WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF NAPERVILLE
Like many young adults who migrate to the big city of Chicago for its action-packed urban landscape, I found myself at an unavoidable crossroads back in 2003. I was married with one child and we were about to outgrow our 2nd story Roscoe Village flat which we adored on Chicago's Northside. I found myself a matter of blocks from the fabled Wrigley Field living just off of Addison. I was pursuing my dreams of composing music and writing songs for independent films closing in on the arts scene.
With an increasingly inconvenient landscape for a fast moving 2 year-old and a desire to take the next step of the epic American dream in purchasing a home before our second little guy would come along, we were faced with the choice of staying in the city and settling for a small condominium or taking the same money to the "S" place to buy an actual house with some land. Yes, that's right… suburb city.
I had convinced myself the only way I would go to the suburbs would be kicking and screaming. After all, in 1998 I moved to Chicago from Kentucky to be in the city, not the suburbs. Nonetheless, once I accepted my fate, I became focused on finding the perfect suburb that would combine the best of all worlds. I wanted to combine the cherished small town Main St. feel of my childhood in Kentucky with big city amenities. I wanted a place where I could live out my dreams community activism in playing a role which would help shape the future of my new hometown. I was in search of a vibrant community spirit with strong pride. A place in which I would feel a strong sense of passion and desire to be a part of. I found that and so very much more in a place I'm extremely proud to call home… NAPERVILLE.
I consider myself and my family to be NEW NAPERVILLE, which can be characterized by those who hold the city in their hearts not because they were born here, but because the actively chose to live here in the same way Joe Naper and Naperville's early pinoeers traveled their way west from Chicago to settle Naperville amidst challenging circumstances, the least of which was the necessity of a fort to protect themselves from the original natives of the DuPage and Fox River Valley.
Nowadays, I've emerged into such a Naperville geek that my friends and family refer to me simply as Mr. Naperville for the way in which I've learned about the history of my new hometown, stay up-to-date on local issues through the Naperville Sun, have already gotten involved in the community in a number of ways and my constant attempts to coerce everybody I know to come visit, or better yet MOVE, to Naperville.
This BLOG is dedicated to what I call the WORLD OF NAPERVILLE. It's all about the experience of living in what CNN/Money magazine has called the second best place to live in America in 2005 (only because the categories were merged from the previous year when we were first).
The WORLD OF NAPERVILLE is about the history, the happenings, the people, the places, the opportunities, the amenities, the arts, the experience, the attractions, the politics, the future, the spirit, the pride and the perspective of life in this charming little town in a big city through my eyes.
I invite you to look around, share your thoughts and hopefully come visit us here in Naperville.