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ELGIN, Bartlett, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Gilberts, Hampshire, Sleepy Hollow, South Elgin, West Dundee, and Pingree Grove

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Whether you want to learn, compete, or just drop-in for court or field time, the Canlan Sports Community is for everyone.

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The Elgin Area combines the diversity and rich culture of an urban area with the approachability and safety of a smaller town. Our city is perfectly situated to successfully support a wide variety of industries and development opportunities.

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Dundee Township Park District Golf Whether it’s the championship layout at Randall Oaks Golf Club, or the timeless course at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club, Dundee Township Park District has a course for every golfer.

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Explore Elgin Area is excited to welcome you to our region for this trip and all future trips.


The mission of Explore Elgin Area is to collaboratively advocate for the thoughtful development and promotion of the region to stimulate the economy through tourism and create a sense of place for residents.


Explore Elgin Area exists to collaboratively share the pride and story of the region with everyone in order to enhance the community’s Quality of Life.


The Elgin area will be known for its diverse, historic and authentic culture, welcoming visitors for memorable experiences.

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Whether you are here for work or play, in the summer or winter, with family, friends, or flying solo, you are sure to enjoy your adventure in Elgin and the surrounding communities. Come stroll the historic districts of Elgin and see if you can find all of the award-winning Painted Ladies, explore one of our many cultural museums around the area, enjoy live music at one of our venues, experience the region through all of the community events or bike the scenic Fox River. Our team is hard at work making sure the possibilities for your visit are endless. Check out our website for events, itineraries, and blogs, all about the ways to explore the Elgin Area. Once you have enjoyed our Visitors Guide, head over to www. ExploreElginArea.com for more ideas to explore our beautiful region. Make sure to share your photos using #ExploreElgin so we can follow along on your adventure. Happy trails, Krisilee Murphy President and CEO



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Why Elgin



Welcome to the Elgin Area!

Best cuisines in the Elgin Area!




Outdoor Fun



Family Activities

Cocktails & Craft Beer


The Arts Around Town

Live Local Music




Golf Courses


Saying 'I Do' with Us!


Explore Sports



10 Reasons to call Elgin Home this year!

Route 20 Road Trip Getaway


Our Communities

An Architectural Hub


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lgin is one of the most exciting outdoor areas to explore, no matter the season! Walk along the river in the summertime, smelling the sweet perfume of wildflowers and warmth. Go on a

bike ride through a park in autumn, reveling in the riot of hues only fall can create. Head outdoors in winter, skiing or snowboarding with the promise of hot chocolate after. Watch the world come to life in the spring and take the kids to the playground with their rain boots.




very single day of the year, Elgin area offers something to enjoy. Make sure you check out these special spots on your adventure through this picturesque and beloved Illinois community.

 Festival Park • Elgin

 Hawthorne Hill Nature Center • Elgin

This unique recreational area lies on the banks of the Fox River Valley and is home to a host of activities for any occasion including a bike trail, fishing area, playground, and splash pad.

 SEBA Park • South Elgin This riverside park is a wonderful outdoor space packed with fun activities for the whole family! Wander the trails, go fishing, have a picnic or cookout. This park also has access to the Fox River Bike Trail for any cyclist looking to take a beautiful ride in nature!

 Lord's Park • Elgin

This 108 wooded acres of countryside where you can find popular destinations such as the Lord’s Park Pavilion, the Elgin Public Museum, and the Lord’s Park Zoo as well as picnicking and a water park.


hile biking, hiking, and canoeing or kayaking the Fox River Valley, don’t forget to get outfitted right here in town! Check out these shops for all the equipment you need for your next adventure!

A picturesque outdoor wonderland any time of the year with a wheelchair accessible trail in a 67-acre natural area, a pond perfect for fishing, and plenty of games and activities for everyone!

 Bartlett Nature Center • Bartlett

This nature center offers an incredible number of amenities throughout Bartlett including archery classes year-round, athletic fields, a dog park, an indoor pool, an aquatic center, and a gorgeous set of trails throughout the area – to name a few!

 Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club

Join Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski club and take part in special events, winter activities, and bike trips!

 Main Street Bicycles • Carpentesville

This full-service bicycle repair and rental shop is open all year round, ready to outfit you for any type of trail you are ready to explore including fat tire bikes for local offroad trails!

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 Elgin Community Bikes • Elgin

This local nonprofit operates a community bike shop at 119 S. Grove Ave. in downtown Elgin, helping customers get their wheels on the budget they can afford.

 Kayak Myak • SOUTH ELGIN Book a trip on the Fox River and rent a kayak for an unforgettable journey through the prettiest parts of Illinois! Note that Kayak Myak is an online business.



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 Libraries With 20 awards to its name, Gail Borden Public Library is a favorite destination in the community. Experience their awe-inspiring exhibits and impressive collection of tomes. Help your littles read 1000 books before kindergarten or join the Book Button Club at Bartlett Public Library. This family focused library is an essential summer staple. As a friendly community resource, Ella Johnson Public Library offers countless opportunities for the local bibliophile to enjoy. Join a new book club or find a corner to curl up with a good book at Fox River Valley Public Library, where there are endless possibilities.

 Museums The best way to teach your kids appreciation for a place is to learn and experience its history. Start with the Fox River Trolley Museum, a must-see for any true trolley enthusiast where you will be invited to take a trip back in time when trollies were the height of transportation in America told

through demonstrations. Enrich your child’s cultural appreciation with The C.A.K.E. Village, a cultural arts center with a focus on forging a healthy and strong connection between children and Africa featuring assemblies and social, visual, and performing arts. Discover the rich history of three separate towns and their natural legacies at the Bartlett History Museum, Dundee History Museum, and the Elgin History Museum.

 Fun and games Lazermaxx Lasertag Family Fun Center is home to a 5,000 square foot, multi-tiered area of play space featuring fog, heartpounding sound effects, and light pillars – perfect for thrill seekers! If laser tag isn’t your jam, visit Paintball Explosion’s state-of-theart theme park inspired by world renowned video games built to movie set standards. Tap into your

Spring & Summer When the long, hot days of summer set in, Elgin area delivers an assortment of water parks and beautiful grounds to enjoy. Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center invites you to dive into a mini vacation and experience attractions like Sandcastle Beach, the Sandbar Café, and a selection of thrilling waterslides. The Bartlett Nature Center is a fun opportunity for any outdoor enthusiast. Take a dip at the Bartlett Aquatic Center, spend the afternoon golfing at the Apple Orchard Golf Course, or explore their many, many gorgeous trails woven throughout the area. Local treasure Festival Park welcomes you to spend a picturesque day kite flying among ice cream vendors and emerald green lawns while watching your children play at the nearby playground and splash pad. SEBA Park, another outdoor gem, lies on the riverside, offering visitors the chance to fish, picnic, access the Fox River Trail and play at an all-inclusive playground.



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Fall & Winter As the leaves take on burnished hues and the crisp scent of autumn fills the air, Elgin area is the perfect backdrop for classic fall fun. Visit Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch, a 200-acre farm that opens mid-August and hosts a locally famous Fall Festival featuring activities and fun for the whole family. Looking for free admission to a fun pumpkin farm? Look no further than Enjoy Pioneer Farm, an autumn staple ready for you to pick out all the pumpkins, gourds, and squashes you could ever need. Winter is the perfect time to try something new with your kids! Try ice skating at Canlan Ice Sports or spend the day skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing at Villa Olivia, the largest tubing park in the area.



competitive side as a family and swing by Lifezone360 to exercise while playing team sports and fostering healthy fitness goals. Gaming with your family has never been as fun when you’re playing at the Underground Retrocade, a fully stocked vintage arcade aimed at transporting you back to the good old times.

more online. Lastly, the Hemmens Cultural Center is a feather in the Elgin area art community’s cap, hosting the famous Elgin Symphony Orchestra and offering a wide variety of astounding live performances throughout the year.

Nothing beats a family bowling night with food and arcade games galore! Check out Elgin Lanes and Midway Landing Bowling Alley to take part in this classic American pastime. For something a little more adventurous, the 32 feet high Climbing Wall at the Centre of Elgin is a wonderfully unique opportunity while the Epic Air Trampoline Park harbors fun for any age group with tons of different activities including a pool of foam cubes, trampoline tracks, and an open jump area – to name a few!

Visit the zoo where you’ll have the opportunity to pet and groom a variety of animals, take a hayride, try your hand at a 10-hole disc golf course, plan a picnic and so much more. Randall Oaks Zoo is an incredible destination for a family day trip. With a fenced-in outdoor area protecting bison, elk, white-tailed deer and plenty of open space to appreciate nature, Lord’s Park Zoo is an ideal location for a peaceful and fulfilling trip with your family. For more entertainment value and theme park amusement, Santa’s Village AZoosment Park is open May through December with a host of attractions and animal education in a unique setting.

