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Gilberts is a village of nearly 7,000 residents in northern Kane County, about 45 miles northwest of Chicago. Gilberts was founded shortly after the construction of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in 1851. The village was originally named Gilberts Station, after farmer and landowner, Albro Gilbert.


Living in Gilberts

Gilberts is served by Community Unit School District 300.  Students in Gilberts attend Hampshire High School or Jacobs High School.

Located directly north of I-90, GIlberts provides a direct route to downtown Chicago for area commuters. Residents can also travel downtown via Metra, using the  nearby Big Timber rail station in Elgin.

What to See

St. Mary’s Church of Gilberts is an historic Catholic church built in 1882, and is an fine example of the rural Stick Style of architecture, with a steep gable and no steeple.

There are also five parks in Gilberts, including Town Center Park, Town Square Park, Memorial Park, Skate Park, and Waitcus Park.  

Community Days is celebrated in Gilberts the first weekend in June. The festival includes music, food, carnival rides and fun events. In late October the village hosts a bonfire and hayrides in Memorial Park.


Congressional Representation

Gilberts is contained entirely within Illinois’ 6th congressional district.

In 2018, Sean Casten is running against the incumbent Peter Roskam, who has held the 6th district congressional seat since 2007.

Sean is committed to serving Gilberts and the rest of the 6th district by focusing on facts and working to strengthen the community’s schools and economy.

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