Discover Downtown Naperville! With beauty, charm and a welcoming atmosphere, you’ll find that visiting Naperville is the perfect setting to enjoy prominent history, arts and culture, and a dynamic nightlife.
Stroll through downtown on a self-guided tour that previews Naperville’s historic architecture, while enjoying unique shopping and dining experiences. Naperville hosts a variety of special events throughout the year – from music festivals and art shows, to concerts and more. Whether you’re looking for tennis or bocce courts, golf courses, skateboarding, in-line skating, or even a place to launch your canoe, Naperville offers it all.
From summer outdoor concerts to lunchtime entertainment along the Riverwalk, to affordable attractions like the Centennial Beach, a Paddleboat ride around the Riverwalk Quarry, climbing the Carillon and more. Whatever your interest, there's always something special going on in Naperville!
Naperville Riverwalk was built by residents in 1981 to commemorate the city's 150th birthday. Since then, it has become a focal point of the community and is recognized as one of the most beautiful spots in the Midwest, and has won state and national awards. Its covered bridges, fountains, landscaping, and distinctive shepherd's-crook light poles have become symbolic of Naperville's ties to its historic past as the oldest settlement in DuPage County. Visitors travel from far and near to enjoy the splendor of the Riverwalk and the quaint restaurants and shops in downtown Naperville. Known as the “Crown Jewel of Naperville” the Riverwalk attracts lunchtime strollers, families and early morning joggers. Stroll along the brick-paved winding paths of the Riverwalk, view the art pieces of the Century Walk, have a picnic at the pavilion, or enjoy a summer outdoor concert. A memorial to the victims of the September 11 attack is located on the Riverwalk's south bank, adjacent to City Hall.
Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower - At the base of the Riverwalk's Rotary Hill stands the majestic Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, a unique, 16-story structure with a 72- bell musical instrument. It is referred to as a “Grand Carillon” because its 72 bells span six full octaves and it is one of only a few Grand Carillons in the world. Visitors can climb the 253 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy the spectacular view, where on a clear day visitors can see the Chicago Skyline.
Centennial Beach - is a historic landmark since 1931, with nearly four acres of fenced property. This old quarry is now a beautiful outdoor community pool, with a beach feel, for the whole family to enjoy. With water depths ranging from zero to 15 feet, a NCAA/U.S.S. approved diving complex, shallow-end slide and more, the facility caters to swimmers of all skill levels.
Paddleboat Quarry – a unique area next to the Centennial Beach. Riding the colorful paddleboats around the Riverwalk Quarry can be rented for fun and relaxation for 20 minute or 40 minute rides.
Naper Settlement – Travel back in time as you stroll the pathways of this 12-acre outdoor historic museum village and be transported through time, as you visit with 19th century costumed villagers.
Costumed interpreters at Naper Settlement bring to life the day-to-day activities that tell the story of a bygone era that features 30 restored or reconstructed historic buildings from Naperville's first 100 years.
The DuPage Children's Museum – located only steps from the Naperville Metra Station, is a unique discovery center, bursting with innovative hands-on exhibits that help children up to age 10 construct their own knowledge in the worlds of math, science and the arts.
Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center – The Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center stands at the gateway of the North Central College campus and downtown Naperville. This cultural and architectural jewel features Wentz Concert Hall, a spectacular 605-seat auditorium with world-class acoustics designed by the Talaske Group, acoustical consultants for Chicago's critically acclaimed Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. The 13,000 square foot concert has was designed to create an intimate feel, yet crafted to provide the superior clarity, warmth and liveliness of sound that are essential to enjoy music of all genres. Its space encompasses 84,000 cubic feet, or 2,200 square feet of additional volume, just to meet the most demanding acoustical standards. The perfect acoustics are on par with New York's Carnegie Hall.
Naperville Century Walk – “Art with a Story” - the sidewalks of downtown Naperville provide a walking tour of the city's past. Murals, mosaics and sculptures tell the story of Naperville's past 100 years.
Fifth Avenue Station – This restored turn-of-the-century furniture factory offers offices, shops, the School of Performing Arts and much more.