 Performing Arts As a family favorite, children’s theater performances inspire kids to explore pretend play and their own individual talents as a creative. Children’s Theatre of Elgin and Fox Valley Theater Company are local nonprofit organizations representing one of the longest running, and largest children’s theatre companies in Illinois that offer youth affordable opportunities to perform or support as an audience member. Talented young musicians in the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra perform regularly at Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College. Their 2022-23 season is called "Design" — learn

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 Cinemas When the rain forces kids indoors or you’re trying to escape the heat of a summer day, local movie theaters are a wonderful solution for anyone in the family to enjoy the latest blockbuster. Cinemark Spring Hill Mall + XD offers Luxury Loungers for those who want to kick back and relax while Cinema 12 Classic Cinemas provides affordable movie prices in a clean, well-maintained environment. Don’t forget to try Marcus Cinemas Elgin and “Create Magical Movie Memories” while experiencing quality at its best.

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The Arts

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here are many real examples of vitality in the arts and entertainment throughout the Elgin area. It’s easy to take the richness and diversity of a vibrant arts and culture scene in a community for granted. Not so in Elgin, though, where the partnership of unwavering enthusiasm and support



abounds. Happily, the opportunities to enjoy the arts in the Elgin area are continuous and endless. We’re identified by Elgin area’s accomplished and recognized artistic gems in the arts, museums, theaters, music, and performance. The City of Elgin has identified itself as a

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“City of the Arts” and our Elgin Cultural Arts Commission is committed to overseeing its public art and to grow its public art footprint by installing new pieces of public art each year through the New Works Program.

United States Flag Sculpture, Which Way, Raices del Alma (Roots of the Soul), the Pioneer Family Memorial Sculpture and much more. These are just a few of the 19 magnificent public art pieces on display today.

We’re here to help by providing you with suggestions that are perfect for your family getaway. It’s a fun way to spend a summer weekend! There’s so much to do and see.

Our local Downtown Elgin art studios are must-see stops filled with creative exhibitions, programs, and special events. Side Street Studio Arts provides a variety of art exhibits, arts education, and performances. Stop by the shop and take home an inspired piece of art, jewelry, textiles, or apparel. It’s also home to the infamous early fall

You can catch the outdoor public art through an easy, self-guided tour throughout the Downtown Elgin area. See eye-popping wonders like the



 Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Elgin Fringe Festival.

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Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery is a hidden gem that’s been honored with an Illinois Maker Award. This recognition celebrates the small businesses whose uniquely Illinoisan style and creativity sets our locally made goods apart. The folks here are committed to their mission of bringing people of diversity together and to celebrate life through art. The studio is filled with creativity, artwork on the walls, and licensed, professional tattoo artists. Hear the Elgin Symphony

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Orchestra at Elgin's Hemmens Cultural Center, which also hosts theater productions and dance recitals and much more. The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra perform at the Elgin Community College Visual Performing Arts Center. The Elgin area’s arts and entertainment scene is bursting at the seams. These are just a few of the ideas to tempt your inspiring weekend away. All of the innovative and ever-changing creative arts and culture options are magnets that attracts patrons from near and far.

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hether you are a scratch golfer swinging from the back tees, an amateur challenging your way up the fairway, or an aspiring beginner, the Elgin area has no shortage of lush, championship level courses for golfers of all skill sets. It’s your choice to play these

popular 18- or 9-hole top rated golf courses.



 Apple Orchard Golf Course 692 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett

Apple Orchard Golf Course is a nine hole, par three, public course. Features include a clubhouse equipped with snacks, beverages, beer, restrooms, golf accessories and indoor/outdoor sitting areas. Rental golf clubs and pull carts are available for a slight fee.

 Bartlett Hill Golf Club 800 W. Oneida Ave., Bartlett

Bartlett Hills and Golf Club and Banquets is an award-winning golf course and wedding reception venue. Owned and operated by the Village of Bartlett since 1978, Bartlett Hills has happily served the community and area golf enthusiasts. It is open to the public and offers 18 beautiful holes of golf, a practice range complete with grass tees and a short game area.

 Bonnie Dundee Golf Club 270 Kennedy Dr., Carpentersville

A classic style golf course designed in the early 1920s, Bonnie Dundee offers a moderate mix of trees and bunkering. Long par fours to elevated greens are part of Bonnie’s trademark. The Dundee Township Park District purchased the golf course in 1991, and have continued to improve it each year, adding new and renovated tee boxes, computerized irrigation for the entire course, and a one-acre lake. The greens and fairways are kept in excellent condition throughout the year, and the pro-shop and bar round out the features of this course.

 Bowes Creek Country Club 1250 Bowes Creek Blvd., Elgin

Named Illinois’ top rated golf course overall and #21 in the nation by Golf Advisor, this 18-hole public course with rustic setting features is a must to play. Bowes Creek is designed by award-winning architect Rick Jacobson and highlights expansive fairways and

sweeping bunkers, mature trees, and scenic bluff slopes for an aesthetically pleasing, playable and challenging course. Amenities include a fullyequipped pro shop and an elevated 30-station driving range. Dine at Johnny’s Supper Club, a retro Italian eatery.

 Elgin's Wing Park Golf Course 1000 Wing St., Elgin

For the golfer with only a couple of hours to spare, Elgin’s Wing Park golf course is a classic yet sporty nine-hole golf course. Established in 1908, it is the oldest nine-hole municipal golf course. This superior golf course offers something for everyone. Beginners and seasoned players enjoy the challenge of the nine holes. Holes are regulation length and the green size is small, typical of a Victorian period course. A few bunkers and a small water feature are the only obstacles on the course. Rental clubs are available and tee times are recommended, especially on the weekend.

 Randall Oaks Golf Club

and was recently named Illinois’ #9 overall rated course by Golf Advisor. Nine new holes reclaim an old stone quarry, taking maximum advantage of the unique and dramatic land forms, including a 12 acre quarry lake. Four holes hug the top of the bluff providing incredible views. The original Highlands’ 9 holes flow over beautiful rolling terrain, creating a diverse collection of holes. The prairiestyle clubhouse includes a golfshop, golf simulator, and the Creole/Cajuninspired The Grumpy Goat Tavern.

 Villa Olivia Country Club 1401 W. Lake St., Bartlett

The Villa Olivia Golf Course is a challenging Championship course filled with mature trees, rolling hills, and beautiful landscaping. This 18-hole course features 6,510 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 73, a course rating of 72.4, and a slope rating of 124. Designed by Richard P. Nugent, ASGCA, the Villa Olivia Golf Course opened in 1926. Tee time reservations can be made 14 days in advance.

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Randall Oaks is an 18-hole championship golf course. It offers an unrivaled level of service and is perfect for every level of golfer. Known for its lightning-quick greens and large oak trees, Randall Oaks is a must for anyone looking for a round of golf that will challenge them from tee to green. It features a fully stocked pro-shop and full-service banquet facility. The staff is very knowledgeable and willing to help out in any manner. Randall Oaks was honored as one of the areas bestorganized courses for events and outings.

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 The Highlands of Elgin 875 Sports Way, Elgin

This unique golf course has become a premier destination for thousands of golfers throughout the region



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SPORTS Elgin area offers the perfect mix of visitor attractions and sports facilities. Athletes of all ages and levels can train and compete in premier venues that host a variety of sports, including soccer and BMX biking.




f you’ve ever planned a sports tournament or event, you know how costly it can be. There is so much to think about and plan — from hotels and dining expenses to the sports complexes and facilities to train and host your event. Choosing an optimum venue is number 1 and it’s extremely important to insure your event’s success. Your check-list of things to do might include big-city fun, which will certainly affect your event and budget. Avoid the stress and consider hosting your event in Elgin area — a smaller vibrant urban area that has big city ideas and suburban charm. We’re bursting with all of the amenities and attractions you’re looking for to make a tournament and visit enjoyable and complete. But most importantly, we have the added important bonus of reasonable and affordable prices. Hospitality is our middle name. Set along the beautiful Fox River, Elgin area is situated in the perfect location and we’re easy to get to. Elgin is on Interstate 90 about 42 miles from downtown Chicago; 53 miles from Rockford; and 103 miles from Milwaukee. Tournament participants and guests can conveniently fly into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, which is 20 miles away from the City of Elgin, or Midway International Airport,

which is only 33 miles away.


Lodging in the Elgin area is affordable and comfortable. There is no shortage of tasty dining options ranging from quaint restaurants to pubs and music venues.

Lifezone 360 in nearby West Dundee is a highly versatile 130,000 sq. ft. sports complex and tournament/meet destination. It can be transformed from a turf-only tournament space for soccer or lacrosse to a 7-court basketball, futsal, team handball tournament space. Talk about versatility!

Elgin area is proud to offer the perfect blend of visitor attractions and sports facilities. Athletes of all ages and levels can train and compete in premier venues that host a variety of sports, including soccer and BMX biking. The mix and variety of our indoor and outdoor locations are perfect to host any size sports event. Our 307-acre outdoor Elgin Sports Complex is massive with well-manicured and suitable venues: 10 soccer fields and 10 softball fields and a top-rated, designed BMX track. Elgin area has a strong inventory of state-of-the-art multipurpose indoor and outdoor sports facilities. We’re ready to host basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, martial arts, wrestling, golf, and fencing events. In addition, we can accommodate lacrosse, flag football, cornhole, rugby, and bocce ball, too! You name the sport — we’ve got it! Serving over 1 million guests annually, the Edward Shock Centre of Elgin offers nearly 185,000 sq. ft. of leisure space. It’s the City of Elgin’s crown jewel and premier recreational, health and fitness

Even more outstanding sports venue locations are available at Elgin Community College, Judson University, and the newly-renovated 40,000 sq. ft. Intra Sports Complex. Before or after a grueling sports tournament, there’s always time for a little fun. The Elgin area boasts a variety of places to relax any time of the year, including the Santa’s Village Azoosment and Water Park; Randall Oaks Zoo; winter skiing at Villa Olivia; golfing at the award-winning Bowes Creek Country Club or Highlands of Elgin; and much more. Our dynamic team has a proven track record of hosting high quality tournaments and events, from the North American Caribbean Handball Tournament, American Cornhole League Open Tournament and Spikeball Challenger Event to a wide assortment of team events from all over Chicago’s northwest suburbs and the Midwest. We’ll go the distance for you!

