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St Charles, Illinois

St. Charles, IL is situated along the banks of the Fox River, about 40 miles west of Chicago. Although St. Charles has experienced incredible growth, it still has the small-town allure that brought to its borders people from far and wide.

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There is an abundance of recreational areas – including historic Pottawatomie Park – picture-postcard scenic views along the Fox River, fine restaurants, great shopping opportunities, Local Flavour and some of the friendliest folks in the valley.

Restaurants & Shops of St Charles, IL

Although St. Charles did not have the good fortune of a commuter rail line that blessed it with its presence like Geneva to its south, St. Charles has done quite well in attracting hard-working, quality residents of strong moral fiber and diverse ethnic backgrounds… They also have scores of visitors to the city, every day.

Those residents worked hard to build their city and provide its residents with a variety of great restaurants and shops, as well as supportive infrastructure that consisted of excellent schools, roads, bridges, churches and hospitals. (More history can be found on our History page)

There is a wide range of cuisine choice when it comes to restaurant selection – from Italian to Irish to Mexican, Asian, and more. Shops include everything from the “big box” choices to the small and intimate boutiques, antiques, and specialty retail stores. Whatever it is you seek, you should have no trouble finding it in the thriving community of St. Charles, IL!

Events & Festivals of St Charles, IL

St. Charles has a multitude of annual events and festivals to enjoy. Whether it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March, Pride of the Fox Festival in the summer, the Scarecrow Festival in the fall, Fine Arts show or one of several others, there are plenty of events to keep you coming back. Oh, and don’t forget, the Kane County Fair takes place in St. Charles every year – see you there! View all upcoming events on our Events Calendar page!

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Between the two of us, we’ve spent almost 100 years living in the Tri-Cities! On the Fox is our combined effort to share with you everything that the Fox River Valley has to offer. We hope you enjoy the area… and the site; and that you come back often to see what’s new!

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