Introduction to South Elgin, Illinois
South Elgin History
South Elgin began in 1847 around a gristmill dam that was built across the Fox River. At that time, the area was known as Clintonville. It started off as a railroad depot and rural farming community. Growth was slow in the initial years. In 1897, after the Elgin State Hospital was established, the area was officially incorporated as South Elgin.
South Elgin and nearby Attractions
- Fox River Trolley Museum
- Panton Mill Park
- Jon Duerr Forest Preserve
- Kane County Forest Preserves
- Fox River Trail
- Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve
Things To Do In South Elgin
Fox River is a popular recreation spot in South Elgin where one can go fishing, boating or swimming. There are forest preserves nearby which have several miles of hiking trails and paved bikeways winding under a canopy of trees. The Fox River Trail stretches for several miles and has many scenic locations for joggers, hikers and bikers.
South Elgin Transportation
Chicago O'Hare International is the closest major airport.
South Elgin Higher Education
Colleges around the area include Elgin Community College, McHenry County College and Waubonsee Community College.