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Naperville Travel Guide, Illinois

An overview of Naperville, IL US

Naperville, Illinois, situated 28 miles west of Chicago, has a population of more than 144,000 people. This city accommodates several acclaimed schools, a range of healthcare options, an excellent system of public library and an extraordinarily low crime rate. With easy access to different employment, housing and transportation options, this developing sub-urban city attracts a large number of visitors as well as new residents every year, thus it has become one of the fastest developing cities in the US. The diversified employers feature high technology retailers, firms and factories, in addition to home-based and small scale businesses. Residents also have an option to enjoy the world-class parks, be a part of the active civic community and have diverse options to worship.

Ranked as the top community of the US for raising children and starting home-based businesses, Naperville boasts an extremely low rate of unemployment. In 2005, the Money Magazine named it as a perfect place to reside in the US. It is the 5th biggest city of the state and the neighboring ones include Joliet, Rockford and Aurora.

As far as its weather is concerned, it gets an annual rainfall of 37.94 inches and does not get much snowfall in winters. During summers, the city often experiences severe storms mainly because of mid afternoon convection and frontal uplift.

Being a typical suburb of America, the major means of transport are automobiles. Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway runs nearby the northern edge of the city and the Interstate 55 passes south of Naperville through Romeoville and Bolingbrook. Some of the major thoroughfares of the city include Diehl Road, Hobson Road, Bailey Road, Wehrli Road and Modaff Road. There are numerous others that have been generally named after ancient settlers and farming families in the area. The first railway link to Chicago came in 1864 and currently, there are three tracks in Naperville belonging to BNSF Railway. This railway runs through the northern end of the town, with the passenger rail services provided by the Amtrak and Metra. The three routes of Amtrak through the city are California Zephyr, Southwest Chief and Illinois Zephyr. Bus routes are provided by Pace from the city to Aurora and Wheaton. The Naper Aero Club field is a private airport in Naperville located on the west edge of the town. The notable Lima Lima Flight Team originated from this field.

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