Naperville is one of the larger cities that's an offshoot of Chicago, with close to 150,000 residents who call it home. Naperville was voted second best place to live in the entire United States by Money Magazine in 2006. The only cities in Illinois that are bigger than Naperville are Chicago, Aurora, and Rockford. If you're a college student, you may want to come into the area to check out the Naperville Public Library. American Libraries Magazine ranked it number one in the US eight years in a row (1999 to 2006) for cities with populations between 100,000 and 249,999. Artistic types may prefer to check out the Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon. With 72 bells, it's one of just four carillons in the world that has a range of six octaves! It's both manually and computer operated, and it is truly a sight to behold. Did you know that there are more than 500 restaurants in Naperville? If you're traveling to Naperville with Party Bus Chicago, here are some of our favorite bars and restaurants in the 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565, 60566, and 60567 zip codes
THE WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL
The White Chocolate Grill has earned a rating of 4/5 stars on Google, Yelp, UrbanSpoon, and OpenTable, and with good reason! The atmosphere alone is worth the drive no matter where you're coming from. Truly upscale and decadent, decorated with lots of rich wood and warm lighting. Their wood-fired seafood and meat are the big draw here, but they also have excellent burgers and sandwiches for those who want something a little more casual. Our favorite though, is without a doubt the filet mignon cobb salad. It's unbelievable. Of course you can't leave without trying one of their signature white chocolate desserts. A full bar and lounge only add to your memorable evening, and the background jazz sounds will lull you into the relaxation that you crave. We can't recommend The White Chocolate Grill highly enough.
Address: 1803 Freedom Drive
When in search of the perfect Italian meal in Naperville, Angeli's is the only name you need to know. The dining room is very intimate and comfortable, with the classic red and white checkered motif that you'd expect at any restaurant that sticks to the traditions of Italy. There is a full bar so you can enjoy your favorite mixed drinks, beer, or wine before or after dinner. The specialties of the house are crab rotolo, veal, and pasta. Everything is freshly cooked and so delicious. The exterior doesn't look like much, but don't judge this book by its cover. This is the best Italian in town.
Address: 1478 East Chicago Avenue
Catch Thirty-Five is a fantastic upscale steakhouse where you can find the freshest catch and the most delicious cuts of meat in town. We return time after time for the special three course menu. For the first course you can choose from the following soups and salads: Crab bisque, soup of the day, field greens, or Caesar salad. For your entree you may choose one of these: Parmesan crusted Lake Superior whitefish with lemon meuniere butter, Grilled Atlantic Salmon with lemon dill sauce, Blackened Atlantic Salmon with sweet chile sauce, Twin 3 oz filet mignon medallions with veal demi glace, crab encrusted tilapia with tomato butter, or shrimp and scallops with ginger garlic sauce. And for dessert, anything off their exquisite dessert menu. It's just $24.95 per person, and you won't find such fine delicacies anywhere else at that price.
Address: 35 South Washington
Phat Noodles is a cozy little nook of a restaurant where you can dine on the most delicious Chinese and Thai dishes. Most of the items on the menu of course include noodles, and they've got everything from the crispy crunchy fried noodles that you crave, to thick noodles in delicious broth. The Asian Calamari is always a great bet as an appetizer, and the Seaside Noodles dish is probably our favorite. If you're not big on seafood, you can opt for the Beef Chow Fun. So delicious! Very friendly waitstaff and beautiful decor.
Address: 614 East Ogden Avenue
Many residents will tell you that Old Peking is the best place in town to go for Chinese food. The green onion pancakes are delicious as an appetizer, as are the potstickers. The spicy beef noodle soup is an incredibly popular choice, and you won't find it done like this anywhere else. A great combination of tastes is achieved in their beef rolls, which is a rolled up combination of beef and their famous green onion pancakes. You cannot go wrong with any item on the menu here, but those are the clear favorites.
Address: 1563 North Naper Boulevard
TIMPANO ITALIAN CHOP HOUSE & MARTINI BAR
This one's on the higher end as far as price goes, but it's definitely worth it! If you'll be dining, expect to spend $20 to $30 per person. Their dry aged chargrilled bone-in organic steak is to die for. While you're waiting for that to be cooked to perfection, why not try the tuna carpaccio with lemon aioli and citrus glazed jumbo prawns? Those two dishes are a match made in heaven. The atmosphere at this classy restaurant is truly upscale, with leather seating, crisp white table linens, and lots of windows to let in the natural light in the daytime. Dining at Timpano is an experience in a million.
Address: 22 East Chicago Avenue
FRONT STREET CANTINA
This is such a fun Mexican restaurant for dining with family and friends. Before we even get into the atmosphere or the food, we've got to talk about their world class margaritas! They're nice and strong, and juicy and flavorful! Lovers of Mexican beer will enjoy the selection here too. There is outdoor seating to enjoy during the warmer parts of the year, and you'll feel like you're having a fiesta in the hot Mexican sun while you sip on your margarita and dine on delicious enchiladas and rice. Wonderful place to eat and drink.
Address: 15 West Jefferson Avenue
QUIGLEY'S IRISH PUB
We go to Quigley's for the live bands, but there's so much more that keeps us coming back. There is no bar in town, we repeat, NO bar in town, that can compete with the authentic Irish pub atmosphere that you get here. The bar, barstools, and much of the decor is crafted from rich wood. It's all done in that classic and traditional Irish style. You'll feel like you've traveled to Ireland, without ever leaving your neck of the woods. You can always find out who's playing on any given night of the week by checking their website. And what Irish pub standards would we recommend off the menu? The Irish chips, cream of potato leek soup, and original corned beef sandwich are the best in town!
Address: 43 East Jefferson Street
JILLY'S PIANO BAR
Jilly's isn't just a Naperville institution--it's Chicago's number one piano bar! It's named after its signature downtown location, and they've definitely succeeded in "bringing the city to the burbs!" You'll love the drink menu here. There's a huge selection of signature cocktails that will quench your thirst. We really love their large martinis, and their wines and champagnes are truly delicious. Live entertainment every single night! Definitely one of our favorite bars in the Chicago area!
Address: 103 South Main Street
FRANKIE'S BLUE ROOM
We love Frankie's Blue Room. It's a very swanky martini bar where you can live it up and relax with your friends. Drinks, dancing... it's a complete night of entertainment and fun. The live entertainment provides a variety of music styles so you never get tired of hearing the same thing every time you go. The art deco style of decor is something that you won't find elsewhere. Swing dancing on Wednesdays and Salsa dancing on Thursdays!
Address: 10 Chicago Avenue