Welcome to Elgin
An up-and-coming, urban community nestled along the Fox River Valley
The fast-growing community of Elgin, Illinois is home to 110,000 residents, beautiful parks for outdoor recreation, and dozens of opportunities for culturally rich and diverse experiences. This urban neighborhood has a small-town feel with a strong focus on community engagement and volunteer work. Residents are proud of their tight-knit community and look to support each other whenever possible. The area features a fantastic school system, unique shopping experiences, and accessible transportation into downtown Chicago.
What to Love
- Dozens of world-class parks for exploration and recreation
- Beautiful, scenic views along the Fox River
- A strong sense of community pride and spirit - Elgin was the winner of the National Civic League’s All-American City award in 2002
Residents of Elgin enjoy many cultural and diverse opportunities in a large, urban setting. This small city is home to an excellent school system and truly unique events (like the annual Nightmare on Chicago Street). With its growing population and economic growth, the area continues to expand and offer numerous housing options for young families, young and established professionals, retirees, and commuters. People of all demographics find Elgin to be a fantastic home. A great blend of bustling businesses and charming, family-friendly neighborhoods, Elgin is the perfect place to call home if you’re looking for diversity, abundant green spaces, and friendly neighbors.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Inspired by the British science fiction television show Doctor Who, the Blue Box Cafe is a unique spot offering a variety of savory sandwiches and premium coffees. The Doctor Who-themed atmosphere makes the experience at Blue Box truly unique, and people come from all over just for the ambiance!
Arabica Cafe brings a rich coffeehouse experience to downtown Elgin. Owners Diane and Brian each have decades of experience in the coffee and bakery industries and aim to provide residents with artisanal beverages that pair well with each other. Try one of their delicious breakfast sandwiches or their seasonal Autumn Honey Miel crafted with local honey.
Antiques abound in Elgin. Visit State Street Market Shops and Elgin Antiques and Uniques to browse the shelves for your latest treasure. State Street Market offers over 30 individual vendor stands under one roof, and Elgin Antiques has themed rooms with “fantastically fun” finds hidden among several alcoves throughout the store.
Things to Do
Celebrate the arts and the fall season at the annual Art Harvest! Find your way through the hay maze, carve a pumpkin, attend a magic show, and create your own masterpiece with tips and tricks from local artists. Art Harvest was established to foster a love and appreciation of the arts in the Elgin community and celebrate the changing of the seasons in late October.
For an experience like no other, Nightmare on Chicago Street brings the Zombie Defense Initiative to Elgin for one night each year. Chicago Street is shut down and turned into an apocalyptic scene for an evening of live music, zombie props, and food and beer vendors. Come if you dare!
There are dozens of parks throughout Elgin, but two popular spots are Festival Park and The Pavilion at Lords Park. Featuring a fun playground and spray park, Festival Park is a local favorite destination for families in Elgin. The Pavilion at Lords Park is a stunning event space that features a Victorian building situated on 108 acres. The Pavilion is an ideal spot for weddings and large parties, and the park features miles of trails, a playground, sports fields, a museum, and the Lords Park Zoo, which was founded in 1895.
Elgin is home to a few high-achieving schools. Some of them include: