Guest Information

Hotels

We have booked blocks of rooms at two separate hotels, so take your pick.

Hampton Inn
2875 Foxfield Road
Saint Charles, Illinois 60174
(630) 584-0222
Book by 8/5/2016

If you make the reservation by phone, you can mention the group code: CHXBWR

Marriott Courtyard Chicago St. Charles
700 Courtyard Drive
Saint Charles, Illinois 60174
(630) 377-6370
Book by 8/13/2016

Gift Registry

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!

Local Attractions

If you are coming in from out of town, here are some places you may want to checkout!

Downtown Geneva

Downtown Geneva

A great destination for restaurants and shopping. Many small and unique shops and eateries.

Located at:
State St and surrounding area,
Geneva IL

Graham's Chocolates

Graham's Chocolates

It's no secret that the Bongen family has a sweet tooth, so this chocolate shop is their all-time favorite spot in Geneva!

Located at: 302 S. 3rd St. Geneva
Website: http://www.grahamschocolate.com/

Graham's 318

Graham's 318

Down the street from the original Graham's location, this is one of Kora's favorites for gelato and coffee!

Located at: 318 S. 3rd St. Geneva
Website: http://www.318coffeehouse.com

The Geneva Ale House

Geneva Ale House

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.

Located at: 319 West State St Geneva, IL
Website: http://www.genevaalehouse.com/menu.html

Bien Trucha

Bien Trucha

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.

Located at: 410 W State St. Geneva IL
Phone: 630-232-2665
Website: http://www.bientrucha.com/

Portillo's

Portillo's

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!)

Located at: 531 N. Randall Rd. Batavia, IL 60510
Website: http://www.portillos.com/locations/batavia/

Kiss The Sky

Kiss The Sky

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.

Located at: 180 West First Street, Batavia, IL
Phone: 630-406-0086
Website: http://kissthesky.net

Fabyan Forest Preserve

Fabyan Forest Preserve

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.

Located at: Find parking on Rt 25 North of Fabyan Pkwy. Either side of street.
Website: http://www.kaneforest.com/fp/fabyan.aspx

Fabyan Villa Museum

Fabyan Villa Museum

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.

How to get there: Best accessed by walking from Fabyan Park Parking lots
Website: http://www.kaneforest.com/historicsites/fabyanVilla.aspx

Fabyan Windmill

Fabyan Windmill

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.

Located: Just North of the intersection of Rt 25 and Fabyan Pkwy
Website: http://www.kaneforest.com/historicsites/fabyanwindmill.aspx

Pal Joey's

Pal Joey's

Local pizzaria with excellent outdoor seating and a view of the Fox River.

Located at: 31 N. River St. Batavia
Website: http://www.paljoeys.com/

Gaetano's

Gaetano's

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.

Located at: 15 East Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510
(on the corner of River Street and Wilson Street)
Website: http://gaetanosbatavia.com/

Funway

Funway

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!

Located at: 1335 South River Street (Route 25), Batavia, IL
Website: http://funway.com/

Fox Valley Folk Festival

Fox Valley Folk Festival

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.

Located at: Island Park, Geneva IL
Website: http://foxvalleyfolk.com/

Chicago Premium Outlets

Chicago Premium Outlets

An extensive outdoor outlet mall. A destination for anyone who wants a great deal on designer labels.

Located at: 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd, Aurora, IL
Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/chicago/about/

Two Brothers Brewery

Two Brothers Brewery

The original Two Brothers Brewery is a great destination for beer lovers! Tour the brewery or just grab a meal and a pint.

Located at: 30w315 Calumet Ave, Warrenville, IL
Website: http://www.twobrothersbrewing.com/tap-house/

Two Brothers Roundhouse

Two Brothers Roundhouse

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!

Located at: 205 N. Broadway, Aurora IL
Website: http://www.twobrothersbrewing.com/roundhouse/