After the “I Do” : Staycations in Naperville

Sometimes a full-fledged vacation is out of the question. With work schedules, school, and personal commitments life can get a little hectic! When you know you both need a vacation, why not schedule a weekend staycation? This month kicks off our summer series for our local couples or those heading back to the area! From the city to the suburbs we’re leaving no stone unturned to make sure your weekends spent together are unforgettable!

Located less than 40 miles from Downtown Chicago, Naperville IL has consistently been rated as one of the top 10 places to live in the country. Featuring local, regional, and national favorite shops and restaurants, Downtown Naperville is a destination like no other. With top-notch shopping and dining, Downtown Naperville is the premier and preferred staycation destination in the Chicagoland area.

If you love to shop you’ll find national favorites including Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Sephora, lululemon and J.Crew plus local one-of-a-kind boutiques like Little Luxuries, Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville Running Company, and Dean’s Fine Clothing. Downtown Naperville has the perfect blend of stores making it a shopping paradise. From sporting goods to electronics, apparel, home decor, jewelry, books, and more, you’ll find it there! 

Maybe you need a little “Me” time, head over to the ME SPA a destination where paradise is guaranteed! Every detail has been conceived with relaxation in mind: a lovely setting, ambiance, a place to get away from the hustle of the day. A place where you can relax & enjoy yourself.

The Water Street District is Downtown Naperville’s newest attraction. Located along the famed Downtown Riverwalk, the site consists of more retail and restaurants as well as a 158-room hotel with rooftop dining, parking garage, and office space. The Water Street District is surrounded by distinctive amenities showcasing a unique blend of traditional European character and fashion-forward style. Water Street promises to be one of the most coveted Chicagoland locations in which to stay, work, shop, and dine.

Whatever you’re hungry for, you’ll find it in Downtown Naperville. With over 40 food and drink options from early morning bagels and donuts, Sunday brunch, lunch and plentiful dinner options. Recently, the first restaurant opened in the Water Street District, Quiubo (pronounced cue-boh). The restaurant comes from the Bien Trucha Group, which also operates restaurants Bien Trucha in Geneva and A Toda Madre in Glen Ellyn. The menu is fresh and full of offerings that highlight Mexican staples. Head to the bar for the perfect date night setting, and enjoy some of the signature drinks and amazing music! 

Staying the night or weekend in downtown Naperville will complete your staycation! As part of the Water Street Development, Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk is our number one pick. Hotel Indigo Naperville Riverwalk is a boutique hotel that combines authentic local experiences, modern design and impeccable service. Panoramic views from the rooftop bar overlook sweeping murals created by local artists. Inside you’ll find even more local art, rustic wood tones, and antique touches.

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