Why St. Charles

We're Growing

St. Charles continues to work with developers, property owners, and businesses to create new opportunities and add to our overall trade area.

  • There are new residential and mixed-use developments entitled or under construction.
    • First Street (Downtown)
    • Prairie Center (West Gateway)
    • Prairie Winds (West Gateway)
  • These developments will add approximately 1,000 new residential units to St. Charles during the next 5 to 7 years.
  • Click on the links to the Micro-Trade Areas below to find out more about these exciting opportunities.

Regional Location


The City of St. Charles is located 35 miles west of Chicago in the beautiful Fox Valley region of Kane County Illinois.  The region’s transportation network, demographics, access to a reliable workforce, great schools and parks, and high quality of life make St. Charles a prime location to locate a new business.

What Existing Businesses Say

I’m selling cars to people from all over the Country.  They fly into O’Hare or DuPage Airport to shop at my dealership. — Craig Falkenthal, Mercedes Benz Dealership


The City works with County and State level workforce development groups to create a variety of job placement and training assistance opportunities.   Our close proximity to multiple community colleges and 4-year universities provides a variety of education and training options to meet the workforce demands of local employers.

Click this link for detailed workforce data.

Quality of Life

St. Charles is a City with small town charm and “big city” amenities.  We are home to international employers and local shops, innovative schools, beautiful parks, river & amenities, unique architecture, thriving downtown, and regional shopping destinations.  Our standard of living has earned St. Charles its reputation as the Pride of the Fox!

Click for more information about Living and Working in St. Charles.

City Services

The City commits itself to being a reliable partner and service provider.  We are proud to have our own certified Police and Fire Departments, who work with the business community to provide top-notch protection services.  St. Charles is the provider of reliable and cost-effective water, sewer, and electric utilities within our corporate limits creating an efficient path to getting your business up and running.

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