Your Naperville Feature Articles

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Annica Float Club Floatation Therapy

Are you looking for a way to unwind after a long week at work?  Are you yearning for a little peace and quiet?  Are your muscles sore from starting a new fitness program or from all the yard work that spring and summer bring? Do you struggle with chronic pain? Floatation Therapy is here to resolve all of that and MORE!

annica float clubAnicca Float Club is the very first floatation therapy tank business in DuPage County. Anicca features four custom-built Float Rooms (8 ft long X 5 ft wide X 6.5 ft tall), that have an under water client controlled LED light and a 2 way communication system to help the most anxious floaters feel at ease.

What Is Floatation?

Floatation, also called Sensory Deprivation or Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T), is floating effortlessly in an over-sized bathtub with 10 inches of water that has been saturated with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. The water is heated to the temperature of your skin and it is so dense that it is impossible to sink. All you have to do is lay back and FLOAT!

Floating has been around since the 1950s, but is just now making resurgence in the health and wellness industry as more research shows how critical it is to have down time. We are constantly being stimulated and the float room eliminates all distractions so it becomes possible for anyone to slip into a deeply meditative state known as theta state. This also reduces stress hormones in the body. One hour in the float tank is often equated with hours of high-quality sleep.

Floatation Therapy:

•    Reduces stress

•    Improves sleep quality

•    Improves memory, focus and concentration

•    Enhances creativity

•    Helps produce theta brainwaves

•    Reduces addictive behavior

•    Reduces anxiety and depression

•    Strengthens the immune system

•    Relieves pain from ailments and injuries

•    Relieves inflammation in joints

•    Replenishes magnesium levels

•    Lowers blood pressure

•    Improves athletic performance through ease of visualization, quicker recovery

float 2Float club owners, Lindsay and Paul, came into floating via their Vipassana meditation practice.  After they experienced their first float they immediately wanted to open their own Float Center. They spent a year researching floatation, traveling around the country and eventually built Anicca Float Club!

You can visit them online at:


Or visit in person at:

4S100 N IL-59, Naperville, IL 60563

#: 630-854-7385


Additional Resources:

The Seven Theories of Floating

Float Tank Info

Naperville High Schools Make Top State & National Rankings

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US News and World Report released their top national and state education rankings and 3 Naperville high schools made the cut.  Here’s who’s on the list:

  1. Neuqua Valley
  2. Naperville Central
  3. Naperville North

Neuqua Valley

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Naperville Load & Go Cards From The Park District

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Naperville residents are fortunate to live in an area that offers so many different recreational activities for the entire family.  It is now easier than ever to take advantage of many of these activities, thanks to the Naperville Park District now offering a reloadable debit card known as the Load & Go Card.

The Load & Go Card can be pre-loaded with up to $200 to spend on such activities as paddleboat rides, Millennium Carillon tours, food and beverage purchases at the Riverwalk Eatery, and admissions and food purchases at Centennial Beach. It may also be used for specified programs offered through the Naperville Park District. This is a great little card to carry in your purse or wallet to have on hand for summertime fun. It also makes a wonderful gift idea for teens and will keep them occupied and entertained during the coming warm weather months.

Cards may be purchased and reloaded at several Park District locations such as the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, the Administration Building, Centennial Beach, 95th Street Center, Riverwalk Eatery, and the Millennium Carillon Visitor Center. For a list of addresses or for more information, please visit, or call (630)848-5000.


This article was contributed by Your Naperville community member, Christy Foust.

Naperville Photographer: Megan Drane, Firefly Nights Photography

I was looking to get some photos done for my real estate business.  I found Megan Drane at Firefly Nights Photography in Naperville.  We talked a little and she ended up doing some work for me (which can be found on this site and our facebook page).

In case you’re looking to have some photos done, you may want to consider her.

Here’s an interview I did to find out more about her and her business.  A few examples of her work are at the bottom of this interview.

1.  How did you get into photography?
I stumbled into a career in photography by accident, I assure you.  While I have a Masters of Fine Art degree, I used to be in the corporate world and did photography as a hobby.  But then I went and photographed my best friend’s newborn, and they shared the images with all of their friends.  After that, word and demand spread. [Read more…]

Important Naperville Phone Numbers

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Here’s a quick reference chart for commonly requested and important Naperville phone numbers.

