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It's Never Boring In Naperville

By Pamela Sosnowski

Looking for a Chicago-area community that combines a small town feel with all of the attractions found in a big city? Then you will want to visit the city of Naperville, situated just 30 miles west of the Windy City. Naperville is one of the largest cities in the state and the most popular destination in suburban Chicago.

Naperville's economy is one of the most vibrant in the Midwest. The economic development and pro-business climate is a draw for corporate, industrial and retail businesses. Naperville's low crime, excellent city services, low taxes and exceptional reliability of its municipal electric service, all add up to a great business location. "Business are looking for a solid community, in great fiscal shape, and a government that is responsive to the needs of its businesses", said Christine Jeffries, President of the Naperville Development Partnership (Naper.org). "Naperville offers all of that plus more!"

"Naperville is a wonderful place to live, work and play. It is kid-friendly, and was ranked one of the safest cities in the country," says Nicole Rizzo, Marketing Assistant for the Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitNaperville.com). "Naperville is a top choice of places to raise a family, known for its award-winning schools, top rated healthcare facilities, exceptional colleges and universities and fabulous recreation and cultural amenities.

Adding to the city's appeal is year-round fun activities. Two of Naperville's biggest festivals take place during the summer: Ribfest, which is held over the fourth of July, and Last Fling, which celebrates the waning of warm summer days over Labor Day weekend. "These events are a draw for residents and visitors alike, providing music, fun rides, and delicious food," says Rizzo. "Because of the popularity of both of these events, they bring together a great community and create an atmosphere of enjoyment with friends and families."

One of Naperville's most popular attractions is its downtown Riverwalk, a focal point of the community that leads visitors past covered bridges, fountains, restaurants, and shops. It was constructed in 1981 by Naperville residents to commemorate its 150th year and has been affectionately named "The Crown Jewel of Naperville. There are shops, activities, a beach, and beautiful scenery along the Riverwalk path that make the attraction enjoyable and memorable," says Rizzo. Centennial Beach, part of the Riverwalk, provides an outdoor community pool for families to enjoy, while the Paddleboat Quarry provides colorful paddleboats to rent for a relaxing ride around the man-made quarry.

During the summer months Naperville also features a farmer's market, historic trolley tours, and movies in the park. The Naper Nights Community Concert Series is a popular live music series that takes place during three summer weekends on the lawn of the local living history museum, Naper Settlement. The first weekend of October, Naper Settlement also hosts Octoberfest, the annual autumn festival that pays homage to its German heritage.

As residents are attracted to Naperville, business and industry find it equally attractive. "With one of the largest number of businesses and daytime employment, Naperville attracts Fortune 500 corporations, small to mid-sized companies, national retailers and local proprietors," explains Jeffries. "Naperville's reputation as a great place to live helps companies attract the best and the brightest employees.

Whether you are looking for a place to raise a family or run a business, Naperville is the right place.

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