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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rivers, Fairs, and Sidewalks - Dupage News and Events for 7/16/09

Feel like strolling along the river?
If you're looking for a nice summer stroll, you're fortunate enough to have the World's best option. Well, maybe that's going too far. But the Naperville Riverwalk was just voted the Most Loved City Park in Glancer Magazine's 2009 Reader's Choice Awards. From the city press release:

Built in 1981 to commemorate the city's 150th birthday, the Riverwalk features fountains, covered bridges, the Riverwalk amphitheater consisting of the Celebration 2000 Millennium Wall and labyrinth, gazebos and shaded sitting areas, a large sled hill, the Riverwalk Eatery, a picnic pavilion and paddleboat rides. The Riverwalk is maintained by the Naperville Park District and is open year-round.
Way to go Naperville! I may just have to stroll on over myself one of these summer evenings.

Its Fair Time!
The Dupage County Fair Takes Place July 22 To July 26. Unlike past years, all concerts are free with admission to the DuPage County Fair. Besides music fair goers can experience carnival rides, food vendors, livestock exhibits, a demolition derby and several types of kids' activities. Nothing says "summer" like wandering around the Fairgrounds with cotton candy and mini donuts. I can't wait. Will I see you there?

Sidewalk Sales!
Another great hallmark of summer when I was a kid were sidewalk sales. Remember those? I remember hitting the sales with my mom and stocking up on school supplies, off season clothes, and even Christmas presents each summer. This weekend downtown Elmhurst is having sidewalk sales July 17-19 during business hours. Show 'till you drop!

Rockin' for the Troops
This Saturday, July 18th, is the 4th annual Rockin' For the Troops benefit concert event at Cantigny Park in Winfield. Gates open at noon for you to claim your spot on the lawn and check out all the food vendors with opening acts starting around 3pm. Headliner Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band goes on at 8pm. I went a couple years ago and Gary Sinise is actually really great! Plus we had a picnic on the lawn and had a fabulous evening! Tickets are $25 with all profits going towards sending boxes of goodies to troops serving overseas. You can get tickets by clicking the link here or at your local Jewel-Osco.

Do you know of any events coming up? Let us know so we can spread the word - or write up a post and we'll put it up. If you go to an event, write about it! Or take a picture for us to see the fun you're having.


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