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1st Street Plaza Expansion Fund

Established 2019

Make a Donation      Be A Sponsor

An expansion of the 1st Street Plaza is planned for the southeast corner of Main & 1st streets in downtown St. Charles. The new public space and enhancements to the plaza will offer a central location for fairs and festivals, entertainment and events, or just enjoying the views.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Unless otherwise noted, each sponsorship is limited to one sponsor

Fox River Pedestrian Bridge $2,000,000

Naming Rights
Entire Plaza $500,000
West Side Plaza $250,000
East Side Plaza $250,000
Northside Area $250,000
First Street Strollway $250,000

Plaza
Paver Bricks in Gathering Area $200,000
Paver Bricks—Other $200,000
Linear Benches $2,500 (0 available) Sold Out!
Water Feature $100,000
Pergola $250,000

First Street
Paver Bricks $350,000
Lighting Canopy $200,000
Wayfinding Kiosks $20,000 (4 available)
Site Signage $15,000 (0 available) Sold Out!

Landscaping
Trees $1,500 (6 available)
Stone Wall Benches $15,000 (12 available)
Event/Lighting/Power $100,000
Irrigation System $50,000
Planting $100,000
Flagpoles $20,000 (0 available) Sold Out!

Technology
Information Displays $2,500 (0 available) Sold Out!
WiFi Technology $7,500
Phone Charge Stations $1,500 (11 available)

Sustainability
Renewable Energy/Solar $250,000 (0 available) Sold Out!

Public Art
Sculpture $150,000

Plaza Concept 

Mail a Gift
If you prefer to send a gift by mail, please print and complete a donation form.

Gifts of Stock
To make a gift of appreciated securities, please complete and return a Stock & Bond Electronic Transfer Form.  Instructions to provide your broker are included on the form.

Goal of the Fund
This fund supports the beautification of the plaza and the installation of public art to enrich plaza aesthetics and encourage interaction for an enjoyable visiting experience. 

More Information
For more information about the project, visit the City of St. Charles website.
For more information about donating to the project, contact Lora Vitek, Chair of the St. Charles Initiative Committee at lvitek@stcharlesil.gov or 630.826.9268.

Related Funds:
St. Charles Initiative Fund


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