Pheasant Run Resort owner seeks to divide property into three commercial lots

Iconic resort closed its doors March 1

ST. CHARLES – The owner of the former Pheasant Run Resort plans to divide the property into three lots for commercial use.

The iconic resort closed its doors March 1 following a failed attempt to auction off the resort. It had first opened in February 1963 and was annexed by the city in 1965.

Florida-based St. Charles Resort, LLC wants to divide the 46.13 acres located at the southeast corner of Route 64 and Kautz Road into three commercial lots. The Mega Center and the adjacent parking field comprise lot one and lot two consists of the former resort buildings.

Lot three is the mostly undeveloped corner parcel at Main Street and Kautz Road. St. Charles plan commissioners will discuss the application during their meeting Tuesday. More information about how to access the meeting is at the city's website, stcharlesil.gov.

Specific development or redevelopment plans have not been submitted. Prior to 2017, the golf course property to the south was owned in common with the subject property. The golf course is now owned by the DuPage Airport Authority and had recently been operated by the resort under a lease agreement.

Edward McArdle opened Pheasant Run Resort in February 1963 on land that was previously a dairy farm owned by Colonel Edward Baker. Pheasant Run Resort generated between $500,000 and $600,000 in tax revenue for the city each year and city officials had voiced concerns about the loss of that revenue.