Initially settled in 1831 by Joseph Naper, the town quickly became one of the most popular in the area.

Welcome to Naperville

Small-town paradise just outside Chicago

Recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the best communities in which to settle down, raise a family, and even retire, the small town of Naperville has been attracting families and professionals for decades. Its picturesque scenery and small-town charm are only part of why people love living in this one-of-a-kind community.

Initially settled in 1831 by Joseph Naper, the town quickly became one of the most popular in the area, becoming the DuPage County Seat in 1839. While the village saw a tremendous population boom in the late 1960s, the town has always maintained a distinctly rural feel.

With a commute to Chicago that takes only a little over half an hour, Naperville residents are easily able to take advantage of the numerous conveniences the city has to offer without having to sacrifice the peace and serenity that comes with living in the suburbs. Both beautiful new builds and pristine historic estates line the neighborhood streets, with architectural styles ranging from French Chateau to Federal harkening back to when much of the town was initially built.

What to Love

People & Lifestyle

Naperville has become one of the most desirable towns in the Chicago area. As a result, the town is full of family-driven professionals and has an average household income of more than twice the national average. The majority of residents hold white-collar positions with numerous executive titles. Additionally, more than half the population has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. There is an evident dedication to education that can be seen through multiple outlets in the community.

Families living in the village can take advantage of the numerous museums and recreational centers in the area, often some of the most popular weekend spots. The majority of the population also strives to live a healthy lifestyle, with many residents taking advantage of the numerous outdoor activities throughout the neighborhood.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Naperville dining scene is as diverse as it is delicious, with cuisines from all around the world delighting residents at every turn. Meson Sabika is a nationally recognized and authentic Spanish restaurant serving guests sensational dishes, including a stunning red and gold beet salad, tortilla española, patatas bravas, and an array of paellas that will leave you in awe.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is another local hotspot where guests can enjoy traditional, Chicago-style deep dish the way it’s been served since the original Lou started in the 1940s. Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House is one of the more popular local stops where locals can get delicious frog legs, a prime Angus burger, and some of the best cocktails and wines outside of Chicago.

Things to Do

With so many families moving into the area, it’s no wonder that the town is full of numerous recreational activities and entertainment areas where residents can relax and enjoy themselves. The Riverwalk is widely considered the crown jewel of Naperville; with nearly two miles of brick paths through pristine scenery, many residents enjoy taking a stroll past the exquisite fountains and unbelievable works of art that can be seen along the way.

The DuPage Children’s Museum is another wildly popular site where children are encouraged to learn and expand their minds through exploration and creativity. Acknowledging that play is an integral part of development, this institution makes sure that guests can throw themselves into any of the numerous activities, allowing children to make their own discoveries along the way.

If you’re interested in local history, the Naper settlement will be a great stop. Dedicated to preserving the town’s unique history, this 13-acre interactive historic site does everything in its power to bring the past to life.


The extensive dedication to education in the area can be seen throughout the numerous highly-rated schools, including:

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