Friday, September 23 2022

Above / Located at 500 W. Jackson Avenue, Centennial Beach is open most days, weather permitting, until Labor Day.

June is jam-packed and we aim to highlight many special activities in the month named for the Roman Goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and women. Events and celebrations provide an opportunity for friends, family and communities to prepare for the arrival of summer on June 21.

During this time, keep in mind Immigrant Heritage Month, Flag Day, Pride Month, YMCA Founder’s Day, June 19 and Father’s Day as well as other events that may be featured on PN Events Calendar. Event planners are welcome to add events and post images here. Thank you for your contribution!

From June 2022, Labor Day/Naperville Noon Lions weekend, the annual summer raffle is underway. Buy raffle tickets now, throughout the summer, and in time for the draw on Tuesday, September 6. In case you missed it, Click here for PN story on the annual Naperville Noon Lions summer raffle with four opportunities to win cash prizes and fundraising benefits. Thanks.

Now! / Exchange Club of Naperville is looking for volunteers for Ribfest 2022, June 17-20 / The Exchange Club of Naperville is looking for help bringing Ribfest back to its new location at the DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds in Wheaton. The event is scheduled for Friday, June 17 through Monday, June 20, 2022, aka Father’s Day weekend. To register as a volunteer, visit www.ribfest.net/contact/volunteer. Thanks.

Summer is the season for Naper Settlement and Centennial Beach

Built in 1883, the Martin-Mitchell Mansion, known as the “crown jewel” of Naperville Settlement, is among the historic landmarks featured on the city’s 13-acre museum.

Naper Settlement, with its entrance to Webster and Aurora, is an award-winning, nationally accredited outdoor living history museum located on 13 beautiful acres in the heart of Naperville. Located 30 miles from Chicago, the museum is home to 31 historic structures dating back to the 1830s. With exhibits, special events, educational programs and more, Naper Settlement is where history comes alive and the community connects .

For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010. *** Other Naper Settlement events are in this list.

June 6-10, 2022 / Camp Noé is a FREE and FUN therapeutic DAY camp for children (Gr.1-6) who were affected by the June 20, 2021 tornadoes in Woodridge, Naperville and surrounding areas. Camp is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10. For more information, visit www.campnoah.org.

June 7, 2022 / WSI Quiz Night at Quigley’s is Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Teams of up to 8 people are welcome to test their collective knowledge on more or less useless information. The quiz is free. And there’s even a silly prize for the team that comes with the best team name. Quigley’s Irish Pub is located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave. (Also come with your own questions about Naperville Irish Fest 2022 scheduled for August 5-6 at Frontier Park! For more information, visit www.wsirish.org.)

Note that after tonight’s Quiz Night, the popular competition will take a break for Independence Day and Irish Fest. Stay tuned.

June 8, 2022 / Playscape readers: Flowers and bees at Naper Settlement, 1-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, Included in general admission. Playscape Readers is a storytime for young children that follows seasonal themes with an emphasis on historical themes and pre-reading skills. June’s theme is flowers and bees.

The main street is open again. Currently Jefferson Avenue between Main and Webster is closed. Note more gratings, the sidewalks seem wider, new trees have been planted, parallel car parks are in place. All downtown businesses are also open. Weather permitting, and without any unforeseen problems, the downtown streetscape project should be complete by Labor Day.

June 8, 2022 / Naperville’s downtown streetscape is taking shape. And soon, painted sculptures in the shape of small pickup trucks will be Cruisin’ into Summer to help showcase the spirit and artistry from corner to corner. Shops, banks, restaurants and sweets are open, so plan to visit to check out any changes soon.

June 9, 2022 / City and Dress Walking Tour 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, $15/person | Register here. Explore the east side of downtown Naperville and learn how the community grew with North Central College. The tour takes about 60 minutes and covers about two miles. Pre-registration is required.***

In addition to filling park benches, many spectators bring their own blankets and folding chairs to help fill Central Park. Families and friends also picnic before the start of the concerts at 7:30 p.m.

June 9, 2022 / Naperville Municipal Band Thursday Summer Concert Series begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 on the Community Concert Center stage in Central Park. Pack a picnic or grab take-out dinner at a downtown restaurant, then plan to enjoy treats at the bake sale at the Gazebo. This first week’s bake sale will benefit the non-profit organization Lizzy’s Fund.

