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Naperville Trip Guide

Just 30 miles west of Chicago, Naperville (population: 142,000) melts into the sprawl today but was actually founded as a distinct city in 1831.
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What to do

DuPage Children’s Museum Creative play exhibits feature math, science and art. Kids can “paint” with light, play with shadows, do geometry with magnetic tiles and invent with woodworking tools. (630) 637-8000; dupagechildrensmuseum.org

Raging Waves The state’s largest water park entertains families with 17 water slides, a lazy river, zip line, daily sea lion show and more; in Yorkville, 20 miles southwest of Naperville. (630) 882-6575; ragingwaves.com

Riverwalk City sights surround the DuPage River’s almost 2-mile hiking trail. (630) 848-5000; napervilleparks.org

Where to eat

Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House Vintage photographs decorate a steak and seafood house. For $2 each, reel in a cup of soup or clam chowder and a salad. (630) 548-3764; hugosfrogbar.com

La Sorella di Francesca Zesty pasta dishes and robust roasted meats are served in Naperville’s old limestone city hall. (630) 961-2706; miafrancesca.com

Le Chocolat du Bouchard Choose from among more than 300 chocolate items from around the world, or sip a decadent chocolate martini in this European-inspired cafe. (630) 355-5720; lechocolatdubouchard.com

Where to stay

Hotel Arista An ecofriendly hotel has 144 guest rooms and suites resembling stylish apartments. From $119. (630) 579-4100; hotelarista.com

For more information: Naperville Convention and Visitors Bureau (877) 236-2737; visitnaperville.com

 

Comments (1)

wendylynne79 wrote:
I recently read your travel guide for Galena IL where I got married 6 years ago and visit every year on my anniversary. All your recommendations were spot on. From where to stay, what to do, and where to eat you hit ALL of our favorites. I spent the first 23 years of my life growing up in Naperville IL though and I've got to say this is the lamest collection of recommendations. The children's museum and raging waters...which isn't even in Naperville are your recommendations? I would like to see a more extensive and accurate travel guide for Naperville like the one written for Galena.

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