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Things to Do in Yorkville, Illinois

The United City of Yorkville is known throughout the region for riverfront festivals, outdoor adventure, an exciting nightlife scene, and being home to the largest waterpark in Illinois. 

Enjoy drinks, dining, and wrap-around views of a picturesque stretch of the Fox River in Downtown Yorkville. Highlights include bold and flavorful burgers at Crusade Burger Bar and Rowdy’s; wood-fired pizza at Parma; and mouthwatering barbecue at Southbank Original BBQThe Law Office Pub & Music Hall and the new Fox River’s Edge Theatre offer outstanding options for nightlife, ranging from silent discos to stand-up comedy.

Marge Cline Whitewater Course is a state-of-the-art paddling facility where paddlers can test their skills against a quarter-mile of rapids at a steep yet forgiving grade. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent with local outfitters who can get you geared up for a river romp, and a pedestrian footbridge offers great angles for viewing and photographing the activity. Thanks to its close proximity to the Fox River, nearby Bicentennial Riverfront Park is a popular destination for festivals and events throughout the summer months, like Yorkville's River Fest, a popular whitewater paddling competition with barbecue, family-friendly activities, and live country music all night long. 

Get a glimpse at the rich natural and agricultural history of Yorkville at the historic Kendall County Courthouse, where the Kendall County Forest Preserve District hosts a nature center display and information about parks and forests for hiking, cycling, fishing, and horseback riding. 

Plan ahead for next summer and make a splash at Raging Waves where you can enjoy gravity-defying thrills down 32 different styles of breathtaking waterslides. Kiddie pools, cabanas, a long lazy river, and a variety of concessions make this the perfect place to chill out and beat the heat. 

Dining destinations in Yorkville 

Yorktoberfest picture courtesy Kiwanis Yorktoberfest / Jason Kalish Photo. 