To note! Bake Sale hosts the 2022 Summer Concert Season, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.…

June 9 – Lizzy’s Fund
June 16 – AAUW Naperville Area
June 23 – Congregation Beth Shalom
June 30 – League of Women Voters
July 7 – Illinois Independent Living Center – Katharine Manor
July 14 – IL National Organization for Women
July 21 – Naperville Noon Lions Club
July 28 – Safe Haven Dog Rescue
August 4 – Naperville Newcomers and Neighbors Club
August 11 – Naperville Preservation, Inc.

Central Park is located between East Jefferson and East Benton in downtown Naperville. NMB Summer Concerts are scheduled every Thursday evening until August 11th. FREE.

June 11, 2022 / The jazz soul of Ray Charles, 8:00 p.m. Saturday June 11 / Join Better Together at 8:00 p.m. Saturday June 11 for their latest show, The Jazz Soul of Ray Charles, a musical evening guaranteed to stir your soul and your feet! The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., performed at the Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, to benefit the Academy of the Arts. Tickets: $100.

Oh! Memories of the Apple Pie Baking Contest at the Hometown Picnic!

June 12, 2022 / Hometown Picnic at Naper Settlement, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 12 Included in general admission. Hometown Picnic features summer traditions including games, contests and races, a vintage baseball game and an apple pie baking contest. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy the fast-paced action of bare-knuckle baseball, based on the original 1858 rules, when the Lemont Quarrymen faced the McLean County Prairie Chickens at 1:30 p.m. Calling all apple pie bakers! Bakers are wanted for the Apple Baking Contest which features bakers from across the region. To enter the apple pie baking contest, contact Jackie Maronic at (630) 420-6015 or email [email protected]

June 16, 2022 / 3rd Thursday thinkers: 4e of July, 1-1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16,

Included in general admission. Join Naper Settlement for a special activity while learning about the 4e of July! Participants will also create a fun holiday decoration.

June 16, 2022 / Downtown West Side Walking Tour, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16,

$15/person | Register. Hear the stories of Naperville’s founding thanks to the generosity of Caroline Martin Mitchell on a walking tour of the west side of downtown Naperville. The tour takes about 60 minutes and covers about two miles. Pre-registration is required.

June 17-18, 2022 / Naper Nights Community Concert Series, 5-10 p.m., Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18 $20/adult (13+), $15/youth (4-12) | Tickets

Get ready for cold drinks, great food and fabulous music! Naper Nights celebrates historic milestones in rock music and pop culture with themed tribute concerts throughout the summer. The concert series kicks off June 17 with a tribute to Prince from Gabriel Sanchez Presents: The Prince Experience and a tribute to soul music from Chicago Soul Revue. June 18 will feature a tribute to Bob Marley & The Wailers by One Drop Redemption and a mix of Motown & R&B music by Soul 2 the Bone. Visit NaperNights.org for more information and tickets.

June 18, 2022 / Inaugural Juneteeth celebration at Rotary Hill. The June 19 “Freedom Day” celebration will take place from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Rotary Hill along the Naperville Riverwalk. The public is welcome. Free entry.

June 19, 2022 / In anticipation of Father’s Day… Celebrate Dad locally!

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, 2022. Naperville offers restaurants, candy shops, and bakeries to whet any appetite. For more information, visit www.dinenaperville.com. Please support local business.

June 23, 2022 / Downtown Naperville Architecture Walking Tour, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, $15/person | Register.

Discover the significant and interesting architecture from the 1800s to today that makes downtown Naperville a beautiful place to live, work and play. The tour takes about 60 minutes and covers about two miles. Pre-registration is required.

6am-7pm Tue 28 Jun

June 28, 2022 / Primary Election Day. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

June 30, 2022 / City and Dress Walking Tour, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30, $15/person | Register. Explore the east side of downtown Naperville and learn how the community grew with North Central College. The tour takes about 60 minutes and covers about two miles. Pre-registration is required.

Events may be added to this article throughout the month.

Another thought: Since June offers the most daylight hours of any month of the year, take advantage of evening walks. Go fishing. Do something different. Turn on the porch lights at dusk.

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