DISCOVER ST. CHARLES Breweries Must Haves By the Season Waterfront Attractions
1 Day, 4 Different Ways Itinerary ..........................4-5A Local’s Guide to Enjoying St. Charles ........... 10-11Public Art Around Town ............................................ 18Signature Event Schedule ....................................... 22-23Take a Walk Through St. Charles History ....... 28Female Entrepreneurs Spotlight ........................ 30Hops & Culture ................................................................. 34-35Don’t Leave Town Without Trying ...................... 38-39St. Charles Must Haves ............................................... 41Map & Information ........................................................ 42-43Accommodations Listing ......................................... 44Arts & Entertainment Listing ................................. 45Dining & Drinks Listing .............................................. 46-48Shopping Listing ............................................................ 49-50Recreation Listing .......................................................... 51Local Resources Listing ............................................. 52SIGNATURE EVENT IN ST. CHARLESFIND LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCESST. CHARLES BREWERY SCENECONTENTSp.8p.22p.34
On behalf of the St. Charles Business Alliance, we welcome you to our wonderful city and hope you use this guide to get an authentic look and feel of the St. Charles community. St. Charles prides itself on all it has to offer from its rich history, spirit and more. Our city not only embraces its historic beauty, but also emanates a lively buzz you can feel as soon as you set foot in town. It is the perfect place to recharge and reinvigorate with family and friends. Discover our amazing public art and welcoming parks, set among landmark buildings and architecture. Our retail is one-of-a-kind and easy to navigate with over 1000 free parking spaces in our downtown. You’ll also ﬁnd St. Charles offers a vibrant nightlife with plenty of restaurants, live music and theaters to choose from. From upscale to casual, healthy to decadent, you can ﬁnd it all in St. Charles. Right here is your ideal weekend getaway and planning will be made easy within these pages. We also invite you to visit our website so you can start planning and imagining the fun and excitement you will have during your St. Charles experience. Welcome to St. Charles! - Jenna Sawicki, Executive Director www.stcalliance.org | 630-443-3967 | firstname.lastname@example.orgDiscover St. Charles
p. 4INDULGENT RETREATACTIVE TRAVELER1 Day, 4 Way SMORNINGStart your morning off right with a delicious organic oat milk latte, fresh pressed juice & avocado toast at Kava Diem. Then head to Sage Healing Collective for some relaxation and pampering. AFTERNOONHead to Jeans and A Cute Top Shop, The Diamondaire or Mr. Marco’s Jewelry where they make everyone feel like a million bucks! EVENINGNext stop, a must try, mouth-watering Italian meal from La Za’ Za’ Trattoria. Finish your busy day with a retro concert at the historic Arcada Theatre.MORNINGWake up feeling refreshed and ready to get active! Take a walk, run, bike or even canoe down the Fox River! Then head to James O. Breen Community Park for a free 9-hole Disc Golf Course. When you ﬁnish, stop by Core Nutrition to fuel back up with a protein shake!AFTERNOONNow it’s time to have some fun at Splinters Axe Throwing or iPanic Escape Room! Then head to a local favorite for some true, authentic Pho at Pho 95. EVENINGAfter working up a thirst, stop by Flagship on the Fox. From the astro turf patio to all the fun games, you will have a blast. Then head down the street to the House Pub for a late night concert.
p. 5FAMILY ADVENTUREROMANTIC GET AWAY1 Day, 4 Way SMORNINGStart your morning off at our perfect, family friendly breakfast spots like Alexander’s Café, famous for amazing pancakes, Brunch Cafe or Colonial Café! AFTERNOONYour next stop should be Pottawatomie Park. A one-stop-shop featuring, mini golf, pool, pedal boats and more! Next for a quick lunch, Smitty’s on the Corner for an amazing sandwich.EVENINGWhat better way to end your day as a family than sharing some of the best pizza in town. Make sure to stop by Riverside Pizza. Finish the night with Forever Yogurt!MORNINGAfter waking up refreshed from your romantic stay at the historic waterfront Hotel Baker, check out Larimar Med for a facial, nail service, massage, or sauna! AFTERNOONA must see, 116 GALLERY is a beautifully curated art gallery right downtown. Stop in to tour the art gallery and see the amazing artwork that is all for sale. EVENINGEnjoy a romantic dinner at Nuova Italia located inside an old historic church. Finish off the night with wine tasting and live music from Wine Exchange.
p. 6The Hotel Baker is truly a gem in St. Charles. This 93 year old hotel is unique in many ways, including the wealth of history like no other structure in the area. Sitting right on the Fox River, the hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown where restaurants, pubs & shops are all within walking distance. The best part of Hotel Baker is the team dedicated to serving each guest that comes through the doors. Have a special night at ROX City Grill, which offers contemporary American cuisine and some of the best martinis in the area. A favorite for many is the beef tenderloin sliders! Hotel Baker | 100 W. Main St. | www.hotelbaker.comMidwestern Hospitality BEyond an event space
p. 7From meetings and events, to weddings & training, Q Center is an all-inclusive, budget-conscious package! The Q Center features over 95 acres, 150,000+ sq. ft. of meeting space, 1,043 overnight guest rooms, all right next to the Fox River and minutes away from downtown St. Charles. Q Center’s goal is to give you the resources & services you need in one place to allow you to focus less on running an event and more on enjoying it. With services like catering, event production, print, recreation, team building, and more. Q Center is the perfect venue for groups from down the road or halfway around the world. Q Center is the total package! It is an experience. Q Center | 1405 N. 5th Ave. | www.qcenter.comBEyond an event space
p. 8Sounds of St. CharlesFind live music experiences you don’t want to missVintage 53Vintage 53 puts the urban in suburban with an industrial style wine bar that delivers high quality wines and live music almost every Friday and Saturday night, featuring acoustic musicians and more that help put you in the mood for a glass or even whole bottle of wine.Arcada TheatreThe 900-seat theatre provides an unrivaled experience for live music, especially during their weekend performances. Immerse yourself in the high quality performers in a venue that makes every seat feel like a front row experience. Join in the excitement with the crowds that radiate joy and fun.House PubHouse Pub is the venue that stays true to the weekend warriors and partiers by continuing to bring fun and music that starts at 9:30 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Throw in a beer menu that is as long as a summer night and you are all set for a good time.Eden Restaurants and EventsTop-tier musicians and food set Eden on the River apart from the competition. Come see how Eden’s formula of delicious Mediterranean specialties and world music create a marvelous evening. Eden’s performances range from traditional Flamenco from Spain to Latin Jazz and even the Covergirls Violin show.McNally’s Traditional Irish PubWhen it comes to wrapping up the weekend, one of the best place for live music in St. Charles is McNally’s. Stop by on Sundays between 4-7 p.m. to catch some great live music from STC locals and enjoy a pint of Guinness or a classic Irish meal as well.
