ST. CHARLES – In advance of the presentation of the Charlemagne Award on Friday, the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the Civic, Community Image and Community Development awards.
The 98th Annual Charlemagne Awards Gala will take place on Friday at the Q Center in St. Charles. The Charlemagne Award honors the lifetime achievement for an individual who has dedicated their time, efforts, and talent to making this community the great place it is today and demonstrates the very essence behind the Legend of Charlemagne written by C.V. Amenoff, who served as mayor of St. Charles from 1969-1973.
The legend reveals that Charlemagne left his four sons as guardians of St. Charles, to see that this city becomes a community where people could live, raise a family, work, have a business, be educated, worship and play. The prestigious award was created in 1968 and this year’s award winner will be announced at Friday's gala.
Civic Image Award winners:
Lazarus House conducted a complete renovation of their facility and consolidated what was previously three buildings into one cohesive facility for guests, staff and volunteers. This newly renovated space will greatly improve the services offered to their guests, while also creating a peaceful and welcoming environment.
Norris Cultural Arts Center
The Norris Cultural Arts Center recently designed and installed theatrical lighting and system, including programmable lighting on the stage and the auditorium, audio speakers and supporting control systems, at the Baker Community Center. This gift to the community, will enable the Norris Cultural Arts Center to produce events at the Baker Center and expand the auditoriums capabilities.
St. Charles School District 303
In August 2019, middle school students were welcome back to a beautifully renovated Thompson Middle School, which opened as a high school in 1925. This renovation created bright, innovative learning environments that meet the need of current and future students, while maintaining the historical significance of the building.
St. Charles Park District
A consistent contributor to the aesthetics and fabric of our community, the St. Charles Park District has undertaken many improvements in 2019 and today we acknowledge three significant contributions:
• Mount St. Mary Park Improvements
Home to Sculpture in the Park, Mt. St. Mary Park is the community’s third most visited park.
Recent improvements include shoreline stabilization, native planting projects, refurbished courts, an outdoor arboretum with memorial trees and benches and the popular water bottle filling drinking station.
• Paddle Boats
In 2019, the Park District acquired the historic paddle boats and will continue the Anderson’s family tradition of offering public and private tours. Significant renovations were made upon acquisition to enhance their guest experience, including enhancing interior views, replacing windowpanes, applying fresh coats of paint on the walls and adding new decor inside and outside of the boats.
The St. Charles Park District in 2018 purchased Sportsplex, creating an opportunity to increase indoor recreational programming. This facility not only offers expanded programs for our residents but also continues to partner with community organizations by providing indoor spaces for teams to practice.
Fine Line Creative Arts Center
Fine Line Art Center provides high quality, professional level arts education and programming. In 2019, they expanded their offerings, through the completion of two major projects: first, the construction of a glass-blowing studio, making Fine Line the only glass-blowing facility in the western suburbs; and secondly, an expansion of the existing Kavanagh Building, which now includes a separate glass-fusing and bead making studio, along with a glass-kiln room.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church & Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool
The Bethlehem Lutheran Church, along with their preschool, Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool, underwent major renovations including: incorporating a sprinkler system in all classrooms, preschool and church space; upgraded ceilings and lights; new flooring; enhanced security; ADA accessibility standards; and new doors and windows, contributing to the wonderful environment and programming provided by the church and preschool.
St. Charles Police Department
The City of St. Charles Police Department debuted their new state of the art facility in 2019. This remarkable facility has many new features and benefits, creating a safe and sustainable working environment. This $24.6 million dollar project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
Community Image Award winners:
100 Grapes was developed and created by the wife and husband team (Laura and Corey Hebein) out of their love of family, community and wine; bringing a traditional wine tasting room and feel to the thriving downtown St. Charles. This renovated space boasts a large bar for those looking for a quick tasting, a main seating area for sharing a bottle with friends and family, as well as a lovely outdoor atrium.
Chime and Stave
Chime and Stave Kitchen and Bar is a neighborhood craft cocktail and dining destination. This location underwent significant renovations which included a complete redesign and upgrade of their outdoor patio, featuring two fire tables with lounge seating, and interior remodeling with refined rustic decor. This American inspired, artisan meals, made with farm-to-table ingredients provides the Village of Campton Hills and the surrounding community with a new urban dining experience.
CryoPlus wellness is a luxury cryotherapy health spa with a modern approach to elevate health and performance. The spa is dedicated to helping its clients feel their best by providing purposeful and innovative services to optimize, energize and transform one’s life. This new state of the art facility includes: cryotherapy chambers; BEMER vascular therapy, Normatec compression therapy and Cryo sculpting.
D and G Brewing
D and G Brewing is a small local microbrewery whose mission is to provide, affordable, quality, traditional beer in an environment everyone can enjoy. Their business was self-built, converting an old machine shop into a brewery and taproom, offering beer for wholesale, retail and onsite consumption.
