Above / As it rings in another year, Naperville will offer many reasons to experience this city’s highlights throughout 2019. Thanks for discovering all the seasonal stars in this fun place to live, shop, dine and entertain. Celebrate safely.

Cheers to 2019! Have a safe, healthful and happy New Year in Naperville and beyond!

So what did you decide to do New Year’s Eve? 

Wrap up 2018 with a tour of Raintree Drive just off River Road where holiday music and dancing angels are among the glistening stars of the street, a popular attraction for Naperville Trolley & Tours.

Here are a few of PN’s picks among many choices in our city’s grand illumination of activities, by day and by night on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Whether New Year’s Eve begins in the morning with enthusiastic children or starts with an early evening drive around town to see the bright holiday lights, revelers can link up with options to fit any pocketbook or whet any appetite.

Find options that include a night on the town or simply munching on snacks in front of a good movie on TV before watching the ball drop in Times Square.

Spread the kindness!

If going out, be sure to make reservations to avoid disappointment.  And remember to tip servers (who share tips with bussers and food runners), bartenders and valets – 20 percent is customary.

One more thing… Whenever booking advance reservations at more than one venue, kindly cancel the ones you decide not to use in plenty of time for someone else to benefit. Thanks. Happy New Year!

Celebrate safely with family, friends & neighbors

Celebrate Safely! Area and state police departments will be adding extra patrols this weekend, New Year’s Eve and through January 2, 2019. Don’t forget to plan ahead for all your transportation needs whenever you celebrate. Remember, taxis and limos will be at a premium on New Year’s Eve.

Whatever you decide, enjoy the last day of the year with a vow to try to enjoy a safe, healthful, productive and prosperous 2019.


dcmThe DuPage Children’s Museum hosts its 17th annual Fun Family NYE with confetti, bubbles or quiet time!
Sunday, December 31 | 9AM– Noon

Fun Family NYE is an important fundraiser for the Museum. It is THE place for families to ring in the New Year. This annual year-end celebration, now in its 17th year, has become a holiday tradition for families to celebrate together at DuPage Children’s Museum. Join families and friends for the countdown and come discover plenty that’s new.

Tickets are $20 (members) nd $25 nonmembers. 


Noon Year’s Eve Countdown at SciTech

From 10AM to 3PM, SciTech Museum presents a family-festive Noon Year’s Eve. Activities include a 1,000 balloon drop with a sparkling cider toast at noon and a juggler that performs unbelievable feats using kinetic energy and Newton’s Second Law of Rotation from 1 to 2 PM. Additional activities include hands-on crafts, popcorn and cotton candy, festive spin art, creating a noise maker, making a headband, face painting as well as a photo booth, games and prizes. Check ticket availability at Noon Year’s Eve. SciTech Museum is located in a historic post office building at 18 W. Benton St. in  Aurora.


Celebrate at Bowlero with a strike or two or three! | 11AM– 1AM

Space is limited and lanes are filling up fast! Book your holiday party now at bowlero.com/nye. Find Bowlero Naperville at 1515 Aurora Ave. Give them a call for reservation availability at (630) 355-7622.

All Afternoon until 6PM in downtown Naperville

Discover delicious tastes at the new Allegory restaurant right next to Dean’s Fine Clothing, a longstanding shopping destination for men and women in downtown Naperville. Located at 226 S. Main Street, Dean’s will be celebrating its first 60 years in 2019.

Ringin’ in the New Year in downtown Naperville. Family fun and merriment begin at 12:30PM. Enjoy the final day of 2018 shopping, dining and celebrating downtown, leading up to an early evening 6PM countdown to ring in the New Year at the base of the Moser Tower with the 72-bell carillon at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. Or venture to Quigley’s Irish Pub where patrons again will be welcoming in the New Year at 6PM which is the beginning of 2019, Dublin time. (Note that Quigley’s closes at 8PM on New Year’s Eve.)

New Year’s Eve day throughout downtown includes special sales and celebration along Main Street, Jefferson Avenue, Washington Street, Jackson Avenue  and Van Buren Avenue.