p. 9The Arcada Theatre is a complete musical and entertainment experience by taking food, beverage, atmosphere and music and putting them all together. What sets the Arcada apart is a combination of the variety of performers and the sheer amount of performances they have. With a focus on retro performers from the 40’s, 70’s and more, there is no other place in the country that brings in as many bands of these genres as they do.Take a walk upstairs and be transported to the roaring 20’s in the speakeasy, Club Arcada. Featuring food, drinks and live music, this is a space that people love, including the celebrities! Under the Arcada name you can also ﬁnd Rock ‘N Za, Rock ‘N Ravioli, BarCada and the Arcadian Suites. This 900 seat, 94 year old theatre is one of a kind! It embodies history, entertainment and community in a way that very few places can.Arcada Theatre | 105 E. Main St. | www.arcadalive.comNot A Bad Seat In the House
p. 10A Local’sGuide... to enjoying St. Charles on a budget!Chrissy SomerSp. 10
p. 11Have you ever visited a town and thought, “Gosh, I need to ﬁnd a local to get the REAL must-see places and must-do activities in town.” Well, friend, you’re in luck.As a long-time resident in the area, I have made it my job to ensure visitors and residents alike discover something new and fall in love with this community. This town truly has it all. Don’t miss these experiences that are uniquely STC and experience it like a LOCAL!VISIT ON A BUDGETMT. ST. MARY’S PARK Give those kiddos a play break! Mt. St. Mary’s is home to “Sculptures in the Park”, so if your kids aren’t feeling the playground with a three-story play structure, walk through the park admiring the unique sculptures!PADDLEWHEEL RIVERBOAT & MINI GOLF The Paddlewheel Riverboat at Pottawatomie Park offers weekday and weekend cruises. Cruises are $10 for 16 years and older, $8.50 for children 3 to 15, and FREE for children 2 and under! Any time between 11a - 7p, play a round of mini golf along the Fox River right by the RIverboats!KIMMER’S ICE CREAM Homemade using only fresh ingredients and frozen in small batches, Kimmer’s is hands down the best little ice cream shop in STC! Be sure to get a Sparkle Cone with your ice cream to really experience Kimmer’s!BLUE GOOSE MARKET OUTDOOR GRILLFridays and Saturdays during the summer, you will ﬁnd the BGM grill pumping out some delicious locally sourced burgers, dogs and brats. Get a dog, bottle of water and chips for only $3! CLASSIC CINEMAS AT CHARLESTOWNEGoing to the movies can be pricey unless it’s Tuesday at Classic Cinemas! They offer $5 movies ALL DAY LONG!FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER MUSICAll Summer long you can pretty much walk down Main Street and hear live music coming from all the restaurants and bar patios! You can also enjoy STC Live, which is FREE live music on Wednesdays & Fridays and then you also attend FREE Concerts in the Park on Thursdays!
p. 12PURSUING HAPPINESSHave you ever walked into a space and it immediately just felt right? Sage Healing Collective is just that! A space that has brought together some of the areas ﬁnest practitioners to live out their passion for helping, healing, relaxing and connecting. From the clean white walls, to the beautiful and trendy decor, the space draws you right in. While waiting for your service, shop the head-to-toe apothecary and retail boutique ﬁlled with natural and holistic items! Sage is a locals getaway and a must see spot when visiting. With 11 private rooms, a nail studio, yoga & meditation studio, and a HaloIR Sauna you could spend all day here! From chiropractic care, nutritional medicine, acupuncture and yoga to massages, facials, nails and more, there is something for everyone. Walk in to this space and we promise you will walk out feeling lighter, happier, healthier and more connected. SAGE HEALING COLLECTIVE “HOPE TO ENHANCE YOUR PURSUIT OF HEALTH & HAPPINESS”Sage Healing Collective | 525 S Tyler Rd Suite S | www.sagehealingcollective.comp. 12
p. 13Sage Healing Collective | 525 S Tyler Rd Suite S | www.sagehealingcollective.comJeans & a Cute Top Shop | 161 S. 1st St. | www.jeansandacutetop.comJeans and a Cute Top Shop is the perfect spot for those who have had trouble ﬁndingtheir ﬁt in big box stores. Aged out of juniors but too young for the misses? Jeans isthe perfect age appropriate but still very trendy women’s boutique. What makes it sounique is the customer service. The shopping experience is very personalized and youwill feel welcomed but not intimidated the minute you walk in the door.Jeans is here to support every woman and help open their eyes to see all the good.They want their customers to step out of the ﬁtting room feeling great aboutthemselves.“WE PROMISE YOU’ LL GO BACK HOME AND GET A ZILLION COMPLIMENTS”
p. 15ENJOY THE RIVERWALKAlongside the river is a beautiful Riverwalk perfect for walking, running and biking. Fox river ActivitiesCRUISE THE SCENIC FOX RIVEROn select Fridays from June through August, cruise the scenic Fox River from Pottawatomie Park on the St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats cruise. Enjoy a relaxing 50 minute boat ride taking in all of St. Charles scenic views while learning about the history of the Fox River Valley. RIVERFRONT VIEWSSt. Charles is home to ﬁve riverfront dining options!1. The Graceful Ordinary2. Eden Restaurant and Events3. Alter Brewing + Kitchen4. Salerno’s on the River5. Kava Diem Coffee ShopWATER SPORT FUNEnjoy the scenic Fox River aboard a paddle boat, kayak, or canoe. Kayaks and paddle boats are available to rent at River View Miniature Golf Course. Or spend some quality time with the kids playing a 18-hole game of mini golf!
