Discover a whole new world

in a one-mile radius.

Hidden throughout the bricks and vines of Naperville is a historic community that dates back to 1831. Our mission as the NCClinked staff is to create a guide that explores the goods, places, and services within a one-mile radius, unveiling the stories behind these locations. We see this as a living project that will grow in the years ahead as the community evolves.

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School of Rock

Teaching children of all ages (and starry-eyed adults) the methods and values of being a true rock musician is the mission statement of the Naperville’s School of Rock location. Combining private lessons, group sessions and authentic stage performances, School of Rock not only instructs rockers-to-be on how to master various instruments, but also how to cultivate a captivating stage presence and earn that trademark musician confidence. 220 N. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 922-5400 schoolofrock.com Hours Monday - Thursday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday: Closed Saturday:...

School of Rock
Green Basil Vietnamese Cuisine

Tucked neatly off to the side of the building located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave. is Green Basil, offering residents of Naperville “authentic and tasty Vietnamese cuisine.” With a variety of traditional dishes and delicious drinks, North Central students can also rejoice in the fact that they are offered a 10% discount on Tuesdays with the presentation of their student I.D. At a location so close to campus, it is an added bonus that Green Basil now accepts orders in...

Green Basil Vietnamese Cuisine
Anderson’s Bookshop

Few local family-owned businesses have lived up to the acclaim and renown of Anderson’s Bookshop. Touting visits from bestselling authors and a litany of local and national awards, Anderson’s has become not only a staple of the local literary landscape, but a beacon to readers of all ages and locations. “When this space became available, we again knew we had to take advantage of a great opportunity to increase our business, creating a very unique shop for all consumers looking for...

Anderson’s Bookshop
Two-Nine

Tucked away above Potter’s Place Mexican Cuisine, this stylish martini lounge is perfect for kicking back and sipping on the finest spirits around town. Stocked with an arsenal of specialty martinis and a chic art décor, Two-Nine has established itself as a staple of the Naperville nightlife scene among seasoned partiers and curious visitors alike. 29 W. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 355-9165 pottersplacenaperville.com Hours Monday - Tuesday: Closed Wednesday - Sunday: 6 p.m. - 2 a.m....

Two-Nine
Naper Settlement

Established in 1969, Naper Settlement is an outdoor living history museum that is host to many family-friendly activities. Among its 12 acres and 30 buildings, Naper Settlement uses its year-round interactive activities, events and exhibits to teach visitors about Naperville’s past, and how the town and the lives of its citizens have evolved since the 1800s. Visit napersettlement.org to learn more and to see their calendar of upcoming events. 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 420-6010 napersettlement.org Hours (November-March) Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. -...

Naper Settlement
Naperville Riverwalk

Found along almost two miles of the DuPage River, the Naperville Riverwalk features a path filled with outdoor artwork, fountains, bridges, memorials, recreational facilities and parks. Created in 1981, with the help of community members, the Riverwalk commemorates the town's 150th anniversary and is sure to remain a Naperville's crown jewel for years to come. 178 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 naperville.il.us ...

Naperville Riverwalk
Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery

As a part of the Naperville Art League, the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery is a place for local artists to exhibit their original works to the community. Each month, members of the Art League can participate in the monthly art shows, in which they present works based on a specific theme to be judged and awarded. The gallery also holds classes, workshops, and demonstrations for both adults and children. To become a member or to sign up for...

Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery
Room 363

Ladies, if you’re looking for a shop that makes you feel right at home and offers a unique style, then Room 363 should be the next place you stop. “Room 363 is my grandma’s house address, and she was the one that raised me, so it’s my first home,” says store owner Mark Norkaitis. This vintage boutique gives customers a comfortable at-home feel with one-of-a-kind options they won’t find anywhere else. Their products range from room décor to woman’s fashion...

Room 363
Pinot’s Palette

If you’re over 21 years old and have ever felt like your inner Picasso has been dormant for far too long, look no further than Pinot’s Palette to explore your artistic side. With specialized classes in which rookie painters can imbibe in the various wines, beers, soft drinks, and spirits stocked at the in-house bar, patrons are encouraged to spend the duration of their 2 or 3 hour painting sessions letting their inner artiste run free. “While much has changed since...

Pinot’s Palette
Purple Dog Records

Purple Dog Records provides the Naperville community with the ultimate music-thrifting experience. Co-owners, and father-daughter team, Joel Sicker and Erin Gavin opened their doors in June of 2014 with rare LPs, CDs, DVDs and vintage magazines on display. “I’ve been collecting records since the late 50s,” explains Sicker. “I have thousands and thousands of records. Literally over 20,000 records.”  Tucked away in a business complex near the train station, Sicker’s collection fills the small space from top to bottom. Every rock...

Purple Dog Records
Lil’ J’s Bohemia

For the owner of Lil J’s Bohemia, Jill R., downtown Naperville needed a store with a little flair; something unique that would not only visually stand out on the street, but would offer customers a clothing boutique that strayed far away from mainstream. “I attended a ton of Grateful Dead concerts growing up, vending outside and selling everything from tie dye to fruit, and that was a big inspiration for the store,” explains Jill. Along with a large assortment of Grateful...

Lil’ J’s Bohemia
Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus

Naperville is home to many small businesses, including one that dates back to 1893. Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus was started by Bill Kreger’s great grandfather, John Valentine. Bill Kreger is the fourth generation owner, who took over the family business in 1995. The store was originally a grocery store and meat market off of Washington, but in 1926 it was relocated to its current home, transforming into a sausage shop and a hearty lunch spot. “Our niche has always been fresh...

Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus
Naperville General Store

As an establishment marketed towards recreating the old-timey feel of small town shops, the Naperville General Store does a top-notch job of filling local shoppers with a sense of nostalgia. Owned and operated by Glen and Debra Anton, the General Store sells various items that would be right at home in this bygone era, such as penny candies, handmade soaps and candles, and a plethora of other novelty offerings. 204 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 637-8486 Facebook - Naperville General Store Hours Monday -...

Naperville General Store
The Carillon Bell Tower

The Carillon Belltower is an iconic symbol of downtown Naperville.  More than just a bell tower, this site offers tours to the top of the tower featuring breathtaking views of Naperville.  The adjacent park often hosts events and has a great sledding hill during the winter season.  Contact the Naperville Park District for more information and scheduled events. Rotary Hill (Aurora Ave., west of Eagle St.) Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 848-3611 Naperville.il.us...

The Carillon Bell Tower
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Based on a national average…

...53% of college students spend more than $25 a week on entertainment....

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…additionally…

...20% of college students rely solely on eating out at restaurants....

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College students also spend…

36% of their day on recreational activities in their communities....

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Of residents polled…

56% say that downtown Naperville has a nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine....

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North Central College:

30 N. Brainard St. Naperville, IL 60540