10 Things to Do in Batavia That You Shouldn't Miss

December 16, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Batavia (/bəˈteɪviə/) is a city in DuPage and Kane counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, it was founded in 1833 and is the oldest city in Kane County. During the latter part of the 19th century, Batavia, home to six American-style windmill manufacturing companies, became known as "The Windmill City." Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a federal government-sponsored high-energy physics laboratory, where both the bottom quark and the top quark were first detected, is located in the city.
Restaurants in Batavia

1. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia, IL
Excellent
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

A visit to Fermilab includes a tour of several physics labs, highlighted by the world's highest energy particle accelerator.

Reviewed By Troy G - Geneva, Illinois, United States

great lectures, great place to visit with the kids and see the buffalo. it's historic and you learn soooo much. definitely a must do.

2. Paramount Theatre

23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506-4128 +1 630-896-7676
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5 based on 343 reviews

Paramount Theatre

Reviewed By Mamaw58 - Lombard, Illinois

We were entertained recently at the performance of Cabaret and recommend seeing this production! As usual, we are never disappointed with any of the Paramount productions and again, this is a superb performance!
It is arranged for Adults and is not age appropriate for young children! Thank you Paramount for this entertaining show of Cabaret!
One of the only disappointments at the theatre is the line for the women's rest room during the 15 minute intermission. Since a female dominated audience it is hard to get in the restroom, grab a refreshment at the bar, and back in your seat before the second half begins....
Hurrah the new theatre seats are arriving this coming summer 2018! They have served us all well over the 80 plus years!

3. Arcada Theatre

105 E Main St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-1927 +1 630-962-7000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Arcada Theatre

Reviewed By WinfieldRDH - Winfield, Illinois

This is our new favorite venue. Honestly the back row is as close as the priciest seats in bigger venues. It's intimate and the sound is really great too. It's an old theater with the accompanying charm AND small seats :-)

4. Northwestern Medicine Field

34W002 Cherry Ln, Geneva, IL 60134-4104 +1 630-232-8811
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Northwestern Medicine Field

Reviewed By wlamb123 - Chicago, IL

The Kane County Cougars have been around for years. Expect some Midwestern summer foods, a lot of families with children and between inning entertainment. The split-the-pot raffle is definitely a chance worth taking - I won $366 in August of 2016. Go on a fireworks night.

5. Prairie Landing Golf Club

2325 Longest Dr, West Chicago, IL 60185-1872 +1 630-208-7600
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Prairie Landing Golf Club

Since opening in 1994, Prairie Landing Golf Club with its rolling hills, 4.5 star course and beautiful facilities have been attracting crowds from all over. Comfortably nestled in the friendly town of West Chicago, the Club quickly established itself as the premier public golf facility in the region. Beyond drawing golfers to its Trent Jones Jr. designed links, Prairie Landing's richly-appointed ballrooms and highly rated McChesney's Pub & Grill restaurant make it a favorite for both event planner and discerning diners.

Reviewed By pjsalernosr - Warrenville, Illinois

I have played courses all over the country! The Staff is excellent! The Practice Area are outstanding! Pros talk to you on and off the clock. The course will be in great shape this year based on the new sand traps and sculpturing form last...MoreThank you for the great review. We promise to work hard to make 2016 the best year yet.

6. Blackberry Farm

100 S Barnes Rd, Aurora, IL 60506-8118 +1 630-892-1550
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Blackberry Farm

Reviewed By HeatherRaeOchoa - Aurora, Illinois, United States

We visited Blackberry Farms 3 times in July/August. Twice for their summer out door concerts on Thursday evenings and once for their Wine and Canvas.

We had an awesome time for each event.

The concerts are only $5 per person and it is BYOB (or Wine/Liquor) and Picnic/Snacks.

Wine and Canvas is only $19 per person and is also BYOB (or Wine/Liquor) and Picnic/Snacks.

They supply all materials needed. Paint, canvas, instruction and an apron!

It is such a pretty place and welcoming environment a great way to have an affordable date night, couples night out with friends and family, or just with an awesome group of friends/family.

I also saw a lot of people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

I will attend most of their concert events next year and would like to make it to at least 2 to 3 Wine and Canvas events a year!

7. Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden

1925 S Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL 60134-3309 +1 630-377-6424
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden

Reviewed By Kev521 - Freeport, Illinois

We went and the place was closed. We did see this on the website so we were no surprised. We walked the grounds and there is a lot to see. You have to be watching for the signs or you will miss it. You park...MoreThank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed the grounds as much as we do.

8. Red Oak Nature Center

2343 S River St, Batavia, IL 60510-9664 +1 630-897-1808
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Red Oak Nature Center

Reviewed By Ree12_12 - Aurora, Illinois

You park you car in the lot along art 25. You walk through the gate, over the railroad tracks and you are immediately transported into Illinois' equivalent of the redwood forest. They have a nature center with some of the wildlife that is indigenous to our area, including fish, salamanders, frogs, and snakes. They have educational programs that are run through the year that are for adults and children by the Fox Valley Park District. There are also bike paths and nature trails. Go to the Fox Valley Park Districts web site to discover what your next adventure will be there!

9. Downtown St. Charles

2 E Main St, Saint Charles, IL 60174-1926 +1 630-443-3967
Excellent
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Downtown St. Charles

Discover your City Side! Downtown St. Charles is home to two theatres, boutique shopping, award winning events, and an endless array of dining options. Come experience a place where the cherished past is complemented by an array of urban amenities. The Fox River, which runs through Downtown St. Charles, provides the perfect backdrop for a number of recreational activities.

Reviewed By kathy1701 - Chicago, Illinois

Great fun in StCharles this weekend. Lots to see and do in town and along the Fox River. Great options of restaurants and stores to shop at.

10. Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center

1335 S River St, Batavia, IL 60510-3197 +1 630-879-8717
Excellent
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4 based on 42 reviews

Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center

Funway is Illinois’ largest Family Entertainment Center with a mission to pump some real fun into your life! Funway is over five acres of fun including both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Outback activities include go karts, bumper boats, mini golf, water wars, batting and soccer cages, and jumpshot! Plan a birthday party or spend a rainy day with the family at our 20 Lane State-of-the-Art Bowling Alley, Arcade with over 75 games, Roller Rink, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Lazer Frenzy and more!

Reviewed By andrea c

Great place both indoors and outdoors. It has a ton of things to do. Indoors it has glow in the dark golf, lazer tag, video games, roller skating and bowling. Great for birthdays I had my daughters party when she turned 9 there. Outdoors when the weather is nice, batting cages, water shooting boats, bumper boats, race cars and jumping basketball. Great drinks and food too.

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