Spring 2014

In This Issue
Geneva Named 'Best Place To Live'
Brush Program Schedule Change
'Art on Fire' Program Returns
New 3rd Ward Alderman Joins Council
Route 38 Railroad Overpass
Celebrate Earth Day April 12
Student Government Day
2014-15 Budget Approved
GBN Features New Programs
Third Street Pedestrian Mall Coming
Fire Department News
Community Development Department News
Administrative Services Department News
Police Department News
Public Works Department News
Economic Development Department News
Liquor Licensing Sessions 

The City of Geneva will be hosting two liquor licensing informational sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at City Hall Council Chambers, 109 James St. The sessions are free, but registration is required. More information.

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Thank You for Your Donation!
The City would like to thank the following donors to the Geneva Beautification Committee:


American Legion Post 75
A. T. Cord & Company
Jean A. Beckmann
Chuck and Judy Carroll
Terry and Dorothy Flanagan
Geneva Women's Club
Graham's Chocolates
Sam and Carolyn Hill
Ira Jones Company Family
The Paper Merchant, Steve Burnham
Rotary Club of Geneva
Carl F. Safanda, Attorney
State Street Jewelers
Stockholm's Vardshus, Inc.
Jim and Sherri Weitl in Memory of Robert Anderson


Mayor's Message 
Dear Neighbors,


As spring beckons, I am still reeling from the long, cold and snowy winter we have all endured.


And, who better to celebrate the change of seasons than those whom I refer to fondly as "Geneva's Snow Team."


In recognizing their good work and celebrating the conclusion of a budget-busting winter season, I take liberty at sharing the famous words of poet Robert Frost and the final two stanza's of the enduring poem entitled, "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening:"


He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.


The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


And miles they went...more than 200 street miles and scores of downtown sidewalks during each and every snow event Geneva experienced this winter.


Their sleep was interrupted, abbreviated and above all unpredictable.


But travel they did so all of us could go about our daily routine of commuting to work, running errands or simply visiting family and friends.


Now, the sound of their "harness bells" will disappear as warmer weather replaces the polar-vortex and feet of snow.


So, kudos to "Geneva's Snow Team!" You have earned the appreciation of residents and businesses that call Geneva home and, perhaps most noteworthy, a full night's rest.   



My best,




Kevin Burns
 Geneva Recognized As 'Best Place To Live' By 'Chicago Magazine'

  Homecoming Parade


Geneva continues to be a premier community to work, live, play and raise a family after being recognized as one of the region's best places to live in the April edition of "Chicago Magazine."


Geneva was one of 12 suburbs - and the only municipality from Kane County - to make the list. Magazine editors analyzed statistics from Midwest Real Estate Data, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois State Board of Education and local police departments. The following criteria was used to rank local communities:


  • Great homes, restaurants, shopping and friendly neighborhoods; 
  • Low crime rates; 
  • Quality schools; and
  • Convenience to public transportation.


"Chicago Magazine" stated Geneva is a:


"...former grain-mill town known for fun stuff to see and do. Just ask the tourists who flock here. There's boating (on the Fox River), baseball (the Class A minor league Kane County Cougars) and fine dining (the excellent A Toda Madre). Stroll the historic district to see interesting examples of 19th century architecture, including a few Italiante manors with widow's walks."


The article highlighted Geneva Community Unit School District 304 for having the best grade school (Mill Creek) and high school (Geneva High) in Kane County. Geneva's violent crime rate also was noted to be 74 percent less compared to the county-wide average.


For a list of other Chicago suburbs who made the list and a link to the "Chicago Magazine" article, visit the City's website


City's Brush Collection Starts in April; Pickup Schedule Modified
The City of Geneva's brush program returns this April, but residents should take note of the transition from bi-weekly pickups to monthly collections starting in May.


The City Council approved a new contract March 17 with Kramer Tree Specialists to reduce the number of collections to avoid any large program rate increases for residents through 2018.


Residents pay for brush pickup on their monthly utility bill as part of the $4.05 environmental fee, which also funds additional services such as street sweeping, electronics recycling and hazardous household waste collection.


The brush program is intended for the disposal of tree limbs and branches that are removed by the property owner for normal maintenance and upkeep, not for lot clearing. Kramer crews will not collect material produced by a private contractor.  


