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  • Bakers Farm at Pheasant Run Resort, Illinois

    Bakers Farm

    This 175-Acre Dairy Farm owned by Colonel Edward J. Baker, an historic benefactor of St. Charles, is now the home of Pheasant Run Resort.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Map, St. Charles

    1960s Resort Map

    On February 15, 1963, Edward J. McArdle opened Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. He was a developer with a vision who saw the area as the perfect location for a unique entertainment destination resort, where guests from all across Chicagoland would feel as though they escaped the city.
  • Lobby at Pheasant Run Resort - Illinois

    1960s Lobby

    Our original Lobby entrance in 1963.
  • Courtyard Suite at Pheasant Run Resort, Illinois

    Courtyard Suite

    Starting with 184 rooms and suites, some of the finest featured views of the manicured courtyard.
  • Guest Room at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    1960s Guest Room

    Our Resort Standard Rooms have always been appointed with the day's most convenient amenities.
  • Canoeing on Lake McArdle Pheasant Run Resort - Illinois

    Canoeing on Lake McArdle

    Pheasant Run Resort opened in 1963, welcoming guests from near and far with long scenic walks around the 250-acre grounds, 18 holes of golf, indoor/outdoor swimming, and canoeing along Lake McArdle.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Bi-Level Suite - Illinois

    1960s Bi-Level Suite

    When the resort opened it featured a pristine 18-hole golf course, complete with corresponding Golf Wing Bi-Level Suites.
  • Original Bourbon Street Re-creation Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    Original Bourbon Street Re-creation

    A truly unique feature of our resort is the indoor replica of Bourbon Street. Inspired by the Chicago Streetscape at The Museum of Science and Industry, McArdle created his own version with a brick-laid replica of New Orleans' most famous throughway. Home to many shops and restaurants, live bands perform here every Friday and Saturday night to this day.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Shopping - St. Charles

    1960s Resort Shopping

    What used to be the walkway between the barn and farmhouse became our indoor replica of Bourbon Street, a two-block stretch of two-story buildings with a number of shops and restaurants.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pool at Pheasant Run Resort - Illinois

    First Indoor/Outdoor Pool

    The first Indoor/Outdoor Pool in the United States was right here at the Run, where past and present guests enjoy swimming all year in carefully regulated 80-degree water.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Pool Deck - St. Charles

    1960s Pool Deck

    Inside or out, kids enjoy picnicking by the Indoor/Outdoor Pool.
  • Honeymooners Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    1960s Honeymooners

    With its idyllic country setting, Pheasant Run Resort has been the perfect place to honeymoon since opening. Couples even love coming back to celebrate milestone anniversaries, whether by themselves, with their kids, or grandchildren. We're proud to be a place where family traditions are born.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Golf Course - Illinois

    Original Resort Golf Course

    Our 18-hole golf course boasts a par-72 championship caliber layout, with tree-lined fairways, pristine lakes and carefully manicured greens. A Maddox design, the course has received top honors and industry recognition for both design and competitive play. Our signature Par-5 first hole is considered among the most challenging in the Midwest.
  • Baker's Wife Restaurant at Pheasant Run Resort, Illinois

    Baker's Wife Restaurant

    Housed in the repurposed original barn, Baker’s Wife restaurant served upscale dinners of the finest beef, poultry, game, and seafood.
  • Weekend Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort, Illinois

    1960s Weekend Getaway

    Pheasant Run Resort quickly became the perfect setting for weekend getaways and corporate retreats outside the hustle and bustle of Chicago.
  • The Peg & Plank Restaurant at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    The Peg & Plank Restaurant

    After finishing nine holes and waiting to dine at The Peg & Plank Restaurant, guests might enjoy a drink at the Clubhouse Lounge.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Sauna - Illinois

    Original Resort Sauna

    Our refreshing saunas were a Pheasant Run mainstay since opening.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Dinner Theater, St. Charles

    Original Resort Dinner Theater

    In 1964, Pheasant Run Resort opened its first dinner theater, The Pheasant Run Playhouse. The space turned to Broadway musicals in 1988, followed by a $4.5 million renovation in 2002. Now a state-of-the-art facility with 320 tiered seats, Mainstage Theater is brought to life again by Onesti Entertainment as Arcada Family Theatre.
  • Carl Stohn, Jr. at Pheasant Run Resort - St. Charles

    Carl Stohn, Jr.