For starters, check in at Southern Tide and other new shops around the corner from the Main Street Bridge located at 120 Water Street, for a list of activities. Click here for the map that showcases some of the highlights, including:

  • Great end of year shopping specials with bargains galore
  • 6PM early New Year’s Eve countdown at the base of the Carillon at Rotary Hill (Free of Charge)

Celebrate the end of the year with the whole family, then make plans to begin the New Year with great shopping and dining while participating in fun adventures and traditional activities planned throughout 2019. Whether resident or visitor, plan to check this website regularly to keep track of special events and many ways to participate in Naperville where there are more than 260 restaurants to please every appetite, spread all over town.

The city’s central business district is just steps from the Riverwalk, Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum as well as entertainment venues and art galleries at North Central College.

For more info about downtown festivities and special offers, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

New Year’s Eve Shop & Dine with DNA Gift Cards

And whenever you’re headed downtown, take your handy Downtown Naperville Gift Cards, too.

Use your DNA Gift Card any time at any downtown location.

4PM at Center Stage Theater

Freaky Friday: A Musical Adventure performed at Center Stage Theater at 6PM to begin ringing in the New Year with this family fun event. Start your experience at Center Stage Theater- Naperville, located at 1665 Quincy Avenue, Suite 131. Then dine, dance and party the night away with DJ Interactive Entertainment by At Your Request. Cash bar. Adult: $35 / Children(Age 3-11): $15. Click here for complete details, schedule, prices and RSVP. 

6PM and so on

Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Avenue

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Dublin time at Quigley’s, 3-8PMFamilies and friends are invited for the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration and Countdown Dublin Time at 6PM at Quigley’s Irish Pub at 43 E. Jefferson St. in downtown Naperville. This family-friendly tradition at Naperville’s authentic Irish pub is filled with good cheer, delicious food, live music and satisfaction for folks who enjoy celebrating but who don’t like to stay up until midnight CST to welcome in the New Year. Note also that the pub will close at 8PM on New Year’s Eve. It’s best to come early if you plan to find a table as this event with live music attracts groups of revelers of all ages. And remember since the first Tuesday falls on New Year’s Day, West Suburban Irish Quiz Night begins another trivia contest throughout Quigley’s at 7PM Tues., Jan. 8, 2019.

Ring in the New Year with 72 bells! The public is welcome to attend the 6PM countdown to ring in the New Year 6 hours early at the base of the Moser Tower with the 72-bell carillon at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk.  (See more details at 11:15PM). FREE of charge. For more info, visit “Schedule.”


Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Avenue

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Mansion! Meson Sabika offers a pair of seatings. First at 6:30PM and before: 4 tapas, filet or lobster and 2 desserts is $54.95 pp and includes Champagne toast and complimentary children’s menu. Then 7PM and after: 6 tapas, filet or lobster and 2 desserts is $64.95 pp and includes Champagne toast, party favors for the countdown and a children’s menu is available. Live Spanish flamenco dancer and guitarist performance to begin at 7PM. To make reservations call (630) 983-3000 x 2 or visit www.mesonsabika.com.

Catch 35

Catch 35, Washington at Van Buren

Catch 35 Naperville, located in the heart of downtown, welcomes you to enjoy good taste in seafood and premium steaks on New Year’s Eve. Ring in 2019 at Catch 35 with surf & turf specials and mouthwatering shellfish platters. Catch 35’s regular menu also will be available. Check limited reservations available at (630) 717-3500. http://www.catch35.com/new-years-eve-menu-2017/. Catch 35 Naperville is located at 35 S. Washington St., just steps from the Van Buren Parking Deck. For more info about fine dining every day at Catch 35, visit www.catch35.com.

SixtyFour – A Reserve Room, 123 Water Street, invites guests to make reservations this New Year’s Eve for a tasting extravaganza! To reserve your seats, email info@sixtyfourwinebar.com.

Che Figata at Hotel Arista, 2139 CityGate Lane located next to Hotel Arista in CityGate Centre, will help revelers ring in 2019. 6-10PM Cocktails and Dinner at $65 per person. Delicious menu with wine pairings optional (additional $50 charge). For reservations, call (630) 579-3210.

CityGate Grille, located in the Calamos Investments Building at I-88 and Rt. 59 at Ferry Road, invites you to kick back and enjoy an evening of friends, fun, live music and nothing stuffy at their New Year’s Eve Party! For reservations beginning at 5PM for a celebration that ends at 1AM, call (630) 718-1010 or visit www.citygategrille.com.

