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01/18/2011 – EACVB’s iPhone & Blackberry App
The Elgin Area CVB has launched free Iphone and Blackberry apps. Traveler’s now have instant access to photos and descriptions about places to stay, play, dine, and shop in the Northern Fox River Valley. Both apps can be found at the app stores.

The apps also have a couple interactive functions such as telling the user what is located closest to them and how to get there, allows them to post their favorite information directly to their social media outlets, and

Current weather in each town, the Bureau’s Twitter post, and upcoming events are some of the other features listed on the apps. The goal of the app is to give the technological generation a tool they can use to navigate and plan their adventure in the Northern Fox River Valley.

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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 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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