Situated on the Fox River 38 miles (61 km) northwest of Chicago, Elgin was formerly a major center for the manufacture of watches. Today it is one of Chicago's largest suburbs, with especially rapid growth to the west. The east side and areas around downtown are well established, with large Victorian homes and early 20th Century stores and offices. Downtown is on the river's east bank, with bluffs overlooking it from the west. The city's attractions include Lord's Park with its small zoo, and riverboat gambling downtown. Most of the city is located in Kane County, with the eastern sections in Cook County.