Welcome to the Kane County Group

Our Mission


Are you interested in 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 age 18 up, in the  area, however most of the events take place in and around St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia Illinois.  If you have an idea for a group outing or event, bring your idea to one of our Thursday night coffees.  Sign up is not a requirement to attend activities.  The web site is a communication device, nothing more. 



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     We no longer post reliable event announcements on this site.  Please sign up for our eMail list to get the scoop on what's going on.  We usually sent a blast to the list a few days before any event (regular or special) and often again on the day of the event.  If you sign up and change your mind, ever mailing has an opt-out link at the bottom of the page.  Your information will not be passed on to others.  Please follow the link below to be added to our eMail.



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Regularly Scheduled Events

Coffee Nights are an informal time to meet with old and new friends.  There is no program, no leader, no sign-in sheet, nothing like that.  Just come on our and sit down.  There is no need to RSVP.  The time is very informal.  We start around 6:30, it's okay to be early or late.  The location is Panera Bread at 2871 East Main Street (just west of Kirk Road) in St. Charles.  Some order a sandwich or salad, or whatever, some just get coffee or a soft drink, it's all good. {As a courtesy to our host, please no outside food or beverage} Leave when you need to, the crowd thins by about 8:30 and the store closes at 9:00.


Breakfast in Batavia takes place at Apple Villa Restaurant, in the strip mall with Ace Hardware, behind the Wendy's at Randall Road and Wilson Street in Batavia, on the 4th (not necessarily last) Saturday of each month. We order off the menu and get separate checks, beginning at 9 am.   We are usually in the party room at the back of the dining room, so you may need to look for us, or ask any of the friendly staff.  Because they set up the room for us, we do need to give them a head count in advance, so you're asked to send an RSVP by email to [email protected]  no later than bedtime on the Thursday preceding.  If you forget, a  courtesy email to the same address will get a response letting you know if there is still room for you.


Changes in this schedule along with notification of any special plans will be sent via email.  Sign up for our email list above.

About Us

It was February 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, and 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 our email list  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 or mail list members attend events, and not all those who attend events belong to, or even read the website or email.  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 or mail list, nor those who attend events.