About Elgin, IL
Nestled along the banks of the Fox River, Elgin, Illinois is approximately 38 miles northwest of downtown Chicago and is home to approximately 115,000 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 1835 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.