West from Villa Street
of the streets in Elgin were named after prominent business people.
Chicago Street, like St. Charles, and Dundee Streets, were named because they
travel in the direction of those places. A fork off of Route 20 (Lake
Street) was named Villa Street. When it turned West to cross the Fox River
it became Chicago Street. Approximately two blocks later it formed
one leg of a triangle with Grove Avenue and Douglas Street to form Fountain
Square, the center of Elgin.
the bridge was built, Chicago Street continued West and as Route 20 proceeded to
connect Elgin with Rockford, Freeport, finally leaving the state in the
North-West corner at Dubuque, Iowa. Chicago Street was Main Street in Elgin,
separating the "North End" from the "South End" of town. The
City Hall was built at the corner of Chicago Street and Spring Street.
- Thanks to Dennis Robinson for providing much of this background