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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: March 10-12



Downtown Naperville Spring Savings Pass / All month in downtown Naperville / Spring savings are around every corner in downtown Naperville. Come shop, dine, and explore with the Spring Savings Pass throughout the month of March. Mention the spring savings pass to receive the savings at participating businesses in downtown. More info at downtownnaperville.com.

Naperville offers nearly 300 dining choices / From Diehl Road north to 111th Street south, Dine Naperville features eateries to whet every appetite and suit every budget. (Also, kindly remember that the Friday Night Fish Fry at the VFW Post has been canceled for the remainder of Lent.)


St. Paddy’s Day 5K / 8AM Centennial Beach – 500 Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / $35 / The St Paddy’s Day run supports Naperville’s local charities and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise. Fun for all ages and costume contest. Race starts at 8AM at Centennial Beach, 500 Jackson Avenue. Register at saintpaddysday5k.com.

30th Annual West Suburban Irish’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade / 10AM downtown Naperville / The West Suburban Irish’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a family event celebrating Irish heritage and culture in downtown Naperville. The Parade starts at 10AM from the corner of Mill Street and Ogden Avenue, proceeded south on Mill to Jefferson, crossing over to Main St. and ending at Water Street. wsirish.org.

Live Music at Quigley’s / All day Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Cover charge may apply at select times / Visit Quigley’s in downtown Naperville for live music following the St. Paddy’s Day 5K and WSI Parade. The tent is up on the patio. Highland Guard Bag Pipers after the Parade; Cirrus Falcon – Noon until 4PM; Jameson Shakes – 8:30PM.


Time Changes! At 2AM on Sun., March 12, the time in Illinois will spring ahead. Many electronically-controlled clocks will change automatically to reflect the current time that now should be 2AM. Many wall clocks and wrist watches will need assistance to show moving forward for the light of day. And while you may lose an hour of sleep, think of the bright side that daylight will extend into the evening until Sun., Nov. 5.  (Click here for PN’s many years of commentary on the outdated Daylight Saving Time.)

Naper Talks 2023 – 3PM to 6PM Sun., March 12 / Find Your Voice. To recognize International Women’s Day, the event will be held at the historic building, now home of the Naperville Woman’s Club, located at 14 S. Washington Street. The 3-hour event will feature nine prominent keynote speakers who will share their experiences and wisdom in their respective fields of expertise. Casual business attire. Here is the link to RSVP: NaperTalks2023.

West Suburban Symphony & Chorus Concert / 3:30PM – Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / $25 adult, $23 seniors 65 and up, $5 teens, Children 12 and under free / The West Suburban Symphony and chorus will perform DVORAK. ELGAR. STILL. Local tunes passed down through the generations lie at the heart of this concert, reflected in engaging music for orchestra and chorus. William Grant Still’s 1930 Afro-American Symphony is built around blues progressions and rhythms. Edward Elgar’s 1894 rollicking suite of songs, From the Bavarian Highlands, recalls a family vacation in the villages of southern Germany, and Antonin Dvorak’s 1878 spirited Slavonic Dances celebrate Eastern European folk music. Purchase tickets at www.westsubsymphony.org/tickets.

Become Educated about Nonpartisan Consolidated Election Set for April 4, 2023 / 24-7 from now through April 4, 2023 / Consider opportunities via candidate websites and many opportunities to meet and greet candidates running to be elected and to serve Naperville on the 9-member City Council, 7-member Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners, 7-member District 203 and District 204 Boards of Education and the 7-member College of DuPage Board of Trustees. Thousands of campaign signs are planted along local streets and intersections. Take time to meet candidates personally whenever. Meanwhile, click here for ways to let candidates know what issues are most important to you around the clock, especially when you have more light to shine on local candidates, thanks to springing forward.

Trending toward Tuesday

Mayoral Candidate Forum / 7PM Tues., March 14.  Mayoral Candidates Public Forum hosted by Senior Task Force and Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation welcomes the community to listen and learn for the future of Naperville. Three mayoral candidates, Tiffany Stephens, Scott Wehrli and Benny White, will address questions received from the public and sponsoring organizations. Plan to attend in person in Council Chambers or watch the forum live on the City’s Government Access Channel. Council Chambers is located in the Naperville Municipal Center, located at 400 S. Eagle Street.

Originally Posted, March 9, 2023 / Last Updated with Sunday’s Time Change Reminder, March 10, 2023


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