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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: August 16-18, 2019


When the sun shines right, find a rainbow at the Horse Trough Fountain along the Riverwalk, Main at Jackson. (PN Photo 2019)

What a difference a year makes!

Update, Aug. 16, 2020 / This 2019 post of “Things to Do” has been receiving lots of looks this weekend. One thing has remained the same, even during the uncertainties of the pandemic: Rainbows still appear in Riverwalk fountains and sprinklers on Rotary Hill!

Please remember always to check the year of every PN post on this website. Even on a sunny day, our website is archived in the cloud.

Thanks for reading. —PN


Transfer Info Session at North Central College – 9:30AM | $0-$15
Smith Hall in Old Main –  30 N. Brainard St. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College will host an information session Friday, August 16, for transfer students. Visitors can learn about academic choices, transfer admission process, scholarships and financial aid. Registration begins at 9:30AM at Smith Hall in Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St., and concludes with a walking tour of campus at 10:45AM. For more information or to register, call (630) 637-5800 or visit northcentralcollege.edu/visit/transfer-campus-visit-opportunities.

Naper Nights – 5PM | $0-$15. $15/adult, $10/youth ( 4-12); Free admission for members and children under 4
Naper Settlement – 523 S Webster Street Naperville, IL 60540
August’s entire line-up honors the greatest rock concert of all time, Woodstock. To round off the final set in the summer concert series, Naper Settlement honors Woodstock’s 50th anniversary with Soundtracks of a Generation on August 16, featuring the songs of Jefferson Airplane, Sly & the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, and more. The final concert on August 17 sends summer off right with Rico, a Santana tribute, opening for The THE BAND Band, a The Band tribute. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Gates are open 5-10PM. Visit NaperNights.org for details.

Lobster Bash at Catch 35 – all month | Check menu for pricing
Catch 35 – 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540
Get Crackin at Catch 35’s Annual Lobster Bash-Maine lobster specials available throughout August-Featuring “Award Winning” lobster mac and cheese, lobster rolls, stuffed lobster tails, and whole lobster.

Find more things to do under ‘Upcoming Events’ in the column to the right…


Garden Gossip & Coffee – 9AM | Free
The Growing Place Garden Center – 25w471 Plank Rd. Naperville, IL 60563
Visit the Growing Place for a morning chat about some of their favorite perennials, gardening tips and more. Visit thegrowingplace.com for details. Cost: Free No registration required.

Casey’s Foods fires up the grill on Saturdays and Sundays – 11AM–2PM | Cost varies with purchase
Casey’s Foods – 124 W Gartner Rd, Naperville, IL 60540
Casey’s 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. Add a dollar and get chips and a drink. It’s great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere.

Jaycees Trivia Night – 6-7PM Social Hour / 7PM Trivia begins | $20
Judd Kendall VFW– 908 W. Jackson Naperville, IL 60540
Join the Jaycees and Ian Holzhauer (Brother of Jeopardy! marvel) for an informal, fun competition where your team of 6-10 people (10 people max!) will battle other teams to see who has the greatest knowledge of all things trivial. Get a table of friends together and come join the fun. Your team will have its own table and answer the trivia questions together, so don’t be shy. The event is BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)! Bring a fun team name and theme, as well as munchies or a full meal for your team to enjoy. The VFW will provide a cash bar. No outside alcohol is permitted. All proceeds benefit Naperville Jaycees and are donated back to the community.

Come on downtown for shopping, dining or a haircut! Check out what’s new. Tour the Century Walk of artistic sculptures and murals that showcase history and community among the Dog Days display.

Live Music at Quigley’s – 8:30PM | Cost varies with food or beverage purchase
Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Naperville, IL 60540
Visit Quigley’s for live music most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights… Note: Breakfast is served beginning at 10AM Saturdays and Sundays. The patio with a special section for well-behaved dogs is open, too.


Old Naperville Day – noon-6PM | Free
Downtown Naperville – W. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
Old Naperville Day is an annual block party celebrating what makes Naperville one of the best communities in the nation. Visit Chicago Avenue for live music, delicious food from Naperville restaurants, ice cold beer and beverages, a kids activity area and plenty of fun for everyone while supporting nonprofit partner DuPage Pads. This event is family friendly, free and open to all Naperville neighbors and visitors. www.oldnapervilleday.com.

