Known as "The City in the Suburbs" and sitting about an hour northwest of Chicago is Elgin, Illinois. With various homes in beautiful neighborhoods, Elgin offers living on any budget. A quaint brick home on a large lot provides a young family with space to grow. A condominium or townhouse on a quiet street could be the perfect place to retire. Whether you're looking for a brand new home over 3,000 square feet or an older, less expensive starter home, Elgin neighborhoods are some of the most comfortable and beautiful in Illinois.
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There is no shortage of fun for the whole family in Elgin. Several parks are located within the city, with several others just a short drive outside of town. Channing Park is just one popular play place and boasts a playground, tennis courts, large fields and basketball courts. The Elgin Shores County Forest Preserve is a great location for individuals and families to hang out and enjoy nature and the treasures that are hidden in the river and on the trails. Children and adults can enjoy fun and competition in a soccer or softball league, and may also spend many hours at the pool or ice skating rink. City officials and residents of Elgin understand the importance of clean family entertainment and host movies and concerts in the park, a daddy/daughter dance, Nightmare on Chicago Street, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and other celebrations and festivities.
Education is important, and Elgin knows it. There are various grade schools in town with high ratings, with Prairie View and Country Trails at the top of the list. Prairie Knolls Middle School also has a high rating, and parents comment that it is a "solid school." There are many private institutions that cater to the specific interests and needs of the children who go there. Some start at pre-K and go through twelfth grade, giving students the chance to succeed no matter what grade they are in. Employment opportunities are plentiful in Elgin. There is an online employment center where residents can find and apply for jobs. If employment takes you to The Windy City, the commute from Elgin is direct, and you can come home and relax in a town that has much to offer. From Medusa's Jet Nightclub for adults to Dunkin Donuts for the kids to the Central Barber Shop for the whole family, the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin contains everything needed to dine, work, shop and live.