The 2014 collection schedule are the weeks of:


West Of The Fox River East Of The Fox River 
April 7 and 21 April 14 and 28 
May 5 May 12 
June 2 June 9 
July 7 July 14 
August 4 August 11 
September 1 September 8 
October 6 October 13 
November 3 November 10 


Since collection days can vary, residents should place brush and limbs on the parkway by 7 a.m. on their scheduled week. Crews will not return to a neighborhood until the next scheduled pickup.


Tree branches must be stacked with the cut ends facing in one direction toward the curb or edge of the pavement - not in the street. Branches and stumps cannot exceed 12 inches in diameter, and tree limbs should be less than 12 feet in length. 


For more information, visit the City's website or call the Public Works Department at 630-232-1501. 

 City's Popular 'Art on Fire' Hydrant Design Program Returns

After a successful inaugural venture last fall, the "Art on Fire" hydrant design program returns for a second year to spread Geneva's creative spirit even further throughout the community.


The City of Geneva, in collaboration with the Cultural Arts Commission, is seeking artists to "adopt" and paint fire hydrants. Last year, 41 hydrants were painted as part of "Art on Fire," and the program was well received by residents and visitors who took notice of the artwork in the downtown and surrounding areas.


With more than 1,800 fire hydrants throughout Geneva, plenty of "blank canvas" remains for artists to submit new entries this spring.


"This year, we hope to fan the flames of creativity and engagement by reaching even more artists," said Mayor Kevin Burns, who initiated "Art on Fire" last year to showcase Geneva's artistic talent and bring art into the community.


The program is free and open to the public, but participants need to submit an application to the City by Friday, May 2. The forms can be found on the City's website or picked up at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St. 


"Art on Fire" does not mandate a specific theme, but the program encourages artists to incorporate the character of the hydrant's surrounding environment into their design. City staff reviews and approves all application designs to make sure they do not compromise the visibility of the hydrants for firefighters in an emergency. Artists will be allowed to paint their hydrants through the end of May.


The City's Public Arts Advisory Committee and Cultural Arts Commission will again judge the hydrants and award prizes to the top three design winners.


People can take a virtual tour of all the 2013 decorated hydrants on an interactive map posted on the City's website. The map will be updated this summer to include all the 2014 submissions.   


Mary Seno Appointed New 3rd Ward Alderman
The Geneva City Council welcomed its newest member after unanimously approving the appointment of Mary Seno to fill the vacant 3rd Ward alderman seat March 3.


The 25-year Geneva resident is a Registered Nurse at Delnor Hospital specializing in the patient/bed coordination of case management. Mayor Kevin Burns nominated Seno out of a pool of eight candidates who had applied for the City Council position.


"Ms. Seno's professional responsibilities synch nicely to what her role as alderman is all about - serving as liaison between the citizens and business in Geneva and the City Council and professional staff," Mayor Burns said.


Alderman Seno, who has worked at Delnor Hospital for more than 28 years, holds a leadership position serving as a liaison between patients, hospital service staff, nurses, doctors and other area hospitals to arrange for all levels of care and bed assignments. After moving to Geneva in 1989 with her husband, who served as paid on-call fireman with the City, the couple raised two sons who are now in college after graduating from Geneva High School in 2007 and 2011.


"I want to give back to the community because Geneva has become my family," Alderman Seno said. "I am very grateful to have found a wonderful community in which to work, raise my children and build so many close relationships throughout the years. Geneva has an outstanding reputation, and I hope my experiences can bring additional insight as we move forward."


Aldermen Seno's appointment carries through next year, and she will have the option to run in the consolidated election April 7, 2015 for a two-year term that will expire in 2017. She replaced former 3rd Ward Alderman Dawn Vogelsberg, who announced her resignation Jan. 21 after serving 10 years on the City Council.


Residents can contact Alderman Seno by calling 630-232-0000, Ext. 4005 or via email.  

Work Resumes on Route 38 Railroad Crossing Overpass Project 

After a winter hiatus, construction crews are back on the job  building the  Route 38 overpass project at the Union Pacific railroad tracks on the City's east side.


The $26 million project, which is being primarily funded with federal and state grants, will realign Route 38 just south of the existing roadway and feature a T-intersection with Kautz Road.


Two wider through lanes in each direction, which will be separated by a 30-foot barrier median, will allow cars to travel over the train tracks. Other project scope details will include left turn lanes at various locations, curb and gutter work and new modernized traffic signals.


Geneva's portion of the project is about $250,000, which will pay for intersection improvements at Route 38 and Kautz Road, electric work and water main relocations.


Route 38 has remained open during construction, which began in 2013, but traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists are encouraged to continue to use alternate routes (Kirk Road and Fabyan Parkway) to avoid the area.