p. 16Trend + Relic | 1501 Indiana Ave. | www.trendandrelic.comHead to Trend + Relic for a true shopping experience. Walk in and immediately get lost walking the space of carefully curated artisans, builders, reﬁnishers and painters. Find items for your home, self or a gift, both vintage and brand new. Karri and Heather, the owners, bring years of retail, design and decorating experience to the shop. Together they have brought a one-of-a-kind shopping experience to St. Charles that can’t be missed! Make sure you take your time walking up and down the different shops, you never know what treasure you may ﬁnd! Check out their website and Facebook for events!Shop, Create & Inspire
p. 17Trend + Relic | 1501 Indiana Ave. | www.trendandrelic.comFine Line Creative Arts Center is a haven for art lovers. Thisart center offers ceramics, jewelry making, glass blowing,painting, knitting, blacksmithing and more. No other facilitycan match the number of diverse choices Fine Line offers.A true ASSET to the St. Charles community, visitors can take a tour around the 10 acresof natural prairie and gaze at the outdoor sculpture gallery. Then step into the alwayschanging indoor gallery, with work from regional and national artists. You could spendhours walking the grounds and between buildings in this one-of-a-kind art center.Fine Line Creative Arts Center | 37W570 Bolcum Rd. | www.ﬁneline.orgKavanagh GalleryA UNIQUECREATIVE FORCEShop, Create & Inspire
p. 18Public Art Around TownKathryn Bail Hill, Director of the St. Charles Arts CouncilArt and culture are alive and thriving in St. Charles. With over 175 pieces of public art, you can’t help but feel inspired and awestruck at our community investment in the arts! Why not stroll through Mount St. Mary’s Park and enjoy Sculptures in the Park, showcasing work from artists Ray Kobalt. Currently there are 12 sculptures in the park to walk around and enjoy. Meander along the River Walk behind our art deco style City Municipal Building to see sculptures like Eqwabet or Reﬂections by artist Guy Bellaver. Art Galleries are abundant! The Fine Line Creative Center has rotating exhibits, classes, a speaker series and also a gift shop offering work from their stable of artisans such as textiles, pottery, jewelry & more! 116 GALLERY at Mixology Salon Spa in downtown St. Charles is known for unique gallery shows. SIP Parties, Board & Brush and Pinot’s Palette are all fun ways to express your creativity! Interested in shopping for local products? The St. Charles History Museum hosts rotating exhibits along with a lovely gift shop with St. Charles swag. Evenings are electric with live theatre at the intimate Steel Beam Theatre and legendary concerts at the Arcada Theatre, a historic 900 seat theatre.Each Memorial Day weekend, you can enjoy the St. Charles Fine Art Show in downtown St. Charles featuring the work of more than 100 artists. This outdoor event is free and includes clay/ceramics, digital art, drawing/illustration, ﬁber art, jewelry, photography, glass, mixed media, oil painting, watercolor painting, acrylic painting, printmaking, sculpture and wood.Why not take an afternoon to enjoy the rich culture that St. Charles encapsulates? Take the St. Charles Arts Council Art Tour that is available through a downloadable app, Otocast, to ﬁnd St. Charles, IL Art in Public Places. Artists or family members will guide you by telling stories of the artwork. In addition to hearing the story, you can read a bit about the artist and their piece and follow links to relevant resources.YOUR ART ADVENTURE BEGINS IN HISTORIC ST. CHARLES
p. 19Mixology Salon Spa & 116 GALLERY | 116 W. Main St. | mixologysalonspa.comAt rst, Mixology was supposed to only be a salon inside a 5,200 sq. ft. building, but extra room allowed it to turn into one of the most gorgeous spaces in St. Charles. A perfect blend between art and style, Mixology & 116 GALLERY have mastered the science behind mixing these two worlds. As soon as you step in, you are greeted with a sleek, modern, high-end experience you would never expect. Take a walk around to see how many dierent facets make up this business: retail, hair, waxing, massage, a men’s department and gorgeous art everywhere &a gallery lled with unique pieces you can purchase! A private event space, gallery & salon all in one!ART MEETS FASHION
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p. 22ST. CHarles EventsMARCHST. Patrick’s ParadeThousands of people of all ages line Main Street to watch the Irish dancers and bagpipers, listen to award-winning local marching bands, and more.AprilSly Fox Half MarathonM ayFINE ART SHOWThis award-winning art show features artists in mediums including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, ber, wood, and more.MARChFox valley antique showJuneFox River Arts rambleOne-day ramble through the fox river arts area visiting various artistsSignature EventsFLEA MARKETOne of the longest running, best antique ea markets. Held on the rst Sunday of each month and the preceeding Saturday (March - December).FARMERS MARKETA year round farmers market held every Friday.Outdoor: June - Oct.Indoor: Nov. - MayJULY KANE COUNTY FAIRLocated at the Kane County Fairgrounds, the Kane County Fair has something for everyone: carnivals, a petting zoo, magic shows, live music, a car show, and much more!Sculptures in the parkThis summer explore the outdoor art gallery that is Mount St. Mary Park. Witness the artistic diversity of the latest installment of sculptures in the annual Sculptures in the Park exhibit. There is never a shortage of fun entertainment and activities in St. Charles, IL. Explore the large calendar of events and happenings during all four seasons. Visit stcalliance.org/eventsM AYMEMORIAL DAY PARADE & ServiceA Memorial Day commemoration to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country and to honor our veterans.
p. 23JuLY4th of JULY CelebrationJuneFox River Arts rambleOne-day ramble through the fox river arts area visiting various artistsOCTOBERUncommon threadsThe annual fundraiser for Fine Line Creative Arts Center of St. Charles and all of the participating artists.OCTOBERGallery of ghoulish homes tourDrive by the spookiest homes in the Fox Valley area.June-AugustSTC LIVETakes place every Wednesday and Friday all summer long. Enjoy local band performances at various venues throughout St. Charles.June-AugustConcerts in the parkEnjoy live concerts in Lincoln Park every Thursday at 7 p.m. SeptemberFox valley marathonSEPTEMBERJazz WeekendA four-day event showcasing live jazz music at an array of dierent St. Charles venues. NOVEMBERHoliday homecomingThe ocal kick-o to the holiday season in St. Charles. Features the Lighting of the Lights ceremony, the Electric Christmas Parade, the Holiday Tree Trail and other themed holiday activities.FEBRUARYRestaurant weekA phenomenal opportunity to try the best food St. Charles has to oer. Taste a variety of dierent cuisines on special promotion during the last week of February. OCTOBERScarecrow festivalA three-day event, featuring handcrafted scarecrows displayed throughout downtown St. Charles, a family zone with live entertainment, a photo op area and scarecrow in a box.
