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Fall Travel 2010: Geneva

Not far from Chicago, an old-fashioned town filled with home design shops anchors an afternoon along the Fox River Trail

Fabyan Forest Preserve on the Fox River
Fabyan Forest Preserve on the Fox River. For more photos, check out the gallery »

 

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DISTANCE FROM CHICAGO: 40 MILES

A fall getaway can be an extended weekend—or a quiet day in the country on the western reaches of metropolitan Chicago. Head for Geneva on the Fox River, either by car or via Metra’s Union Pacific west line. This pretty, almost pastoral town lends itself to a leisurely stroll: Check out its home design stores—including State Street Salvage, Scentimental Gardens, and 610 Home—take an audio walking tour of the historic downtown, or find the perfect picnic spot on Island Park (accessed by the bridge at State Street and River Lane).

Allow some time to bask in the fall colors along the river, traveling by car (on Highway 25 or 31), bike, or kayak. The Fox River Trail, which passes through Geneva, takes cyclists north to Algonquin and south—past the Fabyan Forest Preserve, with its Japanese garden, Dutch windmill, and a farmhouse remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright—to Aurora; the Geneva Kayak Center offers rentals and tours. Explore the art galleries on the first Friday of each month, or partake in the annual Festival of the Vine (September 10th to 12th). Finally, conclude your day with a sumptuous dinner at Niche, where Jeremy Lycan’s culinary sleight of hand conjures up the perfect seasonal complement to a fall day in the country.

 

DETAILS

SHOPPING & DINING
Festival of the Vine genevachamber.com/festivalofthevine.html

Niche 14 S. Third St.; 630-262-1000, nichegeneva.com

Scentimental Gardens 428 W. State St.; 630-232-1303, scentimentalgardens.com

610 Home 610 S. First St.; 630-262-3770, 610homegeneva.com

State Street Salvage 600 S. First St.; 630-232-9940, statestreetsalvage.com

SIGHTSEEING
Art galleries artgalleriesgeneva.com

Audio tours geneva.il.us/audio/walkingtour.htm

Fabyan Forest Preserve 630-232-5980, kaneforest.com/fp/fabyan.aspx

Fox River Trail 630-232-5980, kaneforest.com/recreation/trails/foxriver.aspx

Geneva Kayak Center 34 N. Bennett St.; 630-232-0320, genevakayak.com

Metra Union Pacific 312-836-7000, metrarail.com

Mill Race Cyclery (bike rentals) 11 E. State St.; 630-232-2833, millrace.com

 

Photograph: Stevegeer/istockphoto.com

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