Why ‘nap’ is a name for a city
By James P. CoganPublished April 14, 2018 12:03AMThe term ‘napping city’ has become synonymous with the city of Naperville, Illinois, but in this case, the moniker is more than just a descriptor.
Napa is a town of just over 3,000 people in northwest Illinois, which is known for its abundance of farms and vineyards.
That’s because Naperville is the birthplace of many Naperville natives, like farmer and artist Joe Cone, who also is the founder of Napervil Brewing Co., which makes a unique brew with the addition of a sweetened condensed milk.
Naperville, which sits on the banks of the Illinois River, is home to more than 2,300 businesses, and the city boasts some of the largest restaurants in the country, including the restaurants of Napa Valley’s most popular chef, Jamie Keller.
With a population of more than 7,000, Naperville ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the percentage of adults who say they’ve had a job at some point in their lives.
The city is also a favorite place for families with children, which has led to a growing number of businesses catering to the families.
The popularity of ‘nappers’ has taken off in recent years, with Naperville restaurants such as the Naps and the Naperville Nappas opening in recent seasons.
Many of these restaurants have expanded to offer more affordable dining options, and their customers have made a big difference in the city’s economy.
But Naperville residents aren’t the only ones who love their ‘naps.
According to the Census Bureau, the number of ‘Napervilleers’ increased to a record 2,972 in 2017, up from 1,955 in 2016.
The trend has also been attributed to a number of events that have come to town, such as a festival of sorts, a holiday in 2018, and an annual celebration called ‘Nappy Fest.’
While these celebrations are great for the community, many of the events have led to negative reactions from residents, many calling the events racist.
For example, the 2017 Napervil Fest festival, which featured a food festival and a silent auction, drew backlash from local residents and businesses.
After the festival, some residents said they would not attend the event again, and one Naperville resident even posted a video of himself with a sign reading, “This is a joke, NAPER.”
Others are calling for a boycott of the festival.
For example, in 2017 a Napalicious petition was started calling on Naperville officials to cancel the festival and for its organizers to apologize for the “disrespect” it caused residents.
On Tuesday, the mayor of Napleerville said he has received more than 1,500 phone calls and emails since the festival started in September.
The mayor said that since then, the city has received a number for the number 1 and 2 of those calls.
While it is understandable that some residents are upset, Napleese residents are not alone.
In 2017, a number called NappyFest.com launched a petition on the White House website, demanding that President Donald Trump apologize to the Naperville community.
The petition garnered over 7,600 signatures and has been circulating for months, with many people questioning why the town and Naperville did not have the proper vetting process to ensure that their petition was legitimate.
In an interview with ABC News, the chief of police of Napelville, Indiana, said that he believes that the events are being blamed on the local authorities, but he also said that the town has an open mind.
“We just need to do the right thing and not have that type of reaction to the festival,” said Officer Scott Wojcicki, who is also the head of the police department in Naperville.
“If we don’t have the right kind of vetting process, then we’ll just be a little bit of a laughingstock and that’ll just make things worse.”
Despite the backlash, Napelerville has continued to grow, and now ranks as the 11th-largest city in the U.S. in the 2020 Census, according to the U-S Census Bureau.