Like many railroad communities in Chicagoland in recent years, Elgin has been working hard to preserve and enhance its downtown, with the arts as part of the plan. When City officials were introduced to Artspace at an Illinois Main Street Conference, they asked Artspace to help them achieve their goals.
The result is the Elgin Artspace Lofts, a $15.2 million mixed-use project that created 55 units of affordable live/work space for artists and their families plus 5,874 square feet of retail and community space for arts-friendly businesses and nonprofit organizations. The historic Sears structure, occupied most recently by Elgin Community College, has been completely renovated and linked to a new addition.
The City of Elgin and the Elgin arts community were the driving forces behind the project, working with Artspace to plan and develop the facility. Elgin’s residents and civic leaders believe that permanently affordable space for artists will strengthen an emerging arts and culture cluster in downtown Elgin, serve as a catalyst for continued development, bring vibrancy and activity to the street and increase the number of individuals and families living and working downtown.
Bank of America Merrill LynchCity of ElginFallbrook Credit FinanceFederal Home Loan Bank – AHPIllinois Housing Development AuthorityKane County
American NTN Bearing Manufacturing Co. Bank of America Foundation Baxter and Woodman, Inc. BMO Harris BankCharles H. Burnidge, BCA Architectural Firm Commonwealth Edison Co.Educational Foundation of AmericaCity of ElginEnterprise Community Partners, Inc.Florence B. & Cornelia A. Palmer FoundationIHC Construction Companies Nicor GasOtto EngineeringSanfilippo FoundationSeigle Family Foundation Shales McNutt Construction Sherman HealthBrian Ziegler
“The reason I supported [Artspace] is they did this in 30 other communities, and it worked 30 times; can’t do any better than that. — David Kaptain, Mayor of Elgin
For gallery hours and information regarding upcoming exhibits contact:
Karen Castillo, Art for All, PresidentPhone: 866-256-0723
Art for All of Elgin Website
Elgin Artspace Lofts is a mixed-use building with 55 units of live/work space.
Download building floorplans.
Download live/work unit floorplans.
Large windowsMinimum 10' ceilingsConcrete floorsIn-unit washer and dryersCovered parkingLandscaped courtyardRooftop deckKid friendly tot-lotTrack lightingModern plumbing fixturesSleek black kitchen appliances Near several bus lines, the Metra train, restaurants, parks, the community center and the main library
Elgin Artspace Lofts has commercial space available.
Download the commercial space floorplans.
Suite CGround floor commercial space709 square feetWill build to suit
We will begin taking names for the waiting list, so if you're interested in leasing a unit, review the Elgin Leasing Information packet and Application to see if you qualify, then contact the Property Manager.
We do have commercial space available in this building. Please call the leasing office for more information.
51 S. Spring Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Please call (847) 214-2922 for office hours. Fax: (847) 214-2924
In addition to the application, a $50 application fee per applicant is required. Payments can be made with a cashier's check or money order, and made payable to Elgin Artspace Lofts.
Artpace follows all federal fair housing guidelines.
Please contact leasing office for rental rates and unit availability.
Artist is defined as:
In all art disciplines, a designer, technician, craftsperson, teacher or administrator who is dedicated to using their expertise within the community to support, promote, present, and/or teach and propagate their art form through events, activities, performances and classes.
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