Elgin will welcome chickens to 15 backyards in a pilot program.
The city will accept applications in January 2015. Permit holders will be allowed to house four hens but no roosters.
Coops must be at least 25 feet from neighbors' and they can't be visible from the street.
The city will review the program after a year.
An urban setting might not seem like the typical place where fresh eggs are produced. But, the movement for backyard chicken coops is spreading.