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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: February 23-25



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 Saturday, Feb. 24. Click here for contested candidate info. 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 / 4:30PM to 7:30PM at Judd Kendall VFW – 908 West Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / 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.

Winter Whiskey Tasting at Morton Arboretum / 5:30PM to 9:30PM in the Firefly Pavilion at Morton Arboretum – 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532 / General admission is Member: $50, Guest: $60, Designated Driver: $30. Sample  selection of whiskies curated by a team of experts from Binny’s Beverage Depot at a cozy fire pit on the lighted patio of the Firefly Pavilion, a covered, open-air event space. While sampling spirits, guests will enjoy tunes and ballads from Irish traditional musicians Mike Austin and Jim Conway of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. mortonarb.org/explore/activities/events/winter-whiskey-tasting.


The 2024 Naperville Ale Fest – Winter Edition / noon to 4PM at Frontier Park – 3380 Cedar Glade Dr, Naperville, IL 60564 / $70/pp – must be 21 to enter / A time-honored tradition, this is Illinois’ largest outdoor winter beer fest and will feature more than 150 craft beers – with a strong focus on beers only available in the winter months. Since most beer fests take place in the summer, it’s rare to get a chance to try this many stouts, porters, barrel-aged beers, winter warmers, and giant double IPAs all in one place. Tickets at www.eventsprout.com/event/2024-naper-winter.

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.


Sons of the American Legion Pancake Breakfast / 8AM to 11:30AM at at Judd Kendall VFW – 908 West Jackson Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / The annual fundraiser benefits local Veteran originations. Meal includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee. The cost is $8/adults and $5/kids.

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 basics… Dine Naperville!

During Washington Street Bridge and streetscape construction, 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, just across from Nichols Library. 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 & spring break… Visit Naperville!

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

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