The Village of South Elgin is a close knit community rich in history and natural beauty. South Elgin is a village that is easily accessible, but tucked away far enough to be free of busy highways. South Elgin residents enjoy a high standard of living, a healthy park system, and friendly gathering places.
South Elgin is just south of its nearest neighbor, Elgin, and only a few miles north of St. Charles along the Fox River. The Kane County village is roughly 40 miles northwest of Chicago, and immediately south of the Elgin Bypass, US Route 20. South Elgin is primarily surrounded by unincorporated neighborhoods, but does share nearby borders with Wayne, Campton Hills and Bartlett.
A small European settlement emerged along the banks of the Fox River in 1835. The area known as Clintonville had a blacksmith, a quarry, and flour mills along the river. The farming community was incorporated as a village under the name South Elgin in 1897. The arrival of the railroads helped convert South Elgin from a rural farming community into the urban village that it is today.
According to the 2010 census approximately 7,400 housing units exist in South Elgin for a density of 1,040 units per square mile. While some may consider this community small, it is not lacking in its large array of housing options. The neighborhood offers a variety of housing options, from older brick homes to modern two-story and split-level properties. South Elgin has an irresistible charm within its real estate.
Highway 20 runs east to west just north of South Elgin, and provides residents with quick access to the Elgin/O’Hare Bypass. Illinois routes 31 and 25 cross the village on either side of the Fox River. I-90, with access to Rockford and Chicago, is only a few miles north on either 31 or 25.
Travelers who need to fly can reach O’Hare International in 30 minutes, Midway International in 45 minutes, and DuPage County Airport in less than 15 minutes.
PACE Bus Service 801 connects South Elgin to nearby Kane County destinations, as well as routes 529 and 802. Commuters who wish to take the train can catch the Metra Milwaukee District West Line at National Street in Elgin, or Railroad Avenue in Bartlett.
South Elgin has nine public and private schools ranging from preschool to 12th grade. School District U-46 serves many schools in Kane County including those in South Elgin.
The X Factor is the newest bar and nightclub in South Elgin. Come for the full bar, stay for the live music, and rock to the beat on the dance floor.
Stanley’s Ale House is a South Elgin staple that can be relied upon for good drinks, tasty comfort foods, and great service. Try their half off pizzas on Thursdays or feast on Taco Tuesdays!
Other venues can be found in nearby Elgin, St. Charles, and Bartlett.
Chicagoland has a rich history with the railroad industry and South Elgin is no different. South Elgin is proud to keep the Fox River Trolley Museum within their village limits. The museum has several retired cars and a detailed history of the railway. They also offer a 30 minute round-trip ride on a retired trolley car between South Elgin and the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve.
Pasta Mia (375 E State St., 847-488-0033) Dine in, take out, or call for catering at Pasta Mia. Serving the best pizzas in South Elgin since 1988, Pasta Mia can be relied upon for a great time with friends around your favorite pizza pies.
Wee-Dee’s (3 N LaFox St. (Rt 31), 847-741-4075) Start your day with appetizing skillets and breakfast sandwiches, or have hot dogs the way you like them for lunch. Wee-Dee’s specializes in quick service. If you’re really in a hurry, call in your order and pick up to go. Jurin
Sushi Teppan (588 Randall Rd., 847-488-1290) Hideo Sudo and Haruhisa Osada are proud to open their second Teppan grill and sushi bar in South Elgin. Enjoy expert Japanese chefs as they entertain and cook your meal before your eyes. If you love sushi, you will be thrilled to see their large selection of fresh delicacies. Drop in for lunch or make reservations for a night out on the weekend.
Fantasy fans look forward to the Annual Celebration of The World of Faeries Festival in Vasa Park. The festival is held in August, features world/fantasy music, live entertainers, and merchants with their fantasy wares.
The Annual Scandinavian Day Festival is also held in Vasa Park. Every September, ancestors of Scandinavians gather for food, crafts, and fellowship. Live Scandinavian inspired music is performed and Nordic Cultural artifacts will be available to teach a new generation about their special history.
The Park District of South Elgin offers many activities for village residents. Enjoy the annual Fourth of July Parade and Harvest Festival, play disc golf at Panton Mill Park, or grab a helmet and grind out your trucks at the Sperry Park Skate Park.
The Parks Department manages 40 parks on 360 acres of land. South Elgin recreation offers a robust variety of activities. Take the Boot Camp Challenge, enroll in Zumba classes, or schedule time with a personal trainer! Do not be caught indoors when the sun is shining. Get out and enjoy what South Elgin has to offer.