Community Information and Resources for Naperville, Illinois.
Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Illinois, is home to approximately 145,000 people. This lively, flourishing city constantly ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise a family and eventually retire. The city is home to acclaimed public schools (Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204), the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options, most notably Edward Hospital, and a very low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several city boards and commissions. Downtown Naperville is alive with a multitude of shopping and dining options, a renowned living history museum known as Naper Settlement, a children’s museum called the DuPage Children’s Museum, and an active civic community.
In 2005, the city was named as one of best places to live in the United States by Money Magazine. Naperville ranked third of 100 finalists and was the only Illinois town to make the 2005 “Best Places To Live” list. The city was also named as one of Fortune Small Business’ Best Places to Live and Launch in 2008.
Each year, millions of people visit Naperville to enjoy our unique blend of big-city amenities and small-town charm. Naperville’s quaint downtown offers an array of shopping, dining and cultural activities to fit every budget. From well-known retail stores to upscale boutiques, Naperville’s eclectic mix of shops draws even the most hesitant shopper.
World-class parks and unique cultural opportunities make Naperville the destination of choice for both residents and visitors. On a nice day, thousands of people come into town to stroll along the picturesque Naperville Riverwalk, frolic at Centennial Beach or enjoy a free outdoor concert. Each July 4th weekend, thousands flock to Naperville’s RibFest for great ribs and free concerts. In the fall, every Labor Day weekend brings Naperville’s Last Fling. It is a classic goodbye to summer with rides, food, music and a not-to-miss Parade in Naperville’s downtown.
Naperville also offers a number of year-round attractions including museums, theaters, public art and performance groups. Don’t forget to check out the many community events around town during the year at the City of Naperville website.
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