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A few choices this weekend in Naperville, March 21-23


Friday, March 22

March Madness Continues on CBS – NCAABB / 2024 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship / First Rounds continue at 11:15AM / Local fans were watching Thursday when Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, outscored the Kentucky Wildcats, 80-76, in Round 1. Discover the Naperville connection (Chris Conway, 6′ 9″ Forward, Junior) when the Oakland team is set to play at 6:15PM Saturday in Round 2. Will the Golden Grizzlies make it to the Sweet 16?

Weed Ladies Spring Preview Sale in Daniels House at Naper Settlement / 10AM to 2PM / Admission to Weed Ladies Sale is free. Simply enter Naper Settlement at the Pre-Emption House main entrance and inform the Guest Services team that you are attending the sale. Parking is available in the Municipal Center Lot across the street, in Naper Settlement’s visitor’s lot (at the corner of Webster Street and Porter Avenue) or along Webster Street. (Note, no parking in Naper Settlement’s Chapel lot due to weddings.) 

Reserve a Table at Mesón Sabika any day and for Easter / 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. Celebrate Easter in style with a delectable four-course menu that brings friends and family together at Mesón Sabika. Enjoy an exquisite menu with a choice of one option from each course; Cold & Hot Tapas, Entree, and Desserts. Weather permitting, an Easter Egg Hunt is planned. For reservations or information about Easter Brunch on March 31, call (630) 983-3000 x 2.

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 next Friday, March 29.

‘For Love of Waterways’ (FLOW) Film Festival / 7PM to 9PM / FLOW Film Festival will showcase eight independent short films examining human connection to water — from basic sustenance to recreation to pollution to mental health. Featuring the public premiere of Mussel Matters: Saving Critical Species in DuPage County at Pfeiffer Hall on the campus of North Central College, 310 S. Benton Avenue. Overview of FLOW Film Festival posted at north-central-college-is-set-to-host-for-love-of-waterways-film-festival. Free event is open to all.

Meiley-Swallow Hall

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.  Final weekend through March 24. 8PM Friday and Saturday, 2PM Sunday.

Saturday, March 23

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.

NJWC Hoppy Easter / 10AM to 2PM / Snow or Rain or Shine! Advance tickets $15 per family / At Safety Town located at River Road and Aurora Avenue. Walk ups welcome the day of the event at $20 per family. Priority check-in will be given to families that purchased tickets in advance. Note to check out using the parent/guardian’s name that will be in attendance as an ID must be provided to enter. No refunds. Photos with the Bunny, too!

Enjoy Every Day at Quigley’s / 11AM / Quigley’s Irish Pub is located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave., Downtown Naperville / Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as a good place for special events and fundraisers. Meanwhile, stop by for a cool pint and honest pub fare EDAQ, Every Day at Quigley’s.  Sláinte!

‘Coming Together to Lead Well: A Community Conversation’ / 2:30PM / In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, the City of Naperville and North Central College will partner to host a free event, open to all, from 2 to 3:30PM in the Madden Theatre on the lower level of North Central College Fine Arts Center, just down the steps from Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Avenue at S. Ellsworth Street. Registration is required for the free event. To find more details and to register, please visit naperville.il.us/embrace-community.

Chicago Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival / 7:30PM / Come see the annual competition that inspired NBC’s hit show “The Sing-Off” and the “Pitch Perfect” movies. The best all-vocal ensembles in the Midwest will perform before panel of celebrity judges to be crowned the 2024 Chicago Regional Champion. The winner will move on to face six other regional champions at the National Finals held in California. Featuring Chicago’s very own Radius (2023 First Place and Audience Favorite) as guest hosts and two-time champion David Wilner as emcee. / Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. / Limited Seating Available at $35 / 

Sunday, March 24

March Madness Continues on CBS – NCAABB / 2024 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship / Which teams will advance to Sweet 16? Click here for a listing of Naperville sports bars where action is on big screens. And a spacious place called Draft Picks, located at 523 Fairway Drive, might be a natural place to watch. 

‘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 review “Movies with Tarik: Dune: Part Two.” Movie goers who went to see “Dune: Part Two” 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 high box office results, too.)

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. 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!

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.

Discover many things to do in Naperville during a spring staycation, March 25 through March 29!


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