Explore Elgin Area

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The Elgin Area, nestled in the heart of Northern Illinois, boasts a variety of offerings that cater to the diverse interests of residents and visitors alike! Explore Elgin Area plays a pivotal role in showcasing the region’s 10 wonderful communities of Elgin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Gilberts, Hampshire, Sleepy Hollow, South Elgin, West Dundee, and Pingree Grove.

One of the area’s crown jewels is the Fox River Trail, a picturesque pathway that winds along the beautiful Fox River, offering breathtaking views of the water and the surrounding natural beauty. This trail is fantastic for outdoor enthusiasts, cyclists, hikers, joggers, and nature lovers! The Fox River Bike Trail goes on for miles, and along the trail, you can find a variety of entertainment venues, eateries, and great views.
Leisure activities abound in the Elgin Area, with a flourishing arts and culture scene that includes galleries, theaters, and music venues. Here you can find more than just live music- but find a place that captures the artistic nature of the communities. Escape rooms, activity centers, and small business shopping are great ways to spend your time in these communities.

As for dining, the Elgin Area boasts quite a few eating experiences. Hibachi grills, authentic taquerias, pubs, and other restaurants will make your taste buds water at the sight of them. While you are there, be sure to get your Burger Trail, Taco Trail, or Coffee Trail passport to explore all of the local favorites and get the chance to win some prizes! Come along into the Elgin Area and enjoy the views with some brews from Black and Gray Brewing Co., Emmett’s Brewing Co., Plank Road Tap Room, Blue Raptor Tap House, and more!

Sports are another important part of the Elgin Area. Here, we boast a variety of sporting facilities about 42 miles away from Chicago, making it a perfect destination for sports enthusiasts alike! Athletes of all ages and levels can train and compete in premier venues that host a variety of sports, including soccer and BMX biking.

So come along into the Elgin Area for a getaway that you cannot forget! Find out more information at www.exploreelginarea.com!

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Krisilee Murphy
President & CEO

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

Top Attractions

  • Santas Village Azooment and Water Park
  • Adrenaline Monkey
  • Gail Borden Public Library
  • Spartan Axe Throwing
  • Fox River Bike Trail
  • Paintball Explosion
  • Grand Victoria Casino
  • Randall Oaks Zoo
  • Nightmare on Chicago Street
  • Goebberts Farm Pingree Grove


  • Elgin Sports Complex
  • Canlan Ice Arena
  • LifeZone 360
  • Elgin Community College
  • Edward Schock Centre of Elgin


  • World Series of Poker – The World Series of Poker Circuit Tour’s stop at the Grand Victoria Casino in downtown Elgin brings an entirely new audience to the Elgin area. Players travel to Elgin from throughout the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana area throughout the ten days of the tournament for a chance to qualify for the championship in Las Vegas.
  • USA Team Handball – Throughout the years the Elgin area has hosted several USA Team Handball tournaments. Most recently the North American Caribbean Team Handball tournament took place at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin. The tournament drew teams from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Greenland to the Elgin area for about a week of competition.
  • Niche but large professional sports organizations such as the American Cornhole League and Spikeball – The Elgin area has broadened its scope of sports tournaments by using traditional facilities to host untraditional sports. A standard indoor sports complex has been used to host the American Cornhole League numerous times and soccer fields have been used for regional spikeball tournaments. Being creative with how facilities are used helps draw professional leagues to the Elgin area and introduce the Elgin area to audiences that have never visited Elgin before.

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Info & Stats

IL House Legislative District
43, 49, 65, 66, 70

IL Senate Legislative Districts

Largest Meeting Facility

600 People – The Highland Loft
Largest Indoor Sports Facility: Lifezone 360
Largest Outdoor Sports Facility: Elgin Sports Complex

Number of Hotel Rooms

Primary Source of Local Funding
Hotel Tax

Total Tourism Jobs Supported
7,459 (Kane)

Regional Tourism Expenditures
914.6 million (Kane)

Lodging Taxes
$71.8 million (Kane County)

Local Sales Taxes
$30.1 million (Kane)