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Contents

From the Chairman Of The Board

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From the Chamber

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From the Mayor

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Community Living

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Location & Transportation

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Tourism: Festivals & Attractions

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Lodging

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Shopping

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Dining

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Residential Living

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Recreation

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Arts & Entertainment

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Education

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Health Care

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Business

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Government

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Worship & Service Organizations

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Benefits of Chamber Memberships

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Advertiser Index

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From the Chair�an of the Board

t was a decade ago that the Geneva Chamber of Commerce funded a committee to develop a tagline for the Chamber of Commerce. That committee created as a slogan, Geneva: A Picture Postcard. It is those suggested postcard images that create a multitude of pictures which represent our community on the banks of the Fox River. Our chamber produces a series of annual events at which various snapshots would render excellent postcards. It is these individual images that make our residential, corporate and business community so special. Swedish Days, Geneva Arts Fair, Festival of the Vine, the House Tour and the lighting of the “Great Tree” at the Christmas Walk are a few events presented annually. These are the opportunities that become the glue which binds the residents and visitors together to make a vibrant downtown and add to the essence that makes Geneva a very special and unique community. Michael Pollan said, “The single greatest lesson the garden teaches, is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum,

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and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.” Our downtown businesses and the work of the Chamber of Commerce nurture the soul of our community and provide the activities that form our Geneva Garden. These are the core activities of our community that make Geneva a very special place to live. The events that we attend together and the vibrancy of our business community where we gather, work, play and celebrate create the warmth and the many pictures of our lives. The Chamber of Commerce encourages you to participate, volunteer, and take pride in our great community. It is our corner of the world and a place in which we as residents and business owners form the images that make Geneva such a beautiful Picture Postcard. Scott Lebin Chairman of the Board, Geneva Chamber of Commerce

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advantages of an area rich in opportunities, activities and appeal. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce also serves as a tourism center, bringing thousands of visitors to Geneva each year. Visitors and residents can take advantage of our Geneva Visitor Center, opened in 2013 located below our office on Third Street. Questions on what to do, where to eat, stay and shop can quickly be answered by our staff. Noted for its exceptional festivals and events, the community boasts four major festivals that have enjoyed a timehonored history of quality entertainment and high attendance. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce recently sponsored the 65th Swedish Days Festival, the 13th Geneva Art Fair, the 33rd Festival of the Vine and the 57th Christmas Walk and House Tour. Visit www.genevachamber.com for information about the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Geneva festivals and events, a calendar of happenings in Geneva and a tourism brochure. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce can also be reached at (630) 232-6060.

ince 1922, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce has acted as a catalyst for positive and progressive growth in the community. A nonprofit organization, the Chamber fosters quality business practices, community involvement and a diversity of educational, cultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. Under the leadership of the Board of Directors, the full-time Chamber staff administers the day-to-day operations. The organization benefits from a successful partnership with the City of Geneva. The two entities work closely together to promote the community, its traditions and the seasonal events that generate tax revenue, create jobs and showcase the historic downtown. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce membership consists of over 500 businesses, industries, professionals, organizations and individuals that support economic and community development. The Chamber provides services to its members as well as to the overall business sector, the residents of the Fox Valley area and the visitors to the community. Members benefit from referrals, networking events, seminars and public relations coverage. The entire entrepreneurial community profits from the healthy business climate cultivated in part by the Chamber’s efforts. Residents of and visitors to the Fox River Valley enjoy the

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From the Mayor

Dear Friends, If ever there was proof that a community does not have to grow geographically in order to improve, Geneva is a perfect example. When founded in 1835, Geneva’s geographic reach was but a few square blocks. Today, we span approximately 8 square miles. Or, put another way, approximately 5,120 acres. On these acres of land resides 22,000 residents, 1,000 businesses, a premier school district, world class park district, highly valued library district and an environment that invites, encourages and celebrates participation in every aspect of community life. We welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year by hosting events and festivals designed to showcase Geneva and demonstrate our unmatched hospitality. Yes, we may be small in size, but we are strong in the areas that matter most – and gaining strength each and every day. And, while it’s likely that Geneva’s geographic reach may not expand much more, our commitment to sustaining what makes Geneva a great place to live, learn, work, play and raise a family will never waiver. My best, Kevin R. Burns Mayor

