Success Stories: Marvin’s Toy Store

Imagination is precious in the mind of a child, and it’s also the driving force at this locally owned toy store. This mother-daughter duo is helping kids to play and create without the need for screens or electronics.

Geneva Film Fest Expands in 9th Year

Launched as a volunteer-driven celebration, this burgeoning festival is quickly gaining notice among film buffs in Geneva and around Chicagoland.






Success Story: La Bellissima

Quality ladies’ undergarments are just the start at this homegrown Crystal Lake business, where customer service and quality products are the means to providing something that’s just the right fit…
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What Works in Downtown Development?

An urban renaissance is underway, as attention turns from sprawling shopping centers to historic commercial districts. Getting there has taken decades of grassroots change.






Destination: Downtown Grayslake

Experience the unique character of our region, with a trip to this quaint Lake County village.






Destination: Downtown Richmond

Explore the hidden gems of our region. Interactive map included.






Chez Moi

Casual/French-American. Handmade crepes, galettes, salads, sandwiches, quiche, croissants, coffee, wine, beer.
415 W. State St., Geneva
(331) 248-0654






Jack’s Silverado Grill

Casual/American. Burgers, salads, seafood, steaks
447 Spring Road, Elmhurst
(630) 833-1602






Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen

Casual/Earth-friendly. Artisan craft beers; local-sourced ingredients; bison & grass-fed beef burgers; pork; chicken; vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free items
110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake
(815) 356-9980
Lunch, Dinner






Elmhurst: Small-Town Charm, Big-City Appeal

Located just 15 miles west of Chicago, this suburb is full of quiet neighborhoods and parks, but it’s also filled with vibrant resources. Tour the highlights and learn why residents are so enthusiastic.