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Elgin Area Communities


Population 41,402 | www.village.bartlett.il.us

Dating to 1873, Bartlett is located east of Elgin and is divided among three counties. The community motto, “Progress with Pride”, is indicative of dynamic growth with respect to heritage. Top recreation spots include Villa Olivia Country Club and Ski Area, Apple Orchard Community Park, and the Bartlett Hills Golf Course.

Tourists and visitors to our community enjoy Bartlett’s bike paths, 3 golf courses, a ski hill at Villa Olivia, line dancing at the Cadillac Ranch, or the stunning beauty of North America’s largest traditional Hindu mandir, the B.A.P.S. Shri Swaminarayan.

Bartlett also has much to offer residents and visitors who enjoy the beauty of nature.  The James “Pate” Phillip State Park and many acres of forest preserves and open space are located within the Village.


Population 37,527 | www.vil.carpentersville.il.us

Dating to 1837, such early businesses as Illinois Iron & Bolt Co. and Star Manufacturing, helped shape Carpentersville on the scenic Fox River. The Meadowdale subdivision brought “suburbs” to the Fox Valley in the 1950’s and 1060’s. For a first-rate walleye fishing area, try the Carpentersville Dam Forest Preserve along Lincoln Ave.

East Dundee

Population 3,111 | www.eastdundee.net

The Village of East Dundee is a picturesque community located on the banks of the Fox River. Both residents and visitors alike can enjoy a wide array of unique retail and dining options, fun social activities such as family-favorite Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, and recreational opportunities with direct access to the Fox River Bike Trail. The charming historic downtown, home to a former train depot (now a visitor center), hosts numerous popular year-round events including an annual holiday festival and a St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


Population 108,288 | www.cityofelgin.com

Elgin honors its distinctive heritage with well-maintained museums, historic districts, parks and a movement towards renovation and architectural preservation of its downtown and riverfront area.

Boasting the two-time award winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra, The Hemmens Cultural Center and Elgin Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, Elgin is also home to the largest riverboat revenue producer in the state, The Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino.

With easy access from the I-90 Tollway, a variety of excellent accommodations, multiple sports complex locations, and 1200 acres of parks welcomes visitors.


Population 6,364 | www.villageofgilberts.com

“Voted as one of the safest cities in Illinois, the Village of Gilberts was platted in 1855 and was incorporated in 1890. With an area of 5.5 square miles, the Village has a current estimated population of 8,097. Gilberts is a place close to major cities, but far enough away to provide room for healthy growth of families, small businesses and light industrial manufacturing. The Village hosts several community events throughout the year including an Easter Egg Hunt, Community-Wide Garage Sale, Fishing Derby, Community Days Festival, Movies in the Park, Fall Bonfire, and Tree Lighting Ceremony.”


Population 4,000 | www.hampshireil.org

First known as Henpeck, Hampshire is an attractive growing community offering the charms of a rural environment. Homey dining and shopping opportunities as well as the only farmhouse made by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Thousands attend the annual four day mid-summer Coon Creek Country Days.

Pingree Grove

Population 8,107 | www.villageofpingreegrove.org

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

Population 3,673 | www.sleepy-hollow.il.us

The rustic quality of Sleepy Hollow has been carefully protected by its rural ambiance rich in green space. A ride by the Headless Horseman and a festive bonfire marks the onset of Halloween in the Hollow.

South Elgin

Population 20,978 | www.southelgin.com

Nestled along the Fox River, South Elgin has maintained a small town “feel” to its fast growing community. This fall, travel via trolley to pick out your pumpkin at the Fox Valley Trolley Museum on Route 31 or experience the annual authentic Oktoberfest celebration.

West Dundee

Population 7,953 | www.wdundee.org

Tree-lined streets and a quaint downtown welcome visitors to cornerstone dining venues and specialty shops, including Emmett’s Brewing Company, an award-winning brewer of craft beers, Francesca’s Campagna and The Village Squire.

Spring Hill Mall, accessible from both Route 31 and Route, 72, offers great shopping and entertainment. It is the largest enclosed mall within the greater Elgin area, with 40 national retailers that are unique to the trade area.

Historic Downtown West Dundee features numerous examples of 19th century architecture and places of historical interest. The Dundee Township Historical Society Museum, which highlights the famous former resident detective Allan Pinkerton, is of special interest to history lovers.

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. Leafs Ice Centre west of Randall Road is the most modern skating facility in NW Chicago area for instruction, competition and recreation.

Overnight visitors may choose from the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott and TownePlace Suites on Route 31 near the I-90 Tollway, or the Mansion Bed & Breakfast, nestled away in Old Town West Dundee.