Batavia is a city in DuPage and Kane counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. A suburb of Chicago, it was founded in 1833 and is the oldest city in Kane County. During the latter part of the 19th century, Batavia, home to six American-style windmill manufacturing companies, became known as “The Windmill City.” The city is part of a vernacular region known as the Tri-City area, along with St. Charles and Geneva, all western suburbs of similar size and relative socioeconomic condition.
Batavia is an award winning community. In 2007, BusinessWeek ranked the city #21 on a national list of the 50 best places in America to raise kids. In 2009, Batavia was ranked #56 on CNN Money’s Best Small Towns in the nation. In 2011, Batavia was voted by RelocateAmerica as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in America. In 2013, Batavia won the Best Street Award from the Illinois Chapter of the Congress of New Urbanism for the City’s Streetscape redevelopment of River Street. The River Street design was also awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization at the Illinois Main Street Conference in 2013. In 2013, the City of Batavia was designated as a Bike Friendly Community (Bronze Level) by the League of American Bicyclists. Currently, only six communities in Illinois are designated Bike Friendly Communities. In 2013, Batavia’s collection of historic windmills was designated as an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2013, the Batavia High School football team won the 6A state championship. In 2015, for the third consecutive year, Batavia High School was designated a GRAMMY Signature School for excellence in music education.
The city is served by Batavia Public School District No. 101. The district currently consists of six K-5 elementary schools, one 6-8 middle school, and Batavia High School. Small pockets of the city are served by Geneva Community Unit School District 304 and West Aurora Public School District 129.