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Find a few things to do this weekend, June 2-4, 2023


Above / The Paddleboat Quarry, Jaycees Playground and Centennial Beach now are open for the summer season. Stroll the winding Naperville Riverwalk available every day of the year from the Jefferson Avenue Bridge to the Hillside Road Bridge. And, of course, right now, passersby can pause to watch construction underway for rebuilding the Washington Street Bridge near Fredenhagen Park. Remember! With progress comes patience.

Venture along the Riverwalk from Hillside Road to Fredenhagen Park. Stopping to watch construction of the new Washington Street Bridge for the next year will be a great way to learn and appreciate the importance of taking care of roads and bridges. (PN Photo)


Sweetgreen is now open in Naperville / 10:30AM to 9PM / The popular healthy, fresh, fast-casual restaurant is now open in downtown Naperville, 223 South Main Street. Sweetgreen’s mission since day one has been to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. Find the menu at order.sweetgreen.com/naperville/menu.

“Flying into Summer” bench painted by artist Adela Vystejnova is set at the northwest corner of Jackson Avenue at Webster Street. Vystejnova also is the mural artist that painted the sepia-tone work across from “Naperville Loves a Parade.” (PN Photo) 

Flying into Summer in downtown Naperville / NOW, TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY! / Come-see-ums, a.k.a. benches in the shape of dragonflies, welcome folks to explore works of art that tell whimsical and vibrant stories from now until September on the streets where local residents live. Come shop, dine and/or sit for a spell! Click here for story about 19 benches “Flying into Summer.”

Live Music at Quigley’s Irish Pub / 8:30PM at Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / And Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays thru Saturdays. Stop by for a pint, live music and honest pub fare.


Judd Kendall VFW Annual Spring Blood Drive / 7:30AM to 1PM on Sat., June 3, at 908 W. Jackson Ave. Walk-ins welcome and it’s best to arrive by 11:30AM. Plan about 60 minutes to give the gift of life. Thank you. (If you missed this opportunity, scroll down to post about another blood drive on June 10.) 

Open House Saturdays at HarborChase Naperville / 10AM to 2PM at HarborChase Naperville – 1619 N. Mill Street Naperville, IL 60563 / Tour the senior living facility on Naperville’s north side. Enjoy delicious refreshments including mimosas and beverages while perusing on-site eateries and attractive amenities. HarborChase Naperville is located at 1619 N. Mill Street. Unable to visit this week? Consider next Saturday. For information, call (630) 349-2783.

Fishing teaches patience at May Watts Pond! (PN Photo)

Go Fish! The DuPage River, Lake Osborne, Whalon Lake and many Naperville ponds provide peaceful and fun times for anglers. Click here to catch up on big fish stories, photos and the best places to drop a line here and there in Naperville.

Happy Birthday, Jim Penick!

Infrastructure: Creating 19th Century Clothing Then and Now / 10AM-4PM Sat., June 3 / Explore the fascinating stories behind the creation and recreation of 19th century clothing. View rarely-seen clothing and accessories from the Naperville Heritage Society and the Winnetka Historical Society’s collections. Naper Settlement is located at Webster Street and Aurora Avenue in the heart of Naperville. Summer Museum Hours: 10AM to 4PM Tuesday thru Saturday: 1PM to 4PM Sunday, Monday: Closed.

Infrastructure - 19th Century Clothing Exhibit


Youth Car Wash at Grace United Methodist Church / 8AM to Noon Sun., June 4 / Find the student fundraiser in the parking lot, 300 Gartner Avenue. Thanks for all support!

Central Park is home of the Naperville Community Concert Center, three public art works on the Century Walk tour, the Blackhawk War Memorial, a playground and other historic markers. This September, the West Suburban Irish will move its Irish Fest to Central Park and the Sister Cities Foundation will host its 3rd Annual Hispanic Fest in the city’s downtown park. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for every Thursday at 7:30PM when the Naperville Municipal Band performs on stage in Central Park through August 10. (PN File Photo)

Naper Pride’s 5th Annual Hometown Pride / 10AM to Noon every Sunday in June in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Avenue. Visit the celebration of community and support of Naperville businesses. Stop by between 10AM and 12PM to pick up a gift bag. 

Fly a kite whenever its gently windy at any of the wide open spaces in Naperville parks. Knoch Knolls Park is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors with a family picnic, too! (PN Photo)

Fly A Kite at Frontier Sports Complex / Noon to 4PM Sun., June 4 / Big kites, little kites with lots of music and food trucks. Click here for the Naperville Park District story and photos. FREE admission. Frontier Park is located just south of the 95th Street Library and Neuqua Valley High School. Experienced kite flyers suggest the best winds for success are 7-15 mph. The Weather Channel forecast for Sun., June 4, is partly sunny, 84 degrees and 13 mph winds. Go see how to fly a kite!

Buona Benefit Night / Sun., June 4 / Eat Out to support the Naperville Lymphoma Walk – In Memory of Chuck Papanos! On Benefit Night, 20% of sales will benefit Naperville Lymphoma Walk – Walk On! / Buona Naperville is located at 1588 Naperville Road. For info, call (630) 548-2333. (Note also Walk On! In Memory of Chuck Paponos is set for 6PM Friday, July 28, at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion.)

Élan Dance Company to Present Showcase / 5:30-6:30PM Sun., June 4 at Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton on the campus of North Central College. Naperville Park District invites the community to the Élan Dance Company’s 2023 Showcase. Élan Dance Company includes 40 dancers ranging in age from 8-16. An audition-based program, Élan is part of the Park District’s Dance Academy. Admission is FREE.

Note second date, June 10, for upcoming Blood Drive.

Walk-in welcome to give the gift of life at the Versiti Mobile Unit. (PN Photo 2022)

Naperville Freemasons Blood Drive / 9AM to 2PM on Sat., June 10, at 34 W. Jefferson Ave. Plan time to give the gift of life.

Looking ahead to Father’s Day / June 18

Naperville offers nearly 300 dining choices every day and Father’s Day / From Diehl Road north to 111th Street south, Dine Naperville features eateries to whet every appetite and suit every budget. Reserve a table for Dad in the historic mansion or on the patio for Father’s Day, June 18, at Meson Sabika.

And just off the beaten path at 729 North Avenue in Glendale Heights… / Dads, moms and kids enjoy Schnitzel Platz for cold German biers and other Bavarian tastes. Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Schnitzel Platz. Prost!

Meanwhile…Take a break… Visit and Dine Naperville!

T-shirts with messages are great conversation starters! (PN File Photo)

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