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Treat Your Sweetheart To A Romantic Dinner in The Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Cupid has come to the beautiful Fox River Valley! Valentine's Day is almost here! Celebrate the love you share with your sweetheart with an incredible dinner for two. There are so many delectable and romantic restaurants in the Fox River Valley to choose from. Here are our top recommendations for romantic spots to dine for Valentine’s Day. And, don't forget to grab a sweet treat for dessert afterwards!


DINNER

Atwater's | 15 South River Lane, Geneva | (630) 208-8920

Fioras | 317 South 3rd Street, Geneva | (630) 262-1317

Moveable Feast & Company | 321 Franklin Street, Geneva | (630) 845-3287

Niche | 14 South 3rd Street, Geneva | (630) 262-1000

Osteria Bigolaro | 317 West State Street, Geneva | (630) 402-0597

The Pattern House | 124 South 2nd Street, Geneva | (630) 492-5040

Wildwood Restaurant | 477 South Third Street, Geneva | (630) 377-8325

Club Arcada | 105 East Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 962-7000

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar | 305 West Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 940-2380

Hotel Baker | 100 West Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 584-2100

Nuova Italia Restaurant | 18 North 4th Street, St. Charles | (630) 584-4040

Pheasant Run Resort | 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 584-6300

St. Charles Place | 2550 East Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 377-3333

Vintage 53 | 162 South 1st Street, St. Charles | (630) 549-0423

Gaetano's Batavia | 15 East Wilson Street, Batavia | (630) 406-3009

 

DESSERT

All Chocolate Kitchen | 33 South Third Street, Geneva | (630) 232-2395

Sugar Path Bakery | 315 West State Street, Geneva | (630) 262-3353

Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream | 302 South Third Street, Geneva | (630) 232-6655


 


The Rullo Team
wishes everyone in the Fox River Valley a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Follow us on Facebook for more local information and events!

Fill Your Bellies During Geneva Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

Geneva Restaurant Week is week! It’s the perfect time to discover the finest culinary delights Geneva has to offer!! On Monday, January 21st through Sunday, January 27th, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce is proud to present their annual restaurant week. 20 of the city’s best restaurants and cafes will be offering special discounted dining. Many of the deals can only be found during Restaurant Week so do not miss out! No tickets or coupons are required. Just mention that you would like the Restaurant Week offering to your server. Fill your bellies with some incredible deals this week in beautiful Geneva!

 

Participating Restaurants

1910 Bar | 30 West State Street, Suite 200

Altiro Latin Fusion | 308 Anderson Boulevard

Atwater's | 15 South River Lane

Chianti's | 201 South Third Street

Cotto A Legna | 500 South Third Street, Suite 147

Craft Urban | 211 James Street

Del Barrio Mezcaleria | 507 South Third Street, Suite B

FoxFire Steakhouse | 17 West State Street

Geneva Ale House | 319 West State Street

GIA MIA | 13 North Third Street

Houlihan's | 1322 Commons Drive

The Little Traveler Atrium Café | 404 South Third Street

Livia Italian Eatery | 207 South Third Street

Old Towne Pub & Eatery | 201 West State Street

Osteria Bigolaro | 317 West State Street

Preservation Bread & Wine | 513 South Third Street

Sergio's Cantina | 30 West State Street

Stockholm's | 306 West State Street

The Walrus Room | 415 West State Street, Suite 105


For all the special restaurant week menus offered at these participating restaurants, click HERE!



The Rullo Team wishes you Happy Dining in Geneva!



Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce

New Year's Eve Celebrations in St. Charles!

by The Rullo Team

The NEW YEAR is right around the corner! Ring in 2019 in beautiful St. Charles! Celebrate New Year's Eve throughout St. Charles at one of these incredible festive events! With celebrations featuring comedians, live music, dancing, food, and more, you will start your New Year off right this weekend!

NEW YEAR'S EVE DAY PARTY

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 am

Location: Club Arcada (105 East Main Street)

Cost: $85 per person

Don’t want to stay up late to celebrate? Come to this fun day party instead! Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, live music, champagne toast, and all your other favorite NYE things!


NEW YEAR'S EVE DINNER AND CELEBRATION

Date: Monday, December 31st

Times: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm OR 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Dinner) | 8:30 pm - 12:30 am (Celebration)

Location: Hotel Baker (100 West Main Street)

Cost: $55 per person (Dinner)

Dine on a delicious 4 course dinner menu. Follow up dinner with dancing to a DJ during the NYE Celebration in the Waterfront Room. Call (630) 584-2100 to reserve your spot today!


ROCK AND ROLL NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street)

Cost: $65 per person

Celebrate New Years with dinner and dancing. Start the evening with a delicious, premium dinner buffet. Then put on your dancing shoes while you groove to incredible music from Nicole Kestler & The Joe Valentino Prohibition Band and Hip Pockit!

