ICYMI / Friday
Above / Enjoy The Midsummer Shakespeare Troupe at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion Friday at 7PM.
Historic Trolley Tour of Naperville – 11AM | $16
Trolley Stop’on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville. This one-hour Historic Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlight’s Naperville’s growth, and includes some fun stories. Offered most Fridays, departing at 11AM thru August. Meet at the ‘Trolley Stop’ on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street by 10:50AM. $16 per person, all ages. Trolley is fully enclosed and will run rain or shine, no refunds. DING! DING! Info and tickets at www.napervilletrolley.com.
Shakespeare in the Park – 7PM | Free
Naperville Riverwalk Grand Pavilion – West off Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
“All the world’s a stage,” even along the Riverwalk, when the 13-member cast performs the Midsummer Shakespeare Troupe’s production of “As You Like It.” ICYMI, the play continues in Geneva at 6PM on Saturday.
Thanks for supporting your local independent business community whenever possible.
Waldo returns just for the fun of all during in July. Try to find Waldo N.E.W.S. at locations throughout Naperville!
Note to drivers and pedestrians! Be cautious at intersections. Watch out for the other guy. Help keep Naperville pedestrian friendly.
It’s summertime! Watch out for children, too. The speed limit in Naperville is 25 mph unless otherwise posted.
ICYMI / Saturday
Dedication of Tribute to Cliff Preston – 10AM | Public Welcome / No Charge
Naperville Riverwalk Farmers Plaza – Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
Members of the Naperville Riverwalk Commission and Riverwalk Foundation will dedicate a commemorative garden as a tribute to Cliff Preston for more than 35 years of service to the City’s natural treasure as well as his CAN-DO spirit throughout the community. The brief ceremony was hosted by the Riverwalk Foundation with appreciation to the Naperville Park District and Monica Goshorn-Maroney of Gary R. Weber Associates, Inc. who designed the garden. (Note the Tribute to Cliff Preston is the featured photo at top. Find more photos linked with the story posted July 15.)
Casey’s Fires Up the Grill – 11AM | Price varies with purchase.
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Caseys Foods located at Naperville Plaza will be firing up its grill every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 2PM through October, weather permitting. Choose from a variety of options, including burgers, brats, tacos or the weekly special. It’s great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere. Saturday Special, too! Casey’s pork tenderloin, plain or marinated (Thai, or Teriyaki) Saturday Only $4.98 per lb. (Savings of $3 per lb for plain and $3.50 per lb for marinated!) While supply lasts! Casey’s is open 8AM-7PM on Saturdays.
Naperville Ale Fest – 1PM | $15-$99. VIP tickets allow entry at noon.
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
More than 200 American craft beers, live music, food from favorite area restaurants and food trucks. napervillealefest.com
Summer Container Make & Take – 1PM | Cost of materials
The Growing Place – 25 W 471 Plank Rd Naperville, IL 60563
Did spring fly by so fast that your pots missed the boat? We can help! Our container designers will show you some amazing summer combinations for an instant pop of color and help you pick out and plant yours. Stop by The Growing Place Garden Center locations at 2000 Montgomery Rd in Aurora OR 25W271 Plank Rd in Naperville. Cost of materials.
Naperville Bites And Sites Historicial Food Tour – 11:30AM | $46
Enjoy a culinary and cultural experience through Naperville’s historic downtown . One delicious taste at a time. www.napervillefoodtours.com.
Moser Tower / Carillon Tour – Noon | $3
Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk – 443 Aurora Ave. across from NCHS Naperville, IL 60540
Higher than most kites… 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!
Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events
Come hear the music! The Naperville Municipal Band plays on from the stage of the Community Concert Center during its summer concert series at 7:30PM every Thursday until Aug. 17. Enjoy the bake sale in the gazebo and be sure to pick up a numbered program to play a part in the weekly raffle. The free concerts welcome everybody to Central Park!
Summer Place Theatre presents Anything Goes, weekends July 28 thru Aug. 6. A Cole Porter classic, Anything Goes is a love story, a crime drama, and a wild comedy all in one with musical favorites including “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.” Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for seniors and students, and $20 for adults. Experience the fun at Naperville Central High School at 7:30PM July 28, July 29, Aug. 4, Aug. 5. Matinees are at 3PM July 30 and Aug. 6. Summer Place Theatre has been Naperville’s community theatre since 1966. Visit http://www.summerplacetheatre.org/Shows/anything-goes-1 to purchase tickets or call the Box Office at (630) 355-7969.
Singles with a Cause Luau at Harbor Chase to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association is set for 5:30 to 7:30PM Thurs., Aug. 3. HarborChase is located at 1619 N. Mill Street. Public welcome. $10 at the door. Enjoy buffet, DJ, dancing, prizes. Kindly RSVP at (630) 778-3475.
Keep Moving to help keep local charities running! Register now for upcoming Runs, Walks and Bike Rides that will keep you outdoors for more than a good cause until Nov. 23. The 21st annual Rotary Bike Ride is Sun., Aug. 13.
On the navigation bar atop this page, “Events” offers a pull down option where you’ll find calendars specific to Charity Golf (This page has been updated for 2017 with the “Change in Course” for the Mayor’s Charity Outing on Aug. 25, 2017.), Festivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’s, North Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.
Witches Night Out Naperville is a new “women helping women” event hosted by the Naperville Woman’s Club, also at Naper Settlement. Enjoy dressing up for the bewitching occasion from 5PM to 9:30PM on Thurs., Oct. 15, to benefit Families Helping Families. For details or to purchase tickets online ($45 each), click here.
2nd Annual Pumpkin Race, hosted by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. A flyer available at the 2017 graduation ceremony provided info about the Pumpkin Race slated for Oct. 28 at Rotary Hill. Save the date! For details and a look at last year’s “fun” raiser, click here.
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 any special occasion. 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!
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. 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 News. In 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.