Once completed, more than 21,000 vehicles will be able to bypass the grade crossing on a daily basis, which averages 129 commuter and freight trains each day. The overpass also will reduce pollution with enhanced traffic flow and cars no longer idling waiting for trains to clear the crossing. Due to utility relocation conflicts and weather delays, the new target completion date is summer or fall 2015. 


Bring The Family To Geneva's Earth Day Celebration
The event is sponsored by the City's Natural Resources Committee. For more information, visit the Geneva NRC on Facebook.
Geneva Hosts Student Government Day


Geneva High School students got a behind-the-scenes experience on the operations of local government as part of the City's Student Government Day program March 11.


More than 20 students were paired with City staff members at City Hall as well as the Fire and Public Works departments as part of a job shadowing experience. The teens toured City facilities, observed operations and attended staff meetings. In the afternoon, students conducted a mock City Council meeting (Pictured above: "Mayor" Vinnie Auriemmo and "City Clerk" Ellie Evans.)


The City's Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (SPAC) and Geneva High School have partnered for more than 10 years to create a unique program that promotes civic pride, creates learning opportunities for Geneva teenagers and provides a forum for City officials to interact with students.   


Visit the City's website to view a Student Government Day photo gallery.


Geneva's 2014-15 Budget To Invest In Capital Projects

The Geneva City Council approved the 2014-15 fiscal year budget at its April 7 meeting. 


The City's budget is actually a combination of 33 budgets, all having different purposes and different legal restrictions. Although the City has historically been conservative in its expenditures, reductions have been made in every department during the past several years to offset normal and abnormal increases in operating expenses including insurance, fuel and other commodities, as well as unfunded state mandates.


This coming year, the City plans to invest, for the first time in six years, in more capital projects and replace some of its vehicles and equipment that were scheduled to be replaced several years ago (such as a fire engine, a snow plow and two police vehicles). In addition to the investment in capital equipment, the City looks forward to working on several projects that are being funded by grants and donations, including the addition of the third level of Third Street parking deck, an outdoor events pavilion, streetscape for East State Street, and a pedestrian mall between Third Street and the new Campbell Street parking lot. 


As the City begins the new fiscal year on May 1, the City continues to take a conservative approach to the operating budgets. We are committed to a balanced and fiscally sound budget that will provide high quality public services, while managing the challenges that each new year brings to Geneva.


City staff will provide monthly financial updates to the City Council and the public at City Council meetings. An official copy of the 2014-15 budget will be available at City Hall, the Geneva Public Library, and online at the City's website later this month. Residents can find other budget information at that same link. Please contact City Administrator Mary McKittrick with questions.   


'Officially Speaking' and 'Geneva Works' debut on Geneva Broadcast Network

The City of Geneva has enhanced programming on Geneva Broadcast Network with two new monthly shows that debuted in March.


Residents can get insight into the City Council and other volunteer advisory boards when tuning in to "Officially Speaking."


Second Ward Alderman Don Cummings served as the first guest of the sit-down interview show. Topics discussed during the first episode included the City's snow plowing response to one of the worst winters on record, the 2014-15 budget planning process and long-term strategic planning.


"Officially Speaking" can be seen at 10 a.m. daily on Geneva Broadcast Network, which is Channel 10 on Comcast and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse.


The second show, "Geneva Works," puts the spotlight on a particular City department or division to give residents a "101-course" on what their role is within our local government and what programs or services they provide to the community.


Geneva Fire Department Deputy Chief Mark Einwich and Firefighter Rod Johnson serve as the show's first guests speaking about the department's operations, important safety tips and education programs offered to children, adults and senior citizens.


"Geneva Works" can be seen daily at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Geneva Broadcast Network.

The shows also can be seen On Demand. Visit the Geneva Broadcast Network page, and select the show you want to watch on the left-side rail.


Third Street Pedestrian Mall To Be Completed This Summer


Downtown Geneva guests who utilize the public parking at the Campbell Street lot - and the public parking spaces north of the lot - will be greeted with an enhanced walking experience from their car to Third Street with the creation of a pedestrian-friendly mall.


A decorative sidewalk bordered with brick pavers and inlayed with etched granite memorial tiles will be installed in the alleyway between 121 and 113 S. Third Street. Other highlights of the pedestrian mall will be a communal gas fireplace, masonry seating wall, benches, a fountain and landscaping.


Construction on the project will begin in April with hopes of being completed in time for Swedish Days in mid-June. The project is taking place on City-owned/leased property, but the cost is being funded through a state capital grant secured by State Rep. Tim Schmitz.


