The Millennium Carillon

Naperville is a bedroom community in the Chicagoland area. In July 2008, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Naperville third on its list of the 100 best places to live in the United States; in 2007, the city was honored with second place.

Get in

I-88 Runs through the northern part of the city and goes to Chicago in the east and the Quad Cities in the west.

The Metra BNSF line stops in Naperville, going between Aurora and Chicago.

Amtrak has a station in Naperville at 105 E. Fourth Avenue. It is served by the daily Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles, the daily California Zephyr line between Chicago and San Francisco, and the Illinois Service routes.

Get around

If you plan on bringing your rental car downtown, be prepared to park it in the large public parking structures, because finding a space in the downtown area can be tortuously slow work. There is often a spot in the three-story free parking garage by the Barnes and Noble near the corner of Washington and Chicago Avenue. The second and third floor are accessible via Jefferson Avenue, which is a block down Washington.


A 19th Century dentist at the Naper Settlement



Stop by the bustling downtown area to do some serious power shopping. There's nothing that can't be found anywhere else other than foods indigenous to the area, such as Chicago pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, etc.


A covered bridge along the Riverwalk


Several of the more well known and long lasting bars in town include The Lantern and Potter's Place in downtown Naperville. For those of you seeking a less glamorous but just as interesting (if not more so) time in the company of hardworking blue-collar types, head to White Tavern on Ogden avenue or Orazio Pub at the Naperville train station.


Carnegie Hall on campus

North Central College is a private, 4-year college nestled nicely into the surrounding historical district. It has very strong business and education programs, award-winning track coach Al Carius and an impressive array of study abroad options for a small college. The school is very integrated with the community at large as well: non-students are welcome to watch a musical performance at the impressive new Wentz Concert Hall, see a play at Pfeiffer Hall, check out the upstairs gallery at Oesterle Library and grab a coffee at the Boilerhouse Cafe.


There are all manner of hotels available- none of them truly exceptional but all more than passable. If it's good location you are more interested in, try the mammoth Holiday Inn Select on Diehl road just off the I-88 tollway exit.

Stay safe

Parents of little ones need to beware that portions of the River Walk are not protected by any guard rails; kids can fall in the DuPage River if not careful.

Go next

There is, of course, plenty to do in the city of Chicago. Nearby Aurora has the Hollywood Casino for gambling and the Westfield Fox Valley Mall for shopping. There are plenty of local parks available, perhaps the best of which is Herrick Lake in Warrenville to the north. There's also the Morton Arboretum one town over in Lisle, a sprawling complex full of all manner of flora.

Routes through Naperville

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