Introduction to Geneva, Illinois
Geneva, Illinois, in Kane county, is 8 miles N of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 33 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The city is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 19,515 people lived in Geneva.
The area now known as Geneva was originally inhabited by the Prairie and Illinois Pottawatomi tribes. The first modern settler, Daniel Shaw Haight, arrived in this area in 1830. He built a cabin near the Fox Area and settled down there. The settlement was named Big Spring. Haight sold his claim to James and Charity Herrington in 1835. The Herringtons played a significant role in the establishment of the town of Geneva. It was incorporated as a city in 1887.
Geneva and nearby Attractions
- Island Park
- Lincoln Highway
- Geneva Historical Society Museum
- Garfield Farm Museum
- Norris Nature Preserve
- St. Charles Country Club
Things To Do In Geneva
Geneva is reputed as a tourist destination. It is located in a scenic area along the Fox River. It is a lively city with several shops and restaurants. It also has an extensive bike trail which includes portions of the Fox River Trail. The Geneva Park District includes 50 parks and is spread over 700 acres. It offers approximately 3,000 programs annually. In addition, the park district also offers playgrounds, bike/pedestrian trails, a recreation center, and a skate park.
Domestic and international flights are available from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Geneva Higher Education
Elgin Community College, Wabaunsee Community College, North Central College, and Wheaton College are all located within a radius of 15 miles.