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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: February 16-18


Look toward a little luck of the Irish on March 9 in downtown Naperville. 

Online registration ($40) is now in progress for the St. Paddy’s Day 5K hosted by Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise. Charity fun run-walk begins at 8AM.

Spectators will line up to watch two fun events in one morning, Sat., March 9, in downtown Naperville. (PN File Photo)

Online registration is now in progress for entries in the 2024 WSI St. Patrick’s Parade set for Sat., March 9. Parade begins at 10AM from NNHS and winds through downtown to NCHS.


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. 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.

Judd Kendall VFW Fish Fry / 4:30 to 7:30PM at Judd Kendall VFW – 908 West Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL / The tradition continues! The Naperville VFW Friday Fish Fry will be held every Friday from 4:30 to 7:30PM at 908 West Jackson Ave. in Naperville during Lent.
The cost is $15 per plate of fish and fries. Add $5 for pizza or shrimp. Cash bar available.

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. 16 and 17. Matinees at 2PM Sun., 18. INFO and Tickets ($32 to $37) and via Box Office: (630) 447-8497.


CLASH of the Sequins 2024 / 10AM to 10PM at Naperville North High School 899 N. Mill St. Naperville, IL 60563 / Come to the NNHS Field House on February 17 for The CLASH of the Sequins 2024. The Show Choirs of NNHS have been hard at work getting ready to host this one-of-a-kind Show Choir Competition and we hope you’ll come join in the fun! High Heeled Harmony performs at 4:15PM, Entourage performs at 9:30PM, and Road Show performs at noon. There are also be many other knock-out performances from visiting groups throughout the day, beginning at 10AM. Tons of great food provided by Belgio’s Catering & DeEtta’s Bakery, along with several other food vendors. Tickets are $22 at the door (cash/card accepted).

Naperville Astronomical Association Observatory Public Night of Stargazing / 7:30PM to 10PM at the NAA Astronomy Education Center, 3712 Plainfield-Naperville Road / Discover the wonders of the heavens through NAA observatory telescopes, as well as through members’ personal scopes set up outside on the lawn. Always FREE events are weather dependent. “Go-or-cancel notice” should be displayed on the calendar and on the NAA homepage by 2PM the afternoon of the event.

Pfeiffer Hall

The Drifters in Concert / 8PM at Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 / $35-45 / “Up on the Roof.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “This Magic Moment.” “There Goes My Baby.” “Dance with Me.” “Spanish Harlem.” “Stand by Me.” The list of hits goes on and on. The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, is once again touring the U.S. under the auspices of their original management team. Tickets at northcentral.vbotickets.com.

Bollywood Valentine’s DJ Party / 9PM at The Matrix Club / The Matrix Club is located at 808 Route 59 at Ogden Avenue. Enjoy an unforgettable musical journey curated by the renowned DJ Sajan Vadali and DJ RJB, who will be spinning the latest Bollywood, Bhangra, House, and EDM hits, creating a fusion of beats that will keep you on your feet all night long until 2AM. $40 per person. For INFO and tickets, click here.


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.

West Suburban Irish collectible scarfs ($5) are sold annually at Quigley’s in advance of the St. Patrick’s Parade and along the parade route. Sales benefit charities and scholarships supported by WSI. (PN File Photo 2014)

Enjoy Sunday & 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. 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!

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 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.

Thanks also to event planners for posting local community events at EVENTS, a feature located along the navigation bar at the top of this page.

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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