To say what a year it has been is an understatement.

This time last year we were trying to understand what was going on. We wondered how the uncertainties would impact our daily lives. Through it all, the resilience of Naperville residents has been outstanding.

When restaurants could only offer carry-out, everyone ordered online and showed support in keeping local restaurants in business. All during last summer when visitors came from across the county, everyone around town showed support during our #masksinNaperville campaign.

As we head into this summer, I’m personally looking forward to seeing everyone’s smile in full bloom. Smiling is good for our emotional essence and a simple gesture which goes a long way in lifting someone’s spirits.