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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

This week’s notes on Naperville and the shop local movement


Above / A Classic Car Show with up to 100 vintage vehicles returns to Jackson Avenue in  downtown Naperville from 9 to noon on Sat., June 18. Also, on Father’s Day weekend a new Round Chair outdoor art exhibit will dot the sidewalks. Come on down!

Celebrate local entrepreneurs every day!

Ever wonder how Ray Kinney at Blooming Color gets so many city noteworthy things accomplished?

In late May, we announced that City Notes events listing and the City Link e-newsletter were being discontinued.

On June 1, the City of Naperville launched a new City website containing a mobile-friendly calendar feature. Visit naperville.il.us to see the newly-redesigned website and online calendar.

PN appreciates the many years of helping to present City Notes to the community every Wednesday. Cheers!

Going forward, PN will select a day every week to promote selected members of the local business community.

It’s no secret that for 15 years this independent publication has been showcasing small businesses and their prominent mix in the balance of larger national brands with constant reminders to shop, dine and entertain locally.

For every $100 you spend at one of Naperville’s local businesses, $52 will stay in the community.

Plus, small businesses are the leading job creators, offering higher paying jobs for friends and neighbors.

Thanks for getting to know Naperville’s local business community. The more interesting and unique this community becomes with its many local shopping destinations, the more Naperville will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. Supporting local businesses means more money available for local unmet needs. Plus, spending money locally instead of online ensures that sales taxes are reinvested where they belong, right here in your hometown.

Think about all the benefits!

Safe Digging Season

julie-web-DSC_1538Communities are reminding people planning digging projects to call JULIE at 8-1-1 prior to beginning any work.

Parkways along Naperville’s neighborhood streets (25 mph, please) have signs that JULIE has marked the spots for proposed tree locations.

Also… Be sure to trim the low-hanging twigs on trees along your sidewalks as well as ones that obstruct the view of stop signs and other directional signs. Thanks.

Use PN’s Search tool for more details

To find more details of local happenings, use the handy search tool up on the right end of the black navigation bar for “brush collection,” “JULIE,” “Ribfest,” “Last Fling,” etc. Thanks for visiting this website for updates every day.

Shop, dine and entertain in Naperville.

Happy anniversary to our friends at The Growing Place as they celebrate the 80th year the independently-owned nursery has been in business. The Growing Place is located in Naperville at 25w471 Plank Road.

Discover opportunities for shopping, dining, fundraising and sporting events from all points N.E.W.S. featured in PN’s Event Guide where readers are welcome to post their events.

And read other “Latest News” you might have missed on this website where stories are saved in our archive up in the cloud to keep readers connected to this thriving community.

Enjoy peaceful walks in Central Park, throughout the Naperville Historic District and the campus of North Central College and all along the Riverwalk, too.

News reports continue to tout the relaxing benefits of spending time in the great outdoors especially when the sun shines. We are grateful our city is plentiful with parks and sidewalks.


Above / Tiny forget-me-nots are big reminders around town that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. It’s also patio season at Quigley’s Irish Pub where well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

Think green! Discover what’s new in downtown Naperville!

A Classic Car Show with up to 100 vintage vehicles returns to Jackson Avenue in  downtown Naperville from 9 to noon on Sat., June 18.

Venture to downtown Naperville, a happening place chock full of new shops and eateries, bargains and many reasons to window shop and go inside, too. Discover many spring styles to spiffy up any wardrobe.

Shop from shop to shop to check out the latest in spring fashion and discover the perfect place to spend time with family and friends, then arrange a dining experience any time.

From the Main Street Promenade to Washington Corners, Dean’s Fine Clothing to Anderson’s Bookshop and all points in between, find plenty of reasons to shop, have books signed, dine and be entertained by all the new development in the city’s central business district.

Walk this way along Main Street, mindful of free parking at curbside, two surface parking lots and the Van Buren Parking Deck along Van Buren.

Check out new businesses along Main Street, including Soft Surroundings  and Advanced Wellness of Main Street in Main Street Promenade.

Also venture over to the new Halsted Street Bagel & Deli and MOD Pizza along Washington Street and Nando’s PERi-PERi on Jefferson Avenue.

And if you’re planning to put your house on the market this spring, The Irish Way has an assortment of St. Joseph statues to help speed the selling process.

DNA Gift Cards for Special Occasions

Remember, too, that DNA Gift Cards are good every day at more than 150 locations for shopping and dining in the heart of the central business district. Consider gifts cards to say thanks to coaches, teachers, tutors, babysitters, Moms, Dads, friends or family. (To avoid any fees, use your gift card at least once in the first year.) Buy online or in person at three convenient downtown locations, including the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce on the third level of Main Street Promenade.

Look forward every day to find plenty that’s brand new for your lifestyle in downtown Naperville.

Naperville Municipal Band Concerts on Thursday evenings

The Naperville Municipal Band plays on every Thursday evening through Aug. 18.

The Naperville Municipal Band will play every Thursday night beginning at 7:30PM through August 18 in Central Park. Concerts are open to the public and free of charge.