Sweet Treat Sunday – 1PM | Free with paid admission
Naper Settlement – 523 S Webster Street Naperville, IL 60540
Visit historic buildings, then treat your family to some ice cream from Colonial Cafe from 2-3:30PM.

Naperville Municipal Band Concerts & Y Family Movies Nights in Central Park 

Naperville Municipal plays its annual summer concert series at 7:30PM Thursdays through Aug. 15, 2019. 

Naperville Municipal Band has been celebrating its 160th year during its annual summer concert series at 7:30PM Thursday evenings through Aug. 15, 2019, in Central Park.

Kick off the weekend tonight during the final concert featuring the NMB Big Band and more. Admission always is free of charge. Fill the park benches or BYO lawn chairs or blankets. Strike up the band that’s been here quite some time! Click here for a look at the NMB performing some all-American sounds from out West on Aug. 1.

YMCA also presents its outdoor family summer movie series in Central Park. Admission is free of charge. Enjoy  “Aquaman” on Fri., Aug. 23.

Get Crackin at Catch 35’s Annual Lobster Bash-Maine lobster specials available throughout August-Featuring “Award Winning” lobster mac and cheese, lobster rolls, stuffed lobster tails, and whole lobster. View specials at www.catch35.com/lobster-bash-2019.

Year-round shopping & dining ideas… 

Find great styles and sales for men and women at Dean’s, Main at Jackson, in downtown Naperville. 

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.

‘Tis the season to give DNA gift cards or to create an experience in 2019. Downtown Naperville Gift Cards make great gifts for teachers, coaches, graduates and anyone. 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 among so many choices.

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.

Or give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to some other charity gala or golf outing this year. 

Find more things to do under ‘Upcoming Events’ in the column to the right…

Take a break! Dine Around Naperville!

From Catch 35* to Meson Sabika*, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or take out, and find many with a patio* at www.dinenaperville.com

And if you’re looking for a delicious brunch menu every day, stop by Lucky Penny between 6AM and 3PM. Open seven days a week, Lucky Penny is located at 1224 Ogden Avenue.

And 40-plus of the eateries are located throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals. Cheers!

Thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub* (Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays) or local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends. No cover.  

In addition to lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Meson Sabika provides a lovely setting for outdoor weddings and other special occasions inside the historic mansion, outside on the patio or in the spacious Pavilion.

Hospitality shows and matters in Naperville

For a listing of all 19 lodging choices in Naperville, offering more than 2,500 rooms, visit visitnaperville.com. Whether planning a wedding, corporate or sporting event; special meeting; family reunion or an extended stay while home construction is temporarily in progress, Naperville can put guests up for a night or a month or more.

Economic development and tourism go hand in hand. Thanks for supporting the local economy by planning a “staycation” itinerary here and inviting friends and family to come discover Naperville this summer.

Shop, bank & entertain locally, too!

From art exhibits at North Central College to outdoor art in public places called Century Walk, from the DuPage Children’s Museum to Naper Settlement, from the Riverwalk and Central Park in downtown Naperville to more than 100 neighborhood parks throughout the city, and from Naperville Crossings at 95th Street to shopping destinations dotting the landscape here and there, check out everything this community has to offer north, east, west and south.

Everybody is welcome to enjoy the charm, culture, rich history and sporting events that are homegrown and treasured in this vibrant community every day.

Save the date for the Over the Edge Fundraiser on Sept. 14 at Hotel Arista

Have you ever envied that super hero as he scales down the side of a building? If so, your chance has come! On Sept. 14, Operation Support Our Troops-America, will bring Over the Edge to Hotel Arista in CityGate Centre. Partnering with Over the Edge Global, OSOT-America and its participants will be rappelling down the side of the hotel to raise funds and awareness for the OSOT-America mission. CLICK HERE for the fundraising registration.

Think Dinner & the Show at North Central College 

And there’s 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.

On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity 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.

PN’s Event Calendar features Things to Do, too!

Plus… Event planners can post events. 

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