Located on the western edge of the Chicago suburbs, Geneva is a blossoming city in the “tri-city” area. Composed of St. Charles, Batavia, and Geneva, it is quickly becoming a popular area for new residents, due to the extreme growth in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Geneva was first settled by Daniel Shaw Haight in the early 1830s, and it was chosen for its convenient location along the Fox River. In 1836, Geneva was named the county seat of Kane County, a distinction it still holds today. In 1837, the town was platted and officially named Geneva. Although the exact origins of the name are unknown, it is believed that the town was named after Geneva, Ney Work. Just over 20 years later, in 1858, Geneva was incorporated as a village. It has been an important city for business since its inception. Initially, Geneva was known for its butter, cheese, grains and meatpacking, although the town’s identity has morphed over the years, bringing it to the primarily suburban city it is today.
The average sales price of a single-family home in Geneva in 2014 was $346,099.
In 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek named Geneva “The Best Place to Raise a Child in Illinois,” and a large part of this is due to its outstanding public school system. Geneva School District 304 is comprised of nine schools, including: six elementary schools, two middle schools, and Geneva High School. Geneva is located within driving distance of two international airports: O’Hare and Midway, as well as the DuPage Airport. Bus service is available throughout Geneva via the PACE system, with three routes running through the city. The city also has a stop on Metra’s Union Pacific/West line, offering daily service into Chicago, and ending west in Elburn.
Geneva is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, thanks to its location along the pristine Fox River. With plentiful shops and restaurants along the riverwalk, downtown Geneva attracts guests of all ages. One of the most historic sites in Geneva is the Fabyan Windmill, an authentic and operational Dutch windmill, originally built in the 1850s. Standing nearly 70 feet tall, the windmill is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is in near perfect condition. Geneva is home to an extensive parks department, with over 30 parks in the system. With bike/walking trails, athletic fields, aquatic, community, fitness and recreation centers, a skate park and a disc golf course, the Geneva Park District serves over 40,000 people every year, making it one of the most extensive parks departments in the area.
22 S. First St., Geneva, IL 60134
26 S 3rd St., Geneva, IL 60134
Geneva Public Library District
27 James St., Geneva, IL 60134
Kane County Chronicle
710 Western Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
Line: Union Pacific West (UP-W)
Delnor Community Hospital
300 Randall Rd., Geneva, IL