Chamber relocates office to downtown Elburn

ELBURN – After years in a small office largely out of the public line of sight, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce has moved to more prominent digs.

In coming days, the Chamber will hang its sign outside its new offices at 109 N. Main St., Elburn.

The Chamber moved its offices to the new location above Schmidt’s Towne Tap on Oct. 1.

“We just got moved in, but we already feel like we’re in a much better spot,” said Justin Smitherman, the Chamber’s vice president for marketing and owner of the American Family Insurance agency in Elburn.

Smitherman said the Chamber had begun discussing relocating its offices earlier this summer. 

The Elburn Chamber had been housed for more than three years at the Elburn Community Center in the 500 block of North Main Street (Route 47).

But Chamber officials had come to believe the office was too small and too hidden from public view.

Smitherman noted the Chamber board could not hold meetings in the office, and that there was a perception the public did not know where the Chamber was located.

After debating between the location above Schmidt’s and a second location Smitherman did not disclose, the Chamber board opted for the spot on one of Elburn’s busiest corners.

“People walking down Main Street will be able to see it and will know we’re there,” Smitherman said.

He said the office will be marked by a door opening onto the sidewalk and a sign hanging above the door that will be visible from the street.

He said the new offices are also “three times as big” as the previous offices, with a conference room and space to entertain visitors. The office space recently was renovated and made available by the ownership of Schmidt’s.

“We were looking for a larger space and a more prominent spot,” Smitherman said. “And this space satisfies both of those goals.”

He said the Chamber’s office hours and contact information are the same.