The mission of Explore Elgin Area is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of the 9 communities in the Fox River Valley through marketing the area.

 The communities we represent are:

  1. Elgin
  2. Bartlett
  3. Carpentersville
  4. East Dundee
  5. Gilberts
  6. Hampshire
  7. Sleepy Hollow
  8. South Elgin
  9. West Dundee

We have three key responsibilities:

  1. We encourage groups to hold meetings, conventions, tradeshows, sporting events and group travel in the 9 communities in the Elgin Area.
  2. We assist groups with preparations and while their meeting or event is in progress.
  3. We encourage tourists to visit and enjoy the many historic, cultural, retail, dining and recreational opportunities the Elgin Area offers.

One of our key goals is to attract overnight visitors, so our marketing, advertising and promotional efforts are primarily focused within 250 miles of the Elgin Area.

Our history

Explore Elgin Are was formed in 1984 by the City of Elgin and local business leaders. Explore Elgin Area has since grown to include the 9 communities of the Fox River Valley, spanning Kane, Cook and DuPage Counties.

The Elgin Area has over 1,100 hotel rooms and hundreds of entertainment, dining, shopping, retail and cultural options for visitors to enjoy and experience.

The Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau team

Explore Elgin Area Officers & Board of Directors

The Elgin Area Tourism Bureau Officers

  • Chair: Hratch Basmadjian
  • Past Chair: Peggie Stromberg
  • Treasurer: Migdalia Bishop
  • Secretary: Barb Keselica
  • Executive Director: Krisilee Murphy
  • At Large: Open

The Elgin Area Tourism Bureau Board of Directors

  • Mike Petersdorf, Owner, Murihead Farmhouse
  • Rose Martinez, City Councilwoman, City of Elgin
  • Christopher Nelson, Village President, Village of West Dundee
  • Jason Dusenberry, General Manager, Hampton Inn Elgin
  • Janice Andal, Director of Sales, Quality Inn Elgin


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Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Office
60 S. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

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