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e’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons to live in Elgin, including downtown Elgin, things to do in Elgin, the art scene, local restaurants, biking accessibility and more.

Special events

The city of Elgin’s commitment to quality of life for its residents is supported by a comprehensive yearly calendar of special events. In addition to programs available through the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin, public events also

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include the Fourth of July Fireworks, free concerts in Wing Park, free movies in Festival Park, National Night Out and Elgin Short Film Festival, among others. Check out a full list of Elgin events at www.ExploreElginArea.com.


There’s no shortage of things to do or see in Elgin. History buffs can explore the Elgin Area History Museum and Elgin Public Museum to learn all about the history, the people and the places who made Elgin, Elgin! Nature lover? Hawthorne Hills Nature Center offers a picturesque 67-acre natural area. Love to read? One of Elgin’s most popular attractions is the award-winning Gail Borden Public Library. The main branch’s more than 150,000 square feet of space offers more than 530,000 books and digital assets, meeting and community rooms, a teen center and hundreds of educational programs annually.

Fox River Trail

The Fox River Bike Trail offers bikers more than 40 miles of scenic adventures. The trail is the perfect outing for cyclists, hikers, families and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, boating and kayaking. Downtown Elgin is the perfect place to get on and off the trail.

Parks and recreation

Making your fitness to-do list? Whether it’s playing 18 holes at Bowes Creek Country Club or The Highlands of Elgin, swimming laps at Adventure Island or Wing Park Pool, shooting hoops in the fieldhouse or ascending the 32-foot climbing wall at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin or enjoying family time in one of 76 city-owned parks … whatever your game, Elgin’s got game.

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and culture truly help define Elgin as a city, as evidenced by multiple performing arts venues such as the Elgin Art Showcase, Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin Community College’s Spartan Auditorium and the 1,200-seat Hemmens Cultural Center, which continues to host the nationally renowned Elgin Symphony Orchestra. For local entertainment, look no further than the Grand Victoria Casino, which offers Las Vegas-quality gaming, dining and nightlife. If gaming is not your thing, double down on the cuisine from one of the on-site restaurants: The Slice Pizzeria, Buckingham’s Steakhouse and Lounge or Crave Deli. The Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Studio has recently been recognized as an Illinois Maker by the Illinois Office of

Tourism for its artistic flair. Stop in to see for yourself or book an appointment!


Elgin’s Central Business District is the place to be for arts, culture, events, niche shopping and a wide array of eateries and drinking establishments. Architecture junkies, take note: Downtown Elgin is replete with Art Deco, Romanesque Revival, Chicago School and midcentury modern buildings. Amenities such as Festival Park, the splash pad, Riverside Drive Promenade and the cobblestone courtyard of DuPage Court are all home to concerts and popular events. Elgin’s Cultural Arts Commission has sponsored public art pieces by local artists featured throughout downtown Elgin. Take a walking tour to see them all!


Commuting to Chicago is made easier with Elgin’s proximity to Interstate 90 and easy access to public transportation including three Metra stations and a Pace Bus Park and Ride facility. Elgin is also bicycle-friendly, with miles of bikeable thoroughfares in town and along the Fox River Bike Trail. Parking is always free in downtown Elgin, boasting three large parking decks that can accommodate more than 1,000 vehicles daily.

Public safety, health and community services

Elgin’s responsive, award-winning public safety department includes the Elgin Police Department, employing more than 180 sworn officers, and the Elgin Fire Department, with more than 130 sworn firefighters operating out of seven stations.

The city’s Elgin 311 call center is a tremendous resource to help connect residents to Elgin’s local government. During normal business hours, Elgin 311 citizen advocates answer general questions and process non-emergency service requests, including reporting potholes, a missed garbage collection and more.


Elgin is primarily served by School District U-46, the state’s second-largest school district with an enrollment of nearly 39,000 students. U-46’s award-winning dual-language program enables more than 10,000 students to develop bilingualism and biliteracy skills. Elgin Community College offers 138 associate degree and certificate programs. Judson University is a four-year Christian college with more than 50 undergraduate majors, minors, pre-professional programs and adult undergraduate programs. An Elgin student could conceivably attend school locally from pre-K all the way through a doctoral program without leaving the city.

Businesses and workers are thriving

In 2018, Elgin employed over 57,000 people, primarily in manufacturing, health care, social assistance and retail services. Small businesses account for more than half of the people employed in Elgin, and our Downtown Neighborhood Association and Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce cultivate a fantastic support system for companies of all sizes. In Elgin, we proactively encourage shopping small and local all year round.

Need more reasons to call Elgin home? Check out www.ExploreElginArea.com.

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For a weekend trip to explore it all, start by checking into an area hotel, then setting out for BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. This large-scale Hindu temple in Bartlett was built with hand-carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone; you don’t want to miss it! After lunch at a local restaurant — see P. 30 for a listing of fantastic nearby options — head on a walking or driving tour of downtown Elgin. The downtown Elgin area is home to five historic districts, the most recent being recognized in 2015. The Explore Elgin Area website is a great place for planning a tour;

search “Downtown Elgin Historic Commercial District” and “The Gifford Park Association: A Historic Home Tour” to access maps, information and audio guides to historic spots. The Painted Ladies, distinctly recognized by their intricate coloring, are scattered throughout the Elgin area and are a can’tmiss part of your day. You don’t need to go to San Francisco to see this unique style! Mark your calendars for the Historic Elgin House Tour, scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11, 2022. The tour features beautiful homes focusing on unique architectural elements, and this year will be the event’s 40th anniversary! Learn more at www. historicelginhousetour.com.

 Day 2

Today is a museum day! Start at Elgin History Museum, where you’ll see lots of interesting artifacts and seven permanent exhibits about Elgin and its origins. The building itself is an architectural landmark, designed in the Greek Revival style more than 150 years ago. After this, we’d suggest taking a quick break to cool off — maybe with an ice cream cone or michoacana treat? The options are abundant. Fueled by your dessert of choice, head to Elgin Public Museum, which has been recognized by the National Registry of Historic Places as an example of Neo-Classical architecture. This stunning building is open on weekends; you don’t want to miss the original woodwork, ceramic tile and more. The museum itself focuses on natural history and anthropology. Finish off your night with a stroll around one of the Elgin area’s historic downtowns. After learning about their origins, you’re sure to pick up on things you may not have noticed before!

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Kick off your Sunday with a visit to The Anvil Club for brunch. This historic East Dundee spot operated as a blacksmith shop for more than 40 years in the early 1900s. Often history and architecture go hand in hand, so this is an ideal spot for an architecture-focused weekend in the Elgin area. Depending on the season, you may be able to schedule a tour at the Muirhead Farmhouse, which is known as Frank Lloyd Wright’s only farmhouse design. The owners of the Hampshire building ask that you book a tour ahead of time. For any college students-to-be, or even just for the curious visitor, cap off your weekend with a visit to Judson University. Elgin’s evangelical Christian university offers community resources as well as degrees in art, design and architecture. View a 25-minute video, “Archiculture,” online, and consider signing up your high schooler for the architecture workshop at its summer camp. Visit www. archjudsonu.edu to learn more. For a treat for your ride home, we'd recommend Herb's Bakery, known for its German baked goods. You can't go wrong with any selection!

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102 N River St, East Dundee (224) 293-2033 www.rstavern.com


2502 S Randall Rd, Elgin (224) 699-9413 www.gabuttoburger.com

 STANLEY’S RESTAURANT AND ALE HOUSE 335 N McLean Blvd, South Elgin (847) 468-8022 www.stanleysalehouse.com


219 E Chicago St, Elgin (847) 468-8810 www.elginpublichouse.com


GRILL 975 N McLean Blvd, Elgin (847) 888-0094 www.hooperssportsbarandgrill.com



very year the community comes together and nominates the best of the best locally owned establishments. After organizing suggested nominations, Explore Elgin Area polls the community at large on their favorite local places and spaces. The results are in, so make sure to check out this comprehensive showcase of regional treasures.

