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Elgin Artspace Lofts

From Drygoods to Artwork

51 South Spring Street, Elgin, IL, 60120

Energy Efficient Artspace Elgin

Elgin Artspace Lofts

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Historic Building

Resident Gallery

Link Gallery onsite

Resident Artist

Gallery Space

Elgin Artspace Tour



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.

Development Cost

$15.2 million


BKV Group

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About the Neighborhood
Downtown Elgin is home to an eclectic, growing mix of businesses, residents, and civic, cultural and recreation amenities. Housing options range from new construction condos and brownstones to upper story renovated lofts. Residents enjoy living in an historic, urban environment that marries the amenities of a city with the affordability and accessibility of the suburbs.
Our Thanks to...

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
City of Elgin
Fallbrook Credit Finance
Federal Home Loan Bank – AHP
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Kane County

LEAD FUNDERS ($5,000+)

American NTN Bearing Manufacturing Co.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Baxter & Woodman Inc.
Burnidge Cassell Associates
Commonwealth Edison Co. 
Educational Foundation of America
Florence B. & Cornelia A. Palmer Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
IHC Construction Companies
Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program
Otto Engineering 
Sanfilippo Foundation
Seigle Family Foundation 
Shales McNutt Construction 
Sherman Health
Ziegler Family