Happy Friday, Antioch!
The first Village of Antioch Wine Walk of 2024 is tomorrow! We’ve worked at increasing the amount of Wine Walk participants that we’re able to handle. This means that there are more tickets available for sale. I’m told that as of this afternoon, there are still tickets available. Tickets are $45 per person and include roughly 30 stops with over 50 types of wine. So far, over 550 tickets have been sold! Not only is this a fun event, but it’s also exciting to see the participating shops and restaurants full of people enjoying our town and supporting the local economy. Thank you to all the businesses that are helping to make this a success! To purchase tickets, visit: https://secure.rec1.com/IL/village-of-antioch/catalog/index/50a643b5eaeb74a176c021e092fc9413?filter=c2VhcmNoPXdpbmU=
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening ribbon-cutting for the new Antioch Traveling Closet NFP location. Congratulations Lisa Fisher and the ATC team! Their new location is in the Depot Plaza, 311 Depot Street (near the train station). All moved into the new location, they’re already busy getting ready for their first giveaway event of the year. Tomorrow, the Antioch Traveling Closet will be holding a giveaway of clothing, toiletries, and essential items for families in need, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their new location. Please note, this event is only for residents of Antioch, Lake Villa, and Lindenhurst (IDs will be required to show residency). Thank you to Lisa Fisher and all her volunteers for everything you do. More information: https://antiochtravelingcloset.org
At our last Village Board meeting, we received an update from the Antioch Veterans Memorial committee about their fundraising efforts. The Daily Herald had a great write-up about their update, along with pictures. You can read the story here: https://www.dailyherald.com/20240117/news/fundraising-to-get-underway-for-long-sought-veterans-memorial-in-antioch/ Also, make sure you follow the Antioch Veterans Memorial committee’s Facebook page for more updates.
Congratulations Antioch Police Commander Nick Garcia! Commander Garcia recently completed the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. This program is an internationally renowned intensive 10-week police leadership training program. We’re proud of your accomplishment and grateful for your dedicated service to our community, Commander Garcia!
Finally, I had a chance to walk past the village redevelopment project at Main and Orchard earlier this morning. Despite the cold temperatures, progress continues to be made. Once the weather improves, I’ll have more pictures to share. I’m also working with our Village communications team to make a video update to show our progress. Look for something in the coming weeks.
I look forward to seeing you downtown for tomorrow’s Wine Walk!
Have a great weekend, Antioch!
Scott J. Gartner
Upcoming Village Events:
January 20. 2024, 12n – 4 p.m. – Village of Antioch 2024 Wine Walk
February 10, 2024, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – 2024 Village of Antioch Sweetheart Luau Dance