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Things to do around Naperville this Weekend: April 5-7


Originally Posted, Thurs., April 4, 2024 / Updated, 4:12PM, Sun., April 7, 2024.


Brats at Kreger’s / 10AM to 3PM Fridays and Saturdays at Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus – 606 N. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60563 / Stop by for lunch, conversation and camaraderie. Bill Kreger is back! Be sure to ask Bill about his ice fishing excursion and let him know that you know his wurst is the best.

Update, 3:38PM April 5, 2024 / After Mayor Scott Wehrli read a proclamation designating April 2024 as “National Donate Life Month,” attendees with donor cards stood for a photo in Council Chambers. Note also Moser Tower is illuminated every evening through April 14 in purple to help shine light on the life-saving gifts organ donors provide. (PN Photo)

Mayoral Proclamation ‘National Donate Life Month’ / 3PM / Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli will present a proclamation in Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Representatives from Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, Edward Hospital/Endeavor Health and local community members will share their story of donation. Public welcome to attend.

Enjoy Every Day at Quigley’s Irish Pub / 11AM / Quigley’s Irish Pub is located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave in downtown Naperville / 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.


TheaterWorksUSA’s – Cat Kid Comic Club: The Musical / 10AM & 1PM at Pfeiffer Hall – 310 E. Benton Ave. Naperville, IL 60540 / Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog have started an epic club to teach 21 rambunctious baby frogs how to make their own comics! Their fishy father Flippy is overjoyed that his kids will learn to unleash their creativity, but when the frogs’ constant bickering and outrageous imaginations send their comics comically off the rails, Flippy flips out! Will the club survive? Will the frogs ever get along? And will creativity finally save the day? All will be answered in this madcap musical based on Dav Pilkey’s irreverently hilarious book series. This hilarious musical adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man spin-off series, Cat Kid Comic Club, is written by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander – the team that brought you DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL! Tickets $10-15 at northcentral.vbotickets.com/event/TheaterWorksUSAs.

Update, 1PM April 6, 2024 / What a perfect spring day for a dose of colored Holi-day powder to welcome the change of the seasons. The only disappointment expressed by the youngster on the far right is that we weren’t taking photos for Channel 5 TV news. (PN Photo, 11:30AM)

Holi – The Festival of Colors / 11AM to 4PM at Rotary Hill in downtown Naperville / Getting to throw handfuls of brightly colored powder at friends and foes seems too good to be true. Yes it’s true. All members of the public, from people with understanding of festival to ne’er-do-wells who simply get a kick out of chucking dyed powder at strangers to celebrate the festival of color. “Holi – The Festival of colors” announces the passing of winter and arrival of spring. The Hindu festival welcomes the spring and celebrates the new energy of the season, while breathing a joyful atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. The Festival promotes friendship while offering an occasion to forgive and forget. Bags of organic, safe, dry colors for a small donation of $ 2.50 each. For safety and health reasons, colors from outside are strictly prohibited. thefestivalofcolors.org.

2024 March Madness: Men’s NCAA tournament presents the Final Four Saturday / 5:09PM / Update! Two No. 1 teams, Purdue and U-Conn advance for the championship game at 8PM Mon., April 8. Go, Midwest! Go, Big Ten! Boiler UP! For details of game play this weekend click here.


Reserve a Table at Mesón Sabika / 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. Looking forward to next weekend… Mesón Sabika will host a ‘Night of Sevilla’ beginning at 6PM, Sat., April 13. Experience the passion of Spain’s culture with live performances of a Spanish guitarist and a Flamenco dancer.  ¡Salud!

2024 Girls NCAA Championship Game / 2PM / Iowa Hawkeyes vs. South Carolina Gamehocks. Go Midwest! Go, Big Ten! Go, Black and Gold with cheers for the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer, Caitlin Clark. 4:15PM Update! Game over! Congratulations, South Carolina, on a perfect season and a championship victory, 87 to 75.

Cliff Notes Timely Pun between Father and Son / Young Man: Hey, Dad! Do you know what the eclipse is all about tomorrow afternoon? Dad: No, son.

And then there’s next Sunday…

Join the fun and frolic… Find out more about this family-friendly event at www.wsirish.org.

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. SOLD OUT! Click here for more info to happenings in downtown Naperville.

While you’re in the heart of the city, 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… Visit Naperville!

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