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Dining, Shopping  & Exploring the Fox River Valley

Batavia, Illinois

Batavia, IL offers much to residents and visitors alike (read more below). But don’t make the trip solely for the history, culture, festivals, arts and local flavour, or even a relaxing bike trip along the scenic Fox River. Come to Batavia, Illinois for the excellent restaurants, inviting shops and all the wonderful people that make it a friendly place to visit!

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The Depot Museum in Batavia, Illinois – Photo by Yvonne Carpenter-Ross

Restaurants & Shops of Batavia, IL

Batavia offers a vibrant downtown area with the scenic Fox River flowing right through it. Of the numerous dining choices, many great restaurants are located right next to the river and several offer outdoor seating. The views are truly outstanding! Many other restaurants are located in various parts of the downtown and near-downtown area. Cuisine choices are many and varied. Check out selections on our Batavia, IL restaurant page.

Shops in Batavia are located on both sides of the Fox River, and all are located within easy walking distance of one another. There are plenty of choices, from antiques to art to specialty retail and much more. Check out our page of Batavia, IL shops!

And keep in mind there are even more great restaurants and shops along Randall Road that are all distinctly part of the City of Batavia, IL!

Events & Festivals of Batavia, IL

Like its up-river sisters, Batavia features numerous special events and festivals throughout the year. Celebrations like Windmill City Festival, Art in Your Eye, Restaurant Week, Farmers Market, and Boo-Boo Days are just a few of the many fine events brought to the City’s residents and visitors to Batavia every year. Check out our Calendar of Events page for a more comprehensive list!

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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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