St. Charles is a city in DuPage and Kane counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The official city slogan is Pride of the Fox, after the Fox River that runs through the center of town. The city is part of a tri-city area along with Geneva and Batavia, all western suburbs of similar size and relative socioeconomic condition.
Also home of the Kane County Fair in July and the Kane County Flea Market the first Sunday and preceding Saturday of every month. Pottawatomie Park is the center of the annual Dragon Boat festival and family event, the second weekend of June. Downtown St. Charles’ Lincoln Park serves as the central location for the Scarecrow Festival in October. St. Charles is also home to the Fox Valley Concert Band. Saint Charles is also home to the Arcada theatre, a notable attraction within the Fox River valley, where many famous performers have appeared including Martin Short, Joan Rivers, and Bill Cosby.
Downtown St. Charles was named one of the region’s “Top 10” by the Chicago Tribune for fine dining, arts and entertainment, recreational opportunities, unique shopping, and a lively nighttime personality. Family Circle magazine named St. Charles #1 in its 2011 Annual Survey of Best Towns and Cities for families. The communities in the magazine’s annual roundup of perfect places to call home combine affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public school systems and giving spirits. The St. Charles Public Library is nationally ranked among the best libraries in the U.S. and has earned a “three star” rating in the 2010 Library Journal Index.
The public education system in the city is operated by the Community Unit School District 303, which currently has twelve elementary schools and three middle schools. St. Charles is part of Community College District 509 which is served by Elgin Community College.