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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: April 19-21



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. Let Bill know that you know his wurst is the best, especially for weekend grilling this spring.

Calvary Christian School’s 5K Glow Run / 7:30PM at Calvary Church of Naperville – 
9s200 Route 59 Naperville, Illinois 60564 / Calvary Christian School invites the community to their third annual 5K Glow Run. This school fundraiser is a chip-timed 5K evening run and 1-mile family-friendly walk that takes place Friday, April 19, at 7:30PM on Calvary Church’s grounds. Pre-race activities begin at 5:30PM with neon colors, face painting and glow sticks. At 7PM, the Race of Champions, a half-hour race designed for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities, will be held. The main race kicks off at 7:30PM. Runners and their families are invited to stick around after the event for a post-race party with pizza, music, silent auctions, medal handouts and contests with prizes. To sign up, participants can visit ccs5kglowrun.com.


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.

Rooted in Nature: Native Plants for All / 10:30AM to 2PM at The Growing Place Garden Center – 2000 Montgomery Road Aurora, IL 60504 / Talks on using natives in traditional landscapes, keystone natives in garden design, and tough natives for parkways. Advice on how and why to use natives in your yard. Grumpy Gaucho food truck. Celebrate the beauty and importance of native plants in our local ecosystem! Mark your calendar for a day of native plant education and inspiration at The Growing Place. All talks are free. Full schedule at www.tinyurl.com/TGPNativePlantsforAll.

UPDATE, April 21, 2024 / Jennifer Slown is surrounded by her husband, Scott, and members of the Naperville American Legion Post 43 as she is presented the 2024 Citizen of the Year Award. Richard Yndestad, far left, serves as Chairman of the Citizen of the Year Committee. Tom Jorstad is Commander of Naperville Post 43. (Photo by Ashley Penick)

American Legion Post 43 Citizen of the Year & Past Commanders’ Recognition / 6PM / The Naperville American Legion Post 43 will host its annual dinner to recognize its Citizen of the Year as well as present its historic list of Past Commanders. The 2024 recipient is Jennifer Slown.  Jennifer and her husband, Scott, and three children live in Naperville, IL. Jennifer joined the Marine Corps in 2009.  She later attended Officers Candidate School and was commissioned in 2016.  Jennifer is currently a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserves. Everyone who attends the dinner will find out more about the many contributions Jennifer has given to her community and country. By advance RSVP via kristenjungles@kw.com.


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. Reservations now being accepted for Mother’s Day!

The Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5K / 7AM & 7:10AM /Annual Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5K begins and ends at North Central College with event routes through downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Find complete registration details here.

The Naperville Men’s Glee Club presents “United to SHARE” / 3PM at Knox Presbyterian Church – 1105 Catalpa Lane Naperville, IL 60540 / $10-15 / The Naperville Men’s Glee Club presents “United to SHARE”, a concert to raise awareness for SHARE and the families it touches. This organization supports those who have suffered the loss of a child. As the Naperville Men’s Glee Club begin their 36th year of bringing harmony to life in Naperville, they are joining voices with a special mixed chorus composed of members of SHARE and our community to present a “Voices of Hope” style concert to raise awareness for the local chapter of SHARE. Tickets may be purchased and printed at, www.napervillemensgleeclub.org, are available from NMGC members, or may be purchased at the door.

Century Walk Tours Everyday / Around the Clock – Daylight / The recently published 88-page Naperville Century Walk Public Art Guide to more than 50 locations featuring local stories with public art by renown artists is now available at City Hall, Naperville Art League Gallery, Naper Settlement and Hotel Indigo. Pick up a free copy today. Then take a tour! (Note: Three works of public art are on display in Central Park. Visit “The Great Concerto” mural on the stage door of the Community Concert Center, “Laughing Lincoln” on a bench along Ron Keller Commemorative Way and “Veterans Valor” at the entrance to the park at Van Buren and Washington.)

Every day… Dine Naperville!

On Tues., April 16, bluebells were blooming beautifully along the trail at Knoch Knolls. By this weekend, their brilliance may begin diminishing. Be sure to follow the dirt paths to enjoy the variety of views in the historic park where other wildflowers are beginning to bloom, too. Thanks for reading PN in print and online.

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