Driving Directions

From the East
Take I-90 west to Route 25 south. Follow Route 25 to the split and continue on Dundee Avenue to Kimball Street. Take Kimball Street west to Douglas Avenue south to downtown.

From the West
Take I-90 east to Illinois Route 31. Follow Route 31 to Kimball Street. Take Kimball Street east to Douglas Avenue south to downtown.

From the North
Take Route 31 south past I-90 to Kimball Street. Cross the river and take Kimball Street east to Douglas Avenue south to downtown.

From the South
Take Lake Street/Route 20 to Route 31 north to National Street. Take National Street east to Grove Avenue north to downtown.

Parking in Downtown Elgin

On-Street Parking

The city encourages downtown visitors and patrons to use on-street parking options. Unless otherwise marked, all on street parking spaces are limited to 2 hours. For quicker in-and-out errands there are 30-minute “quick stop” parking spots located throughout Downtown.

Off-Street Parking

The city has made off-street parking more convenient for long-term parking needs. Downtown employees and residents are encouraged to use off-street parking.

City-owned surface lots and decks are now free parking for up to 72 hours with the following exceptions:

  • Level 1 of the Spring Street parking deck will remain two-hour parking to accommodate that area’s varied needs and high density.
  • The Civic Center Parking Lot will include approximately forty-two 30-minute quick spots near city hall and the post office.

Unless otherwise signed or noted above, city-owned parking lots and decks allow parking for up to 72 hours.

Overnight Parking

Residents and visitors are permitted to park on-street overnight. However, the city still encourages parking off-street overnight to assist with street maintenance activities.

Visit the City of Elgin’s Downtown Parking Overview Page for maps of downtown parking decks, surface lots and locations of quick spot parking.

Taxi Stand

Downtown visitors and commuters in need of a ride can hail local cab service at the taxi stand on the Chicago Street bridge just outside of the Pace Terminal and Chicago Street Metra Station.