City of Naperville

Community Profile

Population: 141,850 (2010)
Distance to Downtown Chicago: 33 miles
Train Commute to Downtown Chicago: 35 to 45 minutes, depending on boarding station

Average Drive Times: 50 minutes to Chicago Loop; 45minutes to O’Hare Airport; 50 minutes to Midway Airport

Average Home Listing Price: $451,710 (Spring 2011, source: Trulia.com)
Median Home Sale Price: $300,000 (includes condominiums/townhouses)

The City of Naperville, incorporated in 1857, is ranked by various sources as one of the country’s top communities to raise children, start a business, and even retire. The city is proud to have nationally acclaimed schools, the best public library system in the country, an exceptionally low crime rate, and a consistently low unemployment rate. In 2006, the city was once again named as one of the best places to live by Money magazine. Naperville ranked second of 100 finalists and was the only Illinois town to make the 2006 “Best Places to Live” list.

Naperville is a major business center with several national and multi-national corporate headquarters located near or within the city limits. Naperville businesses enjoy easy access to major interstate highways, and both O’Hare and Midway international airports. From the quaint shops in the historic downtown to the bustling Route 59 shopping malls, Naperville is home to many of Chicagoland’s most popular retailers and a wide array of upscale and casual dining establishments.

Photos of Naperville, Illinois

HOUSING STYLES: Naperville is the oldest city in DuPage County and continues to be one of its fastest growing communities. Surrounding the original downtown are numerous subdivisions in broad price ranges. These include older subdivisions of split levels and smaller two-stories to newer subdivisions located south and west of downtown in higher price brackets.

In-town neighborhoods are now experiencing the tear-down market with builders demolishing older homes and rebuilding with upper-bracket homes. However, many homes of historic significance still exist in older neighborhoods. Parts of Naperville are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district includes the North Central College campus and the old Kroehler Furniture factory (now Fifth Avenue Station). More than 150 other examples of local architecture (circa 1830 to 1920) are represented in the district.

SCHOOLS: One of the reasons new residents are drawn to Naperville is its two exceptional public school systems. Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 offer comprehensive curricula that provide outstanding educational opportunities for all students. Average scores on standardized tests, such as the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (ISAT), and ACT and SAT college entrance examinations, consistently rate rate among the highest in the state and the nation. Additionally, graduation rates far exceed state and national averages.

Religious, social, academic, and cultural needs of a variety of students are well met by Naperville’s selection of outstanding private schools, including Bethany Lutheran, Calvary Christian School, Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, and St. Raphael Catholic School. Nearby options also include Benet Academy, Avery Coonly, and Illinois Math and Science Academy.

North Central College, in the historic district of downtown Naperville, has been an integral part of the Naperville community for more than 125 years. A number of other higher education institutions have primary or satellite facilities in and around Naperville providing residents an opportunity to advance their education. These include Benedictine University, College of DuPage, DePaul University, Devry University Center, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern Business College, and Robert Morris College.

WORSHIP: New residents of most cultures and faiths can find houses of worship in Naperville and the surrounding communities. In Naperville, residents can choose from more than 70 churches, temples, and other houses of worship. Within DuPage County, the options expand even further.

ATTRACTIONS: The award winning Naperville Park District has just about anything a family could want in the way of recreation. The park district maintains 125 parks comprising 2,300 acres. A park is within walking distance from virtually every neighborhood in the city.

At the center of the park system is the charming Riverwalk, a linear park in which brick pathways wind for miles along the DuPage River to Centennial Beach, a six-acre chlorinated swimming park. Centennial Beach, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, is a popular gathering place with a sandy beach, volleyball nets, and picnic areas. Other park district facilities in Naperville include ice and in-line skating rinks, a trap shooting club, 60 playgrounds, and 100 playing fields.

The Naperville park district operates two championship golf courses. In addition to those, Naperville and surrounding areas offer several public courses including Tamarack Golf Club and three DuPage County Forest Preserve courses. Several country clubs including Cress Creek Country Club, Naperville Country Club, and White Eagle Golf Club offer members outstanding play and are available for special outings.

Another notable attraction in Naperville is the Naper Settlement, a museum village of 19th century homes, shops, and public buildings that exhibit a collection of historical artifacts and furnishings. Costumed villages work, play, and tell the story of daily life in Naperville as it changed from a frontier outpost to a bustling turn-of-the-century community (roughly 1831 to 1900). A variety of events take place throughout the year.

SHOPPING: Each year millions of people visit downtown Naperville to enjoy its 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 unique boutiques, Naperville’s eclectic mix of shops will intrigue even the most reluctant shopper.

Popular retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, The Gap, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware draw customers downtown where they’ll fin over 130 stores and restaurants. Larger “big box” retailers can be found on the Route 59 shopping corridor located three miles east of downtown. Surrounding regional shopping centers include Fox Valley, Stratford Square, Yorktown, Oak Brook, and Woodfield.

MEDICAL SERVICES: Located in the heart of Naperville, Edward Hospital & Health Services is a comprehensive healthcare organization providing complete medical care and informative wellness classes and educational opportunities. The Edward Hospital complex is a full-service inpatient and outpatient medical center offering behavioral health services, a medically-based fitness center, innovative children’s programs, and sports medicine programs.

Other hospitals and healthcare facilities in western DuPage County are located in Winfield (Central DuPage Hospital), Glendale Heights (Glen Oaks Hospital), Downers Grove (Good Samaritan Hospital), and Wheaton (Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and Clinics). Central DuPage and Good Samaritan have clinics and physicians centers in Naperville. Naperville also has clinics and immediate care centers for non-emergency situations.