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Visit Elgin, Illinois

Discover things to do on an Elgin, Illinois, getaway

Arts & Entertainment

Explore arts and entertainment in the Northern Fox River Valley in Illinois, home to galleries, studios, theatres and cinemas. Musical enthusiasts will enjoy the Elgin Children’s Chorus, the Elgin Youth Symphony, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Discover the Northern Fox River Valley’s rich heritage at the Elgin Public Museum, the Elgin Area Historical Society & Museum, the Naper Settlement, the Illinois Railway Museum, and South Elgin’s Fox River Trolley Museum.

New Vintage Strings

New Vintage Strings

Elgin Art Lofts Art Gallery

Elgin Art Lofts Art Gallery

Elgin Area Business

Pedtals Dance Collective

Kimberlyrics Music Lessons

Kimberlyrics Music Lessons

Sessions at Kimberlyrics are customized to each student. No more going to a music school and rolling the dice with what you hope is a good teacher! At Kimberlyrics we are passionate about what we do and it shows in not only our lessons but our many projects!  “I wanted to open a school of… Read more »

Judson University

Judson University

Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Judson offers degrees in more than 50 different majors/minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students.

Hemmens Cultural Center

Hemmens Cultural Center

Located in the Center City area along the banks of Elgin’s award-winning Riverwalk, The Hemmens Cultural Center is the cornerstone of Elgin’s growing arts community.

Elgin Area Business

Gail Borden Public Library – Rakow Branch

Martini Room

Martini Room

Martini Room in Elgin is the premier lounge – nightclub and entertainment venue in the northwest suburbs

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), an In-Residence Ensemble in the Arts Center at Elgin Community College, is home to five orchestras, a brass choir, a percussion ensemble

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Elgin Symphony Orchestra

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra experience is unmatched for a fun, relaxing, cultural experience.

The C.A.K.E. Village

The C.A.K.E. Village

The C.A.K.E. Village is a cultural arts center that is designed to promote and foster an enriched, positive connection between all children and Africa. The C.A.K.E. Village offers school assemblies as well as immersion field trips that include social, visual and performing arts.

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

McHenry County Historical Society & Museum

Following a meeting of 70 community leaders the McHenry County Historical Society was created Nov. 23, 1963. Fast forward some 50 years and the Society continues to thrive.

Muirhead Farmhouse

Muirhead Farmhouse

Designed in 1950 by renown architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime.

Fat Cat Custom Guitars

Fat Cat Custom Guitars

Fat Cat Custom Guitars & Repair is dedicated to the pursuit of great playing, and sounding guitars. We repair, modify, customize, and build guitars with the objective of helping every player get maximum enjoyment and use out of their instrument.

River Trading Post

River Trading Post

Our home is in a great place that dates back to 1855.  You are always welcome at River Trading Post, to browse, to relax and read and to enjoy a cup of Cowboy Coffee.

Gail Borden Public Library

Gail Borden Public Library

Gail Borden Public Library is not only the third largest library building in Illinois but is also known as the community center. The library is known for bringing in museum exhibits such as SuperCroc and Lego Architecture. What will they do next?

Grand Victoria Casino

Grand Victoria Casino

Get in on the action! With hot new games, a cool new look and awesome cash prizes, it’s all aboard for excitement! We’re Rockin’ the Boat!

Elgin Arts Space Lofts

Elgin Arts Space Lofts

55 units of affordable live/work space for artists and their families plus 5,874 square feet of retail and community space for arts-friendly businesses and nonprofit organizations

Elgin Public Museum

Elgin Public Museum

The natural history collection belonging to Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Lord was first exhibited in the Lords Park Pavilion in 1898.

Elgin Fire Barn No. 5

Elgin Fire Barn No. 5

In 1990, a small group of individuals met to discuss the future of Elgin’s last Fire Barn, built in 1903, which was scheduled to be taken out of service

Dundee History Museum

Dundee History Museum

Our mission is to inspire appreciation in our rich local heritage by encouraging understanding and preservation of the history of our township.

