Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:15am
Where We Will Meet
East end of Metra Station
Where The Walk Will End
East end of Metra Station
About This Walk
Geneva is a historic community on the Fox River in Kane County.
Along the walk are lots of shops and places to eat. There are historic buildings and public art on our basic route, or just a block or so off of it. The Kane County courthouse, built in 1892 is on our way. Side trips include a one block detour to see the first church in Geneva, which looks very much like it did when it was built in 1843. On our trip south through Island Park, we’ll walk along the river in a beautiful setting. Another side trip will be near the end of the walk, where there is a short woodland trail and veterans memorial by the Kane County complex.
I’ll be putting together a list of historic sites and public art in the area.
Here’s a detailed description of our basic route – feel free to veer off of it as much as you want. We will start at the Metra station and head north along Third Street to State Street (IL Route 38). There is a Starbucks right there in case anyone has developed a thirst. We’ll head east on State Street and across the Fox River (be sure to cross to the north side of State before you reach the bridge). Once across the river, we’ll veer off and go down the ramp. Old Mill Park and the Geneva dam are right there. Then we’ll head south along the Fox River Trail through Island Park. At the south end of the park, we’ll cross the pedestrian bridge over the river and follow the bike path to the north. Then west on South Street to Third Street. Then we’ll head south on Third to return to our starting / ending point and lunch. The basic route measures about 1.6 miles.
Food. There are many options near where we finish including a bar/burger place. And there are lots of places on our route.
Parking – the Metra station at our starting and finishing point has plenty on weekends.
Here is a link to all of the pictures I made from the 2009 Kelby photowalk. Note, it has been exactly 10 years.
And a link to more photos from everyone who was on that photowalk
Here are other places near Geneva that you might find interesting
Fabyan Forest Preserve (about 5 minutes south of our ending point) is on both sides of the river. It’s probably the most interesting forest preserve in the area. There are lots of others, so feel free to explore.
Peck Farm Park (10 minutes west of our ending point) is located on the far west side of Geneva. It’s an old farm, plus plenty of nature.
Cantigny Park (10 to 20 minutes east of our ending point) is the former estate of Robert McCormick, the publisher of the Chicago Tribune from the 1920’s to the 1950’s and all-around rich guy. There is a museum (his former mansion), a military museum (First Division Museum) and a beautiful botanic garden. If you would like to know more, check with me – I volunteer there. It was a toss up of leading this walk there or in Geneva. However, much of the garden is under construction (some of the garden and all of the museums are still open), so I opted for Geneva. I’ve done Kelby photowalks at both locations in the past.
The downtowns of Batavia and St. Charles are worth a look if you like river-town urban.
Briefly about me because it says I’m supposed to say something: I’ve been an amateur photographer for over 50 years. I’m a photography volunteer and photowalk leader at Cantigny Park. And I’m sometimes a photography teacher. I’ve sold/licensed the occasional picture, but I prefer to maintain my amateur status. Find me at https://jimfrazierphotography.blogspot.com/Join Walk
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