The Kane County Group

Creating a community for GLBTQ adults in the far west suburbs of Chicago

Welcome to the Kane County Group

Our Mission

This website is one tool for meeting other GLBTQ adults in the far west suburbs. We get together at least twice each month for unstructured social discussion and exchange of ideas, in an accepting and supportive environment.  The group and its activities are open to everyone in the  area, however most of the events take place in and around St. Charles and Geneva, Illinois.  If you have an idea for a group outing or event, email one of the moderators, or bring your idea to one of our Thursday night coffees.  Web site membership is not a requirement to attend activities.  The web site is a communication device, nothing more. 


Kane Shouts!

To post in the shout box, you will register your user name once, and on each visit, enter a password you have set for your name. This registration is separate from your site registration.  Your IP address is tracked, so no mischief!  Also, please note that you are now able to delete your last posting, if you make a mistake, whether it's in grammar, in fact, or in taste. When a message is posted, the author's registered name appears in GREEN unless the administrator posts, in which case the name is in BLUE, or if a Shout Moderator posts, the name is in RED.   


About Us

 It wasFebruary 2008 when a couple of local guys, one young, the other not so young met online and began to talk about the lack of community for GLBTQ adults in the Geneva-Saint Charles-Batavia area.  They met at the Geneva Caribou over coffee, and decided to try to get some people together to build that sense of community .  The first group of 8 or 10, all male as it happened, met at Caribou in March.  Quickly the geography of the group grew somewhat larger, but all the better!  We out-grew Caribou soon, and we now meet for Coffee at the Panera Bread in St. Charles, our third home.  At the same time, the group of those who would step up to organize events and make newcomers feel welcome grew as well.

 Please realize this group is just a bunch of friends who get together for coffee, small in-home gatherings and occasional outings.  There is no formal organization.  There is no rule book or constitution, no treasury, no officers, no dues, no membership card and no secret handshake.  We are working on that secret handshake, however might opt for a recognizable ball cap instead.

 Anytime somebody comes up with an idea for an activity or event, he or she may use the webpage to publicize the event, the few people who are almost always around are considered moderators (if you can moderate a group that doesn't actually exist) and they are willing to help you with planning ideas, etc.

 Early on we agreed that anytime two or more "members" showed up to the event, it would be considered a success, and what those who showed up make of an event is what it will be.  Carry on!

There is no formal tie between this website and the events it lists.  Not all website members attend events, and not all those who attend events belong to, or even read the website.  Participation is at your own risk.  Please take care in exchanging personal information with strangers, we do not pre-screen those who use the website, nor those who attend events.


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End of Summer Luau/Picnic Sunday, September 10

Each September we gather to cookout and celebrate the end of the summer season.  The event is a potluck-style picnic, with Hawiaan Luau themed decorations, and you are encouraged to wear your tropic print shirts, and other garb if you have them, but whatever your wardrobe, you are welcome. Any ALL are welcome.  You need not to have signed up for our mailing list or attended any previous event, you are welcome here.

Please bring something to share.  It can be a salad, appetizer, snack, desert, side dish or whatever.  It helps if you bring serving spoons or whatever your dish requires.   You should also bring your own water or soft drinks. (Alcohol is strictly forbidden in this forest preserve).  If you bring 2 litre bottles of pop, we will assume they are for sharing, unless you clearly label otherwise.

This event was taken over by Denise and Elaine several years ago.  Denise passed away this year, and Elaine is carrying on for at least one more time.  She will providing a charcoal fire IF YOU CHOOSE to bring something you'd like to grill for yourself.  She'll  also provide the decorations, papergoods, plastic dinnerware basic condiments and pay the fee to the forest preserve district.  There will be a cup or can available for you to pitch in a couple dollars to help, if you can.

The date again, is Sunday, September 4.  We will start around noon, (those helping to decorate and set up might arrive around 11 am).  The grill should be hot around 1 pm.  We typically start a casual clean up around 4:30, and depending on how many stay to help, we're gone by 6 PM

The location is the same as the last few years for the Luau:  Jon J Duerr Forest Preserve just south of South Elgin (and maybe 3-4 miles north of St. Charles) on Illinois Route 31, and fronts the west bank of the Mighty Fox River. For your GPS, the address is 35W003 Route 31, South Elgin, IL 60177

Once in the park, follow the entry drive towards the river, and when you pass the trolley station, look for a parking lot to your left.  Once parked, you'll see two picnic shelters, we have reserved the one furthest north (that's left as you face the river)

Friends, new members, people who might one day want to join our mailing list, etc. are welcome.  We do not have any activity for children, but if you bring your own amusement for them, you are welcome to bring your children.

Pets must be on leashes, no alcohol, caution about leaving the bike path for the woods or small trails in the woods, this is the season for poison ivy, poison oak.  

There is a bike path that goes farther north or south than you are likely to want to ride and still get some food, and the Trolley Museum in South Elgin is likely to be offering ($) rides on the short track to the museum and back.

Join the email list

Most of our members choose to receive periodic email announcements and reminders, rather than checking the website, and the site doesn't always get the attention it deserves.  You may be added to the email list in one of two ways:

Preferred method:   Join the site and fill out a profile. You don't have to answer all the questions, but profiles that are basically empty of information are ignored and eventually deleted. If you don't want to make a profile, 

Alternate method:   Follow the link to the Email Chimp Signup form

(if the live link fails you, type into your browser.)

Recurring Events

We meet for Coffee on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday evenings each month at the Panera restaurant located at 2871 E. Main Street in St. Charles (just west of Kirk Road). The start time is posted as 6:30 but come anytime, early or late.  There is no program, sign-in or name tags.  It is a social time to greet friends old and new.  You can purchase food and/or beverages from Panera.  As a courtesy to our hosts, please don't bring in food/drink from elsewhere.  They close at 9pm, and sometimes a few of us are still there, but we tend to start clearing out around 8:30

We meet for Breakfast on the 4th (note, that's not always the last Saturday) of each month at Apple Villa Restaurant, in the strip behind the Wendy's on Randall Road at Wilson Street in Batavia.  We order off the menu at 9:00 am. They set tables for us in their party room, so we need to give them a headcount.  Your RSVP is requested, only if you plan to attend, by sending an email to  .  We request the RSVP by the time you go to bed on Thursday prior to the breakfast date.

Most of the group has somewhat abandoned the website in favor of email reminders.  If you join the site and leave more than an name on your profile (fill in at least some of the blanks) you will automatically be added to the email list. You may also join our mail list by following this link:

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Jun 23 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, Jun 28 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, Jul 12 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, Jul 26 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM