Naperville is a suburban city located close to Chicago, Illinois, and has earned the nickname ‘The Golden City’. It is widely regarded as one of the best cities in the US to live in, with the wealth of its residents cited as one of the factors. A fantastic city with plenty to offer expats living in Naperville, there are a number of attractions and historical buildings to visit including the Naper Settlement and the Moser Tower which is home to the Millennium Carillon. Naperville has a great history which can be discovered at the Settlement. Naperville is also home to a number of shops, restaurants and bars and has a thriving nightlife which includes clubs, jazz nights and other live music whilst there are also cinemas and a theatre located downtown. Each year, the city hosts the Napier International Film Festival, showcasing independent films and is popular with residents as well as visitors.
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The cost of living in Naperville is considered to be high, but the wages are in line with this making it an affordable place to live for those working in the area. It has a wide range of both public and private schools, making it easier for expatriates with families moving to Naperville to secure education, whilst a number of universities have a presence in the area including Northwestern College and Northern Illinois University. As Naperville is a large suburban area, most people tend to rely on cars in order to get around; however, there are also bus services available within the city. Getting to other areas of Chicago is possible via train, bus and road whilst Chicago’s two main airports are within easy access. Any expatriate moving to Naperville can benefit from joining the InterNations online community, where they can connect with fellow expats living in Naperville or nearby and find out more information about moving to the city as well as ask for advice about important topics such as housing and education.
Naperville has a diverse economy, and is a part of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. It therefore has a number of businesses based in the area. Some of the main employers in the city include Alcatel-Lucent, BP and more, whilst OfficeMax and Kraft Foods also have major offices in the area. For expatriates working in Naperville there are also opportunities to work in other fields including healthcare, education, retail, leisure and more. The city has seen a significant population boost in recent decades as a result of business interest in the area. For more information about work, expats n Naperville will be able to network and connect with fellow expatriates using InterNations. On our platform, you can get advice not only about work abroad, but also about other aspects of being an expat, including vital information for those moving to a new city.