COMEDY SPECIAL EVENT - LANDRY

Date: Monday, December 31st

Times: 7:30 pm OR 10:30 pm

Location: Zanies Comedy Club (4051 East Main Street)

Cost: $30 per person (7:30 Show) | $40 per person (10:30 Show - includes Champagne Toast)

Laugh the night away with nationally recognized comedian Landry. The 10:30 pm show includes party favors and balloon drop at midnight!

CLUB ARCADA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH DIVA MONTELL!

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Club Arcada (105 East Main Street)

Cost: $175 per person

Dance the night away with Diva Montell’s “This Is It” Dance Band! Enjoy a premium buffet, open bar, and champagne toast at midnight!

DANCE IN THE NEW YEAR

Date: Monday, December 31st

Time: 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Location: Pheasant Run Resort, (4051 East Main Street)

Cost: $75 per person

Party with your friends and neighbors at this festive celebration. Enjoy party favors, DJ, champagne toast, and balloon drop.


The Rullo Team wishes everyone in the Fox River Valley a Happy & Safe New Year’s Eve!   

Get Festive Ideas For Your Home During the Geneva Holiday House Tour!

by The Rullo Team

It’s almost time for one of the favorite holiday traditions in Geneva........the annual Holiday House Tour! Tour 5 exquisite homes in Geneva that have been artfully decorated with festive holiday cheer on December 7th and 8th. Find inspiration for decorating and entertaining in your own Fox River Valley after seeing these homes beautifully brimming with boughs of holly and the Christmas spirit.

 Although this event is still a little bit away, tickets sell out every year! Do not miss out on your opportunity to see some of the most stunning home holiday decorations by purchasing your tickets today!!!

 

*FEATURED HOMES*

Home of Jon & Chris Barr Family

228 North 4th Street

Decorated by The Little Traveler (630-232-4200)

Home of Carmi & Ed Bonifas

563 Creekside Drive

Decorated by SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens (630-232-1303) and Plandscape, Inc. (630-365-2558) with contributor All Chocolate Kitchen (630-232-2395)

Home of Mindy & Dan DeVito

1309 Cooper Lane

Decorated by Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center (630-377-6288)

Home of Jim & Kathy Coe Mizgalski

426 Maple Lane

Decorated by bb Interiors (630-262-9400) and Avant Gardenia (630-999-3030)

Santacaterina Family Home

616 Fulton Street

Decorated by Gatherings By Design (630-880-8792) and Plandscape, Inc. (630-365-2558)

Tickets are $35 per person and include the home tour, traditional holiday tea at the First Congregational Church (327 Hamilton Street) on Friday from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm or on Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, and a keepsake booklet with holiday decorating and entertaining ideas.

 

Ways To Order

Online HERE

Phone at (630)232-6060

Mail by filling out the form HERE and sending to:

Geneva Chamber Christmas House Tour

8 South Third Street

Geneva, IL 60134

In person at any of the following locations (Cash or Check only):

GENEVA CHAMBER (8 South Third Street)

bb INTERIORS (600 South First Street)

CITY OF GENEVA (22 South First Street)

COCOON (212 South Third Street)

COUNTRY NATURALS (316 Campbell Street)

HEINZ BROTHERS GREENHOUSE GARDEN CENTER (2010 East Main Street, St. Charles)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1308 Commons Drive)

THE LITTLE TRAVELER (404 South Third Street)

SG GENEVA/SCENTIMENTAL GARDENS (428 West State Street)



Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Mark Your Calendars for Holiday Homecoming!

by The Rullo Team

Kick off the start of the holiday season at the Fox River Valley’s favorite festive celebration: Holiday Homecoming!!! Head to beautiful downtown St. Charles on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th for a jolly good time. The weekend is filled with tons of family-friendly activities. The best part…..it is all FREE! Enjoy carols, seasonal treats, sleigh rides, and more with family, friends, and neighbors just in time for the holidays.


Friday, November 23rd: Be there for the Lighting of the Lights! Our very own Mayor Ray Rogina will help light up 1st Street Plaza. As the plaza becomes illuminated in festive splendor, enjoy an appearance by Santa and holiday carols starting at 5:00 pm.

 

Saturday, November 24th: Enjoy a full day of holiday cheer in downtown St. Charles. Head to the Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street) for a special screening of the holiday classic Home Alone at 10:00 am, with doors opening at 9:00 am. Take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride on 1st Street from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas by visiting Santa’s House in the plaza between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Check out the spectacular Live Holiday Window Displays on Main and 1st Streets from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Finish the day by enjoying the always incredible Electric Christmas Parade on Main Street (between 6th Street & 4th Avenue), starting at 5:30 pm.



