Approximately 40 miles west of Chicago, St. Charles is a bustling town, one well known for the quality of life and number of its art theaters. This city of 33,000 sits on the Fox River and forms a triangle of similarly sized cities with Batavia and Geneva. Meeting venues in St. Charles show a surprising diversity, from world-class resorts to quaint paddlewheel cruises.
The nearest airports to St. Charles are the pair in Chicago, Chicago O'Hare International (ORD; one of the top-five busiest airports in the world) and Chicago Midway (MDW). Between the two, they are connected to everywhere nationally and internationally. O'Hare is 30 miles east of St. Charles, Midway, 45 miles east.
Chief among convention venues in St. Charles is the Q Center, an IACC-certified conference center with room for groups of up to 2,040 persons theater style and 150,000 square feet of function space, including 118 meeting rooms and the 19,304-square-foot Fox River Ballroom. It is the largest conference center in the Midwest and also has 1,042 guest rooms.
Hotel venues in St. Charles include the Pheasant Run Resort, which has 473 rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Other hotels able to look after groups in St. Charles include the 73-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites St. Charles, with 800 square feet of meeting space; 120-room Hilton Garden Inn St. Charles, with 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 92-room Hampton Inn & Suites, with 1,000 square feet of meeting space, and the 53-room Hotel Baker, with 5,000 square feet of meeting space.
Known as a center of the arts, St. Charles offers unique venues that include the ornate Arcada Theater, known as the Gem of the Fox Valley, with a spacious lobby and 800 seats; and the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center, with 1,000 seats and an art gallery for events. St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats has two boats catering to 100 persons each for trips along the Fox River; Steel Beam Theatre has space where private performances can be set up for groups of up to 40 persons, and the Royal Fox Country Club has 72 holes of golf and both interior and exterior space for events.
Dining opportunities for groups can be found at Francesca's by the River, for rustic Italian food for up to 150 persons; and Nuova Italia Ristorante for a long list of Italian favorites for parties of up to 85 persons.