Less than an hour west of Chicago, the City of St. Charles is known as "The Pride of the Fox" for its proximity to the Fox Valley River. Located along the Fox River, this town offers a multitude of different experiences to choose from. There are paddle wheel river boats or canoeing, parks, trails, gorgeous picnic areas, and seasonal winter sports like sledding, cross-country skiing, and ice skating.
The downtown area has tons of restaurants and bars that cater to all tastes. St. Charles boasts the Hotel Baker, along the river, the Arcada Theatre that offers high-level entertainment of all types, and the Kane County Flea Market on the first weekend of each month.
The award winning park district preserves over 1,500 acres of parks, walking and hiking trails, facilities (Pottawatomie Golf Course--designed by Robert Trent Jones), and park district classes for all ages. Every interest is covered--including disc golf and miniature golf!
The town has many different events and festivals throughout the year...The Scarecrow Festival, Pride of the Fox River Fest (with Dragon boat races), Christmas parade, St. Patrick's Day Parade, Art Festival, and Fun Runs to name just a few.
Antique markets, small boutique shops, and larger chain franchises, such as Costco, are also offered in this town. Also noted for "award winning schools," and won The Family Circle Magazine award for #1 Town or City For Families (There was a total of ten with many categories such as affordable housing, public school system, giving spirit, etc.) in 2011.
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