Above / For years, watching mother geese has become a springtime habit at May Watts Park. The families of wildlife teach life’s important lessons such as feeding naturally, finding safety in following a trusted leader, “buddying” up, swimming is a sport for life, and being committed—not getting out of line for long! Enjoy the great outdoors!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner / Reservations suggested

2017 MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH GUIDE

Paddle Boats & Kayaks at Jaycees Marina Open for Season – 10AM-7PM | Rentals (See prices)
Jaycees Marina on the Quarry along the Riverwalk –  Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville Park District’s Paddleboat Quarry will open Sat., May 13, weather permitting, with Saturday and Sunday weekend hours through the month of May and daily hours beginning Mon., May 29. Paddleboats and kayaks may be rented at the Paddleboat Quarry hut located next to the paddleboat dock. Paddleboats are $10 for a 20-minute ride for up to 4 people and $12 for a 40-minute ride for up to 4 people. Kayaks are available through Naperville Kayak for 30-minute rides at $10 for a one-person boat and $20 for a two-person boat.

Get a whiff of the sweet smell of lilacs all along the Riverwalk near Centennial Beach!

Paint a Pot for Mom – 11AM | $5
The Growing Place – 25 W 471 Plank Rd Naperville, IL 60563
Kids can say “Thank you” to Mom with an original work of art and a flower. The Growing Place will have a painting and planting station at both their Naperville location at 27W471 Plank Rd. and Aurora location at 2000 Montgomery Rd.

Moser Tower / Carillon Tour – Noon | $3
Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk – 443 Aurora Ave. across from NCHS Naperville, IL 60540
Tours include stops to see the 72-bell instrument with a peek at the largest bell, Big Joe; and an opportunity to experience the beautiful vista from the observation deck near top of the 160-ft. Moser Tower. The Moser Tower with the Millennium Carillon and the Visitor Center hours are from 10AM to 4PM on Saturdays and from 12-noon-6PM on Sundays, April 29 through October 29. Find one of the world’s largest musical instruments at the base of Rotary Hill. And, of course, the spectacular view from the observation deck of this Tree City USA changes every season. Enjoy the view, highly recommended on a clear day!

Mother’s Day Naperville Trolley Tours

Click Here for Times and Tickets


Picnic under the arbor in Fredenhagen Park.

Plan a Picnic in a Park for Mom or Dad – Noon | Skies the limit!
The Riverwalk, Fredenhagen Park, Central Park or any park – Naperville, IL 60540, 60563 or 60565
Gift Idea! Create a special gift for Mom by planning a family picnic either for Mother’s Day (weather permitting), Father’s Day or any sunny day. Either pack an old-fashioned picnic yourself or order take-out picnics from Casey’s Foods or box lunches from any restaurant or local caterer. Commissioners Park, DuPage River Park, the Riverwalk and Fredenhagen Park have tables in covered areas. Remember! Thursday evening Naperville Municipal Band Summer Concerts in Central Park begin at 7:30PM June 8 through Aug. 17.  Plan to take Mom out to a band concert and pick up a box dinner at Catch 35!

Other events in Naperville & just beyond our borders… Event planners are welcome to add to it.


Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events

Home of the West Suburban Irish

Save the date for West Suburban Irish Quiz Night Championship, 7PM Tues., June 6, at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson. Put a team together of eight players in tribute to that famous Irishman Michael Finnegan who grew whiskers on his chin and begin again just for the silly sweet prizes. For everything you need to know about the West Suburban Irish and its fun-loving events with clues to Quiz Night, visit www.wsirish.org.

Also, check out Quigley’s expanded patio, now open with pet-friendly space for well- behaved dogs on leashes and their owners as well as a designated area for friendly people.

‘Everyone Is an Artist,’ the first-ever public art exhibit created by students at Little Friends, Inc., runs May 19-28 at Schoenherr Gallery in the Fine Arts Center at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue in Naperville. The public is welcome to an artists’ reception to held 5:30PM until 7PM on Wed., May 24. During this reception, visitors will have an opportunity to meet some of the artists. Everyone Is an Artist: The Art of Identity, Inclusion and Inspiration is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from the Joliet Woman’s Club, whose 2016 gift helped fund art and music education at Krejci Academy.

Charity Golf Outing Season swings into play from mid-May through October 2017. Click here for dates when golf scores high for local charities. Does your favorite golfer have a birthday coming up?  What about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? Consider giving the gift of a charity golf outing for any special occasion.

Naperville Woman’s Club Fine Art Fair at Naper Settlement, 10AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25. No Admission Charge (Note change to June!)

Reserve tickets for 2017 Ribfest, June 30-July 3. Celebrate Exchange Club of Naperville’s 30th year with Toby Keith on June 30.  Tickets now on sale at www.ribfest.net.

Year-round Gift Ideas

Think dinner and the show and combine a gift certificate/card to a restaurant and theater tickets to performances on stage at North Central College.Perhaps give memberships to places such as Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum or Naperville Art League. Or provide a gift of music lessons with one of the teachers available at Ellman’s Music Center.

‘Tis the season to give DNA gift cards or to create an experience in 2017. Downtown Naperville Gift Cards make  great gifts for teachers, coaches, graduates and Moms (Mother’s Day is May 14). With a Downtown Naperville gift card, the recipient can find a new outfit, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, take a fitness class, pick up a pair of new running shoes, discover a great new book or enjoy a wonderful meal. There are so many choices.

Downtown Naperville gift cards may be purchased in person at the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (ask for a gift box and bow) or Pinot’s Palette. You may also order via phone by calling (630) 355-4141 or ordering online. Call the 1-800 balance number on the back of your gift card or visit the Check My Balance web page to check a gift card balance. Lastly, remember to use your card at least once a year to avoid fees.

Or give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to some other charity gala this year.

Dine Around Naperville!

From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com. Make your Mother’s Day Sunday brunch reservations as soon as possible.

And 40 of the eateries are located throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals. Cheers!

Thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub (Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays) or local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends. No cover. See friends and taste some of the best soup in the Midwest!  Or enjoy the keyboard played during Sunday brunch, 10AM to 3PM, at Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main St. in downtown Naperville. Brunch is served New Orleans-style Saturday, too.

And there’s more latest news…

Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on PN’s Latest NewsIn addition to events and other happenings, find public meeting notices scheduled at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.

On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity Golf (2017 golf season runs May 15 through October.), Festivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’sNorth Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.

PN’s Event Calendar features Things to Do, too! Plus… Event planners can post events. 

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