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Things to do around Naperville: July 21-23


If it’s Thursday… The weekly Naperville Municipal Band Concert is set to begin at 7:30PM in Central Park through August 17.

Mayor Emeritus George Pradel meets up with concert goers to welcome them to Central Park.

ICYMI, July 21, 2017 / Thank you, Mayor Emeritus George Pradel!  We appreciate your helping to promote the Naperville Municipal Band weekly raffle drawing for Positively Naperville during the weekly outdoor concert in Central Park.

With three rings, a whistle and his top hat (saved from another gig he served for 20 years), Pradel said he’d always wanted to be a ringmaster and that he’d come “full circle” to help the band celebrate an evening of the Ringlings and circus music. The former mayor also used the limelight to recognize emcee Ann Lord and band director Ron Keller for their distinguished service that was recognized this spring by the Naperville Jaycees with its annual Chuck Buesche Lifetime Achievement Award.   —PN

ICYMI / Friday

Historic Trolley Tour of Naperville – 11AM | $16
Trolley Stop’on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville. This one-hour Historic Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlight’s Naperville’s growth, and includes some fun stories. Offered most Fridays, departing at 11AM thru August. Meet at the ‘Trolley Stop’ on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street by 10:50AM. $16 per person, all ages. Trolley is fully enclosed and will run rain or shine, no refunds. DING! DING! Info and tickets at www.napervilletrolley.com.

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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, July 21 and 22. Concerts: The Journeyman, 6PM Friday; The Pettybreakers 8PM Friday; The Chicago Experience, 6PM Saturday; Shining Star, 8PM Saturday. www.napernights.org.

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After Ribfest, Waldo headed to DeEtta’s Bakery over on Fifth Avenue near Ellman’s Music Center!

Thanks for supporting your local independent business community whenever possible.

Waldo returns just for the fun of it all during in July. Try to find Waldo N.E.W.S. at locations throughout Naperville!

Note to drivers and pedestrians! Be cautious at intersections. Watch out for the other guy. Help keep Naperville pedestrian friendly.

It’s summertime! Watch out for children, too. The speed limit in Naperville is 25 mph unless otherwise posted.


Anglers enjoy May Watts Pond.

Go Fish! – Anytime, weather permitting
Riverwalk Fishing Pier at Eagle Street – Also in local ponds.
Naperville residents who enjoy recreational fishing can find a spot right here in Naperville with 19 parks that offer fishing in stocked ponds, streams or rivers. Anyone looking for bait will find a selection at Dog Patch Pet & Feed located at 1108 E. Ogden Avenue.

“Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.”
—Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)        31st U.S. President 

Look for LIVE Waldo, 11AM-2PM Sat., July 22, at Naperville Plaza from Oswald’s Pharmacy to Casey’s Foods and from Celidan Florist to  First Community Financial Bank.

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. Saturday Special at Casey’s from 8AM to 7PM... House-made Stuffed Chicken Breasts – All Varieties (Florentine, Sante Fe, Asiago,  Broccoli,Cordon Bleu, or Kiev) Saturday Only $4.98 per lb

Rockin’ For the Troops 2017 – 2PM | $35-$50
Northwestern Medicine Field – Home of the Kane County Cougars – 34 W 002 Cherry LN. Geneva, IL 60134
In its 11th year, Rockin For the Troops has become one of the premier military support events of the year reaching a capacity sell-out crowd of more than 10,000. The event will combine the patriotism of a Fourth of July celebration creating a feel good event that the whole family can enjoy. Rockin’ For the Troops is Operation Support Our Troops-Americas biggest fundraiser of the year, this year Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will be the headlining band. Well-known Motown Tribute Band, The Voices, will return, Ayla Brown will perform patriotic inspired songs and country music, and a local rock and roll band, the Empty Pockets will round out the lineup. Gates will open at 2PM with stage entertainment starting at 2:30PM. There will be a fireworks display at approximately 10PM. Guests are invited to bring collection items for Christmas stockings for the troops serving overseas. Tickets are available online at www.RockinForTheTroops.org or by calling (630) 232-8811.

Naper Nights – 5PM | $0-$15. Children under 4 and members free.
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
5 to 10PM Saturday, July 22. Concerts:  The Chicago Experience, 6PM Saturday; Shining Star, 8PM Saturday. www.napernights.org.


Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk / 9AM | $Donations/Pledges
Grand Pavilion along the Riverwalk – Sindt Memorial Court off W. Jackson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540
Join folks at the Riverwalk Pavilion to register at 8AM for the 9AM walk along the Riverwalk. / INFO & Advance Registration / PN Archive Post with Photos: Pancreatic Cancer Walk / 2016 Event with Photo Gallery.

Climbers are treated to panoramic views of Naperville from the top of the Carillon.

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.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events

Local businesses sponsor weekly raffles at the NMB concerts, 7:30PM Thursdays, in Central Park.

Come hear the music! The Naperville Municipal Band plays on from the stage of the Community Concert Center during its summer concert series at 7:30PM every Thursday until Aug. 17. Enjoy the bake sale in the gazebo and be sure to pick up a numbered program to play a part in the weekly raffle. The free concerts welcome everybody to Central Park!

Summer Place Theatre presents Anything Goes, weekends July 28 thru Aug. 6. A Cole Porter classic, Anything Goes is a love story, a crime drama, and a wild comedy all in one with musical favorites including “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and, of course, “Anything Goes.” Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for seniors and students, and $20 for adults. Experience the fun at Naperville Central High School at 7:30PM July 28, July 29, Aug. 4, Aug. 5. Matinees are at 3PM July 30 and Aug. 6.  Summer Place Theatre has been Naperville’s community theatre since 1966. Visit http://www.summerplacetheatre.org/Shows/anything-goes-1 to purchase tickets or call the Box Office at (630) 355-7969.

Singles with a Cause Luau at Harbor Chase to Benefit Alzheimer’s Association is set for 5:30 to 7:30PM Thurs., Aug. 3. HarborChase is located at 1619 N. Mill Street. Public welcome. $10 at the door. Enjoy buffet, DJ, dancing, prizes. Kindly RSVP at (630) 778-3475.

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. The 21st annual Rotary Bike Ride is Sun., Aug. 13.

On the navigation bar atop this page, “Events” offers a pull down option where you’ll find calendars specific to Charity Golf (This page has been updated for 2017 with the “Change in Course” for the Mayor’s Charity Outing on Aug. 25, 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.

Witches Night Out Naperville is a new “women helping women” event hosted by the Naperville Woman’s Club, also at Naper Settlement. Enjoy dressing up for the bewitching occasion from 5PM to 9:30PM on Thurs., Oct. 15, to benefit Families Helping Families. For details or to purchase tickets online ($45 each), click here.

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 fine clothing for men and women at Dean’s. Summer sale days are now in progress.

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 any special occasion. 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.

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.

PN’s Event Calendar features Things to Do, too! Plus… Event planners can post events. 

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