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who had recently traveled to New York. James Herrington proved to be an influential person in the establishment of Geneva. Prior to his untimely death in 1839 at the age of 41, Herrington platted the new town, served as sheriff and established the first post office, tavern and general store. The advent of the railroad in 1853 was an important development in Geneva’s history, placing the town on a main line offering both commuter and freight rail service. Along with the railroad came a surge of Swedish immigrants who helped construct the railroad and many chose to stay in the fledgling town. Geneva was officially incorporated as a village in 1858, followed by incorporation as a city in 1887. The Geneva of today has preserved its charming historic essence, distinguished by peaceful tree-lined streets with many well-maintained homes from the mid- to late-19th Century. While this unique historical character remains intact, Geneva has experienced thoughtful development with the incorporation of superior educational and health care resources, vibrant arts and cultural offerings and a dynamic business climate.

he quaint city of Geneva is a growing Chicago suburb offering the best of both worlds: A deep appreciation for its rich past and an enthusiastic outlook for its promising future. Today, Geneva is home to approximately 22,000 residents and welcomes thousands of visitors annually who take pleasure in its distinctive hometown atmosphere. With its location along the scenic Fox River, Geneva benefits from a beautiful backdrop for its charming shopping district, year-round festivals and a myriad of recreational opportunities. Geneva’s storied past begins with the arrival of its first settler, Daniel Shaw Haight, in the early 1830s. After building a cabin along the Fox River, he chose to relocate and sold his land to James and Charity Herrington in 1835. By 1836, the town was selected as the site of the new county seat. Early names of the settlement included “Big Spring,” “Herrington’s Ford” and “La Fox.” Ultimately, the town was christened “Geneva” – a name that was adopted from a city in upstate New York. The suggestion most likely came from Dr. Charles Volney Dyer, a Chicago resident and noted abolitionist

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make Geneva a prime location for commuters and businesses. Geneva is served by the Metra Union Pacific/West Line, a commuter train offering transportation to Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center and to the many communities located along the route. Commercial air travel is accessible within a one-hour’s drive of Geneva. Chicago’s O’Hare International and Midway International airports offer hundreds of daily flights to destinations across the globe. Corporate travel is provided through DuPage Airport in nearby West Chicago and through Aurora Municipal Airport located just 30 minutes south of Geneva.

eneva, the designated seat of Kane County, enjoys an ideal suburban location along the great Fox River, approximately 45 miles west of Chicago. Local travel is convenient via several main thoroughfares. Highways 25 and 31 offer a direct connection to the neighboring cities of St. Charles to the north and Batavia to the south. State Street (IL Route 38) winds its way through Geneva, providing an efficient route to Chicago and those cities lying to the east and west. In addition, Geneva’s location within the Chicagoland area offers easy access to Interstates 88 and 90 that in turn, link commuters to Interstates 290, 294 and 355. These major roadways, coupled with passenger service,

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Tourism: Festivals & Att�actions

he peaceful environment of Geneva offers residents and guests an unmatched escape from the fast-paced world of today. From perusing through the shops and restaurants of the historic downtown district to whiling away a day at one of the city’s beautiful park sites, visitors have endless possibilities when it comes to spending time in Geneva. For those craving a bit more excitement, Geneva offers four highly acclaimed annual festivals. The most renowned of these events occurs each June with the Midsommar Festival – Swedish Days, supported by Northwestern Medicine, a six-day celebration of Geneva’s Swedish heritage that will mark its 66-year anniversary in 2015. This “Granddaddy” of Illinois festivals features a host of family-friendly activities such as a carnival, Sweden Väst, musical entertainment, Kids’ Day, a Grand Parade, Swedish and American food, plus great shopping. The Geneva Arts Fair annually welcomes more than 155 artisans in a host of mediums from around the country during the fourth weekend in July. Historic downtown Geneva serves as a picturesque backdrop for the outdoor fine arts show that has been voted #57 out of the Top 200 Fine Craft Fairs in the country and a recent winner of “Best Craft or Art Show” by West Suburban Living magazine. Victorian homes-turned-businesses in the downtown historic district serve as a picturesque backdrop for the show. September’s Festival of the Vine is a three-day event comprised of food, wine, seminars and events, a flower market, a craft show, food and floral demonstrations. The Flavor Fare features Geneva restaurants, plus musical entertainment. The Christmas Walk & House Tour in December is complete with visits from Santa Lucia (Sweden’s symbol of the season) and Santa Claus, the melodic voices of carolers, the inviting aroma of

