Elgin, Illinois

Elgin Business Signs

Elgin is a city located within the northern-most region of the present-day U.S. state of Illinois.  Prior to meddling by Europeans, this area was, predictably, inhabited by the Illinois people.  However, following the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Black Hawk Indian War of 1832, the natives to this region were driven out in favor of citizens of the United States.  Subsequently, in April of 1835, brothers James and Hezekiah Gifford of New York traveled to this spot along the Fox River in order to establish a site along the stagecoach route between Chicago and Galena, Illinois.  They officially founded Elgin, Illinois that same month, naming the new village after the Scottish tune ‘Elgin.’  Elgin, Illinois was officially incorporated into a city in 1854.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Elgin, Illinois has a total population of 112,123 people.  This makes it the eighth most populous city in the state of Illinois.  Elgin, Illinois is located only 35 miles northwest of Chicago – which therefore makes it part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area.  According to that same 2016 estimate, the Chicago metropolitan statistical area has a total population of 2,704,958 people.  This makes it the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the country.

Elgin, Illinois is known for its very own riverboat casino, the Grand Victoria Casino Elgin.  The Grand Victoria Casino Elgin, which was built in 1994, features 29,850 square feet of total gaming space and four separate restaurants.  The Grand Victoria Casino Elgin is owned both by Hyatt and MGM Resorts International.  According to the Illinois Casino and Gambling Association, annually, the Grand Victoria Casino Elgin “donates 7.5% of its adjusted net operating income to the Kane County Board and 12.5% to the Grand Victoria Foundation.”

Elsewhere in the city of Elgin, Illinois is the Spring-Douglas Historic District.  The Spring-Douglas Historic District, which is considered a U.S. Historic District and is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, is a collection of 496 buildings built in a wide array of late 19th and early 20th century architectural styles – primarily Queen Anne.

Elgin, Illinois also boasts the Elgin Tower Building.  The Elgin Tower Building, which is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was originally built in 1929 by architect W.G. Knoebel in the Art Deco architectural style.  The Elgin Tower Building, which was initially built in order to house the Home National Bank and Home National Savings and Trust, which was devastated only months later at the beginning of the Great Depression, stands 186 ft tall.

Elgin, Illinois is also, predictably, home to the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  The Elgin Symphony Orchestra, who play their concerts in The Hemmens Cultural Center (which seats 1,200 people), is considered one of the state of Illinois’ finest orchestras.  Other Elgin, Illinois-based musical groups include the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Master Chorale, and the Elgin Children’s Chorus.  Additionally, Elgin, Illinois features outdoor music at the Wing Park Bandshell.

Are you, by any chance, the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Elgin, Illinois area?  Would you like the opportunity to become one?  Well, look no further!  The resources listed below could help you:

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