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Things to do around Naperville Memorial Day weekend: May 26 – 29



Art is now on exhibit and many pieces are offered for sale. Red dots indicate “sold.”

Everyone Is an Artist: The Art of Identity, Inclusion and Inspiration – 10AM
Schoenherr Gallery – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College will present a collection of artwork by Little Friends, a nonprofit organization in Naperville that empowers clients with autism and other developmental disabilities to thrive. The free exhibit, titled “Everyone Is an Artist: The Art of Identity, Inclusion and Inspiration,” will be on display through May 28 in the College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Gallery Hours: 10AM to 6PM Saturday and noon to 5PM Sunday.  For more information contact Nickole Lanham at (630) 637-5375.

Sonata Problem – 7PM
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents Sonata Problem, a student-led a cappella ensemble, for its Spring Concert at 7PM Friday, May 26, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. This is a free event, for more information call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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Thank you! Thank you! Thanks for carrying coins and singles in your pocket to help support the VFW Buddy Poppy Campaign to benefit unmet needs of local Veterans and their families, now in progress. Find volunteers distributing Buddy Poppies through Sun., May 28, at Casey’s Foods in Naper Plaza, downtown Naperville and major supermarkets throughout town and the nation.

Look for Veterans distributing Buddy Poppies all weekend! Thanks for your support.


Casey’s Foods Saturday Special! – 8AM-7PM | $9.98 per pound
Naperville Plaza – Washington St. at Gartner Road Naperville, IL 60540
“Never Before” Hot buy! Fresh Atlantic Salmon is only $9.98 per lb. Smart & Healthy Choice! Note also that Casey’s Foods is open for all your picnic and barbecue needs Sunday 8AM to 6PM, but closed on Memorial Day. Thanks!

Saturday Morning Garden Guru – 9AM | Free
The Growing Place – 25 W 471 Plank Rd Naperville, IL 60563
The Growing Place will have experienced gardeners available at their location at 2000 Montgomery Rd. in Aurora and location at 27W471 Plank Rd. in Naperville to answer your questions and offer advice to help your landscapes and garden flourish. Stop in anytime between 9-10AM. The Growing Place is an independent business with an ever-growing history in Naperville!

Centennial Beach Opens for Summer Season – 11AM | General Admission & By Membership
Centennial Beach – 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The popular swimming facility in the old quarry will be open 11AM to 8PM Sat., 11AM to 6PM Sun. and Mon., during Memorial Day Weekend. General Admission: Resident Adult $8/Youth $6 Nonresident Adult $12 /Youth $10.

Go Fish! | Free (Though license may be needed)
List of local ponds in parks throughout Naperville, IL 60540, 60563, 60564
Find an assortment of bait to catch all types of fish at Dog Patch Pet & Feed, located at 1108 E Ogden Ave. Find koi for backyard ponds at Dog Patch, too.

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  opened May 13 with Saturday and Sunday weekend hours, weather permitting, 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.

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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!

Other things to do featured on PN’s Events Calendar…


Memorial Day is a poignant reminder of cherished and fragile lives that have fallen while serving to protect this nation’s freedom. As the Naperville community assembles in thoughtful observance of this holiday established in 1868 as Decoration Day, consider the words in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. God bless America.

Rally to Save Old Nichols Library – 8:30AM | Free
Downtown Naperville – 110 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540
A rally is planned to save the Old Nichols Library in downtown Naperville prior to the Memorial Day Parade. Respectfully gather in front of the old library at 110 S. Washington Street, mindful of the meaning of Memorial Day. Individuals are asked bring a sign that expresses support for the building’s preservation. Organizers aim to show the Naperville community how much they care about downtown Naperville and its history. See renderings of proposed plans here.

Naperville Memorial Day Parade – 10:30AM | Free
Downtown Naperville – Jackson Avenue & West Street Naperville, IL 60540
Proceeds east on Washington Street, north to Benton, and east to the SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church parking lot. www.napervillememorialdayparade.com.

Naperville Memorial Day Observance in Central Park – 12:15PM | Free
Naperville Community Concert Center – Central Park / Benton Avenue  Naperville, IL 60540

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. Note also the expansion on Quigley’s patio. A portion is reserved for patrons without furry friends. The portion nearest the sidewalk is for for patrons with well-behaved friendly pets on leashes. Cheers!

Downtown Naperville Wine Walk (Tickets Required)  is slated for Sun., June 4. Then mid-month downtown will turn another page to welcome Summer Painted Sculptures Revealed – Book Benches. The storybook-theme sculptures will be on display Fri., June 16 – mid September, at various downtown sidewalk locations.
The Classic Car Show returns from 9AM to Noon on Sat., June 17 (weather permitting).
Vintage models will be exhibited along  Jackson Avenue between Eagle and Main streets.

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.

A new mascot will be introduced during Ribfest.

Friday, June 30
Toby Keith, Colt Ford, Drew Baldridge
Available: General admission, Skybox (high risk of sell out/14 seats remain),  Front of Stage

Saturday, July 1     
B-52s, A Flock of Seagulls, The Romantics

Available: General admission, VIP, Skybox, Front of Stage

Sunday, July 2
Shinedown, Collective Soul, Lacey Strum
Available: General admission, VIP, Skybox, Front of Stage

Monday, July 3
Better than Ezra, The Wallflowers, Tres Moustache
Available: General admission, VIP, Skybox, Front of Stage

Tickets now on sale at www.ribfest.net.

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.

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 dads (Father’s Day is June 18). 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.

Shop locally, too!

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 Graduation Day or Father’s Day 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.  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 (This page has been updated for 2017), 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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