Bartlett History Museum

Bartlett History Museum

The Bartlett History Museum collects, preserves and interprets Bartlett’s rich heritage and shares it with the community through exhibitions, education, and media in order to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation.

Elgin Community College Arts Center

Elgin Community College Arts Center

Experience amazing artists, delicious pre-show dinners, and easy accommodations (parking is plentiful and free) at the Elgin Community College (ECC) Arts Center!

Artworks by Stangl

Artworks by Stangl

“I strive to present the many varied moods of the seasons and times of day in my paintings.” – Jerry Stangl

Dundee Music

Dundee Music

We don’t just sell Instruments. We make Musicians.

Cinema 12 Classic Cinemas

Cinema 12 Classic Cinemas

Classic Cinemas takes the satisfaction of our customers very seriously. For more than 35 years, we have offered our Classic Cinemas Guarantee:

Marcus Cinemas Elgin

Marcus Cinemas Elgin

Marcus Theatres vision is to “Create Magical Movie Memories” by exceeding guest expectations in everything we do.

Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts

Arts in Bartlett Center for the Arts

The purpose of Arts in Bartlett is to improve the community by providing access to the arts.

Children’s Theatre of Elgin & Fox Valley Theatre Company

Children’s Theatre of Elgin & Fox Valley Theatre Company

Children’s Theatre of Elgin and its affiliate Fox Valley Theatre Company are not-for-profit 501(c)(3) companies based in Elgin, Illinois.

Eaton Studios

Eaton Studios

Kathleen Eaton is a Chicago area artist whose work is an interpretation of city and suburban life.

Elgin History Museum

Elgin History Museum

The Elgin History Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy campus.

D Hangout Bar and Grill

D Hangout Bar and Grill

Here at the hangout we strive to provide you with a fun and safe environment. As well as great service and an unforgettable experience.

Elgin Art Showcase

Elgin Art Showcase

Elgin Children’s Chorus

Elgin Children’s Chorus

“We teach life through song”.

Elgin Theatre Company 2.0

Elgin Theatre Company 2.0

For over fifty nine years Elgin has enjoyed a vibrant and active community theatre group. Over the past several years, the word is out – there is quality theatre northwest of Chicago.

Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery

Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery

Funky Rooster Tattoo and Art Gallery is a custom tattoo shop located in the heart of downtown Elgin, IL.

Heartland Voices

Heartland Voices

Heartland Voices consists of professional and professionally trained singers from the greater Northern Illinois area who are committed to excellence in choral music performance.

The Janus Theatre

The Janus Theatre

Home of the Janus Theatre Company. Whether it’s a ballroom, café, loft, pub, or storefront, you will find us there, staging new plays, short plays, and classic plays in a variety of found spaces.

Side Street Studios Arts

Side Street Studios Arts

Provides educational and creative resources and an accessible space, run by artists.

A Glass Act Inc

A Glass Act Inc

A wonderful place to shop and craft. Great place to learn how to construct stained glass or grow your skills as an artist.

RocHaus

RocHaus

Enjoy a concert at the Fox Valley’s newest event venue! Located in downtown West Dundee there are plenty of local restaurants to grab a bite to eat before the show.

Vida Yoga and Fitness

Vida Yoga and Fitness

Vida is a family owned studio that focuses on bringing balance to the body, mind, and spirit.

The Loft of Elements Preserved

The Loft of Elements Preserved

The Loft of Elements Preserved is a natural light venue, thoughtfully decorated with vintage pieces from our inventory, including specialty furniture, tables and seating

Dream Hall 51

Dream Hall 51

We designed the Dream Hall with event rental in mind. We know how hard it can be to find the perfect space to host your next event.

Escapade 360

Escapade 360

Escapade 360 is the perfect complement to a night out, before or after dinner or drinks.

PANIC Escape Room

PANIC Escape Room

Panic Escape Room is more than just a game of logic; it’s a collaborative problem-solving experience.

Oddball Art Labs

Oddball Art Labs

Oddball Art Labs is a non-profit artist based organization created to advance the presence of the arts.

Gail Borden Library – South Elgin Branch

Gail Borden Library – South Elgin Branch

Gail Borden Public Library welcomes more than one million visitors each year

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