Centennial Beach, Naperville’s summer attraction in an old quarry, was built in 1931 to celebrate the city’s first 100 years. The Beach sits adjacent to the Riverwalk, the city’s “nifty-150” sesquicentennial gift to the citizens in 1981.
During the first 31 years of the Riverwalk, acres of land have been developed, phase by phase, with winding brick paths along the DuPage River in the heart of downtown Naperville. Now extending from Jefferson Ave. to Hillside Road, the Riverwalk enjoys the reputation as the city’s natural treasure providing leisurely outdoor walkable entertainment 365 days a year.
Historic markers and impressive tributes are nestled throughout the landscape of the Riverwalk. Find the Century Walk sculptures of Riverwalk Visionaries and America’s most notable crime stopper, Dick Tracy.
Moser Tower with the 72-bell Millennium Carillon at Rotary Hill rings out joyful tunes every day and during concerts on Tuesday evenings in the summer.
The Jaycees Marina with paddleboats for rent and the Jaycees Playground offer fun for all ages. The Exchange Club Veterans Plaza is a place to pause and reflect.
Moreover, every amenity and commemorative brick along the Riverwalk helps tell the story of active and engaged citizens with can-do community spirit.
The Riverwalk is located in the Central Business District, just a block south of shopping and more than 40 eateries. The Naperville Park District Administration Building is located at 320 W. Jackson Ave., also along the Riverwalk.
Fredenhagen Park, located by the Washington Street Bridge is also a gateway to the Riverwalk extension and to North Central College where several galleries and performance venues provide stages for the arts.
What’s more, Naper Settlement, Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum, is just steps from the Riverwalk along Webster or Eagle streets.
This weekend, the Sizzlin’ Summer Sidewalk Sales wrap up at dusk on Saturday. Teens are washing cars as a fundraiser in the parking lot at the corner of Aurora and West Streets. And down the block at Knoch Park, beginning at 3PM, teams will find a victor in the Naperville Little League Baseball Championships by the end of Saturday.
From 10AM-5PM both Saturday and Sunday, the 53rd Annual Naperville Woman’s Club Fine Art Fair finds its home in the shade of century- old trees on the grounds of Naper Settlement.
Find plenty to do in the heart of Naperville.
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