Top Golf, 3211 Odyssey Court (near CityGate Centre), will host a golden night of fun. Reserve an all-inclusive bay package for your group that includes party favors and unlimited Topgolf from 9PM to close. VIP Bay- $450: Includes a reserved bay with unlimited Topgolf game play from 9PM-1AM for up to 6 people, Chef’s choice buffet, champange toast at Midnight, party favors. General Admission Bay- $225: Includes a reserved bay with unlimited Topgolf game play from 9PM-1AM for up to 6 people, party favors. Some restrictions apply. Phone: (630) 596-1000.

For more variety, check out Dine Naperville where you’ll find the city’s long list of more than 250 eateries.

NYE take-out to party at home!


Casey’s Foods is located in Naperville Plaza, Washington at Gartner. Thanks for all the shiny gold and silver coins, pocket change and dollar bills tossed in the red kettles for the Salvation Army!

Catering, too! If New Year’s Eve is a time to stay at home with family and friends, relaxing with jigsaw puzzles and board games to the whimsy and revelry on television as the ball drops in New York’s Times Square, remember that most restaurants offer take-out as does Casey’s Gourmet Deli.

And for all your party-at-home supplies, find festive noisemakers, hats and other New Year’s Eve novelties at Oswald’s Pharmacy, right around the bend from Casey’s.

Enjoying New Year’s Eve in the comfort of your home can be a time to create a game night. Play cards. Order a pizza to be delivered. Pop popcorn.

Some folks have suggested taking down the Christmas tree and connecting every ornament with a memory.

With little desire to stay up late, another reader said she always organizes her closet and chest of drawers on New Year’s Eve with the aim to celebrate with a toast upon completion at 10PM and bedtime soon after.

Create a commemorative brick message for Jaycees Plaza… Looking toward the future, perhaps take time to gather ’round and create a message for a commemorative brick that will mark a spot in the new Jaycee Park along the Riverwalk near Water Street. The park expected to be finished in spring 2019 is located just west of the Webster Street Covered bridge marked by stars in the photo at the top of this post.


Traditional Bell Ringing. Then at 11:15PM, a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown is planned at Moser Tower with the Millennium Carillon along the Riverwalk. The concert is open to the public and free of charge. Searchlights will illuminate the Carillon as it rings in the New Year with a festive peal and Carillon music. Hear the songs planned by City Carillonneur Tim Sleep from 11:15-11:45PM before the midnight countdown to welcome 2019!  Cheers!

New Year’s Day / 9AM to 1PM

Begin 2019 with brunch buffet at Che Figata in CityGate Centre.

Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, mini-waffles with nutella creme, biscuits and gravy, European meats, Roman pizzas, mini-croissant breakfast sandwiches as well as assorted pastries and desserts. Juices, coffee, tea and smoothie shots also will be served. The brunch buffet is $25 per person. Add $10 for Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas.

Do you know couples that became engaged at Christmas or New Year’s?

Naper Settlement will host its annual Wedding Showcase from 10AM to 3PM on Sat., Feb. 23, where many wedding planners, consultants, venues and special services will be on display for brides and grooms as well as their parents to begin planning. Check out Meson Sabika, Hotel Arista and CityGate Grille among many local vendors that offer spaces for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Admission to the Wedding Showcase is free of charge.

Look toward 2019 Restaurant Week, Jan. 20-Feb. 3

Naperville 2019 Restaurant Week is slated for Jan. 20 through Feb 3, 2019.

For more events and entertainment, some free of charge,  check out the last day of the year on the December Events Calendar.


Moser Tower at Midnight

Thanks for reading.

Thanks, too, for shopping, dining and entertaining locally whenever possible. Your independent business community appreciates your support and a thriving local economy benefits all local residents.

For a listing of more than 260 local eateries, sure to whet any appetite, visit www.dinenaperville.com. Local matters.


And it’s A-OK to curl up with a good book on New Year’s Eve. Many folks tell us they hit the hay way before midnight with a positive attitude that “tomorrow is another day.”

Then there are 364 more days to experience before the next New Year’s Eve. Make every day count.

Celebrate safely! Happy 2019!