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Wrap up June, rain dance whenever possible, remember to be an educated voter


Above / The view from the Farmers Plaza along the Riverwalk west of Eagle Street shines with community spirit from Rotary Hill to Moser Tower and from the Gregory Gazebo to the Jaycees Marina. It’s now the season to rent paddleboats and then some. Cheers!

Enjoy the great outdoors!

Cracks in the dirt along paths in local parks are evidence that Naperville needs rain now! Begin a little rain dancing whenever possible for summer showers early in the morning or late at night!

For 23 days, June has been busting out all over and we aim to continue updating and spotlighting many special activities during the month named for the Roman goddess Juno, patron of marriage and women. As we walk the beaten paths in local parks and observe kayakers negotiating rocks in the DuPage River, it’s very evident we need rain.

All rain dancing is appreciated, especially before June 30 and Independence Day Weekend, July 1-4! If you’ve never seen a rain dance, the hula will suffice to summon rain to nourish gardens and keep the harvest safe. Or click here to check out this lively rain dancer for 57 seconds.

While downtown streetscapes receive attention, we’re also mindful that progress requires a little patience. And businesses continue to welcome patronage. Outdoor dining, special events and celebrations provide opportunities for friends, family and communities to enjoy the good old summertime. 

Motivational speakers have been known to remind audiences that patience, persistence and practice accompany progress. We’ve been known to learn about ingenious methods of underground construction by watching work in progress. Downtown Naperville businesses are open along Jefferson Ave. Check out the book signings at Anderson’s Book Shop. (PN Photo, June 22, 2022)

Meanwhile, be mindful of Primary Election Day (June 28). And remember Immigrant Heritage Month, YMCA Founders Day (June 6, 1884), Flag Day (June 14), Pride Month, YMCA Founders Day (June 6, 1884), Juneteenth (June 19) and Father’s Day (Third Sunday) as well as other events, many free of admission charge, that might be featured on PN’s Event Calendar. Event planners are welcome to add events and post images there, too. Thanks for your daily input!

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June through 2022 Labor Day Weekend / Naperville Noon Lions Annual Summer Raffle is now in progress. Purchase raffle tickets now, throughout the summer, and in time for the drawing on Tues., Sept. 6. In case you missed it, click here for PN story about the Naperville Noon Lions Annual Summer Raffle with four opportunities to win cash prizes and what the fundraiser benefits. Thanks. (Note also that the Noon Lions Club will host the Naperville Municipal Band Concert Bake Sale on July 21!)

Now! / Naperville Responds for Veterans seeks volunteers for The Salute, July 1 thru July 4, at Rotary Hill. The Salute – a family-friendly Independence Day Hometown Celebration – will be held July 1-4, 2022, featuring 15 bands in four days with live music on stage, kids’ activities, family fun and food. For information about the event with many volunteer opportunities for friends, family and neighbors, visit www.napervillesalute.org. Thanks.

Now! / Tour banner days flying high with gratitude! From the Riverwalk to Central Park and along Jefferson Avenue and Mill Street, Naperville Salutes its Veterans, past and present with 150 banners. Round 2 is expected to go up in mid-July. Click here for details to participate next time or thereafter.

Summertime is the season for Naper Settlement & Centennial Beach

Built in 1883, Martin-Mitchell Mansion, known as the “crown jewel” at Naperville Settlement, is among the historic landmarks featured on 13 acres of the City’s museum.

Naper Settlement, with its entrance at Webster and Aurora, is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor living history museum set on 13 magnificent acres in the heart of Naperville. Located 30 miles from Chicago, the museum is home to 31 historical structures dating back as early as the 1830s. Featuring exhibits, special events, educational programming and more, Naper Settlement is where history comes alive and the community comes to connect.

For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010. ***Other Naper Settlement events are in this listing.

