ICYMI / Wednesday / Happy Independence Day!

Naperville Neighborhoods celebrate with Fourth of July Parades! Thanks to friends and neighbors who provided news that long-running annual parades begin at 8:45AM in Brook Crossings Estates, 11AM in Brookdale and 1PM in Knoch Knolls. In fact, Brookdale is celebrating America’s birthday with its 35th annual parade. Cheers to local! 

Find Waldo during 2018 Tour de Independents – FREE every day until July 31
More than 40 participating businesses throughout Naperville, IL 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565
Waldo returns to raise awareness about the good value of shopping locally in support of local independent businesses. If you don’t have a “Passport” yet, pick one up at Anderson’s Bookshop (open 12-5PM Independence Day), follow instructions, visit at least 12 participating businesses, then turn in the passport to be part of the raffle for prizes by July 31. The drawing will be at 11AM on Aug. 1. Find complete details with a click here. Thanks for getting to know our local independent business community. In 2017, Waldo showed up at Ribfest where a number of the sponsors and vendors are members of IndieBound Naperville.

31st Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest  – noon to 10PM | Tickets vary each day
Knoch Park – 724 S. West St, Naperville, IL 60540
Ribfest runs July 4 – 7 at Knoch Park in Naperville adjacent to Naperville Central High School. The annual fest features ribs, food vendors, carnival, family fun land and live music on multiple stages. Headliners this year include Pitbull and Steven Tyler. Info and tickets at www.ribfest.net. Tickets are available at the gate. And get this… Admission to the South Park only is $5 every day for everybody. Kids 11 and under are free all the time when accompanied by an adult. 

Thank you, Ribfest officials and Naperville’s Public Safety Team, for keeping festival goers safe during two evacuations of Knoch Park deemed necessary by severe weather conditions with lightning strikes. 

Fireworks – 9:30PM / Knoch Park / Canceled due to thunder storm


ICYMI / Thursday

31st Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest  – noon to 10PM | Tickets vary each day
Knoch Park – 724 S. West St, Naperville, IL 60540
Ribfest runs July 4 – 7 at Knoch Park in Naperville. Tickets are available at the gate. And get this… Admission to the South Park only is $5 every day for everybody. Kids 11 and under are free all the time when accompanied by an adult.

95th Street Farmers Market – 3-7PM | Free
95th Street Library Parking Lot – 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. Naperville, IL 60564
The 95th St. Farmer’s Market will be held rain or shine at the 95th St. Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Rd., thru Sept. 27. For more info, visit www.napervilleparks.org/farmersmarket.

Naperville Municipal Band Big Band Concert – 7:30PM | Free
Central Park – 104 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Tonight it’s the first NMB Big Band Concert!  The 2018 Thursday Evening Outdoor Summer Concert Series featuring the Naperville Municipal Band in Central Park started June 7 and a second NMB Big Band Concert wraps us the summer series on August 16. The performances are free to the public. Concert-goers sit on benches, blankets or their own folding chairs. Some set up portable tables for picnics. Others purchase delicious homemade goodies prepared by charitable organizations at the gazebo bake sale. Each Concert features a raffle sponsored by local businesses. Be sure to pick up one of the 1,000 numbered programs for a chance to win prizes. The Community Concert Center is located at 104 E. Benton Ave. INFO: www.napervilleband.org.

Fireworks – Tentatively Scheduled (Time TBD), Weather Permitting / Knoch Park 

ICYMI / Friday

Trolley Tours of Naperville – 10:15 and 11AM | $8-16
Trolley Stop on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street Naperville, IL 60540
Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville. This one-hour Historic Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlight’s Naperville’s growth, and includes some fun stories. Meet at the ‘Trolley Stop’ on Jackson Ave. at Eagle Street by 10:50AM. $16 per person, all ages. There is also a Children’s 30-minute Trolley ride at 10:15AM for $8. Trolley is fully enclosed and will run rain or shine, no refunds. DING! DING! Info and tickets at www.napervilletrolley.com.

