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Area Description

The quaint city of Geneva is a growing Chicago suburb offering the best of both worlds: a deep appreciation for its rich past and an enthusiastic outlook for its promising future. Today, Geneva is home to approximately 22,000 residents and welcomes thousands of visitors annually who take pleasure in its distinctive hometown atmosphere. With its location along the scenic Fox River, Geneva benefits from a beautiful backdrop for its charming shopping district, year-round festivals and a myriad of recreational opportunities.

The Geneva of today has preserved its charming historic essence, distinguished by peaceful tree-lined streets with many well-maintained homes from the mid- to late-19th Century. While this unique historical character remains intact, Geneva has experienced thoughtful development with the incorporation of superior educational and healthcare resources, vibrant arts and cultural offerings and a dynamic business climate.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The peaceful environment of Geneva offers residents and guests an unmatched escape from the fast-paced world of today. From perusing through the shops and restaurants of the historic downtown district to whiling away a day at one of the city’s beautiful park sites, visitors have endless possibilities when it comes to spending time in Geneva. For those craving a bit more excitement, Geneva offers four highly acclaimed annual festivals.

Geneva’s location along the 33-mile Fox River Trail offers easy access for bikers, hikers, joggers and cross-country skiers. Destinations reachable via this smooth-surface trail include the Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve and Nature Center, the Fabyan Forest Preserve, the Villa Museum and the Japanese Garden. Outdoor enthusiasts can also take advantage of the 17-mile Great Western Trail and the 12-mile Virgil L. Gilman Nature Trail. Each of these trails is open year-round and provides visitors with the opportunity to view wildlife and native plant life throughout the changing seasons.

The Geneva Park District provides recreational programs, facilities, and open space that enhances the quality of life for residents of all age groups and abilities.

The Geneva Park District manages nearly 50 parks totaling more than 700 acres. Additionally, more than 35,000 toddlers, youths, teens, adults and seniors participate in over 2,500 programs annually. Included in the seasonal offerings are arts and crafts, athletics, cultural arts, dance, environmental education, fitness, gymnastics, martial arts, special events, summer camps, and senior activities and trips.

In addition to recreational programming, the Geneva Park District manages two BestLife Fitness centers, located inside the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center and Sunset Community Center. Other Geneva Park District facilities include Mill Creek Pool, Sunset Pool, Stone Creek Miniature Golf, The Links Disc Golf Course, Playhouse 38 Theater, and Peck Farm Park.

Peck Farm Park is a unique and picturesque park in Geneva. It is a leader in providing environmental education, offering a wide variety of special events, camps, field trips, and family, youth and adult programs.

Peck Farm Park is a full-day destination that features a 385-acre park that includes trails, a sensory garden, a lake, and a butterfly house. Also on the grounds, the 1869 Peck House features a discovery room and a history gallery. A silo has been converted into an observation tower that offers commanding views of the park. Hawks Hollow, a unique environmental educational playground, invites children and families to explore, touch, climb, learn and play using their imaginations while experiencing the smells, textures and wonders of the natural world. Peck Farm Park is a unique park found in an urban environment that offers residents and visitors a place to slow down and enjoy quality time surrounded by nature.

For more information about Geneva Park District events, facilities and programs, please visit genevaparks.org

Golfers have their choice of several public and private golf courses in Geneva. Eagle Brook Country Club and Geneva Golf Club each provide the setting for an enjoyable day on the greens regardless of skill level. Golfers can also take advantage of nearby courses including St. Charles’ Pheasant Run Resort and The Hawk Country Club.

The Fox Valley Ice Arena and Fitness Center is one of the premier family ice sports complexes in the Greater Chicagoland Area featuring one NHL Rink, one International Rink and a fitness center providing health, fitness and now medical services all in one location. Viewing events include ice skating competitions and hockey games. Classes and public skating is available year round.

Sports enthusiasts looking for an exciting day at the ballpark revel in the offerings of the Kane County Cougars, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cougars take on team rivals at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva. Family-friendly events include firework shows, human bowling, pedal car racing, giveaways, autographs from the players and the KidZone Playground.

Enjoy fast-paced family fun at Fox Valley Ice Arena, September through May! Future college and pro stars play for the Chicago Steel in the nation’s best junior hockey league (USHL).

Delve into the area’s history with a trip to the Geneva History Museum. The 17,000-square-foot center opened its doors in 2004 and is bursting with award-winning educational programming as well as the stocked Archives and Reading Room. Tours are also offered through the city’s historic district.

Visit Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden located in the Fabyan Forest Preserve or tour our local brewery, Penrose Brewing and learn more about the craft beers that they create.

Geneva, Illinois, is a shopper’s paradise. From our historic downtown to Geneva Commons you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Our downtown boasts over 100 specialty shops, many in historic storefronts and charming Victorian-style homes. With each new season, Geneva merchants fill their shops with exclusive treasures from all over the world. Come see for yourself and visit us soon! High-end fashions, exquisite jewels, European antiques, original works of art, face and skin products, unique food items and one-of-a-kind gifts are among the many items offered by downtown merchants.