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roasted chestnuts, an old-fashioned candy cane pull and a self-guided tour of five distinctive homes festively decorated for the holidays. The Geneva Concours d’Elegance, the Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, the Geneva Film Festival, Gardenology, Wedding Walk and the Classic Car Shows are among the other annual events that contribute to make Geneva a must-see destination. For a complete listing of Geneva festivals and events, visit www.genevachamber.com. Sports enthusiasts looking for an exciting day at the ballpark revel in the offerings of the Kane County Cougars, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cougars take on team rivals at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Geneva. Family-friendly events include firework shows, human bowling, pedal car racing, giveaways, autographs from the players and the KidZone Playground. Tours provided through the Geneva Chamber of Commerce invite visitors to discover the city’s historic district. Hosted by a knowledgeable guide dressed in period clothing, tourists will view revamped storefronts and treasured Third Street Victorian homes that presently house a diversity of specialty shops and eateries. Delve even further into the area’s history with a trip to the Geneva History Museum. The 17,000-square-foot center opened its doors in 2004 and is bursting with awardwinning educational programming as well as the stocked Archives and Reading Room. In addition, the Fabyan Villa Museum, a 1907 Frank Lloyd Wright redesign, is located in the Fabyan Forest Preserve. It houses unique natural and Asian artifacts from the collection of Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan.

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country estate may choose to stay at the Oscar Swan Country Inn, Geneva’s only bed & breakfast. The historic building was constructed in the 1860s as a farmhouse and has undergone extensive renovation over the years. The quaint inn, which sits upon eight acres with beautiful gardens, offers eight guestrooms for visitors, as well as services for weddings, private parties, business retreats and public events. Neighboring St. Charles also offers a wide selection of excellent lodging options. Hotel Baker, dubbed “The Crown Jewel of the Fox,” is an historic 53-room hotel offering luxurious accommodations and state-of-the-art amenities. The Pheasant Run Resort is a 250-acre retreat offering a full range of services. In addition to the 473 guestrooms and suites, guests take advantage of two championship golf courses, two theaters, Zanies Comedy Club, the Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, six restaurants and lounges, three pools, a fitness center and more than 1,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Best Western Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites, all in neighboring St. Charles, round out the lodging options available for an overnight, weekend or longer stay in the Fox Valley area.

n order to enjoy all that Geneva has to offer, you will need to stay more than just one day. Fortunately, guests have a choice of several high-quality hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts located in the area. The Comfort Inn & Suites of Geneva is located just minutes from the downtown shopping district and within easy access of Fifth Third Bank Stadium, home of the Kane County Cougars. This 90-room hotel offers 42 suites and 48 guestrooms as well as amenities such as a complimentary deluxe breakfast, fitness center, spa and swimming pool. The AAA Three Diamond hotel recently garnered the 2014 Trip Advisor Award. In addition, the 2012 Platinum Award by Choice Hotels International and is ranked in the top 3 percent of Comfort Inns nationwide. The peaceful Herrington Inn & Spa is an AAA Four Diamond establishment composed of 61 elegant guestrooms and suites, an on-site spa and the award-winning Atwater’s restaurant. Tucked within historic Geneva along the Fox River, the Herrington is housed within a lovingly restored limestone structure dating back to the 1800s, providing the warmth and charm of a fine European inn. Guests looking for the ambiance of a tranquil English

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ring your appetite with you when you come to Geneva! You’ll want to sample all we have to offer. Choose from 5-star restaurants, casual bistros and fine chocolatiers to cozy coffee houses, tempting bakeries and gourmet carryout. You’re sure to satisfy your cravings at one or more of Geneva’s rich variety of restaurants, eateries or catering options. With the diversity of cuisine, dining in Geneva is more than a meal, it is an experience. Gather at landmark establishments, in casual or sophisticated settings, where welcoming staff treat you like part of the family.

