Daytripper: Naperville

Spring is here—and with it, an urge to shake the cabin fever that’s had you in its grip these last few months. Why not escape to the west side for a few hours?


Naperville is just short of an hour’s drive from most northern ‘burbs—and while it boasts more than 142,000 residents, the downtown shopping and dining opportunities evoke a small-town chic that makes a girls’ day out so much fun. Here are a few places that will make a daytrip worth it:

Le Chocolat Du Bouchard
Step out of the Starbucks rut and start your day off with a mocha or latte in this cozy chocolate and dessert bistro. 127-129 S. Washington St., Naperville, 630-355-5720

Meg and Me
Stay on trend with a great selection, including Rebecca Taylor, Trina Turk and Tracy Reese. 175 W. Jackson St., Naperville, 630-355-4400

Bella Caley
A local favorite, this chic, urban-vibe boutique offers clothing, accessories and even home décor (think housewarming gifts!) at very accessible price points. 20 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, 630-369-4991


Anderson’s Bookshop
Consider this The Book Stall or Lake Forest Book Store of the West—Anderson’s has an enormous, well-curated selection, as well as killer events and author visits. 123 W. Jefferson St., Naperville, 630-355-2665

Campbell Hill Upscale Resale
Is there anything better than that great “find”—the one you tell your friends about for weeks? Look no further than this resale boutique, which offers only the best brands in top form. 236 S. Washington St., Naperville, 630-857-3498

daytripper-naperville-olive-oilTwisted Olive Imports
Comfy chairs beckon you to take a break and taste some of the finest olive oils and balsamic vinegars around. Owner Mary Shearer has created a cozy environment for everyone from the occasional shopper to book club gatherings and wine tastings. 232 S. Washington St., Naperville, 630-778-9550

Naper Settlement
Just a few blocks from Naperville’s downtown district, this 13-acre indoor/outdoor museum is living history. Step back in time to the 1800s and witness the challenges and beauty of Midwestern life. 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, 630-420-6010

DuPage Children’s Museum
If little kids are in tow, treat them to a couple hours at this top-rated child-centered destination. Hands on with an emphasis on “you are learning without even knowing it” fun. 301 N. Washington St., Naperville, 630-637-8000


Thinking pizza? Think Fiammé. Don’t miss the Regina Margherita—and yes, they have gluten-free dough! 19 N. Washington St., Naperville, 630-470-9441

A great place to wind down after a day of shopping—eclectic ambiance in a cozy little martini bar. Order me the Grape Skittle. 29 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, 630-355-9165

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