480 S Randall Rd, South Elgin (847) 931-0400 125 Washington St, West Dundee (847) 428-4483 www.thevillagesquire.com


1494 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee (847) 428-7080 www.thechubbybullfrog.com


155 S Randall Rd, Elgin (224) 535-9544 www.oldrepublicbar.com




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1494 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee (847) 428-7080 www.thechubbybullfrog.com 155 S Randall Rd, Elgin (224) 535-9544 www.oldrepublicbar.com

127 W Main St, West Dundee (847) 844-0886 www.woodfire.pizza 751 N State St, Elgin (847) 488-9988 www.zzafactory.com


335 N McLean Blvd, South Elgin (847) 468-8022 www.stanleysalehouse.com


1959 Huntley Rd, Dundee Township (224) 699-9986

 VILLAGE TAVERN AND GRILL 464 Redington Dr, South Elgin (224) 535-8440 www.villagetavernandgrill.net




MICHOACANA 1350 East Chicago St, Elgin (224) 281-4189

 ANDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD 1150 South Randall Rd, Elgin (224) 339-8484 www.locations.eatandys.com  FANNY’S THAI ROLLED ICE CREAM

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RESTAURANT AND CANTINA 1025 W Main St, Sleepy Hollow (847) 551-5489 www. salsastreetmexicanrestaurant.com


965 Dundee Ave, Elgin (847) 531-8100 www.loscomaleselgin.com

 NO MANCHES MEXICAN GRILL 140 N Western Ave, Carpentersville (224) 699-9655 www.nomanchesmexicangrill.com  CARMINA'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT & BANQUET 1055 N Randall Rd, Elgin (847) 760-6000 www.carminasmexicanrestaurant.com


3091 US-20 #111, Elgin (847) 622-2020 www.sammysmexicangrillandbar.com

7 North State St., Elgin (224) 227-7866 www.fannysthairollicecream.com

 VAN’S FROZEN CUSTARD AND BURGERS 16 East Main St., East Dundee (847) 836-8267 www.vansfrozencustard.com


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231 Douglas Ave, Elgin (847) 742-5400 www.dannyspizzaelgin.com


230 Reinking Rd, Pingree Grove IL (224) 530-3951 www.milkhouseicecream.com


www.mockingbirdbarandgarden.com 217 Barrington Ave, East Dundee (847) 551-5614




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n true Chicagoland tradition, Elgin and its neighbors serve up some of the most sumptuous cuisine in an eclectic array of flavors. No matter the occasion, this region has something to satisfy any palate.

For a casual night out with family and friends or a satisfying and easy date night, these establishments fit the bill. From comfort food to cultural favorites, check out these options for your next night out on the town!



 2Toots Train Whistle Grill 203 S Main St, Bartlett (630) 213-6700 www.2toots.com

The kids will LOVE this one! Enjoy classic fare like chili dogs, Train Whistle cupcakes, grass-fed beef burgers and more, served to you by way of train – toy train, that is. Don’t forget to indulge in a premium hand-dipped shake in classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and Oreo, or relive your childhood with a root beer float crafted with Mug® Old Fashioned Root Beer and frothy vanilla ice cream.

The Largest Gift/Antique Shop in the Fox Valley! Antiques, Furniture, Glassware, Estate Jewelry, Home and Garden Decor, Linens, Greeting Cards, and More!

701 N. State St. (Rt. 31) • Elgin 1 mile South of I-90

847-695-3066 Tuesday - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 11-5 www.StateStreetMarketShopsElgin.com


Featuring high-speed internet, on-site dining options, and a 24 hour fitness center.

 Alexanders

1725 N. State Street, Elgin (847) 888-4146 www.alexanderscafe.com Named after historical icon Alexander the Great, this breakfast and lunch eatery features homespun meals with soups, gravies, sauces, and salad dressings made on-site. Breakfast just went up a notch with choices like their freshly squeezed orange and wild strawberry juice, breakfast panini, and Butcher Block Skillet featuring smoked ham, sausage, applewood smoked bacon, red and green bell peppers, onions, and cheddar-jack cheese. Don’t forget to try their salads chock full of fresh ingredients or other lunch menu items like

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burgers, sandwiches, paninis, and wraps.

 BeaUnique Latin Kitchen

74 South Grove Ave, Elgin (847) 401-0714 www.experiencetheflavortogo.com As a local and authentic Latin kitchen, BeaUnique offers scrumptiously homemade Latin American fare right in Elgin. Try the Birria tacos loaded with roast pork or beef, cheese, cilantro, and onions with a side dish of dipping consommé, or classic fish tacos, burritos, and Cuban sandwiches with a BeaUnique touch!



 Bleuroot

98 W Main St, West Dundee (847) 844-0047 www.bleuroot.com Simple. Luxurious. Farm to table. Bleuroot is the perfect marriage of cozy community and authentic fare. With menu items like Roasted Thai Chili Cauliflower, Grilled Steak Salad, and Moroccan Tagine, Bleuroot perfects their ‘local and fresh’ taste for any foodie desire. For a true taste of Bleuroot’s offerings, sit down with a cocktail and Charcuterie Board featuring local, domestic, and international meats and cheeses along with fresh fruit, dried fruits, nuts, and crackers – this board is also served in a vegetarian option.

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Nothing beats waking up with some darn good coffee and hearty breakfast treats! Try these local cafes on for size and enjoy flavors you can only find in Elgin and her neighbors.

 Breakfast Urbano At Dream HUB 51 S Grove Ave, Elgin (847) 454-7724

Casual breakfast – two words that are made for each other. Visit Breakfast Urbano, located in Dream Hall at 51 downtown Elgin where you will be served unique dishes like Breakfadilla, a flour tortilla stuffed with chihuahua cheese, ham, and scrambled eggs, or good ole classics like French toast and omelets.

 Eastside Cafe • Coffee & Wine Bar 316 N. River St., East Dundee (224) 699-9820 www.eastsidedundee.com

When you grab your cup of coffee, don't forget to snag a baked good, many of which are prepared glutenfree! Breakfast options like quiche and avocado toast are also available, as well as lunch and kids offerings.

 Elder + Oat

124 W Main St, West Dundee (847) 844-0277 www.elderandoat.com An authentic coffee house serving artisanal creation of coffee drinks, donuts, and breads. Try an Iced Mint Latte, treat your tummy to golden milk & honey, or snack on scones, focaccias and spreads, sandwiches and more.



 Sweet Berry Café and Pancake House

720 N. McLean Blvd, South Elgin (224) 238-3057 www.sweetberrycafe.com Wake up and head on over to Sweet Berry for freshly made-to-order breakfast and lunch entrees with plenty of gluten free, vegetarian, and health-conscious choices. Every menu item is a product of quality ingredients and tender loving care. Sweet Berry has a host of delicious food for you to choose from including breakfast enchiladas, savory pot roast & eggs, and the New England lobster roll.

 Viator Coffee Co. At the Dream HUB 51 S Grove Ave, Elgin (847) 380-6046 www.viatorcoffeeco.com

A specialty coffee shop offering high quality crafted coffee drinks, delicious small plates, and fresh baked goods. Sip on a Mexican Mocha with a combination of espresso, steamed milk, dark chocolate and a dash of chili powder and cayenne pepper while digging into Wayfinder Avocado Toast featuring avocado, poached eggs, and pickled onions on thick, homemade oat and molasses bread.

 Café Roma

www.tastecaferoma.com 2175 Point Blvd, Elgin (847) 836-7662 This eatery serves up Italian cuisine at its finest, using the freshest quality ingredients, and loving care in every recipe. Start with crusty Garlic Cheese Bread and a crispy Southwest Salad with chipotle ranch dressing. Indulge in delicious, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo and tender Filet Medallions. Every item on the menu is available for pickup and created with a dedicated attention to detail. Don’t forget to try their tasty espresso for your next coffee fix!

 Chunky Dog

1959 Huntley Rd, West Dundee (224) 699-9986 A cozy neighborhood bar & grill serving up some seriously delicious classic fare with outdoor seating available. Nosh on fried pickles and Wisconsin cheese curds, Boom Boom shrimp salad, or the Chunky Double Burger with Angus chuck, bacon cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Don’t miss their fish fry available every Friday!

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 Copper Barrel on State 172 S State St, Hampshire (224) 218-1300 www.barrelonstate.com

With a myriad of smokehouse selections and classical American favorites, Copper Barrel on State stands proud as Hampshire’s first local sourced restaurant. Here you’ll find a bountiful menu inspired by local farmers, vendors, and growers. Try adding pork or sausage brisket to the Barrel Mac N Cheese made with cavatappi pasta, baked creamy cheese sauce and cornbread panko topped with parmesan cheese. Bring the family and indulge in a Smokehouse Family Combo featuring a full slab of ribs, a whole smokehouse chicken, 2 sausage links, one pound of brisket and pork, and six cornbreads!

 Duke's Blues N BBQ

112 Railroad St, East Dundee (224) 587-2677 www.dukes-blues-n-bbq.com Nothing tastes quite like authentic, hometown BBQ and Duke’s delivers that promise with gusto. According to Duke’s their delicious food is “Just like Momma’s Kitchen!” Try succulent Beer Can Chicken, smoked beef brisket, Momma’s Meatfloaf, St. Louis Style Ribs, mac-n-cheese, and oxtail soup. Duke’s has an incredible selection of smoked meats and delicious sides with many catering options.

 Jimmy's Charhouse

2290 Point Blvd, Elgin (847) 783-0200 www.jimmyscharhouseelgin.com Creamy spinach and artichoke dip, succulent prime rib and fresh salads are just a few menu items featured at Jimmy’s Charhouse of Elgin where you can dine in or on a newly renovated patio area. Try their Charhouse Burger slathered with chipotle mayo, melty cheddar cheese, and golden fried onion strings on a pretzel bun. Jimmy’s is also home to a remodeled lounge for cocktails and beers and live video gaming machines.

