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Things to do this weekend, May 3-5


So far this week, PN cameras have spotted three different families of Canada geese along the Riverwalk. This family with five goslings enjoyed finding food in the yard near the patio behind Peanuts. Remember! Don’t get too close. Geese protect their young by hissing and chasing. (PN Photo)

Friday / May 3

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, Mother’s Day and plans for upcoming graduation get-togethers.

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 all types of special events. Meanwhile, stop by for a cool pint and honest pub fare EDAQ, Every Day at Quigley’s. Patio is open, weather permitting!

Gift Cards for Merry Month of May Occasions! Available during store hours in downtown Naperville, purchase gift cards for graduations, Mother’s Day, teacher gifts, coaches and many upcoming special occasions. Valid for use at over 150 downtown shops, spas, restaurants, and Hotel Indigo, too. Downtown Naperville gift cards may be purchased in any amount from $10-$500. Click here to find where and when to purchase gift cards at four convenient locations, including Downtown Naperville Alliance, located in the Main Street Promenade, 55 S. Main Street, Suite 355. Phone (630) 544-3357. Hours are Monday through Thursday: 9AM to 3PM. Friday through Sunday: Closed.

These are a few of our favorite things at Meson Sabika! Enjoy tapas and bacon-wrapped dates to share! (PN File photo)

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, Sunday, May 12!

Memorial Day Parade Entry Deadline / All groups associated with Veterans activities are welcome to participate in the 2024 Naperville Memorial Day Parade that steps off along Jackson Avenue at 10:30AM Mon., May 27. The deadline to register entries is May 3. Find details at www.napervillememorialdayparade.org.

Visit the world’s most famous detective Dick Tracy! Find his bronze likeness located behind the Naperville Township Building, just over the Moser Covered Bridge at Webster Street, leading toward Water Street. Take photos with the 9 ft. sculpture on the Century Walk Tour. It’s time to promote partnering to prevent crime.

Century Walk Tours Every Day / 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 the Naperville Art League Gallery, Naper Settlement, Hotel Indigo and the Naperville Municipal Center. Pick up a free copy today. Then take a self-guided tour beginning with Dick Tracy!

Saturday / May 4

The Civic Plaza, located on Jackson Avenue at Webster Street, is graced with the Dandelion Fountain and is touted as one of the most popular gathering places along the Riverwalk in downtown Naperville. (PN Photo)

Riverwalk Cleanup / 9AM / Community volunteers welcome! From 9AM to noon, assist spreading mulch and more during event organized by the Jungles Group in collaboration with the Naperville Park District. Gather at the Dandelion Fountain, Jackson at Webster, for a “chance to roll up your sleeves, enjoy the fresh air and spread some love (or mulch)!” said organizer Kristin Jungles. “Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer or new to community service, your help is invaluable.”

Those characters from a galaxy far away return to exchange greetings! (PN Photo)

Characters on Water Street / 9:30PM / Meet costumed characters from a galaxy far, far away when they return from 9:30AM to 11:30AM Sat., May 4, in downtown Naperville. Free of charge, the family-friendly event offers plenty of photo opportunities.  Note also… Heard from Mike Kristula at Treasures located at 212 S. Washington Street that his store has a variety of Star Wars games and gadgets.

Honor Flight Fundraiser / 11AM / The 2024 DuPage Veterans Foundation Honor Flight Fundraiser is set for 11AM to 3PM Sat., May 4, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton. / Eventgoers can enjoy live music, military vehicles and memorabilia, lunch, bagpipers, and other family-friendly activities by purchasing tickets prior to the event or at the door. World War 2 and Korean War Era Veterans, and kids under the age of 12 receive free entry. Tickets: $45 at the door and $10 for ages 13 to 18 years of age. For  more info, visit dupagevegteransfoundation.org.

Food Truck Festival at Naper Settlement / Noon to 7PM / Early Eater Tickets to enter from 11 to 12:30PM (Ask at the gate) / General Admission ($10 at the gate) into the #NFTF begins at 12:30PM Kids 10 & under are free with a paying adult. 25-plus food truck menus offer wide variety of food for purchase. Event returns featuring the area’s best food trucks, live music entertainment, a Mega bubble Show, Cinco de Mayo beer garden and a local vendor village featuring face painters, balloon artist & kids tattoo artist. Eat for a great cause! A portion of the proceeds from the #NFTF will benefit Community Access Naperville and their mission to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to work in, contribute to, and enjoy their community.

Hats on and off! For more than a decade, large groups of volunteers have met to plan the Derby Party for Hesed House. now finding a place to celebrate the Run for the Roses under the big tent at White Eagle Golf Club. (PN Photo 2016)

Derby Party for Hesed House / 3PM / Hats off for the colorful display of community spirit and charitable giving that’s beginning to populate the calendar during the merry month of May.  Always on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Hesed House returns under the big tent at White Eagle Golf Club from 3-7PM. Though the horses at the post may change, many details remain the same!  Please note, this party is a 21+ event. Tickets are $250 each, reserved in advance. For info or last-minute ticket availability, visit www.hesedhouse.org/

Sunday / May 5

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Walk MS 2024 / 10AM / Witness how support changes the lives of people with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and gets us closer to our ultimate goal: a cure. Event takes place at Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. Click here for Naperville event INFO.  For more info, call (855) 372-1331 or visit NationalMSSociety.org.

Seats will be set for the large audience on Sun., May 5. (PN File Photo)

North Central College Commencement / 1PM / Doors open at 11:30AM in the Residence Hall/Recreation Center (seating is first come first serve; no tickets required). Processional  begins at 12:40PM from Merner Field House to Residence Hall/Recreation Center. Commencement Ceremony begins at 1PM. (Live broadcast of the ceremony available at Wentz Concert Hall and online on the College’s website by clicking HERE).

Every day… Dine Naperville!

The playground featured on the cover of the May issue is located just south of the 95th Street Library. (PN Photo)

Every day… Visit Naperville!

Help keep your surroundings safe. If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1.

Since not everybody is linked to social media, we appreciate all event planners for posting local community events at “EVENTS,” a feature located along the navigation bar at the top of this page. It’s outreach is beyond Naperville. Thank you.

Thanks for reading! Stay safe.

Have a good weekend.

Post Last Updated / May 4, 2024

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