  • A.D.O.P.T Pet Shelter:  630.355.2299
  • Amtrak:  1.800.872.7245
  • Animal Control:  630.420.6178
  • BFI (Garbage):  1.800.854.4380
  • Burlington Northern Train Station:  630.355.4409
  • Central DuPage Hospital:  630.682.1600
  • City Manager:  630.420.6044
  • City Clerk:  630.420.6047
  • City of Naperville:  630.420.6111
  • Convention and Visitors’ Bureau:  630.305.7701
  • ComEd:  1.800.334.7661
  • Edward Hospital:  630.355.0450
  • Finance Department (Real Estate Tax Stamps):  630.420.4116
  • J.U.L.I.E:  1.800.892.0123
  • Loaves & Fishes:  630.355.3663
  • Mayor’s Office:  630.420.6018
  • NCTV Naperville Community TV:  630.355.2124
  • Chamber of Commerce:  630.355.4141
  • Community Relations:  630.420.6707
  • Development Partnership:  630.305.7701
  • Fire Department (non-emergency):  630.420.6142
  • Humane Society:  630.420.8989
  • I-Search:  630.420.6731
  • Park District:  630.848.5000
  • Police Department (non-emergency):  630.420.6666
  • Post Office:  630.717.2662
  • Public Libraries:  630.961.4100
  • Naper Settlement:  630.420.6010
  • Township Offices:  630.355.2786
  • Northern Illinois Gas:  888.642.6748
  • Resource Management (recycling):  630.904.0780
  • RTA/Metra/Pace/CTA:  630.836.7000
  • Rush-Copley Medical Center:  630.978.6200
  • Electric & Water Emergency:  630.420.6187
  • YMCA, Downtown Naperville:  630.420.6270
  • YMCA, 95th St:  630.904.9595
  • Water Department:   630.420.6131

Naperville Vegans & Vegetarians: How To Have A Yummy Thanksgiving

vegan thanksgiving in naperville

Thanksgiving is “Turkey Day” to many people.  But if you eat a vegan or vegetarian diet, this particular holiday doesn’t really do it for you at the dinner table.

So, if you’re looking for a meatless feast or even just some meatless options – whether you’re trying meatless for the first time or have been meat-free for a while  – here are a few ideas to change up what goes on your plate yet still have a satisfying and yummy Thanksgiving. [Read more…]

Naperville Park District Dance Academy Program

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Naperville Park District Dance Academy Program Offerings: Something To Fit All Ages and Abilities

Dance is one of those activities that offers both exercise and recreation for your child. Unknown to some people, Naperville’s very own park district has their own dance program which is both fun and affordable.

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Dog Training In Naperville – Top Questions Answered

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With Naperville being such a dog-friendly place, we’ve got great dog parks, pet stores, and even dog walking/running/sitting services. There are loads of services that are available to your dog and not just in Naperville but all over the world, it’s so easy to now get a dog walking service that having a dog is not a hassle anymore. However, missing from this list is one of the most helpful services you can do for yourself and your pet. It’s dog training.

Training can often be the difference between a very happy relationship with your dog and one that’s not so pleasant.

There are many fine dog trainers in Naperville and various training methods that people subscribe to, no doubt. One that you may find helpful for you and your pet is Sandy Finley of Perfect Manners Dog Training. I remember first meeting up with him and his dog at a Starbucks on Ogden. We sat inside chatting while his dog sat outside nearly motionless for 45 minutes waiting for us…while tons of strangers walked right beside him…without being tied to anything to keep him from wandering away.


Sandy took some time to answer some training questions that we and other dog owners commonly have. Enjoy. [Read more…]

Saving Naperville: A Profile Of Naperville For Clean Energy & Conservation

energy conservation in naperville

Stephanie Hastings is the founder of Naperville for Clean Energy and Conservation.  This is an interesting not-for profit group with a goal to help spread information about the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  We had a chat with Stephanie about this wonderful group and this is what she had to share with us.

What does Naperville for Clean Energy & Conservation do?
Our mission is to educate the Naperville community about energy efficiency and renewable energy.   We work on this with three main audiences in mind: city leaders, local businesses, and the residents of Naperville.  We publish and distribute a quarterly newsletter that provides great information about environmental/sustainable projects and events around town. NCEC is available at no-cost to be a speaker at any event, in classrooms, and during other group/organization meetings. We are actively involved in the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. And, we also hold public events that offer free educational opportunities, such as our documentary viewing that featured the locally produced film, “Revenge of the Electric Car.” [Read more…]

Five Fabulous Facts About Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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note:  this is one segment in a multi-part series on how to plan a trip from Naperville to Disney World.

On select evenings starting in mid-September, the Magic Kingdom offers guests a spooktacular time at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP).  Here are Five Fabulous Facts you should know when attending the party. [Read more…]