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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Updates of Things to do around Naperville this weekend: February 9-11

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Above / Known for handcrafted brats and sausages, Kreger’s has been around since 1893; Bill Kreger, not so long. Celebrate Kreger’s first 131 years in business this weekend!

Friday & Saturday

Expanded Early Voting for DuPage County Residents Only / 8AM to 4:30PM Weekdays through March 2, 2024 / On Thurs., Feb. 8, Expanded Early Voting began at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street – Meeting Rooms A&B. (Note: When visited at 4:29PM yesterday, the first day of expanded early voting, 16 registered voters had cast their all-paper ballots downstairs in the Municipal Center.) DuPage County voters may be cast early from 9AM to noon on Saturdays, Feb. 10, 17 and 24. Beginning March 4, additional Early Voting sites will be open daily throughout Naperville with expanded hours until Primary Election Day, Tues., March 19.

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. Also ask Bill what he’s doing after the Super Bowl as they will be going on winter break. Celebrating 131 years of business, Kreger’s will offer 13.1% off your entire order (February 9 & 10) to show appreciation to all.

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Chicago Auto Show’s ‘First Look for Charity’ / 7 to 11PM / at McCormick Place. Chicago Auto Show’s ‘First Look for Charity’ welcomes Turning Pointe Autism Foundation among beneficiaries. Tickets $325 each, with $268 as tax-deductible. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.chicagoautoshow.com/first-look-for-charity/. After First Look for Charity, the nation’s largest auto show continues 10AM to 7PM Feb. 10-Feb. 19.

Chess In Concert / 8PM / Madden Theater will be transformed into an intimate cabaret room with a live orchestra and a cast of talented actors performing a concert version of Chess. Madden Theater is located in North Central College Fine Arts Center at 171 E. Chicago Avenue. Performances also at 8PM Feb. 10, 16 and 17. Matinees at 2PM Sun., Feb 11 & 18. INFO and Tickets ($32 to $37) and via Box Office: (630) 447-8497.

It’s Super Bowl Weekend, Spread the Word: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk / Naperville Police remind football fans and partygoers that designated drivers are the best defense against the dangers of impaired driving. If your Super Bowl celebration involves alcohol or cannabis, plan for a ride home with a sober driver. If you’re hosting the party, take care of the designated drivers. Note that sober driving isn’t the only law that should be followed. Distracted driving and speeding will get you a citation, and you must wear a seatbelt no matter where you are seated in a vehicle. This campaign is administered and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Camp Naper Registration is Open for 20 Different Summer Camps / Beginning in June, camps for kids will be hosted at Naper Settlement. Click here for list of times, costs, etc.

Saturday

Scouts BSA Troop 100 Pancake Breakfast / 7AM to noon at Wesley United Methodist Church – 21 E Franklin Ave. Naperville, IL / Come support the Scouts BSA of Troop 100 from 7 a.m. to noon on Feb. 10 with all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice, plus raffle prizes and bake sale. Tickets: $7 per person/$20 per family. Available for purchase at the door, or contact: troop100naperville@googlegroups.com to purchase tickets from a Scout. Or, visit our event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BSATroop100Pancakes.

Hot Dog Bar Open at Dean’s / Lunchtime-plus! / The tradition continues. Dean’s Super Saturday Pre-Game Sale… with hot dogs! One day only. Store is open 9AM to 5:30PM today! Dean’s Fine Clothing is located at 226 S. Main Street.

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. What’s more, commemorative “Irish-theme” scarfs are selling at $5 each, and now available as the perfect wrap, in support of West Suburban Irish charities. Sláinte!

Chinese New Year begins… Also known as the Lunar New Year, the Chinese New Year is mostly centered on the theme of family bonding, good food (Dine Naperville), prosperity and good luck for 15 days. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the celebrations. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, symbolizing strength, courage and good fortune from Feb. 10 through Feb. 24. 

117th Annual Chicago Auto Show hosts Versiti 2024 Chicago Auto Show Dennis Buckley Memorial Blood Drive / 10AM to 7PM Feb. 10-Feb. 19. Appointments preferred, but walk-ins welcomed. / McCormick Place South, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60616, Exhibit Area SH257. / The annual Dennis Buckley Memorial Blood Drive, which will be facilitated by the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois, provides blood to more than 85 hospitals in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. This past fall, blood supply reached a critically low level, which put patients in need in jeopardy. For more info, click here.

Third Annual Disney Karaoke / 6-9PM / Fundraiser supports the VFW National Home for Children. at the Naperville VFW at 908 Jackson Avenue. Enjoy fun provided by a DJ, face painter, balloon artist, crafts, silent auction, raffle and open bar. Goal is to surpass the $4,000 raised last year for the VFW National Home. Suggested donation of $15 per adult and $10 per child is graciously accepted via cash, check, or credit card at the door. RSVP at bit.ly/DisneyKaraoke2024

36th Annual Gospel Extravaganza / 3-5PM at Wentz Concert Hall – Wentz Concert Hall
171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 / $5-10 /
Join Voices of Praise Gospel Choir for an evening of praise and worship. North Central College will be celebrating Black History Month with local college choirs, spoken word artists, and other performances. This month is a time to learn about African American culture through various art forms and organizers of this program welcome you. Tickets at northcentral.vbotickets.com.

Wentz Concert Hall is located in the North Central College Fine and Performing Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. (PN File Photo)

Sunday

DuPage Symphony Orchestra “Reflections of the Rus” / 3PM at Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 / $38 / Concert Artists Guild winner Adam Sadberry – one of the Washington Post’s 23 for ’23 Artists to Watch – performs Aram Khachaturian’s virtuosic Flute Concerto, originally written for violin.  The DSO also brings you Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major, known as The Polish. Tickets at northcentral.vbotickets.com.

Super Bowl LVIII / 5:30PM / The San Francisco 49ers will play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Halftime performance by Usher. Watch on CBS 2 Chicago. Celebrate safely.

Every day… Dine Naperville!

Reserve a Table at Mesón Sabika any day / 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. Join us at the for Happy Hour at any time of the day! Check out NEW Bar Bites Menu with $5 Tapas available only at the bar and with a beverage purchase. ¡Salud!

Find ways to the heart of downtown Naperville via Main Street, Eagle Street, Mill Street, Benton Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. (PN Photo)

Enter downtown Naperville along Main Street for a day of bargain hunting as stores offer clearance sales while making room for spring merchandise. While you’re there, take a break and head over to the Riverwalk Civic Plaza, Jackson Avenue at Webster. Note the historical plaque that indicates the Riverwalk celebrated its first 42 years on Sept. 7, 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 to readability with funds made available by the Riverwalk Foundation to enhance the community’s natural treasure. (PN Photo)

Come experience the sights and sounds that lead to shopping, dining, entertainment and ways to use special gift cards in downtown Naperville where free parking is around every corner. 

Every day… Visit Naperville!

Located along Weber Road, the recently installed welcome sign is featured on a limestone-base structure topped with an image to depict a tree resembling the one used in the City’s logo. The monument will be graced with native plants and pollinators in the spring. (Photo by Ashley Penick)

Help keep your surroundings safe. If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1.

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

And remember…It’s also cold and flu season. Always wash your hands thoroughly, but don’t wash away your common sense.

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