And follow this link to Things to do the weekend June 15-17. Thanks!

Friday

Come on down! The latest sculptures displaying wit, whimsy and fine art will be on exhibit beginning June 8 through mid-September 2018. Eighteen big hearts will welcome everyone to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment throughout downtown Naperville.

AAUW Naperville Area Used Book and Media Sale – 9AM | Free
Washington Junior High School 201 North Washington Street Naperville, IL 60540 – 201 North Washington Street Naperville, IL 60540
Come and explore the AAUW Naperville Area Used Book and Media sale with over 40,000 locally donated items. Hardcover and paperback books, CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl and, except for Fab Finds, all items priced $.50- $2. Cooking, history, biography, travel, children’s, religion and many other categories fill our tables. June 6, Sneak Peek, $10 entry charge; June 7-8, free entry and hourly specials; June 9, Closeout, all items, except Fab Finds, 1/2 price or $10 a bag. All proceeds benefit scholarships, fellowships, and other programs for women and girls. AAUW (the Amercian Association of University Women) is dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Sipping Under the Stars: Wine Tasting – 7PM | $35
CityGate Grille – 2020 Calamos Ct Naperville, IL 60563
Sipping under the stars is the theme of CityGate Grille’s evening of wine sampling and live music on its newly renovated Terrace beginning at 7PM Friday, June 8. The event will feature a selection of 12 favorite reds and whites, along with appetizers prepared by its culinary team, led by Executive Chef Adam Tanner. The $35 price includes six tasting tickets, appetizers, tax and gratuity. Call (630) 718-1010 for reservations.

Saturday

Mega Garage Sale – 8AM | Free
Our Saviors Celebration Community Life Center – 919 S Washington St. Naperville, IL 60563
Naperville’s biggest and best garage sale. Well-organized indoors and in giant furniture tent. Departments for clothes(sold by the bag), toys, housewares, books, electronics, infant equipment, art work, holiday, floral and crafts, furniture and lamps,outdoor and sporting equipment, bikes, garden perennials. Half Price Day June 9, 8AM to noon www.megagaragesale.weebly.com. Hospitality with a grill and bake sale. Benefits ministries of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and the Naperville Community.

The Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard Street, next to Merner Field House, creates perfect indoor space for North Central College Commencement. (PN File Photo)

North Central College Commencement – 8:30AM | Free
NCC’s 153rd Commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will take place at 10AM Saturday, June 9, in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St. Doors open at 8:30AM for guest seating and the processional begins at 9:40AM. Visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/commencement for more info.

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. Then inside the independent grocer offers Saturday specials every week from 8AM until 7PM, while supplies last. This week, Casey’s Quality Meat features America’s Cut Pork Chops, plain or seasoned for only $4.49/lb. and Casey’s Greek Potatoes for only $4.99/lb.

Sunday

Hometown Picnic – 1-4PM | $12/adult, $10/senior (62+), $8/youth (4-12) Naperville residents with proof of residency, children under 4 and members are free
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
What better way to spend a lazy, Sunday afternoon than at a picnic with an old-fashioned baseball game, fun contests, and Touch-A-Truck vehicles? Bring your family, lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic and enjoy reliving the past! The Chicago Salmon versus the Lemont Quarrymen in a vintage baseball game at 1PM. All activities are free with museum admission.

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 last 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 every Thursday through Aug. 16.

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

Greetings & cheers from Naperville Plaza & Cress Creek Shopping Center

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.

Note also that from noon-10PM Mon., June 11, lunch and dinner served at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria-Downtown Naperville comes with great musical performances by area youth. Lou Malnati’s again is celebrating kids by generously donating 20 percent of their sales (both restaurant and carry-out) to support KidsMatter’s goal of reducing at-risk behavior and building resilient kids who say No to destructive choices and Yes to endless possibilities. 

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 for shopping locally!

As always, thanks for visiting this website and reading PN. Thanks, too, for 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. Member businesses display a bright red sign that promotes independence such as the one on the front door at Kreger’s.

For the recent meeting on June 4, IBN invited Mayor Steve Chirico to address members of the small business community and answer questions. ICYMI…The mayor added that he welcomes business owners to call his office to set up a meeting, saying his doors are open to discuss any issue.

Please note… On July 9, an irregular second Monday meeting is scheduled 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.

Also note that coming soon, all during July, families can play “Find Waldo” and kids can win prizes by keeping track on a “Bingo Card” where they catch Waldo hiding through Naperville’s independent business community. Watch for a new set of local participants with individual ideas and new rules coming soon. For starters, Bingo Cards will be available at Anderson’s Bookshop beginning July 1, 2018.

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