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Friday, February 23, 2024

Things to do around Naperville this weekend



Judd Kendall VFW Fish Fry – 5PM | $7-$12
Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 – 908 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The VFW Friday Night Fish Fry will start Fri., Feb. 28, and run every Friday through Good Friday, April 18. Open to the public the family-friendly Friday Night Fish Fry runs for eight weeks serving 5-8PM. Pricing for this year is Adults $12 ea; Seniors (65+) $10 ea; and Children (10 & under) are $7 ea. Again the VFW is partnering with Belgio’s Catering.

Live Music: Chuck Drager – 7:30PM
City Gate Grille – 2020 Calamos Court Naperville, IL 60563
His impressions are uncanny and his stage presence is unparalleled. He has entertained the young and old for two decades with his quick wit and silky voice.  For dinner reservations, visit www.citygategrille.com.

TomDreesenOnStageComedy with Tom Dreesen – 8PM Today & Saturday | $100, $75 and $50
Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College – 171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
The Hundred Club of DuPage County will host a special charity event beginning at 8PM on both Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12. The benefit will feature Frank Sinatra’s opening act for 14 years, renowned comedian Tom Dreesen. “An Evening of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra” will be held at Wentz Concert Hall, located on the campus of North Central College, just steps from downtown Naperville. For more info, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469). Think dinner and the show.

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First Annual Hoppy Easter Festival – 10AM | $7
Naperville Safety Town – 1320 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Children can bring their baskets and tour Safety Town to hunt for eggs, collect treats at stations, meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny, take pictures and learn a few safety tips! Cost is $7 per family and a suggested donation of non-perishable food items is kindly accepted to help Humanitarian Service Project who supports impoverished families, children and seniors in DuPage and Kane County. All who donate a food item will have a chance to win a prize! This event will be held outside at Safety Town, rain date is April 13. $7 per family at door, non-perishable food item donation appreciated.

Easter Eggsplosion – 10AM | Free
The Compass Church – 1551 East Hobson Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
The special Easter Eggsplosion celebration is sure to delight all ages. Featuring special activities planned just for children. Enjoy cute animals, an egg hunt, face painting, and so much more.

‘Casino Royale’ Fundraiser – 7PM | $10 donation
Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery – 508 North Center Street Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville Art League presents ‘Casino Royale’ at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St., Naperville. Support the Arts by joining in some Gaming for Good. (No gambling will take place; casino tables are for entertainment purposes only.) Proceeds benefit Naperville Art League’s classroom renovations. Light refreshments will be served. INFO: www.napervilleartleague.com or (630) 355-2530.


Famous Flute Works – 7PM | Free
Grace United Methodist Church – 300 E. Gartner Rd., Room 224 Naperville, IL 60540
Does the fluttering of a flute remind you of spring butterflies? Spring may finally have sprung, and flutist Stefanie Abderhalden is sharing her talents with Grace and the community in a recital of ‘Famous Flute Works’ on Saturday, April 12, 7PM.

Ben Vereen – 8PM | $30-$45
North Central College- Pfeiffer Hall – 310 East Benton Ave Naperville, IL 60540
Stage and screen legend Ben Vereen brings his one-man show ‘Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen’ to North Central College April 12. Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Vereen. On Broadway, he has appeared in ‘Wicked,’ ‘Fosse,’ ‘I’m Not Rappaport,’ ‘Hair,’ ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ ‘Grind,’ ‘Jellys Last Jam’ and ‘A Christmas Carol.’ His role in ‘Pippin’ garnered him both the prestigious Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 2012, Vereen was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and the Dance Hall of Fame. For more than 40 years, he has showcased his versatility and creativity performing countless shows in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Besides performing with symphonies nationwide, Vereen tours with his one man show ‘Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen,’ featuring the music of Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and the best of Broadway. Part of North Central College’s Performing Arts Series.  For more info, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).


Food Revolution: How the Civil War Changed Food in America – 4PM | $5-$7
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
Dr. Bruce Kraig, founding president of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, will talk about the Food Revolution: How the Civil War Changed Food in America, from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at Naper Settlement’s Century Memorial Chapel. Part of the History Speaks Lecture Series, the presentation will focus on the fascinating history of food in the mid-19th century and how Chicago became a center for canned food processing. Advance tickets are $6 adults, $5 students, youth and Naperville Heritage Society Sustaining members. On the day of the presentation, tickets are $1 more. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit napersettlement.com.


2014 Xilin Lantern Festival – 6:30PM | $10-$20
North Central College- Pfeiffer Hall – 310 East Benton Ave Naperville, IL 60540
The Xilin Art Academy of Naperville will be hosting the 9th Annual Lantern Festival at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College on Sunday 6:30PM, April 13. The performance will feature Xilin Dance Troupe, Jilin Song and Dance Company from China, Illinois Shaolin Kungfu in Naperville, Chicago Sinfonietta, the unique Crazy Violin show, and students from North Central College. These festivities serve to promote cross-cultural engagement between the different ethnic groups within the local Chicago-land community. This event is generously sponsored by the City of Naperville’s SECA fund. Please check Xilin website for further information about the Lantern Festival. It promises to be an extraordinary experience, a fun and unforgettable night.  For more info, visit xilin.org.

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