With a population of approximately 145,000, Naperville is the fifth largest city in Illinois. Located 28 miles west of downtown Chicago, Naperville business owners enjoy easy access to major interstate highways, O'Hare International and Midway airports and passenger and freight railroad systems.
Naperville is a major business center with several national and multi-national corporate headquarters located along or within the city limits. From the quaint shops in the historic downtown to the bustling Route 59 shopping malls, Naperville is home to many of Chicagoland's most popular retailers and a wide assortment of four-star and casual dining establishments.
Major area employers include Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Nicor Gas/AGL, BMO Harris Bank, BP, Coriant/Tellabs, Calamos Investments, and Hallmark Services.
In April 2008, Fortune Small Business magazine listed Naperville as #29 in its Top 100 Best Places to Live and Launch for 2008. The list ranks individual cities and towns within 296 major metropolitan statistical areas based on business friendliness and lifestyle offerings and followed this up with interviews of entrepreneurs, local officials and business experts.