An Evening with Jazz Trombonist Tim Coffman – 8PM | $15-20
Madden Theatre – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents “An Evening with Jazz Trombonist Tim Coffman” at 8PM Friday, May 18, at the College’s Madden Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tim Coffman is one of the most active trombonists and instructors in the Chicago area, and has performed with famous acts such as Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Natalie Cole and was lead trombone for the Chicago Symphony’s production of “Nutcracker.” Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per student. Call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit


Casey’s Saturday Specials – 8AM – 7PM | $$ per pound
Naperville Plaza – Washington at Gartner Naperville, IL 60540
Saturday’s Special… Casey’s Quality Meat! Casey’s T-bone/Porterhouse  only $11.69/lb. and Casey’s Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes  only $6.99/lb. What’s more, weather permitting, Casey’s will be firing up the grill from 11AM to 2PM for lunch on the patio. For more info, visit

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.

AAUW Naperville Area Used Book and Media Sale donation drive – 9AM | Free
Knox Presbyterian Church – 1105 Catalpa Naperville, Il 60540
Used Book and Media donation drive for AAUW Naperville Area annual sale which raises funds for scholarships, fellowships, and other programs supporting women and girls. Donate hardcover/paperback books, CD’s, DVD’s and LP’s. No encyclopedias, condensed books, textbooks , American Heritage or VHS tapes. Unloading assistance and tax receipts will be provided. If possible bring books in boxes. For more information: or If you are unable to bring books to donation drive, small quantities can be dropped off at the District 203 Administration Bldg., 203 W. Hillside Dr., Naperville, IL, 60540.

Civil War Days – 10AM | Day of Event: $15/adult, $10/youth (412)Advance Tickets: $13/adult, $8/youth
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St Naperville, IL 60540
Saturday & Sunday, May 20 and 21, 10AM – 4PM, Naper Settlement is transformed into a Civil War encampment where visitors can meet famous figures of the past and experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nations history. Hundreds of re-enactors participate, culminating in staging a battle complete with raging cannons and marching infantry. This family-friendly event features food, fun, music, and shopping on Sutlers Row for traditional Civil War-era reproduction products. The battle begins at 2:30PM each day. The Weed Ladies will be selling spring silk and dried florals in the Daniels House.

Summer Grilling Tips with Executive Chef Adam Tanner – 3PM | $40/person + beverages
CityGate Grille – 2020 Calamos Ct Naperville, IL 60563
Join CityGate Grille’s Executive Chef Adam Tanner for an outdoor grilling demo, discussion and 3-course meal. This event requires reservations and is limited to 20 participants.

Kathryn Bender Dance Showcase – 6:30PM | $12-$15. Show tickets: $15/adult, $12/student
Naperville North High School-IL – 899 N. Mill St. Naperville, IL 60563
Several dance companies from the area come together to raise money for sudden death awareness. It is a casual event with raffles, silent auctions opening at 6:30PM and the dance show starting at 7PM. You can purchase tickets for the show at or at the door. The show tickets are $15/adult and $12/student. Be sure to get there early to buy raffle tickets and to bid on silent auctions.


West Towns Chorus Presents – Sing Out The News! – 3PM | $10-$20. 
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60563
The West Towns Chorus presents their 2018 Spring Show Sing Out The News! with special guests 2017 Illinois District Quartet Champions South of Normal and 2017 4th place Illinois District Quartet, Interlude!

Naperville Responds for Veterans – 6PM | Free
St. Margaret Mary Church – 1450 Green Trails Drive Naperville, IL 60540
Naperville Responds for Veterans will present their mission and services provided to local veterans. Come learn about services available, needs of local veterans and ways to help. There will be a Q&A session, refreshments and fellowship.

Thanks for supporting veterans during Buddy Poppy Days, May 23-27.

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

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 graduations, Father’s Day or any merry old reason, 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. (2017 Graduating Class / PN File Photo)

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

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

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.”