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To experience life to the fullest is to experience a place full of possibilities. Amid the small-town charm of St. Charles, every moment here is a pursuit of more. Imagine downtown shopping and dining at your leisure. Endless history, art, and entertainment. And recreation made for the great outdoors. When you come home to one of America’s best and safest cities, you’re bound to find it all-and all awaiting you.
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Nothing matches a stunning home more than a prime location, and that is precisely what St. Charles offers! Found in St. Charles, one of the suburbs of Chicago, our community has direct access to some of the major highways Metra train station, allowing you to commute anywhere you need within minutes.
Early History St. Charles was the location of the Native American community for the chief of the Pottawatomie that inhabited the area. A city park overlooking the river was dedicated to this Native American past. After the Black Hawk War in 1832, the entire site of the Fox Valley was opened to American settlement. Evan Shelby and William Franklin staked the first claim in what is now St. Charles in 1833. They came back in 1834 with their families from Indiana and were joined by over a dozen other families later that year. The township was initially known as Charleston, but this name was already taken by the downstate city of Charleston, Illinois, so the name of SI. Charles (suggested by S. S. Jones, a lawyer) was adopted in 1839. St. Charles became incorporated as a city on February 9, 1839, and reincorporated on October 17, 1874 (under the 1870 Illinois Constitution).
There is widespread speculation of slavery-era Underground Railroad stations operating in St. Charles homes, complete with tunnels and false doorways. While these claims are not historically substantiated, an active abolitionist group called working in St. Charles around this time called the Kane County Anti-Slavery Society. The Society was founded in 1842 and had about 180 members at its peak. The most plausible connection to the Underground Railroad in the town is the Wheeler House, built-in St. Charles in 1837.
St. Charles was a very isolated place early on in its existence. The village was located three days away from Chicago, and the Fox River was not navigable for large boats. By the 1850s, St. Charles had begun constructing a plank road to Sycamore but turned down an offer by the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad to build a line through the town, eventually built near Elgin. In the early years, the lack of regional connections kept the city relatively small. St. Charles was without a railroad until 1871 when a branch line from Geneva was constructed and was without a direct link to Chicago until the 1880s with the Chicago Great Western Railway’s coming.
The Fox River between Elgin and Aurora was built through the city in 1896, operated by the Aurora, Elgin, and Fox River Electric company. A direct automobile route to Chicago, which eventually became Route 64 (Main Street), was constructed in 1920. Four Illinois state routes, including Routes 64, 38 (Lincoln Highway), 25 (5th Avenue), and 31 (2nd Street), now run through the city. Two major Kane County roads also cut through the town; Randall Road on the west side and Kirk Road on the east side.
Don’t be fooled by the city’s small size; there are tons of things to do in St. Charles with kids and couples ranging from shopping and live performances to community events, outdoor recreation, and beautiful parks. St. Charles hosts the annual Kane County Fair at the Kane County Fairgrounds, a Scarecrow Festival, a Jazz Weekend, and more! There’s also convenient shopping at Fox field Commons Shopping Center, Tri-City Center mall, Von Muar, Rocket Fizz, and Jewel-Osco.