• The Elgin Area Chamber is closely monitoring the reports of COVID-19 and working with our partners to stay up to date. Any decisions related to upcoming events, meetings, etc. will be made on a case by case basis as needed and as the situation progresses.
    The Chamber also wants to underscore the impact the coronavirus concern could have on local business. We know that as members of the community, businesses like yours may also be experiencing unexpected challenges, and we’re committed to providing as much support as possible.
    The bottom line is that our Business Community is still Open for Business, although we must be thoughtful in modifying our practices in order to minimize risks associated with the spread of the virus and illness in general. 
    The safety of our communities, membership, volunteers and staff is the top priority for the Chamber, and we will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and be providing additional information on our website and in our newsletters.
    Credible and Official Resources
    City of Elgin
    Village of South Elgin
    Kane County
    Cook County
    State of Illinois
    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    What Does the Emergency Declaration Mean to My Business?
    The emergency declaration will open up $50 billion for state and local governments to respond to the outbreak. Further explanation will be forthcoming, and we will be sharing that information with you as soon as the specific information is released.
    How Can You Help?
    This is an unprecedented time for our nation and our community, and it may result in economic hardship on behalf of our businesses, especially our small businesses, restaurant and tourism industry partners, and local non-profits. We urge you to continue to support your fellow Chamber members. 
    • Encourage your friends and family to use the Business Directory found at www.elginchamber.com
    • Consider shopping, dining, and utilizing the services of our membership OR buy gift certificates (online or in-person) to use at a later date. 
    • Make a contribution to a local non-profit to help them through this challenging time. 
    • Call your favorite business and ask how you can help. Consider making a purchase now for pick-up at a later date or making an early renewal of dues or subscriptions.
    • Practice random acts of kindness. This is a time to practice patience, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Say 'thank you' or leave an extra tip.
    Our staff will continue to work on behalf of you and your business and can be reached by phone or e-mail. As always, we believe Elgin and South Elgin are pillars of strength in times such as these and we are grateful for your continued support of one another.