    Carl Stohn, Jr. was the founding producer of The Pheasant Run Playhouse, running the program from 1964 through 1978. The first star to appear onstage was dancer Mimi Hines, from the Jack Parr show, followed over the years by the likes of William Shatner, Betty Grable, and Bob Denver.
  • Smugglers Cove Restaurant at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    Smugglers Cove Restaurant

    Smugglers Cove Restaurant opened in 1970, serving the best seafood and exotic gourmet dishes to our guests.
  • Tower at Pheasant Run Resort - Illinois

    Tower Opening

    Our 16-story Tower opened in 1980, adding 200 guest rooms.
  • Tower Lobby at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles

    Original Tower Lobby

    The country chic Tower Lobby is the heart of our resort!
  • Pheasant Run Resort Garden Atrium Sunday Brunch - Illinois

    Garden Atrium Sunday Brunch

    Our Garden Atrium opened in 1980, with a Sunday Champagne Jazz Brunch that was a hit!
  • Pheasant Run Resort Fitness Center, St. Charles

    Original Resort Fitness Center

    Another part of our 1980 expansion, the very first Fitness Center opened with state-of-the-art equipment and loads of style.
  • Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort - Illinois

    Mega Center Opening

    The landmark of Pheasant Run Resort event space, our 35,000-sq-ft. Mega Center opened in 1985. Attracting large exhibit shows, concerts and conventions, this expansive expo center forever made the Run a premier event destination in the Midwest.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Zanies Comedy Club - St. Charles

    Zanies Comedy Club

    Another part of the original barn, Zanies Comedy Club is the sister room of the legendary club of the same name in downtown Chicago. Since 1989, top talent has graced our stage in St. Charles, including comics like Craig Ferguson, Chelsey Handler, and Gilbert Gottfried.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Harvest

    Harvest Restaurant

    Located in the unique setting of a stylishly renovated barn, Harvest restaurant and bar specializes in regional cuisine with a gourmet twist, seasonal dishes inspired by the freshest of local ingredients and outstanding steaks and seafood. Here our motto is Farm to Fork!

  • Pheasant Run Resort Lillys

    Lilly's Restaurant

    Formerly known as Smugglers Cove, Lilly’s Restaurant opened to fully embrace the vibrant energy and air of Bourbon Street.

  • Pheasant Run Resort Jambalaya

    Jambalaya Restaurant

    Jambalaya Restaurant, a New Orleans-inspired cuisine a perfect complement to the resort’s Bourbon Street.

  • Pheasant Run Resort Prime Cut

    Prime Cut

    With its variety of Steaks and Chops on the menu Prime Cut Restaurant was known as “The place for steaks”.
  • Pheasant Run Resort Tower

    Major Makeovers

    The Tower guest rooms, Amphitheater, and Expo Center received major makeovers in March 2005. The project with its series of enhancements ended up totaling more than $24 million.

  • Pheasant Run Resort 50 Anni

    Pheasant Run Resort 50th Anniversary

    February 15, 2013 Pheasant Run Resort celebrated its Golden Anniversary. For 50 years Pheasant Run Resort has been the perfect setting for weekend getaways, exquisite dinning, weddings, live entertainment and corporate retreats. Proud to be a hospitality landmark since 1963 and looking forward to the next 50 years!

  • Mainstage Theater

    Operated as a professional dinner theater for more than three decades until June 2002, Pheasant Run’s Mainstage underwent an extensive transformation into a modern 300-seat theater-only facility. The renovation includes a new theater lobby; stadium seating for increased seating capacity and improved sight lines; new state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems; and interior and exterior redesigns. Chicago’s Noble Fool Theater Company become the sole operator of Pheasant Run Resort & Spa’s renovated theater facility in June 2003.

  • Pheasant Run Resort FVR

    Fox Valley Repertory

    Noble Fool Theatricals announced they would become Fox Valley Repertory – a name that better represented the strong bond they have created with their patrons and community, with hopes that those patrons would connect with their stories and begin referencing them as 'our theater' even more. Fox Valley Repertory is focused on creating an engaging theater experience by producing shows that inspire the community to laugh, reflect and reconnect to moments in one's life.

  • Pheasant Run Resort Hostmark

    Hostmark Hospitality Group

    Pheasant Run Resort & Spa was purchased by Saint Charles Resort, LLC, a collaborative group of experienced hotel investors and operators and managed by Hostmark Hospitality Group.

  • Pheasant Run Resort Renovations

    Exciting changes are in the works!

    Exciting changes are in the works! We are in the process of transforming the experience of the resort to make your stay as memorable as possible. Plans to revitalize the resort include fresh alterations to our lobby, guest rooms and restaurants in planned improvements for 2015.

A Tradition of Escape Outside Chicago - Hotel History

As one of the largest entertainment, vacation, and convention center resorts in the Midwest for over 50 years, the past informs every aspect of Pheasant Run Resort. St. Charles, IL began as a meager settlement along the Fox River in 1834. Soon thereafter, Colonel Edward Baker built the 175-acre dairy farm that would become the grounds of our resort in the outlying countryside. When a visionary developer named Edward McArdle acquired the property in the 1960s, the future began to unfold.
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