DINING GUIDE 318 Coffeehouse 318 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 845-3180 318coffeehouse.com

Bien Trucha Restaurante 410 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-2665 bientrucha.com

Chianti’s 201 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-0212 chiantisingeneva.com

Dam Bar & Grill, The 65 N. River Ln., Geneva (630) 845-3266 thedambarandgrill.com

All Chocolate Kitchen 33 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-2395 allchocolatekitchen.com

Buttermilk 7 W. State St., Geneva (630) 845-0820 buttermilkgeneva.com

Chick-fil-A Batavia 185 N. Randall Rd., Batavia (630) 761-2640 cfarestaurant.com/batavia

Egg Harbor Café 477 S. Third St., Ste. 124, Geneva (630) 208-8940 eggharborcafe.com

Altiro Latin Fusion 308 Anderson Blvd., Geneva (630)232-7717 altiro.webs.com

Cabooses Bar & Grill 300 Crescent Place, Geneva (630) 232-9448 caboosesbar.com

Claddagh Irish Pub 1702 Commons Dr., Geneva (630) 208-0337 claddaghirishpubs.com

El Molcajete on 3rd 227 S. Third St., Ste. 201&202, Geneva (630)457-5348 MolcajeteGeneva.com

Atwater’s 15 S. River Ln., Geneva (630) 208-7433 herringtoninn.com

Chelios’ Pub & Grill 1996 S. Kirk Rd., Geneva (331) 248-0182 cheliospubandgrill.com

Coffee Drop Shop 227 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 845-3255 coffeedropshop.com

Enticing Cuisine 12 S. Water St., Batavia (630) 761-0399 enticingcuisine.com

Bar Louie 1602 Commons Dr., Ste. 600, Geneva (630) 397-4300 barlouieamerica.com

Chez Moi Cafe & Catering 415 W. State St., Unit 105, Geneva (331) 248-0654 chezmoigeneva.com

Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream 552 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles (630) 443-8338 colonialcafe.com

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Firehouse Pizza & Grill 17 N. Fourth St., Geneva (630) 262-8000 firehousepizzaandgrill.com

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FoxFire Restaurant 17 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-1369 foxfiregeneva.com

Jose Maria’s Mexican Restaurant 730 E. State St., Geneva (630) 232-9135 josemariasrestaurant.com

Gen Hoe Restaurant 537 E. State St., Geneva (630) 232-8350 genhoerestaurant.com

Josef’s Elegante Meats & Deli 716 W. State St., Geneva (630) 262-1878 josefsmeats.com

Geneva Ale House 319 W. State St., Geneva (630) 262-3877 genevaalehouse.com

Kernel’s Gourmet Popcorn & More 316 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-7151 kernelsgourmet.com

Geneva Diner 14 S. Second St., Geneva (630) 232-1288 thegenevadiner.com

Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream 407 S. Third St., Ste. 186, Geneva (630) 232-7122 kilwins.com/geneva

Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream 302 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-6655 grahamschocolate.com

Latest Crave Cupcake & Toffee Shop, The 227 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 262-8200 thelatestcrave.com

Little Owl Restaurant/ Flagstone Crafts & Cocktails 101 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-7994 flagstonecrafts.com Little Traveler Atrium Café 404 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-4200 littletraveler.com McDonald’s 1190 E. State St., Geneva (630) 232-1350 1812 S. Randall Rd., Geneva (630) 232-8239 mcdonalds.com Morano’s Pizza 417 Hamilton St., Geneva (630) 232-4455 moranospizzageneva.com

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Patten House of Geneva, The 124 S. Second St., Geneva (630) 492-5040

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ROX City Bar & Grill 100 W. Main St., St. Charles (630) 845-5800 roxcitygrill.com

Stockholm’s 306 W. State St., Geneva (630) 208-7070 stockholmsbrewpub.com

Preservation Bread & Wine 513 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 208-1588 preservationbreadandwine.com

Sergio’s Cantina 30 W. State St., Geneva (630) 845-9200 sergioscantina.com

Subway 317 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-2964 subway.com

Riganato Old World Grille 700 E. State St., Geneva (331) 248-0191 riganato.com

Shakou St. Charles 312 W. Main St., St. Charles (224) 433-6675 shakousushi.com

Sugar Path, The 315 W. State St., Geneva (630) 262-3353 thesugarpath.com

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 1308 Commons Dr., Geneva (630) 208-1484 rmcf.com/IL/Geneva50776

Starbucks Coffee 229 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-1692 starbucks.com

