Welcome to South Elgin
Historic South Elgin is a welcoming community in a midsize village with a population of just over 20,000 residents. Moving at a slower pace, life in South Elgin fosters close community ties and a sense of communal camaraderie through community events and dinners around the table at locally-owned pizza shops. Often, this small town feels a world away from the bright lights and city noise of Chicago, even though the Windy City is only forty miles away. Most residents in South Elgin own their homes, taking advantage of the expansive floor plans and gorgeous lawns found in suburbia.
What to Love
- Incredible cultural experiences
- A short stack from Randall’s Pancake House
- Rich local heritage and traditions
- Abundant natural beauty and parkland
People & Lifestyle
Vibrant South Elgin attracts people from all walks of life. Young professionals are drawn to the area for its extensive parkland and easy accessibility. Established families flock to South Elgin for its historic appeal, great school systems, and communal spirit while retirees find peace and tranquility here.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, South Elgin has something on the menu you’ll love. At Sweet Berry Cafe
, enjoy a stylish brunch in a cozy setting with a selection from their classic diner menu. Eggs benedict, rustic-cut breakfast potatoes, and thick-cut red velvet French toast are only a few of the delicacies you’ll find here. Riverside Pizza & Pub
is a family-owned pizzeria serving both thick- and thin-crust pizza. Dive into a Chicago-style deep-dish pizza or opt for a thin and crispy pie. Plus, there is always plenty of beer on tap. This family-friendly restaurant makes it easy for even the pickiest eaters to find something they’ll love. For irresistible tableside service, head to JuRin Japanese Restaurant
, where they cook upscale Japanese cuisine right in front of you. Randall’s Pancake House
is a long-standing breakfast favorite in South Elgin. This family-owned diner has an extensive selection of signature, specialty pancakes alongside other classic breakfast and lunch dishes that garner repeat customers and familiar orders.
Things to Do
South’s Elgin robust history is one of its finest assets. Preserving the area’s heritage is important to community members, and the Fox River Trolley Museum
is a key part of that. This railroad museum commemorates the trolley’s long history, which dates back to 1896. Today, passengers can ride along its iconic railroad line, and special events are held throughout the calendar year for themed rides. Nestled along the Fox River, SEBA Park
is a picturesque green space with a playground, fishing opportunities, and plenty of picnicking space that makes it ideal for a family outing. To maintain Northern Illinois’ natural beauty, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County has protected Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
, a woodland area tucked into a crook in the Fox River. Take a hike through the nature trails to find an eight-foot waterfall or set sail from the riverbanks for an afternoon canoe ride down the Fox River. With 25 acres of protected land, Vasa Park
is operated by Scandinavian Park Inc. and frequently holds community events that celebrate Scandinavian and Nordic culture with native foods, arts, music, and dance. From April’s spring cleanup Valborg Day to June’s Dinner Dance and October’s Scandinavian Fish Boil, Vasa Park hosts vibrant affairs all-year long.
South Elgin schools are fortunate to have small class sizes and the ability to cater to each child’s specific learning needs. Here are a few of South Elgin’s highly-ranked schools:
- Corron Elementary School, K-5
- Willard Elementary School, K-6
- South Elgin High School, 9-12