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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: October 20-22

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Above / Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve is ready and waiting for visitors to enjoy its autumn beauty far into the distance. For starters, find the 1,829-acre natural area with running and biking trails just south of 75th Street at Book Road.

***Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Friday

Brats at Kreger’s / 10AM to 3PM Fridays and Saturdays at Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus – 606 N. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60563 / Stop by for lunch, conversation and camaraderie. Plan a barbecue and pick up handcrafted bratwurst for the grill. And be sure to tell Bill Kreger that you know his wurst is the best.

Empower Gala, hosted by KidsMatter, at The Matrix Club / 6PM / Cocktail reception begins, followed at 7PM by dinner, program, music, dancing as well as live and silent auctions. The Matrix Club is located at 808 S. Route 59. For last-minute ticket availability for the Gala, click here. Individual tickets are $175.

Bone appétit! Find more than 275 restaurants and treat shops every day in Naperville. (PN File Photo)

All Hallows Eve / 6:30-10PM at Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 / 6:30-10PM Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21 / $20/person / Magic, monsters, and mythical entertainment will be summoned on the grounds of Naper Settlement during this annual fall festival! Come enjoy a lineup of Halloween-themed outdoor activities, art, and performances for the entire family. Attractions include an alien autopsy, zombie maze, fire dancers, a magic show, and more. For more information and tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org/AllHallowsEve.

***Enjoy Family-Friendly Quigley’s Irish Pub / 8:30PM at Quigley’s Irish Pub – 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Stop by for a cool pint, live music and honest pub fare. Weather permitting, the patio is open every day!

Click image for tour schedules from now through the December holiday season.

Saturday

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, hosting 50-plus vendors every Saturday 7AM-noon.

Trick or Treat at Safety Town / 9AM to noon / Costumes encouraged at family event designed for children ages 3-12. Younger children are welcome. Bring a bag to collect goodies. Cost is $15 per family (benefiting Safety Town) and a nonperishable food item (benefiting Loaves and Fishes). Safety Town is located at the Naperville Public Safety Campus, 1320 Aurora Avenue at River Road.

Be prepared to set the table for the fun of it all from one Halloween event to the other! Watch out for Halloween Hop in downtown Naperville followed by Halloween Happening featured in next week’s things to do on Sun., Oct. 29. Meanwhile, find a Naperville eatery near you. (PN File Photo)

All Hallows Eve / 6:30-10PM at Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 / 6:30-10PM Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21 / $20/person / Magic, monsters, and mythical entertainment will be summoned on the grounds of Naper Settlement during this annual fall festival! Come enjoy a lineup of Halloween-themed outdoor activities, art, and performances for the entire family. Attractions include an alien autopsy, zombie maze, fire dancers, a magic show, and more. For more information and tickets, visit NaperSettlement.org/AllHallowsEve.

Sunday

Naperville Half Marathon, 10K & 5K / 7AM at Jackson Ave. and Eagle St. / The Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon & 5K draws participants to Naperville’s lively downtown, historic sights and beautiful neighborhoods. Runners will delight in the kinetic atmosphere and well-managed course. Registration is open. RunNaperville.com.

Meson Sabika
Historic Meson Sabika

***Changing Seasons at Mesón Sabika / 11:30AM to 9PM / Find a choice in dining rooms and private spaces at Mesón Sabika to sample Spanish tapas and delicious sangria for lunch and dinner. 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 air-conditioned 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. For reservations or information, call (630) 983-3000 x 2. (Note also that reservations for the annual complimentary Thanksgiving Day “take-out turkey dinner” for families in need is now in progress.)

***Healthy Driven ‘Take a Hike! Challenge’ / Daily through Oct. 27 / FREE / Enjoy a trek outside on a trail anywhere! Find out more about this program with a click here.

Take a hike in Knoch Knolls Park where many miles of dirt trails along the DuPage River offer a peaceful outdoor experience every day.

Looking for additional events this week and next?

Check PN’s recently updated event link to find more concerts, entertainment and local happenings. Plus, event planners can post upcoming things to do. Find the “EVENTS” link available 24-7 on the navigation bar.

Signs around town are reminders that keeping the community safe is everyone’s responsibility. Lock it or lose it. Always be a Crime Stopper. If you see something suspicious, say something. Call 9-1-1. Always remember to watch out for children, cyclists, all pedestrians and other vehicles. The speed limit in Naperville is 25 mph unless otherwise noted.

Every day… Dine Naperville!

The Dandelion Fountain in the Civic Plaza marks the spot for gathering along the Riverwalk, Jackson Avenue at Webster Street. Note the plaque that says the Riverwalk celebrated its first 42 years on Sept. 7, 2023. Come experience the sights and sounds that lead to shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Naperville. (PN Photo Oct. 20, 2023)
When strolling the Riverwalk, look for bronze plaques that help tell the story of this community’s can-do spirit to create the Riverwalk Park along the DuPage River. In 2021, dozens of commemorative plaques from Main Street to Jefferson Avenue were restored by the Riverwalk Foundation.

Every day… Visit Naperville!

Post Updated, Oct. 22, 2023

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