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Hometown Charm: Naperville, Illinois

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Alternately vaunted as one of the best places in America to live and reviled as a plastic suburb, Naperville has charms that attract just as easily as its brawnier neighbor Chicago. It's easy to visit that city from here--a short train ride away. But when a person wants to see another side of America, and a much more intimate side, try the eclectic boutiques, international dining, and open air of downtown Naperville.
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1163 E Ogden Ave #707, Naperville, IL 60563, USA
Don't let Joy Yee's storefront fool you. Located in a suburban strip mall, this place knows Asian food. But more me, the draw is the bubble tea, which comes in so many flavors that I could try a new one every other day for almost a year. Jackfruit...
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26 N Eagle St, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
Naperville has no shortage of places to put your head on a pillow for the night. If the hotel chain exists, it has an outpost here. Most, though, sit window-to-window on one long street with all the atmosphere of an airport terminal. The crème...
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123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
Anderson's in downtown Naperville must have harnessed the magic of all the boy and girl wizards in the books on its shelves. It has succeeded as the oxymoron of the 21st century—a thriving independent bookstore. That it does so with minimal...
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500 Jackson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
Sure, there are a lot of things to do in Naperville. It's a pretty big town. But really, the best thing to do is nothing, as long as I'm doing it along the Riverwalk. Round trip, it's three miles that cover both woods and downtown, in about equal...
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1025 Aurora Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
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One doesn't go just anywhere for an anniversary dinner. Especially one that's been put off so long it's also a birthday dinner. For me, it means going to a place where words like goat cheese, portabello, and flan-of-the-day get mixed up in the...
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4 E Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
When a friend told me about WAR Chest, I loved the concept. I knew as soon as I entered the store that I would love every part of it. First, this isn't some place that sells camouflage jackets and replica bayonets. WAR stands for Women at Risk,...