Show All Answers
Naper Settlement brings together historically important buildings and their stories, connecting visitors to Naperville’s heritage and beyond. The Agricultural Interpretive Center will build on that foundation, providing an immersive opportunity to learn about Naperville’s storied agricultural history and how it connects to the farming story of the region and nation today.
The exhibits will feature STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities that will highlight such themes as food production, planting and harvesting of crops, mechanics of simple machines, climate, weather, and natural resources, and the economic value of agriculture to communities and others.
Projected costs for the building are $4 million. Funding sources include generous support from donors, grants, corporations, and foundations. We also thank Wheatland Plowing Match for a significant, including the donation of The Wood Bros. Thresher.
Building construction will begin in late fall.
The chapel will comfortably seat 175 people.
The aisle is 50 feet long from the stair to the archway.
Yes, the chapel is air-conditioned.
Candles are not permitted in the chapel, with the exception of memorial candles or a unity candle and two tapers that light it.
The suggested address for wedding invitations is 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville, IL 60540. This is the address for Naper Settlement's main office, which is also the closest physical address to the chapel. To add clarity for your guests, it is recommended you include "On the Grounds of Naper Settlement."
Unless otherwise noted, the entrance for Chapel wedding guests will be through the parking lot gate along Aurora Avenue.
Guests are welcome to park in our Chapel lot on Aurora Avenue, which has parking for 22 guests, including two handicap parking spots. Your guests may also park in the Naper Settlement Visitor Parking Lot, located on the corner of Webster Street and Porter Avenue one block south of Aurora Avenue There is also additional parking at the Municipal Center, located directly across the street from the Chapel parking lot. Parking at the Municipal Center is permitted after 5:00 PM on weekdays and anytime on the weekends. The Naper Settlement Visitor Parking Lot and the Municipal Center parking lots are public parking areas. Unfortunately we are unable to reserve these areas specifically for your guests.
Decorations are allowed, provided that bows are attached with something that doesn't scratch or stick to the pews. A rubber band or ribbon works best and is preferred. Floral arrangements are permitted. Every bride has a certain vision for their special day and we are open to any ideas you may have. Please call a member of our Guest Services Team at 630.420.6010 with your ideas, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
The plaque recognizes Naperville homes and buildings considered architecturally and/or historically important to Naperville. It identifies structures that are significant to Naperville's history through the integrity of their location, architecture, materials and historical association.
Innovation Gateway will be the new “front door” to the Naper Settlement experience. With a new, open, versatile, state of the art visitor processing center, Innovation Gateway will provide improved ADA accessibility and ensure that all feel welcome.
Innovation Gateway’s centerpiece is an interactive 3-D digital experience that expands the south wall filled with images and stories that can be explored by person, theme, timeline, or artifact. With a tap on the screen, our story and the nations will come to life. Anyone anytime can upload their own story, photos, and recollections where it becomes a living archive of voices and experiences that unfold at your fingertips. This forward-thinking project will create a living legacy to inspire current and future generations and steer a path of a better tomorrow by showcasing our history, diversity, community leaders, and growth.
The budget for the Innovation Gateway is $4.4 million. The Naperville Heritage Society, administrator of Naper Settlement, has recently received a generous combined grant award and gifts totaling $1,000,000 in support of the museum’s Heritage Gateway and Innovation Hall. The Naperville Heritage Society received a $500,000 grant from the Tellabs Foundation, and gifts totaling $500,000 from Christopher and Christine Birck and The Birck Family Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation.
The Innovation Gateway’s construction is funding dependent and we hope to break ground in the next year.
You can help in a variety of ways! We are looking for donations of all kinds, including financial support, oral histories, and artifacts. We are incredibly excited to get this project off the ground and with your help we can make this happen. To donate or to learn more, please email us.
For information on admission fees and hours, please view the admissions and hours.
Naper Settlement is located at the corner of Aurora Avenue and Webster Street at the south end of downtown Naperville, which is just 28 miles west of Chicago. The address is: 523 S Webster Street Naperville, IL 60540
Yes. The lower level of the Century Memorial Chapel holds 80 to 85 people, and the tavern in the Pre-Emption House holds 44 people.
Flexibility in scheduling is vital for teachers, and our distance learning offers a variety of options to adapt to the school day schedule. Each program offers 3 synchronous and 3 asynchronous sessions, and students will engage with museum educators, watch VR videos, explore houses and artifacts in VR with interactive pop-ups, complete stimulating activities, and interact with 3D objects during each field trip.
As long as your device has access to the internet with Google Chrome, you can access our field trips. If you do not have Google Chrome, Firefox is the next best search engine to use. Make sure your browser is up to date.
Our Learning Experiences Team will send you a packet with pre and post-visit documents to better help you prepare for the trips. Our pre-documents will guide you on how to prepare your students before the trip as well as navigation tips for our Google Classroom. Post-visit materials will help reinforce what your students learned on the trip. We also include suggested resources for the teacher.
This is not a tentative reservation and our cancellation policy, shown below, does apply:
During “live” and “work-alone” sessions, the teacher is expected to maintain classroom participation and decorum. Teachers will be included as a teacher on our Google platform and can view student comments and responses throughout the trip. A teacher must be present during all “live” sessions. Teachers may choose the best way to complete “work-alone” sessions for their classroom.
Check or Credit Card Payments Are Accepted. No refunds are available after payment is received.
Credit Card Payment: Call Naper Settlement at 630-420-6010 and our Guest Services Team can take payment over the phone. · Please have all invoice numbers available for reference. An invoice was generated for each class attending a virtual program.
Check Payments: Made Payable to Naper Settlement · Mail check and copy of all invoices paid on the check to: Naper Settlement Program Reservations 523 S. Webster Street Naperville IL 60540