St. Charles, IL
St. Charles Neighborhoods
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Around St. Charles
St. Charles is popularly known as a historic town with new energy, and its downtown area specifically highlights that aspect of it. Travelers and residents both share a fondness for the Riverwalk at the edge of Fox River and the many boutiques, antique shops, and restaurants located in central downtown. This city does not lack when it comes to finding things to do, with a downtown that has a thriving nightlife, recreational opportunities, and arts and entertainment.
Cost of Living
When it comes to cost of living, St. Charles is lower than the average cost of living in Illinois, but higher than the national average. This can be attributed to the housing market and high property taxes, and its status as a small, trendy river town. St. Charles offers many amenities for a smaller city, like horseback riding, canoeing, biking, hiking opportunities, and much more.
St. Charles is a very walkable city. Many people utilize the sidewalks and paths found throughout the city. If someone decides to opt out of walking or driving, the city has the SCAT transit system, consisting of five bus routes that provide transportation to various locations inside of the city. St. Charles does not have a Metra line or a train station that travels directly to Chicago, but its neighboring city of Geneva does, which is only two miles away from St. Charles. For national or international flights, the nearest airport is O’Hare International Airport, located 34 miles away from St. Charles.
The St. Charles public school system is managed by Community Unit School District 303. Included in this school district are 13 early education and elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools, St. Charles East High School and St. Charles North High School. This smaller city also has a surprising amount of private schools for young learners, with six being preschool and elementary. One Catholic private school resides in St. Charles, The Glenwood School for Boys and Girls, has approximately 500 students on campus. Combined, these schools are servicing more than 13,000 students.
St. Charles hosts many events year-round. One of these is the Kane County Fair in July and the Kane County Flea Market that occurs every Saturday of the month. Pottawatomie Park, named after the famous Native American chief, holds the annual Dragon Boat Festival in the summer and Downtown St. Charles’ Lincoln Park hosts the Scarecrow Festival in the fall. A popular destination in Downtown St. Charles is the Arcada Theatre. Many famous performers have stood on its stage, including Martin Short and Joan Rivers.