Everybody Comes To Naperville
It's always interesting to come into downtown Naperville for parades, go cart races, triathlons, book events, etc. You never know what you are going to see. Here are some familiar characters that were here prior to the last J.K. Rowling book release last summer.
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Rake Leaves in the Fall
Here it is November again in Chicago and all those trees we planted when we build our home here in 1987 have now grown up and keep us physically active each fall when they start dropping their leaves after a full summer's worth of shading. 3 times during the season the City of Naperville comes by to sweep them up, so you try to get as many to the curbside before they come by. The pictures on this page are from around our house (front and back yard during the leaf(ing) season)
- Family Travel
Some Impressions of Naperville
I thought both these pictures reflected what a lot of people from other Chicago suburbs think about Napervillians. In reality, although it is an affluent community everybody works very hard to achieve their success.
Museum at the Mall
The DuPage Children's Museum has an outpost at the Fox Valley Mall [just over the line in Aurora]. It is a great place to take your children when they get tired of shopping and need to let off some steam!
- Family Travel
Oswald's Pharmacy has been a fixture in downtown Naperville for over 125 years. Alas it is now moving to another shopping plaza south of the city center. The reason? The downtown revitalization as a shopping/dining mecca has meant that the kind of in&out parking people picking up prescriptions want is no longer available.
Summer concerts at the bandshell
Well it used to be a "shell" until they redid it recently. The question was whether they would enlarge the facility where it was [difficult because of space constraints] or move it to another location.
They left it in downtown [just north of the US Bank and east of the YMCA], but it's a bit crowded. And yes -- it's in "Central Park"!
The painting is the curtain that protects the stage.
Local transportation preferences
I took this picture because it's the kind of local color picture I would take in Paris or London -- so I thought there I should be even-handed!
Napervillians tend to drive large SUVS, especially the more expensive brands such as Mercedes and Lexus. This smaller jeep was refreshing to see!
Art along the riverwalk ...
The nnnual Naperville Riverwalk Art Fair is one of the many ways that the community utilizes the Riverwalk. It is held in mid-September and draws artists locally and internationally.
- Arts and Culture
Fiddling at the fair
Members of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra playing in the small ampitheater in Riverwalk as part of the Naperville Riverwalk Art Fair. The orchestra performs at venues throughout DuPage County.
An actual bandstand!!!
You will find this in "Central Park" wedged between the "Y" and a parking lot. In the distance you can see a play set -- a frequent sight in child-friendly Naperville.
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