Exploring Geneva in… Illinois!

GenevaGeneva is a beautiful city in Switzerland. It’s also a cute little town just west of Chicago. Geneva (Illinois) has cute streets with great shops, cafes and restaurants. The entire town can be accessed on foot, or on bike alongside the Fox River. Geneva is quieter than Naperville (another cute city west of Chicago) and has the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

« The Little Traveler » is certainly the most famous shop in Geneva. What a crazy store! When you enter it’s easy to get lost in the dozens of rooms that are filled with trinkets, treasures, food, clothes, hats, homegoods, shoes, candles….. The range of « stuff » is pretty amazing.

We ate lunch at the « All Chocolate Kitchen », a cafe that is as it sounds – nearly everything is made out of chocolate. The owner and chef seems to be French. He seems to have a ton of passion for chocolate and himself. The decor is a mix of chocolate sculptures and photos of the owner. The shop is also set-up with a camera and movie screen that seems to be for filming cooking shows. The menu features premium chocolates, gelato and french pastries (like croissant au chocolat). I took a really good quiche Lorraine. The taste of home!

Some historical trivia, Geneva played an important role in connecting the cities of the Fox River Valley to the Lincoln Highway. You can check out a cool poster at the corner of 2nd street.

Over to you, what do you love to find in a small town?










Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.


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