Mundelein Community Connection Winter 2022 Newsletter
Mundelein Community Connection (MCC) is a not for profit organization dedicated to the economic development, historic preservation and healthy community spirit of Mundelein’s central business district. Working together we provide an atmosphere where new and established businesses can grow and where families find the hometown they always wanted.

A Message from the Executive Director
Yes, 2021 was definitely better than 2020, but we are not yet “back to normal.”  Maybe 2022 will be the year.  We remain ever hopeful.  

Planning for the 2022 Mundelein Craft Beer Fest began on January 7th.  Our Business Partner for the Beer Fest, Tighthead Brewery, 161 N. Archer Street, just finished an extended two-week, 10th Anniversary celebration on December 23rd.  On December 13th Tighthead was presented Special Recognition by the GLMV Chamber of Commerce in honor of the 10th Anniversary milestone.  Congratulations Tighthead!  Cheers to the next 10 years!

The Winter is not a slow time for MCC.  On January 21st we host our annual “Thank You Pizza Lunch” for Mundelein Public Works, an essential manpower supporter of all our events.  

Our Annual Recognition Dinner is planned for February 8th at Dover Straits, at which we introduce the MCC Board for 2022, and present awards for the Volunteer of the Year; Organization of the Year; and Business of the Year.

Our Fiscal Year ends January 31st, which means we are actively preparing our budget for 2022, as well as event planning, contacting farmers market vendors, soliciting event sponsors, renewing MCC memberships, monthly Bingo Nights at Tighthead, and, for the first time in 20 years, finding new office space.  See article below.

Part of the planning for 2022 includes consideration of expanding the Tree Lighting weekend into a Winter Festival and continuing our partnership with the Village on the Mundelein Classic Bike Race.
Terry Skriba

MCC Offices Are Moving
The MCC Office has been located in the lower level of PNC Bank, 469 N. Seymour Ave., at the corner of Seymour and Park Streets for over 14 years.  MCC was incorporated in 1998 as “Mundelein Mainstreet”.  Our first office was in the former Dupont Jewelry store, 14 E. Park Street.   In early 2007 we moved to our current location when Dupont’s was remodeled into the Park Street Restaurant.  First National Bank of Mundelein, which occupied 469 N. Seymour at that time, came to our aide, and provided the entire lower level of the Bank for our offices rent-free.  We have been fortunate to remain in this location ever since.   Over the years the bank changed owners several times.  It became First of America Bank in 2007, National City in 2008, and PNC in 2010.

Unfortunately, times change.  PNC has decided to close their Mundelein location.   We must be out by the end of February.  The search for a new home has begun. We are working with the Village and other landowners to find suitable office space in downtown Mundelein.   PNC has been a great landlord and MCC partner over the years.    In addition to providing our spacious office-space, complete with meeting room, storage etc.  rent free, PNC has supported all our events including provided much needed parking for the Park on Park Car Shows and Farmers Market.  At this time, it is our understanding that PNC has not announced plans for re-use of building or development of the site.

Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors, Benefactors, and Volunteers
It takes help from a lot of people and donations from many businesses and members to put on all our events.  Thanks to all those individuals who volunteered at an MCC event in 2021.  There are too many to list here, but you know who you are.  We are grateful for your support.

Likewise, sponsorships and other financial contributors are also a critical element for the success of any community event.  Again, there is not enough space to list every business sponsor, but would like to recognize all the businesses that contributed over $500 to MCC in 2021:

    Armor Cares ($2,500)
    McDonald’s of Mundelein ($1,500)
    Consumers Cooperative Association ($1,500)
    Mundelein Community Bank ($1,000)
    Mundelein Automotive ($1,000)
    The UPS Store of Libertyville ($1,000)
    Area Coffee ($500)
    Great Lakes Credit Union ($500)
    RISE Recreational Dispensary ($500)

Finally, MCC is also grateful for the financial support and manpower contributions provided by the Village of Mundelein.
Bingo at the Brewery Continues in 2022
What started as a limited trial of four Bingo events in 2021 has proved so popular it has been extended for another 9 dates in 2022.  MCC and the GLMV Chamber of Commerce will continue to host Bingo at Tighthead Brewery on the 4th Monday of the month February thru October 2022.   The Bingo night planned for January 24th has been cancelled.

At our four events in 2021 participation averaged about 40 players per night” explained GLMV President, and part-time bingo caller, Scott Adams.  “The atmosphere is casual and fun.  We have a core of regulars, with a nice group of new additions each month,” he added.  

The next bingo night is February 24th at Tighthead Brewery from 5:00 pm (Registration) until 7:30. Circle the date; bring a snack; have a beer; join the fun.
Support Downtown Mundelein:  Become an MCC Member
There are a variety of ways you can support MCC and help promote our goal to make Downtown Mundelein a great destination for fun, family-focused community events.  An easy way is to  become an MCC member.  Annual memberships are available for businesses ($200); individuals/families ($45); and not-for-profit organizations ($35).  MCC currently has 25 business members, 10 not-profit members and individual members.  A full list of members is available on our webpage:  Membership in MCC shows a support for keeping downtown Mundelein a focal point of our community. Click here for a membership form application.
Good Times Once Again at Santa’s Cottage 2021
Santa’s Cottage was the final MCC event of the year.  As he does every year, Santa arrived by Fire Truck on December 3rd just in time for the Mundelein Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.  He greeted the crowd of over 1,000 spectators and then stayed for the reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the Fireworks display, before moving to the porch of his iconic Cottage.  Along with Mrs. Claus, his trusted elves, and the 2021 Mundelein Pageant Queens, he greeted children until 7:30 pm.   

Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and Queens returned on December 4th and 11th to greet children and their families.   Visitors received “goodie” bags donated by Mundelein businesses, and a Christmas Card from Santa.  The weather on December 4th was frightful which limited attendance, but the 11th was perfect.  Over 250 goodie bags were distributed that day.  Remaining goodie bags were donated to the Mundelein Police Department and were distributed to children through the department’s “Shop with a Cop” program at the Chapel of Mundelein on December 12th.
Recycle Holiday Lights Until January 31st
Take unwanted holiday lights to any of the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through January 31, 2022 to be recycled:

Village Hall, 300 Plaza Circle
Public Works and Engineering, 801 Allanson Road
Fire Station #1, 1000 N. Midlothian Road
Police Department, 221 N. Lake Street (lower level)

Bulbs do not have to be removed from the strands but should be removed from boxes and/or plastic. Lawn ornaments, other holiday decorations, or light strands connected to wreaths, garlands, or other material cannot be accepted.
If you have any questions or bulk drop-offs, please contact Village of Mundelein Public Works 847-980-3270.
Mundelein Community Connection |  469 N. Seymour, Mundelein, IL 60060 (847) 970-9235