Nestled in the Heart of the Fox Valley, just one hour west of Chicago, St. Charles celebrates a vivid history and charm that makes visitors want to stay forever!
St. Charles is a haven for experiences steeped in culture and the arts. The city has become the Pride of the Fox and is the reality of a 125 year old vision. Throughout the city, civic, art and performing centers, sprawling school campuses and public parks, and stately, edifying churches are lasting testaments to the dreams of its founders, the Baker and Norris families.
Ninety percent of our shorelines are preserved for picnicking, jogging and bicycling. Miles of trails wind through nature preserves and remnant Illinois’ prairies. Canoes and kayaks skim about as paddlewheel boats cruise the Fox River – providing wondrous sights for the shoppers and antiquers strolling across the Main and Illinois’ street bridges while browsing the retail choices of Century Corners, downtown St. Charles, Fox Island Square and Third Street Shops.
River and fireside dining experiences and charming pubs along with live entertainment lure folks looking to relax and unwind. More than 30 restaurants bring unique flavors to St. Charles from throughout the world.
Information about visiting St. Charles is available through the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Downtown St. Charles Partnership is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalizaion of Downtown St. Charles, Illinois. Our Downtown is experiencing new business growth, facade improvementsfor existing businesses and anticipating the onset of one of the largest undertakings in the City’s history – the First Street Redevelopment Project.