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Chairman of the Board’s Welcome Chamber Welcome Mayor’s Welcome Community Living Location & Transportation Tourism: Festivals & Attractions Lodging Shopping Dining Residential Living Recreation Arts & Entertainment Education Health Care Business Government Worship & Service Organizations Benefits of Chamber Membership Advertiser Index

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited.


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Chairman of the Board ’s Welcome

eneva is a community that takes pride in its reputation of creating events that have run continuously over the last six decades. Our Swedish Days Festival, Geneva Arts Fair, Festival of the Vine and Christmas Walk and House Tour at Christmas are a few of the many events that make our town a real “Picture Postcard.”

es, laugh and enjoy the feeling that occurs when neighbor welcomes neighbor. Ruth Reichl, a food editor, says: “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” Our Geneva Chamber of Commerce members try to share, each in a unique way, the wonderful nature of the “deliciousness” of spending time in downtown Geneva. We are proud of our city staff, our police department, our fire department, our local officials and our downtown merchants and eating venues. Our tapestry, Geneva, consists of a blending of vibrant experiences into a destination city in which all can enjoy friendship, laughter and the “delicious” nature of family life.

The events themselves have matured over time and are continually updated to adapt to a changing community and a changing audience. The one element that doesn’t change however, is the way all our events continue to bring people together to share experienc-

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Chamber Welcome

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, 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.

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.

Noted for its exceptional festivals and events, the community boasts four major festivals that have enjoyed a time-honored history of quality entertainment and high attendance. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the 67th Swedish Days Festival, the 15th Geneva Arts Fair, the 35th Festival of the Vine and the 59th Christmas Walk and House Tour. The Chamber also coordinates the January Restaurant Week and April City-Wide Geneva Garage Sale.

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 advantages of an area rich in opportunities, activities and appeal.

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Visit 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. Jean Gaines President Geneva Chamber of Commerce



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Mayor’s Welcome

ear Friends, Nine score and two years ago the City of Geneva was born. Throughout our 182 years, we have evolved, assimilated, endured and built a reputation as a community that remains in-touch with the history that helped define us. We also remain in-tune with the future that awaits us. Geneva’s success – its very brand – is often imitated but seldom duplicated. Our brand includes our government partners who provide excellent schools, highly regarded parks and recreation programs and an innovative and responsive library district. Geneva’s success also features residents of all ages engaged in civic and philanthropic affairs, industry partners that are market leaders, a healthy and diverse downtown business district and our physical environment.


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All those characteristics combined make our city the picture-perfect canvas to live, learn, work, play and raise a family. More than 200,000 visitors come to Geneva every year to experience our hospitality and warm welcome. Thanks to all Geneva has to offer, people return time and again for another dose of the Geneva brand, the same brand you helped make possible. My best, Kevin Burns Mayor City of Geneva


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Community Living

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 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 Geneva of today has preserved its charming historic essence, distinguished by peaceful tree-lined streets with many well-maintained homes from the mid- to late19th 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.

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.

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Location & Transportation


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 Chicago 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, 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.


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Tourism: Festivals & Attractions

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 68-year anniversary in 2017. 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 a 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 and carriage rides. The Flavor Fare features Geneva restaurants, plus musical entertainment. The Christmas Walk 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 roasted chestnuts and an old-fashioned candy cane pull. Coinciding with the Christmas Walk is our House Tour, a self-guided tour of five distinctive homes festively decorated for the holidays. 



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The Geneva Concours d’Elegance, the Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, 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

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 Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva. Family-friendly events include firework shows, human bowling, pedal car racing, giveaways, autographs from the players and the KidZone Playground. Enjoy fast-paced family fun at Fox Valley Ice Arena, September through May! Future college and pro stars play for the Chicago Steel in the nation’s best junior hockey league (USHL). Delve 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 award-winning educational programming as well as the stocked Archives and Reading Room. Tours are also offered through the city’s historic district. Visit the first legal distillery, Fox River Distilling Company, in Kane County since prohibition or learn more about the craft beers that our local brewery Penrose Brewing creates. Tours are offered at both. 


