Downtown Elgin

The Center of Everything

Downtown River Front

The heart of Elgin offers a unique sense of place for its citizens and visitors alike. Downtown Elgin's historic architecture provides solid character and its riverfront location promotes the value of our environment and natural resources. With a year round calendar of special events and our new Festival Park, Downtown Elgin is a center of activity for families to enjoy.

The City of Elgin’s downtown revitalization plan started along the Fox River – the historical birthplace of business and industry in Elgin. Since 2000, the city has invested more than $30 million in riverfront redevelopment, from the north end of downtown at Gail Borden Public Library to the south end at the Grand Victoria Casino, and more than $300 million in public infrastructure and quality of life amenities.

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Housing to fit every style - and budget

Revitalization has rippled from the riverfront throughout the entire downtown. Three new residential developments – River Park Place, Fountain Square and Wellington Place – have brought city-style brownstones and condos into the residential mix to complement the upper-story loft apartments tucked throughout the downtown.

Unique shops & restaurants

The business district in Downtown is formed by unique shops and restaurants with flavors from around the world in a pedestrian friendly atmosphere.

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Hub of Art & Culture

Downtown is also the hub for art and culture, hosting the internationally acclaimed Elgin Symphony Orchestra, award winning Gail Borden Public Library, the Hemmens Cultural Center, the Elgin Art Showcase, and the Elgin Historical Museum.

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$300 million Invested in Downtown

The City of Elgin has invested more than $300 million in its downtown over the past decade with new streets, sidewalks and sewers, beautiful parks and riverwalk, state-of-the-art rec center, award-winning library and grants to help property owners restore the historic character of more than 75 buildings.

Award Winning Library

Gail Borden is a popular destination that connects this diverse community to free educational and cultural resources that enrich the lives. 

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