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This handsome river community maintains the reputation as the Pride of the Fox by providing exceptional services to residents and businesses! You'll love to entertain family and friends in our historic central business district. In the past ten years, five full blocks of downtown buildings have seen exterior renovation. The Downtown Strategy Plan, completed in November 2000, highlights the City's commitment to and planning for the continued health of the downtown. This plan identified three areas of opportunity. The largest is known as the First Street Redevelopment project area. The project is moving through City Planning process and could ultimately add over 250,000 s.f. of new property to our downtown, including first floor retail, upper story office, and housing.

St. Charles is an appealing location for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Here’s a summary of attendance of some of the larger Annual Festivals and Special Events held in St. Charles, Illinois.

Are you seeking commercial property in St. Charles? Available sites are detailed in our sites database, which we update daily. To list your property, download this form, describe your property, and submit back to us; there is no cost to you.

Centrally located in Kane County, St. Charles is an economic powerhouse. Three business districts offer a variety of opportunities for businesses of all sizes to flourish. Click on the business newsflashes above for the latest updates on new development and local business news.

Join the 2,000+ businesses that have decided to call St. Charles home! Browse through the economic data highlighted on this web site and contact the City Economic Development Department for additional information you may need to cinch your decision to expand or locate in St. Charles! You can check out testimonials from St. Charles business to learn how the business community views the City.

Our business community is served by a strong Chamber of Commerce (over 750 members) and the award-winning St. Charles Business Alliance!

Another resource is the Fox Valley SCORE Chapter #289. SCORE members provide business advice to anyone considering a new business or operating an existing business. 

Yet another resource is the St. Charles Public Library. They offer extensive resources for the business community including a series of research guides, web links, and databases which will help businesses determine markets, write business plans, and determine future market opportunities.

updated May 17, 2021