History of the Herrington

The Herrington Inn & Spa, Chicago suburbs best luxury boutique hotel, restaurant, and day spa since 1993.

Our location on the waterfront in Geneva, IL played an important role in the development of this charming Midwestern city. This site was not always the location of the Chicago area’s favorite boutique hotel and spa, it is rooted in history as the small town’s first dairy.

Circa 1835, James and Charity Herrington left Philadelphia in search of new beginnings. Traveling west from Chicago, the couple came across the banks of what is now the Fox River, settling on the former camping grounds of the Pottawatomie Indian tribe. The area was ripe with choice timber and a fresh water spring. In buying their first log cabin home from and raising ten children, the Herringtons became Geneva’s first settlers.

Years later, in 1874 a small dairy creamery was built on the site of the family’s homestead. Butter and cheese were produced here and milk was stored in barrels that were kept cold in the rushing waters of the Fox River. The once-tiny creamery grew and later became known as the Geneva Rocks Spring Creamery.

In the years that followed, the creamery building went on to have various uses. In 1982 when Geneva began to revive their riverfront district, city officials were looking to redevelop the building that had been vacant for many years. The city approved an ambitious plan for a riverfront hotel by Kent Shodeen of Sho-Deen, Inc., and in 1993 The Herrington opened its doors as the area’s top boutique hotel.

After impressive restoration of the hotel’s adjacent former Pump House in 1999, transforming the 5,800-square foot building to serve as the hotel’s stunning and unique waterfront event space.

In 2001, The Herrington unveiled a $5 million addition that included, 21 new guest rooms and suites. In 2003, The Spa at The Herrington opened, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to maintaining The Herrington Inn & Spa as Chicagoland’s premier destination.