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Chamber Chat: 'My Kind of Town'

The city of Geneva has won many awards for its events, businesses and other amenities.
The city of Geneva has won many awards for its events, businesses and other amenities.

Every year, several local publications give residents from Geneva and nearby communities the opportunity to vote for their favorites in more than 50 categories – favorite ice cream shop, favorite dry cleaners, favorite festival, etc. Also this year, Geneva was fortunate enough to receive accolades, outside of a vote, by achieving high standards in several categories. Often the results are published, but many are unaware of the winners.  

So you can recognize that you are truly living in a special place, here is a recap of how Geneva and Geneva Chamber of Commerce festivals performed.

The Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health was named the Best Festival in three different surveys, including the Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox Readers’ Choice Awards.

Our renowned Swedish Days Parade was voted tops for a Community Parade. The Geneva Arts Fair and Festival of the Vine each received nods as a No. 1 or No. 2 festival in various polls. 

Geneva was selected as a leader in Best Downtown Atmosphere, Best Town You’d Want to Live In (other than your own) and Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois.  

I know that when I am out walking – friendliness only begins to describe the people that pass me. Smiles and many “good mornings” are what I come across. Even when my 100-pound golden retriever is walking me. Yes, you read that right, walking me. Maybe that is why they are smiling at me?

Frequently, when results are published, our local businesses are mentioned in top spots. Besides tantalizing food and unique items, the customer service in our restaurants and shops is unequaled.

The Geneva Chamber has presented three successful festivals (one more to go), and judging by the above results others agreed. Each festival has a different feel, and we think each has something everyone can appreciate, whether you are a resident or a visitor. 

There are 49 other states my family and I could live in and thousands of cities to choose from, but we just don’t think anything else could quite measure up to what we have here. 

Neighboring communities now know what we Genevans have known for years – Geneva rocks!

Sinatra’s words in “My Kind of Town” may say Chicago, but I believe if he had visited Geneva, those lyrics may have been different, and Geneva most certainly would have been his kind of town.

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If Geneva is your kind of town, then why not lend your volunteer expertise?

No matter your time commitment or interest, there is sure to be a volunteer position for you at our next festival.

Our festivals are extensive and certainly would not be possible without the generous support of a team of volunteers. These individuals make everything run smoothly and efficiently. Our volunteers are a special part of our community support – we appreciate them very much.

Call the chamber at 630-232-6060 or email It is never too soon to get your name on the list.

• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at

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