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Things to do now through November 12, 2022, in Naperville

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Above / November presents time to pause and reflect about what’s right when crossing a footbridge that connects colorful views on both sides.

Canada geese soar over the DuPage River in clear view of folks standing on the Riverwalk footbridge, always a reminder to let wildlife be wild—and to duck, if necessary.

Welcome to November in Naperville! 

Oh! What a beautiful autumn! Go walk! Go bike! Go shop! Go fish! Go explore! This year Mother Nature surely has put on a magnificent show. Enjoy our views! Visit local parks!

The posts on this page are arranged miscellaneously and/or by hosting location or organization. Events in this active community feature many choices, including raking leaves for the City’s curbside pick-up now in progress.

Naperville Curbside Leaf Collection now in progress

Now / The City’s bulk curbside leaf collection program is now in progress. This free program provides every neighborhood three collection opportunities (also began Oct. 31 and will begin again Nov. 14) during a six-week period, weather permitting. To participate, rake leaves into the street next to the curb by 6AM on the first day of each collection cycle. Care should be taken to avoid covering storm drains.

Curbside leaf collection is provided every fall by the City of Naperville.

Enjoy the delights of Naperville Trolley & Tours 

Thanksgiving weekend thru Dec. 27 / Naperville Trolley & Tours announces it’s time to book public trolley rides and tours for the holidays, especially Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. 27. Book PUBLIC (individual) and Nov/December Holiday Lights. (No tours Christmas Day or after Dec. 27.) Reservation opportunities are now live! Find info about the fun trolley-la-la-la, la-la-la la tours and trips to the Christkindlmarket in Aurora at www.napervilletrolley.com. Ask about “Trolley” Christmas ornaments, too.

Climb aboard. Sing along now…Trolley-la-la-la…La-la-la-la! 

Discover the heart of the City in Downtown Naperville

Learn rural history and can-do spirit during a stop at the Farmers Plaza with the Cliff Preston Tribute at the entrance to the Riverwalk from Eagle Street. Enjoy a view of the quarry, the Jaycees Marina, the Gregory Gazebo and Moser Tower with its 72-bell carillon in the distance. Soon the colorful autumn scene will look much different as the days grow shorter and shorter—and the wind blows. (PN Photo, Nov. 2, 2022)

Now / Experience the heart of the central business district featuring 150-plus shops, 30-plus eateries and plenty of places for seasonal treats amid the recently completed new streetscape that provides easier accessibility along the sidewalks. All the downtown merchants are preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus during the Parade of Lights slated to begin at 7PM on Fri., Nov. 25.

Now / November marks 24 years for Quigley’s Irish Pub in downtown Naperville! Final patio days of autumn for well-behaved pets and their best friends continue at Quigley’s, 43 E. Jefferson Avenue, weather permitting. Inside find what all the regulars call “EDAQ” camaraderie with classic Irish fare, bar bites and cold beverages. Enjoy live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And if you wish to book a holiday party, special event or meeting at Quigley’s, just call General Manager Andy Nosek at (630) 428-4774. Andy!

Patio days of autumn for well-behaved pets and their best friends continue, weather permitting, at Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson Avenue in downtown Naperville. Quigley’s opened 24 years ago on Nov. 17.

Meson Sabika / Discover a warm welcome every day!

Now / Enjoy lunch or dinner in the historic mansion at Meson Sabika any autumn day. For information about “complimentary” Thanksgiving dinners to-go to folks in need, call (630) 983-3000 x 2 before Nov. 17, 2022. (ALERT! NO RESERVATIONS REMAIN FOR THANKSGIVING 2022.) To place advance reservations for lunch or dinner, fundraisers, weddings, holiday private parties or other special occasions, visit www.mesonsabika.com. And consider that Meson Sabika Gift Certificates make perfect gifts!

Meson Sabika is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue.

Looking toward the month with gratitude

(Updated Nov. 4 with Photo) / Cheers for Veterans! Naperville Responds for Veterans hosted Cheers for Veterans Reverse Raffle & Fundraiser from 6 to 10PM Thurs., Nov. 3, at Bobak’s in Woodridge. Reverse Raffle Drawing (not necessary to be present to participate) began at 7PM followed by Live Auction at 8PM. Save the first Thursday in 2023 for Cheers! fun, games and prize-winning opportunities that come in support of assisting Veterans and their families in need of home repairs and renovations, especially those with low and moderate income. Cheers! Thank you!

YOU could win $10,000 if you enter the 2023 Cheers for Veterans reverse raffle. And you don’t have to be present to win. You do have to be present for the lively live auction, however. So plan to attend in 2023. Cheers also features a silent auction, food stations and more entertainment all around presented by a fun-loving group dedicated to assisting local Veterans and their families in need of home repairs and renovations. (UPDATE! Greg G-Man Dellinger entertains during live auction at Cheers! NRFV President Dan Jurjovec is pleased with the bids. PN Photo 2022)

Reserve a spot now in the annual Noon Lions Club Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Run Fast. Eat Later. No Penalty! For complete details and to register, click here.

