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A few things to do in Naperville, now through Sept. 30, 2021


Above / Naperville is blessed with park settings and forest preserves that give visitors a chance to feel as through they’re “a million miles from Monday,” to use a slogan from an ad campaign to promote Illinois back in the mid-1990s. Go fish, enjoy seasonal changes and watch waterfowl at Lake Osborne, just west of the Naperville Public Safety Center on Aurora Avenue. 

Happy Change of Seasons! It’s Autumn! “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn,” noted quotable Elizabeth Lawrence (1904-1985), internationally-known garden writer. 

Go fish this weekend! Click here to find one of this website’s most popular pages while considering the catch of the day! “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger,” noted Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), 31st U.S. President. 

Just about any day! When planning a weekend or a staycation in Naperville consider overnight stays at www.visitnaperville.com. Check out more than 270 dining locations at www.dinenaperville.com, many in downtown Naperville.

Thanks also for being considerate, recognizing that many restaurants and hotels are short staffed at the moment. All patronage and patience is appreciated. Thanks for supporting local enterprises, especially small independent businesses, whenever possible and wherever you live!

Sept. 24 and so on / Autumn in Central Park! Central Park welcomes visitors every day where the Naperville Community Concert Center tells the story of the Naperville Municipal Band that’s been around since 1859. Take note of the “The Great Concerto” mural and “Laughing Lincoln” sculpture on the Century Walk tour. Find other historical monuments, a vintage canon, a gazebo contributed by the Naperville Evening Kiwanis and a playground for kids. Central Park is located at 104 E. Benton Avenue, just north of US Bank and Quigley’s Irish Pub and east of Catch 35 in downtown Naperville.

Now-Sept. 30 / September is “Hunger Action Month.” Loaves & Fishes Community Services continues its quest to end hunger and transform lives every day while heightening awareness during the month recognized as “Hunger Action Month.” To plan a food drive or for additional assistance, contact Nicole Louis, Associate Director Advancement, at nlouis@loaves-fishes.org or (630) 355-3663 x115.

Save the date! Sept. 18, 2022 / 9th Annual Judd-A-Thon starts promptly at 10:01AM Sun., Sept 18, 2022, at the Judd Kendall VFW Post. It’s a 0.1K fun run and fundraiser for all ages. The short run will go a long way to help veteran and military families at the VFW National Home for Children. 

Again, The Judd-A-Thon, pictured above from last Sunday, will return the same weekend in 2022. Plan to register in advance in August 2022 or on Race Day between 9AM and 9:50AM at the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, 908 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville Il 60540. Many participants enjoy the opportunity to win raffle prizes, wearing prize-winning costumes. Youth usually reign victorious in seconds, leading a pack of more than 100 participants who take a leisurely stroll to the finish. Everybody’s welcome! Need more info? Visit www.napervfw3873.org/ and click on “Judd-A-Thon.”

Now through Sept. 30 / Community Access Naperville’s Virtual Fall Fundraiser
welcomes participation. Celebrating 11 years, Community Access Naperville (CAN) has a mission to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to work in, contribute to, and enjoy their community. Support this mission by learning more with a click here. Thanks!

Sept. 24 / Friday Night Fun at the VFW Post! The Judd Kendall VFW Post is sponsoring a Pig Roast at 6PM on Fri., Sept. 24. Open to the public, the popular event features roast pig, camaraderie, and raffle prizes! The VFW Post is located at 908 Jackson Ave. The cost is $15 per person. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. 
Sept. 25 / Public Safety Open House returns. Public Safety Open House is slated from 10AM to 2PM Sat., Sept. 25, at the Public Safety Campus, 1380 Aurora Road. (Raindate: 10AM to 2PM Sun., Sept. 26) Great for families, scouts, church groups and the community to experience “Prepare, Practice and Prevent” while meeting local first responders from the Naperville Fire Department and Naperville Police Department. Find out about Crime Stoppers and other valuable safety information for home, school, business and neighborhoods.
Sept. 25 / Fireworks for a Century! This evening, Sat., Sept. 25, a fireworks display will celebrate the 100th anniversary event at Naperville Country Club. Pictured above is a portion of a new Century Walk mural, one of two new murals, titled “Naperville Sports Notables,” now featured on the north side of Sullivan’s Steakhouse, along Jackson Avenue. The side-by-side murals commemorate the first 100 years of the Naperville Country Club while serving as a outdoor backdrop for a “Field of Dreams” type golf game, depicting 15 gifted sports notables educated in Naperville schools. Take a stroll to view the works of art by Diosdado “Dodie” Mondero.
Sept. 26Gold Star Mother’s Day 11AM - 12PM Sun., Sept. 26 is Gold Star Mother’s Day at Naper Settlement, a time to honor the memory of Naperville’s heroes.

Sept. 26 / Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Groundbreaking at Veterans Park. To help pay tribute to Gold Star Families, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform during a special ceremony for the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument beginning with a prelude at 1:45PM Sun., Sept. 26. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club also will perform. Hosted by the Woody Williams Foundation and Century Walk, the special ceremony begins with music at 1:45PM, followed by a 30-minute program at 2PM. Veterans Park is located at 301 E. Gartner Road. The public is welcome. Attendees might want to bring collapsible chairs.

Sept. 27 / School District 204 Board of Education Public Meeting begins at 7PM Mon., Sept. 27, 2021. Click here for more info about School District 204 BOE meetings held at the Crouse Education Center, located at 780 Shoreline Drive in Aurora.

Just About EDAQ! When planning a weekend or a staycation in Naperville, consider overnight stays at www.visitnaperville.com. Check out more than 270 dining locations at www.dinenaperville.com, many in downtown Naperville, such as Quigley’s Irish Pub at 43 E. Jefferson. Note pub hours are subject to change without notice. Quigley’s is now closed Mondays until further notice.

Sept 30 through Oct. 14 / Oktoberfest returns to Water Street in downtown Naperville. SixtyFour-Wine Bar & Kitchen is bringing back its OKTOBERFEST celebration in the Weingarten Tent on Water Street in Downtown Naperville. From Sept. 30 through Oct. 14, SixtyFour’s OKTOBERFEST will feature local craft Oktoberfest beers and imported German beers, Austrian and German wines, authentic German cuisine and live music on most evenings. Safety protocols will be followed. SixtyFour’s regular food, wine and beer menu will still be available for patrons who would like to dine as they usually would at the wine bar,  patio, or tent. Reservations are recommended at www.sixtyfourwinebar.com, or by calling (630) 780-6464.

And so on / If planning a weekend or a staycation in Naperville, consider overnight stays at www.visitnaperville.com. Check out more than 270 dining locations at www.dinenaperville.com, including Meson Sabika in the historic mansion with spacious patios for day or evening dining, weather permitting, at 1025 Aurora Avenue.

Editor’s Note / Thanks to all community volunteers and sponsors, including the Naperville Park District, for all the help to make 2021 September events happen. Be safe. 

Positively Naperville in print is available at more than 25 local businesses. Meanwhile give thought to showing appreciation to all who strive to make this community a good place to call home.

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