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Explore the progress in downtown Naperville Saturday, Sept. 24

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Above / A “Progress in Progress Celebration” is set to welcome visitors from 11AM to 3PM Sat., Sept. 24, throughout downtown Naperville. Princess Storytime will be featured in the breezeway “Main Place” along Jefferson Avenue. All shops and restaurants throughout the central business district will be open regular business hours. Come see what’s new!

Update, Sept. 24, 2022 / Autumn spiced up the afternoon for live entertainment in downtown Naperville.

While the 8-member Motown Nation performed great sounds of music for folks of all ages to dance in the Riverwalk Parking Lot, a juggler and stilt walker entertained, too.

Original Post, Sept. 23, 2022 / After a spring and summer filled with construction projects to improve pedestrian mobility, accessibility, infrastructure and safety in the downtown area, the Downtown Naperville Alliance invites the community to celebrate construction wrapping up during its Progress in Progress Celebration from 11AM to 3PM on Sat., Sept. 24.

“The forecast is for a beautiful autumn day Saturday with highs in the 70s,” said Danielle Tufano, Executive Director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance. “We’re inviting all ages to enjoy better ways to navigate our beautiful downtown.”

More than a beautification project

“Let alone was the construction a beautification project, it also allowed for desperately-needed replacement and repair of the underground infrastructure in our downtown,” Tufano explained, noting some odds and ends are still in the works and expected to be completed by mid-October.

“What better way to show off our beautiful new downtown area and showcase the businesses that stuck through the project than with a free family-friendly celebration?”

Tufano said individual store windows likely will feature specials offered for the event. 

Bring the family—all ages—downtown on Sat., Sept. 24 to enjoy free activities along Jefferson Avenue, west of Main Street from 11AM to 1PM; then visit the Riverwalk Lot, Main Street at Jackson Avenue from 1PM to 3PM. 

All parking, whether curbside or in surface lots and park parking decks is free! From 1 to 3PM Sat., find special festivities on the Riverwalk Lot, Jackson Avenue at Main Street.

Just caddy corner in Dean’s Clothing Parking Lot, Allegory will pull in its food truck to serve $5 specials from 1PM to 3PM.

Schedule of Events / Sat., Sept. 24

11AM-1PM
Princess Storytime w/Meet & Greet – In breezeway near Apple, 120 W. Jefferson Ave.
Walk Around Magician – In front of Starbucks (store temporarily closed) 203 S. Main St.

PEACE is at the northwest corner of Jefferson Avenue and Amber Waves is directly across the street.

Balloon Artist – In front of Peace, 143 W. Jefferson Ave.
Face Painter – In front of Amber Waves Salon, 144 W. Jefferson Ave.

See the blue awning down the block from Anderson’s Bookshop at Jefferson Avenue and Main Street? That’s Two Bostons where the caricature artist will be drawing of all things, caricatures. Find longtime independent and family businesses in this block. Thanks for shopping and dining locally.

Caricature Artist – In front of Two Bostons, 103 W. Jefferson Ave. at Main St.

1PM-3PM
Motown Nation (family-friendly) band performance – In Riverwalk lot across from Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 244 S. Main St. at Jackson Ave.
Stilt Walker & Juggler – In Riverwalk lot, Main at Jackson.

Main Street is shaping up with its new streetscape. Allegory Restaurant is next to Dean’s Clothing. Look for the Allegory food truck from 1PM to 3PM Saturday in Dean’s parking lot along Jackson Avenue.

Allegory’s $5 Food Truck – In Dean’s Clothing parking lot, 226 S. Main Street at Jackson Avenue.

Sixteen pickup truck “works of art” on display all summer will be on the move this fall. This weekend will be the last chance to take photos with the attractive summer sculptures. Find this creation by Pinot’s Palette along Jackson Avenue across from the Riverwalk.

Pick up items in downtown while all summer sculptures remain on display this weekend. The 16 colorful, sometimes whimsical, attractive trucks are geared up to depart their downtown locations on Sept. 26.

For more information about the Downtown Naperville Alliance’s Progress in Progress Celebration, click here. Then make plans to come on downtown to the heart of Naperville Saturday or any day to shop, dine and discover what’s new.

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