Cocktails in the Park
Cocktails in the park

Batavia Mainstreet hosts Cocktails in the Park, tickets available!

Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 7pm

Take part in the 7th Annual Cocktails in the Park! An event dedicated to showcasing Batavia restaurants and a unique opportunity to discover downtown Batavia, all while raising funds for Batavia MainStreet for our revitalization efforts.

This is your opportunity to enjoy an evening on the riverbanks of the Fox River in Downtown Batavia with live music, drinks, small plates and more!
This year you will have an opportunity to "Win the Bar" with a $20 raffle ticket where you get an opportunity to win an entire tent full of cocktail mixers, spirits, barware and more!
Downtown Batavia is everyone's neighborhood, so we welcome you to join us for this beautiful and unique event.

*must bring a valid ID in order to purchase alcoholic beverages
*ticket price includes small plates, a collectable whiskey glass(first come, first serve) and entry to the event. Cash/credit bar is available.

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Chili Cook off to spice up Batavia July 30th

Chili Cook-off - 7.30.16 at 2:00 pm
Location: Riverwalk
Join us for the 24th Annual State Championship Chili Cook-Off! 

Competitors can enter the following 3 categories (click here):

  • Illinois State Championship Cook-Off
  • Traditional (Includes Restaurant Division) 
  • NEW! Salsa  

2:00-4:00 pm chili and salsa tasting
Concessions available
Free admission, open to the public
Taste testing available for a small fee  
This event is offered in partnership with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to our Chili Cook-Off Sponsors:

cook off sponsors
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Area 3 Construction ongoing

Morton Street continues to be shut down from Rt. 31 west to Jefferson to thru traffic.  Local Traffic will only be able to access Morton Street from Jefferson.  This closure will be for the duration of the project which is anticipated to be completed on August 10th.  Please follow the detour routes and proceed with caution in the construction zone. 

Currently all traffic has shifted to the northbound lanes and will remain in place until the week July 30th where traffic will be shifted back to the southbound lanes to finish utility installations, which require Rt 31/Batavia Avenue lane closures.  Lane closures started the week of June 11on Rt. 31, reducing north and south to one lane in each direction.  Residents and motorists are advised to reduce speeds and expect delays as they travel through the lane closures on Rt 31/Batavia Avenue.  For more information on the project go the project website:

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2018 Ward 1 Storm Sewer Construction Update

 On Monday July 23, Performance Construction, will continue the large diameter storm sewer installation along Kirk Road just to the south of Giese Rd and then work will shift to Giese Rd. The contractor has set up traffic control for the outside lane closure of Kirk Rd southbound. This will be in place for at least the next 3 weeks and reduced speeds will be in effect so expect traffic delays in the area during this time. Watermain testing and hydrant flushing will continue to take place and Nicor and AT&T are also working on relocating their utilities along the south side of Giese Road next week.
No on-street parking will be allowed in the construction area and at times Giese Road will be closed to thru traffic only starting at Larkspur. Construction equipment staged on the street will be barricaded off every night. In addition, some material will be staged in the parkway of the north side of Giese Road.  


Important Note on Garbage Stickers & Refuse Collection

Advanced Disposal will continue as the City’s refuse hauler and will be mailing information to all residents about rates, changes to the program, and survey about the condition of the toters.  Collection days will remain the same. 

Advanced Disposal will accept use of the lavender stickers that expire on June 30, 2018 beyond the expiration date. The new stickers are red and available from local vendors, as well as the Utility Billing Office at City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave., Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.   
For current information on refuse and recycling services, please visit the City’s website.  

Household Hazardous Waste Front Door Collection Service 

 The City of Batavia is pleased to begin offering a new Household Hazardous Waste collection service to its residents. The City’s third-party provider, U.S. Ecology, will provide front door collection of many items that should not be placed in the regular weekly refuse collection.  For contact information and to learn about the items that will be accepted, please visit the City’s website
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Batavia Residential Brush Collection

The next east side brush collection begins Monday, August 13; the next west side brush collection begins the week of Monday, August 20.  Please be sure to have your brush out no later than 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled week.  Residents are asked to store their brush outside the parkway until the weekend before the scheduled pickup.  To view the 2018 schedule and learn more about the program, please click here.   If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400. 

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Siren Sound Cafe July 27

Live Art Series Presents: Siren Sound Café with Quenby Schuyler and Ryan Carney
Join us for an evening of full sensory engagement! Food is art and has incredible power to tell a story. Quenby Schuyler, the holistic and deeply passionate chef of Q’s Kitchen, will be telling her own story of healing and empowerment as she assembles her famous charcuterie spread for guests to enjoy. All components of the board will honor different parts of her own personal journey, as well as her mission to create a culture of community and wellness through food.
Musician Ryan Carney will be performing original works that compliment the performance, to fully engage guests in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that come along with food as art. We are excited to share this unique and intimate evening with you. Get your tickets today! Seating is limited to 70 people.
Friday, July 27, 2018
6:00-7:00 Cocktail Hour
7:00-9:00 Performance
Dempsey Family Gallery at Water Street Studios
160 S. Water Street in Batavia, IL 60510
Purchase tickets online:
Live Art Series is presented by Water Street Studios and funded by the Batavia ArtsCouncil. Special thank you to our event sponsors: K.Hollis Jewelers, BataviaEnterprises Inc., Solemn Oath Brewery, and Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
The Live Art Series is a monthly live art performance exploring a variety of art forms including music, film, dance, storytelling, and more. All proceeds go to support arts programming at Water Street Studios. If you are interested in performing at Water Street Studios for our Live Art Series please apply online at:

Bulldogs Unleashed
Bulldog in Batavia
Here's how you can find and visit all the Bulldogs in Batavia! 

Batavia's GIS specialist Michael Kamin has been busy putting together a series of helpful ways for everyone to enjoy a tour of Bulldogs Unleashed.

There are online, mobile friendly apps you can call up with your smartphone as you tool around town by foot or on bike. The QR code for this app is featured here in this image. 

You can also go online to the City of Batavia website to scale and print a map to carry with you on your tour. 

Wall maps can be found in: Batavia City Hall, Batavia Public Library, East and West Side Park District Buildings, Batavia Public Schools Central Office, Batavia Post Office

Full Bulldogs Unleashed maps have been printed and are available at the Batavia Government Center, the Batavia Public Library, the Batavia Park District's Bartholomew Civic Center and the Batavia school district's headquarters during regular business hours. 


Farmer's Market an inviting place on Saturday mornings  

This year will mark the 23rd year of the Annual Batavia Farmers’ Market which takes place every Saturday from 8am to 12pm beginning June 2rd through October 27th on North River St. between Wilson and State St.

Come enjoy over 30 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more.  Along with our weekly pop up vendors, check our website weekly for who will be in attendance.

3rd Saturdays – will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers.
Join Batavia United Way and our friends at Batavia Kiwanis as they come to the market with different kids activities every week.  Check back soon for the line up!

Katrina’s Salon and Spa and Xfinity are the 2018 Batavia Farmer’s Market’s Presenting Sponsors:
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