Located 28 miles west of downtown Chicago, Naperville is the fifth largest city in the state of Illinois. The thriving suburban community has been ranked by Money magazine as one of the best places to live in the United States.
Incorporated as a village in 1857, Naperville was first settled in 1831 when Joseph Naper arrived from the east coast and established what was initially known as Naper’s Settlement. The community grew rapidly in the 1980s and 1990s after the construction of Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway and the Veterans Memorial Tollway.
Naperville is architecturally diverse, offering everything from historic Victorians and Queen Annes to townhomes and condominiums. In 2012, the average sales price for a single-family home in Naperville was $413,909 and the average condominium cost $179,471 (source: Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC).
Served by the Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Naperville offers its residents a number of top-notch public schools, including Naperville Central High School and Naperville North High School.
Indian Prairie School District 204, which consists of elementary schools, junior highs and Nequa Valley High School, also serves residents in the area. Several private schools can also be within the community. Transportation options are abundant, with convenient access to Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway and Veterans Memorial Tollway. Metra and Amtrak stations are also available to residents and visitors.
Naperville features an assortment of boutique shops, big box retailers and fine restaurants, including local favorites Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. With its annual farmers markets, sidewalk sales, summer concert series and culinary events like Ribfest, the town offers something for everyone. Downtown Naperville also boasts the Riverwalk, which has nearly two miles of brick paths, bridges, artwork, fountains and recreational facilities along the DuPage River.
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