Elgin Heritage Commission
May is Preservation Month! The community is planning a number of events that will celebrate Elgin's heritage and preservation efforts. Stay tuned for announcements. 

Call for Nominations! 

Each year, the mayor recognizes the outstanding contributions of Elgin citizens and their efforts to preserve the city’s heritage through Elgin’s unique architecture, neighborhoods and history.

Applications are now available for the Mayor's Awards for Historic Preservation. Nominations are due February 24 at 5 p.m.
Preservation Month

How to Apply

  • Apply online
  • Fillable form
  • In person - Applications available at the Community Development Department, 150 Dexter Court, Elgin, IL (Robert Gilliam Municipal Complex)

Have an event idea to celebrate Preservation Month? Submit this form by March 24. 

Promoting Elgin's Historic Preservation
The Elgin Heritage Commission is a citizen's advisory body that promotes Elgin's historic preservation activity through the protection, maintenance, and preservation of the city's architectural, historic, and cultural resources.

The Commission is also charged with promoting the education of property owners, local governmental agencies, and the public at large in matters of the city's heritage. The commission is responsible for reviewing and recommending to the City Council designation of Elgin sites, structures or areas having special historic, architectural, community or archaeological value as landmarks or historic districts.

- National Alliance of Preservation Commissions - Commission Excellence: Best Practices-Technology Award, 2016
- Illinois Association of Historic Preservation Commissions - Public Outreach and Education Award, 2016

The Elgin Heritage Commission is composed of nine voting members appointed by the mayor with the consent of the City Council.  Citizens interested in joining the Elgin Heritage Commission can apply online.

Elgin City Clerk
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120-5555
(847) 931-6004

Elgin Heritage Commission Meetings:
  • 7:00 pm 
  • First Tuesday of Each Month
  • City Council Chambers, City Hall, 150 Dexter Court