 Johnny's Supper Club

Bowes Creek Country Club 1250 Bowes Creek Blvd, Elgin (847) 214-5877 www.johnnyssupperclub.com Italian cuisine, created to perfection, and terrific service takes center stage at Johnny’s, where you can enjoy a warm, hearty meal with family and friends. Start with Aunt Tessie’s Sausage Bread, a delicious blend of flavors with spicy aioli, pepperoni, proscuttio, cheeses, and fresh herbs. Next enjoy The Vespa, freshly prepared salad including iceberg lettuce, sliced Salami, cheese, and olives. Move on to the main course with Handrolled Fettucini Alfredo and finish on a sweet note with Caramel Apple Crème Brulee.




Old Republic  Old Republic

155 S Randall Rd, Elgin (224) 535-9544 www.oldrepublicbar.com This family friendly establishment cooks up American-centric tastes from all over the country including award-winning burgers, fresh fish, crispy pizzas, and prime steaks. Choose from seven different flavors of wings like spicy honey garlic or chili lime, dig into a burger with cheese curds – the Wisconsin Slammer, or share a piece of the pie with The Brando, a cheesy delight featuring Italian beef, giardiniera, Italian sausage, onions, and tomatoes. Don’t leave without ordering one of their famous cocktails!

 Riverside Pizzeria & Pub

456 Redington Dr, South Elgin (224) 227-7744 www. southelgin.riversidepizzapub.com Riverside has established themselves as the perfect marriage of great, allAmerican cuisine complimented with a welcoming and cozy atmosphere. With everything

from cheesy pizza to tender chicken wings, craft beer, cocktails and an impressive wine selection, Riverside is a great place to enjoy a delicious meal.

 The Dogfather Hotdogs 957 S Il Route 59, Bartlett (630) 540-7500 www.dogfatherhotdogs.com

Hotdogs, get ya’ hotdogs! Everything good comes in a bun and at The Dogfather, there is a lot of goodness to choose from. Enjoy tender gyros, savory Italian beef sandwiches, and of course – amazing hotdogs!

 Village Squire

480 Randall Rd, South Elgin (847) 931-0400 www.thevillagesquire.com The Squire has an English pub-style atmosphere that includes live music in a casual dining restaurant. Village Squire Restaurants have been a family owned and operated staple in Fox Valley since 1974. Try their flaming Saganaki cheese with pita, or peruse a wide variety of soups, sandwiches, fresh salads, burgers, and entrees like BBQ ribs and steak.


 Kubo Sushi and Sake 70 S. Grove Ave., Elgin 224-856-5590 www.kubosushi.com

 Aliano's Ristorante 310 N. River St. East Dundee 847-844-0528 www.alianosdundee.com

 Red Poppy Bistro

109 E. Highland Ave., Elgin 224-523-8893 www.redpoppybistro.com

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hether you’re in the mood for a perfectly fashioned cocktail or a delicious craft brew, Elgin and its neighbors have a dazzling array of ideal date night hotspots, cozy hangouts, and good oldfashioned bars for any kind of fun you’re looking for. Check out these locales and their libations for your next night out.



Craft Beer COCKTAILS  Bleuroot

98 W Main St, West Dundee (847) 844-0047 www.bleuroot.com Known as a farm to table restaurant with darn good food, Bleuroot also offers an impressive cocktail menu. With drinks like Rikers Island, Grapefruit Sour, their own rendition of the timeless Old Fashioned, and an extensive, quality wine list, Bleuroot is one of the best establishments to enjoy great food and wonderfully crafted drinks in West Dundee.

 Lounge 51

51 S Grove Ave, Elgin (847) 454-3025 www.lounge51co.com Warm, relaxing, and perfect for any atmosphere you need. Lounge 51

features premium cocktails, wines, and craft beers with 12 taps of local craft beer and more than 40 bottles/cans. Cocktails are seasonally inspired and wine enthusiasts will love their carefully selected listing.

 Martini Room

161 E Chicago St, Elgin (847) 741-0349 www.martiniroomelgin.com Winners of the 2015 Best Martini in the Suburbs challenge for their Smoking Gun cocktail, Martini Room has established itself as a premier Chico style lounge right here in Elgin. Check out Margarita Tuesdays and a menu boasting an incredible collection of martinis, from sweet to savory and everything in between. Their famous Smoking Gun cocktail features homemade rosemary infused vodka,

Licor 43, blueberry simple syrup, lemon juice with smoked rosemary soaked in Buffalo Trace Bourbon.

 Mockingbird Bar & Garden 217 Barrington Ave, East Dundee (847) 551-5614 www.mockingbirdbarandgarden.com

Small plates, an expresso bar, and a cocktail lounge make this picturesque hangout a great place for friends or a romantic night on the town. Try unique cocktails like the Olive Branch, an olive oil infused Mezcal with rosemary, thyme, lemon, orange liqueur, aquafaba, and orange chili, or Tears of the Phoenix featuring tequila, grapefruit liqueur, blood orange, lime, and Thai chili.

 The Distance Social

314 N River Street, East Dundee (224) 484-8858 www.thedistancesocial.com Located in the heart of East Dundee in a refurbished building originally constructed in 1855, this relaxing bar is ideal for whiskey lovers and cocktail connoisseurs willing to explore their vast whiskey and spirits collection.

CRAFT BEERS  Black & Gray Brewing Co. 311 Barrington Ave, East Dundee (224) 484-8200 www.blackandgraybrewing.com

Owned by possibly the cutest couple around, Black & Gray Brewing Co. is a love letter to the neighborhood, blue collar heroes, and fan-tas-tic craft beer, not necessarily in that order. Black & Gray offers 14 taps split into four different categories (Mainstays, Seasonal, Brewer’s Choice, and Small Batch) with a constant American Lager or Ale on tap.

 Chicago Street Pour House 1350 E Chicago St, Elgin (847) 214-1708 www.pourhousekitchen.com

An upscale gastropub located in Elgin serving up delicious food from a scratch kitchen beside local craft beer, wine, and handcrafted cocktails. Try their Taproom IPA, brewed in Geneva or their Ginquila, distilled in Melrose Park. Invite your


Here in Elgin, live musical performances are the spice of the local entertainment scene. We have something for everyone and any particular taste. Check out these venues for a rollicking good time!

 Bandito Barney’s

10 N River St. East Dundee (847) 426-7300 www.banditobarneysbeachclub.com

 Bannerman’s Sports Grill 858 S. Route 59 IL, Bartlett (630) 213-2400 www.bannermanssportsgrill.com

 Danny’s on Douglas

 Hemmens Cultural Center

45 Symphony Way, Elgin (847) 931-5900 www.cityofelgin.org/1570/HemmensCultural-Center

 Lucky Star Bar

1175 W. Lake Street IL, Bartlett (630) 830-7200 www.luckystarbar.com

231 Douglas Ave, Elgin (847) 742-5400 www.dannyspizzaelgin.com

 Newman’s Corner Pub

 Diamond Jim’s Tavern and Gas Grill

 Old Republic Kitchen  Bar

 Dutch Inn West

 Pub 72

 Elgin Community College Arts Center

 RocHaus

325 Meier St. Ste 1325, East Dundee (224) 484-8554 www.diamondjimsdundee.com

36W610 Foothill Rd, Elgin (847) 888-9560 www.dutchinnwest.com

1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin (847) 622-0300 www.elgin.edu/arts-center/tickets/

 Grand Victoria Casino 250 S. Grove Avenue, Elgin (847) 468-7000 www.grandvictoriacasino.com

1000 S State St. Suite A, Hampshire (847) 980-0546

155 S Randall Rd, Elgin (224) 535-9544 www.oldrepublicbar.com

38 E Higgins Rd, Gilberts (847) 426-6655 www.pub72.com

96 W. Main Street, West Dundee (815) 482-2870 www.rochaus.com

 Wing Park Bandshell

1010 Wing St, Elgin (847) 531-7000 www.cityofelgin.org/Facilities/Facility/ Details/Wing-Park-76



 Emmett's Brewing Co.

 Bleuroot

friends with you to Trivia Night and make sure to follow their social medias for more information on weekday specials and events.

 Emmett's Brewing Co. 128 W Main St, West Dundee (847) 428-4500 www.emmettsbrewingco.com

In West Dundee, this locally, nationally, and internationally recognized brewery seeks to bring in beers from around the world right to your fingertips, as authentically as possible. Try titles like Peace Keeper, World’s End, Munich Light and Cow Tipper, originating from various countries with a range of deliciousness for you to enjoy.

 Hart's Garage

2401 US-20, Hampshire (847) 649-6447 www.hartsgarage.us Founded in 2021 by restaurateur Dan Hart, Hart’s Garage is a nod to Dan Hart’s passions for cars, motorcycles, quality food, and craft beer. Homemade pizza, smash burgers and a loooong list of craft beers along with imports and domestics make Hart’s Garage a must-see-next kind of place.





