Awards & Distinctions


2nd Best Place To Live In the U.S.Niche.com (2017)


Top Public Schools In The State Of IllinoisNiche.com (2017)


10 Best Mid-Sized Cities for Education in America - No. 3Movoto (2015)


10 Best Places for Families in Illinois - No. 3Movoto (2014)


10 Safest Mid-Sized Cities in America - No. 4Movoto (2013)


Best Mid-Sized Cities To Move To - No. 9Movoto (2013)


50 Best Cities to Live - No. 1924/7 Wall Street America's (2014)


The Safest Cities in America - No. 424/7 Wall Street(2014)


AAA Pedestrian Protection Award


City outside of Chicago with largest number of drunken driving arrestsAlliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM)(2005)


America in Bloom Award


Award of MeritAmerican Association for State and Local History (2010)


Accreditation American Cities of the Future - Top 10 Small Cities Quality of Life (ranked first)American Association of Museums (2011)


Top 10 Small Cities Human Resources (ranked seventh)American Cities of the Future (2011)


Number One City (with 100,000+ population) in American with the Least Socioeconomic StressAmerican City Business Journals


Illinois Transportation Honor Award – Test TrackAmerican Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)


Illinois Structural Systems Special Achievement Award – Main Street BridgeAmerican Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)


Special Achievement Award – Engineering Excellence for the Indian Hill SubstationAmerican Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (2005)


ACRA Quality Product Award, Large Project - Naper SettlementAmerican Cultural Resources Association (2008)


American Inhouse Design Award - Naper Settlement (2007)


Making Great Communities Happen - Best Practice Award - Naper SettlementAmerican Planning Association, Illinois Chapter (2011)


Impediments to Fair Housing Report - Best Practice AwardAmerican Planning Association, Illinois Chapter (2009)


Naperville Historic Preservation Initiative - Best Practice AwardAmerican Planning Association, Illinois Chapter (2011)


Naperville Pedestrian Gap Analysis - Best Practice AwardAmerican Planning Association, Illinois Chapter (2010)


Ogden Avenue Corridor Enhancement Initiative - Strategic Plan AwardAmerican Planning Association, Illinois Chapter (2009)


Toolkit for Successful Redevelopment - Silver AwardAmerican Planning Association, Illinois Chapter (2007)


Your Place - Gold AwardAmerican Planning Association, Illinois Chapter (2008)


E.F Scattergood System Achievement Award •  American Public Power Association’s (APPA) (2011)


Accredited Public WorksAmerican Public Works Association (APWA)


Chicago Metropolitan Chapter, 2012 Project of the Year, Transportation $25 - $75 Million – Intersection of 75th Street and Washington Street & the 75th Street Bridge over the DuPage RiverAmerican Public Works Association (APWA)


Chicago Metropolitan Chapter 2011 Award Project of the Year, Transportation, less than $5 million award – Jefferson Avenue BridgeAmerican Public Works Association (APWA)


Transportation Project of the Year less than $5 Million award – Jefferson Avenue BridgeAmerican Public Works Association (APWA) Fox Valley Branch, 2011


Project of the Year, Structures less than $5 million – Bailey Road Bridge ProjectAmerican Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metropolitan Chapter, 2009


Project of the Year – 95th Street Road Construction Project •  American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metropolitan Chapter


Award for Disaster Response and Management InnovationAmerican Public Works Association (APWA)


Snowplow Roadeo Competition – Second Place (2014), Third Place (2010)American Public Works Association (APWA)


Outstanding Project Award – Main Street BridgeAmerican Society of Civil Engineering, Illinois Section


The 100 Best Cities for Young Families - Third PlaceApartment List Rentonomics (2014)


Arbor Day Foundation Growth Award (20 years)


Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA Certified Community (23 years)


Automotive Service Excellence ASE Blue Seal Award to Fleet Services


Bicycle Friendly Community – Bronze Award


Cities Where Americans Earn the Most - Eighth Place •  CBS MoneyWatch (2013)


Naperville website ranked 10th in the nationCenter for Digital Government (2004)


George Burke Safety AwardCentral States Water Environment Association, Inc. (2005)


Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, GFOA (17 years)


Annual Development Award – Tenant Buildout Process •  Chaddick Institute


Municipal Development Award – City’s Teardown/Infill Management ProcessChaddick Institute (2012)


Municipal Development Control Award – Runner-UpChaddick Institute


Chicago’s 101 Best Places to Work, Naperville Public Library


Public Works Service Center - Merit AwardChicago Building Congress (2010)


Northeast Wisconsin Photo Contest – Community Vitality Category •  Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (2009)


Photo Contest – Second placeChicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning


Civic Federation’s Urban Innovation Award


Clean Water for the DuPage River BasinConservation Foundation (2008, 2006)


Sustainable Development Award, Naper SettlementConservation Foundation (2012)


Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, GFOA (19 years)


DuPage Clean River Award


“Public Safety Partner”DuPage Family Shelter (2005)


Soles and Spokes Award for Excellence – Honorable MentionDuPage River Trail 1 – Chicago Area Transportation Study


Governor’s Sustainability Award for the Home Energy Savings Program (2011)


Health at Work Award Gold recipient (2007)


