Digital Access

Digital Access
Access from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Want to make sure you receive the latest local news? We’ve got you covered! Get the best in local news, sports, community events, with focus on what’s coming up for the weekend. Weekly mail subscription offers

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from Kane County Chronicle, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Sign up for free email alerts. We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox.

Pets rule the day at Windmill City Festival

BATAVIA - Jack Morris of Batavia knew that his eight-year-old bearded dragon Connor would probably stand out at Saturday's Pet Parade at the Windmill City Festival.

Not surprisingly, Connor was give the award for most unusual pet at the parade. The award also could have easily gone to Jack's ball python Sniper, which the 13-year-old wore on his head during the parade.

Sniper did not mind the day's sunny skies and warm temperatures.

"His kind came from Africa," Jack said. "They are used to the weather."

The family also brought their toy poodle Shark Bait to the parade. Next year, they hope to make an even bigger splash by bringing their horses to the parade. They have three horses that are boarded in St. Charles

"I think the horses could lead the parade," said Sheila Morris, Jack's mother.

Also garnering attention was Terry Chechakli's blue and gold macaw, Pito, who as part of his trick, sat on Jordan, his border collie mix. That impressed master of ceremonies Craig Foltos.

"If we can get a bird and a dog to get along, we can all learn to get along," Foltos said.

Pito received the award for best trick. Equally impressive is his 50-word vocabulary.

"He picks up what he wants to pick up," Chechakli said. "He won't do things on command."

Ed Izenstark and his wife, Valerie, of Batavia, decided to dress their dachshund in a hot dog costume.

"He actually really likes it," he said. "He's worn it at Halloween before."

WIndmill City Festival will continue Sunday at the Batavia Riverwalk, Houston Street and Island Avenue. Activities include an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m. and a fire hose challenge at 3 p.m.

A full schedule is available at

Loading more