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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: July 7-9



Bill Kreger tends to his case of sausage. (PN File Photo)

Brats at Kreger’s / 10AM to 3PM Fridays and Saturdays / Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus, 606 N. Ellsworth / Stop by for lunch, conversation and cameraderie. Pick up handcrafted bratwurst for the grill.

Enjoy Centennial Beach, a summertime favorite in the heart of Naperville!

Weather permitting, all ages find sunshine, sand and shade for summer fun every day in July at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Avenue, in the heart of Naperville. Stay safe, hydrated and cool. Residents and visitors welcome with fee for admission. (PN Photo, July 4, 2023)

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. The patio is open!


Naperville Farmers Market / 7AM to Noon at Fifth Avenue Station – 200 East 5th Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / The Farmers Market runs June through November with June-November we host 50-plus vendors every Saturday 7AM-noon.

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.

Naperville Ale Fest / 1-5PM at Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 / $65-75 / The Naperville Ale Fest – Summer Edition will take place on Saturday, July 8, 2023, and will feature over 150 unique craft beers and some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks. Situated on the grounds of the Naper Settlement, with downtown Naperville as a backdrop, it is the ideal setting to experience craft beer. www.napervillealefest.com.

Summer Sights along the Riverwalk / Now through Labor Day Weekend and then some… / The Paddleboat Quarry (with paddleboats and kayaks for rent), 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.

Summertime on the Patios at Mesón Sabika / Find a choice in patios at Mesón Sabika to sample Spanish tapas and delicious sangria. Located just west of downtown Naperville at 1025 Aurora Avenue, Mesón Sabika has been serving the community since 1990. Built in 1847, the historic mansion with eight dining rooms is set in a beautifully landscaped four-acre estate, providing a welcoming sight with plenty of parking for lunch, dinner, special events, benefits, weddings, meetings and family gatherings throughout the year. 


Music on the Farm / 4PM at McDonald Farm – 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road / Free of Charge / Enjoy local live musical acts and a food truck in the setting of the beautiful 60-acre McDonald Farm. Music on the Farm is family-friendly. BYO lawn chair, pack a few drinks, and sit back to take in the outdoor music. This week features music by Patrick Moynihan & Marco Saporito and the tastes of Fernando’s Street Kitchen.

Concerts in Your Park / 7:30PM at Ashwood Park – 4603 Chinaberry Lane Naperville, IL 60564 / Free of charge / Gen Fuze will perform as part of the Concerts in Your Park series hosted by the Naperville Park District. 

Flying into Summer in downtown Naperville / YESTERDAY, NOW, TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY THIS SUMMER! / Come-see-ums, a.k.a. benches in the shape of dragonflies, welcome folks to explore talents of local artists such as Marianne Lisson Kuhn 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.”

Visit Naperville Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Veterans Park / Veterans Park, 301 Gartner Road / Dedicated on Memorial Day weekend, the beautiful, peaceful setting for the Gold Star Families Memorial in Veterans Park is a place to pause and reflect with gratitude every day of the year. Note also that on the last Sunday in September (Sept. 24, 2023) Gold Star Mothers and Family Day honors the mothers, fathers and families of fallen military service members. Veterans Day every year is observed at 11AM Nov. 11 a.k.a. “11-11-11.”

One more thing: Register now for Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk Sunday morning, July 16, stepping off from the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. Thank you!

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