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Fun Things to do near Chicago, IL in the Fox River Valley

Discover the scenic Fox River Valley, where you'll find the most popular things to do in the Chicago area. With a mix of urban convenience and a relaxed country spirit, there's no end to the ways to spend your days and nights in Chicagoland. Enjoy a day of baseball with the Kane County Cougars, or enjoy a paddle boat ride on the Fox River. Wander the beautiful gardens of Cantigny or explore the magnificent Fox River by kayak or by bicycle with Mill Race Cyclery. Discover the hottest fashions at the Outlets of Chicago or stroll through downtown St. Charles with its cool energy, restaurants and sights on the Fox River. Enjoy a night of comedy at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort or see a concert at the historic Aracada Theater. It's all right here!

Scarecrow Festival of St. Charles

St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

Kick off the colorful Fall season at the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest - rated one of the "Top 100 Events in North America" year after year. Enjoy handmade scarecrow competitions, carnival rides, roaming performers, arts and crafts, and live music.
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Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles

Kane County Fairgrounds

The Kane County Fair rolls into town every July, but there's plenty to do all year. Enjoy a calendar filled with exciting things to do, like the Kane County Flea Market, antique shopping, bull riding, car shows, and festive holiday events.
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Mill Race Cyclery

Mill Race Cyclery

Get the family together for a ride along the Fox River on our 65 miles of bike trails. There is ice cream in every town and memories galore. Rent casual bikes, road bikes, tandem bikes, kid's bikes, trail-a-bikes or electric bikes - the coolest thing on the trail! Or tour the Fox River by kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board. Alone or with friends, it's a relaxing and beautiful way to spend the day.
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St Charles Paddlewheel River Boats

St Charles Paddlewheel River Boats

Come cruise the scenic Fox River from beautiful Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, Illinois on the Fox River Queen or the St. Charles Belle paddlewheel riverboats. Here, the banks of the Fox River are bordered by unspoiled forest preserve and have changed little since the days when the Pottawatomie tribe of Native Americans inhabited the area.
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Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park has many ways to enjoy the nature such as their beautiful picnic grounds which have coal receptacles and pavilions to rent.
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St. Charles Kane County Cougars

Kane County Cougars

Our local minor league baseball team is affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the fun's right here in Fox Valley. Catch a game for a chance to see the stars of tomorrow before they make it big. Ask us for free tickets on game days when you check in!
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Downtown of St. Charles

Downtown St. Charles

Stroll through Downtown St. Charles for a lively urban experience along the Fox River. Enjoy a unique, cosmopolitan experience - where old meets new - with shopping, dining, and energizing adventures around every corner.
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Arcada Theatre in Illinois

Arcada Theatre

Built in 1926, this beautiful and historic theater has witnessed its share of stars and big-name entertainers.The "Gem of the Fox Valley" presents exciting concerts and shows. Check out Club Arcada, a speakeasy style bar with classic cocktails and food.
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Chicago Premium Outlets in Illinois

Chicago Premium Outlets

Shop at more than 170 name brand and high-end retailers and factory stores with unbeatable deals at this sprawling outlet mall in nearby Aurora. Browse popular outlets like Nike, J. Crew, Armani, Coach, Banana Republic, Kate Spade and Calvin Klein.
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Grand Victoria Casino in St. Charles

Grand Victoria Casino

Try your luck on this impressive floating riverboat casino featuring 1,100 slots, live poker, and Vegas-style table games. Spend the evening in the VIP Lounge, enjoy delicious cuisine, or take in a live concert or show at the GVC Bar.
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