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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: Sept. 18-20


It’s Constitution Day! Reflect on its beginning every year on Sept. 17.

Visit the Freedom Shrine display of replicas of historic documents any and every day of the year. Be mindful that on September 17, 1787, the Founders signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution. Find the gift of the Freedom Shrine presented by the Exchange Club of Naperville in local schools, at the Judd Kendall VFW and just up the steps from CMDR. Dan Shanower Sept. 11 Memorial near the back entrance to the Naperville Municipal Center. No matter where you stand, one of the framed documents featured in the Freedom Shrine is sure to enlighten you about our nation’s past.

Happy 80th Birthday, Jon Ripsky!

Naperville Police Captain Jon Ripsky, now retired, received best wishes from family and friends on Sept. 17, 2020, as he celebrates his 80th Birthday and four generations of his family’s service to law enforcement.

Friday, Sept. 18

Will County businesses have reopened for indoor dining!

Health Wealthy and Wise Virtual Conference / 10AM

Naperville/Lisle TRIAD and the City of Naperville are once again presenting Health Wealthy and Wise. This widely popular program for seniors and caregiver is back and virtual this year. A local panel of Health Professionals will discuss these topics:

  • De-Mystify Covid-19.
  • Ways to retain peace of mind.
  • Understand why your health is more important today.
  • How to shower love in a touchless society.
  • Learn about the new Technology Assist Naperville program and how it can help you.

This event is virtual this year and requires registration. Raffle prizes available at end of program. Click HERE to register online.

Lobster Bash at Catch 35 / All month

Catch 35 – 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540

It’s all about the “Maine” ingredient at Catch 35’s Lobster Bash. Order online for pickup/delivery or book a reservation. See the lobster inspired menu at www.catch35.com/lobster-bash-2020.

Go fish!

Find plenty of ponds and piers to toss out a line and reel in natural pleasure throughout Naperville. Click here to locate some of PN’s favorite fishing spots, including many photos of big catches at May Watts Park. And enjoy the changing seasons.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Naperville Farmer’s Market / 7AM – noon

5th Avenue parking lot – 200 East. 5th Ave. Naperville, IL 60563

Visit nearly 40 local farmers and vendors at the Naperville Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning through October for a plethora of locally grown food.

Live Music at Quigley’s / 8-11PM

Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540

Visit Quigley’s for a pint, Irish pub fare and live music Saturday night on the patio, weather permitting. Note that live music is featured Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This week: 7-10PM Thurs., Sept. 17,  Johnny V Duo; 8-11PM Sat., Sept. 19, Chris Miller; and 2-5PM Sun., Sept. 20, Mark Taylor. Take out is available, too.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Judd-a-thon / 10:01AM

Judd Kendall VFW – 908 W. Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540

The Judd-a-thon will go a long way to help veteran and military families when it starts promptly at 10:01AM on Sun., Sept. 20. That means participants still have more than enough time to implement a rigorous training program to prepare for the grueling 0.1 km endurance race that has become a hallmark of the fitness community in Naperville. Every dollar raised will be donated to serve the VFW National Home for Children’s mission to provide children and families of active-duty military, war veterans, and descendants of the VFW and its Auxiliary, opportunities for growth and development in a nurturing community.

For details and registration forms, visit www.napervfw3873.org or pick one up in the Canteen at 908 W. Jackson Ave.

New York Giants @ Chicago Bears / Kickoff at noon

Watch the Bears take on the New York Giants from Soldier Field. Kickoff at noon. Watch on CBS 2 or listen on WBBM 780AM.

Naperville’s Environmental Activist and Nature Writer: May Watts and the Illinois Prairie Path is featured in HerStory, a virtual event at Naper Settlement / 4PM

May Theilgaard Watts resided along Jefferson Avenue in Naperville, just steps from the heart of downtown.
Tune into a live digital lecture with William C. Barnett, Associate Professor of History at North Central College, will present a look at May Watts, an environmentalist, naturalist, educator, author, and artist who resided in Naperville. She was a Morton Arboretum staff naturalist who developed programming that included botany, ecology, and geology, as well as gardening, sketching, nature literature, and creative writing. Her most notable effort was turning an abandoned railway into what is now the Illinois Prairie Path. May Watts Elementary School and May Watts Park also are named in her honor.
Cost: $5 per person / Free to NHS members Click here to register.
This PN website also is chock full of stories recognizing May Theilgaard Watts with many photos of what happens naturally at May Watts Park and the trail that runs through it.

Thanks for supporting the local economy. Shop and dine Naperville. And remember to follow local safety protocols intended to keep the community and the world open for business, recreation and good health.

In other words, always wash your hands, but don’t wash away your common sense.

Enjoy the great outdoors here, there and everywhere!

Post Last Updated, 11AM, Sept. 17.

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