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Naperville, Illinois - A small town in the big city

Updated on October 21, 2014

Naperville Illinois is the 5th largest city in Illinois

As of 2009, Naperville had 144,000 people living in it. Naperville is about 40 miles west of Chicago and is located in DuPage county and Will county. Naperville was founded in 1831 when Joseph Naper arrived and settled in what would be known as the Naper Settlement.

Naperville's best known feature is downtown Naperville and the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a 4-mile stretch along the DuPage river with great parks and places to feed the fish, ducks, and geese. Downtown Naperville provides for pleanty of shopping and restaurants

Downtown Naperville and the Riverwalk

If you go to Naperville, typically you will go to the downtown area and the riverwalk. The downtown area consists of many shops and restaurants and the riverwalk takes you from North Central College on the east side of downtown to Centennial Beach and Park on the west side of downtown (about a 1 mile walk). Other great places to visit near downtown Naperville include the Carillon, the DuPage Children's Museum, and Naper Settlement.

Keeping Fit in Naperville - 5K and other Fitness Events

Keeping the community fit is a full time job. With video games, television, cell phones, and the internet seeming to capitalize most of children's and even adults' time, getting out and exercising is a great way to see Naperville and the surrounding area.

Naperville's Ribfest

sponsored by the Naperville Exchange Club

The Naperville Exchange Club raises money every year by holding Ribfest Ribfest is a celebration of food and music held over the 4th of July weekend. The Naperville Exchange club is dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence and has donated to more than 40 local charities.

Naperville's Last Fling

sponsored by the Naperville Jaycees

Like Ribfest, the Last Fling is a celebration of food and music over the Labor Weekend sponsored by the Naperville Jaycees. Proceeds from the Last Fling benefit charities and local organizations.

Naperville Public Schools

School Districts 203 & 204

Naperville is served by two of the best school districts in Illinois. Indian Prairie School District, District 204, and Naperville Community Unit School District 203. The two school districts boast 6 high schools, 11 junior high schools, and 35 elementary schools.

The six high schools include three in Aurora and three in Naperville:

Indian Plains High School in Aurora, IL

Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL

Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL

Nequa Valley High School in Naperville, IL

Naperville North High School in Naperville, IL

Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL

Give a shout out to Naperville

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Nice lens...We love Naperville! We've been residents for 17 years now. There is so much to offer here from great restaurants, shops and bars, museums, the crown jewel Riverwalk, Centennial Beach, the fantastic festivals and concerts...always something fun to do.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I enjoyed visiting Naperville. My friend Dennis Webb is the pastor at the Naperville Church of the Brethren. He is an islander, but his congregants are from India, Guyana, America; beautifully diverse.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi Naperville, you sound like a great place to visit!