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Fall Flavors in the Elgin Area

Fall Flavors in the Elgin Area

Autumn in Elgin is adorned by the reds, oranges, and yellows that dot the tree line. In the fall, however, we start getting some delicious goodies that are hard to find elsewhere. From some of the famous pumpkin spice lattes to a unique ice cream flavor- join us in unwrapping the fall flavors in the Elgin area.

Downtown Elgin Farmers Market Recipe Ideas

Downtown Elgin Farmers Market Recipe Ideas

With fall just beginning and the Downtown Elgin Farmers Market coming to a close, you will need some recipes to use up that fresh produce! Check out our suggestions below… Read more »

Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter

Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter

Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter We live in the Midwest, which means at some point we’ll inevitably have snow. Sometimes, we all need a break from… Read more »

Gluten-Free Eateries in the Elgin Area

Gluten-Free Eateries in the Elgin Area

Being Gluten-Free can be hard. Whether it is for health reasons, a dietary preference, or if you think the bread tastes better- it can be difficult to find restaurants that have these options to cater to your needs. That’s why we are here- to do the research for you! Check out this list of our favorite gluten-free eateries in the Elgin Area.

Nightmare on Chicago Street 2022

Nightmare on Chicago Street 2022

For the past 9 years, the city of Elgin’s streets have been crawling with zombies… and for thepast two years… the safest place to lie low was at home. However,… Read more »

Oktoberfest in the Elgin Area

Oktoberfest in the Elgin Area

Oh, Oktoberfest… one of the few times throughout the year that you can celebrate the drinking of beer for no reason other than that. It is one of the largest… Read more »

Fun Regional Family Attractions to Check Out

Fun Regional Family Attractions to Check Out

It’s the perfect time of year to get the family out for a trip. Illinois and the surrounding area have no shortage of great family stops. You can expand your knowledge with exciting learning opportunities, feel the thrills at an amusement park, or find the perfect spot for a great family photo. You’ll love the family time you receive. Here are some noteworthy options for taking a fun family trip.

St. Patrick’s Day in Dundee

St. Patrick’s Day in Dundee

The Dundee community is known for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! After a reprieve, this year it’s back and better than ever. Start the day at 8am by participating… Read more »

A Long Spring Getaway

A Long Spring Getaway

When you have the time for a long weekend, the Elgin Area provides a plethora of exceptional opportunities.Whether you want to have a romantic weekend with your partner, or take… Read more »

Elgin Area’s Top Fish Fry Spots

Elgin Area’s Top Fish Fry Spots

You don’t have to be British to love fish and chips. In fact, with so many renditions of this classic it seems almost impossible to pick favorites. That’s why we turned to our residents, and this year we’ve sent out the vote again to keep the top spots updated. Check out this years top spots to grab a fish fry!

Valentine’s Day in the Elgin Area

Valentine’s Day in the Elgin Area

Celebrate the season of love with that special someone in the Elgin Area. Enjoy a classic date like dinner and a movie with traditional Valentine’s day finds like flowers and chocolates. Or experience a new adventurous outing like sliding down a ski slope or snowshoeing. You can also challenge yourselves to an epic escape room. No matter what you and your Valentine enjoy doing together, you can make the day extra special here.

Elgin Area Winter Photo Contest

Elgin Area Winter Photo Contest

We wanted to see the beauty of winter through your eyes! After receiving lots of votes, they have been tallied and the results are below! A big thanks to everyone who voted and participated.

Restaurants Perfect for Special Occasions

Restaurants Perfect for Special Occasions

Special occasions deserved a special outing to celebrate. The Elgin Area is host to restaurants that bring elegance, fine dining and refinery to their atmosphere and most importantly with food. When it’s time to celebrate the next anniversary, promotion at work, holiday or other special occasion, check out this list of options!

4 Indoor Activities for Kids

4 Indoor Activities for Kids

In the midwest it can be tough to escape the winter chill. With very low temperatures at times, it’s not a good idea to be outside. The next time you need somewhere to take the kids, check out these 4 indoor Elgin Area attractions that are perfect to keep the kids active or entertained during the winter months.

