Welcome to Batavia
Located on the border of the Fox River, Batavia is a charming city that is well-known for its tranquil environment, historic homes, and family-friendly community. It is located 42 miles west of Chicago and is part of both DuPage and Kane Counties. Over 25,000 residents currently call Batavia home. The city was founded in 1833, making it one of the oldest communities in the area.
Although it’s a relatively small town, Batavia is well-known for having many great attractions—including the Batavia Depot Museum, Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center, the Red Oak Nature Center, and Harold Hall Quarry Beach, which is a water park located along the Fox River. Residents also get to enjoy an excellent selection of places to both shops and dine.
Prospective homebuyers looking for properties brimming with character, charm, and history will be pleased with the available houses in Batavia. Here, you can find everything from mid-century builds to Victorian architecture and farmhouses. The current median list price of homes in this city is $340,000.
What to Love
- Historic town with stunning architecture that spans the decades
- Excellent selection of attractions, stores, and restaurants
- Wonderful public schools
People & Lifestyle
Batavia provides residents with the feel of a semi-rural/suburban community. While considered more of a suburb, local roads have little traffic, and the abundance of farmhouse-style homes can make you feel as though you are in the middle of the countryside.
This community is the perfect locale for those who want to feel like they are away from it all while living near big-city conveniences. Batavia has a distinctly small-town, family-friendly ambiance that makes it a wonderful place for those who seek a more relaxed pace of life.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Locals have the unique advantage of living in what feels like a semi-rural small town while being close to top shopping and dining establishments.
When it’s time to grab your weekly essentials, you can check everything off your to-do list at the stores located along North Randall Road. You’ll find favorite retailers such as Kohl’s, Target, Jewel-Osco, ALDI, Hobby Lobby, OfficeMax, and Menards. You can explore locally-owned shops on both sides of the Fox River, including Six + Cypress Boutique, The Book Shop, Kiss The Sky, and The Tea Tree.
Delectable dining experiences await throughout Batavia. From upscale cuisine to casual hangouts, everything you could want is just minutes from home. Be sure to try local favorites restaurants such as Bocaditos, Riverside Pizza Pub, Verita, Tribella Grill, Sword Fish, Lumes Pancake House, Lew’s Drive-In, Tusk Thai Cuisine, Acquaviva Ristorante, Andres Restaurant, Gammon Coach House, and The Sidecar Supper Club & Beer Garden.
Things to Do
Throughout Batavia, you’ll find there is an impressive amount of attractions and amusements to visit on your off days.
In the warmer summer months, be sure to visit Harold Hall Quarry Beach. This local water park is located along the Fox River and is connected to the Batavia Park District Quarry Park. Also, make plans to visit the immersive Red Oak Nature Center. This park features several hiking and running trails, special events, educational nature programs, and even a cave.
During the cooler months, there are plenty of excellent indoor attractions to check out. Fill your leisure time with visits to the Water Street Studios Gallery, the Batavia Depot Museum, and Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center, which features bowling alleys, an arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, and more. Some of these places—including Funway—also have outdoor attractions to enjoy.
Batavia is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include District 101.