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All You Ever Wanted to Know about Naperville, Chicago and Illinois

by Nicola Pearce

Our latest au pair Vivien Chung is off to Naperville, Illinois to look after a family with four girls! Well done Vivien – if you don’t know the words to Let It Go from Frozen yet, then you soon will! (…It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small…)

Here are some fun facts about Illinois state, Naperville town and Chicago, which is just 30 miles away from Vivien’s new home.

Naperville is not just an attractive suburb of the windy city, it has a charm all of its own, it has been voted one of the top three cities to raise a family in the USA. It certainly is a good place to raise children now we have an au pair there!

Money Magazine has ranked Naperville one of the top 5 best places to live in America in three out of the past six years – wow, Vivien, you are going to love it!

4th JulyThe 4th of July is a big deal in Naperville:  Every Independence Day holiday sees one of the biggest food festivals in the Midwest, yes it’s Rib Fest! A whole weekend dedicated to sauce, ribs and music.

Naperville is close to Chicago. Au pairs in the Chicago cluster have a lot to get excited about, it’s the third largest city in the US but not only that, (…drum roll and fanfare…) The Chicago Public Library is the world’s largest public library with a collection of more than two million books!

The Chicago Post Office at 433 West Van Buren is the only postal facility in the world you can drive a car through.  Imagine that in a UK post office! Toot toot, a book of first class stamps please!

CookiesThe world’s largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco makes 16 billion Oreo cookies a year, is located in Chicago.

The world’s first Skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885.

Chicago is home to the Chicago Bulls basketball team, the Chicago Bears American football team and the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team.

Illinois is the 5th most populous state in the US.

Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery in 1865.

Des Plaines, Illinois was home to the very first McDonald’s.

US President Barack Obama made Illinois his home after completing law school.

Only one elected President of the United States was actually born in Illinois. Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, raised in Dixon and educated at Eureka College.

SnowballsAnd how about this to finish our list of what makes Illinois special, in Mount Pulaski, Illinois it is illegal for boys to hurl snowballs at trees! Girls are allowed to do it, so it would be worth a trip there with your four girls on a snowy day Vivien!

It seems entirely appropriate for a burst of Let It Go here…OK everyone, erm, all the girls anyway – boys, you might as well stay at home when it’s snowing in Illinois …The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen…

So off you go Vivien, make like Queen Elsa and face your challenge! … It’s time to see what you can do, to test the limits and break through… (enough!)

 

Have a brilliant time in Naperville – keep in touch!

 

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