ICYMI Friday

Good morning, Sunrise!
Naperville, IL 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565
UPDATE, Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2018
/ The world’s most famous groundhog, Phil, stepped out of his Punxsutawney home, saw his shadow on the cloudy day, and predicted winter weather for six more weeks. No matter what, here in the Midwest spring begins March 20!

Cheers to Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus! – 9AM-6PM | $$ 125th Anniversary discounts!
Kreger’s – 605 N. Ellsworth St, Naperville, Illinois 60563
Receive 12.5% discount on all your favorite brats during this anniversary week. Join us Saturday at 2PM for cake and custard and raise a glass in celebration, marking 125 years of business under the Kreger name! Then Bill Kreger will be gone fishing on Feb. 8. Kreger’s will reopen March 29, 2018.

Eat your heart out during Restaurant Week at Meson Sabika! Then make reservations for Valentine’s Day.

Naperville Restaurant Week
Running through February 8, the Naperville Restaurant Week will showcase many restaurants throughout town. From fast casual to fancy dining, each venue will provide either a prix fixe menu at an appetizing price, or discounts on featured menu choices. Come in out of the cold and sample something new or enjoy an old favorite! Visit www.dinenaperville.com for a list of participating restaurants.

Iphigenia Among the Taurians – 7:30PM | $8-$10
Madden Theatre – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents a classic Greek tragedy written by Euripides, “Iphigenia Among the Taurians,” at 7:30PM from Feb. 1-3, and 2PM on Feb. 3-4 in the Madden Theatre, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Directed by Laura Lodewyck, assistant professor of theatre at North Central, the classical play captures the struggle between mortals, fate and the gods of ancient Greece. Tickets are $10 and $8. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.

ICYMI Saturday 

Enjoy thoughts of Naperville’s big heart along the Riverwalk where “Landforms” has stood since 1984, a gift to the City from the Naperville Art League.

Casey’s Foods Quality Specials of the Day – 8AM-7PM  | Priced per pound
Casey’s Foods in Naperville Plaza – Washington Street at Gartner Road 60540
Casey’s Fresh Mild or Hot Italian Sausage is $2.98 per lb and Casey’s Fresh Marinara Sauce is $2.49 per lb., available all day Saturday while supplies last. Meanwhile, Casey’s Deli & Gourmet Section features plenty of scrumptious super selections for Sunday and every day.

(Remember… Casey’s Foods is just around the bend from Oswald’s Pharmacy where you’ll find all your Valentine’s Day necessities—novelties, candy hearts, chocolates, greeting cards, etc.— with a U.S. Post Office to package up gifts to send your favorite sweetheart.)

Cheers to Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus! – 2PM | $$ 125th Anniversary discounts!
Kreger’s – 605 N. Ellsworth St, Naperville, Illinois 60563
Join us Saturday at 2PM for cake and custard and raise a glass in celebration, marking 125 years of business under the Kreger name! Then Kreger’s will be closed from Feb. 8 until it reopens March 29, 2018.

Gospel Extravaganza – 7:30PM | $10-$15
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College hosts Gospel Extravaganza at 7:30PM Saturday, Feb. 3, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The concert brings together old friends, new voices and the best gospel choirs in Chicago for a night of high-spirited music and praise. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/students and seniors. finearts.northcentralcollege.edu.

The King of Country and The King of Romance! – 7:30PM | $15-$20 
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall  – 31 S. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60540
Beagle Enterprises presents one of the most exciting shows of 2018. The King of Country and The King of Romance! Starring Steve Richards Premier Tribute Artist as Garth Brooks and Neil Diamond! Tickets at https://beagle.ticketspice.com/neil-and-garth-3.


The Century Walk mural, Naperville Loves a Parade, depicts many of the WSI St. Patrick’s Parade participants, past and present.

Breakfast Just 40 Days before St. Patrick’s Day – 10AM | $$ Off the Breakfast Menu
Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Avenue  Naperville, IL 60540
The countdown is on…not for the Super Bowl…for St. Patrick’s Day! The home of the West Suburban Irish (already crafting commemorative scarves to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation) is planning to celebrate after the annual WSI St. Patrick’s Parade on March 10 in downtown Naperville as well as on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Enjoy breakfast and lunch any Saturday or Sunday where everybody can be Irish every other day of the year, too. Find happy hour appetizers and live entertainment Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Note also that when it’s Super Bowl Sunday, the pub closes at 3PM. Celebrate safely!

