students walking in downtown naperville

Naperville

Here are some things you should know about Naperville….


Location Matters

We know you’ll love campus. You’ll feel comfortable, energized and excited about spending the next few years of your life here.

But a big part of the North Central experience is about getting out and exploring new ideas and new places. Our hometown gives you lots of great places to start new adventures.


The Big Picture

  • Naperville is one of the Midwest’s best places to live, according to Money magazine. (And thousands of residents agree!)
  • Naperville is consistently ranked the #1 "Safest City in America" by niche.com.
  • Naperville is also rated one of the "50 Safest College Towns in America" according to Safewise.

We may be biased, but we think the College’s neighborhood is one of the town’s best, filled with beautiful homes and tree-lined streets. We’re in the heart of the historic district and just a few blocks from downtown.

Hanging out


If you feel like simply walking around, shopping and grabbing a bite, there are plenty of places for that just a few blocks away in downtown Naperville.

Eat


  • Chipotle
  • Egg Harbor Café
  • Giordano’s
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Noodles and Co.
  • Potbelly’s
  • Starbucks
  • Too many ice cream, gelato, and froyo places to list
  • LOTS of others – Irish, Italian, Mexican, Thai, sushi, and more!

 

students inside ice cream shop

Shop


  • Anthropologie
  • Apple
  • Athleta
  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Gap
  • J Crew
  • Lululemon      
  • Sephora
  • Ulta
  • And much more
barnes and noble storefront

Getting down to business


The Naperville area is a career builder’s dream. You’ll find tons of internships and part time jobs in our own backyard. Here are a few places students recently found great opportunities to learn:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Calamos Investments
  • Edward Hospital
  • Elmhurst Art Museum
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • MACLYN (advertising)
  • Navistar
  • Paramount Theater
  • A variety of local school districts
  • Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Our career development office can fill you in on all the latest internship and employment opportunities, and can also help you apply for the position that will take you exactly where you want to go.

Heart and soul


North Central students are committed to making the world a better place, and most of them complete volunteer work before they graduate. Service projects are a fun way to give back to the community -- and to get valuable leadership experience at the same time. Here are just a few of the organizations that welcome the help of North Central students:

  • Bryan House
  • DuPage Children’s Museum
  • Hesed House
  • Houses of worship
  • Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry
  • World Relief

Our Office of Ministry and Service can help you identify the projects that speak to your heart and soul.

Fun and recreation


Campus is hopping 24/7, but we know that sometimes it feels good to get away for a while. There’s so much to do in the Naperville area, you’ll always have something new to check out.

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Cantigny Park
  • Centennial Beach
  • Disc golf
  • Forest preserves and bike trails
  • Kayaking
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Movie theaters
  • Naper Settlement
  • Paddleboating
  • Riverwalk
students inside pinots palette
fredenhagen park