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3rd StreetExperience the sparkling shops and restaurants of Geneva! Whether you are a foodie looking for a fresh taste or a maker looking for inspiration, this blog will highlight the many ways you can enjoy yourself here. Find out about the wonderful things you can taste and create at a variety of businesses. We’ll update you on exciting new food, merchandise, music and more. Whether you are a resident, business owner or visitor, we will keep you posted on Geneva’s dynamic business scene.

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Mar 01

Nominate Your Favorite Historic Small Geneva Restaurant For A National Grant Opportunity

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 2:33 PM by Kevin Stahr

Each year millions of travelers visit welcoming, historic places across America.

Today, Geneva is a popular destination due, in part, to heritage tourism, which invites people to travel to and experience those places that authentically represent American stories and people of the past. Our clusters of historic homes and storefronts, filled with independent businesses, create a unique setting in the far western suburbs. Undoubtedly, our variety of dining options contributes towards making historic Geneva a destination to “Shop, Dine and Experience.”

Villa Verone
Photo: Villa Verone Ristorante Italiano, 416 Hamilton St.

Recognizing that historic restaurants significantly contribute to local community identity, American Express has collaborated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to award 25 restaurants across the United States $1 million. Restaurants must:

  • Have experienced significant financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Have operated and contributed to the neighborhood’s history and/or identity for at least 25 years.
  • Be a small/independently owned-restaurant located in a historic building and/or historic neighborhood.
  • Preference will be given to businesses owned by underrepresented groups, including people of color and women, disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
  • Priority will be given to small restaurants who have not already received significant COVID-19 related aid.


If you have a favorite restaurant that you believe meets this criteria, submit a
nomination form by Tuesday, March 9.