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Exciting Chicago Attractions nearby our St Charles Hotel

With all the resort has to offer, you may never want to leave. But when you do, you'll find magnificent nightlife, shopping and Chicago attractions nearby. Enjoy the charms of a historic city with numerous St Charles things to do right outside your door. 

Nestled along the scenic Fox River Valley, Pheasant Run makes the most of an ideally romantic setting, family activities, and its retreat destination. The downtown district rises from the banks of the Fox River and provides visitors with a delightful mix of quaint shopping areas, uncommon recreational activities and savory dining experiences for truly rewarding Chicago vacations.


St Charles is a fascinating city located just 35 miles west of downtown Chicago in the Fox River Valley. Founded in 1833, the historic city today is home to exciting events and festivals, great museums, antique shops and shopping, and beautiful scenery.

In addition to St Charles's quality parks, exciting entertainment opportunities and exhilarating recreation options, the city also hosts a number of fun events. The Pride of the Fox RiverFest, Scarecrow Festival, Kane County Flea Market and Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour are just a sampling of the unique St Charles events occurring throughout the year.

Top Ten Things to Do in St Charles Illinois:

  1. Shopping & Antiques

    Historic downtown St Charles IL attractions include charming clusters of antiques shops, galleries and specialty boutiques. Just minutes away are Chicago Premium Outlets, the Charlestowne Mall and Geneva Commons. For true antiques adventurers, stroll through hundreds of dealers at the Kane County Flea Market.

  2. Annual Events

    St Charles offers festivals throughout the year including the Scarecrow Festival, Pride of the Fox RiverFest and Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour.

  3. Live Theater

    Enjoy the Chicago theater scene in St Charles with productions by Fox Valley Repertory. Located at Pheasant Run Resort.

  4. Museums

    Popular museums include the Fabyan Villa Museum (a Frank Lloyd Wright redesign), Cantigny Gardens and Museum and the St. Charles History Museum.

  5. Riverboat Gambling

    The Fox River Valley is home to Riverboat gambling at the Hollywood and Grand Victoria Casinos.

  6. Fox River Trail

    32 miles of biking, hiking and cross-country skiing along the scenic Fox River.

  7. Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruises/Canoe Rentals

    Available at Pottawatomie Park next to the Fox River.

  8. Morton Arboretum

    Over 1,700 acres of beautiful gardens.

  9. Kane County Cougars

    Professional minor league baseball team.

  10. Fermilab

    This physics laboratory houses the world's most powerful particle accelerator and is open for group tours by appointment, a unique and interesting addition to the variety of things to do in Chicago.