REMEMBER! TIME FALLS BACK ONE HOUR ON NOVEMBER 6.

Nov. 6 / Happy National Saxophone Day! Strike up the Naperville Municipal Band!

Nov. 6 / Naperville Municipal Band Fall Concert / The Naperville Municipal Band will host its fall concert at 3PM Sun., Nov. 6, at Wentz Concert Hall. Titled “Happy Birthday, John Philip Sousa,” the program will pay tribute to the world-renown music conductor and composer of “Stars and Stripes Forever” and many other marches. Sousa was born on Nov. 6, 1854. FREE!

(Also note that TubaChristmas returns to the front lawn of US Bank, Jefferson at Washington streets, at 11AM on Sat., Dec. 10.)

Nov. 7 / Delightful Downtown Naperville / Experience the beginning of twinkling lights throughout the heart of the central business district featuring 150-plus shops, 30-plus eateries and plenty of places for a variety of seasonal treats. All the downtown merchants are preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus during the Parade of Lights slated to begin at 7PM on Fri., Nov. 25.

Early Voting is downstairs for DuPage County and on the main floor for Will County at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Nov. 8 / General Election Day / Vote today in the mid-term election of hopefuls wanting to serve Naperville in DuPage County, Will County, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

Polls are open from 6AM to 7PM.

CLICK HERE FOR LISTING OF HOPEFUL CANDIDATES.

Semper Fi to the United States Marines! (James Hoch Photo)

Nov. 10 / Happy Birthday to the U.S. Marines! The Naperville Marines will hold a flag raising at the Riverwalk Veterans Plaza, along Jackson Avenue between Webster and Main, at 9AM Thurs., Nov. 10, to celebrate the 247th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  The ceremony will include members of the Marine recruiting station Naperville, the combined Color Guard from American Legion post 43 and Judd Kendall  VFW post 3873.  Naperville Marines Officer in Charge, Col. Dan Brush USMC Ret. will offer comments and the group’s Chaplin, Larry Nyman, will deliver the benediction. The public is invited. FREE!

Nov. 10 & 11 / Weed Ladies Winter Sale at Naper Settlement / The Weed Ladies Winter Sale features creative seasonal floral arrangements from 10AM to 3PM on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Each one-of-a-kind floral creation has been designed by the Weed Ladies of the Naperville Heritage Society volunteer group. Please enter Naper Settlement at the Pre-Emption House main entrance and inform the Guest Services Team that you are attending the sale. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. FREE to attend sale. (Weed Ladies Winter Sale is also Nov. 17 and Nov. 18)

Nov. 11 / Veterans Day / The annual observance at 11AM Nov. 11 (a.k.a. “11-11-11”) at Veterans Park, 300 E. Gartner Road, again will recognize all those individuals who have served to protect this nation, expressing to them an attitude of gratitude. The brief tribute for safety seems especially significant for the month when America also celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanks to all.

Veterans Park is located at 300 E. Gartner Road, across the street from Grace United Methodist Church.

Nov. 12 / Veterans Breakfast in honor of Veterans Day / At 7:30AM on Sat., Nov. 12, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church will begin honoring and celebrating Veterans Day by inviting veterans and friends to breakfast. All are welcome. Doors open for coffee at 7:30AM with breakfast at 8. The program with guest speak Pablo Araya will begin around 8:30, ending about 9:30AM. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church is located at 815 S. Washington St. Click here for additional info.

Be a Naperville Crime Stopper, now celebrating 40 years! 

Now & Every Day / Just in time to help promote “Respect! Honor! Remember!” and public safety, Safe Suburbs USA yard signs are beginning to populate throughout the community in support of law enforcement. For more information about Safe Suburbs USA and yard signs, visit www.safesuburbsUSA.com.

And so on…

365 days a year shop and dine locally! 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.

NOTE! Pre-registration is recommended/required for most events. Expect admission charge unless marked FREE! “FREE” admission is compliments of the sponsoring organizations. (Remember, nothing is really free of charge. Some individual or some business foots the bill for your pleasure.) Also note that event details, dates, times and policies are subject to change.

Thanks for your participation and patience! We’re keenly aware this post is long—and we’re grateful the community is beginning to plan its traditions again. Thanks for reading all the way down!

Note also that this post may be updated throughout the month with new events. Some events may be deleted soon after they have happened. Cheers!

Last updated, Nov. 5, 2022

Be informed about SAFE-T ACT, featured on YouTube

Here is the SAFE-T Act video link from the presentation hosted recently by Naperville City Council members Patty Gustin and Paul Leong. Kindly watch and learn. Did you know? States Attorneys in 100 of the 102 counties in Illinois have issues with the SAFE-T Act as written. 

 

 

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