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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 Geneva shopping & entertainment district; Chicago Premium Outlet Mall; Northwestern Medicine Field, home of the Kane County Cougars; and Fox Valley Ice Arena, home of the Chicago Steel. 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 2016 Trip Advisor Award. In addition, the 2014 Gold Award by Choice Hotels International and is ranked in the top 10 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

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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 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 Best Western Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites, all in St. Charles, round out the lodging options available for an overnight, weekend or longer stay in the Fox Valley area.



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eneva, Illinois, is a shopper’s paradise. From our historic downtown to Geneva Commons you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

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Dining Guide

318 Coffeehouse 318 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 845-3180

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

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

Burger Local, The 577 S. Third St., Ste. 102, Geneva (630) 232-2806

All Chocolate Kitchen’s PRIMO 29 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-2280

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barrel & Rye 477 S. Third St., Ste. 184, Geneva (630) 402-0647

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

Colonial Cafe Restaurant & Creamery 552 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles (630) 443-8338 Deane’s Market & Deli 500 S. Third St., Ste. 141, Geneva (630) 402-0139 Early Light Café 11 E. State St., Geneva (630) 296-6690 Egg Harbor Cafe 477 S. Third St., Ste. 124, Geneva (630) 208-8940 El Molcajete on 3rd 227 S. Third St., Ste. 201 & 202, Geneva (630) 457-5348 Enticing Cuisine, LTD 12 S. Water St., Batavia (630) 761-0399 Fiora’s Restaurant 317 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 262-1317


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Firehouse Pizza & Grill 17 N. Fourth St., Geneva (630) 262-8000 Forever Yogurt Geneva 507 S. Third St., Ste. E (331) 248-8978 FoxFire Restaurant 17 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-1369 Fox River Distilling Company 204 Dearborn Ct., Unit 110, Geneva (630) 402-0027 FreshGround Roasting 321 Stevens St., Ste. N, Geneva (630) 457-4458 Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery 477 S. Third St., #100, Geneva (630) 232-9463 Gen Hoe Restaurant 537 E. State St., Geneva (630) 232-8350 Geneva Ale House 319 W. State St., Geneva (630) 262-3877 Moving Ahead with a Sense of History 3/21/2017 1:10:50 PM

Geneva Diner 14 S. Second St., Geneva (630) 232-1288 Geneva Wine Cellars & Tasting Room, LLC 227 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-8888 GIA MIA 13 N. Third St., Geneva (630) 405-5544 Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream 302 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-6655

Latest Crave Cupcake & Toffee Shop, The 227 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 262-8200 Little Owl Restaurant/Flagstone Crafts & Cocktails 101 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-7994 Little Traveler Atrium Café, The 404 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 232-4200 Livia Italian Eatery 207 S. Third St., Geneva

Niche 14 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 262-1000 Nosh 211 James St., Geneva (630) 845-1570 Old Towne Pub & Eatery 201 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-7962 Oscar Swan Country Inn 1800 W. State St., Geneva (630) 232-0173

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Shakou St. Charles 312 W. Main St., St. Charles (630) 444-0850

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

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

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

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

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

Inglenook Pantry Catering & Concessions Geneva (630) 377-0373

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

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

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

Houlihan’s 1322 Commons Dr., Geneva (630) 345-8000

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

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory 1308 Commons Dr., Geneva (630) 208-1484

McAlister’s Deli 1492 S. Randall Rd., Geneva (630) 402-0340

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

McDonald’s 1190 E. State St., Geneva (630) 232-1350

Penrose Brewing Company 509 Stevens St., Geneva (630) 232-2115

1812 S. Randall Rd., Geneva (630) 232-8239 Moveable Feast + Company 321 Franklin St., Geneva (630) 845-3287

Preservation Bread & Wine 513 S. Third St., Geneva (630) 208-1588 Riganato Old World Grille 700 E. State St., Geneva (331) 248-0191


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


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Residential Living

eneva is a place where old meets new – a trait that is evident in its residential living options. Impressive century-old 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. High-quality living, overlooking the greens, in Eagle Brook and Mill Creek, has made these top choices for families, 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 neighboring communities of Batavia and St. Charles. These facilities provide a full continuum of care to residents – from independent living and assisted living to skilled nursing, hospice and Alzheimer’s care. Arden Courts Memory Care Community, Autumn Leaves – A Memory Care Residence, Bria Health Services of Geneva, Delnor Glen Senior Living, Geneva Place – A Covenant Retirement Community, GreenFields of Geneva, The Holmstad, The Reserve of Geneva and Wedgewood Manor are among the exceptional senior living com-


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munities located within the region. Geneva Township Senior Center also offers services to the senior population. Whether it is the radiating hometown spirit, successful business district, exceptional schools, outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities or the countless other elements that compose this charming town; people are continually looking to Geneva as an attractive community in which to live.


