A State-of-the-Art Welcome Center and Digital Exhibition Space
The Innovation Gateway is a 3,200 square foot state-of-the-art welcome center located off of Aurora Avenue between the Pre-Emption House and the Chapel. The Center will host digital and interactive exhibitions that will tell the dynamic history of Naperville's growth in the 20th and 21st century. The center will improve site accessibility with a new entrance, featuring a circle drop-off and reconfigured landscaping, sidewalks and pathways for a more pedestrian-friendly and accessible campus.
Naper Settlement welcomes more than 340,000 annual visitors, including over 35,000 school children from 112 area school districts. A key learning objective when designing the center is to deepen the visitors' understanding of the contributions that Chicago's Western Suburbs have made, and offer a place to discuss topics of contemporary interest. The exhibits will focus on relevant topics such as corporate growth and responsibility, community development, demographic change and how the technical corridor helped to shape area school systems.
The center's exhibition space will have an interactive, digital wall that will be a repository for stories, files, photos and archive which will allow visitors to upload their own story through a crowd-sourced mechanism for public and self-curated experiences, to share how they have made their own mark in history. The digital wall will tell important community narratives, such as the impact the I-88 high-tech corridor had on our communities, state and nation.