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Elgin, Illinois, “The Jewel of the Midwest”, is home to over 100,000 people. Located along the Fox River, it is a city full of art, restaurants, education, and even some claims to fame. But, most of all, it is a city with a strong sense of community. The lawyers at the Kryder Law Group are proud to serve the residents of Elgin and help them with all their personal injury needs. We love Elgin so much that we wanted to share some of what makes this city so great. Below you’ll find some interesting facts about Elgin, some community information including some notable claims to fame, local resources, businesses and restaurants, and more. You can also read about why Elgin chooses the Kryder Law Group for their personal injury needs.

Elgin, Illinois at a glance

Elgin is the eighth largest city in Illinois. Located on the Fox River about 35 miles northwest of Chicago, the City of Elgin has worked hard to revitalize its downtown business district. In 2014, Elgin completed a multimillion dollar streetscape improvement project designed to revitalize its historic city and the promenade bordering the Fox River. Elgin is home to the award winning Borden Public Library. In addition, Elgin was one of the first cities to embrace riverboat casinos in Illinois. The Grand Victoria Casino opened in the 1990s and has contributed over 100 million dollars to the community. Elgin is a strong city with colleges, universities, affordable housing and local business.

Where it’s located: Elgin is about 35 miles northwest of Chicago situated along the Fox River

Founding Date: 1835

Population: 108,188

County: Cook and Kane

Motto: “The Jewel of the Midwest”

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Elgin is home to several local theatre companies including The Janus Theatre Company, Elgin Theatre Company and the Independent players. The community is also home to the Elgin Community Orchestra. The Hemmens Cultural Center and Elgin Community College Visual & Performing Arts Center host various performances every year.

Notable people from Elgin, Illinois

Jim Gaffigan, comedian

Film, Television and Entertainment

Parts of the 1993 Film Dennis the Menace were filmed in Elgin

Elgin Mental Health Center was the location for one scene in the 1996 film Primal Fear

In 2010 the cult film A nightmare on Elm Street was shot in Elgin’s Bluff City Cemetery

Roseanne was set in a fictional town called Lanford, Illinois, but was modeled after Elgin

Local Resources

Elgin Fire Station 1
550 Summit Street | 847-931-6178

Elgin Fire Station 1 is located at 550 Summit Street, just west of Liberty Street (Route 25). Station 1 serves the northeast part of Elgin. Station 1 is the headquarters of the Elgin Fire Department. In addition to the on-duty crew available for emergency response, the station also contains the administrative offices of the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief’s as well as the Fire Prevention Bureau. Elgin Illinois has 133 firefighters on duty to protect the citizens of Elgin, Illinois. Fire fighters put their life on the line to prevent fires and protect the property of Elgin residents.

Elgin Police Department
151 Douglas Ave. Elgin, IL 60120 | 847-289-2700

Currently, the crime rate in Elgin is at a 40 year low. By using an aggressive and practical policing approach that partners the department with community residents, businesses and civic organizations, the Elgin Police Department has improved the city and neighborhoods of Elgin. Currently Elgin’s police force has 182 officers. Through dedication and commitment the Elgin police department has protected the property and citizens of Elgin.

Elgin Chamber of Commerce
31 S. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120 | 847-741-5660

The Elgin Chamber of Commerce is the area’s largest business organization of entrepreneurs, small businesses, middle-market companies, non-profits, manufacturers, and corporations. A membership in the Elgin Area Chamber offers you a wealth of opportunities. Gain expertise and knowledge, build meaningful relationships, engage with business peers, and make a positive impact on your business and the community. The more you take advantage of all we offer, the more return on investment you will receive.

Local Businesses

Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin Community College, Saint Joseph Hospital and the Elgin School district rank among the largest employers in the Elgin area.

Local Elgin Restaurants

In recent years Elgin has added a number of great restaurants. No matter what your taste in food or budget, Elgin has a restaurant to suit your appetite. Family friendly dining, celebrations or a fancy night out, Elgin has something for everyone. Here are just a few of Elgin’s local restaurants:

Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin

An Upscale, brick-walled pub serving hand-cut steaks, seafood, pasta & burgers in a relaxed setting.  Give it a try the next time you are out for lunch or dinner.

Red Poppy Bistro
109 E Highland Avenue, Elgin

Salads, sides, sandwiches and so much more.  Check out the Biscuits with Polish Grave.  Or try a crowd favorite “the Boot.”  Or bring your appetite for the Polish Feast.