Attraction Spotlight: Plank Road Tap Room

Attraction Spotlight: Plank Road Tap Room

Plank Road Tap Room is Chicagoland’s premier beer garden. But there’s far more than meets the eye as you drive past this Elgin attraction. Keep reading to learn more about what has made Plank Road Tap Room an award-winning establishment and what it is that keeps residents and visitors coming back.

Elgin Area Holiday Displays

Elgin Area Holiday Displays

It’s the holidays and what’s a better way to get into the spirit than checking out some sparkling displays? Being surrounded by delightful decorations is one of the best parts… Read more »

Explore Elgin Area’s Lights Scavenger Hunt!

Explore Elgin Area’s Lights Scavenger Hunt!

It’s that time again! As you go around to the homes competing in our holiday display contest, keep a keen eye out for the items listed below. Submit the addresses… Read more »

Winter Date Night

Winter Date Night

The winter season is in full swing! Now that the holidays are over and we find ourselves with time to spare, why not spend it with that special someone? Let… Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

We’re closing in on the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to spread joy! If you need inspiration, keep scrolling to browse ideas for stocking stuffers and… Read more »

Thanksgiving To-Go

Thanksgiving To-Go

Need some help with Thanksgiving this year? Keep reading to see what Elgin Area restaurants and businesses are ready to help prepare a full Thanksgiving dinner, other goods to bring along or are open on Thanksgiving!

Trip Advisor’s Best of Elgin

Trip Advisor’s Best of Elgin

Stopping by Elgin but have limited time? Make sure you hit some of the essentials as told by Trip Advisor’s 2021 Best of Elgin picks! #1 Gail Borden Public Library… Read more »

Bowdon Explores Fall

Bowdon Explores Fall

Hi! My name is Bowdon. I had so much fun exploring all the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of the Elgin area this past summer that I’m back again for… Read more »

Take Off with an Elgin Area Flight

Take Off with an Elgin Area Flight

Tastings, samples, flights they’re all a great way to try new things or get a collection of your favorite flavors at once. Grabbing a flight is a great activity to… Read more »

Elgin a Top Spot for Celebrating Halloween

Elgin a Top Spot for Celebrating Halloween

For the second year in a row Elgin has been included as one of the top spots in the United States to celebrate halloween by SmartAsset. This year Elgin has… Read more »

Trick or Treating Hours

Trick or Treating Hours

Get decked out in your spooky Halloween costume and head out with friends or family for trick or treating! Here’s a run down of recommended trick or treating hours from our communities.

Taste Fall in the Elgin Area

Taste Fall in the Elgin Area

Colorful foliage, crisp air and cozy foodie favorites. Autumn brings cooler temperatures and warm tasty choices with classic flavors like apple and pumpkin. Looking to enjoy the tastes of fall?… Read more »

Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List

The official start of fall may be September 22nd, but many of our favorite fall activities, attractions and certain coffee beverages become available much earlier than that! If you love… Read more »

7 Reasons Locals Should Follow Their CVB

7 Reasons Locals Should Follow Their CVB

We are Explore Elgin Area, the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. But do you know us? Tourism is our focus and while it may seem like our information and… Read more »

5 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

5 Things to Do Before Summer Ends

Visit an Outdoor Water Park Arguably the best Summer activity is going to the pool! It’s fun for all ages and there are many to choose from in the area!… Read more »

Welcome Progressive IMS Outdoors!

Welcome Progressive IMS Outdoors!

