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

CountyKane County
Standard Zip Codes60175, 60174
Phone Area Codes6,30,331, 630
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.95
Approximate Longitude-88.39

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
West Chicago27,328$80,354

St Charles Public Schools

Anderson Elem School
35w071 Villa Maria Rd
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-3300
Total Enrollment 423
Davis Primary School
1125 S 7th St
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-2200
Total Enrollment 477
Fox Ridge School
1905 E Tyler Rd
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-2400
Total Enrollment 397
Haines Middle School
305 S 9th St
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-3100
Total Enrollment 1105
Lincoln Elem School
211 S 6th Ave
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-2500
Total Enrollment 270
Mades-johnstone Center
1304 Ronzheimer Ave
ZIP: 60174
(630) 377-4858
Total Enrollment 81
Mades-johnstone Rssp
1304 Ronzheimer Ave
ZIP: 60174
(630) 232-5963
Total Enrollment 7
Munhall Elem School
1400 S 13th Ave
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-2600
Total Enrollment 467
New Directions Program
1304 Ronzheimer Ave
ZIP: 60174
(630) 513-5392
St Charles East High School
1020 Dunham Rd
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-4000
Total Enrollment 2513
Thompson Middle School
705 W Main St
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-3400
Total Enrollment 911
Wild Rose Elem School
36w730 Red Haw Ln
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-3000
Total Enrollment 467
Wredling Middle School
1200 Dunham Rd
ZIP: 60174
(331) 228-3700
Total Enrollment 1277
Bell-graham Elementary School
4n505 Fox Mill Blvd
ZIP: 60175
(331) 228-2100
Total Enrollment 430
Ferson Creek School
38w160 Bolcum Rd
ZIP: 60175
(331) 228-2300
Total Enrollment 582
Illinois Youth Ctr - St Charles
4450 Lincoln Hwy
ZIP: 60175
(630) 584-0506
Total Enrollment 2
St Charles North High School
255 Red Gate Rd
ZIP: 60175
(331) 228-4400
Total Enrollment 2001
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