DuPage County Partnerships for Sporting Events

OAK BROOK – The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) and the DuPage Sports Commission (DSC) are pleased to announce new municipal partnerships with the City of West Chicago, Village of Roselle and Village of Winfield in an ongoing effort to strengthen tourism markets that will serve the recovery in a number of economic sectors. DuPage County’s visitor economy was a $2.9 billion industry in 2019, and efforts remain focused on closing – and overcoming – the recovery gap to achieve job stability , business operations and tax generation.

“I couldn’t be happier to officially announce these new partnerships during National Travel and Tourism Week,” said DCVB CEO Beth Marchetti. “These community leaders recognize the value of our tourism economy and its connection to a stronger future for residents and businesses. This is a big step forward for DuPage.”

Marchetti further highlighted the role each community can play in boosting visitation, including arts and culture, amenities to support sports tourism, and developments that are mutually beneficial to the experience of residents and visitors.

“In its work to make DuPage a destination of choice, DCVB has shown how successful collaboration can turn an event into an economic generator for a community and its businesses,” said West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda. “Now is an important time to partner with DCVB to ensure West Chicago maximizes opportunities as we prepare to welcome visitors this summer to Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World at Cantigny Park. .”

With a shared vision, West Chicago, DCVB, DuPage Mexican Cultural Center and Cantigny Park will present Alebrijes – an exhibition of authentic Mexican artwork – to the broader arts and cultural community, in hopes that the results will emulate the success of the last Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition of the year which took place at Glen Ellyn.

The village of Roselle has long been a destination for day-trippers seeking tasting experiences at Lynfred Winery – notably known as Illinois’ first winery and weekend getaway to their adjacent bed & breakfast in four suites. From now on, Roselle, which celebrates its centenary in 2022, will also stand out in the sports tourism market. Roselle is proud to welcome tournament participants and their families to its Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago West-Roselle, as DSC expands by booking more championship events nearby. “The overnight stays will generate significant tax revenue for our community,” said Roselle Mayor David Pileski. “Moving forward with DCVB and DSC was an easy decision, opening new doors for economic development.”

For the village of Winfield, the enthusiasm was born from cycling. As host of the annual Winfield Criterium, 2021 marked the first year the bike race joined the Intelligentsia Cup, a 10-day race series across Chicagoland with three of its 10 days held at DuPage. In 2022, through its partnership with DSC, Winfield will join the Village of Lombard and the Village of Glen Ellyn in relaunching the DuPage Triple Crown, a championship event within the series that is expected to attract over 1,600 competitors and their guests. at DuPage. . “Winfield’s partnership with DCVB/DSC is a natural fit for our community, even beyond the sport,” said Winfield Village President Carl Sorgatz. “As we expand our downtown offerings with new retail, restaurants and attractions, while maintaining our small town charm and nature, Winfield aligns strongly with DCVB’s presentation of the DuPage brand. “

Maria R. Newman