Nestled in the Fox Valley and an hour west of Chicago, St. Charles bursts with naturally charming adventures. Canoes and kayaks skim about as paddlewheel boats cruise the Fox River and visitors stroll across our bridges. Theaters and performance centers, sprawling public parks, tempting boutiques and antique shops, and river and fireside restaurants are lasting testaments to city's visionaries and benefactors, the Baker and Norris families.
The First Street Development Project brings 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space to our charming downtown. Beautiful landscaping, pedestrian-friendly walkways, and plenty of FREE parking enhances St. Charles' shorelines, 90% of which are preserved for picnicking, jogging and bicycling.
Renown events - springtime's Sisters Weekend to June's Bloomington Gold Corvette Show to October's award-winning Scarecrow Festival each October - are naturally charming reasons to spend a few days here! From Pheasant Run Resort's entertainment choices to the intimate, riverfront Hotel Baker - PLUS the wide selection of select service hotels - our hotels are incomparable.
Our goal is to send every visitor home with a great story to tell and the desire to visit again...and again...and again.