DescriptionOnce noted for its contributions to the watch-making industry, Elgin today is celebrated for its Victorian era architecture and diverse arts community. The city boasts one of the largest known collections of Sears Catalog Homes in the country, with more than 200 kit homes built 1908-1940 in the area. Many restored Queen Anne style homes in Elgin were once owned by executives at the Elgin Watch Company which was located along the banks of the Fox River until 1968.
The Elgin Theatre Company has been entertaining audiences since 1952. Performances are held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., 8th floor; (847) 741-0532. The 1,200-seat Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, is home to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, which presents more than 25 concerts each year; (847) 888-4000. The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Elgin Master Chorale perform at Blizzard Theatre on the campus of Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr.; (847) 622-0300.
Along the eastern shore of the Fox River is the more-than-40-mile scenic Fox River Trail, a popular place for walkers, hikers and bikers. The paved trail connects Elgin with Aurora in the south and provides access to the Illinois Prairie Path.
Visitor InfoElgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Things to SeeElgin History Museum
GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTSGrand Victoria Casino