Sweet Natalie’s Gluten Free Bakery 228 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-7434 sweetnataliesgeneva.com Villa Verone Ristorante 416 Hamilton St., Geneva (630) 232-2201 villaverone.net Wildwood Restaurant & Lounge 477 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 377-8325 wildwoodsteak.com

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eneva is a place where old meets new – a trait that is evident in its residential living options. Impressive centuryold Victorian manors line the streets of historic downtown Geneva, offering a glimpse into the community’s rich past. A wide assortment of home styles can be found along the banks of the Fox River and throughout the downtown area. Large estates, post-war bungalows, remodeled farmhouses and 1950s-era ranch dwellings, as well as modern homes, condominiums and townhouse complexes, combine to make Geneva’s landscape an eclectic mix of design elements. Newer home developments have sprouted up as well, with notable neighborhoods located in Eagle Brook and Mill Creek. These exquisite communities bring together high-quality living overlooking the greens, making them top choices for retirees and golf enthusiasts. Those who are looking for senior living or assisted care facilities will find an array of choices in Geneva and in the

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eneva’s location along the 33-mile Fox River Trail offers easy access for bikers, hikers, joggers and cross-country skiers. Destinations reachable via this smooth-surface trail include the Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve and Nature Center, the Fabyan Forest Preserve, the Villa Museum and the Japanese Garden. Outdoor enthusiasts can also take advantage of the 17-mile Great Western Trail and the 12-mile Virgil L. Gilman Nature Trail. Each of these trails is open year-round and provides visitors with the opportunity to view wildlife and native plant life throughout the changing seasons. The Geneva Park District has been a staple of the community for more than 55 years, evolving from an organization of four parks into one of 50 parks totaling more than 700 acres. Additionally, more than 40,000 toddlers, youths and adults participate in 3,000 programs each year through the Park District. Included in the seasonal listings are programs for all age groups – before- and after-school programs, arts and crafts, athletics, dance, summer camps and group outings. The Sunset Racquetball & Fitness Center and Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center (SPRC) offer fitness centers, aerobic and dance studios and multi-purpose rooms. Additionally, SPRC also features an indoor track and two full-court gymnasiums. The award-winning Sunset Pool, Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course and The Links Disc Golf Course are among the district’s popular facilities. Peck Farm Park is a 395-acre environmental destination that encompasses nature trails, picnic sites, baseball diamonds, soccer

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fields, a 19-acre wetland, the outdoor Butterfly House & Sensory Garden (open during the summer), an Orientation Barn and Observation Silo. Named a 2014 Outstanding Facility by Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Hawks Hallow Nature Playground is designed to engage children in environmental learning. Hawks Hollow welcomes children and families to explore, touch, climb, learn and play using their imaginations and senses to experience the smells, textures and wonders of the natural world. The visitor center, located in an 1869 Italianate brick house, contains the Nature Discovery Room and the History Room. Aside from its facilities, Peck Farm Park offers a wealth of hands-on learning programs for schoolchildren, scout groups and community organizations. Golfers have their choice of several public and private golf courses in Geneva. Mill Creek Golf Club, Eagle Brook Country Club and Geneva Golf Club each provide the setting for an enjoyable day on the greens regardless of skill level. Golfers can also take advantage of nearby courses including West Chicago’s Prairie Landing and St. Charles’ Royal Country Clubs as well as the two courses located at the Pheasant Run Resort. The Fox Valley Ice Arena and Fitness Center is one of the premier family ice sports complexes in the Greater Chicagoland Area featuring one NHL Rink, one International Rink and a fitness center providing health, fitness and now medical services all in one location. Viewing events include ice skating competitions and hockey games. Classes and public skating is available year round.

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he City of Geneva and its neighboring communities are home to an abundance of top-notch cultural venues and activities. State Street Dance Studio, the downtown art galleries, as well as the active Cultural Arts Commission combine their forces to make Geneva and the greater Fox Valley area a worthy destination for those who enjoy the visual and performing arts. Geneva’s hometown theatre, Playhouse 38, showcases talent in an intimate arena. Fox Valley Repertory located at Pheasant Run, offers performances ranging from comedies to musicals and plays for all ages. The 79-seat Steel Beam Theatre has musicals, plays, improvisational comedy and children’s theater. Both are located in St. Charles. The Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin provides the western Chicago suburbs with a stellar line-up of entertainers each season. The center features a 1,200-seat theater that hosts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and has attracted a number of big name performers throughout the years.

