Geneva, Illinois

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The City of Geneva: Overview

Located about 45 miles due west of Chicago, Geneva is part of the Tri-Cities area of Kane County, which includes neighboring Fox River Valley cities of St. Charles and Batavia. As a part of the outer collar suburbs of Chicago, Geneva has experienced steady growth over the past 50 years, all while preserving its welcoming, small-town feel.

Around Geneva

Geneva is the county seat of Kane County and has long been an important commercial center of the region. The city is also a popular tourist destination with its picturesque location along the Fox River, complemented by an impressive network of public parks and trails. Residents are drawn to Geneva for its ideal location, stellar public schools, and unique historic charm.

The cost of living Geneva is higher than the national average and somewhat more expensive than neighboring communities in Kane County. Home prices reflect the desirability of the area and sales and property taxes are marginally higher than other cities in the region. This higher cost of living is offset by very good public schools and well-maintained roads and public utilities.

Geneva is something of a commuter's paradise. It sits at the intersection of several major roadways, is near Interstate 88, and is serviced by the Union Pacific West Metra, which boasts frequent local and express trains to and from Chicago. Illinois Route 31 and Route 25 run north to south along the Fox River and, to the west, Randall Road is a major north/south thoroughfare through Kane County. Illinois Route 38 runs from east to west through the city and continues west throughout the entire state.

Geneva School District 304 serves the city with six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. GreatSchools ratings for the district are excellent, with scores of 8-10 seen throughout the area. Geneva is also home to a number of Montessori schools and preschools, along with several private and faith-based elementary schools. Waubonsee Valley Community College is just to the south in Sugar Grove and Northern Illinois University is about 25 miles to the west.

Downtown Geneva is a well-preserved, historic neighborhood on the Fox River. Visitors from around the region are drawn to its many quaint shops and and varied restaurants, as well as a craft brewery and well-kept public parks with an extensive network of walking and cycling trails. The Swedish Days Festival is held annually in late June and attracts thousands of visitors who come for the food, handicrafts, and celebration of the area's early Swedish settlers. The Kane County Cougars, a Minor League Baseball team, play at Northwestern Medicine Field during the summer. The games are a popular attraction for families and sports fans throughout the county.


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