The Rullo Team wishes you a jolly good time at this year’s Holiday Homecoming in downtown St. Charles!



Image Credit: City of St. Charles

 

Fox River Valley Polling Places!

by The Rullo Team

Election Day, November 6th, is here! No matter which candidates you are voting for this year it is important to have your voice heard! It is one of the great freedoms that we get to enjoy in this country. All polls in Illinois will be open tomorrow 6:00 am until 7:00 pm.

Looking for your local polling place? Here is a list of all polling places for the Fox Valley:

Batavia

 

  • JB Nelson School (334 William Wood Lane)
  • Congregational Church of Batavia (21 South Batavia Avenue)
  • HC Storm School (305 North Van Nortwick Avenue)
  • Batavia VFW Overseas Post 1197 (645 South River Street)
  • Heritage Woods (1079 East Wilson Street)
  • Lincoln Inn Banquets (1345 South Batavia Avenue)
  • Grace McWayne Elementary School (3501 Hapner Way)
  • Jewel Middle School (1501 Waterford Road, North Aurora)
  • Cornerstone Community Baptist Church (307 Banbury Road, North Aurora)
  • Hoover Wood School (1640 Wagner Road)
  • Rotolo Middle School (1501 South Raddant Road)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church (950 Hart Road)

 

Geneva

 

  • Sunset Community Center (710 Western Avenue)
  • Baker Community Center (101 South 2nd Street, St. Charles)
  • Geneva High School (416 McKinley Avenue)
  • The Crossings Clubhouse (2684 Stone Circle)
  • Western Avenue Elementary School (1500 Western Avenue)
  • Pepper Valley Clubhouse (2105 Pepper Valley Drive)
  • Fox Valley Presbyterian Church (227 Eastside Drive)
  • Batavia VFW Overseas Post 1197 (645 South River Street)
  • The Holmstad (700 West Fabyan Parkway, Batavia)
  • Chesapeake Commons (1490 Geneva Drive)
  • Chapelstreet Church (3435 Keslinger Road)

 

St. Charles  

 

  • Pottawatomie Community Center (8 North Avenue)
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church (1145 North 5th Avenue)
  • AMLI of St. Charles (100 Lakeside Drive)*
  • St. Charles Public Library (1 South 6th Avenue)
  • Baker Community Center (101 South 2nd Street)
  • St. Charles Free Methodist Church (214 Walnut Street)*
  • Valley View Baptist Church (6N656 Route 25)
  • New Covenant Bible Church (4N780 Randall Road)
  • Oaks of St. Charles Clubhouse (87 White Oak Circle)
  • Valley View Baptist Church (6N656 Route 25)
  • Kane County Branch Court Conference Center (530 South Randall Road)
  • Cumberland Green Club House (1798 Cumberland Green Drive)
  • Hosanna Lutheran Church (36W925 Red Gate Road)
  • Fox Valley Presbyterian Church (227 Eastside Drive, Geneva)
  • Thornwood Sports Core (850 East Thornwood Drive, South Elgin)
  • South Elgin Municipal Annex (1 West State Street, South Elgin)

 

 

To find your exact polling place, click HERE! Make sure to bring a valid form of identification.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Fox River Valley at the polls tomorrow! Happy Election Day!


 

Batavia's BatFest This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is next week! Start celebrating this weekend at one of your favorite Fox River Valley annual events....BatFest! Head to downtown Batavia on

Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for some festive, family fun! This favorite event features fun contests, great games

and activities, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Halloween parade, Pumpkin bowl, Farmer's Market, and so much more! The best part? All of this fun is FREE!

 


 

Daytime Events

110:00 am - Noon | Downtown Trick-Or-Treating

10:00 am - Noon | Farmers’ Market

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Pumpkin Roll | Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 6

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Marshmallow Shooting Range | Hosted by SoleUnique

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Bat Booth & Games | Hosted by Our Sponsors

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Pumpkin Carving Battles | Hosted by Water Street Studios

11:30 am | BatFest Stories and Songs | Batavia Public Library

11:50 am | Halloween Parade | Hosted by Batavia Mother’s Club and Funway

Main Stage Schedule

10:00 am | SolUnique Dance Performance

10:30 am | Monster Mash Lesson and Performance (Batavia Academy of Dance)

11:00 am | A Step Above Dance Academy Performance

12:15 am | All Dressed Up Costume Contest

12:45 am | Thriller Performance (Batavia Academy of Dance)

1:00 pm | Batavia Animal Clinic Pet Costume Contest

 


Image Credit: Batavia Mainstreet

Get Ready for Trick or Treaters in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is quickly approaching! Get ready for a night of spooky, frightening fun! With your costume ready and your goody bag emptied, it is time to hit the streets of the Fox River Valley for some trick or treating! The night of Halloween, Wednesday October 31st, will be filled with ghosts and goblins, superheroes and princesses! Here is a list of all of the trick or treating hours for the communities in our area!

