GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn's annual downtown Sidewalk Sale Celebration is benefitting this year from a partnership between two local organizations.
"This event is a combination of chamber members and alliance members," said Chamber Executive Director Mike Formento. "Subsequently, since we both represent a section of downtown, we thought it was in our best interest to combine our resources together for one big event."
The sale will be family-oriented, Formento said, with opportunities for children to take part. Today, the Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St., will entertain kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center, 800 St. Charles Road, will host hours for parents to drop off children while they shop downtown from 1 to 3 p.m. today, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
There will also be a Windy City Mix music and ice cream social at 5 p.m. today, along with a dunking booth. On Saturday, the College of DuPage will offer free massages at the flower clock on South Main Street.
Today's children's events during the celebration include a jewelry-making class at A Bella Bead, 485 Main St., and School of Rock classes for 2- to 5-year-olds from 2 to 3 p.m. and for 5- to 8-year-olds from 3 to 4 p.m. at 536 Crescent Blvd. Music classes cost $10 per child.
Friday festivities will feature the following:
• Rise, a new fitness studio at 499C Pennsylvania Ave., will offer a class for children from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
• The Yoga Place, 488 Crescent Blvd #A, will hold a kid’s yoga class from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
• NutriFit, 526 Crescent Blvd #233, will answer nutrition questions with moms from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
• Run Today, 515 Crescent Blvd., will have kid running tips and sneaker sizing from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
• Salon Estem, 490 Crescent Blvd., will host two hair-braiding chairs from noon to 4 p.m.
Alliance Executive Director Carol White said the event includes an increase in sales, merchandise and activities.
"We're turning up the volume on everything," she said. "We really wanted to turn it into a bigger event."
The celebration will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Main Street will be closed between Crescent Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue for events today and Friday, another change to make the sale more family-friendly, Formento said.
"It's a much more safe environment for mothers who are coming down with small children or strollers," he said.
Both organizing groups agree the alliance-chamber partnership is working well, and hope to continue it for future events.
"It's really flowed smoothly and it's been fun to work together," White said.