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among the private or parochial schools that serve the area. The community of Geneva is also well served by a number of excellent day care and early childhood education centers. Graduating seniors and adults looking to continue their education are afforded several options within a 30-mile range of Geneva. Nearby Sugar Grove is home to the main campus of Waubonsee Community College (WCC). WCC offers students a wide selection of two-year transfer and career education degree programs, along with numerous one-semester certificate programs. WCC also provides Adult Education and Community Education programs, plus a range of Workforce Development offerings. Further higher learning opportunities are available at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb, and the private, liberal arts institutions of Wheaton College, North Central College in Naperville, Aurora University and Benedictine University in Lisle. Geneva Public Library District is a tremendous resource for all types of information, education and entertainment to help the community learn, grow and thrive. The Library serves about 30,500 residents of Geneva, Illinois and the surrounding area. Supplementing the library’s robust collection is an assortment of exceptional programs for children, teens and adults. Technology demonstrations, book discussions, reading clubs, movie showings, homework help, children’s story times and a wide range of outreach services are among the popular services and programs offered through the library. For more information, visit the Library’s website at www.gpld.org.

he Geneva Community Unit School District 304 boasts a tradition of excellence in education. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in the district’s nine schools, which include one high school, two middle schools and six neighborhood elementary schools. In addition to the rigorous K-12 curriculum, the district partners with the Geneva Park District to offer the Friendship Station Preschool program. District 304’s commitment to student success is directly reflected in the number of awards, accomplishments and outstanding test scores achieved each year by both students and faculty. Amongst academic awards, Geneva 304 students continuously excel in athletics, music, theater and a host of other school-related clubs and organizations. In 2012, Geneva was recognized by Bloomberg’s Businessweek as “The Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois” in large part due to public school performance. Additionally, the district has been awarded the SchoolSearch Bright Red Apple Award for academic excellence in education for the ninth year in a row. This award is given to districts where students’ academic performance ranks in the top 5 percent of Illinois districts based on Illinois School Report Cards. Geneva was one of only 78 school districts in Illinois to be recognized in 2013. Most recently, Geneva School District was ranked the 12th Best School District in Illinois by Niche (formerly College Prowler). Alternatives to public education are readily available for Geneva students. St. Peter Elementary School (pre-K–8), Faith Christian Elementary and Junior High School (1–8), Mansio Mens Montessori School and Rosary High School (9-12) are

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adence Health is now a part of Northwestern Medicine, an integrated academic health system serving the greater Chicago area and beyond. Through four hospitals, including Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and more than 60 outpatient sites of care, Northwestern Medicine is a trusted source for quality health care close to where our patients live and work. A leader in clinical quality and patient-centered care, Delnor Hospital provides comprehensive medical care for the communities it serves. With a medical staff of more than 550 physicians, the 159-bed acute care facility was again recently

honored in the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program, the American Nurses Association’s highest award for quality patient care and nursing excellence. Through the Cadence Health affiliation with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Delnor Hospital offers a comprehensive range of leading-edge pediatric specialty care in a convenient, neighborhood setting through the program called Lurie Children’s at Cadence Health. Cadence Health is also affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic in cardiology, heart surgery and medical oncology. Additionally, Delnor was named among the “Best Hospitals”

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that call the community home. The department strives to ensure the city’s high standard of living remains intact in the face of new development through the establishment of several successful business-focused programs including: the East Side Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, the downtown Façade Improvement/Historic Preservation Matching Grant and assistance with collaborative marketing efforts among Geneva businesses. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is also a major resource for local businesses and the community as a whole. This nonprofit organization is composed of large and small businesses, industry professionals and individuals dedicated to sound community and economic development. The Chamber presents its membership with a host of unmatched resources and opportunities for business promotion, networking and development. The Chamber also serves as the local Convention and Tourism Bureau, drawing in thousands of visitors to Geneva annually.

eneva’s business climate remains healthy. The community is anchored by a thriving downtown business district and augmented by the Geneva Commons lifestyle shopping center and the Geneva Business Park. More than 1,000 businesses have established operations here with leading employers including Burgess Norton (one of the area’s oldest manufacturing companies), Cadence Health, now part of Northwestern Medicine –Central DuPage Hospital & Delnor Hospital, Continental Envelope, FONA International, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Peacock Engineering Company, Miner Enterprises, Gordon Flesch Company, Riverbank Laboratories, Inc. and Roquette America, Inc. The pro-business attitude emanating throughout Geneva is facilitated by the city’s Economic Development Department. This City Department is responsible for attracting new commercial, office/research and light industrial developments to Geneva, while retaining and building the existing businesses

