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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

For those that want to experience a safe and clean beach, not far from the city of Chicago, look for farther than Naperville’s Centennial Beach!

Centennial beach is a combination swimming hole and swimming pool located in downtown Naperville. We walked alongside the fence surrounding the Beach and vowed to return in the daytime soon to swim and frolic in the cool water. Our nighttime photos can’t do the Beach justice so I am posting a few from the Naperville Parks website below.

Centennial Beach in Naperville. Image from http://www.napervilleparks.org

Here is what Centennial Beach offers (from the Naperville Parks website):
• Water play features that add an element of fun and provide children with a convenient place to fill their buckets and cool off
• Shallow-end slide
• Almost six acres of fence-enclosed area, including four acres of grass and trees
• A large sand beach, located next to the shallow end, is perfect for toddlers and sandcastle buffs
• Award-winning, licensed lifeguards
• First aid/safety equipment on the premises
• Clean, supervised bathhouses with showers and coin lockers
• N.C.A.A./U.S.S.-approved diving complex: two one-meter boards and one three-meter board
• Plenty of free, off-street parking
• Playground equipment, and Frisbee® area

Centennial Beach in Naperville. Image from http://www.napervilleparks.org

Daily fees:
$6.00 for Naperville residents
$10 for non residents

After 5pm rates are reduced to $3 for Naperville residents and non residents alike!

Hours
The beach is open as follows until August 14:

Weekdays 11am to 8pm Open Swim
Weekends 9am to 10:55am Adult Float
Saturdays from 111am to 8pm Open Swim
Sundays from 11am to 6pm Open Swim.

For hours from August 15 to Sept 5, check the website schedule here.

Centennial Beach Address:
500 W. Jackson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

Phone:
630.848.5092 (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

For more info on Centennial Beach including it’s history (it’s been in existence since 1931!) and rules, click here.

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Saturday night my man and I wanted to go for a walk. We decided to forgo an urban hike and went on a “mini-vacation” to fabulous downtown Naperville and strolled along the Riverwalk.

Map of Naperville Riverwalk and park system. Image by J. Porys.

With the recent rain, the river itself had flooded. The walking path down along the river was covered in high water.

Naperville Riverwalk at night in high waters. Image by J. Porys.

No matter, we walked along the upper portion of the Riverwalk and enjoyed the cool-ish breezes from the river and the trees and relative safety of the ‘burbs. It was peaceful, fairly uncrowded and beautiful even in the dark of the night.

Naperville Riverwalk at night, 7-23-11. Image by J. Porys.

For a link to info about the Riverwalk, including its history (built in 1981) and directions on how to get there, click here. For an artistic rendering virtual tour of the Riverwalk, click here.

Naperville Riverwalk in low waters and daylight. Image from http://www.napervillesdining.com/photo/Naperville-IL/riverwalk-naperville-water

Now, for those that live in Naperville, you may think, Sue, how can you live in Chicago and not know how wonderful our city is? As a long time city dweller, I admit my lack of suburban experience is evident. In venturing out of the city to explore new parks and forest preserves, I’ve come to appreciate what the areas surrounding the city of Chicago have to offer: Peace and quiet, lots more space and open areas, lovely parks and a nice change of pace from the hustle bustle of city life.  And shock of all shocks to us big city dwellers, Naperville has clean, safe, parking garages that offer FREE parking in the downtown district.

And Naperville has another big gem to explore in the daytime: Centennial Beach. But that’s the subject of yet another blog post! More on Naperville’s Riverwalk here from the Naperville blog.

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