p. 24Spring in St. Charles is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Explore the various parks such as Norris Woods or LeRoy Oakes as the plants begin to bloom and the weather warms up. Grab some friends or bring your pet to the Eastside Sports Complex or James O’Breen Park where there are tons of outdoor activities to enjoy.Did you know St. Charles is the Water Garden Capital of the World? You have to check out Aquascape which has amazing grounds, koi ﬁsh to pet and is very unique to this area.Spring also brings incredible events with the St. Patrick’s Parade in March and the St. Charles Fine Art Show during Memorial Day weekend. Both events bring thousands to downtown St. Charles to participate in community fun!SPRING
p. 25Summers in the Midwest call for endless outdoor activities. When each day calls for sunshine and 80 degrees, there isn’t a better time to visit St. Charles.Head to the Fox River for biking, boating and more! If the family needs to cool off, visit one of the many ice cream shops around town. For a real challenge, try the famous Colonial Kitchen Sink! Or cool off with a frozen tropical drink from tiki bar Dawn’s Beach Hut! Enjoy all of the different restaurant patios, especially The Ofﬁce, Filling Station Pub & Grill & Evergreen Pub & Grill which has sand volleyball courts! Take a stroll up and down Main Street Wednesday through Sunday and you will hear live music all around town!SUMMERp. 25
p. 26Fall in love with St. Charles during this time when all the leaves begin to change colors. The parks and river light up with burning red and orange leaves. Stay the whole weekend during Jazz Weekend and sip on local cider at the Sunset Cider Stroll. Visit during the renowned Scarecrow Festival in October to see over 100 handcrafted scarecrows and enjoy endless family-friendly activities.Make sure to make a trip to Primrose Farm for Moonlight Hayrides, visit the farm animals and enjoy other Fall fun activities. Fall in St. Charles is the perfect time to check out all the local breweries and wine shops to enjoy fall craft beers on tap, as well as cider and mulled wine!FALL
p. 27Experience the magic of St. Charles during the Winter season. To kick-off your holiday season, experience Holiday Homecoming: a two day event the weekend after Thanksgiving that puts you right in the Christmas spirit. St. Charles offers many winter activities for all to enjoy. From ice skating under the lights at Lincoln Park to sledding at some of the best hills around. Head to Hickory Knolls Discovery Center to enjoy snowshoe rentals.To warm up, you must try the homemade soups from Townhouse Cafe or head to Arcedium Coffee House for their amazing Aztec Hot Cocoa.WINTERp. 27
p. 28THE ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY Take a glance at the over 100-year-old site where the ﬁrst public library in St. Charles was built. THE MCCORNACK OIL CO. BUILDINGCurrently houses the St. Charles History Museum.HOTEL BAKERThe most iconic building in downtwon St. Chalres. See the Rainbow room, the world’s ﬁrst lighted dance ﬂoor.ARCADA THEATRESee how this pillar in the St. Charles community has brought music and Hollywood stars to downtown St. Charles for almost 100 years.MUNICIPAL BUILDINGOriginally two buildings that were merged into one in 1995. Hear the bells chiming from the tower, every hour.OLD ST. PATRICK CHURCHHome to Nuova Italia, check out how they have kept the outside architecture of the Gothic Revival styled church.Find a printable tour at www.stcmuseum.org/historicwalkingtour/Take a walk throughSt. Charles HistoRYExplore St. Charles Central Historic District and discover the rich history of downtown St. Charles. Enjoy walking and viewing the self-guided walking tour of 27 historic locations. A few must see spots . . . .
p. 29Find a printable tour at www.stcmuseum.org/historicwalkingtour/The Filling StationPub & Grille Over 30 years in business in St. Charles, The Filling Station in an iconic, historical building. This location has been “ﬁlling up” St. Charles since 1920, when it was originally a gas station. Stop by to check out all the cool memorabilia & great food! Evergreen Pub & Grill Although Evergreen has changed owners a few times, the original Gus’s Evergreen opened it’s doors in 1928. In 1948, it became Ray’s and was known for pigeon racing. The Evergreen Pub & Grill is still open today and is most known for their amazing patio,homestyle cooking & friendly atmosphere.ESTABLISHED RESTAURANTSNEW RESTAURANTS TO ST. CHARLESMoto iMotoMoto iMoto joined the St. Charles dining scene summer 2021 and has been an instant hit. Located in the heart of downtown, it will bring you a farm fresh, Pan-Asian culinary experience. The Graceful Ordinary The newest restaurant in St. Charles is a breathtaking space located on the Fox River right downtown. Reﬁned rustic fare in a sophisticated, timeless setting serving chef-driven cuisine centered around the kitchen’s wood burning hearth.
