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Lined with 19th-century limestone buildings, Batavia has an old-town feel despite its location 35 miles west of downtown Chicago and easy access to commuter trains.
The Fox River -- which once powered enough factories to make Batavia the windmill manufacturing capital of the world -- bisects the town and draws crowds each summer for the Mid-American Canoe Race and the Batavia Sprint Distance Triathalon & Duathalon.
Batavia is also home to nearly 200 manufacturing, research, and warehousing firms as well as the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, a world-renowned center for physics research. --D.G.
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