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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: May 17-19



Gift Cards for Merry Month of May Occasions! Available during store hours in downtown Naperville, purchase gift cards for graduations, 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. Find Gift Cards at three locations today: J. McLaughlin, 216 S. Main St.; Sea Love | A Candle Bar & Boutique, 120 Water Street, Suite 104; and Karisma Boutique, 232 S. Washington St. Click here for more info about DNA Gift Cards good every day! 

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 and plans for upcoming graduation get-togethers.

2024 National Police Week continues thru May 18 / Thanks for thanking members of law enforcement every day. When you see their vehicles driving in your neighborhood for community policing, give them a wave of gratitude. Remember also, when you see something suspicious, say something. Simply call 9-1-1.

Early morning sunshine illuminated Cops on the Rooftop! (PN Photo, May 17, 2024)

Cop on a Rooftop / 5AM to 11AM / The annual fundraiser is set to be held at Dunkin’, 1580 W. Ogden Avenue, with participation from the Naperville Police Department to benefit athletes in Special Olympics Illinois. Individuals who make a donation to the Torch Run will receive a coupon for a free donut.


On Armed Forces Day, Mission BBQ again will be prepared to honor service. (PN File Photo)

Happy Armed Forces Day! / 12PM / Mission BBQ in Naperville will be hosting an Armed Forces Day Salute to honor all branches of service and currently serving members. Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and Naperville American Legion Post 43 combined post Honor Guard will be present to render honors. Mission BBQ is located at 276 Route 59.

Men Sing! Choral Festival / 8:30AM to 4PM at Grace United – Methodist Church
300 East Gartner Road Naperville 60540 / The “Men Sing! Choral Festival”’ brings together men of all ages for a day of song and fellowship. Hosted by the Naperville Men’s Glee Club with guest conductor Jerry Blackstone. The Naperville Men’s Glee Club is conducting a festival of singing for men of high school age and up. The day features several men’s singing groups along with men from the community participating in workshops, learning technique and preparing several pieces for a free afternoon performance open to the public at 3PM. Music scores and lunch are provided at no cost to the participants. Singers can register at the door on the morning of May 18 or use the registration link at www.napervillemensgleeclub.org.

Día del Niño (Children’s Day) / 10AM-4PM at 95th Street Library –  3015 Cedar Glade Drive Naperville, IL 60565 / Join ALMAS & Naperville Public Library for Día del Niño on May 18, 10 AM-4 PM at 95th Street Library, Naperville. Celebrate ‘Children’s Day’ with activities & performances. Free event, space limited. Celebrate the Joy of Childhood at Día del Niño Event Hosted by ALMAS & Naperville Public Library. Event Highlights Include Bilingual Story Time (English and Spanish), Bilingual Family Yoga Session (English and Spanish), Reptile Show presented by The Reptile Den, Performance by Viva Panamá (a renowned Panamanian Dance Group), traditional Latin American Games and activities (including balloon twisting, face painting, bubble stations, and various crafts). 

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.


Under the leadership of Tracy Oliver, the NMB Big Band will share the stage with the Naperville Municipal Band at 3PM Sun., May 19. (PN File Photo)

Naperville Municipal Band Spring Concert / 3PM at Neuqua Valley High School – 2360 95th St. Naperville, IL 60564 / Join the Naperville Municipal Band and the Naperville Municipal Big Band for the spring concert. All concerts are free of charge to the public.

Reserve a Table at Mesón Sabika / 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. Patio season is set to begin!

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.

Dick Tracy is 93! Visit 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. Promote partnering to prevent crime every day, mindful that National Police Week is every year in May. 

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.

Find more ‘EVENTS’ … 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.


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