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Why Did You Move to St. Charles?

Everyone has a story about what drew them to St. Charles — or kept them here. What's yours? Share it in the comments.

Perhaps it is the thrill of seeing an egret or heron grabbing a fish from the Fox River near Boy Scout Island, not too far upstream from the busy traffic in downtown St. Charles. Maybe simply strolling beneath the graceful branches of the weeping willows scattered here and there along the beautifully constructed riverwalk leave you with a deep sense of joy in the day.

Another reason might be the quaint, nostalgic feel of strolling through a downtown where merchants are friendly and truly willing to answer a question or two — whether you’re looking for merchandize or asking for directions.

You might be in love with St. Charles, the Pride of the Fox. 

But don't worry. You are not alone.

This community of some 33,000 people hosts an eclectic mix of things to do and places to visit. The are a constant reminder of the area’s agricultural past. A quaint, well-kept business district has a nostalgic, inviting appeal, yet is modern, offering such amenities as Wi-Fi and gourmet coffeehouses.

An entertainment district and such venues as and promise diverse offerings drawing from a broad regional audience.

St. Charles, the Pride of the Fox, is synonymous with creativity, passion, intelligence, and joy.

Why did you move to St. Charles? Why did you stay? Please, share your story in the comments.

robert poznanski August 26, 2012 at 09:49 PM
We first visited St Charles when we moved to the western suburbs from Chicago around 35 years ago ! You can't help but notice, the natural beauty and historical presence, that the city possesses, and with each successive visit, partaking of all the area had to offer,and meeting the people who live and work here, it was natural to, eventually, move here, to be part of it all! We just, still,after 12 years, can't imagine not living here!! When we have people from out of town, come visit,and we show them the areas attractions,and take them to one of the many places for a great dinner, the conversation always comes around to how this area is so wonderful, and how lucky we are, to live here! We always, whole heartedly ,concur!
Bill Miller August 27, 2012 at 02:01 AM
We moved to The Windings of Ferson Creek subdivision, in rural St Charles, in the late 1990's because of its old oak forest, rolling hills, meandering creek, distinctive homes, clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool, fishing pond, and The Great Western Trail. The short drive to all of St Charles in-town amenities was a big bonus. Bill & Char Miller
Maggie J August 27, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I was born in STC, the 7th generation of my family to live here. Since then I married and had 4 children, they had 11 children between them. 4 of them still live in the area and I expect 2 more to move back soon. During the 70's, I moved away. I have lived many places but there is no place like home! St. Charles has a special charm that I never found anywhere else. The town has changed and some of the people who moved here are rude, pushy and full of themselves and their children are the same. The mayor, who is a local boy seems to have forgotten what made STC such a safe, comfortable place to live. Today I would never, ever walk downtown at night! We have allowed bars to be king! I live un unincorporated STC now. It is beautiful, safe, clean and the wildlife we enjoy is wonderful.
Maggie J August 27, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I couldn't agree more. Many years ago there was a problem with the bars in town and the City Fathers worked very hard to stop the problems. They did. Now we have new people in charge and it is back to the old problems of the 40's and 50's. Stinks. And wait til you see what they have in mind for our riverfront!
Lois Lane August 27, 2012 at 08:48 PM
My husband was born and raised in St Charles and I've lived here for 40 years so I sort of was raised here too. We used to live in a wonderful old stone house in Century Corners and had a beautiful view of the Hotel Baker and City Hall and of course the river, we loved it! Then the city allowed some fella, who's name I don't recall, although my husband had alot of new ones for him, to build a 3 story building which included a micro brewery. There went our beautiful view. So we too moved to unincorporated St. Charles for the peace and quiet. We miss being able to walk to town but we sure don't miss the noise and traffic.

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