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Tourism

Nestled in the heart of the Fox Valley and just one hour west of Chicago, St. Charles celebrates a vivid history while embracing the promise and advantages of the 21st century.

Back in the 1880s, the Fox River, which courses through the heart of our city, enticed the city’s benefactors Edward J. Baker and his niece, Delorra Norris to share a vision of St. Charles as a haven for experiences steeped in culture and the arts. Today, St. Charles is the reality of that 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 the Baker and Norris families.

Of our shorelines, 90 percent are preserved for picnicking, jogging and bicycling. Miles of trails wind through nature preserves and remnant Illinois’s prairies. Canoes and kayaks skim about as paddle-wheel 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 downtown St. Charles.

As daytime draws to a close, the performing stages and theater venues of St. Charles come alive. River and fireside dining experiences and charming pubs with live entertainment lure folks looking to relax and unwind. More than 30 restaurants bring unique flavors to St. Charles from throughout the world.

Events

Special events enhance the mainstays of life in St. Charles. Every month, the Kane County Flea Market attracts antique and craft sellers who tempt buyers from throughout the Midwest, each delighted to explore the wide range and prices of eclectic merchandise for that special and sometimes rare find.

Each fall, St. Charles’ Scarecrow Festival kicks off autumn. In its 24th year, this nationally recognized family event draws more than 100,000 attendees to enjoy three days of seasonal fun and to wonder at almost 200 festive scarecrows crafted by area residents, businesses and organizations and displayed whimsically in St. Charles’ Lincoln Park.

St. Charles has earned its reputation as a “naturally charming” community. Regardless of the time of year — activities, adventures and moments to share abound in St. Charles.

Its “perfect portfolio” of hotels and meeting facilities ensures St. Charles’ reputation as a well-rounded destination for leisure getaways, meetings, sports events and conventions. Lodging choices for leisure guests, convention space for 3,500, and trade show/exhibit capabilities for 10,000 are available at Pheasant Run Resort. Q Center, formerly Anderson Worldwide, is one of the nation’s most outstanding corporate training facilities. Hotel Baker is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and an additional nine select service properties provide rooms for visitors choosing St. Charles for a myriad of reasons.

The St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau provides the ultimate in service, whether visitors are looking for a getaway, sports event or meeting destination. With the Bureau’s help, every visit is unforgettable, because St. Charles, Illinois, truly is a “naturally charming” place to visit again…and again… and again…

Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
(847) 795-1800
www.o-shows.com

Classic Cinemas - Charlestowne 18
(Charlestowne Mall)
3740 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 443-4378
www.classiccinemas.com

Jump! Zone of St. Charles
731 N. 17th St., St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 444-1422
www.jumpzoneparty.com

The Noble Fool Theater
4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6342
www.noblefool.org

Norris Cultural Arts Center
1040 Dunham Rd., St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-7200
www.norrisculturalarts.com

Pheasant Run Resort & Mega Center
4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 584-6300
www.pheasantrun.com

St. Charles Bowl
2520 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 584-9400
www.stcharlesbowl.com

Steel Beam Theatre
111 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 587-8521
www.steelbeamtheatre.com

The Fine Line Creative Arts Center
6N158 Crane Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 584-9443
www.finelineca.org

Tony & Friends Art Studio
761 N. 17th St., St. Charles, IL 60174
www.tonyandfriendsartstudio.com

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