Conductor and Music Director Ron Keller returns to strike up the 100-member band, beginning his 51st year of leadership, a dream come true that began when he was 27 years old! Ann Lord again serves as concert moderator.

The Naperville Community Concert Center in Central Park offers benches for music-goers while many bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Every week features a different charitable organization selling snacks, baked goods and beverages as well as an audience appreciation raffle with prizes from local businesses, including Downtown Naperville Gift Cards.

The music is enjoyable for all ages and features many toe-tapping tunes, old and new.

Naperville Plaza

Oswald’s new showroom offers the largest selection of lift chairs in Chicagoland.

Plan ahead for summer holidays and graduations with novelty gifts, greeting cards, colorfully-wrapped candies and other supplies at Oswald’s Pharmacy where there’s a convenient U.S. Post Office location in Naperville Plaza.

In addition, Oswald’s Medical Equipment Showroom offers all kinds of items to keep folks of all ages moving. Check out the largest selection of lift chairs and other devices that give a little lift.

Find plenty of gift items especially for dads, too.

Also stop by Casey’s Foods where you’ll find all the meats are a cut above all others and a gourmet deli offers delicious items good for the heart ready to go.

Casey’s meats are a cut above the rest!

And Casey’s is now firing up its grill from 11AM to 2PM every Saturday and Sunday where picnic tables under cover provide a place to pause for lunch.

Spend your money where your heart and home are!

Think and shop locally. Recirculate dollars into the local economy whenever possible. Remember many local businesses offer online services and home delivery.

Look for other independents displaying the bright red IndieBound Naperville sign all over town and in Naperville Plaza, including First Community Financial Bank where they recently celebrated their first $1 billion in assets!


Market Meadows

While checking out this small sampling of sandals, part of a large selection at Toby’s Comfort Shoes, we learned that the shoe store was named after the family dog. We love history!

If you’re looking for comfortable sandals for spring and summer, new styles are arriving regularly at Toby’s Comfort Shoes, located in Market Meadows, 75th Street and Naper Boulevard.

The independently-owned shoe store is a showcase of the best brands of casual shoes, boots, sandals and sports socks for all seasons. From narrow to double wide, many women’s sizes up to 11 and many men’s sizes up to 15, find a good, professional fit that will be comfortable from the get go.

Toby’s Comfort Shoes also carry “slip-free” shoes with arch supports for folks in service industries likely to be on their feet all day.

CityGate Centre

Did you know? Hotel Arista was awarded Four Stars by Forbes Travel Guide.

When you head to the Hotel Arista, CityGate Grille, Sugar Toad or Tap In Pub & Carvery at CityGate Centre or a new experience at Top Golf on Naperville’s northwest side, be mindful of the new traffic configuration at I-88 and Route 59 that may create a little confusion for first-time users.

As always, drive with caution according to weather conditions and observe the speed limit. The innovative diverging diamond interchange, now open, is expected to enhance traffic flow on and off I-88.

(The first diverging diamond interchange opened to traffic in the state of Illinois on I-57 at Marion on August 12, 2015. Diverging diamond interchanges are now operational in 18 states across the nation, with plans to construct them in six other states.)

Naperville offers many ways to eat your heart out…

Meson Sabika & Pavilion

Throughout 2016 Meson Sabika is celebrating its 25th anniversary year as the city’s Spanish tapas restaurant in the old Willoway mansion.

Decked out in style, historic Meson Sabika and the Pavilion at Meson Sabika, located at 1025 Aurora Ave., offer a variety of spaces for special seasonal parties, showers, receptions, anniversaries and a fun time on any day of the week. Enjoy patio seating and find plenty of parking, too.

Save June 15 to learn about JKB in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika

Tapas, Sangria and Leadership! Come join the fun and games, raffles and auction from 5:30-9:30PM Wed., June 15, in the Pavilion at Meson Sabika.  The price is $50 per person with 100% of all ticket sales going directly to JKB Experiential Education Foundation. RSVP at www.jkbfoundation.org.

Father’s Day, Graduations, Etc., RSVP

Earlier this month, tulip bulbs from the flower beds along Van Buren were up for grabs by the Downtown Naperville Alliance. Stay tuned for spring 2017.

Looking ahead, Father’s Day is Sunday, June  19.

From Meson Sabika to SugarToad to Catch 35 to Hugo’s Frog Bar to Heaven on Seven to Quigley’s Irish Pub, delicious menus welcome families and friends to recognize fathers and “father types” with a delicious dining experience.

Check out www.dinenaperville.com for many dining pleasures featured at more than 250 Naperville eateries. Early reservations are recommended for all the special occasions this spring and summer.

Have you read the latest about the Independent Map Amendment?  

According to recent news reports, organizers and supporters petitioning to put redrawing the Illinois District Maps question on the General Election Ballot, Nov. 8, 2016, are on their way to having the signatures they need.

Visit Independent Map Amendment to check their progress as they aim to create a nonpartisan 11-member board and “a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.” (By the way, folks have been in front of the DMV in Hobson West with petitions to help get the amendment on the ballot.)



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