p. 30Female Entrepreneurs Bring Big Business to St. CharleS- Elizabeth Rago, Founder The Domestic WomanLUX Dance Studio - Debbie Weiss1 Illinois St., Suite 120 | luxdancestudio.comIf you are looking for a unique experience or simply want to learn new techniques, taking a private dance lesson with Debbie Weiss, owner of LUX, translates into an abundance of fun.La Mesa Modern Mexican - Kimberly Lawson51 S. 1st St. | lamesamodernmexican.comSmack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of 1st St., La Mesa Modern Mexican revives your tastebuds with a Mexican food experience inspired by modern palates. Owner Kimberly Lawson loves everything about having a business in St. Charles, especially the kind and generous patrons.Jeans and a Cute Top Shop - Jill Card161 S. 1st Street | jeansandacutetopshop.comEvery customer who walks through the doors of Jeans and a Cute Top Shop is destined for a chic affair of trend-setting and handpicked fashion. Jill, the owner of Jeans and a Cute Top Shop says, “We love pulling together a perfect look for each customer that ﬁts and ﬂatters.” The staff is always attentive and has everything a girl could need under one roof.Kava Diem - Leah Jenski1 West Illinois Street kavadiem.com Kava Diem Organic River Cafe overlooks the scenic Fox River and is more than just caffeine, juice, and food - it’s a community-focused movement towards providing organically grown, responsibly sourced fare in a welcoming and cozy environment. “We consistently source the purest ingredients and won’t skimp on quality,” says owner Leah Jenski.SG Too - Debra Phillips116 Cedar Avenue | sggeneva.comDishing up quality and stylish second-hand furnishings for home, Debra Phillips owns SG Too, an enchanting consignment shop located in the historic Century Corners district of St. Charles. “Every piece of merchandise that comes into our shop is different, unique, and potentially one of a kind!” boasts Debra. “Shopping secondhand is truly like a treasure hunt.”B-Shique Brow Boutique - Mary Jane Schwartz318 West Main Street | bshique.comPacked with a vintage-glam vibe, owner Mary Jane Schwartz has established an attainable approach to easy, honest beauty with B-Shique Brow Boutique. “St. Charles is such a beautiful town and the people are friendly,” says Mary Jane.p. 30
p. 31Here in the Midwest, fresh seafood is hard to come by but when you ﬁnd a spot that sells and cooks it to perfection, it is a MUST STOP! E & S Fish Market does exactly that. This ﬁsh market sells only the freshest seafood and at night the quaint market turns into one of the most sought after restaurants in the area. A reservation is highly encouraged and you can bring your own beer or wine! E & S Fish Market is made for seafood lovers out there. You can tell the quality when buying or eating their prepared items. A few must try dishes - the scallops and the sea bass. The restaurant as a whole is so different than your typical seafood place. With an ever changing menu, you can also just take a look in the seafood case and order whatever you see! Come see why customers keep coming back to this hidden gem!E & S Fish Market | 311 N. 2nd St. | www.esﬁsh.coGuaranteed freshness
p. 32McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub | 109 W. Main St. | www.mcnallyspub.com121Imagine a place where everyone is welcomed and makes you feel right at home! Look no further than McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub. A pillar to the community, McNally’s has served St. Charles for over 22 years! What sets McNally’s apart is that the entire management team was born & raised in Ireland. That right there adds so much to the ambiance.Known for its Fish n’ Chips, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Bangers & Mash, McNally’s is also the only place in town you can get a pint of Guinness and amazing Irish Whiskeys. If you are looking for true authentic food and a traditional atmosphere, McNally’s is a must stop.Like ireland onlY CloserIrish Pub & Kitchen
p. 33Beer BY THENUMBERS5Honorable MentionsNot in the mood for beer? St. Charles also has numerous places that make their own wine, cider or have wine tasting events weekly!Broken Brix225 W. Main St.Wine & Cider made in house! Also inside this gem, you can ﬁnd homebrew supplies & draft beers.Cooper’s Hawk3710 E. Main St.Over 49 different wines from California, Washington, Oregon & more.Order a glass, ﬂight orenjoy a tasting!Vintage 53162 S. 1st St.A rustic-industrial wine bar, with over 50 wines poured by the glass, craft beer & cocktails.Wine Exchange1 Illinois St. #140With over 500 winesfrom around the world, you will ﬁnd something you love here! Stop by onFriday or Saturday for wine tastings!St. Charles Breweries93 Octane, Alter Brewing & Kitchen, D&G Brewing, Pollyanna Brewing Co. & Riverlands Brewing Co.12Medals awarded to St. Charles Breweries3MedalsAt the Great American Beer Fest & The Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers1Gold Medal at the Great American Beer FestivalLight Thinker by Pollyanna Brewing Co.79BEERS BREWEDIN ST. CHARLESp. 33
p. 34St. CharlesSeveral spirited breweries now lead the charge in transforming St. Charles. Every brewery offers a little adventure. Each glass ﬁlled with the taste of craftsmanship and community. Live the hops-fueled renaissance: Experience the local breweries of St. Charles.93 OCTANE BREWERYThis second-generation family business offers ﬂights of 4 oz pours and has 12 beers on tap. Food can be ordered next door at Urban Counter to be enjoyed at the brewery!• Tastes of the world• Hypnotic hops• The anti-pit-stopALTER BREWING + KITCHENAlter has 16 beers on tap, a full-service kitchen, and a container bar overlooking the Fox River. The restaurant features abundant seating, private dining, a full bar, and a gleaming 10 -barrel brewing system at its heart. • Bold ﬂavors• Modern atmosphere meets oak barrel agingp. 34
