9.0 out of 10

Naperville

Ranked 1st best city in Illinois
41.7426727185814 -88.1637341637239
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  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Eating Out
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"15 Year Resident- My husband was Born and Raised here!"

Naperville is a great place to live. Close to major highways, and the Metra train. You can get to anything you need quickly, much open late hours. Very close to a Major mall. The downtown is a great place to go shopping, just hang out, or have dinner. Libraries and Park District have tons of things to take the kids to or register them in, including camps. There are also other sports groups your kids can go through as well as the schools. The list goes on of the great things to do.. Ribfest, Last Fling, etc.. Naperville is a large town with a friendly feel!

Julia Corkey
630-286-9777
[email protected]
Pros
  • Great Location
  • Really Nice People
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Wide array of dining choices & activities to keep all ages entertained.
  • Great Park District
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"25 years in Naperville and still loving it!"

My husband and I moved here 26 years ago from the Lincoln Park/Old Town neighborhoods of Chicago. I was a bonafide city loving girl and reluctantly agreed to move to the burbs because we were starting a family. At that time Naperville was less than half the size it is now and the downtown was much smaller with limited shopping and dining. We had a mom & pop grocery (remember Cee Bees?) & Washington Square was THE place to go for a special night. No Promenade, no Starbucks, and definitely no Apple Store back then. We built our home in a new subdivision just a couple blocks south of 75th St & Washington (that was considered the far south of town). We became fast friends with the neighbors on either side and those friendships have lasted for the past 26 years. We started going to Community Christian Church, a brand new church (affectionately know to locals as the "Yellow Box") and made friends there that have also lasted 25 years. We had 1 then 2 then 3 kids and did the circuit of Park District soccer, St Raphaels football, Y basketball, elementary/Jr HIgh band, story time at Nichols library...All along the way making friends and deepening our ties to the community. Around 1999, we decided to make a move to the Atlanta area so we could enjoy being outdoors year round. We found a home, put in an offer that was accepted by the seller and then flew back to Naperville in order to start the process of moving. When went back to Atlanta the following week for inspection, I was overcome by a sense of dread, that we were making a HUGE mistake. Atlanta just was not HOME. We cancelled the contract and made the intentional decision to stay put in Naperville and we are so glad we did. Naperville somehow has found the "secret sauce" to a great town. It is a large city with city amenities, but maintains the small town sense of community. People are friendly, the city government remembers that it is here to serve the people, and good people serve and get involved in groups and activities that benefit their fellow man. It is not perfect, traffic can be frustrating, parking is limited, and taxes are high. But the town is safe, our schools are exceptional, and there is a vibrancy & excitement in our downtown that mimics my beloved Lincoln Park! Not only have we stayed, but we are now in the process of building a new home in the downtown area that will serve us well for the next 25 years. And those neighbors I mentioned earlier? Well they are coming with us - We are all building new homes within blocks of each other, because good friends are more precious than gold. Community, friendships, roots. Thank-you Naperville.
Laura Bruno - Realtor, Baird & Warner
630-718-7513
www.laurabruno.com
Pros
  • Great Location
  • Really Nice People
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Fabulous Public School System with strong parental involvement
  • Wide array of dining choices & activities to keep all ages entertained.
Cons
  • Train parking at a premium
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"You probably know someone who has lived in Naperville..."

Want to know what people think of Naperville... just ask a friend or co worker, chances are they know someone who has lived here or visited. Naperville is one of the largest cities outside of Chicago in Illinois but does not feel or look like a big city because it was a small town until the suburban sprawl of Chicago overran the surrounding farms during the past 50 years. The amazing thing is that because there was a quaint quiet nice town here before it became suburbia it doesn't feel like a suburb. Sure you have some major roads that feature every big box store imaginable but Naperville still has a beautiful downtown with buildings dating to the late 1800's. The downtown commercial and residential districts have been gentrified and now benefit from Naperville's great demographics. When I was a kid it was the 5 & dime, ma & pop stores and a few diners. Today, it is Apple store, national restaurants plus great restaurants from the Chicago. The downtown area is vibrant with great drinking establishments, entertainment venues and loads of cultural offerings. I don't think any other suburb comes close to what Naperville offers. Naperville was blessed to have a concerned and involved citizenry that carefully guided the city's growth over the years and did an outstanding job of planning and allocation of land for green space and parks. Naperville has so many beautiful nature areas and most have been linked with the development of multi use trails that allow us to safely bike, run or walk to access these areas. More to come.
Pros
  • Amazing park district with fabulous offerings for all ages.
  • Great Location
  • Really Nice People
  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Fabulous Public School System with strong parental involvement
  • Wide array of dining choices & activities to keep all ages entertained.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Naperville, absolutely!"

An amazing town that has evolved from a sleepy farm town. It offers something for everyone, with numerous treasures including Centennial Beach, our beloved Riverwalk, the Century Walk Art displayed throughout town, free parking, both franchises and boutique shopping, casual and fine dining, phenomenal Park District, School Districts extraordinaire, a plentitude of greenspaces, parks, biking trails, walking/running trails, dog parks and more, award winning library system, outstanding available medical services, home to North Central College, and numerous college satellite schools for continuing education for all ages, located on the BNSF train line making it a short jaunt to Chicago. We are a diverse community with quick access to I-88, I-355 and I-55. Once you've tried it, you'll hate to leave it.

I have lived here for almost 30 years, and can't imagine living anywhere else. Our children were all born and raised in this town, and I am SO thankful for the OUTSTANDING education and life experiences they have received as a result of the town offering an invaluable public education system. All three children graduated college 2008-2012 and were employed during a hard economy either before they graduated or within 6 mos of graduating, finding employment within their field and garnering 401Ks and Medical benefits. Kudos to our educators.

Some people will say the taxes are high, but I would challenge anyone comparing towns. Compare what you are paying to what you get for your taxes. There is definitely a bang for your buck in Naperville.
Pros
  • Wide array of dining choices & activities to keep all ages entertained.
  • Fabulous Public School System with strong parental involvement
  • Top Ranked Library System
  • Great Location
  • Really Nice People
  • Safe Neighborhoods
Cons
  • Train parking at a premium
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Naperville, Small Town Feel, Big City Amenities."

Naperville is one of the fastest-growing communities in the Nation, as Money Magazine has ranked it in the Top 5 Best Places to LIve in America for three of the past six years !!
Pros
  • Great Location
  • Really Nice People
  • Safe Neighborhoods
Cons
  • None worth mentioning
4/5
2yrs+

"a recreation place"

Naperville boasts Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk, which features covered bridges, fountains, and extensive landscaping, as well as a program of summer concerts.
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