In 1931, 100 years after Captain Joseph Naper and his family settled along the banks of the DuPage River, Naperville resident Judge Win Knoch proposed the purchase of the original Von Oven property (45 acres and two abandoned quarries) in honor of the City’s 100th birthday. Located on what then was the western edge of town, the land was presented as a gift to the City to mark its centennial celebration and became known as “Centennial Beach.”

All these years later, the historic landmark attracts all ages every summer. Beach-goers have noted the 72-bell carillon built for the new millennium along the Riverwalk is silent for now while final restoration is completed on Moser Tower. Stay tuned. It’s expected to chime again this fall.

With or without bells, a slide, lap lanes, diving piers, diving boards, volleyball, cornhole toss and a sandy beach as well as shade from tall trees provide plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun through Labor Day.

Come on downtown!

Main Street is open again. For now Jefferson Avenue between Main and Webster is closed. Jackson Street sidewalks are under reconstruction, too.  Note no more grates, sidewalks appear wider, new trees have been planted, parallel parking is in place. All downtown businesses are open, too. Weather permitting and without any unforeseen issues, the downtown Streetscape project is expected to be finished by Labor Day.

Now thru mid-September / Downtown Naperville Streetscape is taking shape. And painted sculptures shaped like small pickup trucks are Cruisin’ into Summer to help showcase wit and artistic talent from one street corner to the next. Shops, banks, restaurants and treat shops are open, so plan to visit to check out all the changes soon.

Find a little pick-me-up along Main Street at Water Street in front of Busey Bank.

Moving right along because it’s June, June, June!

Seventy-two carillon bells in Moser Tower are expected to be silent for another few months.

Support your local community. Help take care of what we have every day. Use trash receptacles in parks. Embrace commonsense. Thanks for being good neighbors!

Enjoy every day with an attitude of gratitude for all the parental-figures in your life. Meanwhile, Naperville offers restaurants, treat shops and bakeries to whet every appetite. For more information, visit www.dinenaperville.com. Thanks for supporting local enterprise.

Patios surrounding the historic mansion at Meson Sabika are open by lunchtime and by evening. With good company, friends will enjoy tapas and sangria inside or outside at 1025 Aurora Avenue!

June 20-23 / Western Junior Golf Championship / Naperville Country Club, now in its 101st year, is preparing to host the final day of the prestigious 4-day Western Junior Golf Championship. The Western Junior, the oldest national junior golf championship in the United States, will be in Naperville June 20-23, 2022. Fore! Spectator Information / thewesternjunior.com/schedule-of-events.

June 23, 2022 / Downtown Naperville Architecture Walking Tour, 5:30 to 6:30PM Thurs., June 23, $15/person | Register. Learn about the important and interesting architecture from the 1800s to today that makes downtown Naperville a beautiful place to live, work, and play. The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes and covers about two miles. Pre-registration is required.

In addition to filling park benches, many concert goers bring their own blankets and collapsible chairs to help fill Central Park. Families, friends and neighbors also picnic before the concerts begin at 7:30PM.

June 23, 2022 / Naperville Municipal Band Thursday Summer Concert Series begins at 7:30PM Thurs., June 23. Today’s concert features the NMB Big Band under the leadership of Tracy Oliver on stage at the Community Concert Center in Central Park. FREE. Pack a picnic or pick up dinner to go from a downtown eatery, then plan to enjoy treats at the Bake Sale at the Gazebo.  The Bake Sale will be hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom. Central Park is located between East Jefferson and East Benton in downtown Naperville. NMB Summer Concerts are slated for every Thursday evening through Aug. 11. FREE.

TODAY! Now through Labor Day / It’s Summertime. The living is easy and the weather is perfect for historic Centennial Beach! Always drink plenty of water. Just don’t drink The Beach water.

THIS WEEKEND! June 25-26, 2022 / The Naperville Fine Art and Artisan Fair 2022.  Hosted by the Naperville Woman’s Club, the Naperville Fine Art and Artisan Fair will be held June 25 and June 26 on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement, a 13-acre outdoor history museum. Hours are 10AM to 5PM both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE of charge. Click here for story.