In town for the Progressive IMS Outdoors Motorcycle Show? Here’s a guide to nearby areas of interest to check out during your visit! Accommodations Comfort Suites 2480 Bushwood Dr, Elgin,… Read more »

Bowdon Explores

Bowdon Explores

Hi! My name is Bowdon, and I’m in training to be a therapy dog for Arrow Psychological Services. I just turned 2 on May 8, 2022, and I’m a certified… Read more »

Route 20 Road Trip Getaway

Route 20 Road Trip Getaway

Plan a Road Trip on America’s Longest Road! About Route 20 Did you know that US Rt 20 is the longest road in the US? Spanning 3,365 miles, Rt 20… Read more »

Indoor Attractions for Hot Days

Indoor Attractions for Hot Days

Summer is a great time of the year to get out, take a vacation and explore. But sometimes extreme Summer weather can make doing those things seem unappealing or even… Read more »

Best Pizza in the Elgin Area

Best Pizza in the Elgin Area

Where’s the best pizza in the Elgin area? We set out to discover your favorites and you let us know! Thank you to everyone who voted, keep reading to the… Read more »

Best Fitness Spots

Best Fitness Spots

Looking for great places to exercise? The Elgin Area has many options from basic free outdoor amenities to completely unique experiences to enjoy while exercising. We’ve comprised this list of… Read more »

A 2 Day Guys Getaway

A 2 Day Guys Getaway

This Summer it’s time to meet up and hit the road for a trip with the guys. Keep reading to see what the Elgin area has in store for you…. Read more »

Elgin Area Brews & Bars

Elgin Area Brews & Bars

From an award-winning brew from a local brewer to handcrafted cocktails featuring creative and inventive flavors. Try something new with flights, or experience something 100% local and can only be… Read more »

Treat Dad this Father’s Day

Treat Dad this Father’s Day

Make Dad feel extra special this year for Father’s Day. Bond doing an outdoor adventure, taking a brew tour or surprise them with a gift you know they’ll love. Keep… Read more »

This Summer, It’s Time to Say ‘Let’s Go There’

This Summer, It’s Time to Say ‘Let’s Go There’

For most of us, that day is here. The vaccination rollout has been a strong success here in the U.S., cases have fallen dramatically from thewinter surge and we are… Read more »

Summer Events to Mark on your Calendar

Summer Events to Mark on your Calendar

Now that we’re seeing warmer weather and lighter COVID-19 restrictions, we are also seeing an increase in local events. You’ll find a large assortment of events in this Summer’s line-up,… Read more »

Coffee Culture in the Elgin Area

Coffee Culture in the Elgin Area

It’s easy to see that coffee culture is on the rise in the Elgin area– just take one look at the number of small, independent shops found in neighborhoods throughout… Read more »

Live Music Venues

Live Music Venues

Ready to get out and enjoy 2022? Enjoying live music is a great way to enjoy yourself over indoors and outdoors. This year, Elgin area venues and gearing up to… Read more »

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Wow with your Mother’s Day gift this year. Shop local finds to make Mom gasp with delight! Discover shops and boutiques in the Elgin area that have that “wow factor”… Read more »

Elgin Area Confections

Elgin Area Confections

Let your sweet tooth lead the way! Find candy stores, homemade custard and decadent dipped strawberries all located in the Elgin area. Keep reading to discover some of the most… Read more »

The Ultimate Illinois Road Trip

The Ultimate Illinois Road Trip

Last year the Explore Elgin Area CVB teamed up with 16 other destinations across Illinois. Together we created a comprehensive list of the best attractions, foods and more that can… Read more »

A Scenic Elgin Area Winter

A Scenic Elgin Area Winter

This winter has undoubtedly brought us lots of snow. Our residents and visitors have been taking some breathtaking pictures and we had to share them! Check out this incredible collection… Read more »

Winners of the Explore Elgin Area Lights Contest!

Winners of the Explore Elgin Area Lights Contest!

Elgin 1st Place234 Sienna Drive 2nd Place1416 Foxmoor Lane 3rd Place3152 Primrose Street East Dundee 1st Place829 Balmoral Drive 2nd Place308 Williams Place West Dundee 1st Place738 Tartans Drive 2nd… Read more »

Behind the Business Spotlights

Behind the Business Spotlights

There are many reasons we as a community have been doing everything we can to support local businesses. But we wondered how many people knew the faces behind the businesses…. Read more »

Stops on the Fox

Stops on the Fox

Hit the trails and enjoy the outdoors! Grab or rent a bike, and discover highlights of the Fox River Bike Trail before the seasonal shift. Check out our Stops on the Fox to enhance your next bike trip experience. We will be covering the sections of the trail located in the Elgin area, including: South Elgin, Elgin, East Dundee and Carpentersville. Keep reading to learn more about attractions, parks to take a break at, restaurants and shops along the Fox River Bike Trail to plan your next trip!

