The New England roots of the families who settled present day Geneva are
evident in the well-preserved homes they built. Some, like the 1844 Sterling
home on East Side Drive, are of stone quarried on the banks of the Fox River;
others, such as the 1852 Isaac Wilson House, 115 Campbell, are of wood, made
possible when a saw mill came in 1838. The Chamber showcases many of
Geneva’s historic homes during the annual Christmas Walk.
Big Spring, the 1830s settlement on the banks of the Fox River, was renamed
“Geneva” after being designated the Kane County Seat. The 1838 survey of the
area between North and South Streets and the west bank of the Fox River to
Ninth Street is
Original Town; the lots and streets remain exactly as platted.
The extra wide State and Third Streets are evidences of the founders’ vision.
State Street, with its well-maintained, multi-faceted business district, and Third
Street, with both historic residences converted to unique shops and the recently
added Dodson Place, are Geneva’s retail jewels; the many fine restaurants are
her crowning glory. Randall Road’s more typical up-scale shopping venues are
the bonus for residents and visitors alike.
The advent of waterpower, with the early building of the Geneva dams, brought
the industry, essential for a well-balanced economy. The glucose plant,
creamery mills and foundries of the 1800s were followed by Burgess-Norton in
1903, small office and manufacturing through the years and, in the 1990s, by
Geneva’s Industrial Park. More employment and tax-sharing entities are being
brought to the City of Geneva through its pro-active Economic Development
Geneva’s historic significance, robust business climate, award-winning schools,
and strong community involvement make it an ideal place to live, to work and to
raise a family. Geneva is an excellent location for a business, either large or
small, whether engaged in retailing or manufacturing or, perhaps, offering
entertainment or services. Welcome, all, to this wonderful community!