Flights to Naperville
Naperville is a city in the US state of Illinois that forms part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. This was once a small farming town but has become very popular as a ‘bedroom community’, a fact that has led to the city’s expansion.
The airport closest to Naperville is the O’Hare International Airport (airport code: ORD) in nearby Chicago. It’s one of the busiest airports in the world, so you will have no shortage of options for flights to Naperville when coming to O’Hare. Virgin Atlantic transfers in London, Delta Airlines in Atlanta, and Lufthansa connects in Frankfurt. Other airlines that have flights to Naperville are British Airways, Swiss Air, TAM Linhas Aereas and United Airlines.
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The Tourist Attractions in Naperville:
First settled in 1831 by Joseph Naper it wasn’t until 1857 that the settlement officially became a village and then in 1890 a city. Naperville was of course named after Joseph Naper though was originally called Naper’s Settlement. One of the city’s attractions is the open-air museum called Naper Settlement. Here you’ll find a collection of around 30 buildings from the Naperville area that have been removed to here and refurbished in their original period styles. Amongst the buildings you’ll see is the Martin-Mitchell Mansion, the Pre-Emption House, and Fort Payne.
The Naperville Riverwalk runs alongside the DuPage River and goes through the downtown area. The path is 4 miles (6km) long so it makes a nice place to walk and it has numerous features to enjoy too such as fountains, benches, scenic bridges and an amphitheatre.
The Millennium Carillon
Set within the Riverside Park is the impressive Millennium Carillon. This may just look like a tower but in fact it’s a musical instrument that features 72 bells. The Grand Carillon (as the instrument is called) can be played both by hand and via a computer, and there are set times for performances throughout the day. The Moser Tower is the name of the tower that holds the carillon, and it was unveiled on Independence Day in 2000.
As well as walking along the Riverwalk, downtown Naperville is an attractive area that has some independent and specialty shops and high end chain stores. There are also some good restaurants in the downtown area, and while you’re visiting look out for the Naperville Cultural Center. This centre offers a number of cultural classes such as languages and art, but also often has exhibitions, events and international film showings so it’s worth checking out whether anything is on when you’re in town.
When Should You Visit?:
Naperville has quite an extreme temperature range across the year because of its mid continent position and because it is affected by its proximity to the Great Lakes. Summers are warm though they can be stormy – July is the warmest month with an average high of 30.4C. January (the coldest month) in contrast has an average temperature of just -10C, and the city often experiences heavy snowfall. With the snow and cool temperatures in the winter, and the threat of storms in the summer, this leaves spring and autumn to be the best times to visit Naperville!