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Mother's Day Brunch in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

It's the BEST TIME OF YEAR...because Mom is the most important person in our family, and probably in yours too. She is always the center of the "Household Universe". Each year when Mother's Day rolls around we try to make it extra special for her because she spends so much of her time every day of the year making our lives run smoothly, caring for us when we're sick, being our shoulder to cry on, and is always our biggest cheerleader for anything we are doing. Did I mention I'm 29?  Just kidding! But on the serious side, Mother's Day is an important day for all families and like many, we like to take our Mom out for a great Mother's Day Brunch. 

We are very blessed because here in the Fox Valley we have so many 5 Star Restaurants and Incredible Chef's preparing delicious Brunches for Mother's Day so I thought I'd put together a "Grand List" of some of the top ones in the Fox Valley and share them with you so that you could enjoy them with your Mom and families as well. Remember...this isn't ALL of the great restaurants that we have, but a sampling of what is available.



1. The Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles

Time: 9:00-3:00pm

Cost: $50 Adults $26 Children 4-12

Breakfast items like eggs Benedict, breakfast potatoes, applewood smoked bacon and sausage. They also feature a custom Belgium waffle bar and omelet station. Lunch items include swordfish, smoked fish, shrimp and crab legs, sirloin, porchetta and a variety of salads and sides. Leave room for mini pastries, cakes, pies and torts from the dessert table.

2. Wildwood, 477 S. Third St., Geneva

Time: 9:30- 2:30 pm

Cost: $44 Adults, $22 Children 5-11

Offering a brunch that includes made-to-order omelets and pasta dishes. Guests can choose from prime rib, honey-baked ham or roast turkey at the carving station. A variety of breakfast and luncheon items will be served buffet style, including salads, seafood, fruit and desserts.

3. The Turf Room, 1033 Kilberry St., North Aurora

Time: 9:00- 3:00 pm

Cost: $34.95 Adults, $13.95 Children 5-10

Serving up the right combination of breakfast and lunch items. Breakfast includes made-to-order omelets and a waffle station with a variety of delicious toppings. Pizza lovers can't resist The Turf Room's brick oven pizzas including their breakfast pizza and their special Baja chicken pizza. Other items include smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, salads, fruits, cheeses and freshly carved meats. A variety of desserts round out this Mother's Day feast.

4. Lincoln Inn Banquets, 1345 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia

Time: 10:00- 3:00 pm

Cost: $27.95 Adults, $14.95 Children 3-12

Lincoln Inn's brunch menu includes made-to-order omelets, sausage, bacon, hash browns and French toast. Lunch offerings include a seafood station, chicken, pasta, salads, fruit, baked macaroni and cheese and BBQ ribs, plus a fresh carving station. A full sweets table, plus coffee, tea, juice and soft drinks are all included in the price of the brunch.

5. Pheasant Run, 401 E. Main St., St. Charles

Time: 9:30-1:30 pm

Cost: $39.95 Adults, $39.95 Seniors 65 & Older, $15.95 Children

Pheasant Run's brunch has something for everyone. Guests will enjoy creations from their chef-manned omelet, pasta and salad stations. The carving station includes peppercorn-crusted sirloin, bone-in ham and roasted turkey with sage gravy. Other items include poached salmon, peel-and-eat shrimp, beef medallions, chicken, cod, spring vegetables and international cheeses. Kids will appreciate the children's buffet featuring mac and cheese and tater tots. Complete your plate with a stop at the pastry table.

There are plenty more phenomenal restaurants in the Fox Valley that are offering Mother's Day Brunch menu's...we couldn't possibly list them all. Just make sure you make your reservations ahead of time or you WILL NOT BE HAVING BRUNCH WITH MOM anywhere but in your own home! This is one day of the year when every restaurant is completely booked and the walk-in lines are extremely long. 

From all of us at The Rullo Team....We Wish all Mother's a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Geneva IL Home Sold in 19 Days!

by The Rullo Team

Did you know, on average, it takes 50 days to sell a home in Geneva IL?  Not for The Rullo Team!  The Rullo Team just SOLD 3438 WHEATLAND CIRCLE, GENEVA IL for TOP DOLLAR in ONLY 19 DAYS! How long has YOUR home been on the market?  

Here are some current Home Statistics for Geneva to consider when you're considering hiring a Real Estate Team:
























Who do you want to SELL YOUR HOME?  If selling your home in the LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME, for TOP DOLLAR, with MAXIMUM EXPOSURE, by a highly regarded and recognized name in Fox Valley Real Estate is what you're looking for...then give The Rullo Team a call today!





Free Concert at the RiverPark in Geneva

by The Rullo Team

“Need to be Seen” Live Radio Theatre, at 6:30 pm July 28, is free to the public, sponsored by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission.  It is the last of the 2013 RiverPark Series, so if you enjoyed the first 3 events (or missed them!) you should attend this one. The performances take place in the outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Fox River.

Concert-goers should bring folding chairs or picnic blankets for the amphitheater and lawn.  In case of rain, the concerts will be held at the United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton St. Geneva. The RiverPark is located on the Fox River in the heart of Geneva. It is 1 1/2 blocks north of Route 38 on North River Lane. More information is available online at

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Battle of the Bands, 113 S. Third Street, Geneva

by The Rullo Team

Support your favorite local bands at Battle of the Bands, Monday, June 17 starting at 4 p.m. on 3rd Street's Main Stage. 