Seeing the Leaves: A Guide to Elgin Area Forest Preserves and Nature Centers

Seeing the Leaves: A Guide to Elgin Area Forest Preserves and Nature Centers

We have reached the sweet spot in the year. Leaves are turning all shades of beautiful reds, oranges and yellows while the temperature remains perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Before… Read more »

A Guide Elgin Area Pumpkin Patches

A Guide Elgin Area Pumpkin Patches

Hello Fall! It’s that time of year to enjoy fall activities with your family, including heading to a pumpkin patch. Here’s a list of places to consider when planning your next pumpkin picking outing!… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Taco Places

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Taco Places

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Resident Favorite Taco Stops

Resident Favorite Taco Stops

There is no shortage of places to get good tacos in the Elgin area. When we asked to try to see if there was an obvious fan-favorite, we learned we… Read more »

Local Tours in the Elgin Area

Local Tours in the Elgin Area

Exercise, fresh air and sunshine are all ways that can bring some positivity into your day. Get all three by taking a self-guided walking tour. In the Elgin area there… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Pizza Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Pizza Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Unique Shopping Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Unique Shopping Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Best Burgers in the Elgin Area

Best Burgers in the Elgin Area

This year we have seen the love our community has for its local restaurants.

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Family Fun Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Family Fun Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Planning Your Pet Trek Getaway!

Planning Your Pet Trek Getaway!

Sometime you just need to getaway, we understand! Maybe your friends or family isn’t ready yet, maybe you’re ready to try a new kind of trip or vacation? Taking vacations… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Fish Sandwiches

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Fish Sandwiches

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Geocaching Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Geocaching Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Where to Find Live Entertainment this Summer

Where to Find Live Entertainment this Summer

Restrictions may be in place but there are still plenty of opportunities to see live entertainment this year! Here we’ve outlined places that frequently host live entertainment in the Elgin… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Local Breweries

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Local Breweries

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Instagram Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Instagram Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Ice Cream Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Ice Cream Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we’re in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road… Read more »

Kayaking the Fox River Water Trails

Kayaking the Fox River Water Trails

Summer is here, and it’s a great time to try new things. If you haven’t, kayaking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends or family. People who… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Outdoor Art

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Outdoor Art

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an… Read more »

15 Fun Summer Ideas that Don’t Involve a Crowd

15 Fun Summer Ideas that Don’t Involve a Crowd

2020 and 2021 have been a lot to handle to say the least. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time! There are plenty of activities you can… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Picnic Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Picnic Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an… Read more »

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue in 4 Easy Steps!

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue in 4 Easy Steps!

Planning your dream wedding doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it takes months of planning, testing, tasting and touring. With so many options available in the Elgin area, it can be… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Fishing Spots

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Fishing Spots

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an… Read more »

Top 5 Places for a Frozen Treat

Top 5 Places for a Frozen Treat

We asked and you screamed for ice cream! We sent out a poll to our social audience asking “Where’s the best place to get a frozen treat in the Elgin… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round Up | Best Farmers Markets

Illinois Road Trip Round Up | Best Farmers Markets

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an… Read more »

Summer Camping Places & Spaces

Summer Camping Places & Spaces

Are you wondering, “what’s the best spot to camp near me?” Nature fans can enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh air, clear lakes and streams and woodlands during a weekend… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Golf Courses

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Best Golf Courses

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an… Read more »

Popular Outdoor Wedding Venues

Popular Outdoor Wedding Venues

The Elgin area has become a wedding hot spot! With over 40 venues for ceremonies and receptions, its no wonder why many couples choose to travel here for their special… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Public Gardens

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Public Gardens

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an… Read more »

Patio season is back…..with limitations.

Patio season is back…..with limitations.