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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 60 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 over 3,000 programs each year through the park district. Included in the seasonal offerings are programs for all age groups that include fitness, gymnastics, dance, nature education, arts and crafts, martial arts, special events, athletics, summer camps and senior activities and trips. The Sunset Racquetball & Fitness Center and Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center offer fitness centers, aerobic and dance studios and multi-purpose rooms. Additionally, the recreation center also features an indoor track and two full-court gymnasiums. Sunset Pool, Mill Creek Pool, Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course, The Links Disc Golf Course and Peck Farm Park are among the district’s other popular facilities. Peck Farm Park is 385-acre park that includes trails for hiking and biking, a sensory garden, a 19-acre lake and a butterfly house open

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in summer. Peck Farm Park is a leader in providing environmental education offering a wide variety of events such as camps, field trips, family and adult programs to increase awareness of conservation and the importance of protecting our green space.

Also on the grounds, the 1869 Peck House features a discovery room and a history gallery with a 10-minute movie and interactive exhibits about the history of the Peck family. A silo has been converted into an observation tower that offers commanding views of the park. Hawks Hollow, a unique environmental educational playground invites children and families to explore, touch, climb, learn and play using their imaginations while experiencing the smells, textures and wonders of the natural world. Peck Farm Park is a unique park found in an urban environment that offers residents and visitors a place to slow down and enjoy quality time surrounded by nature. For more information, visit 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 Hawk Country Club. 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, including events throughout the year.

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intimate arena. The 79-seat Steel Beam Theatre, located in St. Charles, has musicals, plays, improvisational comedy and children’s theater. 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.

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 theater, Playhouse 38, showcases talent in an

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eneva Community Unit School District 304 continues to build on its “Tradition of Excellence” to prepare its nearly 6,000 students for success in a constantly changing and increasingly globalized world. Collaboration among its 10 schools – one preschool, one high school, two middle schools, and six neighborhood elementary schools – helps students reach the district’s vision of developing self-directed, lifelong learners; effective communicators; complex, creative and adaptive thinkers; and collaborative and productive citizens. In Geneva 304, staff and students are empowered to challenge themselves, take risks and learn and grow from their failures. Geneva School District’s test scores continually outpace state averages and its success is directly reflected in the accomplishments and awards achieved each year by students and faculty. Caring commitment and support for each student’s academic and social-emotional needs are a major part of Geneva 304. In 2016, Geneva School District was ranked the 12th Best School District in Illinois by Niche, placing it in the top three percent of districts in the country. In addition to its academic success, Geneva 304 students continuously excel in athletics, music, theater and a host of other extracurricular activities. 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. Alternatives to public education are readily available for Geneva students. St. Peter Elementary School (pre-K-8) and Mansio Montessori of Geneva are 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 ages and stages of life, connecting the community to discover, inspire, and grow. The library serves more than 30,500 residents of Geneva and the surrounding area. Supplementing the library’s robust collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital material (eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic, etc.) is an assortment of exceptional programs for adults, children and teens offered throughout the year. Additional resources include tablets and digitizing equipment available to use in the library or to check out. The online catalog offers homework help for kids of all ages, as well as hundreds of other resources for research, lifelong learning, job finding and more. For more information, visit the library’s website at

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Delnor Hospital is a 159-bed acute-care facility in Geneva, with a medical staff that includes nearly 600 physicians in 60 specialties providing comprehensive medical care. Delnor was the first hospital in Illinois to earn nursing Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence and is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is home to a state-of-the-art Cancer Center and its Breast Health Center was first to be recognized by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) through the American College of Surgeons. Through an affiliation with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Delnor Hospital also 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.

