The homes of Yorkville reflect its many years of steady progress.Various sizes and designs provide a wide range of architectural styles to meet homeowners tastes. Homes nestled within quiet, friendly neighborhoods of tree-lined streets offer the best in family living. Carefully restored turn of the century classic homes abound, as do many new neighborhoods of contemporary masterpieces.
Home buyers can choose from single-family residences, condominiums and townhomes in a wide range of prices.
Careful planning has given the city a solid sense of residential unity by combining traditional properties with future developments to ensure ample elbow room for all.
The median home price is comparable to state-wide averages. New home construction costs compare favorably as well.
Yorkvilles calendar is filled year-round with entertaining programs and events.
Summer brings Friday night "Music Under the Stars" concerts to the Town Square Park with a mix of musicians performing under the gazebo for an audience enjoying the program from their lawn chairs. Both local talent, such as a high school chamber music group, and professional musicians perform. Amateur musicians dust off their instruments- or borrow them- to form the Community Band that marches in the towns annual Fourth of July celebration. Bristol-Kendall Firemen put on a full day of activities each Independence Day, beginning with a morning parade and ending with a concert by the Yorkville American Legion Big Band and a huge public fireworks display.
Another of Yorkvilles annual attractions is the Riverfront Festival over Labor Day weekend featuring a carnival, free concerts, craft show, food, games and special events for everyone. The festival is held in, and was named for, the beautiful Riverfront Park. Merchants, the Chamber of Commerce and Countryside Shopping Center also present Trick or Treating at businesses and a costume contest on Halloween and also Christmas Walks each December.
Fox Country Players, a community theater group begun in Yorkville presents two dinner theater performances each year. Local residents round out the cast and crew for the performances.
The Yorkville Public Library- open seven days a week- is home to thousands of resource materials. The library offers a wealth of local and regional information for the professional researcher and avid history buff alike. Preschool story hours are offered throughout the year as well as a summer reading program for school-age children. There are audio books, family orientedVideos, magazines, a local history collection, a large print collection for the sight-impaired and an inter-library loan system. The library also has photocopying, computer and typewriter access. Recent improvements include a CD-ROM index for accessing thousands of recent magazine articles.
The Kendall County Historical Society operates Lyon Farm in rural Yorkville, one of the few actual working historical farms in Illinois. It features a restoredVillage with a farm house, school, town hall, train depot, caboose, blacksmith shop, and a general store all moved to the farm from their original locations around the county. The farm is open for special events and tours throughout the year. Historical Society members also maintain the Chapel on the Green- the former home of the Yorkville Congregational Church built in 1855 and now available for weddings.
Yorkvilles location on the Fox River boosts its reputation as a prime recreation area. Anglers and boaters can take advantage of the natural beauty of the river which meanders through the heart of the city. Yorkville is well-known throughout the region as a prime starting point for scenic canoe trips down the river.
The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department oversees year round fun at the Citys parks that encompass dozens of beautiful acres. It offers a myriad of fun and exciting programs including basketball, dance and exercise classes, golfing, soccer, tennis, tumbling and even street hockey.
The FoxValley Family YMCA pool facility on East Main Street, also sponsors aVariety of programs. It is complete with three swimming pools for all ages, a bath house, snack bar and eating area. Swim lessons, water exercises, lap swim and open swim are offered and the facility is rented out for parties. Construction has begun on an indoor pool with 8 lanes at the YMCAs main facility on Eldamain Road just west of Yorkville. That site also includes an outstanding gymnastics program and other recreation programs.
The Hoover Outdoor Education Center, owned by the Boy Scouts of America, is a 406-acre camp with more than a mile of frontage along the Fox River. It features group accommodations for camping, dining, swimming, and lodging as well as an education building with several meeting rooms. The center has instructional programs in aquatics, arts and crafts, nature study and sports.
Weekend warriors can battle par on the areas many public golf courses or battle each other on the local public tennis courts. Local health club facilities are also available to keep them in shape for their sport of choice year round.
Community involvement and civic pride are an important element in the daily lives of Yorkvilles citizens. The City boasts numerous civic clubs and community organizations. These include the Chamber of Commerce, Garden Club,VFW, Kiwanis Club, Yorkville Womens Club, Junior Womens Club and Knights of Columbus. Other organizations with active membership include the Kendall Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, American Legion, Lions Club, Rotary Club, American Association of University Women, American Business Womens Association as well as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs.
These diverse organizations are known for the services they provide and for the many projects their members undertake to make Yorkville a better community. Whether its planting flowers to beautify the downtown area or holding a fund raising dinner, these groups have always been ready to step up and do their part.
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