Go Ballistic Naperville Race: Info, Date

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Go Ballistic Naperville is the first obstacle course race in the western suburbs.

Conveniently located at Frontier Park (next to Neuqua Valley High School) in south Naperville, this event challenges all ages and fitness levels with varying levels of obstacles. If you have participated or are considering participating in a Spartan race, this event is for you!

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Naperville’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink At CityGate Centre

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This winter, Naperville residents can take advantage of a newly opened outdoor ice skating rink at CityGate Centre for outdoor recreation and fun.

The CityGate Centre has added a 60 x90 foot outdoor rink, known as the ‘Winter Skate’ rink, that opens from 11am until 9pm daily, weather permitting. The skating rink is free and open to the public, but skaters must bring their own skates as skate rental is not offered. The rink will remain open through the month of February, presenting a great opportunity for families to get some fresh air and exercise during these winter months.

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Halloween Happening; Naperville Park District Event For Kids

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If you are looking for some child friendly, non-spooky Halloween fun for young children, Naperville Park District’s Halloween Happening is for you. This event is specifically meant for children ages 10 and under and their families.

Kids can come dressed up in their Halloween costumes for a fun-filled afternoon of games and activities. This is a great opportunity for parents and their young children to spend the afternoon outdoors enjoying the fabulous fall weather together.

Best of all, this is a free event! [Read more…]

The Official Ghost Tour Of Naperville Gives Guests Goosebumps!

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If you happen to be a fan of the popular paranormal television series Ghost Adventures or Ghost Hunters, or just happen to be curious about the paranormal, you may be interested to know that Naperville has its very own ghost tours right here in the heart of downtown!

On the Official Ghost Tour of Naperville, you will meet up with tour host Kevin Frantz for an evening of historically factual and haunting tales about the past of this beloved city.  Kevin Frantz is a paranormal investigator, author, and a Naperville Historian who has been conducting ghost tours in downtown Naperville for the past seven years. [Read more…]

Naperville Full & Half Marathon 2013: Map, Registration, Details

UPDATE:  2014 Race Info Is Here

2013 Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon

The inaugural Naperville Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Runners will be able to participate in the half-marathon or the full 26.2 mile marathon which will be a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. Over 3500 runners have currently registered for this event.

Time & Location

  • 7am start time for both full and half marathons
  • Both races will start at the North Central College athletic complex, near South Loomis Street and East Porter Avenue [Read more…]

Guide To Naperville’s Saturday Farmers’ Market 2013

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Naperville Farmers’ Market

  • Begins Saturday, June 1 2013
  • Ends Saturday, October 26 2013
  • 7am to 12/noon
  • Located at the 5th Avenue Station parking lot (200 E. 5th Ave – Naperville, IL – 60563)
  • Phone:  (630) 369-5638
  • Street parking is readily available

The Naperville Farmers’ Market is an incredible place to find all types of great food items.  Plus, it’s a great value as many farmers offer produce for prices lower than the local grocery stores.  So, if you’re in the mood for finding great new items to try out, this Saturday morning, grab some hot coffee and an apple cider doughnut, and stroll through the wide array of vendors’ booths and farmers’ stalls. [Read more…]

Max Lacewell Foundation Best 5K Evuh Registration And Information

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The Max Lacewell Foundation Best Evuh 5k Race Fundraiser.

The Max Lacewell Foundation was established in honor of Max Lacewell, known to many as “Little Dude” He was diagnosed at five years old with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a brain stem tumor on October 29, 2008 and died on July 4, 2009. Approximately 200 cases of this rare cancer are diagnosed in the United States every year. The funds raised through the Max Lacewell Foundation stay right here in Chicago and benefit pediatric cancer research at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

This running event is for the whole family. Runners/walkers can participate in a one mile fun run for $20 or a chip timed 5K race for $30. [Read more…]

Why The DuPage River Trail Is Great

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editor’s note:  this article was contributed by Your Naperville community member, Jean Kent.  You can write for us, too. 

Growing up in the city, you grow accustomed to a lot of walking and no car.

Walk to the bus, to the train, taking your kids to school…everything is planned out and within, eh hum…”walking distance.”  Moving out to the ‘burbs several years ago, I found myself needing a car – and fast!  The transit system – aka Pace bus – was not going to get me far, unless I was heading down to the mall, which could be fun!  But that doesn’t get the groceries you need to put on the table.

I’ve had many cars since that time.  And, over the years, I’ve found myself relying too heavily on getting around by vehicle.  It’s an excellent tool, of course, to carpool, shop and even explore outside of the area! But, living from building to car to building, left much to be desired.

We recently picked up a couple of bikes for the family.  I have to say it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve made.

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Ultimate Guide To The Naperville Last Fling 2013

2013 Naperville last flingWell, summer’s end draws near.  Let’s send it off with a bang and head on over to Naperville’s Last Fling 2013!  Here’s what it’s all about.

What Is The Last Fling?

Naperville’s Last Fling is a multi-day event including live concerts, food/drink, carnival rides, games, and other family entertainment and attractions.  It is put on by the Naperville Jaycees (a non-profit organization) and profits from the event are distributed to non-profit organizations in Naperville and the surrounding area.

Dates

  • Friday, August 30, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Monday, September 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

How Much?

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Complete Guide To Naperville Public Golf Courses

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If you’re a golfer, Naperville’s public golf courses are sure to please.

Springbrook and Naperbrook are the two public courses in Naperville.  They are marvelous grounds and are such a priority that “Golf Operations” is an entire group unto itself and is actually one of only five operational departments within the Naperville park district.

Both 18-hole facilities are designed to be challenging, yet fun, courses that are affordable for both residents and non-residents. [Read more…]