The Geneva History Center, which borders the current alleyway, will be selling the memorial tiles to be incorporated as part of the Third Street pedestrian mall design. Residents interested in purchasing a tile should call the History Center's Executive Director Terry Emma at 630-232-4951.


For more information about the project, call the Geneva Public Works Department at 630-232-1501.  


News & Notes from the Fire Department

Take Note Of These Important Home Fire Safety Tips 

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FACT: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in half of all reported home fires.  

  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test them at least once a month by pushing the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.


FACT: The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them. 

  • Clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.
  • Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, such as boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing.


FACT: Most cooking fires in the home involve the stovetop. 

  • Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains - away from your stovetop.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.


FACT: Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with permanent or detachable power cords by two-to-one.

  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets.
  • Extension cords are intended for temporary use.
  • Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you do not have to use extension cords. 



Mark Your Calendars For The Risk Watch Academy


Did you know that the number one health risk for children is injuries? 


The Geneva Fire and Police Departments have designed a week-long program to teach children entering first grade how to avoid top injury risks.


Children participate in fun activities stressing bike and pedestrian safety, personal safety, electrical safety, playground/fall safety, water safety, motor vehicle safety and fire and burn prevention.


Participants also will enjoy a tour of the Geneva Fire Department, see a police car up close and take a school bus ride to the Moore Park Splash Park. For more information, please call 630-232-2530, email Firefighter Rod Johnson or visit the City of Geneva's website.


Classes are held Monday to Friday at Geneva Fire Department Station No. 1, 200 East Side Drive. The registration fee is $20.   


Session 1 July 14 to 18 9 to 11 a.m. 
Session 2 July 14 to 18 1 to 3 p.m. 
Session 3 July 21 to 25 9 to 11 a.m. 
Session 4 July 21 to 25 1 to 3 p.m. 


News & Notes from the Community Development Department


Downtown Zoning Update Process Underway


In 2012, the City Council adopted the Downtown/Station-Area Master Plan, which describes the City's vision for future downtown development during the next 15 to 20 years. 


The City's zoning regulations are an important downtown plan implementation tool. Zoning regulations that accommodate the type of development shown in the plan helps the plan's vision to be realized. 


The Community Development Department is working on a Geneva Downtown Zoning Update, with assistance from a planning consulting firm. The update will include an analysis of current City plans, zoning regulations, and zoning map as they pertain to downtown. Areas to be examined include development review processes, allowable uses, bulk design standards, zoning non-conformity, and regulatory simplification.


Draft zoning ordinance amendments will be prepared and then reviewed by the Downtown Zoning Working Group, an 11-member committee comprised of aldermen and downtown property owners, business owners, developers and advisory commission members.


Several public meetings on the zoning update will be held, and project updates will be posted on the City's website. A final draft version of zoning ordinance amendments will be reviewed by the Geneva Plan Commission during a public hearing. Once the review is complete, the Plan Commission will forward its recommendation to the City Council for final action.


For more information on the Geneva Downtown Zoning Update, email Dick Untch, Director of Community Development.  


News & Notes from the Administrative Services Department
Utility Bills Provide Donation Opportunities To City's Volunteer Groups, Programs


Geneva residents wanting to make a donation to one of the City's volunteer committees and non-profit programs can do so through the convenience of their monthly utility bill.


Starting in April, customers should notice the new donation checkbox on their bill along with a short explanation on that month's designated volunteer opportunity. Individuals will check the box, and additional money paid over the billed amount will be considered a donation to the particular group listed on that utility bill.


Donations made in April will go toward the City's Beautification Committee. Groups and programs that will be eligible for donations this year will be the:


  • Beautification Committee (April) - Adopts and maintains planting beds, containers and flower boxes located in downtown Geneva. 
  • Historic Preservation Commission (May) - Preserves Geneva's rich history by maintaining the integrity and visual appeal of historic homes and buildings. 
  • Cultural Arts Commission (June) - Creates diverse art experiences and events that engage the Geneva community.
  • International Cultural Exchange Committee (July) - Fosters education, understanding and cooperation between Geneva and international partner cities.
  • Natural Resources Committee (August) - Promotes environmental awareness and conservation principles in Geneva.
  • Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (September) - Prioritizes strategic community goals and assists in their implementation.
  • Mental Health Board (October) - Addresses issues surrounding mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.
  • Student Government Program (November) - Provides behind-the-scenes experience on local government operations for Geneva High School students.
  • City's Giving Program (December) - Improves public areas with functional amenities (benches, trees, bike racks); supports various volunteer groups.  


