The town of St. Charles is located about 35 miles west of Chicago in Kane County, Illinois, just 50 minutes from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This small town, with a population of about 28,000, is nestled in a quiet valley along the banks of the Fox River and offers residents a variety of activities and services. St. Charles offers the best of both worlds to its residents – small town living with a thriving economy and convenient commutes to Geneva, Elgin, Aurora, and Chicago.

The streets of St. Charles are filled with national historic landmarks, quaint shops, and beautiful residential areas. A thriving economy, a stable government, a diversified industry, and easy access to thriving markets are at the foundation of St. Charles’ beautiful and unique atmosphere. Among this town’s many successes is that of the St. Charles Fire Department, which is ranked among the upper 1% of all fire protection districts in Illinois.

There are a variety of festivals and ways to relax in this family-oriented community. The Kane County Flea Market has brought some of the best in antiques and treasures to the Kane County Fairgrounds and just minutes from downtown is the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, a 1,000-seat theater and stage for theatrical productions. The Pride of the Fox RiverFest, held every June, showcases the Mid-America Canoe Race, Dragon Boat races, and sand sculptures, while the annual Scarecrow Festival is a fun family event featuring hand-crafted scarecrows, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.

Residents also enjoy activities such as Paddlewheel riverboat cruises down the beautiful Fox River or bicycling along the Great Western Trails of the Fox River Valley. There are 56 parks in the town with facilities for a variety of sports and activities such as swimming, soccer, gymnastics, and golf. The St. Charles Park District was awarded the 1998 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the Sports Foundation, Inc. and the National Recreation and Park Association.

Children of St. Charles attend school in the St. Charles School District #303, which includes 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. The district has a mission to "educate students who will have the competence and character to excel in the global community as responsible citizens and life-long learners." Adults can extend their education by attending one of the many state or private universities or community colleges located near St. Charles, such as Aurora University, Northern Illinois University, Judson College, or Elgin Community College.

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