Groups ages 12 to 19 will compete for prizes and the chance to move on the regional competition in July. The winning act will also perform at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 21 during Swedish Days.

This fun, outdoor musical showcase is FREE to the public!

For more information, call 630.232.4542 or visit Sponsored by Geneva Coalition for Youth and Sound Sculptor Recording Studio.

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by The Rullo Team

Prairie Event Center, Kane County Fairgrounds
525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles

Presented by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce to benefit Geneva History Center, Geneva Lions Club and Rotary Club of Geneva!

Mark your calendar for April 19, 2013!

Doors/cash bar open at 5:30pm, sampling begins at 6pm.

Attendees will sample hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, side dishes & desserts made by people they know in the community and then vote for their favorite.

Go online early to meet the sixty “local celebrities” and vote.  ONLINE VOTING ENDS 5 pm APRIL 17, 2013

Purchase tickets online for $28 each and pick up at “will call” the night of event. Tickets can also be purchased at Geneva Chamber of Commerce (8 S. Third St.), Geneva History Center (113 S. Third St.), State Street Jewelers (214 W. State St) or Paper Merchant (328 S. Third St.)

Questions? Please call Geneva Chamber 630.232.6060 or visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website.

The goal of the Kane County Forest Preserve District is "to preserve and restore the nature of Kane County".

There are quite a few programs that are being offered this spring that will allow you to enjoy the results of the District’s labors.  Family Programs, Children’s Programs and Adult Programs where prices range from FREE to $15 (most are free), Summer Day Camps, Volunteer Programs and Special Events are all available. Come out and learn to identify frogs by songs and physical characteristics or plant an Oak Tree on earth day, and much, much more! 

For more information, please visit and check out the Spring 2013 edition of The Tree Line

The Smells That Sell...

by The Rullo Team

Has your agent suggested that you bake some cookies before potential buyers come visit your home?  There are those who will argue that aromas like freshly baked cookies, pumpkin pie and spices give the buyer the impression of being at home.  There is a new study on the effects of aromas that shows that complex smells like baked goods may be likely to dampen enthusiasm for a fast sale for top dollar.  The study suggests that a simple scent, such as orange, basil or pine, is easier to process and less of a distraction and that shoppers may even tend to spend more.

Scents also need to fit the home.  Match pine and cedar with a mountain home, not a beach house.  Ask yourself “What scent will buyers associate with this environment?”

If you are still a big believer in baked goods, though, make sure you don’t burn the cookies!

For more information, see the full article at

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6th Annual Geneva Film Festival

by The Rullo Team

6th Annual Geneva Film Festival, March 28-30, 2013
Great Movies, Great Destination!

Since its beginning in 2007, the Geneva Film Festival has grown in popularity and status in the independent film festival community. Festival organizers are looking forward to an even bigger and better 6th annual event in 2013. In addition to world-class films, the event features workshops by industry professionals to provide educational opportunities for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike, and much more. 

Last year’s selection of world-class films originated from 16 different countries. Local businesses and event sponsors benefit from the festival’s growing popularity.  Film screenings will begin Thursday evening March 28 and run through Saturday evening March 30 at State Street Dance Studio, 319 W. State St. The entrance is under the Geneva Theater Marquee.  A full screening pass is $10.

For more information, including film entries, screening times, and scheduled workshops, visit

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Woodburning Fireplace Maintenance

by The Rullo Team

Days like today make you want to curl up with a book in front of the fireplace.  First, to eliminate any worries, read below to ensure that your 'woodburning experiences' are relaxing and safe.

Fireplace Safety Issues
When you're buying a home, make sure the inspector checks the fireplace and chimney.  After you've moved in, have the fireplace cleaned and inspected annually.
Checking Chimney Caps
Make sure your chimney cap is not missing or damaged.  This keeps rain, birds, animals and debris from entering the chimney.

Inspect The Chimney
The professionals will be able to check Masonry chimneys by examining the inside and outside to make sure the mortar is intact. They will check Metal chimneys for dented, rusted metal or missing screws at joints.

Watch for Formation of Creosote, Soot and Creosote Glaze
Creosote is a flammable substance that is hard, dark, and crustlike. It is produced during incomplete combustion of wood. Minimize by burning dry hardwoods and keep the fire hot so that the wood burns more completely.

Soot is a flammable deposit, dark in color but softer than creosote. Most chimney sweeps recommend cleaning when soot deposits reach 1/8-inch in depth.
Creosote Glaze is a shiny, tar-like product and is flammable, and usually difficult to fully remove.
If there's smoke in the house, and you've eliminated chimney debris, make sure the damper is open. If lots of smoke is coming out the chimney, it means that wood isn't burning completely.

Enjoy, relax and be safe!

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Geneva is Illinois’ Best Place To Raise Kids

by The Rullo Team

Geneva has been selected by Bloomberg and Businessweek as the best place to raise kids in 2013 in Illinois

Weighed most heavily were public school performance and public safety, although many other categories were also looked at in the evaluation process.  Geneva was selected from more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations between 5,000 and 50,000. For more information and more details about the selection criteria, please see the article on

St. Charles also has received some recognition in the last few years. It was named No.1 on Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 list of top towns to raise a family.

In case you were wondering, No. 1 on the 2013 “Best Place to Raise Kids” list was Solon, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.

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