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Things to do around Naperville this weekend: June 21-23


Remember to stay hydrated every day! Carry a water bottle, especially when temperatures are forecast to be hot and humid in the high 80s or low 90 degrees. Be set for summer as it arrives this week, beginning with the solstice and 15 hours of daylight on Thursday, June 20, 2024, marking the astronomical first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Be cool.


KINDLY NOTE! Every suggestion for Friday is good for Saturday, too! Several other listings also are good daily. Thanks for reading!

Happy First Full Day of Summer! The Summer Solstice on Thursday is the day with the longest period of sunlight. According to the Almanac, the Sun appears highest in the sky at the solstice; its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming know, as summer. Every day will be a little shorter from now until the Winter Solstice on December 21. Meanwhile, remember to drink plenty of water. Stay safe and healthy in the good ole’ summertime.

Centennial Beach / 11AM / Now open for building sandcastles, swimming, volleyball, adult floats (9AM 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.

All Shook Up! / Performances this weekend & next / Summer Place Theatre presents story and music inspired by Elvis Presley. Showtimes: Fridays, 7:30PM; Saturdays, 2PM and 7:30PM; Sundays, 2PM. Run time: Approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. TKTS: Adults $22, Seniors 65 & Over $17 and Youth 18 & Under $17. Find Summer Place Theater at 440 W Aurora Avenue, inside Naperville Central High School where plenty of parking is available right outside the entrance. The Summer Place Theatre entrance faces West Street.

Young anglers at May Watts Pond sent a photo (upon request) of their “catch of the day” on Fri., June 21. According to the scale, the youngsters said the big catfish weighed 7 pounds!


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

APDA 2024 Illinois Optimism Walk / 9 to 11AM at the Naperville Riverwalk – Grand Pavilion – 912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Court, Naperville, IL 60540 / Fundraising is highly encouraged and much appreciated. There will be food, fun, family-friendly activities, community resources and so much more. The walk route is wheelchair accessible (walk as much or as little as you choose). Rain or shine. Benefits the American Parkinson Disease Association. secure.qgiv.com/event/24apdailwalk.

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 honest pub fare and a cold pint in the cool pub EDAQ, Every Day at Quigley’s. Patio is open, weather permitting. YEFA EURO Soccer Tournament play on the big screens as it happens!

Catfish is caught at May Watts Pond, June 15, 2024 (Photo by Ashley Penick)

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 catfish at May Watts Pond. Neighbors around the pond suggest trying cicadas as bait. Let us know of any success with cicadas! Go clicking fishing!

Little Italian Pizza celebrates 50 Years / 3PM / Public is invited to party outdoors with Patrick Broich, Little Italian staff and family as they mark the first 50 years in business. Live music, pizza and beverages will be provided with lots of fond memories to share. In addition, a gift-basket raffle will benefit Little Friends, Inc. A clothing and nonperishable food collection will benefit DuPagePads. The community is welcome from 3PM to 10PM Saturday. Little Italian is located at 373 E. Bailey Road.


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 every day. 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! 

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Naper Settlement Outdoor History Museum / 1PM / Special exhibit now in progress: “A Strong Back and a Strong Mind: 150 Years of the Naperville Fire Department.” Naper Settlement hours through September: 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.

Concerts in Your Park / 7-8:30PM at Walnut Ridge Park – 2304 Keim Rd. Naperville, IL 60565 / Concerts in Your Park is a Sunday evening summer music series for families and neighbors; each concert is held at a different neighborhood park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a FREE evening of outdoor musical entertainment. Superchair Band to perform.

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.

Every Day… Dine Naperville!

See both sides of this snail to find the entry for Potter’s Place! Come on downtown to enjoy that annual summer sculpture display in between lunch and dinner. Other days, 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!

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.

Thanks for helping to make it a banner year for public safety! Always lock doors to vehicles, homes and garages. Get to know about Crime Stoppers!

Have a good weekend.


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