 Plank Road Tap Room

 Plank Road Taproom

 Rosie O'Hare's

They’ve done their homework, traveling throughout the country and the local region to curate the best brews for everyone to enjoy with hiking trails on their 7-acre property, a fire pit, and lounge pod.

Don't miss the weekly fish fry — or the burger Mondays, live music, Sunday funday and more. You'll find an assortment of beer, along with bloody marys and other mixed drinks.

39W149 Plank Rd, Elgin (224) 238-3527 www.plankroadtaproom.com

 Pub 72

38 E Higgins Rd, Gilberts (847) 426-6655 www.pub72.com This cozy pub features plenty of scrumptious fare along with all the beer selection any heart could desire. Here you’ll find Eugene Robust Porter, 312 Dryhopped, 805, and Black & Gray Brewing Co.

702 Water St., East Dundee (847) 426-1116 www.rosieohares.com

 The Village Squire

125 Washington St., West Dundee (847) 428-5923 www.thevillagesquire.com There's no shortage of cocktails at The Village Squire! Try the Squire Flight, which comes with four mixed drink samples. You'll find rotating drafts and margaritas, too.

 Vern's Tavern

 River Street Tavern

76 S Grove Ave, Elgin (847) 346-8542 www.vernstavern.com

Taco nights, elevated American pub grub, trivia nights, karaoke, and craft beer give this casual and fun hotspot a favorite in town. Try their version of the classic Old Fashioned, a Prickly Pear Margarita or their Snowpolitan, a delicious combination of Absolut Citron, Triple Sec, freshly squeezed lime and white cranberry juice.

A one-of-a-kind experience in downtown Elgin with a vintage cocktail specialty and a distinctive atmosphere. Try fanciful cocktails like Midnight on the Prairie with Pisco, Luxardo, fresh lemon juice, earl grey and lavender syrup, grapefruit bitters and egg white or Fireflies at Dusk concocted with butterfly pea flower infused Casamigos orgeat, fresh lime, coconut water, and passionfruit syrup. Vern’s Tavern has an extensive listing of classic cocktails, wines, and craft beers to choose from.

102 N River St, East Dundee (224) 293-2033 www.rstavern.com


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ith malls, boutiques, department stores, and farmers markets in the area, the Northern Fox River Valley offers shoppers a wide variety of shops to choose from. Check out these 19 options, which feature everything from home decor to gourmet popcorn.

 Banbury Fair

charming sleepers, bonnets, toys, books and so much more. Stop on by and be charmed!

 The Half Full Nest

A wonderfully diverse boutique shop full of gifts, furniture, women’s fashion, baby clothes, lavender products, and local honey! Every selection is unique and a perfect treasure to take home for yourself or a friend. The Shoppes of Banbury Fair will be welcoming Le P’tit, a wine bar featuring tapas and crepes in the Banbury historical barn brought to you by Rakesh and Mimi Chopra of Bovino Lounge in Bartlett. All lavender products are sourced from Prairie Purple Farms, LLC and include bar soaps, pillow mists, essential oils, heat wraps, wool dryer balls and more. Take advantage of their complimentary gift wrapping and find an adorable gift for the adorable baby in your life, choosing from an array of

 Meraki Market Hub

This vintage market is housed in a historic country church first built in 1882, offering a carefully selected inventory of beautiful home décor in vintage styles like Farmhouse, Industrial, French Country, Midcentury Modern and more. The Half Full Nest also offers services like interior design, personal shopping, stylist services, and consignment and estate selling. Make sure to check your calendar and attend any of the exciting events The Half Full Nest hosts throughout the year, including Vintage Shop Hop, Dickens in Dundee, Garden Party, Downtown Dundee Sidewalk Sale, and their annual Half Ugly Christmas Sweater Soirée – to name a few!

211 Railroad Ave. Bartlett 630-837-1727 www.banburyfair.com

66 S Grove Ave, Elgin (630) 890-8003 www.merakimarkethub.com Named after a Greek word that is frequently used to express what occurs when you imbibe a piece of yourself in what you love doing, Meraki Market Hub started as a craft show vendor that eventually became an official business in 2019. Inspired by their own journey, Meraki Market Hub has established themselves as a safe space that embraces local vendors and artists with a mind to forging bonds with their shoppers. Here you’ll find handmade items, home décor, antiques, furniture, boutique clothing and so much more!

205 W Main St, West Dundee (224) 484-8460 www.thehalffullnest.com



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Check out these other local treasures sure to enchant and satisfy any shopper’s preferences!  Able Shoppe

23 S Spring St, Elgin (224) 407-4959 www.ableshoppe.com A curated collection of clothing chosen with extreme care and a mind toward ethical retail.

 Booklady's Book Attic 138 S Oak Ave, Bartlett (630) 234-5216

A cozy atmosphere filled to the ceiling with books for every age and inclination.

 Debi's Designs

1145 West Spring Street, South Elgin (847) 695-4284 www.debis-designs.com A family owned and operated boutique offering a dazzling display of floral arrangements for any occasion.

 Elgin Antiques and Uniques

207 E Chicago St, Elgin (847) 212-3933 www.elginantiquesanduniques.com An antique store offering unique items and vintage treasures.



 Forever After Collectibles 116 W Bartlett Ave, Bartlett (630) 213-8357

A trading card game store selling Yu-Gi-Oh!, Force of Will, Vanguard, Card Fight!, Magic The Gathering, Buddyfight, Weiss Schwarz, and Crusaders of Lornia along with all the card gaming supplies you need!

 Midwest Retro

207 Barrington Ave, East Dundee (847) 844-0848 www.midwestretro.com A unique, vintage shop selling an array of home décor including handmade candles, jewelry, vintage and antique furniture.

 Rediscover Records www.rediscoverrecords.com 9 S Spring St, Elgin (847) 961-8445

An amazing record store in Elgin with new releases, old releases and everything in between including merchandise.

 The Vintage Hammer

122 Washington Ave, Hampshire (224) 218-7000 This unique shop specializes in antique and repurposed housewares, turning them into works of art that are beautiful and functional!

102 W Main St, Dundee (224) 699-9558 www.trippots.com A boutique nursery with DIY plant classes. Trippots’ team is all about the “Green is Good vibe,” and dedicate their love for plants through sharing their knowledge and expertise with others. Trippots will make your wedding a fairytale, help warm the spaces for real estate agents, and hold lessons in their Show and Grow classroom ready for any event you have planned – complete with bar! These ladies are all about fun and helping others successfully care for their green friends. At the shop you’ll find an array of succulents, cacti, and houseplants as well as a wonderful selection of containers to house your new greenery!

 State Street Market Shops 701 N State St Rt 31, Elgin (847) 695-3066 www.statestreetmarketshopselgin.com

This beloved collection of shops, serving Elgin and the Greater Fox Valley area, has been a delightful institution in the community for more than 35 years. Housed in a building that was, at one time, a millwork factory on the West side of the Fox River Valley, State Street Market Shops now features a charming maze of nooks and crannies chock full of gifts, collectibles, and antiques. With over 30 unique shops for customers to enjoy, and owned by collectors, hobbyists, and artists, you can expect to find one-of-a-kind items to become your newest treasures!

 Whatnots & Whimsies

211 E Chicago St, Elgin (224) 402-8715 www.whatnotsandwhimsies.com Find a piece of history with these individually curated items provided by their Community of Consigners. With a special interest in sustainable retail practices, Whatnot and Whimsies are “Curators of Memories.” Here, you’ll find vintage jewelry, antiques, heirlooms, clothing, small pieces, and much, much more!

Locally Treasured Treats and Fare  Around the Corner Candy 101 S First St, West Dundee (847) 426-9440

An old-fashioned candy store evoking simpler times and serving up delicious treats like gummies, chocolates, seasonal sweets, collectibles and more!

 Cook's Sweet Boutique 213 E Chicago St, Elgin (847) 915-5034 www.cooksicecream.com

A “new-fashioned retro” candy wonderland located in Downtown Elgin with an unrivaled selection of sweets including macaroons, ice cream, caramels, craft sodas, accessories, candy and so much more – stop in and be dazzled!

 Mama Lee's Gourmet Popcorn 20 S Spring St, Elgin (847) 789-6084 www.mamaleespopcorn.com

70 flavors of gourmet popcorn including unique tastes like pizza, pina colada, sriracha, peanut butter and jelly, cinnamon toast crunch and many, many more!

 Steep N'Clay

8 Douglas Ave, Elgin (312) 613-7859 www.steepnclay.com A family owned and operated tea boutique specializing in top quality teas with an inhouse, fully operational pottery studio and Sunday tea tastings.

 The Irie Cup

(779) 800-9179 www.TheIrieCup.com Visit this family owned and operated tea establishment with Caribbean style and tradition to enjoy a variety of quality loose leaf and bagged whole leaf teas.

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‘I Do’ with Us! wit Rich in picturesque locations for weddings.


ewly Engaged, are you recently engaged and still breathless from making the exciting decision of saying “yes” to a future filled with lasting and growing love? The next step for you now is the reality of planning your dream wedding; perhaps one you’ve dreamed about for a long time. Your choices are endless as you think about the adventure of choosing a unique location to host your wedding celebration and make cherished memories for a lifetime.

