We have booked blocks of rooms at two separate hotels, so take your pick.
If you make the reservation by phone, you can mention the group code: CHXBWR
We are not registering for gifts because we have all we need. You are welcome to contribute to our 'buy a home' fund, if you like. Thanks!
If you are coming in from out of town, here are some places you may want to checkout!
A great destination for restaurants and shopping. Many small and unique shops and eateries.
It's no secret that the Bongen family has a sweet tooth, so this chocolate shop is their all-time favorite spot in Geneva!
Down the street from the original Graham's location, this is one of Kora's favorites for gelato and coffee!
This small bar is located inside the old Geneva Theater, and you can easily find it by looking for the old marquee. The ale house offers a great selection of beers and good food. Kim recommends the pulled pork sandwich and fish tacos.
This tiny and high-demand Mexican tapas restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Geneva. A delicious and fun tasting experience for a small group. If you can't get a table at Bien Trucha, try its sister restaurant A Toda Madre.
A classic Chicago restaurant chain. Famous for their hot dogs, but Bongen family favorites include the Italian beef sandwich, hamburger, and chocolate cake (of course!)
This is the local music store where the Bongens have bought much of their music. The main attraction is talking to the old hippies who run the place.
A favorite place to take a walk in the woods. Walk On the East side of Rt 25 for wilder more wooded trails. Walk on the West side of Rt 25 for paved trails and historical attractions like the Fabyan Villa Museum and the Fabyan Windmill.
This villa was remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1907. The house is open for tours Saturday 1-4:30pm. The tour in an intersting look into the life of the eccentric "Colonel" Fabyan.
Open weekends from 1-4pm. This is authentic Dutch windmill was brought to the Fabyan Estate in 1914. Recently restored to be fully operational, you can tour the inside and get a great view of Geneva and Batavia from the deck. Even outside of the touring hours, the windmill is an impressive photo opportunity, and an easy visit fom either the road or bike path. It's a nice 30 to 40 minute walk between downtown Batavia and the Fabyan Windmill along the east side of the river. Near the windmill, there is a bridge, where you can cross to the west side and head back. The Fabyan Villa is located there on the west side of that bridge.
Local pizzaria with excellent outdoor seating and a view of the Fox River.
This is the best restaurant you could visit in Batavia. Kim believes this place competes with any restaurant she went to in Paris. A reservation is recommended.
Roller rink, bowling, batting cages, arcade, go-karts, bumper cars, and more! Kora and her sisters had hours of fun here as kids, and we're sure you will too!
Sept 4th and 5th. Live folk music and storytelling and crafts. Kora and her sisters have fond memories of attending this festival with Grandma Bongen.
An extensive outdoor outlet mall. A destination for anyone who wants a great deal on designer labels.
The original Two Brothers Brewery is a great destination for beer lovers! Tour the brewery or just grab a meal and a pint.
Located in the old Roundhouse of the Aurora Rail Yard, this restaurant is an extension of the local Two Brothers Brewery. Great food and Beer in a historic round building; you wont find anything else like it!