Monday, July 23, 2012
Bridge will connect east, west sides of downtown Plainfield.
The village will host a joint groundbreaking for the new, $1 million pedestrian bridge and open house for the Riverfront Center, headquarters of the non-profit Riverfront Foundation, at 5 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the Riverfront sign between Village Hall and the DuPage River. Funded by a $1 million Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant, the bridge project is designed to increase accessibility for pedestrians and connect the east and west sides of downtown Plainfield. The project will add a 10-foot-wide Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant walkway to the bridge, plus a decorative safety railing and a DuPage River overlook. The work will also widen and extend the bridge’s walkway along the south side of Lockport …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
The event is now a fundraiser for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation.
Nearly a century ago, the DuPage riverfront was the place to be in Plainfield. A summer resort complete with cabins, a dance pavilion, restaurant, bowling alley and swimming, Electric Park drew thousands of visitors to the village. But more than 80 years since Electric Park celebrated its last summer, a local nonprofit is looking to return the riverfront to its former splendor. This weekend’s Plainfield Fest is one of the largest fundraisers for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation. Founded in 2009, the foundation was created to raise awareness of plans to revitalize the riverfront, along with conducting fundraising. The riverfront masterplan, adopted by the Village of Plainfield in 2007, includes shops, restaurants and more along a nearly…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The signature fundraiser for the Riverfront Foundation is Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Rides, games, food and live music will return to downtown Plainfield this weekend. The annual fundraiser for the Riverfront Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing Plainfield’s riverfront, Plainfield Fest will kick off as the carnival midway opens at 4 p.m. Friday, July 20. The fest is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For fest-goers who forget to bring cash, portable ATMs will be on site this year. The event is made possible with support from title sponsor Rod Baker Ford, along with supporting sponsor Heartland Bank and Trust; contributing sponsors Plainfield Patch, Bill Jacobs of Plainfield and First Midwest Bank; stage sponsor D'Arcy Motors; beer tent sponsor Miller …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The annual event will include live music, carnival rides, food vendors, a beer tent and more.
Downtown Plainfield will be a bevy of excitement next weekend as live music, carnival rides, food vendors, a beer tent, business and craft expo, and more descend on the town. Plainfield Fest will be Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22 along Lockport, Des Plaines, Illinois and Chicago streets. Admission is free and wristbands for the beer tent cost $1. In addition to such favorites as Jaw Potato and Michael Heaton in the beer tent, servings of pork chops on a stick from Annabell’s Bar-B-Q, and beef and dogs from Nabby’s, Plainfield Fest will feature a new family-themed sports day and a brand new ride. There will also be Bingo. “Bingo is back after a few years’ hiatus,” said Rob Epley, festival chairman and president of the Plainfield …
Monday, June 11, 2012
So far, four restaurants have signed up. Don’t miss your chance!
Plainfield River Days will return to the village in September, this time with a tasty twist. The theme for the third annual event, a fundraiser for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation is “Taste of Plainfield,” and organizers are looking for restaurants to sign on as food vendors for the fest. To participate, restaurants must be located in Plainfield. So far, four eateries have signed up to participate, according to organizer Cyndi Fulco. “We would like to limit it to 10 vendors,” she said, adding organizers are hoping to have a mix of different types of food. “We have no Mexican or Chinese yet, so that would be fun,” she said. This year’s River Days are Sept. 14, 15 and 16 along Plainfield’s riverfront. The event raises money for plans to…
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
While the August event was deemed a public success, it was an "organizational failure," fest board President Rex Slagel says.
Midwest Brewers Fest organizers were told Monday it’s likely their craft beer event will be approved again for 2012, but the Plainfield Village Board wants to see a line-by-line breakdown of their 2011 income and expenditures before giving the OK. Questions have arisen over why the August festival, which drew more than 1,900 people to Riverfront Park, did not produce any money for the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation. When originally approved by the village board, it was promised that as much as $40,000 would be raised for the group. Rex Slagel, president of the newly formed Midwest Brewers Fest Board of Directors, told the village board it was a mistake to have made any promises of profit. While the event was deemed a public success, …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Unexpected costs, low ticket sales on day of the event hurt, but merchandise sales will bring in money, Steve Caton says. (Take our poll at the end of this story.)
Midwest Brewers Fest numbers are still not final, but it’s possible the event won’t make a profit – at least not yet. Organizer Steve Caton said miscalculated and unplanned costs coupled with a lower-than-anticipated ticket sales on the day of the Aug. 27 event have eaten into the money the fest might have made, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success nor does it mean they won’t do it again next year. And if they’re able to market the merchandise that wasn’t sold that day – T-shirts, baseball caps, beer glasses and other items – that money will go directly to the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation, the nonprofit group that was to be the beneficiary of money made by the Riverfront Park craft beer event, he said. “Do I regret saying we were …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Professional video, done to the tune of "Down by the Riverside,"
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Friday, September 30, 2011
Check out a newly posted YouTube video that captures the fun and games that made up Plainfield Riverdays, a Sept. 10 fundraiser held by the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation to raise money for Riverfront/Electric Park redevelopment. The video was put together by the Plainfield Public Library. If you were there, you might just see yourself or your friends. if you weren't able to go, take a look at what you missed. Click here to see the video.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Organizers say they hope the second-annual event raised $12,000 for redevelopment of the Plainfield riverfront.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
Organizers of this weekend’s Plainfield Riverdays are hopeful that a stop by the riverfront park will get people involved in efforts to restore it. Some 2,000 people were estimated to have dropped by the Riverdays fundraiser Saturday. The festival featured everything from mini-golf and bounce houses for the kids to mud volleyball and a duck race on the DuPage River. The festival started last year as a way to raise money to restore Plainfield’s riverfront and what was once Electric Park. “I think it’s a good idea,” said Kristin Wagner, a Plainfield woman who came to the festival Saturday with her family. “It will bring more people downtown.” The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation recently exceeded $100,000 in its fundraising efforts for the …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The fundraiser features a picnic Friday, and bean bags, mud volleyball, an art fair, duck race, children's games and more Saturday.
The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation invites you to get outdoors this weekend with a ticketed barbecue/bonfire party Friday and free-admission family festival Saturday. The second annual Plainfield Riverdays will be held at Riverfront Park, 24401 W. Lockport St., at the west end of downtown Plainfield, just west of the DuPage River. The community barbecue from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday will feature grilled chicken, a pork-carving station, artisanal sides, an open bar with beer and wine, a bonfire, music, silent auction, raffles and a presentation on developments at the park. Tickets are $50 and available in advance at www.plainfieldriverdays.com and at Village Hall, Marsaglia Agency, Live 59, Plainfield Public Library, Dive Right in Scuba and …