Al’s Café and Creamery
43 DuPage Court, Elgin

A Quaint spot positioned in a Victorian building built in 1892 you will enjoy the casual atmosphere. Al’s serves American cuisine alongside old fashioned ice cream treats. Go for lunch, dinner or desert.

Old Republic Kitchen and Bar
155 S. Randall Road, Elgin

Great atmosphere, live music and a beer list to die for. Add them together and you have a recipe that works. Check out Old Republic Kitchen and Bar. Food you will like in an atmosphere you will enjoy.

Colleges and Universities

In addition to a revitalized downtown district, local businesses, unique restaurants and so much more, Elgin is home to several fantastic colleges and universities.

Elgin Community College

Judson University

National Louis University

Transportation Information

Pace and Metra provide public transportation service to Elgin. Metra provides daily rail service to Chicago, Union Station from the National Street, Elgin and Big Timber stops in Elgin.



Accidents in Elgin

If you have an Elgin car accident, Elgin truck accident, Elgin motorcycle accident, workers’ compensation claim in Elgin, the Kryder Law Group can help you if you reside in Elgin, Illinois. Learn why so many others in Elgin, Illinois have chosen the Kryder Law Group to represent them in their Elgin personal injury case.

The Kryder Law Group is a personal injury law firm servicing Elgin, Illinois and surrounding areas. Each personal injury lawyer at the Kryder Law Group has years of experience and have handled hundreds of accident claims. Each injury attorney has handled Elgin car, truck, bus and motorcycle accidents in the Elgin, Illinois area. In addition, the injury lawyers at the Kryder Law Group have handled Elgin work injuries, Elgin dog bite injuries, Elgin construction injuries, Elgin slip and falls, Elgin nursing home neglect cases and many other types of injury claims for residents of Elgin, Illinois and surrounding neighborhoods. You can be confident each injury lawyer at the Kryder Law Group has the experience to handle your personal injury case and maximize the value of your personal injury settlement or jury verdict.

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If you have been injured in Elgin, Illinois, you need an experienced injury lawyer. The Kryder Law Group can handle the following types of cases if you live in Elgin, Illinois:

Questions to ask your personal injury attorney, plus things to consider when hiring an Elgin personal injury lawyer for your injury claim.

1. Is it worth hiring an Elgin personal injury attorney for my personal injury claim?

If you have a serious injury, a Elgin injury lawyer can help you maximize your recovery. An experienced lawyer, like those at the Kryder Law Group, knows the value of your case and how to make an insurance company pay the maximum compensations for your pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer can also help you recover lost wages and other compensation you may be entitled to.

2. How much is my Elgin, Illinois injury claim worth?

Every case is different, but you may be entitled to lost wages, medical bills, future medical bills, disability, loss of a normal life compensation, money for pain and suffering. The personal injury lawyers at the Kryder Law Group can evaluate your case for free. See what you get in your free Elgin personal injury evaluation below.

3. If I am injured in Elgin, Illinois, how long will it take to settle my personal injury claim?

Some cases can be resolved quickly after your medical treatment has concluded. However, in other instances cases can take longer if the injury causes permanent disability. If you live in Elgin, Illinois and would like to discuss your case, call the Kryder Law Group for a free analysis of your case.

4. If I speak to a lawyer, what is included in my free personal injury consultation? We offer free legal advice to people who live in Elgin, Illinois.

We like to understand the goals and expectations of every client before we begin. That is why the lawyers at the Kryder Law Group provide a free personal injury consultation to every client. If you live in Elgin, Illinois, a Kryder Law Group lawyer we will provide a free legal consultation. Here is what you will get in your free legal consultation:

  • We will evaluate the strength or weakness of your case.
  • We will identify all points of compensation you are entitled to.
  • We will evaluate the existence of available insurance.
  • We will discuss your injury and whether specialists are needed.
  • We will evaluate whether expert testimony is needed for your case.
  • We will listen to you and answer any questions you may have.

If you reside in Elgin, Illinois, the Kryder Law Group will provide you with a free evaluation. Just call our office at 312-584-8268 and tell us about your case. There is no fee, unless we win. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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    Settlements & Verdicts

    $7.5 Million Recovered for a Construction Worker Injured on Site
    $3 Million Recovered for the Family of a Person Struck by a Garbage Truck
    $2.2 Million Recovered for a Salesperson Injured in an Automobile Collision
    $2 Million Recovered for a Person Struck by a Speeding Vehicle While Waiting for the CTA Bus
    $1.4 Million Recovered for a Computer Programmer Injured in a Slip and Fall
    1.25 Million for a Veteran who Sustained Severe Leg and Arm Injuries in a Motorcycle Collision.  (Policy Limits)
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