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Inaugural Open Elgin tour showcases history, architecture

Longtime Elginites who may remember star gazing at the U46 Observatory as school children can revisit the site during Open Elgin — the ultimate city-wide open house that is giving residents and visitors a look inside many historic and architecturally significant places.

Elgin Development Group’s Enhancing Elgin Committee decided to adapt Open House Chicago, where over 200 buildings were open to the public last fall, to showcase its history and architecture, said Jason Pawlowski, director of special events for the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. Elgin Development Group is a division of the chamber.

Twenty-seven spots are featured on a self-guided tour, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Some stops are buildings where visitors can go inside, others are sites to look at, such as Advocate Sherman Hospital’s geothermal lake, Pawlowski said.

“The purpose of our committee is to promote the positives of the Elgin area to show people what a great place it is to live, work and enjoy,” Pawlowski said.

Highlights along the tour include the U46 Planetarium and Observatory, the Elgin Professional building and the Kresmery building, Pawlowski said.

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