Elgin Illinois Data Viewbook

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The Elgin Development Group, a division of the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, is the economic development organization for the City of Elgin. Our mission is to create economic opportunity for every individual and business. We directly support the City of Elgin’s strategic priorities by providing new and existing business support, aligning the workforce for tomorrow’s jobs, improving the transportation network, and providing a better quality of life. As your business concierge, let us help you find a location, assist with permitting, make an introduction, or help you navigate the community.

We take the guesswork out of growing and establishing your business. Come join us and see how we can help you become part of one of the fastest-growing cities in Illinois.

Welcome to Elgin, Illinois!

Welcome to our print and web integrated Guide to Elgin. Anywhere you see the pin drop symbol, simply aim your mobile phone camera at the QR Code and tap the banner that appears on the screen for a true moving version of this brochure.

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Elgin—The east side river front is a welcoming place for a spring walk, picnic or fishing.


Elgin’s quality of life is second to none. An urban community along the Fox River, Elgin provides people and businesses with all that they need in order to grow, prosper, and have fun. Located just 38 northwest of Chicago, Elgin is a vibrant community with a rich history. Our museums, bike trails, symphony orchestra, festivals, entertainment, and dining options draw thousands of visitors annually. Our businesses thrive in this diverse community that only continues to be appreciated by all. Come discover why Elgin is proud of its past, while always improving.

“The information the Chamber provides helps us to make the best decisions for all of our employees and guests”

Meet Nicole Buchanan


Elgin’s growth has come as a result of many new businesses discovering our advantages, as existing businesses continue to flourish. Our skilled workforce and location give us advantages that businesses look for when expanding. The residents of Elgin have a strong work ethic and a commitment to continuous learning, ensuring that the workforce remains competitive and adaptable to the evolving demands of the business landscape. This highly skilled labor force plays a vital role in attracting and retaining businesses in Elgin.

To support the growth and development of the workforce, the Elgin Development Group collaborates closely with the City of Elgin, educational institutions, and businesses. This strategic partnership focuses on preparing the next generation of workers through targeted training prog rams, educational initiatives, and apprenticeships. By aligning the skills of the workforce with the needs of local businesses, Elgin ensures a seamless transition for employers seeking to fill positions in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, professional services, and all other sectors

Small Large Business


Elgin, Illinois, is a vibrant city with a diverse economic landscape that encompasses both small and large businesses. Small businesses in Elgin, ranging from quaint coffee shops and boutique stores to family-owned restaurants and specialized services, form the heart and soul of the local community. They thrive on personal connections, fostering intimate relationships with their customers, and providing personalized attention. Small businesses in Elgin often embody a spirit of entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation that the Elgin Area Chamber works hard to help thrive every day.

Contrasting the intimate ambiance of small businesses, Elgin also boasts a robust presence of large enterprises. These formidable entities stand as beacons of economic prowess, their sleek headquarters and expansive facilities commanding attention. Elgin's large businesses span diverse sectors, such as manufacturing, technology, finance, and healthcare. They bring forth a sense of stability and employment opportunities, acting as pillars of the local economy. With their extensive resources and global reach, these enterprises often contribute to Elgin's g rowth and development, attracting investments and fostering collaborations on a regional and even national scale.

The coexistence of small and large businesses in Elgin creates a dynamic economic ecosystem, where innovation and tradition harmoniously intertwine. The interplay between the agility and adaptability of small businesses and the scale and influence of large corporations contributes to the city's economic resilience and diversity. Together, they contribute to the tapestry of Elgin's business community, reflecting the unique character and aspirations of its residents while driving the city's progress and prosperity.

The Arts

We have always been known for the thriving art scene that breathes creativity and cultural vibrancy into Elgin. From visual arts to performing arts, Elgin offers a diverse range of artistic expressions that captivate and inspire. The “City in the Suburbs” is proud of our art spaces, where local artists and craftsmen showcase their talents. These artistic hubs provide a platform for both emerging and established artists to connect with the community and foster a sense of appreciation for the arts. Elgin takes pride in its lively performing arts scene, hosting theatrical performances, and music concerts throughout the year. The city's commitment to the arts encourages exploration, creativity, and artistic collaboration, making Elgin a hub for cultural enrichment and artistic expression.

Adam Zeigler
President, Zeigler’s Ace Hardware
The Chamber is a great resource and advocate for businesses in Elgin.”


Elgin is a regional health care center with people from all over the Chicago region coming here for their health care needs for more than 100 years. Groundbreaking advances in treatments are offered at Ascension Saint Joseph, Ascension Saint Alexius and Advocate Sherman Hospital, all providing shortterm acute care. One out of every eight jobs in Elgin and South Elgin are in health care and our schools provide a pipeline for trained medical staff. Elgin boasts a significant number of physician healthcare practices in many disciplines.

Ascension Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin is a level II trauma center.

Municipal Services

Elgin places great importance on public safety and enhancing the quality of life for its residents. The Elgin Police and Fire Departments embody this commitment, working diligently in partnership with the community to promote safety and well-being. The Police Department upholds professionalism, actively encourages open communication between law enforcement and the community, and embraces diversity to ensure equal protection and respect for all residents. Likewise, the Fire Department responds promptly to emergencies, providing essential services that safeguard lives and property, making Elgin a safe environment in which to raise a family and establish a business


Elgin’s diversity can be found in its people, businesses, ethnicity, housing, education, languages, cultures, religions, incomes, nationality, institutions, and even in our own families.

2020 U.S. Census Bureau Statistics


lic school district in Illinois. District U-46 takes pride in its ability to serve a diverse population, with students speaking a rich tapestry of ver 100 languages.

In addition to District U-46, Elgin is served by other school districts in different areas. The far western edge of the city falls under the jurisdiction of Central Community Unit School District 301, while some parts of Elgin lie within Community Unit School Districts 300 and 303. These school districts and a multitude of private school choices collectively contribute to the educational landscape of Elgin, ensuring that students have access to quality education across the city.

Elgin Community College stands as a cornerstone of higher education in the city, providing an extensive range of degree and certificate programs. With over 130 career paths available, students can pursue their passions and gain practical skills in fields ranging from ursing to truck driving, criminal justice to welding. Elgin Community College also offers associate degrees and four-year transfer prog rams, providing a seamless pathway for students to continue their education at four-year institutions.

Elgin is also home to several accredited colleges and universities, expanding the educational opportunities available to its residents. Judson University, National Louis University, and Columbia College of Missouri are notable institutions that offer diverse academic prog rams, allowing students to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in various disciplines.

The Elgin Area Chamber and the Elgin Development Group provide amazing educational services for all business types and sizes.”

Meet Jeni Lyon

Elgin Community College continues to add to its facilities to be on the forefront of higher education.
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