Living in Elgin
The city has four historic districts and a revitalized downtown, where you'll find theater, arts events and nightclubs, river walks and more.
Elgin has a strong community of local arts organizations and artists. Community theater groups include the Independent Players, Children's Theatre of Elgin, Elgin Theatre Company and Fox Valley Youth Theatre, just to name a few. At the Hemmens Cultural Center and Elgin Community College's Visual & Performing Arts Center, you can attend a wide variety of performances ranging from comedy to dance.
Four thousand acres of forest preserve and 1,600 acres of parks provide plenty of options for outdoor or athletic recreation like fishing, canoeing or horseback riding. There are many golf courses and sports facilities. In the winters, you can take advantage of skiing and ice-skating.
Jobs in Elgin
One of the city's biggest attractions is the well-known riverboat casino, the Grand Victoria Casino, which also happens to be one of the city's biggest employers. Other major employers include the local government, the Elgin School District and the newly constructed Sherman Hospital. As Elgin's downtown continues to grow, more businesses move into the area, boosting job opportunities for locals. Commuting to Chicago is convenient with additional lanes installed on Interstate 90.
The city has four public school districts and a large number of private schools. Most of the area is served by District U-46. The other three districts are Community Unit School District 300, 301 and 303.
Institutions of higher education in the area include Judson University, National Louis University and Elgin Community College.
Resources for Moving to Elgin
As you're planning your move to Elgin, the following information may be helpful-
Utilities: The city's public works department manages residential water and sewer services. Like most cities in the area, Elgin receives power from Commonwealth Edison, Gas from Nicor and cable television and internet service from Comcast.
Garbage and Recycling: Most residential areas of Elgin participate in curbside recycling and trash disposal.
Transportation: The Pace Bus serves the city at the Pace Elgin Transportation Center on both weekdays and weekends. You can connect to many areas of the city, including the local Metra station.
With everything from Victorians to family town homes, hip urban lofts and high-rise condominiums to one-of-a-kind neighborhood bungalows and gated communities, Elgin's diverse neighborhoods span the downtown area where you'll also find most of Elgin's businesses and attractions, the Northeast neighborhood, the Gifford Park neighborhood and the Southwest area.
On average, home prices are lower than the national average, making this city even more popular.
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