Everybody Comes To Naperville
It's always interesting to come into downtown Naperville for parades, go cart races, triathlons, book events, etc. You never know what you are going to see. Here are some familiar characters that were here prior to the last J.K. Rowling book release last summer.
No "Gates" -- just a fence :)
NYC had its 'Gates' project, that filled Central Park with orange gates. In Naperville we have our version of Christo's "Running Fence" -- the usual orange snow fence. This one, near the Millenium Carillon did not see much business this winter!
The New Amphibian in Town!
Naperville now has its own outpost of this well-known offshoot of Gibson's Steakhouse. Its interior is very crisp, which can be seen through the windows that wrap around 2 sides of the restaurant. Fish, of course, including their famous frogs' legs, for which the bar was NOT named :)))
Lunch is a particularly tasty bargain here. Soups are $1 & $2. The tilapia sandwich came on a wonderful bun with very fresh coleslaw and a delicious sour cream, cucumber, dill dressing on the side as well as delicious French fries. The wine selection by the glass is affordable and delicious ;)
The Millennium Carillon was completed in time for the millennium, dedicated in June 2000. It is a grand carillon which spans 6 octaves, one of only a few of this size. There are summer concerts on Tuesday evenings and from May-November you can climb to the top of Moser Tower for a small fee on Saturday and Sunday plus Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Naperville - Our Hometown For 31 Years
"From the Top of Moser Tower"
NOTE: New picture for July - Taken in May, 2009. View from the top of Moser Tower of Downtown Naperville
NOTE: New picture for May - Evan and Anna still alive in Dancing with the Stars. Evan is from Naperville. I'll have to relocate picture and tip in Naperville To Do Area
Since I live here I want to make sure that the date of last visit is always the current month, so hopefully this year I will put a new picture as my main Naperville picture to reflect the time of year in and around our home and Naperville. As Sue and I were glancing out the window on this cold January Chicago area day, Sue pointed out one of the birds nest on our Bradford Pear tree in the backyard and wondered if the same family of birds would be back when the weather warmed up again in the spring to reclaim their home. She said it would be interesting to take a series of season photographs of the same birds nest. So here you go after I stepped outside for a few minutes to shoot this before the sun got too low in the sky. (April Picture)
"Die Hard Cub Fan"
One of the statuettes in our backyard. The other two are of a golfer and basketball player. Yes, I am a Die Hard Cub Fan. 2008 is our year. OK maybe 2009 will be our year???? New owners so 2010 has to be our year, right? Wrong again. New manager next year, maybe that's when we win.
One windy night part of the tree came down. When life gives you lemons make lemonade. My wife gets all the credit for this creative decoration.
If you look close at the picture you will see Hoppy, our backyard squirrel in the upper right hand side of the tree. This picture was taken several summers ago, so I don't know if it is Hoppy we still see in our tree or maybe it is son or daughter of Hoppy.
An update: July 2010. We've lost 2 more big branches during our hot and rainy year. The tree still looks fine from our back of the house view from inside and provides shade to the patio, but it's starting to look a little sparse from the people walking behind our house.