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Why not plan and choose the beginning of your happily-everafter wedding in the Elgin area, a top-rated and popular destination located along the stunning Fox River

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Valley? It is filled with picturesque venues for gorgeous ceremonies and dream wedding receptions.

to surrounding historic villages that are all steeped in rich history. Together, they are friendly, affordable, and welcoming to all.

The Elgin area is located just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport, and conveniently situated along the Metra Milwaukee District/West Line (MD-W). It is an easily accessible destination that will be effortless for you to bring family and friends together to celebrate your special day.

Choosing a location for your dream wedding weekend and event should be a stress-free process.

No matter what you prefer - traditional, timeless, rustic, or bold - the Elgin area offers a delightful mix of over 40 venues to host wedding ceremonies and receptions. These unique settings range from banquet centers and charming spaces to urban sites and treasured historical buildings.

We are proud of the Elgin area and the commitment of our dedicated and creative wedding partners. Everything else you need for your magical event is right here, too, from wedding photographers, florists, decorators, entertainment, and stylists to caterers and bakeries. We’ll put you in touch with those who will provide all of your personal services needs, too, like hair and beauty experts, jewelers and gift accessories, wedding dresses, tuxedo rentals, and more.

How about a farm-to-table restaurant with a Fox River view to host an intimate rehearsal dinner? Does an outdoor wedding ceremony set on Walton Island in downtown Elgin sound tempting? Would you prefer exposed brick and refurbished wood floors to bring a rustic warehouse feel for your wedding reception? The Elgin area is composed of communities that provide both the beautiful City of Elgin with a suburban feel

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Our wedding planning services are free of charge and we’ll put together a schedule for you that begins with your rehearsal dinner and covers every minute detail and the budget you’re looking for.

Guests coming from out-of-town? We’re here to help you choose the right location and work out all of the details for hotel and accommodation availability. First, let your imagination flow with ideas for your traditional, vintage, or playful wedding. Then, let us bring you easy, onestop planning to provide you with a very special place in the Elgin area where you’ll begin your new life together.  Magnolia's

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id you know that US Rt 20 is the longest road in the US? Spanning 3,365 miles, Rt 20 stretches from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Boston, Massachusetts. It nearly runs parallel to that of I-90 which in turn is the longest Interstate Highway in the US. There is a short span of Rt 20 that uses unnumbered roads to traverse through Yellowstone National Park.



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Country Donuts is a great spot to start the morning off right. Their menu includes the best assortment of donuts you can get, an extensive coffee menu and more filling breakfast options like breakfast sandwiches! We also highly recommend Alexander’s Cafe. Alexander’s provides ample indoor seating, great food for breakfast or lunch


and it’s conveniently located near Elgin hotels. We think every good road trip needs to include an experience you can’t get anywhere else, and for Elgin area that is goat yoga! Enjoy a morning of outdoor goat yoga at Reverse the Kerrs Farm! This yoga class allows you the opportunity to be one with nature and one with your soul. Relax with goats among beautiful wetlands, full of a variety of birds and other wildlife that provide a beautiful chorus of sounds from sunrise to sunset. But if goat yoga doesn’t sound like your ideal activity, Elgin area is home to numerous golf courses. The Highlands of Elgin is an premier golfing destination that features the original nine holes that flow over beautiful rolling terrain, while the new nine holes reclaim an old stone quarry, and take maximum advantage of the unique and dramatic land forms that were left behind, including a twelve acre quarry lake. Four holes hug the top of the bluff thirty to forty feet above the water providing golfers with incredible views and numerous shot options on each hole. There’s also Bowes Creek Country Club which has a “member-for-a-day” rate (instead of greens fees), or Wing Park Golf Course.


If you’re an architecture enthusiast, schedule a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Muirhead Farmhouse. It is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime. The 3,200 sq. ft. home is an example of Wright’s Usonian architecture. Designed by Wright in 1950 and constructed between 1951 and 1953, the Farmhouse underwent an extensive restoration in 2003 and now remains in the care of the Muirhead family.


After your workout or home tour, you might be feeling ready for a treat. Just minutes from yoga and the farmhouse sits The Milk House in

Day 2


The Irie Cup at The Milk House

Start your day with breakfast at Ray’s Family Restaurant. Ray’s has been named one of the top diners in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine, and is conveniently located right off Rt. 20! Some other traditional diners around town you may enjoy are Baker Hill Pancake House, Golden Skillet, and Big Skillet.

Pingree Grove. The Milk House has been voted the #1 place to get a frozen treat in the Elgin area! What people love most is their delicious treats, that they are always trying new, unique and interesting flavors, the homemade waffle cones are amazing, and the staff is incredibly friendly. The Milk House is a great place to take the kids, especially since they’re open year-round! There’s also Plank Road Tap Room located nearby. Recently named one of Chicago area’s best craft beer bars, and voted best beer garden in the suburbs, you can enjoy a cold beer, cider, or wine on their beautiful 7 acre property. Food trucks serve a variety of dinner options on weekends, like BBQ, toasted cheese, and tacos! Plan on lunch at Sammy’s Mexican Grill, Sushi Station, Old Republic Kitchen+ Bar, Bennigan’s or Paul’s Family Restaurant. And if you like shopping for fresh produce, across the street from Plank Road Tap Room, sits Kleins Farm & Garden Market. This local farmers market features the highest quality flowers, fruits, and vegetables in the area, along with other locally sourced fare like honey!


Do you enjoy a cool summer evening outdoors? Plan a hike, bike ride or a night camping under the stars at one of the beautiful Kane County Forest Preserves. If the weather isn’t to your liking, stay in one of our hotels and catch a movie at Marcus Elgin Cinema while relaxing in their DreamLounger™ recliner seating. There’s also a number of shops perfect for finding gifts for any occasion. Fresh nuts from the Fisher Nuts Outlet store attached to where they’re made is great for any snack lover. State Street Market Shops and the Elgin Farmer’s Market are also great places to go for a fun and unique shopping experience.

If you prefer a coffee shop, downtown Elgin boasts many cafes to relax in with a great coffee, and a small breakfast plate. Arabica Cafe and Viator Coffee are fan favorite spots to grab a morning cup of joe. Arabica Cafe also has a breakfast menu consisting of homemade pastries and warm breakfast sandwiches. Viator Coffee has a small selection of handmade baked goods but located in the same building is Breakfast Urbano for more breakfast options. For the Dr. Who fans out there, you’ll surely want to check out Blue Box Cafe. This cafe is the very first Doctor Who dedicated café in North America. They not only support the show, but they embrace



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Every morning needs to start somewhere, and starting it at Elder + Oat in West Dundee is sure to start the day off right. They’re located next to the Dundee Township Riverwalk. Grab a mouthwatering bakery item and a cup of joe from this cafe before taking a morning stroll next to the Fox River. For a great sit-in breakfast option, Benedicts Eggs and More is the perfect option. Top rated and voted on by the community, this eatery has received multiple Readers Choice Awards presented by The Daily Herald.

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all of geek culture and regularly host events that promote all types of interests, like Dungeons and Dragons, Harry Potter and more!


Now that you’re caffeinated and fed, you’ll want to burn off some of that energy taking a stroll around town. Our Historic Districts that boast 667 structures including churches, houses, flats, apartments, and businesses. Like art? Then visit some of our art galleries, shops and theatre spaces. Or take the selfguided Elgin Public Art Tour which includes murals and sculptures in Elgin’s downtown plus a map to help lead the way! And when you’re ready for lunch we have some local favorites to recommend, like Al’s Cafe & Creamery located in a 1892 historical building Kubo Sushi & Sake Lounge, Elgin Public House, Walnut Speakeasy, Danny’s on Douglas, and more! If you’re looking for an active activity, Elgin’s Fox River Trails provide adventurists with more than 40 miles of guaranteed fun. Spirited cyclists, hikers, kayakers, and families will enjoy these scenic trails seeing historic sites and railroad lines, crossing six bridges, and passing through multiple nature preserves. Test your wits at Escapade 360. Try to escape features family-friendly themed rooms. They’re fun and safe for guests ages 12 and up and


since it’s located right in Downtown Elgin, it’s just a few feet from a number of restaurants!


Experience gaming, dining and entertainment at the Grand Victoria Casino. This beautiful casino is a 2 story, 29,850 sq ft gaming boat situated on the Fox river. It boasts numerous dining opportunities. If you plan to spend most of your day here, check out Prime BurgerHouse, The Slice Pizzeria or the award-winning Buckinghams Steak & Lounge. Aside from the acclaimed gaming promotions and giveaways, the expansive gaming area holds 1,100 exciting slots and a wide variety of Vegas-style table games. Whether visiting here for a wedding, entertainment event, or a night out with friends, you will always find exemplary customer service.


The Dundee area is full of great places to go with the whole family! If entertaining young kids is a must, check out the places below that may interest you! Santa’s Village and Azoozement & Water Park is Chicagoland’s place for fun family memories! Located in East Dundee, they feature Santa Springs (a new water park), lots of thrill, kiddie and family classic rides, entertainment, a petting zoo, attractions, and education entertainment where they shows about the animals! The park is open May thru October. Situated at the top of a hill, Randall Oaks Zoo offers a variety of kid-friendly farm animals for viewing, petting, and feeding. A stroll through the barn gives visitors an opportunity to meet a camel, alpacas, goats and a few of our other animal friends. Some highlights of the zoo include cows, mini horses, a bobcat, sheep, goats, emus, alpacas, reptiles, deer, rabbits, chickens, pigs, fox, and birds, including a red-tailed hawk, peacocks and a Great Horned Owl just to name a few. Come and meet all their four-legged, furry and feathered friends!