Patio Season Is Back: Restaurants and Bars with Outdoor Seating this Summer. Beginning May 29th Governor Pritzker is allowing bars & restaurants to open for outdoor dining only.  We’ve assembled… Read more »

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Top Hiking and Biking Trails

Illinois Road Trip Round-Up | Top Hiking and Biking Trails

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an… Read more »

14 Day Yoga Challenge

14 Day Yoga Challenge

In light of mental health awareness week, we have teamed up with Danielle, an incredible yoga instructor to bring you a 14 day yoga challenge! Through our 14 day challenge,… Read more »

Fun Family Activities in Your Own Backyard

Fun Family Activities in Your Own Backyard

There is one good thing that has come out of our current situation. And that’s the increase in time that we’ve been able to spend at home with our loved… Read more »

A Date Night at Home

A Date Night at Home

Feeling ready to mix up your nightly routine? Need a change of pace or fun quality time? Quarantine doesn’t have to be bland and monotonous, so we’re taking date night… Read more »

The Gifford Park Association: A Historic Home Tour

The Gifford Park Association: A Historic Home Tour

Did you know there are over 600 homes in the Elgin community that are historically registered? In fact, there are neighborhoods with so many historic homes that they’ve caught the… Read more »

Downtown Elgin Commercial District

Downtown Elgin Commercial District

Founded in 1836, the City of Elgin has had decades of history shape it. Starting off as a small river town to today, a bustling hub of business, art and… Read more »

Things to do at Home in the Elgin Area

Things to do at Home in the Elgin Area

Recently, you have probably found yourself at home more frequently. And now might be wondering how to spend this extra time; more importantly how to de-stress and thwart boredom. There… Read more »

Getting Back to Nature in the Elgin Area

Getting Back to Nature in the Elgin Area

Getting Back to Nature in Elgin By Jenna King Source Want a simple way to reduce anxiety and stress? Try taking a walk around Elgin. Scientists agree: Just 20 minutes… Read more »

5 Best Hiking Trails in the Elgin Area

5 Best Hiking Trails in the Elgin Area

Hiking is a great way to surround yourself in nature. You can discover the beauty of the outdoors at whatever pace you’re comfortable with. With a little planning, it’s an… Read more »

Activities for your Dog When Winter Gets Ruff

Activities for your Dog When Winter Gets Ruff

  Activities for your Dog When Winter Gets Ruff Written by: Maddie Hayes When Midwest winters get brutal, it can be hard enough to leave the house let alone brave… Read more »

Brew Tours – Ride, Drink, Discover.

Brew Tours – Ride, Drink, Discover.

Vorlauf Brew Tours Beer was meant to be shared – raised high in the air for valiant toasts when in the midst of good company. Vorlauf Brew Tours was dreamt… Read more »

INSTAWORTHY – Elgin’s Most Photogenic Attractions

INSTAWORTHY – Elgin’s Most Photogenic Attractions

With all the social media we use on a daily basis, its no wonder we’ve gotten so great at taking pictures. Your next amazing photo opportunity is right here in… Read more »

Elgin Public Art Tour

Elgin Public Art Tour

The City of Elgin is changing and growing; over the last six years, Elgin has defined itself as a “City of the Arts.”  The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) saw… Read more »

Winter Adventures in the Elgin Area

Winter Adventures in the Elgin Area

Winter is special. It’s a magical time to explore a different side to the woods. From cold, crisp, frosty mornings, to chilly, starlit evenings. Discover a whole winter wonderland with… Read more »

Snowy Day Food Staples

Snowy Day Food Staples

Dishes to Warm the Heart By: Breanne Moreno It’s cold outside, and you’re hungry. If you’re like us, that’s all it takes to make us even a little hangry. Here… Read more »

Elgin Area Winter Escapes for Adults

Elgin Area Winter Escapes for Adults

Winter is not the time to stay home and try recipes…well, at least not every day. Winter is the perfect time to #ExploreElgin and see why visitors and residents alike… Read more »

Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter

Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter

Indoor Activities To Do With The Kids This Winter We live in the Midwest, which means at some point we’ll inevitably have snow. Sometimes, we all need a break from… Read more »

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