About Elgin

Nestled along the banks of the Fox River, Elgin, Illinois is approximately 38 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and is home to over 112,000 people. Elgin is a unique community that proudly distinguishes itself from the rest of the metropolitan area. Its approachable, progressive identity is anchored in its resilient history and strong, diverse community that continues to embody a desire for an even brighter future.

Our roots as a bustling city began with Elgin's founding in April 1836 and have continued to thread into the lives of today's residents, businesses and visitors. The community has maintained its strong heritage as it grew from an agricultural river town and manufacturing hub to one of the largest and fastest growing cities in Illinois. Through our growth, we have maintained our independence and identity, achieving status as an award-winning All American City. 

This vibrant, diverse community is a registered Cities of Service to recognize its volunteer-rich community and history of civic engagement. Elgin strives to be a safe and healthy community for all and that sense of safety is solidified by the City’s high quality police and fire services. It offers urban with cultural, entertainment and recreational opportunities matched with conveniences of traditional suburban communities. It is fast becoming a destination for the arts. As we continue to revitalize our downtown, more people are finding Elgin offers a way of life few other suburbs provide. The community’s 180-year history is dotted with challenges, growth and innovation that has emboldened Elgin to become unapologetically itself. 

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