ICYMI / Friday

AAUW Naperville Area Used Book and Media Sale donation drive – 9AM | Free
Knox Presbyterian Church – 1105 Catalpa Naperville, IL 60540
Last donation drive for our AAUW Naperville Area Used Book and Media Sale which funds scholarships, fellowships and other programs for women and girls. They love hardcover/paperback books, CD’s DVD’s and LP’s in good condition. 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, email aauwnaperville@hotmail.com.

Riverwalk Summer Reading Kickoff – 6PM | Free
Naperville Riverwalk – 736 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Celebrate the beginning of summer and the library’s reading program with a Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration at the Riverwalk. Participants can dance to their favorite songs, join in for sing-alongs, and then enjoy an exciting performance by juggler Jason Kollum. Enjoy Jason’s interactive, high-energy show featuring balancing and juggling stunts, cool skills with spinning balls, frisbees and a variety of interactive skills. Summer reading logs will be available. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held in the Community Room at Nichols Library.

Wednesday evening, the creative folks at Che Figata offered Mayor Steve Chirico a big pair of scissors to cut a long roll of pizza dough for its ceremonial grand opening with the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. The new restaurant in CityGate Centre opens every day at 11AM.

Mayor Steve Chirico, center, participated in the “pizza dough cutting” with Che Figata Chef Mark Grimes, NACC President/CEO Nicki Anderson, and owners Mae Calamos and John Calamos at the new restaurant in CityGate Centre.

ICYMI / Saturday

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. Watch for Saturday specials, too, at the Butcher Counter and the Gourmet Foods Section. Find this week’s Saturday specials, including Casey’s Atlantic Salmon  only $11.98/lb. and Casey’s Grilled Vegetable Medley only $4.98/lb, between 8AM and 7PM while supplies last.

Jeanine Nicarico G.L.O.W. 5K Run-Walk –  8:15PM | $30-40
5th Avenue Station – E 5th Ave, Naperville, IL 60563
The 17th Annual Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund G.L.O.W. 5K Run for Reading is Sat., June 2. This nighttime 5K family run/walk will take place at the Historic 5th Ave Station in Naperville. All proceeds will benefit the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Fund for Literacy for students within the Naperville community. INFO: www.nicaricoliteracyfund.org. Click here for link to race results. UPDATE! CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO PN PHOTO GALLERY FROM G.L.O.W. EVENT…

Sunday

German-Language Church Services – 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 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 3. 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 July 31 and August 5. For more information, call (630) 355-5208.

PN Upcoming Events Calendar for today and more featured on right side of page…

It’s spring, going on summer. Enjoy the sights & seasonal changes along the Riverwalk with concerts at Rotary Hill!

(Click here for the schedule of free carillon concerts this summer; plus,, more about one of the world’s biggest musical instruments and why Moser Tower has orange-colored lights this week.)

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.

FYI! The servers at Catch 35 Naperville, located at Washington and Van Buren in the heart of downtown, will get you to the Naperville Municipal Band Concerts on time every Thursday evening. Just arrive by 6PM and let your server know you want to be in Central Park for the opening of number that begins at 7:30PM June 7.

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 North Central College graduation ceremonies 

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.

Congratulations to all high school and college graduates! Cheers!

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, took place from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, and Justify won. Next up on June 9 for horse racing enthusiasts, the Belmont Stakes in New York just might produce a rare Triple Crown Winner!)

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

Greetings & cheers!

And if you need greeting cards for those special gift certificates, Father’s Day gifts 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.

Also, just in time for Father’s Day. drop by Oswald’s now, visit the gifts department and signup for the Wrigley Field Views giveaway! A $300 value! More cheers!

Dine Around Naperville! Celebrate local hospitality…

Check out the brunch scene for Father’s Day on June 17.

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

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. 

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

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. 

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.

During the meeting on Mon., June 4, at Kreger’s Brat & Sausage Haus, IBN members again will gear up for the Find Waldo campaign in July. Kreger’s is open 11 to 5:30 Friday and 11 to 4:30 Saturday.

So… that means the next IBN meeting is Mon., June 4.

From 6-6:50PM, Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico will return to present the latest happenings on the Naperville scene. Thanks for arriving prior to 6PM in order to get started on time.

Then on July 9, an irregular second Monday meeting due to Independence Day, the program will feature a presentation by Terry Quain, Co-leader, Greater Naperville Area Chapter, regarding developments with Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

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