Around Elgin

Northeast Neighborhood Association is comprised of 2,000 homes just north of downtown Elgin, Illinois. Only an hour outside of Chicago, Elgin has three exits off I-90, as well as three Metra train stations, and Pace Bus service. An ideal community for anyone working in Chicago, considering all the transportation options available.

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Our city of 108,800 boasts a large farmers’ market, with vendors and growers from a 150-mile radius. Additional aspects of the Elgin farmers’ market include live entertainment, public art exhibits, food and wine tastings, and wellness and green demonstrations. “Elgin shows how a town of any size can transform from an industrial past to a green future through a commitment to sustainability,” says Alison Rogers, assistant editor for Mother Earth News. “Mother Earth News focuses on cool things you can do to live wisely and create community, and we think our readers will identify with a place like Elgin.”

There’s plenty to offer anyone living in Elgin, especially living near downtown Elgin. Here are some links for important things you may want to know about in Elgin:

  1. Arts Community
  2. City & Business Services
  3. NENA Area Schools
  4. Downtown/Area Restaurants & Nightlife

    Al’s Cafe & Creamery

    Bangkok House & Shanghai Restaurant

    Blue Box Cafe

    Crave Deli

    Chooch’s Pizza

    Danny’s Pizza on Douglas

    Domani Cafe

    El Faro

    Elgin Public House

    In The Neighborhood Fresh

    Indulge Show Kitchen Buffet

    Martini Room


    Mr. Tequila de Elgin

    Pastigel Bakery

    Prairie Rock Brewery

    Prime BurgerHouse

    Toom Toom Thai

  5. Downtown & Area Businesses


    Bighead Tattoo

    Elgin Antiques & Uniques

    Elgin Books

    Elgin Knit Works

    Fat Cat Custom Guitars

    Floral Impressions

    Funky Rooster & Art Gallery



    Pittsburgh Paints

    Rediscover Records

    Salon Couture

    Shockey Jewelers

    Soulful Sparrow

    SpaceTaste Gallery

    Tinsel Pop Up Shop (Seasonal)

    Top Notch Tattoos

    Town & Country Florist

    Viking Thrift & Art

    Ziegler’s Ace Hardware