Above / Hurray! Finally! On Jan. 4, 2024, the forecast for Naperville featured “A good deal of sunshine. High 36F. Winds light and variable.” Clear blue skies covered Main Street in downtown Naperville; yet, it’s too early in the new year to get used to it. Friday clouds are expected to return, followed on Saturday with snow showers and a Sunday with more clouds. (PN Photo)
Note that after-the-holidays sale signs are going up in store windows. And some of the spectacular holiday decorations are coming down all over town. Mostly the sidewalks on Thursday had attracted individuals in good moods, likely because of the overdue sunshine.
One more thing...Thanks to PN readers who have been alerting us that distribution racks are empty. The January issue of PN is in the works. Look for it on January 10. Meanwhile, thanks for reading online!
Update…Jan. 6, 2024 / An email blast from the Naperville American Legion wants the community to know the Hines Hospital visit to play Bingo with Veterans receiving treatment has been canceled for Tues., Jan. 9. John Shaw who arranges the popular visits via bus on the second Tuesday of the month (except June, July and August) said he will keep folks posted as to when the next visit will be. Stay tuned.
It’s cold and flu season. Remember to roll up your sleeves and wash hands thoroughly, including just above your wrist, timing a thorough hand washing with as long as it takes to sing a verse of “Happy Birthday” or with the first verse of “Old Lang Sang.”
Should old acquaintance be forgotAnd never brought to mind Should old acquaintance be forgot And auld lang syne
While washing your hands, bid farewell to germs. Just don’t wash away your common sense.
Cheers to good health and prosperity every day of the year while also taking time to enjoy the great outdoors whenever possible.
**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. And be sure to tell Bill Kreger that you know his wurst is the best.
***Downtown Naperville Beams in Bright Beauty for All / Downtown Naperville welcomes you. Lights still glisten! Discover 100 shops, 60 restaurants, many spas and Hotel Indigo, too. All businesses are eager to serve every-day wishes. Use holiday gift cards before forgetting about them during after-the-holiday sales. Free parking (more than 4,000 spaces!) accompanied by one of the lowest retail sales tax rates in the Western Suburbs!
Illinois Fighting Illini (#9) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (#1) Big Ten Basketball / 7:30PM / Watch the Big Ten Rivalry at a local sports bar or streaming live from Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. Go, Big Ten! Update! Final Score, Boiler Up: Purdue 83 to Illinois 78.
It’s a snow day! Folks who live in Naperville awakened to one or two inches of fresh fallen snow, the wet kind that’s great for building snowmen. All day the snow is perfect for packing! PN loves photos of snow creations, all types. Thanks for sending jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Job Fair hosted by KidsMatter and the Naperville Park District / 10AM to 1PM / Fort Hill Activity Center, First Floor Gymnasium, located at 20 Fort Hill Drive. This free event is intended to attract job seekers of all ages, including high school students (ages 15 and up), college students and senior adults.
***Enjoy Every Day at Quigley’s Irish Pub / 11AM / Quigley’s Irish Pub is located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as a good place for special events. (Also note: Quigley’s will host WSI Quiz Night at 7PM Tues., Jan. 9. And with “9” in mind, the 2024 WSI St. Patrick’s Parade is set for Sat., March 9.) Meanwhile, stop by for a cool pint and honest pub fare EDAQ, Every Day at Quigley’s. Sláinte!
***Reserve a Table 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.
Magical Starlight Theatre presents ‘Beauty & the Beast’ / Plan ahead. Reserve tickets ($17 in advance) / $20 at the door / Performances on next two weekends Jan. 12-14 and Jan. 19-21 will be staged at Naperville Central High School Auditorium.
19th Annual World Peace Day Interfaith Prayer Service / Wentz Concert Hall / 3PM-4:30PM / Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association (NILA) and partner organizations invite all community members to attend Interfaith Prayer Service at the Wentz Concert Hall in the North Central College Fire Arts Center. Keynote speakers will feature leaders and partners from different faiths, aiming to bring the community together for unity and peace.
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 historical plaque that indicates the Riverwalk celebrated its first 42 years on Sept. 7, 2023.
Come experience the sights and sounds that lead to shopping, dining, entertainment and special gift cards in downtown Naperville where free parking is around every corner.