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Updated! / Things to do around Naperville: March 1-3, 2024


Originally Posted, Feb. 29, 2024, NOW with Update, March 4, 2024 / Considering the success of several “Things to Do” this past weekend, those activities have been updated in ways readers might go forward with more knowledge. Have a good week.


Girls Basketball State Semifinals: Waubonsie Valley vs. Nazareth Academy / 2PM at CEFCU Arena, Normal, IL / Cheer Waubonsie as the Warriors make their first State appearance in program history. Watch the game on CW26 www.wciu.com/cw26. UPDATE! Nazareth 69, WVHS 44 / Congratulations to WVHS on a great season of competitive play, 32 wins and 5 losses!

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. Same time every Friday in March!

‘Dune: Part Two’ / Check out the movie just opened and now playing at a theater near you. “Dune: Part Two” is receiving rave reviews! / Click here for the trailer featured with the just published review “Movies with Tarik: Dune: Part 2.” UPDATE! Everyone who went to see “Dune: Part Two” helped the science fiction thriller top box office success around the world. (“Bob Marley: One Love” reviewed in “Movies with Tarik” in print on page 14 in PN for March 2024 achieved second highest box office results.)


Avoid wild goose chases while enjoying a peaceful walk on this sunny Saturday in one of Naperville’s many parks. (PN Photo)

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 about Easter Brunch on March 31, call (630) 983-3000 x 2. UPDATE! / Also note that Hossein Jamali, owner of Mesón Sabika, was honored with the 2024 Dottee Krejci Memorial Award for his distinguished community service and support of Little Friends during the 47th Annual Little Friends Benefit Auction. Congratulations, Hossein!

Chords for Kids Concert / 7PM at Wentz Concert Hall – 171 East Chicago Avenue Naperville, IL 60540 / The North Central Concert Winds presents a concert for Children with Autism and Special Needs. The concert will include music such as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “YMCA,” and the “Chicken Dance.” The concert is intended for the entire family to come and enjoy the music in a welcoming environment. “Wigglers Welcomed!” The concert is free, but tickets required at northcentral.vbotickets.com.

47th Annual Little Friends Benefit Auction / 6PM – 11PM – at The Matrix Club  / Friendship, advocacy, and support will be on display to ensure individuals served by Little Friends will lead fulfilling lives in our community. The event will include a cocktail reception, raffle, and silent auction (Participate in silent auction from anywhere with a click here in advance or during event.); followed by dinner, program, live auction and entertainment. Advance reservations required are now closed. Proceeds from this annual event benefit Little Friends, a private, nonprofit organization with programs that provide the individuals served and their families with vocational training, speech therapy, education, counseling, family assistance and housing and much more. UPDATE! / During the celebratory festivities that attracted more than 650 guests, Hossein Jamali, owner of Mesón Sabika, was honored with the Dottee Krejci Memorial Award for his distinguished community service and support of Little Friends. Congratulations, Little Friends, for another good time that included a most enlightening story of transformation and growth since 1965!

UPDATE / Oh, what an evening with many high bids for Little Friends at The Matrix Club. (Photo by JEP)


Be wrapped up and ready to frolic all day Sat., March 9, when fun festivities focus on the luck of the Irish, thanks to the West Suburban Irish and Rotary Sunrise! Head to downtown Naperville early for the St. Paddy’s 5K run/walk beginning at 8AM followed by the St. Patrick’s Parade at 10AM. (PN File Photo)

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. UPDATE / Remember WSI Quiz Night begins at 7PM Tues., March 5, at Quigley’s. Everybody’s welcome to team up to win silly prizes where playing games of trivia is free. Sláinte!

The Madden Theatre is located in the North Central College Fine Arts Center, located at 171 E. Chicago Avenue., just steps from downtown Naperville. Enter Madden Theatre from the main entrance or the southside of the center along Chicago Avenue. (PN Photo)

Jonathon Lynch’s “The Baroque Cycle” / 6PM at Madden Theatre – 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 60540 / $30-35 / “The Baroque Cycle” (Best Singer winner & Best Score nominee, New York Winterfest 2022) is an innovative one-woman musical theatre piece that combines the beauty of classical music with the wild abandon of musical comedy. It’s the story of a young Classically trained soprano who moves to New York to become a Broadway star. Unfortunately, things don’t go so well for her. Everything from terrible auditions to harrowing subway rides to even tidying her apartment become a nightmare. How does she cope? By retreating to a Baroque music recital in her mind where she can freely sing about the dumpster fire of her life! Come, join her for a breakdown Bach would be proud of. Tickets at northcentral.vbotickets.com.

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 discovering what’s new for spring. Plan ahead for the Fashion Brunch: Spring Edition set for 9:30AM to 11AM Sat., April 6, at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, 55 South Main St. Cost is $50 per person. Click here for ticket reservations and more info.

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

Last Updated, March 4, 2024 / Considering “Things to Do”

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