What's your perception of Naperville, Illinois? If you've never heard of it before, you're probably thinking it's just some sleepy town in the middle of nowhere. To someone from Toronto: bed & breakfast on the town's single street, one shop that sells farm equipment, and a sheriff with a big moustache is all Naperville could possibly have to offer, right? Wrong! There's actually quite a bit going on here. Once you find out how much, you may even call up your travel agent and get him or her looking into the possibility of vacationing there.
Naperville is one of the most well off of the Chicago suburbs, so the dining options you'll find here would please even an experienced Toronto caterer. There are 260 restaurants within the city limits that run the gamut of cuisine specialties, including American, Cajun, Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean, Argentinean, Italian, and Indian. You can have a casual meal at a quaint local pub, pizza shop, or diner, or splurge on a night out at a four star establishment. Here are just a few of the more interesting options: Blackfinn American Saloon, Catch 35, Gemato's Wood Pit BBQ, Continental Kosher, and Indian Harvest.
Unless you're staying with relatives or are redeeming a day spa gifts package from an out of town hotel, you're going to need to stay somewhere in Naperville during your trip. Regardless of your comfort level or preferred style of accommodation, we can accommodate you! There are several chain hotels in town, such as the Best Western, Country Inn & Suites, Marriott, Red Roof, Holiday Inn, and Days Inn. There are also large locally owned hotels, such as the Hotel Arista and the Stardust Motel, and some smaller bed and breakfast style establishments, such as Harrison House, where you can connect with the town's history and people.
If you're just popping out to the shops to pick up some gardening hand tools for a friend or you're searching for multiple items and would like to find them all in one place, visit one of Naperville's local malls. The 25 acre Freedom Commons combines shopping and services, while the Springbrook Prairie Pavilion is part shopping center, part nature preserve. Both provide you with multiple options ranging from restaurants to retail stores, banks, gyms, and dentist's offices.
For those shoppers who are looking to bring home more unique souvenir items or are simply searching for a difficult to find item like used woodworking machinery, the independent shops of Naperville's shopping districts should be your destination. Some of the restaurants and shops downtown have been in the same family since the 1900s, while Ogden Avenue is fast becoming a hub for big box retailers of everything from pet accessories to office supplies.