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Grand openings, building developments, new attractions, and more are what you will find in this section. Visit often to be up-to-date on all the new development in our region.

09/10/2007 – Elgin Area Featured on Live Radio
Listen to a live radio interview broadcast feature the Elgin Area. Click the more information link below to download!

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07/29/2005 – FAM Tour surprises event planners and travel writers!
The Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (EACVB) hosted a two day Familiarization Tour (FAM Tour) in the month of July to showcase their 14 communities, multitudes of partners, attractions, and amenities. The results were an astounding success. Event planners boarded the motor coach from as far away as Indiana, Upper Wisconsin, and St. Louis and as near by as Chicago, Zion, and DeKalb.

The FAM Tour was organized by Director of Sales, Pete Garlock and was supported by the rest of the bureau and a majority of bureau’s partners.

For the complete rundown click on the more information link below.

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07/11/2005 – Bicycle racing returns to the city by the river
Elgin, Ill. July 6, 2005 — Bicycle racing is back in Elgin and back in a big way.

The Elgin Cycling Classic criterium on Sunday, Aug. 7, will feature $15,000 in prize money to pros, amateur and citizen racers who will battle it out in the heart of the downtown area.

The event also will feature a premier hand cycling competition with cash prizes and bicycle races for kids from 5 to 12 years of age. The Elgin Cycling Classic will make a good fit with the fast growing series of cycling races in the area, said organizer John Steffen. “We wanted to bring bike racing back to a city that has a history of competitive cycling,” said Steffen. “This will be a great race for competitors and spectators alike.”

Races will begin at 7:45 a.m. at Chicago and Spring streets with the Men’s Citizen Category 5 event featuring $500 in prize money, plus premiums for such things as fastest lap. The main event of the day will be the 1 p.m. Men’s Pro/Am race, 60 minutes of sprinting and maneuvering for prizes totaling more than $5,000.

The 1-kilometer criterium course will take riders along some of Elgin’s earliest thoroughfares, past 19th century buildings and colorful locales such as the corner once known as Whiskey Point. The race will coincide with the Elgin Fine Arts Festival, which begins Friday night and runs through Sunday on the city’s civic plaza nearby.

The race is sponsored by the City of Elgin, Town and Country Homes, The Daily Herald, Mission Bay Multisport, Cla-Vac Inc. and is supported by Sherman Health Systems, Lynch2, and D’Angelo Water. The event is hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association. More information and race registration can be obtained at www.elgincyclingclassic.com or at 847-741-3561. Steffen said the Elgin Cycling Classic will be a top-notch replacement for the Four Bridges of Elgin road race that was cancelled the past two years due to organizational snafus and financial difficulties. # # # (Contacts: John Steffen 847-741-0503 / George Houde 847-909-2566)

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HUNTLEY, IL, MARCH __, 2005 – Prime Outlets—Huntley announced its plans for THE $8 million renovation of over 67,000 square feet of space, which will welcome such high-end national retailers as Ann Taylor Factory Store, Anne Klein Outlet Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Guess? Factory Store, BCBG/Max Azria, Maternity Works, Liz Claiborne Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, and Calvin Klein into the mix. Shoppers are invited to an official unveiling and action-packed Grand Opening celebration throughout Memorial Day weekend, starting Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30.

“This exciting announcement reflects Prime Retail’s commitment to creating the most enjoyable shopping experience at Huntley for the benefit of both our shoppers and retailers,” said Susan Zajack, marketing manager at Prime Outlets—Huntley. “Investing $8 million and expanding our retail mix with well-known brand names like Banana Republic and Tommy Hilfiger will make Prime Outlets even more of a PRIME destination for fashionable men and women from surrounding areas seeking quality brand name products at a great value.”

The following stores are set to open around Memorial Day weekend: • Banana Republic Factory Store is scheduled to open in a 7,801-square-foot space and will carry its line of quality men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. • Ann Taylor Factory Store, known for its high-end women’s apparel, will open in a 7,500-square-foot store. • Tommy Hilfiger, known for its branded collection of men’s and women’s sportswear, jeanswear and childrenswear, will open in a 6,193-square-foot store. • Guess? Factory Store, one of the most widely recognized brands in the world, will open in a 4,500-square-foot store, and will carry a lifestyle collection of casual apparel and accessories for women, men, children, and babies. • BCBG/Max Azria, caters to young fashion-forward women offering both casual and career wear, and will occupy 2,968 square feet. • Anne Klein Outlet Store known for its stylish, yet classic collection of fine women’s clothing, will occupy 2,500 square feet. • Nine West, one of the country’s largest suppliers of women’s shoes, will occupy a 2,006 square-foot store.

In addition, Liz Claiborne is slated to open on March 24, and Calvin Klein is scheduled to open in August. Other exciting new retailer additions that are currently open include Nautica and Fitz and Floyd Company Store.

Prime Outlets—Huntley is located at I-90 & Rt. 47 in Huntley, Illinois. The 280,439-square-foot outlet center offers everyday savings of 30-70 percent off full retail prices and features an exciting collection of brand name retailers including Gap, Bose, Aeropostale, Carter’s, Van Heusen Direct, Izod and Wilsons Leather. Shopping hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About Prime Retail Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Prime Retail is one of the largest and most successful owners of retail centers in the U.S. Its portfolio spans approximately 12 million square feet throughout major markets of the United States and Puerto Rico. Prime Retail has embarked on a multi-million dollar re-investment and re-branding initiative and is positioned to become the leading retail outlet company in the industry.

For more information please visit www.primeretail.com.

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