Introduction to St. Charles, Illinois
St. Charles, Illinois, in DuPage and Kane counties, is 35 miles West of Chicago, Illinois.
St. Charles History
The Fox River valley was opened to white settlement after the Black Hawk War in 1832. Evan Shelby and William Franklin arrived in this area, with their families, in 1833-1834. Many other families soon followed, and the township was named 'Charleston.' However, another city in Illinois had that name so the township was renamed Saint Charles in 1839. It was incorporated as a city in 1874.
St. Charles and nearby Attractions
- Dunham Hunt Museum
- Saint Charles Public Library
- Farnsworth House
- Saint Charles South Lake
- Pheasant Run Golf Course
- Kane County Fairgrounds
Things To Do In St. Charles
The city of St. Charles offers travelers the opportunity to visit a number of historical sites and museums. The glass house built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951, called the Farnsworth House, is a stunning example of modernist architecture. The Dunham Hunt Museum, Saint Charles Historical Museum, Batavia Depot Museum, Garfield Farm Museum, and Fabyan Villa Museum are all worth visiting. One can also visit the numerous business parks and industrial areas in St. Charles. The churches and cemeteries around the city are reminiscent of the bygone era. The banks of Saint Charles South Lake and Ferson Creek are popular tourist haunts. In addition, there are a large number of shopping plazas, parks, and a golf course where visitors can spend a relaxed, fun-filled day.
St. Charles Transportation
Air transportation facilities are available at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
St. Charles Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are provided by Elgin Community College, Waubonsee Community College, North Central College, and Wheaton College.