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Things to do around Naperville MLK Weekend: January 12-15



It’s a snow day! / As the drone of snow blowers sound and public schools are closed, open to virtual learning today, a file photo is a reminder to keep fire hydrants and curbside drain covers clear of snow. Note also garbage and recycling collection has been canceled for today. Collection likely will take place Sat., Jan. 13. Drive and shovel carefully. Be safe.

Naperville Park District Program Cancelation Info / 12:42PM Update / All Naperville Park District programs scheduled to meet on January 12 are canceled due to the winter weather conditions. The program cancelations also include all group exercise classes, open gyms and childcare at the Fort Hill Activity Center, and tonight’s production of Beauty and the Beast at Naperville Central High School.  Beauty and the Beast ticket holders are being contacted with options to attend future shows. Fort Hill Fitness will close at 3PM due to forecasted snow in the evening. All other Naperville Park District indoor facilities remain closed.

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****The Great Indoor Sidewalk Sales / All day during business hours throughout Downtown Naperville through January 15 / Participating shops will be cutting winter prices in preparation for the incoming spring fashions. This is the perfect opportunity to redeem Downtown Naperville gift cards which are accepted at 150+ merchants and runs through Monday. downtownnaperville.com

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.

***Donate and encourage others to provide a gift of life / An emergency blood shortage now exists. During blood shortages, essential medical procedures may be delayed and distributions to hospitals of some of the most transfused blood types are being limited now. The American Red Cross urges the need for everyone’s help to alleviate the shortage and ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed. / Donate blood, double red cells, or platelets at Versiti Blood Center of Illinois, located at 1297 S. Naper Boulevard. Open 7 days per week. / Also note the Vitalant Naperville Blood Donation Center is located at 2764 Aurora Avenue, open Tuesday through Saturday.


***Magical Starlight Theatre presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’ / 7:30PM on Friday, Jan. 12 (Canceled); 1:30PM and 6:30PM on Saturday, Jan. 13; and 1:30PM on Sunday, Jan. 14 at Naperville Central High School auditorium – 440 Aurora Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Magical Starlight Theatre, a Naperville Park District program, presents Beauty and the Beast Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 12-14 and 19-21. The show is directed by Naperville School District 203 teacher, Matt Colbert, and stars Samantha Keret as Belle and Andy Emmerich as Beast. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. www.magicalstarlight.org. Remember! Next weekend, too!

****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: Online registration is now in progress for the 2024 WSI St. Patrick’s Parade 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.


From the City of Naperville / Book Road is closed to all traffic between 75th Street and 87th Street until further notice due to icy conditions. Please seek alternate routes.

Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: PULSE / 3PM at Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 / $10-65 / Join the Chicago Sinfonietta in their annual MLK Tribute Concert, PULSE, as they pay homage to the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a captivating lineup of works that celebrate the power of perseverance, triumph, and hope. www.northcentralcollege.edu


MLK Vision Day: Prayer Luncheon & Teach-in at North Central College / 11AM to 4PM / Wentz Science Center (131 S. Loomis St., Naperville)  Kindly RSVP in advance to attend MLK Vision Day events. More information about the teach-in sessions, keynote speakers and topics is available here.

Schedule: 11 – 11:15AM, Welcome

            11:30AM – 12:20PM, Teach-in Session 1

            12:30 – 2PM, Prayer Luncheon & Opening Keynote

            2:15 – 3PM, Teach-in Session 2

            3:15 – 4PM, Closing Keynote

Remember Legendary Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. / Considering subzero temperatures that may keep you at home, perhaps learn more about MLK Day via the story posted online.

CAP Money Course / 7-8:30PM at The Compass Church! – 1551 Hobson Rd. Naperville, IL 60540 / The CAP Money Course is a free, 3-week course led by trained financial coaches who will teach you budgeting skills and a simple spending system that works. In less than a month’s time, you will have a grasp on your finances so you can budget, save, and prevent debt. This course is open to the community. Registration required. www.thecompass.net.

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Featuring snowmen, past and present, copies of the January 2024 issue of PN are available at more than 25 local distribution racks throughout Naperville. Thanks for reading!

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

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Last updated, Jan. 14, 2024. As weather and event information is received, this website will attempt to inform.

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