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At a glance:


Located along the Fox River, the City of Elgin is approximately 38 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and straddles two counties, with approximately 1/5 of its current Equalized Assessed Valuation (the “EAV”) in Cook County and 4/5 in Kane County. The city was incorporated under a special charter from the State of Illinois in 1854, and is a home rule unit under the 1970 Illinois Constitution. The city operates under the Council-Manager form of government with a Mayor and six City Council members elected at large for four-year staggered terms. The City Council appoints a City Manager, Treasurer and Clerk. All City employees, approximately 640 full-time, report to the City Manager. Various non-supervisory City employees are members of collective bargaining units. These units have multi-year contracts of varying length.



1990: 77,010          2000: 94,487          2010: 100,000 (projected)


21.7 square miles


21.7 square miles

Median age (2000):

30.9 years

Median household income (1999):


Average home sales price in 2004:



A brief history of Elgin


Fountain Sqaure"In 1835, James T. and Hezekiah Gifford, along with Samuel Jewett Kimball, settled a city that they would name "Elgin" in the state of Illinois, 38 miles west of Chicago. Situated on the Fox River, Elgin is directly between the lead mines of Galena and Chicago. Gifford, being a devoutly religious man, named his new city after a Scottish psalm. "I had been a great admirer of that tune from boyhood", he once stated, "and the name Elgin had ever fallen upon my ear with musical effects". Over the next 165 years, Elgin would be music to the ears of a great many people and industries, including one of the largest watch making factories in the world, the largest producers of dairy products in the Midwest, including the home of The Borden Milk Company, as well as the manufacturing of cars, shoes, bicycles and religious printed material. Elgin would be the home for many colleges, including Judson College, Elgin Community College and The Elgin Academy, which at one time was affiliated with Northwestern University."  – Author James McDunn



Municipal offices address: 150 Dexter Ct., Elgin, IL 60120

Phone number: 847-931-6100


Schools & Colleges


School District U-46



School District 301



Elgin Community College





Driving distances: To Loop, 38 miles; to O`Hare International Airport, 25 miles.

Rush-hour alternatives: By car, 1 hour 15 minutes. Train service: National Street or Chicago Street station in Elgin to Union station, 60 minutes,.


City of Elgin Parks & Recreation Department


The Parks & Recreation Current Activities Brochure is available on-line at Take a look and see what activities and events the Parks & Recreation Department has planned for Elgin! You can also go to for a list of all parks and facilities. Elgin's new downtown family recreation facility, The Centre of Elgin  ( ) features an indoor aquatic center, fitness center, recreation program space, climbing wall, and track in a state-of-the-art 200,000 square foot building. The City of Elgin owns and operates 2 municipal golf courses, The Highlands of Elgin Golf Course and Wing Park Golf Course. The Elgin Sports Complex, features 10 lighted softball fields, 10 full size soccer fields, The Hill, the Chicago area's premier BMX track, and 2 sand volleyball courts. The Hemmens Cultural Center offers you the rare opportunity to experience legendary entertainers and world-class performing artists in an intimate setting.( )


Health Facilities

Elgin Mental Health Center, 750 S State St., 847-742-1040

Kane Health Department Prenatal Clinic, 77 S Riverside Dr., 847-695-0848

Saint Joseph Hospital General Information, 77 N Airlite St., 847-695-3200

Sherman Hospital, 934 Center St., 847-742-9800

Americana Healthcare Center, 180 S State St, 847-742-3310

Sherman Hospital Community Health & Education, 934 Center St., 847-888-8772


Other useful contacts and resources








Wide Open West








Public Transportation


Dial-A-Ride (handicap bus)

(847) 931-6755

Metra (train)

(312) 322-6777 or

(847) 742-0094

PACE (State St Terminal)

(847) 931-6745 or

(847) 931-6750

Other Organizations


Illinois Secretary of State’s Office


Kane County


Cook County


Gail Borden Library


Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce


Elgin Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau


Elgin Community Network



Compiled & edited by Bob Dohn. (Rev 04/05)

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