ICYMI Friday

WONC’s 50th Anniversary – 10AM Ι Free
Oliver Hall –  232 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
NCC’s student run award-winning radio station WONC 89.1 FM will be celebrating its 50th anniversary starting at 10AM Friday, May 11, in and outside of Oliver Hall, 232 E. Chicago Ave. In addition to 50 years of broadcasting pure rock, the station will also celebrate the retirement of John Madormo, who has been the station’s general manager and broadcast communication faculty for the past 38 years. The event is free and open to the public.

Victorian Spa Overnight – 7:30PM Ι $45/Scout, $18/Adult
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
Brownies and Juniors are invited to have luxurious fun sleeping overnight at Naper Settlement, while trying different methods that ladies used in the 1800s to bring out their natural beauty. Register at www.napersettlement.org.

Extra! Extra! Volunteers needed next weekend at Civil War Days May 19 & 20! 
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
Volunteers (gate attendants, greeters, crowd control, grounds and facilities helpers and food sellers) must be at least a sophomore in high school.  Volunteer Shifts: 9:30AM – 1:30PM or 12:30PM – 4:30PM. To volunteer, email nsvolunteer@naperville.il.us, follow the link: Sign Up!, or complete a volunteer application at www.napersettlement.org.

Mother’s Day Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner in Naperville

ICYMI Saturday

Naperville Community Gardeners 38th Annual Plant sale – 7AM | Free
Naperville Garden Plots – West St. and Martin Ave, South of Naperville Central HS Naperville, IL 60540
Regional native plants, and hundreds of member perennial flowers/grasses will be featured along with a wide variety of local greenhouse grown Proven Winner/bedding plants and great floral gifts for Mother’s Day. Plants of all types and sizes to make your garden look great. In addition, there will be fresh homemade bakery goods and coffee, garden-related theme presentations and the U of I Extension Master Gardeners for any plant questions. Proceeds support the Club’s community projects and college scholarships. For more information, visit our napervillecommunitygardeners.org.

Letter Carriers Food Drive – 8AM | Donate nonperishable items for Loaves & Fishes
Volunteers will pick up items placed by mailboxes Saturday morning. Thank you. If the rainy forecast makes you hesitant to put items outside, drop them off at the tent at Naperville Plaza alongside Catalpa Road.

Community Career Center Orientation – 9AM | Free
Community Career Center – 1815 W. Diehl Rd., Suite 900 Naperville, IL 60563
Are you in a job search? Learn about the services and resources available to job seekers at the Community Career Center including one-on-one appointments with volunteer career coaches covering career exploration, job search strategy, networking, resume review, interviewing, and LinkedIn. In addition, the CCC offers job search related workshops, networking and accountability groups, use of workstations and support from the staff and career coaches. Membership is nominal for a one-year period. Free to all job seekers / No need to RSVP.

Casey’s Foods Fire Up the Grill – 11AM-2PM | $$ Vary per item
Casey’s Foods in Gartner Plaza – Washington at Gartner Naperville, IL 60540
It’s back! Lunch on the patio with family and friends at Casey’s. Every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, enjoy specialty menu items on the grill outside and discover Saturday specials inside at the butcher counter. From 8AM to 7PM, Casey’s Marinated Chicken Breasts are only $5.98/lb* Includes: BBQ, Italian, Teriyaki, Buffalo, & Green Chili * and Casey’s Grilled Asparagus is only $5.99/lb.

Chicago Sinfonietta Presents Praise + Punk in an Ultimate battle of the Bands to Conclude Season – 8PM | $10-$62
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60563
One of the most diverse classical music organizations in the nation, Chicago Sinfonietta, is closing their 30th anniversary season with Praise + Punk in a smashing ‘battle of the bands’ against Mucca Pazza, an absurdist marching band, with special guest Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir. The historic onstage rematch between Chicago Sinfonietta, the previous winner in 2015, and Mucca Pazza will be Saturday, May 12 at 8PM at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, and Monday, May 14 at 7:30PM at the Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Tickets to Praise + Punk range from $10-$62, when purchased in advance online. For tickets or more information, visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.

Save the date for the Charity Auto Show beginning at 11AM Sat., June 17.

Sunday / Mother’s Day

UPDATE, May 13, 2018 / Today’s the day that reminds us to appreciate and remember all mothers every day. (PN File Photo taken near the Main Post Office.)

CityGate Grill Mother’s Day Brunch – 9:30AM – 2PM | Adults $44.95, Kids $19.95, 5 and under FREE
CityGate Grille – 2020 Calamos Ct. Naperville, IL 60563
CityGate Grille is pulling out all the stops for Mom. Brunch features more than 25 delicious breakfast and lunch treats under the expert direction of their executive chef. Reservations can be made by visiting www.citygategrille.com.

