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Opinion: 8 Reasons This Suburb of Chicago Is The Best Place To Live

Tessa Koller
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The city of St. Charles, a suburb outside of Chicago, is the most charming and charismatic place to both visit and live. Not only is it beautiful in all four seasons, but it also has endless opportunities for those looking to live their best lives. In this comprehensive article, I explored St. Charles on another level and have experienced firsthand how living here has transformed my life and world.

Here are the eight reasons to visit or live in this amazing city outside of Chicago:

1. It is a community of art enthusiasts:

The art industry is difficult to break into, and I know this too well. The city of St. Charles has dozens of establishments celebrating, honoring, and recognizing hardworking artists and talents. So many venues support creatives of all tropes.

2. Countless artist services and opportunities:

St. Charles offers many establishments that support and foster opportunities for artists and musicians. There are dozens of organizations designed to assist creatives in achieving their passions and ensuring that they flourish.

3. Music is highly valued:

Nothing compares to live music. Watching musicians jamming out on stage and sending those feel-good chills down the spines of their audience members is truly an experience. You'll find theaters and entertainment venues that have a dreamy atmosphere.

4. Organic restaurants, food stores, and healthy dining options:

If you're a conscious eater and of your overall health, you'll be impressed by the number of organic restaurants and whole foods stores along the Main Street of St. Charles. Many establishments encourage healthier eating by offering more options on their menus.

5. Landmarks are historic, dating as far back as the 1900s:

In downtown St. Charles, hotels, museums, theaters, and more entertainment venues have been in existence since the 1900s. You'll get the exciting feeling like you're traveling back in time, though many places have been modernized.

6. The wildlife is inspiring and mesmerizing:

You probably know or don't know the symbolic significance of seeing wild foxes in your area. Foxes are cunning, intelligent, and sly creatures. They also possess traits such as creativity, passion, wisdom, nobility, protection, and guidance. A female fox, as I write this, is nesting in my backyard and I see her quite often. When I do witness her glory, she is effortless in her movements and disappears in the blink of an eye. Animals provide a wonderful sense of peace as well, and St. Charles is the city of the Fox.
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7. You get to witness four seasons transition before your eyes:

While I love both the West and East Coasts, there is something special about living in a place where you can witness all four seasons unfold. Fall, winter, spring, and summer share similar yet distinctive forms of utter beauty. Though winter can be burdensome with the cold, a snowy landscape is absolutely spectacular. And, in the fall, my favorite season, the turning colors add flare and an otherworldly feel to the environment.

8. A great city to grow up and spend your life in:

St. Charles is a family-oriented city and a wonderful place to grow up. The nightlife in the downtown areas of the city is off the charts. You won't have a hard time finding live music, healthy restaurants to dine in, cute bookstores and cafés, and the library houses three floors of books and educational services for children and adults. If you're looking to visit a charming place, this is the city to explore.

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For over ten years now, I've been writing for several publications from Thrive Global to Lifehack to The Mighty and to Yahoo. Expect to see articles covering the latest in lifestyle, health, entrepreneurship and creativity.


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