Welcome to Naperville
Family-friendly community with an endless variety of upscale entertainment
Conveniently located a mere 30 miles from Chicago, the elegant and bustling city of Naperville, Illinois is a place where the idyllic beauty of the Midwest blends with a refined charm that emanates from the population itself. With the DuPage River flowing languidly through downtown, citizens enjoy a satisfying combination of scenery and activity.
The city’s history begins with Naper’s Settlement, a small pioneer outpost that was founded in the early 19th century. Today, historical preservationists have established a 13-acre living history museum of the same name that serves as a window into life in the 19th century for this northern town.
Naperville frequently tops lists of the wealthiest and most educated cities in the country. Whether you prefer the luxury condominiums in the heart of the city, historic homes bursting with character, or graceful, upscale, new-build homes, Naperville is well-suited for families, or anyone dreaming of settling into a vibrant and active city.
What to Love
People and Lifestyle
Naperville is settled within the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor, meaning that in addition to the unique and thriving suburban lifestyle available here, the city also provides ample employment opportunity and is at the forefront of innovative development in all aspects of living.
The Naperville Public Library
is rated as the best in the entire country and is a testament to the fact that Naperville is truly an ideal place for people who value education, culture, and a rich, nurturing environment in which to raise their families. The lively, friendly city is a colorful place to call home.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
There’s never a dull moment in Naperville, which overflows with an abundance of stores, entertainment, spas, and dining. Explore downtown and the riverwalk for a never-ending supply of luxury and scenery.
With over 100 stores nestled in the picturesque downtown, you’re certain to find anything your heart desires. Enjoy perusing through name-brand favorites such as Pandora, Lush, Benefit, Apple, Dry Bar, and The Bar Method. Favor something a little local? Stop in at the one-of-a-kind boutiques that the city has to offer, such as Little Luxuries.
Try the Naperville location of Hugo’s Frog Bar Fish House
for a taste of some of the nation’s best seafood, and order the always-fresh Grilled Faroe Island Salmon. For the only retractable rooftop view in the Chicago suburbs, head to Empire
and sample the delicious, elevated pub fare. All of your private dining and catering needs can be met at Rosebud
, where the handmade Italian food delights.
Things to Do
Apart from its extensive shopping district and many venues for dining, Naperville is also replete with a rich history that provides an exciting opportunity for learning and a wide array of entertaining community events.
If you follow the DuPage river down past the city center, you’ll find that 19th-century pioneer life unfolds before your eyes as you enter and wander the enchanting Naper Settlement
. Visit the historic district for a casual stroll amongst the over 300 homes and buildings that make up the vibrant and scenic neighborhood.
For a classic urban park, you can pop over to Riverwalk Park
, where trails, an ice rink, and a paddle boat pier offer plenty of family-friendly activities. Whether you decide to enjoy the many park district opportunities, including art classes of the family, or choose to join the annual Batting 4 A Cure fundraiser for cancer, you’ll find that Naperville is all about community.
Naperville is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
Naper Elementary School, K-4, highly rated public school boasting small class sizes
Naperville Central High School, 9-12, one of the top public schools in Illinois
Washington Junior High School, 5-8, in the top three best public middle schools in Illinois
Elmwood Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
Naperville North High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school