Ann Lord is depicted in The Great Concerto, a huge Century Walk mural that graces the door on the Community Concert Center.

UPDATE, July 1, 2018 / You could say spectacled Waldo in the red and white striped shirt is returning to Naperville in support of taking local residents on a “Tour de Independents” all during the month of July.

For starters, folks can look for Waldo as a show of independents during the Summer Municipal Band Concert Series at 7:30PM Thursdays in Central Park through Aug. 16, 2018. 

Already independents Ellman’s Music Center, Positively Naperville and Catch 35 have been featured raffle sponsors during the weekly concerts.

In fact, bright and early on the Thursday morning prior to the salute to America concert to celebrate Independence Day on June 28, Waldo was spotted trying to find a good place to hide. Look for Waldo and independent friends at one of the upcoming weekly concerts when moderator Ann Lord again will promote the sponsor of the concert, most often one of Naperville’s independents!

For instance, IBN members Two Bostons will be recognized as the sponsor the band on July 5, followed by Braconi’s Restaurant on July 12.  Then in August, Naperville Bank & Trust will sponsor on Aug. 9.

Find Waldo 12 times at participating IndieBound Naperville businesses

Then remember to find Waldo 12 times during July as you explore Naperville’s independent business community. Whenever possible, show the youngsters in your life the importance of keeping local dollars where they matter most, right in your hometown.

Thanks for taking the Tour de Independents whenever possible in support of the local business community north, east, west, south and throughout downtown Naperville.

Get ready!

Now 31 years old, Waldo returns July 1-31 to Naperville’s independent business community. Pick up a “Passport” (aka Bingo Card) at Anderson’s Bookshop, then find him 12 times, collect Waldo chits, turn them into Anderson’s Bookshop, and enter the drawing to win prizes. It’s that simple.

In other words, every player needs to get 12 marks/stamps/initials in order to come back to Anderson’s Bookshop and get the first round of prizes ($2 Book Bucks and a button) and be entered to win some of the other great prizes, explained Ginny Wehrli-Hemmeter, Events and Publicity, for Anderson’s.

The raffle drawing will be held at 11AM Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, at Anderson’s Bookshop.

Updated list of current participating merchants will be ready July 1, 2018…

1. Naper Auto Works

2. Lou Malnati’s

320 N. Mill Street

131 W. Jefferson Ave

3. Anderson’s Bookshop 123 W. Jefferson Ave
4. Anderson’s Toyshop 111 W. Jefferson Ave
5. Artistic Creations Salon 22 W. Jefferson Ave
6. Casey’s Foods Naperville Plaza
7. Bows & Babes 26 W. Jefferson Ave
8. DeEtta’s Bakery 428 W. 5th Ave
9. Dog Patch Pet and Feed 1108 E. Ogden Ave
10. Edie Boutique 15 W. Jefferson Ave
11. Ellman’s Music Center 508 W. 5th Ave
12. Busey Bank 24 W Gartner
14. Gotskind’s Shoes 115 W. Jefferson Ave
15. Naperville Bank & Trust (All three locations) Ft. Hill at Aurora Ave.
16. Naperville Bank & Trust Washington at Benton Ave.
17. Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus 605 N. Ellsworth
18. Liam Brex 222 S. Main St
19. Naper Nuts & Sweets 10 W. Jefferson Ave
20. Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery 508 N. Center St
21. Naperville Running Company 34 W. Jefferson Ave
22. Naperville Running Company 3416 S. Route 59, Suite 116
23. Positively Naperville (online) (Right here!)
24. PS Travel 1783 S. Washington St Ste 107
25. Remax Professionals Select 2272 95th St. Ste 200
26. Saraboo Creek 107 W. Jefferson Ave.
27. The Boxes Etc. 790 Royal St. George #141
28. It’s a Bling Thing 14 Jackson Ave.
29. Le Chocolat 127 S. Washington St.
30. Naperville Tennis Club               

31. Oswald’s Pharmacy                   

32. Celidan Florist                            

33. Pennywise Resale                     

35. Uptown Soda Bread     (online)

35. Resiliency Institute                       

36. Adagio Teas                           

37. The Growing Place                   

38. Nona Jo’s                                

39. Everdine’s Grill Cheese Co.         

40. Second Chance Resale         

41. Edie Boutique                          

42. Casey’s Foods                         

43. BK Jeweler                                 

44. Pinot’s Palette                            

45. Cowart Chiropractic                 

46. Two Bostons                        

47. NCTV17                (online) 

1011 E. Benton Ave.

Naperville Plaza

Naperville Plaza

750 Aurora Ave.

10S404 Knoch Knolls    

27 W. Jefferson Ave.

25W471 Plank Rd.

410 W. 5th Avenue at Mill Street

24 W. Jefferson Ave.

Tower Crossings

15 W. Jefferson Ave.

 Naperville Plaza

105 W. Jefferson

175 N. Jackson Avenue

1212 S. Naper Blvd

Springbrook Crossings

WaldoFor more information about IndieBound Naperville and the shop locally movement, visit

Look for that bright red sign in shop windows and put your money where your heart is, right here in your hometown.

Thanks for shopping, dining, banking & entertaining locally whenever possible

When you shop locally, you keep dollars in the local economy. You embrace what makes this city unique. You help create jobs for people who also will shop here. You help the environment.

You also nurture your hometown charities. You conserve local tax dollars for local revenue. You help create more choices.

Furthermore, you took advantage of services, knowledge and expertise. You invested in support of entrepreneurship. You helped create a thriving destination.

So you see… It matters to shop locally. Thanks again!

Support your local businesses and you’ll always live in a nice community. —Dan Casey