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.

St Charles Almanac

Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City34 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Kane County
Standard Zip Codes60174, 60175
Phone Area Codes331,630
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

St Charles Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
Distance14.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
Distance30.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, St Charles, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Valley View (60174)

Lily Lake (60175)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

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