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crime prevention, the department offers a number of community programs and educational services including Internet Safety and Crime Prevention Programs, Operation Senior Care, Drug/ Medication Collection Program, Kane County Safe Kids, their child ID program and many programs in cooperation with the Geneva schools. The Geneva Fire Department, formed in 1895, originally consisted of 14 members. Today, the department has 20 career, 50 Paid on Call, and six contractual members who responded to nearly 2,600 incidents in 2014. The department provides a wide array of emergency and non-emergency services to the community that include but are not limited to: fire suppression, paramedicbased emergency medical care and transport, hazardous material assessment/mitigation, technical rescue response, life safety education programs that target grade school children and senior residents of the community, fire code enforcement, CPR classes, as well as home and business safety inspections.

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eneva is a city that embraces its diversity – a characteristic that is evident in its strong spiritual sector. More than a dozen houses of worship represent an array of denominations in Geneva. Many of these structures were built in the 1800s offering worshipers of today a peephole to the past. The Unitarian Universalist Church, built in 1843, stands as the oldest church in Geneva affording parishioners and visitors a glimpse of the community’s rich heritage. The remarkable architecture of the

early churches adds considerably to the historic charm of this lovely riverfront community. In addition to the programs and services offered through the area’s churches, Geneva is home to numerous branches of well-known and local organizations. These not-for-profit organizations have significantly impacted the community through fundraisers, volunteer opportunities and legislative advocacy as well as by offering access to important resources and information for Geneva residents and businesses.

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Benefits of Chamber Membership CHAMBER STAFF & CONTACT INFORMATION Geneva Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 481 8 S. Third St. Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 232-6060 www.genevachamber.com chamberinfo@genevachamber.com Geneva Visitor Center 10 S. Third St. Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 232-6060 Jean Gaines President jgaines@genevachamber.com Judy Carroll Membership Director/Director of Festival & Event Sponsorships jcarroll@genevachamber.com Mary Miller Office Manager mmiller@genevachamber.com Laura Rush Communications Manager lrush@genevachamber.com Jeanne Sawtell Member Services & Events Coordinator jsawtell@genevachamber.com Ellen Townsley Member Services & Volunteer Coordinator etownsley@genevachamber.com

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PROMOTIONAL & ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

As a member of the Chamber, you will have numerous opportunities to promote your business to other Chamber members as well as to the general community. The following are just some of the ways. GENEVA CHAMBER WEBSITE One of the many values of membership is a listing and link on our website, www. genevachamber.com. On average, 100,000-plus potential customers visit our website every month. Your business will be listed in our online directory with a link to your website if desired. Thousands of potential customers visit our website every month and use the search function to find businesses they’re interested in. Opportunities to enhance your listing to include special offers are available. Members can showcase their business even more by adding Events, Job Openings, Banner Ads and Online Offers directly to our website – at no charge. The Geneva Chamber website – a great place to promote your business! BUSINESS LISTING IN CHAMBER DIRECTORY As a Chamber member, your business will be listed in our business directory. This valuable resource for Geneva businesses and residents is direct-mailed to all Geneva households and businesses as well as to Chamber members outside of Geneva. Opportunities to advertise in the directory are available.

