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City of Naperville grants honorary naming of North Central College Avenue

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Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel
Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel

The City of Naperville is helping North Central College celebrate its Sesquicentennial with new signage throughout the city, including markers that honor the commemorative renaming of a stretch of Chicago Avenue as North Central College Avenue.

The Naperville City Council approved the commemorative and permanent renaming of Chicago Avenue between Ellsworth and Julian streets as North Central College Avenue. The east-west thoroughfare runs through the College’s campus and the residential area in the Naperville Historic District just east of downtown.

“It’s a busy street with lots of traffic,” Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel said during the unveiling of a sign in front of the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center. “It’s wonderful that now everybody can mark this street as North Central College Avenue.”

City and College officials gathered for the sign unveiling on May 19 during the College’s Cornerstone Week, the official kickoff of the yearlong Sesquicentennial Celebration.

“This idea came from City Hall, from the council and the professional staff, and that makes it doubly meaningful for all of us,” College President Harold R. Wilde said. “We’re very grateful.”

In addition to the permanent North Central College Avenue signs, the City of Naperville also installed signage at entryway points to the city that congratulate the College for reaching its 150-year milestone. Those temporary signs will be displayed during the College’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, which continues through June 2012.

“Efforts like this bring the culture of the downtown together with the commercial, educational and recreational opportunities for the benefit of all citizens,” said Steve Rubin, chair of Naperville’s Downtown Advisory Commission. “Not only is the renaming of this street an honor for North Central College, I also see it as a promising beginning of these enhanced efforts of sharing between the College, the community and the citizens of Naperville.”

North Central College was founded in 1861 in Plainfield and moved to Naperville in 1870. The 150th anniversary of the first day of classes will take place on Nov. 11, 2011. Numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects are planned throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit to learn more.