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Chamber Chat: Take a day and explore Geneva

The 2017-18 school year has begun. Schedules have been configured or reconfigured. Alarm clocks are starting to have a purpose again, and maybe, just maybe, you are finding a little extra “me” time available. A little extra time to rediscover your hometown.

Let’s talk shopping. Did you know many of Geneva’s stores and restaurants are locally owned, and the owner might just be the one assisting you when you visit? Their expertise and outstanding customer service just can’t be equaled.

With more than 100 specialty shops in the downtown area and recognized names at Geneva Commons, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. All without using too much – or maybe any – gas!

After any kind of shopping, window or otherwise, eating is absolutely necessary. Discover the culinary diversity of Geneva by tasting signature dishes at any of our delicious restaurants. Snack on mouthwatering handmade chocolates and homemade baked goodies. Dining in Geneva is more than a meal, it is an experience you should have. While the weather is still gorgeous, why not dine alfresco?

Pamper yourself by planning a getaway from the everyday. The treat could be a restoring and replenishing spa day or – if time allows – even an overnight. Being able to stay just minutes from home is such an advantage.

Geneva not only has countless places and opportunities to bike, run or walk, but the spectacular views you get to experience are an added bonus.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” One of many memorable quotes from the 1980s hit “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Ferris took a day off, why shouldn’t you?

Visit for all things shopping, dining, relaxing, playing and exploring Geneva.

Illinois Chamber
of Commerce Week

This week, Sept. 11 through 15, is Illinois Chamber of Commerce Week. Celebrate by shopping and dining local with Geneva Chamber of Commerce members.

Many unique shops and restaurants have recently opened. A business directory of members can be found at our website. Now is the perfect time to visit a business “new to you” in Geneva.

Volunteer opportunities

If you like Geneva, you should volunteer in Geneva.

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 Krista at

Holidays are right around the corner, which means House Tour volunteers will be needed.

Contest concludes

Congratulations to All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva for receiving the most “likes” on its decorated bicycle.

Thank you to the more than 50 businesses that participated. We were in awe by the support and the creativity.

Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Her column runs the second Thursday of each month. Contact her at

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