 

 

Community Trick or Treating Hours

Geneva | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Charles | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wayne | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oswego | 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Batavia | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elburn | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Maple Park | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

South Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Aurora | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

North Aurora | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Make sure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween by following these simple safety tips!

 

  • Trick or treaters should always walk in groups and never alone.
  • Parents or guardians should always accompany young children.
  • Bring a flashlight or attach reflective gear to costumes to ensure that everyone is visible after dark.
  • Make sure costumes do not restrict vision or have any tripping hazards.
  • Stay on sidewalks and within crosswalks when trick or treating. Only walk and avoid using skateboards, skates, bikes, etc.
  • Always look for traffic when crossing the street. If you will be driving on Halloween, make sure to always check for pedestrians.
  • Check ALL candy before letting your children eat any of it. You should only keep candy that is properly wrapped or packaged.

 

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!

St Charles' Scarecrow Fest This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in St. Charles means it is time for one of your favorite annual community events……..Scarecrow Fest!!! The 33rd annual Scarecrow Fest is here! Head to beautiful Downtown St. Charles on Friday, October 5th, through Sunday, October 7th for a weekend filled with autumnal fun! This FREE event has something for the entire family! Make your own scarecrow! Vote on your favorite scarecrows in the contest display. Dance the day away to live music on the 3 stages! Find something unique at the Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show. Take a spin on the fun carnival rides. Dine on delicious food at the Taste of St. Charles. Participate in the first ever W.A.R. on Wheels Scarecrow Ride! And, SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Live Entertainment!

Q Center’s Main Stage at Lincoln Park

Friday, October 5th

 

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am | Elite Academy of Dance
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am | St. Charles Park District Dance Team
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Big Dog Mercer Trio
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | School of Rock Geneva
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Orange Star
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | The Wayouts

 

Saturday, October 6th

 

  • 10:00 am – 10:50 am | Thompson Middle School
  • 11:10 am – 11:40 am | 3rd Street Dance Studio
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Moves Dance Team
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Beth Fowler Dance Team
  • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Studio 64 Dance Fitness Zumba
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Dance Arts Center of St. Charles
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | The Doors of Chicago
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Rock City Seven

 

Sunday, October 7th

 

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am | Batavia Academy
  • 10:40 am – 11:10 am | D2 Performing Company
  • 11:20 am – 11:50 am | Dreams Dance Academy
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Dance Dynamics
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Six to Midnight
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama

 

Find the full entertainment lineup for the Arcada Theatre Stage and Old St. Charles Stage HERE!

Carnival Details!

Dates: Thursday, October 4th Sunday, October 7th

Hours: 5:00 pm9:00 pm (Thursday) | 12:00 pm10:00 pm (Friday) | 11:00 am10:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Parking lot at 3rd & Cedar Streets

*Unlimited Ride Specials for $25 per person on Thursday (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and Saturday & Sunday (11:00 am – 3:00 pm).

Event Details!

Dates: Friday, October 5thSunday, October 7th

Hours: 10:00 am9:00 pm (Friday & Saturday) | 10:00 am5:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Downtown St. Charles

Cost: FREE Admission!  



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend filled with fall fun at St. Charles’ 33rd Annual Scarecrow Fest!  



Image Credit: Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

Find the Perfect Pumpkins in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Autumn in the Fox River Valley is our favorite time of year! The cool sunny days, the crisp air, stunning colors of leaves, cozy sweaters, and the buzz of energy as we head into the end of the year are all some of the best aspects of the season. One of our other favorite fall things…...PUMPKINS. Find the perfect pumpkin to decorate your Fox River Valley home or to create a delicious pumpkin pie at our area’s best Pumpkin Patches.

Windy Acres

Address: 37W446 Fabyan Parkway

Geneva, IL 60134

Phone: 630-232-6429

Fax: 630-232-6459

Website: Windy Acres

Email: windyacresfarmstand@gmail.com

 

Kuipers Family Farm

Address: 1N318 Watson Road

Maple Park, IL 60151

Phone: 815-827-5200

Fax: 815-827-4100

Website: Kuipers Family Farm

Norton's Produce

Address: 39W369 Illinois Highway 64

Saint Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-377-8118

Website: Norton's Produce

Email: info@nortonsproduce.com

 

Sonny Acres Farm

Address: 29W310 North Avenue

West Chicago, IL 60185

Phone: 630-231-3859

Website: Sonny Acres Farm

 

Abbey Farms

Address: 2855 Hart Road

Aurora IL, 60502

Phone: 630-966-7775

Website: Abbey Farms

 

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