Statement on the DuPage Children's Museum Working Group Decision
In September 2018, while discussing redevelopment of Naperville’s 5th Avenue train station district, the City Council commissioned a working group to assess the viability of alternative locations for DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM). The working group consisted of Mayor Steve Chirico; Councilwoman Patty Gustin; City Manager Doug Krieger; and numerous representatives from DCM, including President and CEO Sarah Orleans, staff members Kimberly Stull and Julie Carlsen, Board Chairman Mark Trembacki, and board members Chris Abbinante, Russell Toney, Steve Waeghe, and Ann Wallin.
For more than six months, the working group collaborated with the goal of ensuring that DCM, a major cultural attraction for the western suburbs, continues to thrive as community asset in Naperville. Guided by financial sustainability and mutually beneficial outcomes, these partners investigated the viability of DCM’s relocation within the Naperville community, navigating a complex decision-making environment of financial, legal and logistical considerations that had to be carefully assessed. Multiple locations were evaluated individually in the framework of these considerations, including the East Ogden corridor.
Ultimately, none of the locations presented a viable solution for DCM’s relocation; as such, it is anticipated that DCM will remain a vital component of the 5th Avenue redevelopment project. No additional locations are currently being evaluated, and there are no active efforts to pursue additional potential locations. DCM remains open to working with all of its stakeholders - including the City of Naperville, developers, museum members, visitors and donors – to explore the best potential growth options so that the museum can continue to provide exceptional early learning experiences for all children and families.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.