Exploring Geneva, IL






The city of Geneva IL is the county seat of Kane County. A charming town of close to 22,000 people, it is 36 miles west of downtown Chicago. It has a charming downtown with a number of restaurants and shops. It is a great day trip or weekend getaway from the city. My top finds include:

Where to Eat in Geneva:

A.C.K.- All Chocolate Kitchen: 33 S.Third: The popular restaurant in downtown Geneva that features, ice cream, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolates. They also feature crepes, waffles and a Sunday brunch. They are expanding next door in what will be All Chocolate Kitchen’s Primo, which will feature small plates, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, wines from family-run vineyards and desserts. The ice cream and their gourmet hot chocolate on a cold afternoon was wonderful!!

The Patten House of Geneva: This  restaurant and bar at 124 S. Second St. is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. Set in a recently restored mansion, they feature a number of soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees with a cajun touch. I loved my duck entree with grits and a fig reduction.

Graham’s 318 Coffeehouse: At 318 S. Third St., this is a fun, casual spot for coffee, ice cream and lunch items. Enjoy a chocolate fondue in front of the fireplace. Next door at 302 S. Third St. is the popular, Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream, opened in 1987. Here you can watch as they make homemade chocolates and candies. They also feature homemade ice cream and Italian sodas.

Since 2007, Nosh is a fun spot for breakfast or lunch at 211 James St. Niche is also a popular choice at 14 S.Third St. Barrel + Rye at 477 S. Third St. is also popular American bistro open for dinner.

Buttermilk at 7 W. State is also well-known for breakfast and lunch.

Shopping in Geneva:

Geneva has a good number of antique stores, gift shops and home accessories stores. Our top finds include:

The Gift Box: Since 1947 this is a store featuring Scandinavian imports and gifts at 310 W. State.

Artemisia for antiques, home accessories, art, clothing and jewelry. 101 S. Third St.

The Little Traveler gift shop at 404 S. Third St. is also very popular.

Beer and wine drinkers will enjoy:

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, 477 S. Third St. in Dodson Place: I enjoyed tasting their wines in Galena in 2014 and was pleased to find their tasting room in Geneva. Their friendly staff can assist you through a tasting of their white and red wines. I recommend the Chambourcin, a full-bodied red.

Stockholm’s Brewpub: At 306 W.State, this is a casual restaurant and microbrewery that makes a number of pilsners, ales, porters and more.

Penrose Brewing Company, 509 Stevens St.: Enjoy the taproom or take a tour of the brewery of this well-known local microbrewery

To stay in Geneva:

Local friends recommend the Herrington Inn & Spa, a lovely hotel property along the Fox river if you want to enjoy a special weekend getaway. If not you might try their Atwater’s restaurant for a meal or afternoon tea.