SUNDAY! June 26, 2022 / Flag Folding Ceremony 2PM Sun., June 26 / When the large American flag mounted on the side of Naperville Municipal Center to commemorate special holidays began to show its age, plans were made to replace the flag with a new one.  The old flag will be taken to Naperville VFW Hall (908 W. Jackson Avenue) for a formal folding ceremony by members of the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post 43. After the American Flag is properly folded, the symbol of freedom will be placed in a new wooden case crafted to store, preserve and remember its historic significance in Naperville. The ceremony is open to the public.

SUNDAY! June 26, 2022 / Concerts in Your Park is a Sunday evening summer music series for families and neighbors; each concert is held at a different neighborhood park. Join friends and neighbors, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to experience a FREE evening of outdoor musical entertainment from 7-8:30PM featuring Good Clean Fun at Walnut Ridge Park, 2304 Keim Road.

Polls Open 6AM-7PM Tues., June 28

June 28, 2022 / Primary Election Day. Polls open 6AM to 7PM. Your educated vote matters.

June 29, 2022 / Summer in the Parks, 7 to 8PM Wed., June 29, free. / Brightside Theatre is partnering with Naperville Park District to present five summer performances by 5 talented singers and 4 live musicians. The community is invited to enjoy “Summer in the Parks: The Golden Age of Broadway,” the first of which will be performed at the Wagner Family Pavilion, 3109 Cedar Glade Drive. Enjoy music from memorable musicals such as My Fair LadyWest Side Story, Peter Pan, Music Man, and South Pacific in an hour-long revue for each performance.             

June 30, 2022 / Town and Gown Walking Tour, 5:30-6:30 PM, Thurs., June 30, $15/person | Register. Explore the east side of downtown Naperville and learn about the ways the community developed along with North Central College. The tour lasts approximately 60 minutes and covers about two miles. Pre-registration is required. 

The annual Independence Day concert is accompanied by Civil War era cannons during the 1812 Overture.

June 30, 2022 / Annual Patriotic Concert to commemorate Independence Day. Blast the cannons! Naperville Municipal Band Thursday Summer Concert Series begins at 7:30PM Thurs., June 30, on stage at the Community Concert Center in Central Park. FREE. Pack a picnic or pick up dinner to go from a downtown eatery, then plan to enjoy treats at the Bake Sale at the Gazebo, hosted by Naperville League of Women Voters. This NMB concert is the seasonal favorite featuring patriotic marches, all-American songs and the 1812 Overture. Park benches are available. Many families, friends and neighbors bring blankets and collapsible chairs. The audience spreads out all over Central Park to celebrate America’s birthday. Cheers!

REMEMBER! WSI Quiz Night returns September 13 / Quigley’s inside and on the patio is open daily a summerTeams of up to 8 are welcome to test their collective knowledge of more or less useless information. Trivia play is free of charge. And there’s even a silly sweet prize for the team that comes with the best team name. Kindly remember to BYO pen or pencil to fill out the quiz. Quigley’s Irish Pub is located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Meanwhile, note that after the June Quiz Night, the popular almost-monthly competition will take a pause in July for Independence Day and in August for Irish Fest. The 2022 Naperville Irish Fest, also hosted by West Suburban Irish, is slated for 3-10PM Aug. 5 & Noon to 10PM Aug. 6 at Frontier Park. Save the dates. For more info or to volunteer, visit www.wsirish.org. Stay tuned for Quiz Night fun to return at Quigley’s on the second Tuesday in September. That’s 7PM Tues., Sept. 13. 

One more thing: Events may be added to this post as the week progresses. That said, PN goes to press on Mon., June 27, so we head underground during production days. Look for the July publication chock full of July happenings by June 30. Thanks for reading!

Finally! Since June offers the most hours of daylight of any month of the year, enjoy evening walks. Go fishing. Do something different. Watch the sun set. Turn porch lights on at dusk. Listen to the music in your parks!

Last Updated, June 24, 2022 / Thanks for reading.

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