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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. 


Yorkville Holiday Celebration Weekend, November 20 & 21

Friday, November 20th – Drive-By Santa Visits 4pm – 7pm Riverfront Park
Looking to see Santa Claus this winter? Santa is setting up his workshop in Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville) and is inviting YOU for a visit! Families will have the opportunity to drive by Santa’s Workshop and even stop for a distanced photo!

Friday, November 20th – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7:15pm Riverfront Park
Join Mayor Purcell in this longtime Yorkville Tradition as he lights the beautiful 22-foot tree in the center of Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville) in this socially distanced event.

Saturday, November 21st – Drive-By Santa Visits, 3pm – 6pm Riverfront Park
Santa will be back in his workshop at Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville) and is excited to see YOU as families will have the opportunity to drive by Santa’s Workshop and stop for a distanced photo!

Saturday, November 21st – Fireworks Show at 6:30 pm, Countryside Parkway and IL Route 47
Start the Holiday Season with a BANG and join the United City of Yorkville for the annual Fireworks Show! Please note the fireworks will be shot off at the corner of Countryside Pkwy and IL Route 47.

Register now for drive-by, drive-thru, and virtual visits with Santa, presented by United City of Yorkville Parks and Recreation

Virtual Visits with Santa! Friday, December 4th & December 11th, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm – ONLY A FEW SPOTS REMAIN! Register Now!
Don’t miss out on seeing Santa this year! The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is offering your family the chance to have a safe and interactive visit with Santa! For $15/Family, you will enjoy a 15-minute private encounter with Santa to share your wish lists. Don’t get caught on the naughty list and register now at Yorkville.il.us/Register. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Drive-Thru Santa! Friday, December 4th and Saturday December 5th, 3pm – 9pm, Kendall County Fairgrounds
Come out and give your wishes and letters straight to the jolly man himself! For $20/vehicle families will drive through the Kendall County Fairgrounds filled with twinkling lights,carolers, holiday friends and more to keep everyone entertained as they wait to see Santa. Once you reach Santa, roll down your windows, visit with Santa and pose for a complimentary socially distanced photo to be downloaded after the event! This event is hosted by the Circle Center Grade School PTO. For more information or to register go to the Facebook event page.


Enjoy drinking, dining, and wrap-around views of a picturesque stretch of the Fox River in Downtown Yorkville. Restaurants here take comfort food to new heights, with mouthwatering barbecue and regional cuisine around every corner. Catch some of the most stylish and soulful touring bands and local acts at The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, where craft beers and cocktails are served up to loyal audiences in this gorgeous, intimate venue every weekend. You can read our in-depth story about The Law Office and Summer Solstice Festival at the #EnjoyAurora blog.

Upcoming Concerts @ The Law Office Pub & Music Hall

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 thrill down 20 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. While the winter months are here you can learn all about how a dream became reality at the site of the largest water park in Illinois.

Yorktoberfest picture courtesy Kiwanis Yorktoberfest / Jason Kalish Photo. 

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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aussie-themed Raging Waves is Illinois' largest outdoor water park. Sitting on more than 40 acres, this family-friendly water park features 20&nbs...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
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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