The utility bill donation was created to assist these volunteer groups in collecting donations for their respective programs rather than relying on fundraisers. Utility bill customers who pay in person, by drop box or by mail will be allowed to make donations. The City hopes to make the option available to those who pay their bill electronically through our website in the future.


To learn more about these volunteer groups, visit the City's website. More information about the Beautification Committee, International Cultural Exchange Committee and the Giving Program will be added soon. 


News & Notes from the Police Department
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Stay Off Your Cell Phone While Driving 


The Geneva Police Department would like to take this opportunity to address the issue of distracted driving and remind residents that it is now against the law to be holding a cell phone while driving.
This year, Illinois became the 12th state to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving. The new law prohibits hand-held cell phone use except in an emergency and allows only for speakerphones and headsets that feature voice-activated or one-digit dialing.  
  • Turn it off: Shut off your cell phone before you get in your car, then stow it out of sight and out of reach.
  • Stop first: If you have to make a call, pull over to a safe area, such as a rest stop or oasis, to make your call.
  • Ask a passenger: Have a passenger make a call or respond to a text for you.
  • Take control: Set climate controls and adjust seat and steering wheel before driving.
  • Spread the word: Record a message on your phone that warns callers you're driving and will get back to them later - or sign up for a service that offers this feature.
  • Be prepared: Program navigational devices or review written directions before you start to drive.
  • Finish first: Complete your personal grooming, dressing and eating before hitting the road.
  • Buckle up: Secure children and pets before beginning to drive. If they need attention, pull over before tending to them.
The Geneva Police Department greatly appreciates your partnership in doing all that we can to make the roadways as safe as is possible. For more information, visit the City's website.     


 News & Notes from the Public Works Department
Geneva To Flush Fire Hydrants Starting in April  hydrant

The City of Geneva is flushing fire hydrants throughout the community for a six-week period starting the week of April 7 as part of an ongoing maintenance program.


Hydrants will be flushed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. The water is safe to drink, but residents are encouraged to let their faucets run for a few minutes if they notice any discoloration.


Residents are urged to limit their water use if possible and refrain from laundering their clothes during this time period to avoid staining from rusty water. In the event rusty water discolors clothing, residents should keep the garments wet and call the Geneva Public Works Department at 630-232-1501 to request a rust-removing solution packet.


Signs will be placed in neighborhoods to remind residents that the program is underway in their area. Work is expected to be completed in mid-May. Residents can track the City's progress with an online map that will be updated weekdays on our website. Once crews have finished hydrant flushing in a certain neighborhood, residents can wash their clothes without restrictions.


The City flushes its hydrants to improve the overall quality of the water by cleaning the water mains of rust and corrosion and to ensure that all fire hydrants are working properly.


For more information, contact Bob VanGyseghem, City Superintendent of Water and Wastewater, at 630-232-1551 or via email.   


City Requires Testing Of Residential, Commercial & Industrial Irrigation Systems

The City of Geneva requires all industrial, commercial and residential customers (residential customers with underground irrigation systems) to have their backflow device tested upon installation and annually thereafter.


This test must be performed by a State of Illinois Certified Cross-Connection Control Device Inspector. Failure to comply with this ordinance is subject to discontinuance of your water service.


A Cross-Connection is a link through where it is possible for contaminating materials to enter the drinking water supply when the pressure of the private water source exceeds the pressure of the public drinking water source. This action is called backflow.


All active irrigation devices must be tested and will be monitored for compliance.


Please be advised that a $15 yearly administration fee for residential lawn irrigation systems will be automatically added to your May utility bill. The City of Geneva has reduced this fee by $10 per year to accommodate charges that your plumber will now be assessed to report your results to Aqua Backflow.


Refunds will not be given on this fee unless you have permanently disconnected your underground irrigation system. If this is the case, you must contact the Public Works Department's Water Division at 630-232-1551 and arrange to have an inspection preformed on your system to determine if it has been properly disconnected. 


For more information, visit the City's website.


The Electric Division Reminds You Of Safety First...CALL JULIE
Geneva Wins National Safe And Sustainable Snowfighting Award
The City of Geneva has won a 2013 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award from the Salt Institute for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.

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The award was given this winter when Geneva was hit with more than 64 inches of snow during 41 different weather events. For comparison, the City has averaged about 30 inches the past several years. Plow operators used more than 3,600 tons of salt throughout the season to keep Geneva's 244 lane miles safe for motorists.


