As I mentioned last week, I was in desperate need of a break from the city so my sister, brother-in-law, little nephew and I headed north to spend a day in Evanston, which I already talked about, and a day in Naperville. My sister had been going on and on about this town, so I was excited to visit. But before heading west, my sister, brother-in-law and I decided to drop the little guy off with his grandmother, so we could be on our own schedule. Not saying he isn’t the best, but we were all exhausted and we needed a break. Sorry, I’m not sorry!
When we arrived to town, we stopped by the map kiosk and our empty bellies decided we were in the mood for some good ole southern comfort food. We walked down the street in search for Q-BBQ. When we walked in we ordered at the front counter where the large in size but small in choices menu hangs on the wall.
There were two steps in the ordering process: choose a meat and a side. I went with the pulled pork sandwich with North Carolina vinegar sauce Q-Style, which meant it also came with smoked Gouda and their homemade Q-Slaw added on top. Honestly, it was the best pulled pork sandwich I have ever had. Why have I never thought of putting the coleslaw directly on the sandwich? Genius! Next time try it and let me know what you think. I chose cornbread as my side and it was pretty good, but I stole a bite of my brother-in-law’s Mac-Q-roni and I knew I had chosen wrong.
If you are a book nerd like my sister and me, then make sure to stop at Anderson’s Bookshop. My sister and I were in heaven browsing through the cozy and charming shop. We spent most our time flipping through books on our ridiculously long “what I must read next” lists, but managed to stumble upon one of our all-time favorite childhood books – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I insisted we buy it for my nephew, who I couldn’t wait to read it to. My brother-in-law eventually had it and dragged us out of the bookshop toward the river walk. As we were leaving, I noticed their calendar had some interesting people visiting throughout the month, so remember to check out their website when you plan your visit.
The river walk is a staple in Naperville and it’s only a short walking distance from the center of downtown. Beautiful wooden bridges with flower boxes hanging over the sides allow you to cross from one side to the other.
It was refreshing to walk among families, young groups of teenagers and listen to the ducks quack versus cars speeding along the highways and honking their horns.
Lastly, if you are searching for the perfect gift for your significant other or just want to have a fun experience, then check out Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography. Jenny and her team are extremely talented and make you look and feel like a million bucks. So if you’re interested in being a bombshell supermodel for a day, reserve your spot now!
These are just a few of my favorite attractions in Naperville. I highly recommend you take a break from the big city to find some quiet time in this small, quaint town.
Images via Naperville Magazine, Pulte