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Remember to Keep Your Dogs on a Leash

Now that the weather is warming up, more people will be out biking, jogging, or walking their dogs. Please remember that St. Charles does have a leash law that requires all pets to be on leashes while off the owner's property, except in a designated off-leash area. The law is for everyone’s safety and enjoyment of our wonderful parks, trails, and walkways. And please pick up after your pets.

From the St. Charles Fire Department: Remember Sparkler Safety

When celebrating Independence Day, it’s important to put safety first.

The City does not allow consumer use of fireworks. As an alternative, you may choose to celebrate with sparklers, but it’s still important to keep safety in mind.

Sparklers burn at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, and have the potential to cause serious injury if used improperly. Sparklers account for more than a quarter of firework-related injuries.

Come Out for Concerts in the Park

Concerts are Held in Lincoln Park According to the Restore Illinois Plan Guidance

Come out for some fun and music! Every Thursday at 7 p.m., Lincoln Park is the place to hear local bands all summer long. Arrive early to enjoy food from GIA MIA and Kimmer's Ice Cream. So grab your friends and family for a summer night picnic with entertainment! Presented by the St. Charles Park District. More at

Win a Weekend in Rock ‘N Roll Paradise

Don’t miss out on the 99th Annual Charlemagne Grand Raffle. Buy a ticket for a chance to win a weekend in Rock ‘N Roll Paradise at the Arcada Theatre.  Get the VIP treatment with front row tickets to an Arcada Theatre performance, accommodations in the new Arcadian Suites, dinner at Club Arcada, and more. For more information and to buy a raffle ticket, visit

Witness Local Talent

Fox River Arts Ramble

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, the public is invited to enjoy the abundance of talent right here in our backyard. From 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., experience more than 85 artists at 17 venues in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, and Aurora.

ST. CHARLES Venues: 

Attention Homeowners!

Home Rehab Assistance Available

Is your home in need of improvements that you’re not sure you can afford? Are you having trouble safely getting around your home? If either circumstance applies to you, the City of St. Charles wants to help.  

The City’s Home Rehabilitation and Accessibility Loan Program provides financial assistance in the form of a 0% interest, deferred payment loan to assist income-eligible homeowners to make necessary repairs and improvements to their homes.

2021 Refuse Collection Rates Take Effect July 1

Stickers Purchased Before July 1 will be Honored

Beginning July 1, 2021, refuse collection fees from Lakeshore Recycling Systems will change for City of St. Charles residents. All stickers previously purchased prior to July 1 are still valid, so residents can use their current supply.

The 2021 rates for stickers and monthly container rentals are:

Stickers and Bags

  • Refuse Sticker $2.97 ea.
  • Yard Waste Sticker $2.97 ea.
  • Half-size Refuse Bag $2.28 ea.

Monthly Container Rentals        


Emergency Rental Assistance Available

Emergency rental assistance up to $25,000 for eligible residents and landlords affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is available through the Illinois Rental Payment Program.

Applications for landlords/housing providers are accepted May 17-June 7, 2021. Applications for renters are accepted Wednesday, June 9 - 28, 2021.

Grant Information:

  • Applicants are eligible for up to 15 months of assistance
  • The grant is paid to the housing provider in the form of a check

Tenant Requirements:

Read the Economic Development Annual Report

Last week, the Community & Economic Development Department released the 2020 Economic Development Annual Report. This report tells a story of resiliency, recovery and growth in St. Charles after an unprecedent year. To tell that story, the department took a comprehensive look at economic development activity throughout the City and summarized information from various municipal departments and community partners into a single report. The report highlights key demographic information, trends, project updates, investment initiatives and more.