Located in both DuPage & Kane counties, the City of St. Charles is 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. InternaO onal employers, innovaO ve schools, beauO ful parks, local & regional resources, river & ameniO es, and unique architecture have earned St. Charles its reputaO on as the Pride of the Fox! The City is home to 1,794 businesses that employ 19,500 people. The business community is comprised of a robust mix of local and national companies. St. Charles also features a large manufacturing community, that makes everything from mosquito repellent to plastic cups. The city is assisted by an active Chamber of Commerce, a full service Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership. St. Charles offers residents, tourists, and businesses unparalleled options with 2,200 guest rooms and 282,000* square feet of combined indoor convention space, a full service resort, nationally-acclaimed conference center, vintage and riverfront hotel, boutique and antique shopping, national retail options, several live performance theaters, palatepleasing dining choices, plethora of green space, public art, stunning architecture, and free street and deck parking. In 36-square miles there are approximately 33 acres of park land per 1,000 persons. The St. Charles Park District is recognized locally and naO onally for its service to special needs patrons, opportunity of cultural art experiences, highly ranked golf courses, parks/trails, and outdoor aquaO c faciliO es. St. Charles also hosts a mulO tude of annual fesO vals that feature art, summer fun, and scarecrows that are enjoyed by 200,000+ people annually and creates added value for all St. Charles residents, businesses, and visitors.