North Central College - Naperville, IL

All work and no play? Not quite.

All work and no play? Not quite.

How can you go wrong with places like Sugar Monkey Cupcakes and Einstein Bagels close at hand? Or how about The Gap, Apple Store, Barnes & Noble or Anderson’s Bookshop?

The Riverwalk’s scenic pathways are great for outdoor work outs, and Lauren van Ommeren makes an effort to find the hidden paths and nearby parks in surrounding neighborhoods.
“I love to ride my bike through the city streets, too, and find new areas and homes I haven’t seen before,” she says.

Of course, a quick walk to the train station puts van Ommeren in downtown Chicago, where she heads to the Magnificent Mile for shopping, Chicago Cubs baseball games and free outdoor concerts in Millennium Park. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and wanted to attend college in an area with more opportunities.

“Naperville is perfect because it’s safe and family-oriented but just a train ride into the city,” she adds. “I always liked visiting here and this location was a big factor in my decision to come to North Central.”

Alex Knobloch says that living in Naper Place apartments is preparing him for the real world and gives him quick access to the Riverwalk where he often trains for cross country and track. Nearly all the juniors and seniors from the men’s cross country team live there, which offers a great location to launch their 10-mile training runs.

“If I’m running on the Riverwalk, one of my favorite parts is the forested area at the end of the path as you come out onto Jefferson Avenue,” he says. “Restaurant-wise, I’m a big fan of the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Five Guys puts out a great burger and I can’t complain about the amount of fries they give you.”

Knobloch adds that he appreciates the transition to the “real world.”

“As a college student, it’s amazing having the opportunity to live in an apartment at the center of an extremely active downtown area,” he says. “It gives you a hint of life after college while you’re still an undergrad.”