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Choices of things to do around Naperville: March 8-10, 2024


This Weekend…

Anglers already have found spots along the DuPage River for a good catch. Go fish for the fun of it. (PN Photo)

March 8

International Women’s Day / Join the community as Downtown Naperville salutes International Women’s Day and the achievements of female business leaders in the Naperville Central Business District. Did you know? Fifty-plus downtown businesses are owned by women. PN also notes leadership of the Downtown Naperville Alliance is Katie Wood! Cheers!

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 now playing at a theater near you. “Dune: Part Two” is receiving rave reviews! / Click here for the thrilling trailer featured with the just published review “Movies with Tarik: Dune: Part Two.” Movie goers who went to see “Dune: Part Two” last weekend helped the science fiction achieve 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.)

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis starring  Jonathan Mangum & Asad Mecci / 8PM / ($45-$50) / Wentz Concert Hall in the North Central College Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, just steps from downtown Naperville. Think dinner and the show! Click here for tickets!

Brightside Theatre presents Deathtrap / 8PM / Meiley-Swallow Hall / (Tickets: $35 and $40) Holding the record for the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway, Deathtrap is the story of the world-famous thriller playwright Sidney Bruhl who is suffering from a chronic case of writer’s block. When one of his former students shows up at his doorstep with what might be the next Broadway hit, Sidney and his wife concoct a deadly plan to make the manuscript their own. Weekends through March 24. 8PM Fridays and Saturdays, 2PM Sundays.

March 9

Mental Health Symposium / 8:30AM to 12:3PM / KidsMatter is honored to be participating in the 2nd annual Mental Health Symposium program, hosted at Metea Valley High School by Indian Prairie District 204. The Keynote Address will be presented by Devorah Heitner, PhD on “Growing Up In Public.” With social media and constant connection, the boundaries of privacy for children are stretched thin. Growing Up in Public shows parents how to help tweens and teens navigate boundaries, identity, privacy, and reputation in their digital world. Along with the keynote will be a panel discussion, breakout sessions for teens and parents, and a community resource fair.

Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise St. Paddy’s Day 5K / 8AM in downtown Naperville / Come one, come all and take on the 5K regardless of your age or how fast you will run. This fun kickoff to the Naperville running season is Leprechaun approved. Costumes encouraged! Registration is available at admin.chronotrack.com/r/77422.

Naperville Astronomical Association Solar Saturday / 9AM / View the Sun via (safely filtered!) telescopes along the Riverwalk at Jackson & Webster (across from the Library) from 9AM to noon every Saturday thru the end of March, weather permitting and canceled if clouds get in the way. Eclipse glasses will be available at Solar Saturdays and all NAA meetings and events prior to the eclipse so individuals can safely view the deep partial eclipse in Naperville on April 8, when over 90% of the Sun’s disk will be covered by the silhouette of the Moon.

Wrap up and be 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 Every Day at Quigley’s & Especially Events to Honor St. Patrick / 10AM / 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!

West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade follows the 5K / 10AM / West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a family event enjoyed by all ages and celebrates Irish heritage and culture. The annual parade will start at Naperville North High School and proceed through downtown Naperville and finish at Naperville Central High School.

Watch for plaid! Did you know that each of the 32 counties in Ireland is represented by its own unique tartan? (PN File Photo)

Celebrate safely! Drive sober.

Put on the Green! / 10AM / Many downtown restaurants and bars will open early to celebrate the day when everybody’s welcome to be Irish eight days early. Naperville’s Irish pub since 1998 located at 43 East Jefferson Avenue will be pouring Guinness all day on WSI St. Patrick’s Parade Day / Live music most of the day. For all the St. Patrick’s festivities on March 9 and again on March 17, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

La Fille Mal Gardée  / 7PM / The children from Maywood Fine Arts will be joined by professional dancers in La Fille Mal Gardée (the Poorly Guarded Girl) at the Yellow Box Theatre located at 1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville. Find more information and tickets $8 to $18 by clicking here.

March 10

Daylight Saving Time Begins / 2AM / Clocks “spring forward” and are turned ahead at 2AM for one hour when Daylight Saving Time returns until Nov. 3, 2024.

St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event for Charity / Noon / Whistle Brews for a Cure, a family friendly St. Baldrick’s head shaving event for pediatric cancer research. Whistle Brewing Co. is located 1748 W Jefferson Ave. in Naperville. They’ll have a raffle, food trucks, games and fun. Learn more at www.stbaldricks.org/events/NoonWhistle2024.

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. Also note last weekend 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!

Every day basics… Dine Naperville!

Note it’s Thursday and Dine Naperville as well as Visit Naperville might be temporarily off line while weekend updates are in progress. Thanks for reading!

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. Enjoy Century Walk public art around every corner. (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!

Note it’s Thursday. Visit Naperville and Dine Naperville may be temporarily offline while weekend updates are finished. Thanks for reading.

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