Greater Good Chiropractic Care
In a dated 2,100 square-foot office space previously occupied by a law firm, the work to create a modern chiropractic health care center began which includes a major list of renovations. Air quality, electrical capacity, ease of access and overall aesthetic, combined with state of the industry imaging and computerized adjusting equipment, were all priorities in creating a clean, contemporary atmosphere, conducive to providing advanced chiropractic care, care for people and fostering community.
Image Awards and Engraving Inc.
Image Awards & Engraving has been serving St. Charles and the surrounding area since 1994, offering a full-service engraving and dye sublimation shop which personalizes gifts, corporate awards, office signage and trophies. After 25 years of renting space, Image Awards purchased a vacant building just West of Kirk Rd. Significant interior renovations were performed, creating a showroom, workspace redesign and a stockroom which flows seamlessly, creating an excellent employee and customer experience.
Kane Home Cabinetry
Kane Home Cabinetry is a kitchen and bath design boutique which showcases and demonstrates their design capabilities while creating a space that is inviting and where clients could see and touch quality products. The interior and exterior renovations restored an existing building on 3rd Street and the classic black and white awning, planters and logo add a welcoming touch to their new showroom.
In 2004, KDI was founded as a commercial and senior living furniture dealership, offering procurement and design services across the county. KDI's 2019 remodel was a key element of its rebranding effort, supporting a refreshed, renewed environment for their team and visitors.
An open, airy entrance welcomes guests to retreat in one of many collaborative areas within the studio, representing the current collaborative style of today’s workplace.
* Pinot’s Palette is a 10-year old paint and sip franchise that originated in Houston, Texas. The St. Charles studio is one of the first locations modeled in the new branding, including a new logo and new colors.
This beautiful new studio has a main room that can accommodate 48 painters and a private party room for up to 36 painters. In addition, the studio has a bar that serves beer, wine and soft drinks.
St. Charles Bank and Trust
Having been 10 years since they built their location on Main Street, it was time for a bit of a refresh. First floor renovations were conducted, creating an open floor plan and increased accessibility, resulting in an efficient and customer friendly environment.
Community Development Awards
Ascend St. Charles Apartments
Ascend St. Charles is just minutes from historic downtown St. Charles. These luxury 1-3 bedroom apartments with newly renovated amenities, which include a resort-style swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, theatre room, business center, billiard rooms, outdoor kitchen, sand volleyball court and a dog run.
Frontier Development Group purchased and renovated the historic downtown building which
formerly housed the Chord on Blues. This amazing building in the center of town has been
vacant for many years and the father and son duo, Curt and Conrad Hurst, transformed this
property and brought it back to life, along with attracting two new businesses to St. Charles,
which now occupy the space, Flagship on the Fox and Pollyanna Brewing Company.
Flagship on The Fox
A premier sports bar and restaurant was created to service the Fox Valley. The space was
transformed to include hand crated tables, a 3-sided focal bar, turf grass flooring on the patio, retractable floor to ceiling “garage door windows” that open to the riverfront and swings, which add an unforgettable touch of character. This unique environment for dining and socializing, along with 33 television sets, make this a game watch destination in the heart of St. Charles.
Pollyanna Brewing Company
As part of the location design, Pollyanna sought to maintain the historical relevance
of the space as a music venue while maintaining the intimacy of an active brewery and taproom as part of the overall customer experience.
In Towne Self Storage, a BEI company
The In Towne Storage project has taken 64,000 square feet of industrial and warehouse space and converted into a state-of-the-art self-storage facility offering a safe and secure temperature-controlled environment staffed by professional and friendly individuals.
Creating In Towne Self-Storage aligns with BEI Properties’ history of repurposing historic space for enhanced uses and bringing a facility to St. Charles that will benefit many people and businesses.
Premier Living Properties
A major remodel of an 1894 Victorian has become home to Premier Living Properties new Real Estate office on Main Street in St. Charles. The building was completely remodeled while preserving many of the original details and at the same time, expanded to include a full wrap around Veranda as well.
Premier Living is a full- service residential brokerage serving the Fox Valley for more than 15 years.
Riverlands Brewing Company
Riverlands Brewing Company opened their doors in the Spring of 2019, an entire year after they found an empty warehouse building located off of Dean Street near Randall Rd. Owned and operated by family and close friends, they have built a beautiful taproom where they love serving the community with the beer that they love.
Royal Fox Country Club
Originally opening their doors in 1989, Royal Fox Country Club celebrated its 30th anniversary with a significant golf course and clubhouse renovation. The renovations took more than a year to complete and include a new fitness center, men’s and lady’s locker rooms, an outdoor patio, conference room, pro-shop along with a remodeled restaurant and banquet space to accommodate up to 225 guests.