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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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!!!



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)



THE LITTLE TRAVELER (404 South Third 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… 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


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



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



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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St. Charles Jazz Weekend!

by The Rullo Team



Another great community event is headed your way.....this time in beautiful downtown St. Charles! It's time for the 2018 St. Charles Jazz Weekend!! Enjoy 4 days of the best jazz performers from around the country, including Grammy Award winning saxophonis Frank Catalano. Check out the 33 jazz performances at 14 venues around the downtown area!

Thursday, September 6th

6:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:00 pm | Jack Macklin Trio | The Wine Exchange

7:00 pm | Neal Alger Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

7:30 pm | A Salute to Nancy Wilson with the Angel Spiccia Quartet | Club Arcada

8:00 pm | Alex Murphy Trio feat. Daniel Ferris | Vero Voce Theater & School of Performing Arts

8:00 pm | Sam Wyatt & Erin McDougald | Vintage 53

8:30 pm | Tom Linsk | Rox City Grill

9:00 pm | Joel Baer | The House Pub

Friday, September 7th

6:00 pm | Jack Macklin & Alex Murphy Quartet | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:30 pm | Fantasy Master’s Smooth Jazz Group | The Wine Exchange

8:00 pm | Riley Elmore | Vintage 53

8:00 pm | Ruben Alvaréz Latin Jazz Ensemble | Eden on the River

8:30 pm | Re-Birth of Louis Armstrong feat. Dean Simms and the Hot Notes | Club Arcada

8:30 pm | Johnny Burnett | Rox City Grill

9:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The House Pub

Saturday, September 8th

1:30 pm | DePaul University Student Jazz Ensemble | 1st Street Plaza

3:00 pm | Dana Hall’s Spring | 1st Street Plaza

4:30 pm | Frank Catalano | 1st Street Plaza

6:00 pm | Joel Reams Jazz Group | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:30 pm | Alex Murphy Trio | The Wine Exchange

7:00 pm | Jack Macklin Trio | McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub

8:00 pm | Le Percolateur | Vintage 53

8:00 pm | Bill Boris Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

8:30 pm | Re-Birth of Louis Armstrong feat. Dean Simms and the Hot Notes | Club Arcada

8:30 pm | Peter Miletic | Rox City Grill

9:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The House Pub

Sunday, September 9th

9:00 am | Alex Murphy Trio | Baker Memorial Church

10:30 am | Kingdom of Groove | Baker Memorial Church

2:00 pm | Shout Section Big Band Jazz Ensemble | 1st Street Plaza

3:00 pm | Andy Schlinder | The Office

3:00 pm | An Evening of Random Acts | Mount St. Mary’s Park

4:30 pm | Sinatra Sunday with Dakota Trio | Club Arcada

5:30 pm | Frank Catalano | The Finery & Blacksmith Bar

6:00 pm | Jack Macklin | Francesca’s by the River



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend of musical fun at the 2018 St. Charles Jazz Weekend!!



Image Credit: City of St. Charles

Fill Your Cup With Fun at the Festival of the Vine!

by The Rullo Team

Get ready to fill your cup at the Festival of the Vine!!!! Head to downtown Geneva on Friday, September 7th, through Sunday, September 9th, for this favorite festival of art, entertainment, food, and wine! Enjoy delicious wine, tasty food, and plenty of community fun. The highlights are truly the wine tasting and the samplings at the Flavor Fare. Do not miss the Special Wine Tasting & Culinary Events. But, there is so much more for the whole family! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your weekend at the 37th Annual Festival of the Vine in beautiful Geneva, Illinois!


Festival of the Vine Brochure


Music Lineup

Main Stage at the Flavor Fare (West State & North Fourth Streets)

Friday, September 7th

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Hitmen

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Paul, Jay and Tom Trio

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Majors Junction

Saturday, September 8th

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Bert’s Revenge

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Gregory Hyde

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Hiline Band

Sunday, September 9th

12:00  pm – 2:00 pm | The MacCartyns

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Drew Clausen

Concerts on the Green (Third & James Streets)

Friday, September 7th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | The Thompson Duo

Saturday, September 8th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Brian Allison

Sunday, September 9th

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Kelsey Roberts w/ Owen Szorc

Flavor Fare Information

Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (Friday & Saturday) | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sunday)

Cost: $1 per ticket | Wine Costs 5-16 Tickets per Glass

**Ticket sales end ½ hour prior to closing

Festival Wine List

Food Menu

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend of food and fun at the Festival of the Vine!

Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce


2018 Taste of Batavia Block Party!

by The Rullo Team


Celebrate the long holiday weekend at the 2018 Taste of Batavia Block Party!!! Head to beautiful downtown Batavia on Sunday, September 2nd, from 4 pm to 9 pm, for an evening of delectable fun!


There is something for everyone at the Downtown Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia. Let loose with lawn games, hula hooping, and bags. Marvel at incredible vehicles during the Classic Car Show. Show off your culinary skills in the Pie Bake-Off. Dance the night away to incredible live music. Bring the kids to the large play area that will feature a ballons, bounce house, face painting, and more activites for the little ones.


AND, of course, dine on the best food that Batavia has to offer! Enjoy $3 food tastings or $6-9 large plate options from your favorite Batavia restaurants:


Live Music Schedule

4:00 pm | Evan Reid

4:30 pm | River City Revival

5:30 pm | Batavia Academy of Dance

6:00 pm | Dick Diamond & The Dusters




The Rullo Team hopes everyone in the Fox River Valley has a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!  


Image Credit: Batavia MainStreet


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