Trolley driving down Main Street Galena Country Tourism

About Galena Country

Galena Country Tourism® is the official Destination Management & Marketing Organization for Galena Country®.

Our mission is to promote, develop and expand the visitor industry to benefit the local economy and community, including the City of Galena and Jo Daviess County, Illinois. We promote Galena Country as the Midwest’s premier destination for overnight visitors. Galena Country Tourism is supported by a board of 11 directors, representatives from the travel and tourism industry, local government, and experienced businesspersons.


Encompassing the City of Galena and Jo Daviess County, nestled along the Mississippi River in the upper northwest corner of Illinois.

It’s true; you can’t change time. But if you spend it right, it can change you. So, if you want to make the most of your time, come to a place that’s frozen in it. In Galena Country, we’ve never been like anywhere else, and we’re proud of it. To us, history isn’t about endings; it’s where stories begin. We know one good story always leads to another.

Founded in 1826, we have a history of seeing things others don’t. When you’re here, you’ll see and do things you won’t see anywhere else. We call it being original because we may be old, but we’re never the same old thing.

The best thing about being where time forgot is that you can lose all track of it. Join us, in another time, in a completely different place.


Kirsten Bell, Interim Director / Strategic Marketing Director
- Justin Helle, Group Experiences Director
- Lori Kinnaman, Operations Director
- Ekaterina Roberts, Community Engagement Manager 
​- Tom Rynott, Communications Director 
Emily Tepper, Content Marketing Manager

Open Positions

Board of Directors

Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Raechelle Ahmed
Board Chair
105-107 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036

Betsy Rose
Vice Board Chair
Ramada Galena
11383 US-20
Galena IL 61036

Merri Sevey
Treasurer Personnel Chair

Jo Carroll Energy
793 US Hwy 20 W
Elizabeth IL 61028

Jack Deiter
Big Bill’s Coffee & Sandwich Shop
301 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036

Stewart Stoffregen
Chestnut Mountain Resort
8700 W. Chestnut Rd.
Galena IL 61036

Christina Eisbach
Hoof It Goat Treks
616 S Devils Ladder Rd.
Galena, IL 61036

Janice Morgan
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
444 Eagle Ridge Dr.
Galena IL 61036

Zeke Winders
First Community Bank
101 Exchange Street
Galena IL 61036

Lyndsi Scharpf
100 Bouthillier St.
Galena, IL 61036

Jerry Westemeier
City of Galena
101 Green St.
Galena IL 61036

Steve McIntyre
Jo Daviess County Board
330 N. Bench St.
Galena IL 61036

Couple reading Galena Country Visitors Guide Will Byington Photography

Visitor Guide

Thank you for your interest in the Official Visitors Guide for Galena…