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Rolling On the River

The Fox River

Continue your Illinois Rollin’ on the River tour to Kane County and the Main Street town of Batavia.Batavia truly captures what it means to be a great Illinois river community. The beautiful Fox River runs right through Batavia’s downtown and provides numerous recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, and biking along the Fox River Trail.

A great day trip destination, Batavia features a River Walk with seven working windmills.

The annual Mid-American Canoe race runs right through Batavia on the first Sunday in June, starting in St. Charles and finishing in Aurora.

Head north to the Main Street community of St. Charles. Also located on the Fox River, St. Charles is a fantastic way to experience river recreation and natural beauty.

Take a paddlewheel riverboat cruise on the “St. Charles Belle” or the “Fox River Queen.” You can even come aboard and enjoy one of the daily afternoon sightseeing trips.

In St. Charles, the Fox River is also bordered by the St. Charles Park District as well as local forest preserve property. There are many sightseeing and picnicking opportunities within this green corridor of scenic beauty.

From St. Charles, continue traveling north to the Main Street community of Elgin, also located on the Fox River. Visit beautiful Walton Island. This park is linked on each side by a pedestrian bridge and includes a flag memorial created by a local artist. Several events are held each year on this unique island. Walton Island is part of Elgin's "Riverfront Master Plan". The plan will include a multi-use pedestrian trail, great for cycling, running and walking along Elgin's recreational gem, the Fox River.

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Illinois Main Street Calendar

08/20/2008 5:30 p.m.
River District Historical Walking Tour - Meet at Millennium Fountain, 100 block of N. Water St.
Meet at Millennium Fountain, 100 block of N. Water St.
Patrons will take a walking tour of the business district East of the Rock River in Rockford's downtown. Tour starts at 5:30 pm and ends about 7:30 pm. Volunteer tour guides will tell each group about the history, architecture, and current business or residential trends in the area. Highlights include mostly commercial buildings, some residential and some adaptive reuse. Free. No reservation required.
River District Assoc., 815-964-6221,
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08/20/2008 7:00 pm
Concert on the Square - Historic Woodstock Square
Historic Woodstock Square
Bring lawnchairs or a blanket.
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