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The Heart of the City:
Downtown Elgin

Downtowns are the heart of any city. They are the place where the community celebrates its special occasions. Their buildings tell their city's stories of resilience and change. They are home to independent businesses that sustain their community’s economy – whether that’s a local mechanic, a coffee shop, an insurance agent or a jewelry store.

While few downtowns are the retail centers they once were, Downtown Elgin is attracting new business in the areas of technology and the arts. Small, start-ups are attracted to downtown’s urban amenities and affordable rents that allow for growth and innovation. Arts-oriented retailers are attracted to its ecelectic arts community.

The city’s revitalization efforts are supported through the work of the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin – a National Main Street organization that works to enhance the economic vitality of downtown Elgin.

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Elgin Development Group

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Art Space

Artists and arts-related businesses have access to a burgeoning creative community that will truly flourish with the opening of Elgin Artspace in 2012 – a 55-unit housing development for artists with 6,000 square feet of new commercial space.

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Riverside Drive Promenade

Improving the city’s infrastructure and enhancing its riverfront is a sound investment that will directly benefit Elgin’s residents and businesses.  The redevelopment of the Riverside Drive Promenade will continue the revitalization of one the greatest assets to the citizens of Elgin – the Fox River.

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Downtown Investment

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, and grants to help property owners restore the historic character of more than 75 buildings. This public investment has encouraged millions in private investment to bring new residential developments and independent businesses to the district.

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Grand Victoria Casino

Voted "Best Riverboat Casino in the United States" three years in a row, the Grand Victoria hosts a wide variety of Las Vegas-style casino games and four restaurants: PRIME Burgerhouse, Buckingham's Steakhouse, Crave Deli and the Grand Buffet. The Grand Victoria draws nearly 6,000 people a day, playing an important tourism and economic development role in Elgin.

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