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BUSINESS REFERRALS Each year, the Chamber receives thousands of inquiries from visitors and residents for referrals. We constantly promote our members’ businesses. NEWS IN THE CHAMBER NEWSLETTER “SOUNDINGS” Let other Chamber members know what’s new or happening at your business via “SOUNDINGS,” the Chamber newsletter. This monthly vehicle gives your business exposure and allows you to keep other members abreast of new products or services, a new location, promotion or staff. BROCHURE & BUSINESS CARD RACK The brochure and business card racks at the Chamber of Commerce office and Visitor Center is utilized by many shoppers and tourists who visit Geneva. Keep us supplied with your most recent brochure or business card and we’ll display them in our brochure and business card racks – for members only! FACEBOOK PAGE The Geneva Chamber is loyal to its members. We only “like” and/or share news & events from member businesses to our Facebook page at Geneva, IL – Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. CHAMBER MAILING LIST Target your business-to-business advertising with the Chamber’s exclusive member list. This list is available to Chamber members at a surprisingly low cost. The Chamber updates the list weekly and includes the appropriate contact name. MARKETING AD-VANTAGE CO-OP PROGRAM By pooling resources and advertising cooperatively, participating members get more advertising exposure than they could individually. All Chamber members are invited to participate.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Scott Lebin Chairman of the Board Lebin Financial Planning Businesses invest $260 annually (billed quarterly) and in return receive: • Discounts on email, radio, print and other promotional opportunities • Increased foot traffic in Geneva • Marketing Services List MEMBER-TO-MEMBER EMAIL BLASTS Email blasts are individually designed and reach over 900 email addresses. Blasts are limited to be more effective. GENEVA VISITOR GUIDE The Chamber distributes 100,000 of this comprehensive guide at tourism kiosks throughout Illinois as well as in response to more than 10,000 requests from readers of Illinois Getaway Guide and other regional travel magazines. As a Chamber member you have the opportunity to enhance your listing and promote your business in this well-read guide. BANNER AD ON WEBSITE We receive thousands of visitors to our website each month. Attract their attention with a banner ad on our website. You can promote new merchandise, events, special offers or even job opportunities. GENEVA BOOK – DAILY HERALD TOWN SQUARE PUBLICATIONS Feature your business in this beautiful directmail and online publication that showcases the Chamber, advertisers/members and a profile of all Geneva has to offer. It is a useful reference for current residents as well as those individuals and businesses considering relocation to the area. Chamber members receive substantial discounts on ads in both vehicles. GENEVA FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIPS Get maximum exposure for your business by sponsoring one of the Chamber’s many festivals or events. Geneva festivals provide the opportunity to develop an effective marketing campaign. Your business will receive extensive visibility through on-site booth space, signage, mobile display units, sampling and hospitality opportunities and ad space in the official festival programs. Moving Ahead with a Sense of History

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NETWORKING

The value of networking cannot be underestimated. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce you will find a myriad of ways to get to know other members and communicate the benefits of your business or service.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Business After Hours is a popular monthly event (8x/year) and an important facet of Geneva Chamber of Commerce networking. Members get together to exchange business cards, make contacts, enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres and help promote business in Geneva. Who better to promote your business than you?

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LEAD GENERATION GROUPS A representative from each business category gets together twice a month to network and exchange business leads. It is an excellent vehicle for the promotion and marketing of committee members’ individual businesses. The groups meet bi-monthly.

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COMMITTEES Getting involved in one of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce committees helps Geneva, helps Geneva business, and helps YOUR business in Geneva. Volunteer for the committee that suits your talents and time commitments. It is a networking opportunity where everyone benefits! GENEVA WOMEN IN BUSINESS (GWIB) The third Tuesday of the month, business owners and associates gather for lunch, networking and educational and inspiring programs and events. All Chamber members are considered members of this popular committee. INDUSTRIAL GUIDE An industrial guide complete with area businesses and major employers is available free of charge.

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25N Coworking ............................................................................................................................................. 26 Allstate - Dan Ross Agency........................................................................................................................... 2 Carlson’s Flooring.......................................................................................................................................... 13 City of Geneva ............................................................................................................................................... 27 Crystal Life Technology, Inc. ....................................................................................................................... 14 El Molcajete Mexican Restaurant.............................................................................................................. 17 Fiora’s ................................................................................................................................................................. 6 Fox River Distilling Company ..................................................................................................................... 21 Fox Valley Orthopedics ................................................................................................................................ 25 Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery............................................................................................................. 14 Geneva Ale House .......................................................................................................................................... 5 Geneva Bank & Trust .................................................................................................................................... 11 Geneva Commons ........................................................................................................................................ 15 Geneva Dental, Ltd. ...................................................................................................................................... 24 Geneva Park District..................................................................................................................................... 20 Geneva Place ................................................................................................................................................... 5 Geneva Public Library District ................................................................................................................... 20 Geneva Smiles ............................................................................................................................................... 25 Halsa ................................................................................................................................................................ 14 Hemming & Sylvester Properties ................................................................................................................ 9 Hogan Design & Construction ................................................................................................................... 19 I.B. 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