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Everyone invited to Open Elgin on April 21

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Everyone invited to Open Elgin on April 21

The Enhancing Elgin committee invites everyone to discover Elgin’s architectural gems by touring buildings with award-winning architectural features, fascinating histories, and unique and eye-opening elements at the Open Elgin Architectural Tour.

The Open Elgin tour will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21 by the Elgin Development Group.

This free, self-guided tour of uniquely Elgin spaces and places will feature schools, churches, downtown office buildings and businesses. Tour times for each building will vary.

Among the historic spaces participants can tour include the legendary U-46 Observatory and Planetarium, which was part of the original Elgin Watch Factory Observatory that is on the National Register of Historic Places, First United Methodist Church, which dates back to just after of Elgin’s incorporation in the 1830’s, and the original Gail Borden Public Library on Spring Street that was donated by Gail Borden’s stepsons.

The complete list of the 35 spaces and places on the tour along with individual building tour times are available at www.OpenElgin.com.

The Tower Building will be participating as a video this year with plans to be a tour site in 2019.  Prior to April 21, a brief video tour of the Tower Building featuring two different apartments will be available at openelgin.com.

“Many people came to the first Open Elgin in 2017 to discover the huge variety of remarkable buildings that we have here,” said City of Elgin Mayor David Kaptain. “We hope even more people come to experience this event as there are even more extraordinary buildings on display in 2018. This community offers a wide variety of architecture.”

Sponsored by the Elgin Area Chamber and the Enhancing Elgin Committee of the Elgin Development Group, the City of Elgin, School District U-46, Judson University, Explore Elgin, Downtown Neighborhood Association, the Elgin History Museum, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Community College, the Daily Herald, Hamilton Wings and the Gail Borden Public Library District.

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