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Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora features private rooms for inpatients and a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center with robotic and minimally invasive surgery. The hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center and an accredited Chest Pain Center, and is known for its Cardiovascular Institute for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of heart disease.

Committed to the community, FVO volunteers as the team doctor for seven local high schools and is the official team physician group for the Kane County Cougars. Since opening in 1973, FVO has continued to grow and expand community access to care, recently launching OrthoFirst: walk-in care for same day orthopedic injuries. (

Supplementing these larger health care systems are specialized resources such as the Tri-Cities Surgery Center, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine and the Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, as well as a broad selection of skilled health care professionals with established practices in the area, including dental, ophthalmology, chiropractic, audiology, podiatry and counseling services.

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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), Northwestern Medicine – Central DuPage Hospital & Delnor Hospital, Continental Envelope, FONA International, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Peacock Foods, Miner Enterprises, Gordon Flesch Company and Riverbank Laboratories, 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 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 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.

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he forward-thinking City of Geneva operates under a mayor-council form of government composed of a mayor and 10 aldermen representing five wards. The City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in order to discuss matters of business and policy concerning the community. The Committee of the Whole meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

The community works closely with local government in order to enhance the quality of life enjoyed in Geneva. Citizen participation is highly encouraged at the monthly City Council meetings and through nearly a dozen city boards, committees and commissions that cover various initiatives such as cultural arts, beautification and historic preservation. Community safety and prevention is safeguarded by both the Geneva Police Department and the Geneva Fire Department. Thirty-six dedicated, professional, compassionate sworn officers comprise the Geneva Police Department, as well as 13 equally dedicated, professional and compassionate civilian employees. In addition to 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, that number has increased to more than 60 members with three administrators, 20 full-time and 46 paid-on call firefighters. The department provides a wide array of emergency and non-emergency services to the community that include fire suppression, paramedic-based 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 and 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 remarkable architecture of the early churches adds considerably to the historic charm of this lovely riverfront community.

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In addition to the programs and services offered through the area’s churches, Geneva is home to numerous branches of wellknown and local organizations. These nonprofit 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


Geneva Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 481 8 S. Third St. Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 232-6060 Geneva Visitor Center 10 S. Third St. Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 232-6060 Jean Gaines President Krista Andersen Member Services & Volunteer Coordinator Judy Carroll Membership Director/Director of Festival & Event Sponsorships Robyn Chione Office Manager Laura Rush Communications Manager Jeanne Sawtell Member Services & Events Coordinator


ot only does the Geneva Chamber of Commerce contribute to the vitality of the business community as a whole, it can also contribute to the success of your individual business. Benefits to your company include the following:

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, 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. 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


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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! SOCIAL MEDIA The Geneva Chamber is loyal to its members. We only “like” and/or share news and events from member businesses to our Facebook page at Geneva, IL – Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and our Instagram and Twitter account, both at GenevaILChamber. CHAMBER MAILING LIST Target your business-to-business advertising with the Chamber’s exclusive member list. 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 Moving Ahead with a Sense of History 3/21/2017 1:11:02 PM


members are invited to participate. 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 This comprehensive guide is widely circulated at tourism kiosks throughout Illinois as well as in response to thousands of 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 direct-mail 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. 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. 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? 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. 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. RISING PROFESSIONALS NETWORK (RPN) Rising professionals will improve networking skills, public speaking skills, management skills, etc. through regular meetings, networking events, mentorship opportunities and volunteer programs.

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Scott Lebin Chairman of the Board Lebin Financial Planning Mark Spero Vice Chairman Money Mailer of Fox River Valley Lisa Nelson Secretary Carlson’s Flooring Susan Huang Treasurer Fox Valley eValues & Deals Jamie Daniel Member Emerita Jim Emma Nova Communications Jean Gaines Geneva Chamber of Commerce Gordon Hard Valley Insurance Agency George Havlicek Geneva ACE Hardware Neil Johnson SVN Landmark Commercial Real Estate, LLC Robert Langeness Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva Jesse Mercado The Herrington Inn & Spa Michael D. Olesen Stockholm’s Tim Riley Riley Drug Martha Sanchez State Street Jewelers Mike Simon The Little Traveler Darla Yhost Geneva Bank & Trust


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