggers Mitsubishi encourage everyone to take the time to learn about nature and appreciate the diversity in ecology and humanity shown through the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center.
This makes January the 11th month in a row that the crossover has seen a sales growth. This is a testament of the impressive 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, as it debuted last year and has been going strong ever since.
The 2016 Outlander has over 100 improvements, including changes to the interior and exterior design. In addition, there are more powertrain options and safety features. The Outlander is clearly Mitsubishi’s most advanced crossover yet, and was even named as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
If you are interested in seeing why so many people are choosing to buy the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, stop into Biggers Mitsubishi. One test drive is all you will need to understand why Mitsubishi January sales of the Outlander are skyrocketing.
The Mitsubishi Mirage has once again been recognized by IHS Automotive for having the highest model loyalty among Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact vehicles. This is the second time in a row the Mirage has earned the award, proving that great things do come in small packages.
IHS Automotive measures model loyalty based on how many households who own a new vehicle return to the market to purchase or lease another new vehicle of the same make and/or model. The fact that people keep coming back to the Mirage is a testament to the vehicle’s quality and to its ability to live up to expectations.
“Mirage offers an unmatched package of segment-leading fuel economy, attractive pricing and an industry leading new
vehicle and powertrain warranty,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president at Mitsubishi North America. “Our faithful owners understand and appreciate the Mitsubishi Mirage.”
Later this year, the 2017 Mirage will arrive at Biggers Mitsubishi with a refreshed exterior design, better performance, and new technology. We don’t expect that IHS Automotive Model Loyalty award to go anywhere, that’s for sure!