Above / Partly sunny? Partly cloudy? Pick a pretty place under the sun to enjoy the weekend. No matter which way you cross this bridge when you come to it along Webster Street, the Riverwalk leads to shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation in downtown Naperville. Cheers!

Smart answers to summer corn found at Casey’s Foods, while supplies last

Mirai is a Japanese word that stands for “taste of the future.” In Japan, Mirai sweet corn is sold as a fruit. Mirai is identified by its extraordinary taste, texture, and tenderness unlike any other sweet corn available. This corn was developed and is grown at Twin Garden Farms in Harvard, Illinois, and arrives at Casey’s Foods in Naperville Plaza directly from the farm. For more information, visit www.twingardenfarms.com/. Right now this delicious sweet corn is 69 cents per ear or $3.99 for bag of 6 ears, while supplies last.

Also just in… This week’s Saturday specials, 8AM to 7PM, are Casey’s Casey’s Stuffed Chicken Breasts for only $4.98/lb. and ​Casey’s Bowtie (pasta), Pea, & Prosciutto Salad for only $4.99/lb. 


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.

Naper Nights – 5-10PM | $10-15
Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540
Visit Naper Settlement on July 20 and 21 for a line-up featuring a range of classic, funk, and glam rock. Friday’s lineup includes The Fortunate Sons, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute, and Turn the Page, a Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band tribute. Saturday will showcase the music of Simply Elton with the Brown Dirt Cowboys, an Elton John tribute, and Natural Wonder, a Stevie Wonder tribute. Tickets are $15 adult, $10 youth. Members and children under 4 are free. Purchase tickets at www.napernights.org.

ICYMI / 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.

Orientation at the Community Career Center – 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.

Shrek: The Musical – 7:30PM | $12-$18  (Final performance, 2PM Sun., July 22)
Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60563
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery. Tickets at northcentral.vbotickets.com/event/Shrek/27153. Final weekend… also staged at 7:30PM Fri., July 20, and 2PM Sun., July 22.

The Naperville Community Concert Center is located in Central Park.

DuPage Symphony Orchestra presents “The Great Outdoors” – 7:30PM | Free
Community Concert Center – 104 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Celebrate the majesty of nature with The Blue Danube, Grand Canyon Suite, Oklahoma, Rodeo, & more at this family-friendly outdoor concert. Free admission.

Sunday

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.

Float-Your-Boat-for-a-Cause – Noon-2PM | Beach Admission
Centennial Beach – 500 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Find fun watching cardboard boat creations compete to the finish line for local charities. Hosted by 95.9 The River. Click here to check out the 2017 event in photos!

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.


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 climbing to the observation deck of 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. Sunday, July 22, The Beach will host the 5th Annual Float-Your-Boat-For-A-Cause.


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 / ‘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, birthdays, anniversaries or any merry old reason, it’s always the season to give DNA gift cards or to create a new experience in 2018 whether at charity golf outing or a gala event. 

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. 

For August, consider the 2018 Night to End Hunger and Transform Lives benefit dinner with silent and live auctions, sumptuous desserts and musical entertainment, hosted by Naperville-based Loaves & Fishes Community Services. Find more about the annual event slated this year from 6-11PM Sat., Aug. 25, at loaves-fishes.org/events/night-to-end-hunger.

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 from now through July 31.

Dine Around Naperville! Celebrate local hospitality…

From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika to Che Figata, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com. Find a variety of menus with choices that will whet every appetite, budget and take-out or catering request every day.

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 summer bloom!

Enjoy patio season at the historic Meson Sabika, located at 1025 Aurora Ave.

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 breakfast on Sunday morning and Build-Your-Own-Angus-Burger every Monday evening.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to the patio at Quigley’s, weather permitting, located at 43 E. Jefferson. And it’s real cool inside, too!

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.

From now through July 31, local business owners welcome residents and visitors who are inspired to find Waldo making N.E.W.S. during the annual Tour de Independents throughout Naperville and the nation.

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