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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: November 3-5


**Friday & Saturday / ***Friday, Saturday & Sunday


**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.

***Visit local parks! / Dawn to Dusk / From sunrise to sunset, experience autumn beauty throughout the community before all the leaves fall. The city’s six-week leaf collection is now in progress. Cycle 2 began last Monday. Cycle 3 begins Nov. 13.

Watch the birds flit and maneuver at the purple martin house, plan a picnic in the Gazebo or find a good spot to fish at Lake Osborne. The park setting, located just west of the Naperville Public Safety Campus on Aurora Avenue, is inviting every season of the year.

WVHS Planetarium for Family Night / 6PM and 7PM / Listen to Native American sky stories as you sit under the stars in the planetarium. Only audio with the night sky.  Purchase tickets online.


Football! North Central College vs. Illinois Wesleyan University / 1PM / Senior Day / Veteran & Military Appreciation Day / At Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium on the campus of North Central College. Go, Cardinals!

***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! Meanwhile, Quigley’s will mark its 25th year on November 17. Consider joining EDAQ, Every Day at Quigley’s!

North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Center is home to Wentz Concert Hall. (PN Photo)

Chicago Sinfonietta DEPTH / 7:30PM at Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Tickets $10-65 / Join the Chicago Sinfonietta for an evening of musical exploration with DEPTH, featuring renowned guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and a lineup of works that delve into the complexities of the human experience. This promises to be an evening of music that will touch your heart and leave you inspired. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the Chicago Sinfonietta and guest conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto in an unforgettable performance. Tickets at northcentral.vbotickets.com.


Time to Turn Clocks Back One Hour! / 2AM / Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Turn clocks back an hour to 1AM local time, known as Standard Time.

DuPage County to Host Veterans Day Ceremony / 2PM / DuPage County will host a Veterans Day ceremony in the atrium of the JTK Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. The featured speaker is Ken Jacobs with DuPage Veterans Memorial Inc. All attendees and participants are asked to park in the south lot of the 421 building and enter through the main entrance. For more information, contact Terry Owens with DuPage Veterans Memorial Inc. at (630) 853-2178.

Director Emeritus Ron Keller is pictured directing the Naperville Municipal Band on stage at Wentz Concert Hall. (PN File Photo)

Naperville Municipal Band Fall Concert ‘Tribute’ / 4PM / On stage at Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Under the leadership of Conductor Emily Binder, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform its annual fall concert on Sunday afternoon, a “Tribute” to the armed services, just in time for Veterans Day. Director Emeritus Ron Keller also will lead the band. Admission is free of charge.

***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 making reservations for the annual complimentary Thanksgiving Day “take-out turkey dinner” for families in need is now in progress.)

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!

With assistance from Naperville Township and the City, the brick path and the flag pole with the Stars and Stripes near the Moser Covered Bridge at Webster Street were funded by the Riverwalk Foundation. (PN Photo)

Follow the brick path along Webster Street and head over the Riverwalk covered bridge to the Civic Plaza, Jackson Avenue at Webster. 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. Be prepared for NaperLights to return to shine along Water Street during downtown Naperville’s Grand Illumination that begins Nov. 6. Watch how this location begins to glow with holiday decorations and updates coming soon!

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!

Thanks for reading! Have a good weekend.


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