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A few things to do in Naperville… June 8 through June 11


Above / Artist Marilyn Dale again has contributed her creativity to this year’s downtown Naperville display known as “Flying into Summer.” Find the “dragonfly” bench along Water Street.

Thursday, June 8

Stop to watch construction of the Washington Street Bridge from Fredenhagen Park where the “Two in a Million” sculpture on the Century Walk tour will greet visitors.

Summer Sights along the Riverwalk / Now through Labor Day Weekend and then some… / The Paddleboat Quarry, Carillon Concerts (7PM Tuesdays) at the site of Moser Tower, 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.

Lynda Wehrli and Mayor Scott Wehrli displayed their passion for local tradition during at first Naperville Municipal Band Concert of the season in Central Park on June 1. During the June 6 City Council Meeting, the Mayor recognized Ron Keller who recently announced that after this summer season he will be known as “Director Emeritus.” Click here for a link to one of Ron’s many columns, “Growing Up in Naperville.”

Naperville Municipal Band Concert in Central Park / 7:30PM Thurs., June 8 / “Familiar Tunes” / Bake Sale sponsored by League of Women Voters of Naperville / Under the leadership of Conductor and Music Director Ron Keller since 1966, the Naperville Municipal Band is set to perform its summer concert season at 7:30PM every Thursday through Aug. 10 in Central Park. Assistant Conductor is Emily Binder. The Naperville Big Band Director is Tracy Oliver. Click here for weekly details.

“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, “Parades of the Century,” 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.”

Friday, June 9

Downtown Naperville again hosts its ‘free’ Tulip Bulb Pickup / 8AM to 10AM Fri., June 9 / Free tulip bulbs will be available for pick up on Main Street between Van Buren and Benton Avenue (55 S. Main Street) in Downtown Naperville, while supplies last. Click here for story.

GYPSY presented by Brightside Theater / 8PM Fridays | 2PM & 8PM Saturdays | 2PM Sundays / Playing this weekend and next through June 18 / Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall on the Campus of North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth. Click here for TICKETS ($36).

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.

Saturday, June 10

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. Walk-ins welcome.

Click: http://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5600203

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.

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

Sunday, June 11

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 in wide open space at a Naperville park / Any day in the gentle breeze / Big kites and little kites go well with a family picnic in Knoch Knolls Park. This summer, have fun learning how to fly a kite!

GYPSY presented by Brightside Theater / 8PM Fridays | 2PM Sunday / Playing this weekend and next through June 18 / Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall on the Campus of North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth. Click here for TICKETS ($36).

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.

Visit beautiful gardens at Meson Sabika / 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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