Health at Work Award Silver recipient (2006, 2009, 2010)


#1 Public Library in the U.S. – Population 100,000-250,000 (10 years)Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings


Platinum Winner (2008), Gold Winner (2008) – Naper SettlementHermes Creative Awards


4th best city in U.S. for home-based businessHome Computing Magazine


IEPA Certificate of Excellence Award in Wastewater Safety Programs (15 years)


Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management Award


Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge – First Place (2004, 2009, 2011, 2014), Second Place (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011), Second Place Champion Class (2010), Third Place Champion Class (2005), Judges' Award (2010, 2011)Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police


National Law Enforcement Challenge - First PlaceInternational Association of Chiefs of Police (2011)


Achievement Awards (2004, 2010, 2011), Awards of Excellence (2005, 2008), Awards of Merit (2005, 2008) – Naper SettlementIllinois Association of Museums


Illinois Emergency Management Agency Re-accreditation (2011)


Illinois Environmental Hall of Fame – Communities and Utilities, Wind Energy Category


Illinois Institute for Local Government Law Litigation Award (2013)


Gold Award for Landscaping (two years)Illinois Landscape Contractors Association


Naper Settlement is among the top three historic venues located in the Chicagoland areaIllinois Meetings & Events Magazine (2012)


Illinois Policy Institute Award for Transparency (2013)


Outstanding Government Leadership AwardIllinois Recycling Association Award


Award of Superior Achievement (2005, 2007, 2008), Certificate of Excellence (2005, 2007, 2008), Certificate of Merit (2008)Illinois State Historical Society


Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge - Second Place (2007)


Public Agency Council Achievement Award – SIM NapervilleInstitute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)


National Law Enforcement Challenge - First Place (2009), Second Place (2006), Second Place Champion Class (2010), Second Place 101-250 Sworn Officers (2007, 2008), Third Place (2005)International Association of Chiefs of Police


Traffic Safety Initiatives ranked #1 in the worldInternational Association of Chiefs of Police


Webber Seavey Award for Innovation in Policing, SemifinalistInternational Association of Chiefs of Police (2005)


Internationally Accredited "Legacy" Agency through the Center for Public Safety Excellence - Naperville Fire Department


Award of Excellence – Naper Settlement Conservation of Land and Water ResourceKane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District (2012)


10 Best Cities for Early Retirement - No. 1Kiplinger/Yahoo Home's (2013)


Martin Mitchell Mansion and Carriage House RestorationLandmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (2004)


Library Journal Five-Star Library (three years)


Making a Difference Award (2006)


Platinum (2006, 2008), Gold Award (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), Silver Award (2006) – Naper Settlement •  MarCom Awards


Midwest Construction Transportation Award of Merit – Test Track (2006)


"Best Places to Live" in Central United States with population more than 100,000 (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) [at right] - No. 33 (2014)  •  Money Magazine


"Top Earning Towns" - No. 14Money Magazine (2014)


10 Best Mid-Sized Cities for Education in America - No. 3Movoto (2014)


10 Best Places for Families in Illinois - No. 3Movoto (2014)


10 Safest Mid-Sized Cities in America - No. 4Movoto (2013)


Best Mid-Sized Cities To Move To - No. 9 •  Movoto (2013)


Naperville Area Clean Community Award


Distinguished Service Award to Mayor A. George Pradel and Finance Director Karen DeAngelisNaperville Jaycees (2013)


National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors Public Interest Defense Award


"Safe Community" award (2009, 2010, 2011)National Fire Protection Association


National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Innovation Award (2006)


Pareto Award of Excellence in Public ProcurementNational Institute of Governmental Purchasing


First Place (2009, 2011), Second Place (2007, 2008), Second Place Challenge (2010), Third Place (2006)National Law Enforcement Challenge


Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (13 years) •  National Purchasing Institute


Storm Ready CommunityNational Weather Service


Recognized as a “Flagship Agency”Nationally Accredited Emergency 9-1-1 Center (2007)


Nationally Accredited Fire Department


Nationally Accredited Police Department - recognized as a "Flagship Agency" (2009)


Nationally Accredited Public Works Department


Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award - NIGP (12 years)


President’s Volunteer Service Awards for Naperville volunteers


Golden Trumpet Award (2009), Silver Trumpet Award (2007, 2011), Certificate of Excellence (2006) - Naper Settlement •  Publicity Club of Chicago


Rosemary Martin Democracy in Action Award for Citizens’ Academy (2011)


State of Illinois Environmental Hero Award (2005)


Sunshine Review Award for Government Transparency (2013)


Diabetes Ten City Challenge - Certificate of AppreciationU.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007)


Natural Leaders - Environmotion AwardU.S. Green Building Council - Chicago Chapter (2006)


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification – Public Works Service CenterU.S. Green Council (2008)


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification - Fire Station No. 10U.S. Green Council (2010)


DuPage Gold Leaf Award for Leadership & Excellence in Advocating for FamiliesUnited Charities Family Service


United Way Campaign Award


Universal Public Procurement Certification Sterling Award (2006-2012)


Martin Mitchell Mansion RestorationVictorian Society of America (2005)


Well Workplace AwardWell City USA