Above / Familiar classics illustrated on outdoor “Book Benches” are sure to bring back memories in downtown Naperville. From “A Light in the Attic” to “Good Night, Moon” to “Curious George,” just for starters, enjoy the color and whimsy of this year’s outdoor art display along the streets where you live. Thanks for reading!

Friday / ICYMI

Outdoor Fitness Friday’s – 8:45AM | Free
Kroehler Family YMCA – 34 S Washington St, Naperville, IL 60540
Join the Kroehler Y Fitness Staff for a fun outdoor workout each Friday for the summer months. Attendees can try Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba, Bootcamp, and other great workouts for free.

Food Truck Friday Returns / 11:30AM-2PM | $$.
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation – 1500 W. Ogden Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Toasty Taco returns with cheese and tasty treats. For info, call (630) 570-7948 or visit www.turningpointeautismfoundation.org.

YMCA Outdoor Movie Night in Central Park – | At Dusk, Free of charge.
Central Park – Downtown Naperville, IL 60540
See Sing on the big screen in the the Naperville Community Concert Center. Sit on a bench, your own chairs or a blanket spread on the ground. (PN really enjoyed Sing in the theater.) More Movie Nights are scheduled on July 7 & 29, August 11 and September 8.

Naperville artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn has painted designs for three of the 15 book benches, including Good Night, Moon.

Downtown Naperville turns into a land of storybook benches with a novel approach toward attracting visitors that’s bound to please all summer long.

Saturday ICYMI

Downtown Naperville Classic Car Show – 9AM-Noon | Free
Downtown Naperville – 175 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Weather permitting, enjoy a leisurely stroll on Jackson along the Riverwalk and enjoy the looks of up to 100 classic cars in all makes and models. Free to Attend. Invitation only for cars due to limited space.

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!

Thanks to Julia Hannon, this little piggy has the name “Hamilton” in time for Ribfest.

Ribfest Reveals Mascot — 11AM-Noon |
Naperville Bank & Trust – Washington at Benton Naperville, IL 60540
Join members of the Naperville Exchange Club as they celebrate 30 years of service with the introduction of their mascot that will bring fun and entertainment to 2017 Ribfest, especially in the Family Fun Area, hosted by Naperville Bank & Trust. Find out what’s in a name.

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. What’s more… from 8AM-7pM, while supplies last, visit Casey’s butcher shop for the Saturday specials: Butterflied Pork Chop for $3.49 per lb and Lime Salsa or Pepper Garlic for $3.98 per lb. 

Check out Oswald’s in Naperville Plaza for fun ways to remember Father’s Day.

Naper Nights – 5PM | $0-$15. Children under 4 and members free.
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
5 to 10PM Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. Concerts: The Fortunate Sons, 6PM Friday; Trippin Billies 8PM Friday; The Neverly Brothers, 6PM Saturday; American English, 7:30PM Saturday. www.napernights.org.

Catch 35’s Feast Fit for Dad – | $35-$45-$60.
Catch 35 – 35 S. Washington Naperville, IL 60540
Catch 35’s grill is fired up for A Feast Fit for Dad with a special menu available all Father’s day weekend.
One lb. Grilled Shrimp with Honey Chipotle Butter $35
One lb. Bone-in Prime Dry Aged Ribeye $45
One lb. Alaskan King Crab $60
-Each entrée served with a Huge Sour Cream, Cheddar, and Nueske’s Bacon Double Baked Potato and Balsamic Grilled Asparagus. AND DAD’S DESSERT IS ON US. This means One dessert per Dad. These will run Saturday and Sunday June 15-18, 2017 Reserve your table today! (630) 717-3500-Naperville/(312) 346-3500-Chicago website link: http://www.catch35.com/fathers-day-2017/

Sunday – Happy Father’s Day

Eat, grill and dine locally. For a complete list of area restaurants, visit www.dinenaperville.com.

Brunch with Meson Sabika for Dad – 10AM-3PM | $49.95 and Kids $19.95.
Meson Sabika – 1025 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Variety of cold and hot tapas, prime rib carving station and much more. Reservations (630) 983-3000 x 2.

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. Dads (and Moms) love it! OR shop inside, visit the butcher counter or the gourmet counter for everything you need for the grill at home.

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.

Rentals available!

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  is open now through Labor Day. 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.

Centennial Beach 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.  General Admission: Resident Adult $8/Youth $6 Nonresident Adult $12 /Youth $10.

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!

Guys & Dolls – 3PM | $20-$27. $27 Adults$24 Students/Seniors$20 for groups 10+
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall  – 31 S. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60540
Guys and Dolls Presented by BrightSide Theatre – Napervilles Only Professional Theatre Company Performing in the heart of its historic district June 9-25, 2017 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM/Sundays at 3PM) Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College music and lyrics by Frank Loesser book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling directed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass choreographed by Jeni Donahue | music direction by Sarah Giordano. Adults $27 | Students and Seniors (62+) $24 | Groups of 10 or more $20 Call (630) 447-TIXS (8497) or www.brightsidetheatre.com.

Catch 35’s Feast Fit for Dad – | $35-$45-$60.
Catch 35 – 35 S. Washington Naperville, IL 60540
Catch 35’s grill is fired up for A Feast Fit for Dad with a special menu available all Father’s day weekend. (See Saturday post)

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events

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!)

Oswald’s Summer Wellness Fair returns June 24. The popular wellness fair is set from 10AM to 2PM Sat., June 24 at Oswald’s Pharmacy in Naperville Plaza, Washington at Gartner. Focused on good health and fitness, stop by for raffles, sales, door prizes and snacks. Be sure to see what’s new in the medical equipment showroom in case you need a little lift.

Reserve tickets for 2017 Ribfest, June 30-July 3. Celebrate Exchange Club of Naperville’s 30th year.

Thanks to Exchange Club of Naperville and success of 2016 Ribfest, $1,192,000 was divvied up to benefit 40 local nonprofit agencies. 2017 Ribfest is set for June 30-July 3, with fireworks on July 3.

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

Find great gifts for dad at Dean’s.

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! Celebrate Dads.

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 with the “Change in Course” for the Mayor’s Charity Outing.), 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.