"Quaint Little Geneva" Geneva by TRimer

Geneva Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 14 photos

Geneva, Illinois is located in Kane County on the Fox River. This city of 19,000 is located 40 miles west of Chicago which is about an hour drive from downtown.

Geneva is well known in the region as quaint, charming historic town. Part of what creates Geneva?s character is its historic architecture. Very few large, ornate homes exist in Geneva. In contrast, most of the architecture is conservative and plain, yet always well maintained. Trees and yards are an integral part of Geneva?s sense of place. Geneva still retains a large number of its mid-to-late 19th century homes. Many are in specific architectural styles such as Italianate, Greek Revival, and Queen Anne. Many of the older houses are of a common vernacular and built in some part with locally quarried stone found along the river. These separate styles blend together to create an atmosphere of refined and understated elegance, perhaps reflecting the taste of the New England roots of Geneva?s earliest settlers.

Part of the charm of Geneva is its thriving downtown business district which features more than 100 specialty shops located in historic storefronts and Victorian-style homes. Shoppers delight in finding unique clothing, accessories, gifts, and art, and enjoy superb dining in one of the many distinctive restaurants.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic town
  • Cons:Long drive from downtown Chicago
  • In a nutshell:A great day's getway from the big city
  • Last visit to Geneva: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Hi I was in Geneva and previously lived in G. Its good that you tell me there is another Geneva in the USA.

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