Get to know Elgin, IL

The blue collar city of Elgin is a far northwest suburb of Chicago.  Elgin made a name for itself as a butter and dairy supplier to the city of Chicago before being known as the headquarters of the Elgin Watch Company, which produced the most fine watches in the United States through the mid-twentieth century, including the clocks for Chicago’s Union Station.  It also has a history of education and invention.  Popular attractions in Elgin include the Bluff Spring Fen nature preserve and the Grand Victoria Casino located on a riverboat on the Fox River.  It is also known for its Victorian era landmarks and architecture.  The consistent population growth has made it the 8th most populous city in Illinois.  In recent years, it has been the leader in new home constructions, in part because of its affordability compared to neighboring communities. People often move away from Elgin in order to be closer to work.

Quick Facts

Population: 112,105

Median Household Income: $60,499

Median Property Value: $165,800

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