Naper Settlement

May Highlights

Blacksmithing 101

8-11AM Saturdays, May 5 & 12

$150/Adult includes both sessions and materials

Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge in this two-session class. Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home. For adults 18 and up.

Girl Scouts May Day

1-4PM Sunday, May 6

$13 Scout/Youth, $10/Adult

Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are able to pick up their badge-in-a-bag at check-in, visit stations, tour buildings, play games and earn their Petal or Badge. Daisies complete requirements for Clover Petal; Brownies for Letterbox Badge; Juniors for Flowers Badge.

Register for this program through the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Council website or contact the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Registrar.

History Speaks Lecture Series: Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash

4–5 PM Sunday, May 6

Non-Members: $10/Adult, $9/Youth (4-12) and students

Members: $8/Adult, $7/Youth (4-12)

Held in the Century Memorial Chapel

On December 3, 2018, Illinois will be 200 years old! A birthday this monumental cannot go uncelebrated. Terry Lynch will lead audience members in a game about the history of the state.

Victorian Spa Overnight

7:30 PM Friday, May 11 through 8:30AM Saturday, May 12

$45/Scout, $18/Adult

Brownie (Grade 3) and Junior Girl Scouts are invited to have luxurious fun sleeping overnight at Naper Settlement. Visit the Martin Mitchell Mansion and make lotions and potions to pamper yourself. Enjoy a nighttime snack and continental breakfast. Naper Settlement patch is included in the price.

Victorian Memory and Mourning, plus Cemetery Symbols

1-3 PM Saturday, May 12

$15/Person,$13/Settlement-6 members and above

Recommended for ages 13 and up

Take a look back at how Americans have traditionally coped with death, mourning and memorialization.

Experience hands-on Victorian mourning artifacts. Discover what mysterious gravestone symbols really mean, then take a guided walking tour of Naperville Cemetery.

Tosi Architecture Tour

1-4 PM Sunday, June 3

$30/Person, Recommended for ages 13 and up

Join us for our popular annual tour of 1950s-80s houses designed by suburban home builder Don A. Tosi. Begin at Naper Settlement with a presentation on Tosi and his architecture, followed by a guided trolley tour of mid-century modern Tosi homes (exteriors only). Register early. Sells out!

Civil War Days

10 AM–4 PM Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20

$15/Adult, $10/Youth (4–12), Free admission for members and children under 4

Tickets are available online or at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center.

Experience firsthand a tumultous time in our nation’s history when Naper Settlement transforms into an 1863 Civil War encampment, where visitors can meet famous figures of the past, like Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman. Hundreds of reenactors participate, staging a battle complete with blasting cannons and marching infantry.

This family-friendly event features food, fun and shopping on “Sutler’s Row” for Civil War-era reproduction products. Guests can enjoy the historical sounds of a 13-piece brass band, have a free vintage photograph taken, hear the Gettysburg Address and so much more.

History comes to life at Naper Settlement, Chicagoland’s outdoor history museum, located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Visit or call (630) 420-6010 for tickets and info.