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As one of the biggest Chicago suburbs, Naperville is popular among commuters and families looking for residential neighborhoods without sacrificing proximity to urban amenities and entertainment. Once a small farming community, the city experienced a midcentury boom as multiple corporations, research labs, and local businesses all opened headquarters along Interstate 88. Naperville is also home to a diverse range of forest preserves, golf courses, unique public parks (including the renowned Centennial Beach), the Riverwalk, and the Nike Sports Complex. Downtown Naperville is famed for its shopping, dining, public events, and seasonal celebrations.
Cost of Living
Naperville is a popular place to call home, which means this city is relatively expensive. While residents can expect to pay above-average property taxes, they help fund two renowned public school districts. This, combined with relatively expensive housing, earns Naperville a cost of living score well over the US average. Rent and home prices are generally considered the main reason behind the high cost of living.
The suburb is home to several transportation options that help residents navigate the city and travel to nearby Chicago. Interstate 88 is the best way to head into Chicago for north Naperville residents, while Interstate 55 is more convenient for residents living on the south side. One of the easiest ways to commute to the city is by train. Naperville is home to the Route 59 Metra stop, as well as Naperville station, which is located in the Downtown Naperville neighborhood off of Washington Avenue. Both the Metra and the Amtrak, which is helpful for cross country trips, stop at these locations coming to and from Chicago. Like many Chicago suburbs, Naperville hosts regional Pace buses that traverse the sprawling suburb, as well as the surrounding areas. Residents of Naperville also enjoy being equal distance between both O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport.
Naperville is serviced by two school districts, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204. Between these two districts there are four high schools, 13 junior high schools, and 37 elementary schools. Naperville is also home to nine private K-12 schools. Thirty of these schools have scored an eight or higher on GreatSchools, meaning that they are generally regarded as strong academic institutions. With so many available options, parents can be confident that their children will be in a great learning environment. Naperville is also home to several university satellite campuses offering continuing education and business certifications, as well as the main campus of North Central College.
In Naperville, civic pride is demonstrated through the multitude of annual festivals like Ribfest, The Last Fling, and the Memorial Day Parade, all of which draw visitors from throughout the region. The city has a municipal band that plays at the Central Park Band Shell, and the nearby Wirtz Concert Hall host musicians, speakers, and theater performances. The Naperville Park District has an impressive lineup of classes, programs, and sports leagues for children and adults of all ages and abilities, and the The Naperville Public Library system is frequently lauded as among the best in the country for a city of this size. Downtown Naperville brings in visitors from the region and beyond with its unique mix of upscale and eclectic shopping, casual and fine dining, and pedestrian-friendly layout with ample parking.
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