The remarkable city of Naperville, Illinois, began as an agrarian community in the mid-1800s. The rich prairie filled the grain elevators and cattle were shipped to the Chicago "Yards." Through the medium of historic photographs, this book captures the evolution of the people of Naperville, from the mid-1800s to the present day. These pages bring to life the people, events, communities, and industries that helped to shape and transform Naperville. With more than 200 vintage images, Naperville, Illinois, portrays a community that is both idyllic and contemporary. This book takes readers back to Naperville's simpler days, and provides a glimpse as to how this community grew into a new mecca. Business and commerce thrive, the schools offer quality education, city services are national award-winning, cultural activities are diverse and plentiful, and traditions blend easily with the future.