Naperville is a community with big-city amenities and opportunities on the doorstep of a great metropolis, but it feels like a quaint small town.
When you shop in its diverse businesses; dine in its quaint restaurants; walk through the covered bridges along the Riverwalk; wander through the historic and picturesque Naper Settlement; and listen to the 72-bell Millennium Carillon in the majestic 16-story Moser Tower, you will find it difficult to believe that you are only minutes from Chicago.
In addition, Naperville groups and organizations host many events during the year, including historic events at Naper Settlement, outdoor symphony concerts, children’s seasonal events, parades and food/music fests with carnivals.
It is also hard to miss the fact that Naperville’s community leaders invest heavily in programs that help children develop into educated, confident and interested adults who can remain in their hometown to thrive as adults and raise a new generation of Naperville residents. The community is safe, clean and vibrant. Outstanding health care is readily available, as are recreational facilities like Centennial Beach, an outdoor swimming pool with a sandy beach and the DuPage Children’s Museum.
It is no surprise, then, that numerous publications and websites have honored Naperville with accolades in recent years. Naperville has been named to Money magazine’s prestigious “Best Places to Live” list seven times since 2004, ranking 10th on the 2016 list, and was named the best place for early retirement by Kiplinger in 2013. More recently, in June 2016, home security and safety brand Safewise, named Naperville number 19 on its list of the 30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child. The company touted Naperville’s education system and used crime data and school rankings to compile its list. Niche.com has also rated it the safest city in America twice – in 2015 and 2016 – and Zippia.com, a career resource website, rated it the third most successful city in the United States based on high median income and low poverty levels.