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Elgin Artspace Lofts

From Drygoods to Artwork

51 South Spring Street, Elgin, IL, 60120

Link Gallery onsite

Energy Efficient Artist Lofts in Elgin, IL - Supported by Nicor

Energy Efficient Artspace Elgin

Elgin Artspace Lofts

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Historic Building

HOTI Design Studio & Gallery

Resident Gallery

Resident Artist

Elgin ArtSpace tour

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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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 Foundation
Baxter and Woodman, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Charles H. Burnidge, BCA Architectural Firm
Commonwealth Edison Co.
Educational Foundation of America
City of Elgin
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Florence B. & Cornelia A. Palmer Foundation
IHC Construction Companies Nicor Gas
Otto Engineering
Sanfilippo Foundation
Seigle Family Foundation
Shales McNutt Construction
Sherman Health
Brian Ziegler