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Things to do around Naperville Father’s Day weekend – June 14-16



Flags fly in front of the Naperville Municipal Center every day. (PN File Photo)

Display the American Flag! It’s Flag Day! / On this day 246 years ago, Congress created our national flag, the first of 27 variations of the Stars and Stripes design. Over the years, as the 13 colonies grew into the 50 states, the flag today displays 50 white stars. Though a national holiday, it’s not a federal holiday. Mail will be delivered. Banks are open. This brief video features a beacon of hope along the shores of Lake Michigan, a poignant reminder of our nation’s heroes and sacrifices made for this nation’s flag: americandunesgolfclub.com.

Centennial Beach / Now open for building sandcastles, swimming, volleyball, adult floats (weekends), relaxing under the trees and fond memories. Since 1931, families have found summertime fun at 500 W. Jackson Avenue! Daily Admission / Youth: Resident $8 / Nonresident $14; Adult: Resident $10 / Nonresident $16; After 5PM: Resident $5 / Nonresident $8.

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 season and plans for upcoming get-togethers.

Flag Day Project at Naperville Senior Center / Adult Day Care participants at Naperville Senior Center look forward to special activities planned for today’s Flag Day. The Flag Day Community Project will include a Patriotic Sing-along, Flag Day Trivia and more.

Naper Nights Community Concert Series / 5-10 PM Friday, June 14 & Saturday, June 15 at Naper Settlement – 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, IL 60540 / $20/adult (13+), $15 youth (4-12) / Get ready for a summertime tradition that features cold drinks, great food, and fabulous music! Naper Nights celebrates historic musical milestones with themed tribute concerts throughout the summer. On June 14, get groovy while listening and dancing along to a variety of disco hits by Boogie Wonder Band (8-10 PM) and a Tina Turner tribute by Simply the Best (6-7:30 PM). June 15 will include a tribute to Coldplay by Fix You (8-10 PM) and a tribute to The Flaming Lips by Sun Stereo (6-7:30 PM). For more information and tickets, visit NaperNights.org.


Spring Diabetes Health Screening at Oswald’s Pharmacy / 10AM to Noon / In-store event at Naperville Plaza, 88 W. Gartner Road. Free blood pressure readings, blood sugar, A1C, and pulse/ox testing. REMEMBER ALSO…Any day bring in any expired medications for safe drug disposal bin service. (No liquids, needles, ointments or creams). 

This colorful classic car sculpture brings back many memories of summer fun visiting outdoor sculptures in downtown Naperville. Come visit to see what’s “abuzz” on display this summer. The young “driver” of this painted beauty is likely a teenager now!

Classic Car Show in downtown Naperville / 9AM to Noon / See many makes and models of vintage vehicles and classic cars along Jackson Avenue between Eagle and Main Street. Special event just for dads that the whole family will enjoy. Come visit all that’s happening in downtown Naperville, including 18 summer sculptures that dot the streetscape. Come for lunch. Shop. Stay for dinner.

GO FISH! / Dawn to Dusk / Considering the defining definition “to search, seek or obtain something indirectly,” you never know what you’ll catch naturally by visiting local parks and ponds to experience the great outdoors… Enjoy strolling among wildflowers, Canada geese, Mallard ducks, muskrats, young anglers and much more! Yes! Anglers are known to catch big ones at May Watts Pond. Go clicking fishing!

Naperville Farmers Market / 7AM to Noon / Fifth Avenue Station, 200 East 5th Ave. Open weekly now through the summer season.

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.

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 has begun! Father’s Day reservations are available, too.

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Naper Settlement Outdoor History Museum / 10AM / Special exhibit now in progress: “A Strong Back and a Strong Mind: 150 Years of the Naperville Fire Department.” Naper Settlement hours through September are 10AM-4PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4PM on Sunday. (Closed Monday) Admission is Adult (13+): $12; Senior (62+): $10;; Youth (4-12): $8 / Museum Members & Naperville Residents (with proof of residency): Free. Find the 13-acre museum village just south of Aurora Avenue at 523 S. Webster Street, just steps from downtown Naperville.

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Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom / Noon to 3PM / Rotary Hill welcomes the community to an afternoon of spirited music, uplifting speeches and more. BYO lawn chairs. Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is an annual commemoration of June 19, 1865, the day that General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform its citizens that all enslaved people were officially free.


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.

Happy Father’s Day! Do you know about how Father’s Day began? PN’s Naperville Gardener columnist explains, adding that the rose is the official flower for dads.

Every Day… Dine Naperville!

See both sides now of this snail! Come on downtown to enjoy that annual summer sculpture display. Remember also from 9AM to noon on Sat., June 15, when the annual downtown Naperville Car Show returns to Jackson Avenue. And any day, meander through town to enjoy the permanent Century Walk exhibit of public art, too.

Copies of the June issue of PN are available at more than 25 locations. Thanks to local businesses that provide space for PN racks! Note the schedule for the 2024 Naperville Municipal Band Summer Concert Series, June 6 through August 15, is available on page 4 of the June publication and also at www.napervilleband.org.

Every day… Visit Naperville!

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Have a good weekend.

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