2018 Summer Guide: A to Z

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Looking for something fun to do in the summer but don’t want to leave too far from home? We’ve got a great “A to Z” guide of the best places to go and things to do for people of all ages!

A:  Aaranmore Arts – Located off Rance Road in nearby Oswego, the Aaronmore Farm and Polo Club hosts polo matches, live bands, and other fun events throughout the summer.


B:  Ball Factory

C:  Centennial Beach

D:  Dining Out

E:  Escape Rooms:  Hidden Key Room Escapes ( 1260 Iroquois Ave suite 300, Naperville, IL 60563) and Riddlebox Escape Room ( 620B W 5th Ave, Naperville, IL 60563)

F:  Farmers Markets

G:  Gardening (at home or at Ron Ory Garden Plots off West Street, across from Knoch Park)



H:  Hula Hoop Yoga:  Classes Every Tuesday & Thursday.  See our previous news story for more information


I:  iFly:  For more information:


J:  Join a Gym

K:  Kindness Rocks:  Paint & hide rocks with words of inspiration or go looking for those others have hid.  A great activity for little ones!

Knoch Knolls Nature Center:  Nature center with kid-oriented exhibits, including an aquarium, live animals & a playground.

L:  Last Fling:  Downtown Naperville, Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3, 2018, featuring bands such as Buckcherry, Lit, and O Town

Little League Baseball Games:  Fun to watch at Knoch Park

M:  Movies:  Ogden 6 Theatre has FREE movies for little ones (rated PG) every Wednesday at 10am through August.  For the grownups, enjoy a cold adult beverage with your movie at Hollywood Palms or for those in south of town, the Showplace Theatre in Naperville Crossings may be more convenient.

Municipal Band Concerts:  Thursday nights at Central Park starting at 7:30pm, through mid-August.  Best part?  They’re FREE for everyone!

N:  Naper Settlement:  This outdoor museum is hope to Naperville’s history and hosts great events year-round.


O:  Outlet Mall:  The Chicago Outlet Mall to be exact – located just off i88 in North Aurora.  Another outdoor shopping center – The Bolingbrook Promenade!

P:  Paddle Boarding (and Kayaking!) along the DuPage River; available at the Rock Quarry in downtown Naperville

Q:  Qudditch:  Yes, that’s right!  Saturday, July 28th, the Nichols Library will hosts drills from 10:30am to 12:30pm for teens and adults or challenge other teams in a Quidditch tournament at Washington Jr. High on Tuesday, July 31st from 2pm to 4:30pm.

R:  Ribfest:  What would Naperville summers be without Ribfest?!  Enjoy ribs, rides, games, music and fun while supporting victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

S:  Shop Local:  Support the local economy and local business owners by choosing to shop at the various small businesses around town.

T:  Trolley Tours:  Hop aboard and join Annette Wehrli, known as “The Trolley Chick” for historic tours around Naperville.

Trolley Tours: Behind the Scenes with Naperville’s “Trolley Chick”

U: Ultimate Ninjas Gym:  Become a Ninja Warrior!  This new facility will test your strength & endurance as you challenge yourself to climb and traverse a number of different obstacles as seen on the show “American Ninja Warrior”, including the Salmon Latter!

Fit for a Ninja: New Gym Modeled After Popular Competition Show

Upgrade Your Home:  Take the time to add a fresh coat a paint or update your appliances or just get yourself organized

V:  Volunteer:  See www.givingdupage.com for a list of not-for-profits looking for volunteers

W:  Wine Tasting

X:  eXplore Trails:   Hop on your bike, go for a run, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the city’s many trails.



Z:  Zoo:  Phillips Park Zoo in Aurora or The Cosley Zoo in Wheaton are more conveniently-located than the Brookfield Zoo.