The Randall Road Corridor, located less than three miles west of downtown Geneva, is home to many major retailers carrying everything from home improvement supplies and sporting goods to clothing and beauty needs. Geneva Commons, an upscale, open-air shopping center positioned along Randall Road, offers more than 65 diverse businesses. Nearly a dozen restaurants and cafés line the sidewalks of Geneva Commons providing plenty of options for a quick bite to eat or a relaxing sit-down meal. Visit genevachamber.com for a full listing of shopping options.

Bring your appetite with you when you come to Geneva! You’ll want to sample all we have to offer. Choose from 5-star restaurants, casual bistros and fine chocolatiers to cozy coffee houses, tempting bakeries and gourmet carry-out. You’re sure to satisfy your cravings at one or more of Geneva’s rich variety of restaurants, eateries or catering options.

With the diversity of cuisine, dining in Geneva is more than a meal, it is an experience. Gather at landmark establishments, in casual or sophisticated settings, where welcoming staff treat you like part of the family.

Fine wine lists, unique beers, signature specials, and tempting treats offer interesting choices for everyone. Snack on miniature pastries, chocolate fondue, homemade ice cream, cupcakes, popcorn and other delicious treats throughout the afternoon.

Geneva’s location along the 33-mile Fox River Trail offers easy access for bikers, hikers, joggers and cross-country skiers. Destinations reachable via this smooth-surface trail include the Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve and Nature Center, the Fabyan Forest Preserve, the Villa Museum, and the Japanese Garden. Outdoor enthusiasts can also take advantage of the 17-mile Great Western Trail and the 12-mile Virgil L. Gilman Nature Trail. Each of these trails is open year-round and provides visitors with the opportunity to view wildlife and native plant life throughout the changing seasons.

Graduating seniors and adults looking to continue their education are afforded several options within a 30-mile range of Geneva. Nearby Sugar Grove is home to the main campus of Waubonsee Community College (WCC). WCC offers students a wide selection of two-year transfer and career education degree programs, along with numerous one-semester certificate programs. WCC also provides Adult Education and Community Education programs, plus a range of Workforce Development offerings. Further higher learning opportunities are available at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb, and the private, liberal arts institutions of Wheaton College, North Central College in Naperville, Aurora University and Benedictine University in Lisle.

Cultural Activities

The City of Geneva and its neighboring communities are home to an abundance of top-notch cultural venues and activities, including events throughout the year.

The downtown art galleries, as well as the active Cultural Arts Commission combine their forces to make Geneva and the greater Fox Valley area a worthy destination for those who enjoy the visual and performing arts. Geneva’s hometown theater, Playhouse 38, showcases talent in an intimate arena.
The 79-seat Steel Beam Theatre, located in St. Charles, has musicals, plays, improvisational comedy and children’s theater.

Pheasant Run Resort offers a 320-seat amphitheater setting the stage for an amazing night of entertainment, music, and fun. In addition, the resort is home to Zanies Comedy Club. The Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin provides the western Chicago suburbs with a stellar line-up of entertainers each season. The center features a 1,200-seat theater that hosts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and has attracted a number of big name performers throughout the years.

Geneva Public Library District invites the community to take advantage of the programs, resources, and services their library card provides. The library district serves more than 30,500 residents of Geneva and the surrounding area. Supplementing the library’s robust collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital material (eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic, etc.) is an assortment of exceptional programs for adults, children, and teens offered throughout the year. The library also provides book club service, from ordering books to supplying discussion kits; personal reading lists for all ages; laptops, tablets, and digitization equipment for use in the library or at home, and much more. The library's online catalog offers homework help for kids of all ages, as well as hundreds of other resources for research, lifelong learning, job finding and more. Learn more by visiting the library’s website at www.gpld.org.

Public transportation

Geneva is one of the stops on the west line from Chicago. Rental cars and taxis are available in Geneva. Geneva is one of the PACE bus stops between neighboring suburbs. There are two Chicago airports, Geneva is about 1 hour from each.

Geneva, the designated seat of Kane County, enjoys an ideal suburban location along the great Fox River, approximately 45 miles west of Chicago. Local travel is convenient via several main thoroughfares. Highways 25 and 31 offer a direct connection to the neighboring cities of St. Charles to the north and Batavia to the south. State Street (IL Route 38) winds its way through Geneva, providing an efficient route to Chicago and those cities lying to the east and west. In addition, Geneva’s location within the Chicagoland area offers easy access to Interstates 88 and 90 that in turn, link commuters to Interstates 290, 294 and 355.
These major roadways, coupled with passenger service, make Geneva a prime location for commuters and businesses. Geneva is served by the Metra Union Pacific/West Line, a commuter train offering transportation to Chicago’s Ogilvie Transportation Center and to the many communities located along the route. Commercial air travel is accessible within a one hour’s drive of Geneva.

