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The Village of South Elgin is a close knit community rich in history and natural beauty.  It’s a great place to call home and enjoy a high quality of life. The village was recognized as “one of the best places to live” in the United States due to its excellent public schools, parks, and recreational activities.

Home buyers will find great real estate opportunities in South Elgin.  The area features many types and styles of houses on the market, plus open land to build new homes and estates.  The South Elgin community is ideally located near great shopping and entertainment centers, major airports, and the City of Chicago.


The Village of South Elgin, seated in Kane County, is located approximately 3 miles south of Elgin and about 40 miles northwest of Chicago.

Suburbs surrounding the South Elgin area include Barlett, Elgin, St. Charles, and Streamwood.


In 2007, South Elgin was ranked as one of the “Best Places to Live in the United States” by Money magazine.

South Elgin is also known as “Caring Little Village”.

White:   88.5%
Black:   1.7%
Asian:   4.6%
Pacific Islander:  .1%
Other Race:  2.7%
Two or more: 2.4%
Hispanic:  17.4%

Population:  21,297
Males: 50.1%
Females: 49.9%
County: Kane
Zip codes: 60120, 60123, 60175, 60177.

Median resident age: 32 years
Median household income: $78,742
Median house value: $240,800

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2008 American Community Survey


In 1847, the Village of South Elgin was originally known as Clintonville.  The area’s natural resources like the Fox River, woodlands, and fertile soil attracted many of the early setters.  Over time, the village built many farms and a large gristmill damn on the river.  Later, a railroad depot was built in the village that helped expand the region’s population and economy, including linking residents to Chicago. South Elgin was incorporated in 1897.  The village slowly developed over the next hundred years from a rural farming community to a modern small city with lots of public amenities.

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South Elgin real estate prices range from upper $100,000s to over $500,000 for single family detached homes.  The village offers a variety of housing options, from older brick homes to modern two-story and split-level properties. Townhouses and condominiums range from the mid $100,000s to over $200,000 for larger units with additional amenities. Large estate homes with wooded lots and water frontage begin at $700,000.

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South Elgin has access to major highways and roads making it easy for residents to travel to Chicago and other major suburbs.  

Key roadways that are nearby are I-90 and Randall Road, plus Routes 31 and 25 that run north and south, including Route 19 and U.S. 20 going east and west through the village

There are four airports near South Elgin:    
O’Hare International Airport  
Midway International Airport  
Schaumburg Regional Airport
Chicago Executive Airport – formally known as Palwaukee Municipal

South Elgin is served by Pace Suburban Bus Service which offers transportation between the village and Geneva, stopping at major shopping centers and the Geneva train station.  

Plus, the Metra Milwaukee District West Line is available for South Elgin residents to travel from Elgin to Chicago’s Union Station.  


There are six public schools and two school districts that serve the South Elgin community.

School Districts
School District U-46
St. Charles CUSD 303

Elementary Public Schools
Clinton Elementary School 770 E Mill St, South Elgin, IL 847-888-7045
Corron Elementary School 455 Thornwood Way, South Elgin, IL 847-741-7998
Fox Meadow Elementary School 1275 Jenna Dr, South Elgin, IL 847-888-7182
Willard Elementary School 370 W Spring St, South Elgin, IL 847-888-5275

Middle School
Kenyon Woods Middle School 1515 Raymond St, South Elgin, IL 847-289-6685

High School
South Elgin High School 760 E Main St, South Elgin, IL 847-289-3760


Walnut Speakeasy (214 Walnut Ave Elgin, IL 847-695-2420). Open daily at 11am. The Speakeasy, a neighborhood bar and grill located in downtown Elgin, features a full American fare menu, offering everything from appetizers, steaks, chicken, fresh seafood, classic salads and much more.  Full bar service is available with a wide selection of domestic and imported beers including wine and spirits.

Rookies (2486 Bushwood Dr Elgin, IL 847-551-9006).  Open daily 11am to 3am.  Rookies All American Pub & Grill features a full serve bar with 28 television screens to watch your favorite teams all year round. Plus, they have a large menu offering appetizers, burgers, BBQ ribs and chicken, pasta and more.   Kids eat free every Thursday. Limit two kids per family.


Grand Victoria Casino (250 S Grove Ave, 1-888-508-1900).  Open daily from 8:30 am to 6:30 am.  The casino features popular table games like Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, and Caribbean Stud, including more than 1,000 slot machines and Craps tables.  Enjoy a night of fine dining at Buckinghams Steakhouse and Lounge, or grab a quick bite to eat at the Grand Victoria Buffet.

Elgin Symphony Orchestra (20 DuPage Court Elgin, IL 847-888-4000).  Spend an evening with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  The Orchestra features over 50 concerts annually, ranging from Classics, Pops, and Educational Programming to Holiday performances at the Hemmens Theatre - a 1,200 seat venue.  Check their website for more information and upcoming performances.

South Elgin features a variety of large and small shopping centers with national and independent retailers, including boutiques.  Plus, the village is close to several major suburban shopping centers:

Stratford Square Shopping Center
The Arboretum of South Barrington
Von Maur Charlestown Mall
Woodfield Mall
Golf Mill Shipping Center


Sansaveria Crêperie & Steakhouse (778 W Barlett Rd Barlett, IL 630-855-3374).   Open for dinner Tue – Sun, including brunch Sunday morning.  Sansaveria is a European theme restaurant with a menu offering steaks, seafood, pastas, crepes and other dinner specialties.  Their brunch menu is an all you can eat Euro-American buffet, includes carving station, breakfast crepes, waffles, quiches, and fresh seasonal fruit bar.  Check their website for Chef weekly specials

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon (155 S Randall Rd Elgin, IL 847- 931-7837).  Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Lone Star Steakhouse is a Texas themed restaurant offering delicious grilled steaks, ribs, sandwiches, and more.  They serve “Texas-sized” portions at a great value.  Plus, Lone Star offers a full-service bar with country music and Texas artifacts.


South Elgin residents participate in many annual festivals and events throughout the year.  The village hosts a variety of family outings such as a Spring Egg Hunt, to RiverFest Express a summer carnival, to a Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival.  For more information visit South Elgin Park & Recreation Special Events.

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