About South Elgin

The Village of South Elgin is located in Kane County, approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago, IL. South Elgin is rich in history, culture, recreation and natural beauty. Long before Illinois’ early settlers moved into the region during the nineteenth century, the Fox River carved out a picturesque valley through Northeastern Illinois.

South Elgin has always maintained the highest quality of life for its residents and is well-respected as a thriving, hardworking community. At present, its population of 21,985 good-natured residents enjoys all the fruits of the good life and embraces future development with open arms. From its modest beginnings in the 1800’s to the explosion of development in the late 1990’s, the Village has always had something special that attracts people from all walks of life.

How We Are Redeveloping South Elgin

The attention of developers and community builders has turned toward redeveloping downtown and river districts, where plans call to redevelop the existing Village Center into the dynamic civic, cultural and entertainment center of the community.

The Village comprehensive downtown redevelopment and revitalization plan will guide the evolution of the downtown district into a mixture of parks, upscale residential and mixed-used commercial and retail buildings. The plan emphasizes a mixture of multi-family housing with shops, offices and restaurants co-existing, often as “live/work” units.

The centerpiece of the plan features:

  • A riverwalk attraction with new pedestrian and bicycle access over the Fox River
  • A new pedestrian level under the State Street bridge and expanded bicycle paths
  • A new community center is planned for the area north of Village Hall
  • Water and Center Streets will be upgraded to facilitate local traffic flow

Plans also call for the area to be included in a new Village Center Planned Development District, which would include guidelines for the redevelopment of existing buildings. The LaFox Street Corridor is part of the district and is also covered by a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District that will encourage productive development.

River Crossings, a mixed-use development at the intersection of State and Woodbury Streets is leading the area’s redevelopment effort. The age-restricted condominium building features 45 residential units and includes attractive commercial space at street level. The project met all Village Center design guidelines and is expected to attract services and other retail ventures to support the growing downtown population.

An eclectic offering of nearby residential properties will ensure the district’s vitality in the years ahead. Among the projects planned for the area are Springs at South Elgin which features luxury apartments, Sagebrook new housing at the corner of Silver Glen and Randall Road.  Trails of Silver Glen is located at the Silver Glen and Randall Road intersection which are new exciting projects in the Village.

Flowing with Opportunity.


General Government

Village of South Elgin
Kane County
State of Illinois
Plan South Elgin

Transportation Information

South Elgin Road Construction Updates
Kane County Division of Transportation (KDOT)
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)

Economic Development Organizations

Kane County Economic Development Advisory Board
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Training and Small Business Development

Elgin Community College
ECC Small Business Development Center
Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce

Contact SEED to Start Growing Today

P.O. Box 678
South Elgin, IL 60177
847-742-SEED (7333)

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