Chicago’s O’Hare International and Midway International Airports offer hundreds of daily flights to destinations across the globe. Corporate travel is provided through DuPage Airport in nearby West Chicago and through Aurora Municipal Airport located just 30 minutes south of Geneva.

Medical Facilities

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is part of Northwestern Medicine, a growing, nationally recognized health system that provides world-class care at seven hospitals and more than 100 locations in communities throughout Chicago and the north and west suburbs. Together with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, more than 27,500 clinical and administrative staff, medical and science faculty, and medical students advance a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

Delnor Hospital is a 159-bed acute-care facility in Geneva, with a medical staff that includes nearly 600 physicians in 60 specialties providing comprehensive medical care. Delnor Hospital was the first hospital in Illinois to receive Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. The hospital is home to a state-of-the-art cancer center, and its Breast Health Center was first to be recognized by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) through the American College of Surgeons.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offers a range of leading-edge pediatric specialty care in a convenient neighborhood setting.

For 45 years Fox Valley Orthopedics has been committed to the community. Our orthopedic surgeons volunteer as the team doctor for seven local high schools and are the official team physicians for the Kane County Cougars. We also offer walk-in care 6 days a week for sports injuries as well as any bone, muscle, or joint pain or injury. (Ortho1st.com)

Our 12 orthopedic surgeons treat the full range of orthopedic conditions, including minimally invasive total joint surgery, minimally invasive arthroscopy, 3-piece total ankle replacement, platelet rich plasma therapy, and cartilage restoration. To learn more, visit Fvortho.com or call (630) 584-1400

Supplementing these larger health care systems are specialized resources such as the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine and the Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, as well as a broad selection of skilled health care professionals with established practices in the area, including dental, ophthalmology, chiropractic, audiology, podiatry and counseling services.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Geneva, Illinois?

For those of you that retire in Geneva, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 20's and highs in the low 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's. You may have a few days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Geneva such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Geneva!

Summertime in Geneva is a great time to enjoy your retirement with an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Geneva, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  15  23  30
 Feb  19  27  35
 Mar  28  38  47
 Apr  38  49  60
 May  48  60  71
 Jun  59  70  81
 Jul  63  73  84
 Aug  61  72  82
 Sep  53  64  75
 Oct  41  52  63
 Nov  31  40  48
 Dec  19  27  34

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  29  4
 Feb  0  25  2
 Mar  0  21  0
 Apr  0  7  0
 May  1  1  0
 Jun  3  0  0
 Jul  5  0  0
 Aug  3  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  5  0
 Nov  0  16  0
 Dec  0  27  3

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  9  18 %
 Feb  2 "  8  20 %
 Mar  2 "  10  28 %
 Apr  4 "  12  37 %
 May  4 "  12  47 %
 Jun  4 "  11  58 %
 Jul  4 "  9  63 %
 Aug  4 "  10  63 %
 Sep  4 "  8  54 %
 Oct  3 "  10  42 %
 Nov  3 "  10  33 %
 Dec  2 "  11  22 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  10 "  19  7
 Feb  6 "  12  5
 Mar  4 "  4  3
 Apr  1 "  0  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  1
 Dec  9 "  12  6

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Cost of Living for Geneva, IL

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Senior Housing Options

Geneva is a place where old meets new—a trait that is evident in its residential living options. Impressive century-old Victorian manors line the streets of historic downtown Geneva, offering a glimpse into the community’s rich past. A wide assortment of home styles can be found along the banks of the Fox River and throughout the downtown area. Large estates, post-war bungalows, remodeled farmhouses and 50s-era ranch dwellings, as well as modern homes, condominiums and townhome complexes, combine to make Geneva’s landscape an eclectic mix of design elements.

Newer home developments have sprouted up as well, with notable neighborhoods located in Eagle Brook and Mill Creek. These exquisite communities bring together high-quality living overlooking the greens, making them top choices for retirees and golf enthusiasts. Those who are looking for senior living or assisted care facilities will find an array of choices in Geneva and in the neighboring communities of Batavia and St. Charles. These facilities provide a full continuum of care to residents—from independent living and assisted living to skilled nursing and hospice care. Arden Courts, Autumn Leaves – A Memory Care Residence, Bickford Assisted Living, Crossings at Geneva, Delnor Glen Senior Living, Geneva Place – A Convenant Retirement Community, Geneva Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, GreenFields of Geneva, The Holmstad and The Reserve of Geneva are among the exceptional senior living communities located within the region. ConvenantCare at Home and Geneva Township Senior Center also offer services to the senior population. Whether it is the radiating hometown spirit, successful business district, exceptional schools, outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities or the countless other elements that compose this charming town; people are continually looking to Geneva as an attractive community in which to live.

Senior Assistance in Geneva, IL

Geneva, Illinois offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Geneva Offer For Retirees?

Geneva has many non-profits that are always looking for volunteers. In addition, Geneva Chamber's festivals require hundreds of volunteers and the City of Geneva has many committees that are volunteer based.

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