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City of St. Charles Resumes Non-Essential Services Under Phase 5


The City of St. Charles has lifted capacity restrictions and resumes non-essential services following Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement that the State of Illinois has entered Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan June 11, 2021.

Phase 5 allows all sectors of the economy to reopen and resume normal operations with new safety guidance and procedures. Conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.

Portions of 1st St & Walnut Ave Closed

Additional Outdoor Dining Space in Downtown St. Charles

A portion of 1st Street in downtown St. Charles closed to vehicle traffic beginning April 1 to accommodate additional outdoor public seating. Picnic tables and chairs will be placed on the closed section of 1st Street as well as on the plaza space east of 1st Street. Access to the 1st Street parking structures will be maintained. A similar plan was put in place last year to help restaurants and bars during statewide COVID-19 mitigations.

1st Street Plaza Expansion Survey Results

Thank you to all who took the 1st Street Plaza Expansion Survey, which was conducted to gauge opinions about expanding the plaza on the east into the grassy area at the southeast corner of Main & 1st streets. The response was overwhelming! 988 residents, business owners, and visitors completed the survey. We have reviewed the responses and read through 1,000+ written comments and are happy to share the results.

City of St. Charles Buildings Reopen, In-person Public Meetings Resume

The City of St. Charles reopened City buildings and has resumed in-person public meetings following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement that our area has moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

In-Person Public Meetings Resume

In-person public meetings have resumed at the Municipal Building, 2 E. Main St. Visitors must wear a mask and maintain 6-ft. distancing.

City Budget and COVID-19

Director of Finance Chris Minick provides an update on where the City budget stands in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent mitigations have greatly impacted many sectors of the economy nationwide. The City budget has been impacted as well.

We Anticipated COVID-19’s Economic Impact and Cut Our Budget

1st Street Plaza Expansion Project

An expansion of the 1st Street Plaza is planned for the grassy area at the southeast corner of Main & 1st streets. (Longtime residents may refer to this site as the former Manor restaurant.) The City bought the parcel of land in January 2020.

The new public space, along with additional planned enhancements to the area, will make the already popular downtown plaza a welcoming spot to gather. It will offer a central location for fairs and festivals, entertainment and events, or just enjoying the views.