Geneva earned high marks on the Salt Institute's checklist that graded safety and service, equipment, materials usage, snow plowing performance, tactical operations before and during a storm, storage and safety, and environmental measures.


"The Geneva Public Works Department is honored to be named as one of only 90 municipalities in the United States and Canada to receive this award," Streets Superintendent Chris Bong said. "Everyone here works very hard to provide the safest possible roads while also being mindful of costs and environmentally conscious."


For more information about the award, visit the City's website.   

News & Notes from Economic Development

Gardenology Offers Fun For All Ages 

Gardenology returns to Geneva from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Rain or shine, this free event will be held along the picturesque streets of downtown Geneva.


A variety of garden experts will gather to offer their best ideas, advice, and garden-related products to make the most of your gardening season. Children will love the Birds of Prey - Live Raptors exhibition presented by Stillman Nature Center. New this year, The FrogLady will be bringing her favorite amphibian friends including frogs, turtles, snakes, and more.


Gardenology is a collaboration of the Geneva Garden Club, Geneva merchants, and horticultural-related agencies/businesses. A complete list of activities can be found at the Gardenology website.  




OMG - Outdoor Music in Downtown Geneva!

Residents and tourists can visit downtown Geneva and listen to music at the downtown businesses participating in the City's matching grant Outdoor Music Geneva (OMG) program.


Last year, the City funded 29 grants that attracted several thousand people over the course of the summer and early fall. The City also used some of its funding this year to bring bands playing in the Folk Festival to the downtown. 


Participating businesses included Geneva Bank and Trust, Galena Cellars Winery, Graham's 318, Peaceful Parlour, Country Naturals and CoreWellness. Look at the Explore Geneva tab on the City's website for Outdoor Music venues this summer.  




Eat Your Art Out! - A $12,000 Success 


The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission is thrilled to report on the success of Eat Your Art Out!, a $12,000 net profit benefiting the Geneva arts community.


"Seeing Eat Your Art Out! come to fruition was an extraordinary experience. So many talented and generous hands made the event possible. We deeply appreciate the support from artists, sponsors and guests and are already looking forward to next year!" Event Chairwoman Alexia Monaco said.


More than 100 guests were welcomed by dancing ballerinas, a harpist, flutist and a custom crafted popcorn pallet, while perusing a fine silent auction table during the cocktail hour Feb. 20 at the Herrington Inn. Guests were also able to view the featured artwork and chat with the artists. Following an art inspired four-course feast, including three wine pairings, a lively auction of the featured art, and live painting, commenced.


The Cultural Arts Commission extends heartfelt thanks to all the artists, sponsors and other contributors who made this evening a success.




New Businesses Welcomed To The Community
Asian Foot & Body Massage, 629 W. State St. 
Language Leaders II, 409 W. State St. 
MCS Mortgage Bankers, 10 W. State St. #107
Firehouse Pizza and Grill, 17 N. Fourth St. 
Kilwin's, 407 S. Third St. #186
Penrose Brewing, 509  Stevens St. #A - #C
The StableWoman Habit, 227 S. Third St. #104
The Hearing Lab, 1416 S. Randall Road #B


Forever 21, 122 Commons Drive #1040
Windy City Dolls & Collectibles, Berry House, 227 S. Third St. #M3
Massage Envy, 116 Commons Drive #1030
Color Me Vintage, 10 N. Third St.
Fagans Graphic Design Inc., 515 Hamilton St.
Law Office of Gilbert R. Dizon, 524 W. State St. 


Coming Soon
Nobel House Restaurant, 305 W. State St.
Chilled Palate, 500 S. Third St.
Patten House Restaurant, 124 S. Third St.
Chateau Home Boutique, 226 S. Third St.
The Party Kitchen, 321 Stevens St.
Fox River Distilling Company, 204 Dearborn Court
Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 1064 Commons Drive

PINK, 318 Commons Drive

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, 1416 S. Randall Road


About Geneva


Located 40 miles west of Chicago along the Fox River, Geneva is home to 21,495 residents and serves as the seat of Kane County government. Geneva's character is found in its historic architecture, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, mature landscapes and open space with more than 700 acres of park land. With festivals and events year-round, Geneva is a place to connect with others for shopping, dining or browsing art galleries. Home to excellent schools, library and parks, Geneva continues to be one of the premier cities in the Chicago area to live, work, play and raise a family. For the latest news, visit the City's website.