Hotel Arista Mother’s Day Brunch – 10AM – 1PM | Adults $49.95, Children 5-12 $23.95, Children 4 & under FREE
Hotel Arista – 2139 City Gate Ln, Naperville, IL 60563
Treat mom to a fun and definitely delicious Mother’s Day Brunch. Includes special kid-friendly buffet featuring peanut butter pancakes with grape jelly maple syrup, and their famous donut wall! Reservations required, call (630) 579-7827.

Paint & Plant a Pot for Mom – 11AM | $5
The Growing Place – 2000 Montgomery Rd Aurora, IL 60504
Kids can say Thank you to mom with an original work of art and a flower. The Growing Place will have a painting and planting station at both Naperville and Aurora locations. www.thegrowingplace.com.

It’s spring! Enjoy the sights & seasonal changes along the Riverwalk!

Located on Jackson at Webster along the Riverwalk, the Dandelion Fountain is the centerpiece in a popular gathering place. The idea came from Charles Vincent “Chuck” George, the architect who helped create the original design for our city’s natural treasure to commemorate the City’s sesquicentennial in 1981.

Consider ‘save the dates’ today for future events

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.

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.

A wine dinner is slated for May 24 at Catch 35 Naperville, located at Washington and Van Buren in the heart of downtown.

Wine Dinner at Catch 35 Naperville… Catch 35 Naperville will be hosting a wine dinner for Chappellet Vineyards from 6PM to 9PM on Thursday, May 24. For more information, visit www.catch35.com/naperville.

2018 General Election is November 6. Thanks for being informed!

Check out the Naperville Voters Guide for results of the recent Primary Election and a listing of hopefuls that advanced to run in the Illinois General Election to serve Naperville in DuPage County, Will County, Springfield and Washington, D.C. Thanks to the candidates that have been running races focused on innovative ideas and solutions for this beautiful Midwestern state.



Year-round Gift Ideas/Reserve ‘Gala’ Tickets!

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.

Whether Mother’s Day, graduations or Father’s Day, it’s 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. 

Upcoming graduation ceremonies 

High school graduations will wrap up the month of May.  Naperville Central and Naperville North graduations in School District 203 are slated for Mon., May 21; followed by Metea Valley, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley graduations in School District 204 on Sun., May 27, at the Northern Illinois Convocation Center, 1525 West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, IL. 

Turning Pointe Career College graduation is set to begin at 1PM Fri., May 18, at the Marriott on Diehl Road.

North Central College Commencement will be held on Sat., June 9, inside the Res/Rec Center. At 9:40AM,  
graduates will begin the processional from Merner Field House into the center for the commencement ceremony at 10AM. Doors open at 8:30AM.  Open seating is first come, first served. The ceremony also may be viewed on the big screen in Wentz Concert Hall or online at northcentralcollege.edu/commencement.

2019 Derby Party

Save the date, Sat., May 4, 2019, for next year’s Derby Party. In case you missed it, check out photos of recent fun to benefit Hesed House when Justify won the first leg of the Triple Crown. (Note! On May 19, the Preakness Stakes, takes place from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, and Justify is the early Preakness favorite at 1-2.)

Hats off to special events for worthy causes. Thanks to all for supporting fundraising events in the community whenever possible! Everybody is welcome!


And if you need greeting cards for those special gift certificates and other seasonal gifts, find huge assortments for all occasions at Oswald’s Pharmacy in Naperville Plaza and The Boxes, Etc., in Cress Creek Shopping Center. Cheers!

Dine Around Naperville! Celebrate local hospitality…

Check out the brunch scene for Mother’s Day on May 13.

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

Call for Mother’s Day brunch reservations today.

Note that more than 40 of the eateries are located throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals right down the block from the Riverwalk in spring bloom!

Cheers to the local business experience! Celebrate safely.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to the patio at Quigley’s, weather permitting.

Start with breakfast from 10AM to Noon at Quigley’s Irish Pub on Saturdays and Sundays.  

Breakfast, brunch and lunch are served at many other dining locations throughout downtown Naperville, too.

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 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays) or local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends. No cover. 

And ICYMI, there’s always more latest news…

 The Crime Stoppers number is (630) 420-6006.

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. 

Help prevent crime! Lock it or lose it! If you see something suspicious, say something. Keeping our community safe is everyone’s responsibility.

Thanks for reading and shopping locally!

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. So that would mean the next IBN meeting is Mon., June 4.

And in the words of Dan Casey, owner of Casey’s Foods, “Support your local businesses and you’ll always live a nice community.”