p. 35St. CharlesD&G BREWERYD&G offers true-to-style beers with 13 beers on tap at their location on the west side of St. Charles. They often have food trucks and live music outside of their business! • Filled with Hops• Salt-of-the-earth atmosphere• Simplicity with a purposePOLLYANNA BREWING CO.Pollyanna offers tasting ﬂights and 24 craft beers on tap including one cider. They also offer local restaurant and food pop-ups, a rotating charcuterie board, BYO food, trivia nights, and live music every weekend! • Decadent ﬂavors• Modern and light ambiance• Delicious fermentationRIVERLANDS BREWING CO.Riverlands has 15 craft beers on tap and one hard cider. On top of their frequent patio activities, they also have food trucks and live music on most weekends!• Magnetic innocence• Fresh and natural• Familial ambianceBrewed to perFectionD&GBrewinGSalt-of-the-earth atmosphereHops To-Go
p. 36The Jimenez family opened their ﬁrst restaurant in the late 1970’s and has been running successful restaurants ever since. Their secret? Using only family recipes and being able to adapt those recipes over time. Since 1999, El Puente has been providing its guests authentic Mexican cuisine, warm service and two generations with over thirty years of experience. Do not leave town without trying the Tacos el Pastor, Enchiladas with Mole Sauce and homemade gallon of margarita mix to-go! Everything that comes out of the kitchen is made from scratch. The main goal is to send everyone home happier than when they got there. “In Mexico, it’s a big deal to sit down as a family and eat meals together. We are recreating that here.”El Puente | 112 E. Main St. | www.elpuentemex.com20 Years of tradition
p. 37“In Mexico, it’s a big deal to sit down as a family and eat meals together. We are recreating that here.”El Puente | 112 E. Main St. | www.elpuentemex.com“Atithi Devo Bhavah” or “the guest is truly your God” is a motto of Nepalese and Indian Hospitality.At Taste of Himalayas they are honored to share their recipes with guests. Their menu clearly indicates the food is from Nepalese and Northern India because the ethnicity, taste and ﬂavor are all from that area. The dishes are made with the ﬁnest vegetables, meats and seafoods. Everything is fresh and never frozen. Taste of Himalayas is the only Nepalese and Indian Food in the area and is a true gem in St. Charles.Taste of Himalayas | 110 N. 3rd St. | www.tasteofhimalayas.comFancy Spices & modest herbs
p. 38Don’t leaveTOWN Without tryinG...While visiting St. Charles, Illinois, whose vibrant pulse ﬂows like the energetic Fox River it so easily sits beside, you must take a moment to visit the following bistros and restaurants with entrepreneurs who share a local passion for community involvement.Ju KabobsA local favorite spot for fast, quality food! Just Kabobs has been a staple in St. Charles for years. A family friendly restaurant that has fresh Kabobs, like the name says, that wont break the bank. Other options include Some of the friendliest staff you will come by! Don’t be alarmed by the line around the building, we promise it will be fast and totally worth it. Pomodoro e MozzareaWhen you are lucky enough to saunter into this hidden gem where spinach/garlic or prosciutto crudo/arugula artisan pizza couple with fresh, sprawling, grilled calamari appetizers, you will feel like family. Entrees like traditional chicken piccata are freckled with the largest capers this side of the Mediterranean. The Imperiale family’s Gnocchi Casa Mia will simply ﬂoat you to heaven on a tomato with their honest pride and the very best ingredients.Kimmer’s Ice CreamThis magical home of the trademarked sparkle cone provides cheerful, handmade caramel sea salt “always scoops” that never cease to please in a milkshake. Yet, the “Parent Trap” with peanut butter blended into cookies and cream, beside plethora of refreshing, seasonal sorbets may dazzle your taste buds. However, if you simply cannot choose take home a themed ﬂight or “Cookie Sandie” squeezing your favorite childhood ﬂavor.p. 38
p. 39McNay’s Irish PubAdjacent to the exciting pedestrian mall in the heart of downtown St. Charles, venture into the Emerald Isle’s hub for sports, music, brunch trivia, or their quite central location for event space with extensive morning libations like a Bloody Harp or Fiona’s Fancy with Elderﬂower and Pearl Cucumber spirits. You will instantly transport across the pond with delicious cuisine such as Guinness pot roast, corned beef and cabbage, a reuben boxty and traditional ﬁsh and chips.Colonial KitchenColonial Café has been a staple in St. Charles since 1959. Serving a very wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner & legendary ice cream, Colonial is a must while visiting St. Charles. Take a picture with the Colonial cow, try their local butcher Ream’s Burger, or try the famous Kitchen Sink challenge. They open early, close late AND kids eat free every Monday night.“Scoopin’ Fun Since 1901”!Articles written by Maggie Carlson, St. Charles Resident p. 39The OfficeIf you are looking for an impressive patio to relax on, look no further! The Ofﬁce has the perfect patio right on Main Street with an amazing ﬁre table. The Ofﬁce’s food and drinks are also just as impressive! An ever changing menu with specials for every season and everyday! Whatever you do make sure to grab a drink and get a bit to eat and relax on their wonderful patio!
p. 40AN UPSCALE, MODERN FARMHOUSEMEETSLUXE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH DESTINATIONSYRUP - St. Charles opened in November 2020 and has quickly become one of the most popular breakfast and lunch destinations in St. Charles. Their modern farmhouse-meets-luxe breakfast and lunch makes every dish Instagram worthy. Explore their menu featuring cage free eggs, Tillamook Cheddar, fresh meats from local butchers, as well as made from scratch syrups. They also have a wide selection of beverages such as fresh squeezed juices, mimosas, espressos & bloody marys. Along with their great breakfast menu, you can also ﬁnd a lunch menu with fantastic options. Dive into their Ream’s burger or, for those with dietary restrictions, order up their amazing impossible burger. Syrup is a must try brunch spot located off Randall Rd. with plenty of parking.SYRUP | 552 S Randall Rd | eatatsyrup.com
