Hotel Indigo continues its incremental openings including Plank Bar and Kitchen. A 2,000-square-foot café off the hotel’s entrance, Sparrow Coffee Roastery, will feature baked goods from DeEtta’s Bakery. Sparrow will be joined by Water Street restaurants 64 A Wine Bar, Quiubo, Santo Cielo and Blue Sushi Sake Grill and boutiques Southern Tide, London Skye and Traveling Tots. Openings will continue through Spring 2017. hotelindigo.com/Naperville
Learn about the “father of modern science” at Dream with Da Vinci, a hands-on exhibit temporarily located at DuPage Children’s Museum. Learn the basics about da Vinci and the Renaissance era; through April 2. dupagechildrens.org
Hand in Hand, Side by Side
Celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King at Chicago Sinfonietta’s MLK Tribute Concert at Wentz Concert Hall on January 15 at 3:00 p.m. Young, diverse musicians and singers from Chicago will stage an intergenerational dedication toward those working to make equality and freedom for all a reality still today. Culminating in an epic performance of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9., the evening will be transformational and uplifting. For tickets and info, chicagosinfonietta.org.
In the Fast Lane
Self-described as a “millennial-friendly, hipster inspired” brand, Bowlero Naperville features blacklight bowling, a modern arcade, a state-of-the-art laser tag arena, an expansive sports bar, and a lounge area that provides the perfect place to chill out and have fun. bowlero.com
Grab a parka and some reservations for Dine Naperville’s 2017 Restaurant Week, January 27 through February 9. This annual event began in 2014 as a way to invite more people to experience the diversity of dining throughout the community—and, frankly, to provide people with a warm activity in these frigid winter weeks. Participating establishments will offer either a prix fixe menu or discounts on specific featured menu choices. For a list of the 2017 Restaurant Week participating restaurants, menus and specials, visit dinenaperville.com.
A holiday engagement may have you wondering where to start—head to Naper Settlement’s Wedding Showcase on January 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In the historic setting of the Pre-Emption House and Century Memorial Chapel, future brides and grooms receive personal consultations with the best in the local bridal business, including photographers, florists, DJs, ministers, musicians, bakers, caterers and more. napersettlement.org
2 Fools Cider
Northern Illinois’ first cidery and taproom featuring craft ciders, great music and friendly people.
1665 Quincy Avenue, Naperville
College Nannies + Tutors
Provides a personal family consultation to assess and fulfill a family’s needs for childcare and/or tutoring.
3027 English Rows Avenue, Naperville
Offers numerous vacation possibilities over land, sea and air, including customized trips, coach/rail tours and insurance.
2775 Showplace Drive, #111, Naperville
French Med Spa & Cryothérapie
Dr. Karen French, D.C. is a pioneer in the effort to make skin therapies, laser hair removal, cellulite removal, acne treatments, silhouette shaping and cold treatments pain-free and enjoyable.
2020 Dean Street, Suite B, St. Charles
Crafted from premium, hand-picked ingredients around the world, vomFASS carries an exclusive selection of oils, vinegars, spices and fine spirits. The 1,200-square-foot store offers product samples and a personal shopping experience.
121 South Washington Street, Naperville
With assistance and support from Ride Illinois, Aurora, Illinois has been awarded the Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation by The League of American Bicyclists. Ride Illinois is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions throughout the state.
Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, recently donated $18,000 to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (MSHV) in Wheaton—proceeds from its thirteenth-annual Cantigny 5K Run/Walk. The race has now generated more than $93,000 for MSHV, which operates a transitional housing program with counseling, access to health care, and education and job-training services for US veterans of any era.
Naperville’s Laura Dierking, a student at Aurora University, was honored as one of the top college students in Illinois by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during its annual Student Laureate Ceremony at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. Shown are Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner, Ms. Dierking, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Lincoln Academy Chancellor Stephanie Pace Marshall.
The Phil Lawler Batting 4 A Cure Foundation recently presented a $20,000 check to the Edward Foundation to be used for Edward Cancer Center patient programs and services. The Lawler family formed the Foundation in memory of their father, Phil Lawler, a Naperville Central High School baseball coach, physical education teacher and children’s fitness advocate, who died of cancer in 2010.
KidsMatter, together with Mayor Chirico and the City Council of Naperville, recently honored twenty-two young people for their tremendous contributions to our community during the 2016 Naperville Youth Service Awards celebration.
Congratulations to Lauren Anthony and Sean Dorsey of 360 Youth Services, Nabila Qadri of the Alive Center, Katie and Shelly McCallion of Almost Home Kids, Johanna Bishop of the DuPage Children’s Museum, Jonathan Gao and Ashraya Sreedhar of Edward Hospital and Health Services, Jenna Jeffirs of Kidz Kabaret, Grace Xu of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Reilly Sanko of GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley, Andy Wang of KidsMatter, Kira Reed of Loaves & Fishes Community Services, Maddie Rambissoon of Naper Settlement, Alexandra Sapiega of the Naperville Park District, Jessica Schreirer of the Naperville Public Library, Cole Goggio of Fry Family YMCA, Ryan Laughlin of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Andrea Du of The Merry Tutor, Vadini Agrawal of The Morton Arboretum, Kelly Parker of Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA), Zoe Mele of Young Hearts for Life.