top of page

One Day Stay in St. Charles, IL



St. Charles features outstanding cafes where you can find amazing breakfast delicacies. Take a trip to Maple Leaf Coffeehouse on Illinois St., where you can see their modern style café with plenty of options for coffee, espresso and breakfast or lunch dishes. They are a clean-food café and coffee shop that doubles as a comfy community hangout with a cozy vibe.

Explore the River

Come explore the Fox River in downtown St. Charles after breakfast. Take a walk on the scenic trails, which can take you to various spots such as Mt. St. Mary Park, where you can wander and gander at sculptures, Pottawatomie Park where you can rent a pedal boat, kayak or go mini-golfing. or head to downtown and take a self-guided tour on the history of downtown St. Charles, which begins at the St. Charles History Museum.


Let's Get Some Lunch

Lunch in St. Charles can be a bit overwhelming due to the significant amount of places you can go to! But with that, the good news is we can accommodate anything you are hungry for!

Smitty's on the Corner is a local favorite staple in downtown St. Charles. From the Turkey Berry on Cracked Wheat Bread and the San Francisco Roast Beef to the traditional Grilled Reuben and Millie's Tuna Melt, you won't find sandwiches this delicious anywhere else in Kane County.

Other fantastic lunch spots are any of the businesses on the First Street Plaza (Gia Mia, McNally's, La Mesa and La Za' Za' Trattoria) as you can find amazing outdoor seating there, The Filling Station Pub & Grill, Riverside Pizza & Pub and more!

Take a Ride on a Paddlewheel Boat or go Shopping

From late spring to early fall, you can take a scenic ride on the historic Paddlewheel Riverboats, where you can cruise along the Fox River and enjoy a myriad of sights. If you would rather do some shopping, stop in Jeans and a Cute Top Shop for the latest fashion trends, Magnolia Soap & Bath, or Trend and Relic.

You Deserve Something Sweet

Later on, treat yourself to some amazing treats in downtown St. Charles. Try Mad Batter Bakery for a full-service bakery that serves up your amazing baked treats. They also offer a large variety of retail confections, tea, honey, syrups, jams and more!



St. Charles has plenty of options to end your day. For an amazing outdoor patio, visit The Office Bar & Grill, or try a local favorite El Puente, for some of the best Mexican cuisine.

After Dinner Drinks

Just down the street stop into RHouse which is known for stirring up amazing cocktails or the The Lewis, a 70's themed cocktail, wine, and whiskey bar.

If You're Not Ready For The Night to End

Play arcade games, listen to live music in Club Arcada, or see a show at the Arcada Theatre.


bottom of page