p. 41KILWIN’S CHOCOLATE SEA-SALT CARAMELSKilwin’s Chocolates & Ice CreamAddress: 132 S. 1st StreetBANANA WALNUT DESSERT BREAD BreadsmithAddress: 121 N. 2nd Street SOCIAL CIDERBroken Brix Home Brew ShopPrice: $4.99225 W Main St.ARCEDIUMCOFFEE BEANSArcedium CoffeehouseAddress: 60 Indiana StreetMAGNOLIA SOAP Magnolia Soap & BathAddress: 1 Illinois StreetONE OF A KIND, HANDCRAFTEDCHARCUTERIE BOARDCampbell CreationsPrice: From $60-$600Address: 803 S. 5th AvenueMake sure to take home some St. Charles goods while you are in town! Everything here is from a local places you shouldn’t miss!St. CharlesMust HavesPRICE $28.99PRICE $60-$600PRICE $7.00PRICE $7.85- $16.50PRICE $8.95PRICE $7.00
p. 42Home to over 60 parks and walking trailsLocated just 35 miles away from Chicago and three major airports, and 3 miles away from commuter train lines to Chicago5 live theatres and performing arts centers11 clean and safe hotels, one of them located along the Fox River5 waterfront restaurants and ﬁne dining opportunitiesFUN FACTS ABOUTSt. Charles512651162STCp. 42
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p. 44ACCOMMODATIONS210 Cedar210 Cedar Ave. 630-212-7898210cedar.comBest Western1635 E. Main St.630-584-4550bestwesternstcharles.comCedar Fox Weddings & Events316 Cedar St.630-320-0016cedarfoxweddings.comCourtyard By Marriott700 Courtyard Dr.630-377-6370courtyardchicagostcharles.comFairﬁeld Inn & Suites2096 Bricher Rd.630-845-5500www.marriott.com/chicrGeneva Motel Inn100 S. Tyler Rd.630-513-6500 genevamotelinnil.comHampton Inn & Suites By Hilton2875 Foxﬁeld Rd.630-584-0222hamptonstcharles.comHilton Garden Inn St. Charles4070 E. Main St.630-584-0700stcharlesgardeninn.comHoliday Inn Express & Suites155 38th Ave.630-587-6564hiexpress.com/stcharlesilHotel Baker100 W. Main St.630-584-2100hotelbaker.comQ Center1405 N. 5th Ave.877-774-8437qcenter.comQuality Inn and Suites1600 E. Main St.630-584-5300choicehotels.com/illinois/saint-charles/quality-inn-hotelsSuper 81520 E. Main St.630-377-8388super8.comACCOMODATIONS & venues
p. 45ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT116 Gallery630-549-6870116gallery.comAll Things Art Studio630-360-1410allthingsartstudio.comArcada Theatre630-962-7000arcadalive.comBoard and Brush630-797-9123boardandbrush.com/stcharlesCharlestowne Cinema 18630-587-3300classiccinemas.com/charlestowneClassics & Custom Auto630-443-4582 classicsandcustomauto.comDurant House Museum630-377-6424ppfv.org/durant-house-museumFine Line Creative Arts Center630-584-9443ﬁneline.orgHealing Gardens at Stone Hill Farmhealinggardensatstonehillfarm.comHickory Knolls Discovery Center630-513-4399stcnature.org iPanic Escape Room630-797-9099ipanicescaperoom.comKane County Fairgrounds630-584-6926kanecountyfair.comKane Repertory Theatre678-296-8975kanerepertorytheatre.comKoi Whispering Sanctuary & Japanese Gardens630-631-9566zenliving.lifeMarquee Youth Stage630-762-0354marqueeyouth.orgNorris Cultural Arts Center630-584-7200norrisculturalarts.comPinot’s Palette630-338-0278pinotspalette.com/stcharlesPrimrose Farm630-513-4370primrosefarmpark.comSplinters Axe Throwing630-231-2955splintershangout.comSt. Charles History Museum630-584-6967stcmuseum.orgSteel Beam Theatre630-587-8521steelbeamtheatre.orgUrban Air Adventure Parkurbanairtrampolinepark.com630-584-8177Vero Voce Theater & Performing Arts School630-584-0139verovoce.comARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
p. 46DINING &DRINKSChili’s Bar & Grill630-584-8013chilis.comClean Juice331-901-5201cleanjuice.comClub Arcada630-962-7000clubarcada.comColonial Café630-584-4647colonialcafe.comCooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant630-940-1000chwinery.comCrazy Fox Bar and Grille630-940-2876crazyfoxbarandgrille.comDave’s Burritos630-513-1760Dawn’s Beach Hut630-513-0204D and G Brewing773-203-2325dandgbrewing.comEden Restaurant & Events630-945-3332edenstcharles.comE & S Fish Company, Inc.630-444-0168esﬁsh.coEl Puente Restaurant630-377-8884elpuentemex.comEl Rayo Burritos Guacamole331-901-5988Evergreen Pub and Grill331-901-5142evergreenpubstcharles.comFilling Station Pub & Grill630-584-4414ﬁlling-station.comFlagship on the Fox630-549-7672ﬂagshiponthefox.com93 Octane Brewery630-549-033293octanebrewery.comAlexanders Café630-549-0514alexanderscafe.comAlter Brewing & Kitchen331-901-5949alterbrewing.comAlibi Bar & Grill630-443-0011ouralibi4u.comAlley 64630-513-6464alley64.comArandas Jalisco Tacos630-443-1306arandasjaliscostacosstcharles.comArcedium Coffeehouse630-444-0610arcedium.comBezo’s Sandwich Shop630-549-7683Bogart’s331-901-5915Bosa Donuts630-584-1313Burrito Los Azaderos331-901-5099Broken Brix Home Brew Shop630-377-1338homebrewshopltd.comBrunch Café630-940-2814brunchcafe.comCharlie Fox’s Pizzeria & Eatery630-443-8888charliefoxpizza.comChamber Red Chinese Bistro630-797-5155chamberred.comChef Abdul Mediterranean630-549-6378Dining & Drinks
