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Batavia, IL WINNER Top 100 rank: 56
Bridge over Fox River in Batavia, ILThe Fox River -- which once powered enough factories to make Batavia the windmill manufacturing capital of the world -- bisects the town and draws crowds each summer for the Mid-American Canoe Race and the Batavia Sprint Distance Triathalon & Duathalon.
Batavia is also home to nearly 200 manufacturing, research, and warehousing firms as well as the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a world-renowned center for physics research.
Aurora is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the 112th largest city in the United States. A suburb of Chicago, located 40 miles west of the Loop, its population in 2010 was 197,899.Originally founded within Kane County, Aurora's city limits have expanded greatly over the past 50 years and now spill over into DuPage, Will and Kendall Counties. In 2010, Kendall was cited as the fastest growing county in the United States.
In 1908, Aurora officially adopted the nickname "City of Lights", because it was one of the first cities in the United States to implement an all-electric street lighting system in 1881. Aurora's downtown is located on the Fox River.
Founded in 1881, the Village of Elburn (pop. 4,721) is centrally located in Kane County, Illinois. Although maintaining a sense of a small community is the foundation on which Elburn was built, the Village is increasingly being recognized as a rapidly growing suburb focused on smart growth principles.
Despite rapid growth pressures, Elburn is working diligently to maintain its vision of being “Better, not just Bigger” through careful planning and management, while at the same time, serving its residents and neighbors as an actively thriving community in the far western suburbs.
Geneva, IL is located 40 miles west of Chicago. Geneva is a growing suburb with a hometown appeal, where residents take active roles in the schools, community, and churches. First settled in the 1830's, Geneva showcases its historic roots with shady streets lined with century-old homes and commercial buildings, while accommodating the needs of its citizens with the continued development of residential communities, retail centers, and industrial parks.
Montgomery is a growing community quietly nestled along both banks of the Fox River in Kane and Kendall Counties, just south of Aurora and about 40 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1835, the Village was named after Montgomery County, New York, by an early settler who came from that area. That same settler, Daniel Gray, began several businesses in Montgomery, including a grist mill that has been beautifully restored and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
One of Montgomery's finest assets is the Fox River and its surrounding park lands. The Village boasts one of the highest park-land-to-residents ratios in the Fox Valley, with more than 13 acres of parks per thousand population. Two park districts offer a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities, and an expanding network of bike trails connects Montgomery to surrounding communities.
North Aurora, Illinois, in Kane county, is 3 miles NW of Aurora, Illinois and 35 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. The village is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area. About 10,585 people live in North Aurora.
North Aurora was initially known as "Schneider's Mill" or "Schneider's Crossing." The foundation of the village was laid in 1834 by John Peter Schneider, a German immigrant who also established a mill and dam on the Fox River. Schneider Elementary School in North Aurora is named after him.
Located 50 miles southwest of Chicago, Oswego is well situated at the southern end of the Fox River Valley in Kendall County, Illinois. Oswego offered an easy crossing over the Fox River near a ford near the mouth of Waubonsee Creek and the first permanent European settlers arrived in the Oswego area in 1833. The Village was platted in 1835 and incorporated in 1852. Oswego is a Mohawk Indian word meaning "mouth of the stream."
St. Charles has a land area of 15 square miles. Located in both DuPage and Kane County, the City of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. State Highways 25, 31, 38 and 64 cross St. Charles, as do county thoroughfares Randall and Kirk Roads.
Over 2,100 businesses employ over 34,200 people, consisting of a balanced mix of retailers, restaurants, and manufacturing facilities. They are assisted by an active Chamber of Commerce, a full service Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.
Sin- Qua-Sip," the Indian name for Sugar Grove, had its beginning in the Spring of 1834 at what is now known as Bliss Woods Forest Preserve. The Village of Sugar Grove was incorporated in 1957 with a population of 125. At that time, municipal offices were located in the basement of the Community House. Sugar Grove remained predominantly a farming community until the early 1960's when residential development began on the east side of Route 47. Development continued on the west side of Route 47 throughout the 1970's, with annexation of Dugan Woods subdivision occurring in 1977. Development of the Windstone, Black Walnut Trails, Strafford Woods, Mallard Point, and Chelsea Meadows subdivisions began in late 1980's and has continued into the late 1990's. The late 1990's into the early 2000's saw the development of Windsor Pointe and the Walnut Woods Subdivision.