31st Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest  – noon to 10PM | Tickets vary each day
Knoch Park – 724 S. West St, Naperville, IL 60540
Ribfest runs July 4 – 7 at Knoch Park in Naperville. Tickets are available at the gate. And get this… Admission to the South Park only is $5 every day for everybody. Kids 11 and under are free all the time when accompanied by an adult. Uncle Bub’s was voted as Best Ribs, Best Sauce & Kids Choice among 11 vendors at Ribfest 2018.

Saturday

Naperville Farmer’s Market – 7AM-noon | Free
5th Avenue Station – 200 E 5th Ave, Naperville, IL 60563
The Naperville Farmer’s Market is a rain/shine event that is held every Saturday starting June 2 and ending October 27 in the parking lot of 5th Avenue Station. This is a pet-free market. Over 25 vendors that offer anything from produce, to meat, to flowers, along with hot coffee.

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. Saturday Special 8AM to 7PM while supplies last: Casey’s Brats  only $2.98/lb., all varieties, and Casey’s Redskin Potato Salad  only $2.99/lb.

31st Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest  – noon to 10PM | Tickets vary each day
Knoch Park – 724 S. West St, Naperville, IL 60540
Ribfest runs July 4 – 7 at Knoch Park in Naperville. Tickets are available at the gate. And get this… Admission to the South Park only is $5 every day for everybody. Kids 11 and under are free all the time when accompanied by an adult.

Click here for more things to do on PN’s daily calendar.

Sunday

Local ponds welcome families & friends to ‘Go fish!’ – All Day-Any Day | Patience
Riverwalk, Lake Osborne, May Watts Pond, Whalan Lake, Etc., Naperville, IL 60540, 60564, 60563
Find plenty of spots for recreational “catch and release” fishing throughout Naperville. Check out this link featuring photos of local anglers and locations where the fish are usually biting.

Find Waldo during 2018 Tour de Independents – FREE every day until July 31
More than 40 participating businesses throughout Naperville, IL 60540, 60563, 60564, 60565
Waldo returns to raise awareness about the good value of shopping locally in support of local independent businesses. Pick up a “Passport” at Anderson’s Bookshop, follow instructions, visit at least 12 participating businesses, then turn in the passport to be part of the raffle for prizes by July 31. The drawing will be at 11AM on Aug. 1. Find complete details with a click here. Thanks for getting to know our local independent business community. In 2017, Waldo showed up at Ribfest where a number of the sponsors and vendors are members of IndieBound Naperville.

 

 

It’s Summertime! Enjoy the sights & seasonal changes along the Riverwalk with carillon concerts at 7PM on Tuesdays 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 is illuminated with different colors throughout the year.)

Centennial Beach is open daily, weather permitting. Find it at 500 W. Jackson Avenue.


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 GolfFestivals & 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.

Venture over to Central Park with friends and a picnic for Naperville Municipal Band Concerts at 7:30PM on Thursdays in Central Park.

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. What’s more, you can even ask for a box dinner to go!

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. 

Greetings & cheers from Naperville Plaza & Cress Creek Shopping Center

And if you need greeting cards for those special gift certificates, birthday 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.  Remember to also look for Waldo at Oswald’s and The Boxes on the Tour de Independents.

Dine Around Naperville! Celebrate local hospitality…

Check out the brunch scene every weekend all around town.

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.

Quigley’s Gift Cards are a great way to thank everyone! Stop on in and grab one today! Then remember daily specials such as Build-Your-Own-Angus-Burger every Monday evening.

 

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to the patio at Quigley’s, weather permitting. And it’s real cool inside, too!

Start with breakfast from 8AM to Noon at Quigley’s Irish Pub on Saturdays and Sundays.  World Cup continues Saturday and next week, too!

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.

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.

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