German language Church Service – 11:30AM | Free
St. John United Church of Christ – 1190 Olesen Drive Naperville, IL 60540
Church services in the German language will be held at St. John United Church of Christ at 11:30AM on Sunday, February 4, 2018. The service will be led by Pastor Dr. Egon Gerdes, and all are welcome to attend. St. John UCC is located at 1190 Olesen Drive. German-language services are held on the first Sunday of every month and will continue on March 4 and April 1. For more information, call (630) 355-5208.

Super Bowl LII

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Kickoff – 5:30PM, TV – NBC 5
Did you know? Meson Sabika will cater your Super Bowl party. To place an order, call (312) 842-4444.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events


On March 10, 2018, Rotary Sunrise will lead the way for its annual St. Paddys Day 5K. Registration is now in progress.

Keep Moving to help keep local charities running! Register now for the first running event of the season at PN’s Runs, Walks and Bike Rides that will keep you outdoors for more than a good cause beginning on March 10, 2018, when the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise presents its annual St. Paddy’s 5K just before the WSI St. Patrick’s Parade in downtown Naperville. Registration to participate in both events is now in progress.


On the navigation bar atop this page, “Events” offers a pull down option where you’ll find calendars specific to Charity Golf, 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.



Year-round Gift Ideas (Consider tickets to local galas!)

Find fine clothing for men and women at Dean’s, Main at Jackson. Shops display great winter bargains throughout downtown Naperville. Plus, next Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, folks can enjoy Chocolate Walk festivities throughout downtown. (PN File Photo)

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 always the season to give DNA gift cards or to create a new experience in 2018.  Downtown Naperville Gift Cards make great gifts for 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 and possibilities.

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. 

Oh! The Funny Valentines

Over at The Boxes Etc. in Cress Creek Shopping Center, find a large selection of Valentine’s Day greeting cards, many that will ignite big smiles, all $5 or less. Also, Gund stuffed animals (even gorillas) are ready to package and send to sweethearts young and old. Hand-knitted ruffled scarves are all half price (now $7.95-$9.95). And one more thing… Naked Bee hand and body cream products are available in purse sizes for $1.95. The Boxes Etc. is a convenient north side resource for shipping, packing, printing, etc., located at 790 Royal Saint George Dr., with plenty of parking right out front.

Upcoming gala benefits create gift-giving opportunities

Or give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to some other charity gala this year. Consider the First Look for Charity in suppport of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation on Feb. 9 or the West Suburban Irish Emerald Dinner on Feb. 24 or the Little Friends Benefit Auction on March 3 or the First Naperville Chef Showdown to benefit Loaves & Fishes Community Services on April 11.

Dine Around Naperville! Celebrate local hospitality…

From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com.

2018 Restaurant Week runs through Feb. 8.

And 40 of the eateries are located throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals. Cheers!

Weekends, Music & More!

Start with breakfast from 10AM to Noon at Quigley’s Irish Pub on Saturdays and Sundays.  And stay for the live band beginning at 8:30PM. Brunch is served throughout downtown Naperville, too.

Celebrate with the West Suburban Irish and friends during a “session” of traditional Irish tunes at Quigley’s on the third Wednesday of the month.

And on that note, thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of sessions (the third Wednesday of the month) and bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub (Fridays & Saturdays) or local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends. No cover. 

Also, a new restaurant recently opened to jazz up the south side of Naperville. Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood Naperville, 3032 English Rows, will be open 4:30-10PM Monday-Thursday, 4:30-11PM Friday-Saturday, and 4:30-9PM Sunday. For more information, visit www.petemillers.com.  

And ICYMI, there’s always 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. 

As always, thanks for reading and supporting the local business community whenever possible. Put your money where your heart is, right here in your hometown. Get to know your local independent businesses, too, the group that meets at Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus at 6PM on the first Monday of the most months. 

Meanwhile, enjoy this Midwestern winter in Naperville!