p. 47Forever Yogurt630-549-6076foreveryogurt.comFrancesca’s By The River630-587-8221miafrancesca.comGiordano’s Restaurant & Pizzeria630-762-1600giordanos.comGia Mia630-415-0770giamiapizzabar.comGlobal Brew Tap House630-549-0397globalbrew.comThe Graceful Ordinarythegracefulordinary.com331-235-5803The Hive Eatery & Tavern630-549-0268thehivestc.comHouse Pubthehousepub.comIHOP630-377-7448ihop.comJalapeno Grille630-587-1918Just Kabobs630-443-3400justkabobs.comKava Diem630-549-0818kavadiem.comKilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream630-549-7943kilwins.com/stcharles-ilKimmer’s Ice Cream630-762-9480kimmersicecream.comLa Zaza Trattoria630-443-9304lazazas.comLa Mesa Modern Mexican630-549-0162lamesamodernmexican.comLin’s Garden Restaurant630-513-6060linsgardenstcharles.comLos Burritos Mexicanos630-584-9610The Mad Batter Bakery630-549-0553madaboutbaking.comTasty Biscuit630-800-3906thetastybiscuit.comMoto iMoto630-425-0990motoimoto.comMr. Samurai Steakhouse630-762-8500Mark’s 2nd Street Tavern630-443-8325McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub630-513-6300mcnallyspub.comNuova Italia630-584-4040nuovaitaliastcharles.comOfﬁce Dining and Spirits630-549-0287theofﬁcestc.comOlive Garden630-443-1122olivegarden.comOsteria Trulli630-797-5566osteriatrullimenu.comPho 95630-945-3870pho95stcharles.comPoke Bros630-945-3399eatpokebros.comPollyanna Brewing Company630-549-7372pollyannabrewing.comDINING &DRINKSDining & Drinks
p. 48DINING &DRINKSDining & DrinksR House630-549-0711rhousestc.comRiverlands Brewing Company630-549-6293riverlandsbrewing.comRiverside Pizza and Pub630-549-6644stcharles.riversidepizzapub.comRookies All American Sports Bar & Grill630-513-0681rookiespub.comROX City Grill630-845-5800roxcitygrill.comSalerno’s on the Fox630-584-7900salernosonline.comSalsa Verde Mexican Restaurant630-444-0673salsaverderestaurant.comSilver Lake Chinese Restaurant630-587-1888silverlakerestaurant.comSmitty’s on the Corner630-762-1080eatatsmittys.comSouthern Cafe630-945-3437thesoutherncafe.comSpotted Fox Ale House630-584-2239spottedfoxalehouse.comSushi Diva Japanese Restaurant630-945-3336sushidiva.comSt. Charles Place Steakhouse and Banquets630-377-3333st-charlesplace.comSyrup630-443-8338eatatsyrup.comSzechwan Restaurant630-513-1889szechwanstc.comTaco Madre630-549-6161thetacomadre.comTap House Grill630-443-1664taphousegrills.comTaste of Himalayas630-444-1575tasteofhimalayas.comThrowback Sports Bar630-945-3066tbsbar.comTown House Cafe630-584-8603townhousebooks.comVino THAI’s630-443-8461vinothai.comVintage 53630-549-0423vintage53.comWahlburgers331-235-5200wahlburgers.comThe Wine Exchange630-513-5577loc8nearme.com/illinois/st.-charles/the-wine-exchange/3772746/Wok ‘n Fire630-444-3580woknﬁre.comFor a complete list of fast food places inSt. Charles visit: www.stcalliance.org/quickbites
p. 49SHOPPINGShoppingAntique Market I 630-377-1868 antiquemarketone.comAntique Market III630-377-5599 antiquemarketiii.netBlue Goose Market630-584-0900bluegoosemarket.comThe Bike Rack630-584-6588thebikerack.comBreadsmith847-432-3330breadsmith.com/stcharlesCall Me Old Fashioned Antiques630-584-2024oldfashionedantiques.comCirca Vintage Gallery 630-660-8160 circavintagegallery.comCurious Fox Gift Shop at the St. Charles History Museum 630-584-6967 stcmuseum.orgDiamondaire 630-355-7464 thediamondaire.comDick Pond Athletics, Inc.630-587-0745 dickpondathletics.comDirections in Clothing630-584-1997DXL 630-584-4575 stores.dxl.com/us/il/saint-charles/962-south-randall-roadEclectic Garden 331-422-4007 eclecticgardenstc.comGiant Fox Valleygiantfoxvalley.comGhoulish Mortals630-441-2920 ghoulishmortals.comGolden Valley Jewelers630-377-4653goldenvalleyjewl.comGraham Crackers Comics 630-584-0610 grahamcrackers.comHobby Town USA 630-587-1256 hobbytown.com/st.-charles-il/l59Home Brew Shop630-377-1338homebrewshopltd.comJeans & a Cute Top Shop 630-444-0999 jeansandacutetopshop.comLa Huerta Market630-587-0549lahuertagrillandmarket.comLa Vita Cigars 630-513-7799 lavitacigars.comMagnolia Soap and Bath630-549-0892magnoliasoapandbath.comMr. Marco Jewelers 630-513-7200
p. 50SHOPPINGShoppingParagon Flowers630-485-2802 paragonﬂowers.comThe Pep Line630-549-7088thepepline.comPure Essential Supply, Inc.630-262-2522pureessential.usRocket Fizz630-797-5889rocketﬁzz.comRoss Dress For Less 630-584-1910 rossstores.comSammy’s Bikes630-444-0690sammysbikes.comSG Too Select Consignments630-584-7474Swaby Flower Shop630-584-0135 swabyﬂower.comTJ Maxx630-584-1124 tjmaxx.comTown House Books630-584-8600 townhousebooks.comTrellis Farm & Garden630-584-2024trellisfarm.comTrend + Relic630-803-5253trendandrelic.com Ulta331-771-7525 ulta.com/stores/st-charles-il-1465Von Maur630-377-9987 vonmaur.comWarehouse Confectionary630-584-6368World Market630-587-1011 worldmarket.comCheck out these spas & wellness centers that also have unique retail sections!B-Shique Brow Boutique630-347-7900bshique.comLarimar Med630-762-9864larimarmed.comMixology Salon Spa630-549-6870mixologysalonspa.comSage Healing Collective331-901-5672sagehealingcollective.com
p. 51RecreationRECREATIONBike Rackthebikerack.comBoy Scout Island Park & Boat Launchstcparks.org/fox-river-funCreek Bend Nature Centerkaneforest.com/creek-bend-nature-centerEast Side Sports Complexstcparks.org/location/east-side-sports-complexGiant Fox Valleygiantfoxvalley.com/usiPanic Escape Roomipanicescaperoom.comJames O. Breen Community Parkstcparks.org/location/Kayak & Pedal Boat Rentalsriverviewminigolf.orgMt. St. Mary Parkstcparks.org/location/mt-st-mary-parkOtter Cove Aquatic Centerottercove.orgPaddlewheel Riverboatsstcriverboats.comPottawatomie Golf Coursepottawatomiegc.comPottawatomie Parkstcparks.orgRiver Bend Community Parkstcparks.org/location/river-bend-community-parkRiver View Miniature Golfriverviewminigolf.orgSammy’s Bikessammysbikes.comSplinters Axe Throwingsplintershangout.comSportsplexstcsportsplex.orgSt. Charles Bowlstcharlesbowl.comSwanson Poolswansonpool.orgUrban Air Adventure Parkurbanairtrampolinepark.com
City of St. Charles630-377-4400stcharlesil.govKane County Illinois630-232-3400countyofkane.orgKane County Forest Preserve630-232-3400kaneforest.comSt. Charles Arts Council630-443-3794stcharlesartscouncil.orgSt. Charles Business Alliance630-443-3967stcalliance.orgSt. Charles Chamber of Commerce630-584-8384stcharleschamber.comSt. Charles Park District630-513-6200stcparks.orgSt. Charles Public Library630-584-0076stcharleslibrary.orgSt. Charles School District 303331-228-2000d303.orgPlan your visitSt. Charles, ILLocal ResourcesPhoto Credit - Drew Pertl, Adam Flikkema & Rachael Garland