Things to see & do in Yorkville

Bicentennial Riverfront Park Bicentennial Riverfront Park
The centerpiece of Downtown Yorkville with views of the Marge Cline Whitewater Course and street-side shopping and dining, Bicentennial Riverfront Par...View Details
Burnt Barrel Social Burnt Barrel Social
Burnt Barrel Social is where relaxation and inspired dining take shape: a comfortable lounge where you can grab a uniquely crafted meal and drink.&nbs...View Details
Butcher Block 360 Butcher Block 360
Butcher block 360°. Specializing in American, Mexican, and Italian foods, BB360 offers a variety of meals and appetizers. With the 360° approa...View Details
Chapel on the Green Chapel on the Green
Dating back to 1855, and built from hand-hewn oak and walnut beams cut from woods along the nearby Fox River, this structure holds the unique distinct...View Details
Craft'd Yorkville Craft'd Yorkville
Our menu is creating the genre of ‘American Craft’. Large, oversized portions will be sure to catch your eye before the food even hit...View Details
Crusade Burger Bar Crusade Burger Bar
A gourmet burger restaurant featuring locally sourced beef along with a formidable selection of hard to find beers and small-batch spirits, Crusade Bu...View Details
Dakotas Yorkville Dakotas Yorkville
Specializing in craft food, bourbons, tequila, craft beer, and cocktails. Enjoy an Old Fashioned flight, dine on indulgent American cuisine like chick...View Details
Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe Flight Tasting Room & Bottle Shoppe
A family-friendly craft beer bar with an amazing selection of beers to enjoy here or take home. We also offer craft sodas, liquors, wine, and mead. Fe...View Details
Fox Republic Brewing Fox Republic Brewing
It's a good day for a great beer at Fox Republic Brewing in Yorkville, Illinois. Operated by a team of experienced brewers, Fox Republic carries a...View Details
Fox River's Edge Theatre Fox River's Edge Theatre
A place where creativity can flow, teams can collaborate, and remote workers can come together! Fox River's Edge Theatre is a new hospitality spac...View Details
Foxy's Ice Cream and Restaurant Foxy's Ice Cream and Restaurant
When you're at Bicentennial Riverfront Park in Downtown Yorkville, you must visit Foxy's for a hand-dipped ice cream cone. Unique flavors...View Details
Go For It Sports Dome Go For It Sports Dome
Brand New! Go For It Sports strives to provide a multi-use sports facility for sports teams, running enthusiasts, and persons of different a...View Details
GRACE Coffee + Wine GRACE Coffee + Wine
Experience GRACE's one-of-a-kind menu, whether you’re starting your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or ending it with a thoughtfully...View Details
Hacienda Real Hacienda Real
Upscale new Mexican restaurant near Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Yorkville. At Hacienda Real, we believe that it is at the dinner table where f...View Details
Hampton Inn Yorkville Hampton Inn Yorkville
Relax in one of Hampton's 77 guest rooms, including studio and whirlpool suites, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, business center, On the ...View Details
Harris Forest Preserve Harris Forest Preserve
Harris is one of Kendall County’s most popular preserves. Harboring seven picnic shelters, a lake, horse arena, baseball diamond and sled hill, ...View Details
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Yorkville Holiday Inn Express & Suites Yorkville
Come experience the brand new Holiday Inn Express in Yorkville, IL. You will be pleased with the convenience our location has to offer and our deep pa...View Details
Juicehead Smoothies & Coffee Juicehead Smoothies & Coffee
  Serving up fresh smoothies, raw juices, coffee, & eats in downtown Yorkville. Various add-ins & toppings to make your order even mor...View Details
Kendall County Historic Courthouse, 1964 Kendall County Historic Courthouse, 1964
Victorian Italianate structure opened in 1964 that towers proudly over the Fox River and the City of Yorkville. Listed on the National Register of His...View Details
Law Office Pub and Music Hall Law Office Pub and Music Hall
Within the walls of this historic 1800's era building, independent musicians from across the Midwest and beyond showcase their talents on the inti...View Details
Legends Grill & Bar Legends Grill & Bar
Sports bar and casual restaurant, Legends combines the best of both into a special kind of neighborhood gathering place. Where friends and family can ...View Details
Mandrake Small Plates & Libations Mandrake Small Plates & Libations
Mandrake Small Plates + Libations is a unique, chef-owned eatery and wine bar featuring rotating, seasonally inspired small plates, ingredients source...View Details
Marge Cline Whitewater Course Marge Cline Whitewater Course
The paddling community is all abuzz about the Marge Cline Whitewater Course. This new, state of Illinois recreational facility is centrally located in...View Details
Olde Farm Creek Olde Farm Creek
With a fresh collection of farmhouse, vintage inspired decor, Olde Farm Creek carries a unique collection of local artisans and imports. Visit and enj...View Details
Paradise Cove 220 Paradise Cove 220
We are a newly opened restaurant right here in the heart of downtown Yorkville. We specialize in a variety of delicious drinks and addi...View Details
Parma Pizza Bar Parma Pizza Bar
Tuscan Italian dining with a wood-fired pizza oven, craft beer, select wines, and tasty cocktails. Here at Parma Pizza Bar we pride ourselve...View Details
Raging Waves Waterpark Raging Waves Waterpark
At Raging Waves, you'll find 58 acres of family-friendly water attractions. With 32 different waterslides, experience gravity-defying thrills on r...View Details
Silver Fox Bar & Grill Silver Fox Bar & Grill
Silver Fox Bar & Grill is a trendsetting, upbeat restaurant and bar serving an outstanding collection of food and drink. The restaurant is set in ...View Details
Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area
A pool of clear bubbling water sparkles like silver at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area, the host location each year for Northern Illinois ...View Details
Smoothie King Yorkville Smoothie King Yorkville
Your goals. Your way. We blend custom smoothies to fit YOUR needs-high fiber, low carb, good for the bones & just good for the soul. At Smoothie K...View Details
Southbank Original Barbecue Southbank Original Barbecue
Southbank Original BBQ is known for real slow, smoked barbeque and is strategically located on the banks of the Fox River. Their smoker is running non...View Details
The Kendall County Historical Society - Lyon Farm The Kendall County Historical Society - Lyon Farm
The Lyon Farm features 15 historic buildings that trace the history of Kendall County plus an 1819 Chicago Burlington & Quincy caboose, a fully-st...View Details
Vintage 71 Shops Yorkville Vintage 71 Shops Yorkville
For all things vintage, retro, off-the-wall and on it, you’ll find it at this garden shop which boasts a unique and varied assortment of fun, ta...View Details
Whitetail Ridge Golf Club Whitetail Ridge Golf Club
This premier public golf course was designed by architect Greg Martin on the farmland locally known as "The Ridge" in 2007. The front nine p...View Details
Yak Shack Yak Shack
Yak Shack makes paddling possible. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner looking for lessons or an expert looking to gear up, they've got...View Details
Yorkville Bowl Yorkville Bowl
Yorkville Bowl is a newly renovated 16-lane bowling center with a rock n' roll theme and cutting-edge amenities. Pub food & a fully stock...View Details
Yorkville River Fest Yorkville River Fest
Yorkville River Fest is a fun, family-friendly weekend of live country music, craft beer tasting, and oh so tasty barbecue down on the Yorkville river...View Details
Your Performing Arts Center Your Performing Arts Center
When you step into our center you will experience community through the arts and find a positive atmosphere where people grow, develop and give back t...View Details

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