"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.