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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: November 10-12

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Above / A mother and her two children visited the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance Thursday evening. Their thoughts included their 19-year-old brother/son who currently serves in the U.S. Navy. The Vietnam Wall of Remembrance officially will stand until the closing ceremony at 8PM Mon., Nov. 13. (PN Photo)

Friday

Happy Marines Birthday / 10AM / Flag Raising at Exchange Club Veterans Plaza on the Riverwalk, along Jackson Avenue between Main and Webster streets. Join the Naperville Marines for the brief ceremony.

This weekend the Combined Post Honor Guard will lend its “Final Salute” to local events during the Marines Birthday Flag Raising as well as during 8PM ceremonies at the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance. (PN File Photo, 2021)

***Vietnam Wall of Remembrance / 10AM to 8PM near the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, just west of Centennial Beach – 912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Court Naperville, IL 60540 / The return of the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance commemorates the 50th anniversary of the departure of the last U.S. combat troops from South Vietnam in 1973. The wall is approximately 233 feet in length and includes the names of more than 58,000 service members who gave their lives between 1957 and 1975. Remember “11-11-11” at The Wall.

**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.

**North Central College Inauguration of its 11th president, Dr. Anita Thomas / Series of special events begins at 1:30PM on Friday and 9:30AM Saturday, November 10-11, 2023. Presidential inaugurations have been rare occasions at North Central College, with only 10 past presidents since the College’s founding in 1861. More information about inauguration events and how to attend is available at northcentralcollege.edu/inauguration.

Saturday

A large crowd seated & standing in front & behind young U.S. Naval Sea Cadets attended the annual Veterans Day tribute held at 11-11-11. (PN Photo)

Veterans Day at Vietnam Wall of Remembrance / 11AM / Remember “11-11-11” every year to pause and reflect about Veterans, more than ever, in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard who prove every day that they are proud of their military service in defending this nation’s freedom by continuing to serve this community. This year, Veterans Day will be observed near the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, just west of Centennial Beach – 912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Court Naperville, IL 60540 / Note that the return of the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance commemorates the 50th anniversary of the departure of the last U.S. combat troops from South Vietnam in 1973. The wall is approximately 233 feet in length and includes the names of more than 58,000 service members who gave their lives between 1957 and 1975. With much gratitude, let’s all say thanks to all who serve. Thank you, Veterans!

By day or by evening, the Vietnam Wall of Remembrance is a place to visit this Veterans Day week, now through Nov. 13. The “Final Salute” will be sounded at 8PM Mon., Nov. 13. (PN Photo)

Veterans Day / 11AM / No matter where you stand, pause, reflect and remember with thoughts of gratitude for Veterans and all who serve for peace, acceptance and understanding throughout the world. Thank you, Veterans!

***Downtown Naperville Holiday Open House Weekend / Throughout downtown Naperville / Wander through shops in Downtown Naperville all weekend for some early-bird holiday shopping and sales. Enjoy festive decorations around town, plus special holiday sales and surprises at many downtown shops. downtownnaperville.com.

24th Annual St. Thomas Fine Arts & Craft Festival / 11AM to 6PM at St. Thomas the Apostle – 1500 Brookdale Road Naperville, IL 60563 / Come and support 30+ vendors as they display their original works, including mixed media, jewelry, oil painting, photography, fiber arts, and more.

***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!

Sunday

***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.)

***Visit local parks! / Dawn to Dusk / From sunrise to sunset, experience autumn beauty throughout the community before all the leaves fall.

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.

At the beginning of the Nov. 7 City Council Meeting, Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres again emphasized “If you see something suspicious, say something. Call 9-1-1.”

It’s up to everybody to help keep this community safe.

Every day… Dine Naperville!

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. NaperLights has returned to shine along Water Street during downtown Naperville’s Grand Illumination that began Nov. 6, glowing with holiday decorations and other 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 with funds made available by the Riverwalk Foundation.

Every day… Visit Naperville!

Thanks for reading! Stay safe. Have a good weekend.

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