North Central College is located in historic, upscale Naperville, which Money magazine calls one of the best places to live in the country. With a population of nearly 142,000, Naperville is home to outstanding public and private schools, libraries, recreation and a family-oriented park district. Naperville's Historic District, with its 280 houses representing an array of architectural styles, surrounds the North Central campus. The campus is two blocks from downtown Naperville’s vibrant restaurant and shopping district, and historic Naper Settlement. The award-winning Riverwalk is known for its linear park and walkways, relaxing fountains and covered bridges that lead to North Central’s campus.
Naperville is only 28 miles west of Chicago, with easy access to both Chicago Midway and O’Hare International airports, and borders the East-West Tollway with easy access to Interstates 55, 290 and 355 to surrounding suburbs and states. The north end of campus is just two blocks from the BNSF Railway commuter line, with connections to and from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs and the rest of the country via Amtrak.
Naperville has received many awards and distinctions and is home to Edward Hospital, a full-service regional healthcare provider that was named the most preferred hospital in the region in 2012. Naperville’s median average family income is $117,000, and its median housing value is $404,000.
Parking is free in downtown Naperville and on campus.