Bringing together the suburban and the rural, Kane County is a clever mix of vibrant and homey, combining the boutique shopping and walkability of its historic riverfront downtowns with the stretching landscape of its small town country-styled communities west of Randall Road. Here, you can fish and kayak on the Fox River, shop for designer fashions along Geneva’s acclaimed Third Street, fill your car with the tastiest in local produce fresh from the farm, and experience the energetic nightlife of St. Charles and downtown Aurora.
Take a warm weather ride along the Fox River Trail bicycle path and twist and turn through town after town in this welcoming county. Stop in at the Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park, for a vineyard experience you wouldn’t expect so close to Chicago. And spend the weekend, with a brilliant stay at one of the area’s well-appointed B&Bs or historic hotels.
And if music is your mission, you’ll find plenty of it. Some favorite venues include RiverEdge Park, the Arcada Theatre and the Batavia Fine Arts Center.
Kendall County, located in northeastern Illinois, combines city assets with a small town lifestyle and is an attractive location for businesses. The region’s convenient location and moderate population encourage local economic growth and support a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities.
The 21st Century has brought substantial change to Kendall County. The once-ubiquitous rural landscape is rapidly being replaced by Suburban Street scenes as municipalities formerly both inside and outside the county grow into Kendall County. Montgomery, Aurora, Plainfield, and Joliet, all formerly located outside Kendall County, now have annexed substantial portions of county real estate. Yorkville and Oswego have also continued to grow to the point that Kendall County holds the record as the #1 fastest growing county in the United States with a 10-year percentage growth of 110.4 percent.
The communities, while under pressure to urbanize, maintain their rural charm. Popular visits include Ellis House & Equestrian Centers, which offers public events the first Friday of each month for the whole family, including hay rides, nature trails, bon-fire and board games. Silver Springs State Park is home to many hiking trails, local fishing and boating , canoeing and canoe rentals, hunting and even camping. Open year around, Silver Springs offers great amenities and has plenty of cold weather activities too like cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating and more. And summer brings the excitement of the state’s largest water park, Raging Waves, as well as countless festivals with home spun charm, including the Kendall County Fair, Prairiefest, and Yorkville’s Home Town Days.