Naperville Loves a Parade

You’re never alone on Main Street these days, thanks to the newest addition to the Century Walk.

“Naperville Loves a Parade” stretches 12-feet along the neighboring alley called Rubin’s Way, and features about 275 locals watching the “Parade of the Century” on the opposite wall.

“You’re not going to see this just anywhere. The detail, if you go over and look and see, is portraits of the people, the animals, the buildings, and the replica from the artists are outstanding. If you know somebody and they happen to be in the mural, you’ll have no problem recognizing them,” said W. Brand Bobosky, President of the
Century Walk Corporation

The faces that appear are a result of donations from families and about 100 businesses around Naperville that wanted to be drawn into history. Over $220,000 has been collected, which has helped to fund the mural.

This 4-year project came together at the hands of three artists, including one who has a personal connection to the mural.

“We’re on the tractors, we kind of represent the farming heritage that Naperville is because my ancestors settled here in the middle of the 1800’s. My mom and dad are on the front and I’m painting my dad’s hat, which has the Lisson Farm on it,” said mural artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn.

The Rockwellian style of the mural allows for fun features to be placed throughout – including a Naperville version of “Where’s Waldo,” having resident Greg Haldeman’s face hidden 15 to 25 times for people to search for.

“There’s nothing like this. This will draw people and I think they’ll keep coming back and they’ll see what changes if any have happened or what’s occurred and they’ll want to bring their friends. This will be a great draw and puts people right in the middle of downtown,” said Bobosky.

The dedication ceremony for “Naperville Loves a Parade” will be on Labor Day.

Once the mural is dedicated, Century Walk hopes to further improve the alley by repaving it, possibly closing it, and adding benches for everyone to enjoy the parade.

There is still time to include yourself in the historical mural; visit centurywalk.org for more information.

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