St. Charles

Welcome to St. Charles

About 40 miles west of Chicago lies the sprawling suburb of St. Charles. St. Charles is an affluent community with large, single-family homes that are mostly owned by residents. St. Charles is located on the Fox River with a beautiful downtown, waterfront area. Downtown boasts a wide selection of restaurants, hotels, conference centers, and shopping, all set against the scenic Fox River. St. Charles is perfect for families looking for a vibrant community in a peaceful, suburban backdrop. The city has an expansive and scenic collection of parks and outdoor areas, providing access to hiking, biking, kayaking, and more.


St. Charles is a peaceful oasis just outside of the Chicago metro area. With beautiful parks, a scenic waterfront, and a downtown area, St. Charles has something for everyone. It’s the perfect place for working Chicago professionals to raise a family.

What to Love 

  • Beautiful waterfront area downtown
  • Abundance of restaurants and shops
  • Ample green spaces set against the Fox River
  • Outdoor activities for the whole family
  • Community events and celebrations

Local Lifestyle 

St. Charles’ residents enjoy a quiet, peaceful lifestyle in a vibrant city filled with community, nature, and celebrations. With some of the top-rated schools in the country, St. Charles is one of the best locations in the suburban Chicago area to raise a family and create memories for generations to come.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

For entertainment, the Arcada Theater on Main Street offers a wide array of live music, with hundreds of different concerts each year. The Arcada Theater features a top-rated restaurant and bar called Club Arcada, themed as a 1920’s speakeasy. The venue offers creative cocktails and eats in an authentic lounge set with antique furniture and staff in full costume. The upscale Hotel Baker is a historic hotel originating in the 1920s and features picturesque views of the Fox River waterfront. Today, it is a popular wedding venue and features a sleek, urban bar and restaurant, ROX City Grill


For a day suited for the whole family in the sun, residents can head to Pottawatomie Park. This well-maintained park features miniature golf, a pool, riverboat cruises, and plenty of walking trails to enjoy. When the heat of summer strikes, residents frequent the Ottercove Aquatic Park. Featuring slides, large pools, toddler activity areas, cabanas and shade, and a family-friendly poolside grill, the Ottercove Aquatic Park has warm-weather activities for everyone. 

Things to Do 

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is an opportunity for St. Charles residents to celebrate their Irish Heritage. The parade features traditional Irish bagpipe music and Irish step-dancer performances, as well as other events for the whole family. The St. Charles Fine Arts Show is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. Artists from all over show their creative wear and feature live artists, shopping, food, and live music. Art featured includes jewelry, fine art, ceramics, photography glass, and more. 


Pottawatomie Park features a summer concert series that includes local food and drink vendors, and live music. Residents can enjoy views of the Fox River and dance through the sunset into the evening. St. Charles has no shortage of live music. The Jazz Weekend takes place in September and celebrates numerous jazz musicians at different venues around St. Charles. Jazz music fills the streets from lunch until the evening in downtown St. Charles over this magnificent weekend.

Schools 

St. Charles families enjoy access to the St. Charles Community Unit 303 School District, with highly rated schools at all grade levels.

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