Your Hometown features Elgin, January 26

What do butter, watches, toasters and street sweepers have in common? The answer is Elgin, Illinois, the featured destination for WGN Radio's Your ...

January 19, 2023
9:18 AM

What do butter, watches, toasters and street sweepers have in common? The answer is Elgin, Illinois, the featured destination for WGN Radio's Your Hometown series. Tune-in January 26 to hear more about the people and places in Elgin. Elgin is located about 35 miles northwest of Chicago along the Fox River in both Kane and Cook counties. The Potawatomi were part of the first inhabitants of Elgin, but indigenous people were removed from the area by 1832. Early white settlers were of Scottish origin and in April 1835, New York settlers and brothers James Talcott and Hezekiah Gifford founded Elgin as a stop on the stagecoach route between Chicago and Galena, naming it after a Scottish hymn and a town of the same name in Scotland.

Sara Tieman