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Dining, Shopping  & Exploring the Fox River Valley

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Discover what the Illinois cities of Batavia, Geneva & St Charles have to offer. Visit the restaurants and shops of these great communities in the Fox River Valley.

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Japanese Gardens in Geneva, IL along the Fox Rivers – Photo by Richard Ross

Often referred to as the Tri-Cities, these Fox River Valley towns are, individually and collectively, a paradise for diners and shoppers alike. And keep in mind, these three communities are all connected by a beautiful and serene walking and biking trail – oftentimes located on both sides of the Fox River! Rental bikes are available in all three towns. Explore the Fox Valley at your own pace and enjoy the memories for a lifetime. Rest assured, your first trip will not be your last!

A Little Fox River History

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Old cars in Geneva during movie filming – Photo by Yvonne Carpenter-Ross

Rising in the Halbach Swamp of southeastern Wisconsin, the Fox River flows some eighty-plus miles before entering the state of Illinois. Here it begins a southward journey that visits more than two dozen prominent communities before finally emptying into the Illinois River at Ottawa. The history of the river, as well as the towns that sprang up along it, is rich and storied.

Local Indian tribes – specifically the Potawatomi – had long roamed the area between Ottawa and far northern Illinois as early as 1812; a band of Potawatomi inhabited the area near Fort Dearborn, where Chicago was later developed.

Idyllic Setting

More importantly, the land on both sides of the Fox River was forested and fertile; it attracted settlers from both great and small distances who tilled the fertile soil, started families and businesses and created empires in towns like Geneva, Saint Charles and Batavia – among many others along the mighty Fox River.

Early on, people from Chicago would travel west to towns like St. Charles (and an idyllic setting in Saint Charles called Pottawatomie Park – brand new in 1912) on the weekends to enjoy an afternoon in “the country.” It seemed that the Fox River Valley was the place to be. It was then, and it still is, a favorite destination of folks from far and wide.

One of My Favorite Places

Having grown up in Geneva, I can attest to the fact that the Fox River Valley has always been one of my favorite places. The climate, the dining, the shopping and most importantly the people, have been but a few of the reasons I have settled here and stayed here.

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Between the two of us, we’ve spent almost 100 years living in the Tri-Cities! On the Fox is our combined effort to share with you everything that the Fox River Valley has to offer. We hope you enjoy the area… and the site; and that you come back often to see what’s new!

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