If you’re looking for more nightlife opportunities check out the Martini Room. Does knowing they’ve won multiple “Reader’s Choice” awards form the Daily Herald, and “The Best Martini in the Burbs” make your curious to try it out? The Martini Room continues to live up to it’s legacy of incredible hand-crafted drinks and is a muststop for any cocktail connoisseur. Alexander’s Cafe. Alexander’s provides ample indoor seating, great food for breakfast or lunch and it’s conveniently located near Elgin area hotels.


Elder  Oat in West Dundee One of the best places adults and kids alike will have a ball is the Underground Retrocade. Go back in time and step into this 80s themed arcade! Full of games from the golden era, as they were played using the correct cabinets, controls, and displays. Leave your quarters at home and play unlimited all day for just $15!


Get a treat at Around the Corner Candy, an adorable candy store full of chocolates, gummies and more! Shop at the Half Full Nest Vintage Market, LadyBug Lane, and Midwest Retro. These stores offer antique shopping as well as other great gifts like candles and locally sourced dips and snacks! Catch a concert at Rochaus! Rochaus is a music venue that has hosted well known bands like Saliva, and Saving Abel. There are also a number of popular tribute bands like Smells like Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), In the Flesh- Echoes of Pink Floyd, Jagged Little Pill (Alanis Morissette), Of Perception (The Doors), and Mr.Speed who was awarded the title of Best Kiss Tribute Band in the World.

TOUR HISTORIC ROUTE 20 To get you started on your Rt. 20 road trip, our team at Explore Elgin has outlined some great attractions along the 20 miles that span through our communities. If you’re traveling with a group, please contact our Visitors Center for special rates. And remember to use #ExploreElgin on all your social posts so we can follow your adventure.

Happy travels!

Welcome to East Dundee The Village of East Dundee (population 3,152) is located approximately 35 miles west of the City of Chicago and encompasses approximately 3.1 square miles. The Fox River is the western border of the Village, and the Fox River Bike Trail runs through the Village’s historic downtown district. Residents and visitors of East Dundee can enjoy an array of dining, retail, social and outdoor activities, including Santa’s Village Azoosment & Water Park. A picturesque historic downtown, with the former train depot (now a visitor center) in the heart of the district is home to many popular year-round special events hosted by the Village and outside organizations. eastdundee.net




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Communities  Elgin

Located only 42 miles northwest of Chicago, the “City in the Suburbs” is full of diversity and culture. Its vibrant downtown, historical museums, unique restaurants, and award-winning library provide relaxing entertainment, while bike trails, golf courses and parks are perfect recreational activities. Elgin’s energetic, fast-growing community is made of passionate people from all walks of life.

 Bartlett

Visitors are welcome to dine, golf, enjoy nature, and visit downtown Bartlett. Amenities like the historic Depot museum, Metra commuter station, Arts in Bartlett’s Center for the Arts, and a variety of dining, shopping, and even downhill skiing at Villa Olivia make it a

perfect tourist destination. Downtown Bartlett is rich in history and full of promise for the future.

 Carpentersville

The Fox River Bike Trail is a great way to experience the historic Old Town area of Carpentersville and the revitalized Carpenter Park, which sports a disc golf course and concert area that hosts movies in the park. Carpentersville has a variety of shopping and dining experiences. It is a diverse community with excellent amenities including special events and inviting parks.

 East Dundee

East Dundee is a picturesque community where residents and visitors alike enjoy a wide array of unique retail and dining options, fun activities such

as Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, and recreational opportunities with direct access to the Fox River Bike Trail. The charming historic downtown and The Depot (Visitor’s Center) is home to many popular year-round special events hosted by the Village and outside organizations.

 Gilberts

Gilberts is a combination of history and modern convenience, city and countryside. To the southeast, the city of Chicago is a simple drive away, while picturesque Wisconsin escapes lie to the north. The Village hosts several community events such as a fall bonfire, summer festival, and fishing derby. Gilberts has been rated one of the Safest Cities in Illinois and Best Places to Raise a Family in Kane County.

More information can be found at WWW.exploreelginarea.com/about/communities



Locals are proud of Hampshire’s heritage, and it’s not uncommon for generations of residents to remain in Hampshire as they welcome new growth. It’s home to two beautiful parks, a baseball field, and the annual “Coon Creek Country Days.”

 Pingree Grove

Nestled in the outer northwestern suburbs Pingree Grove combines the calming effect of being surrounded by nature with the convenience of many amenities nearby. Hundreds of families visit Pingree Grove every year to take in the Fall Festival or the winter drive-thru lights show at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard.

 Sleepy Hollow

With meandering roads, rolling hills, and wooded countryside, the town of Sleepy Hollow lives up to its fairytale name. Its founder requested that Sleepy Hollow retain its country charm by working with the land’s natural contour. Today, the village is a place of peace and serenity with a strong

sense of community and hidden gems.

 South Elgin

South Elgin celebrates its 125-year anniversary with an enthusiasm for our bright future. With a new festival-style park, abundant natural areas, miles of interconnected bike paths, a thriving retail corridor and a huge array of residential options, South Elgin welcomes visitors and new residents alike to explore where life offers more!

 West Dundee

Tree-lined streets and a quaint downtown welcome visitors to cornerstone dining venues and specialty shops and entertainment experiences. Recreation opportunities are around every corner, from Randall Oaks, featuring a Golf Club, Rec Center, Barnyard Zoo and much more, to the Riverwalk along the Fox River and numerous neighborhood parks. Overnight visitors may choose from the Sonesta Select and Extended Stay America located Route 31 near the I-90 Tollway.

DOWNTOWN Hampshire

A Collaboration of Small Businesses Our modern + rustic market features over 6,000 square feet of shopping space in a historic building in the heart of Downtown Elgin. Shop handmade items, home decor, boutique clothing, furniture, antiques, gift and more!

66 S. Grove Ave., Elgin 630-890-8003


 Hampshire


Come Ride with Us! • Take a Ride into History at the Fox River Trolley Museum • Explore your history by enjoying a round trip along the beautiful Fox River aboard antique trolley trains as they travel from South Elgin to the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve. Museum admission includes unlimited train rides on the different trains in service the day of your visit. Museum Hours 11am - 5pm on days noted below: Sundays & Holidays May 1st - Oct. 31st Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays in July & August

Treat Mom & Dad on their Special Day Mother’s Day - Moms visit & ride for Free! Father’s Day - Dads visit & ride for Free!

Trains leave the South Elgin Castlemuir station every 45-minutes for a 35 to 40 minute docent narrated round trip.

• Tickets by reservation • Ghost Story Train Special Event Saturday Evenings in October. Polar Express Special Event Saturday and Sunday Nov. 28th - Dec. 18th.

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owever you experience the magic of Elgin, be it at an Elgin Symphony Orchestra performance, journeying down the beautiful Fox River in a kayak, or strolling hand in hand with your love through its timeless streets, this treasured Illinois town is ready for you. Find a perfect place to rest when exploring this wonderful spot on the map at any of these welcoming accommodations. CANDLEWOOD SUITES 1780 Capital Street  Elgin 60124 (847) 888-0600 www.candlewoodsuites.com

EXTENDED STAY – WEST DUNDEE 2185 Marriott Dr.  West Dundee 60118 (847) 608-6320 www.extendedstayamerica.com

COLONIAL LODGE MOTEL 788 Villa Street  Elgin 60120 (847) 742-2790 Email: kmurphy@northernfoxrivervalley.com

HAMPTON INN ELGIN 405 Airport Road  Elgin 60123 (847) 931-1940 • www.hilton.com

SUPER 8 HAMPSHIRE 115 Arrowhead Dr.  Hampshire 60140 (847) 683-0888 www.wyndhamhotels.com

HOLIDAY INN & SUITES CHICAGO NORTHWEST – ELGIN 495 Airport Road  Elgin 60120 (847) 488-9000 • www.ihg.com

SUPER 8 ELGIN 435 Airport Road  Elgin 60123 (847) 857-7904 www.wyndhamhotels.com

LEXINGTON INN & SUITES 1585 Dundee Avenue  Elgin 60120 (847) 695-2100 • www.stayinns.com

WOODSPRING SUITES ELGIN 2225 Point Boulevard  Elgin 60123 (224) 238-6057 • www.woodspring.com

COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY RADISSON 2270 Point Boulevard  Elgin 60123 (847) 426-6400 www.radissonhotelsamericas.com COMFORT SUITES ELGIN 2480 Bushwood Drive  Elgin 60124 (847) 836-9500 • www.choicehotels.com



QUALITY INN ELGIN 500 Tollgate Road  Elgin 60123 (847) 608-7300 • www.choicehotels.com

SONESTA SELECT CHICAGO ELGIN 2175 Marriott Dr.  West Dundee 60118 (847) 429-0300 • www.sonesta.com

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