The tranquil small-town vibe of Geneva, IL provides the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Come home to this charming Chicago suburb and enjoy a host of places to go and things to do with your family or friends.
Here are some of the top attractions and activities in the city:
Fairs and Festivals
Geneva residents regularly get together in the many festivals and events held in the city throughout the year, including:
- The Geneva Fine Arts Fair
Started in 2002, this prestigious 2-day event showcases the works of established and up-and-coming artists. Find them on display at more than 100 specialty shops housed in historic homes and buildings. Various art forms are represented, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textile, and glass. All art pieces are available for sale, and a jury selects winners for 2d and 3d media.
- Genevas Midsommar Festival
Known as the Granddaddy of Illinois festivals; this event celebrated its 70th year in June 2018, and continues to be the fun family festival everyone looks forward to each year. The Midsommar Fest relives Genevas Swedish heritage with carnival rides, live music and performances, food booths, and the Swedish Vast – a tent that displays and sells everything Swedish.
- Festival of the Vine
In this 3-day autumn event, guests can sample various wines from around the world, as well as delicious international specialties prepared by the citys top restaurateurs. The festival also features a flower market, an arts and crafts show, and live performances.
Parks, Reserves, and Recreation Centers
The Geneva Park District operates around 50 parks covering approximately 700 acres, and offers more than 3,500 recreation programs each year. Park facilities include playgrounds, picnic grounds, athletic fields, bike and pedestrian trails, and more. Some of the places to visit are:
- Peck Farm Park – This 385-acre nature retreat features a butterfly house, a nature playground, a sensory garden, a 19-acre wetland, hiking and biking trails, and so many more
- Mill Creek Pool – In addition to a 25-meter 5-lane flat water pool, Mill Creek Pool also boasts a water spray ground and a zero-depth pool with kid-friendly features
- Stone Creek Miniature Golf Course – This river-themed course has 18 holes with features like a windmill, a wishing well, and a running creek providing obstacles for a challenging game
The Fabyan Forest Preserve, located on the Fox River, is a popular site for fishing, jogging, and biking. It is also home to the Fabyan Villa Museum, which features artifacts and memorabilia about George and Nelly Fabyan, who were prominent residents of Geneva from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The preserve also includes the Fabyan Japanese Garden, a 100-year-old Japanese-style garden with traditional water and stone elements.
If you love sports, you’ll always find something to do in Geneva. The Fox Valley Ice Arena is a recreation skating destination that’s also home to several hockey teams. It hosts junior hockey league games and hockey programs for kids and adults.
The Pheasant Run Resort Golf is a par-72, 6500-yard public golf course winding through the valley. The Northwestern Medicine Field is the home of the Kane County Cougars, a professional minor league baseball team affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks.