Illinois: Chicago, Naper Settlement - All-American Vintage Summer Fun.
History comes to life at Naper Settlement, an outdoor museum village, with 30 historic structures ranging from a rustic log cabin to an elegant Victorian mansion plus concerts under the stars, living history encounters, and ice cream sundaes. Here’s the scoop.
Great family events happen all summer long. August’s theme at Naper Settlement is “Rolling on the River,” featuring the humor and books of Mark Twain, one of America’s best known writers. Join in the fun all month long with activities that include learning steamboat jargon, Twain and Tom Sawyer trivia, Bert the Barber demonstrations and picnics then and now.
Sundaes on Settlement Sundays.
Each Sunday afternoon during August admission to Naper Settlement not only includes free sundaes with do-it-yourself toppings, but also a variety of hands-on family activities, games, demonstrations and tours of historic buildings all included with admission. Footsteps: A Guided Tour of Century Walk Art.
Step through the pages of Naperville’s history from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 as a museum educator shares the stories represented by 10 of the extraordinary pieces of Century Walk public art. Learn about the artists and inspiration behind the murals, mosaics, reliefs, mobiles and sculptures located within a half-mile walk of the museum and interspersed throughout downtown Naperville’s historic buildings and walkways. Blacksmithing Class 102.
Blacksmithing Class 102 is an intermediate class for blacksmiths with some experience to have time working at the forge and to acquire new skills. The two-session class will be held Saturdays, Aug. 18 and 25 in the Blacksmith Shop at Naperville Settlement. Rolling on the River Weekend.
During this special themed weekend, tie up your snack in a handkerchief, toss it over your shoulder and head out onto the museum grounds to build a model raft like Tom Sawyer, whitewash a fence with our junior volunteers, and participate in activities to learn more about Mark Twain’s America on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 with activities included with admission. Naper Nights presented by Sikich.
Naper Settlement’s summertime community concert series will be presented on Friday, Aug. 24. Hear headliner ARRA, Chicagoland’s #1 classic rock cover band, and opening act DownPour, an AC/DC tribute band. On Saturday night, don’t miss Al Stewart, whose multi-million-selling releases include “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” with opening act singer/songwriter Dave Nachmanoff. Streaming History Walking Tour.
This guided stroll of Naperville’s Riverwalk will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 and steps off from the Naper Settlement parking lot at the corner of Webster Street and Porter Avenue. The first stop is the site of John Naper’s estate, Naperville’s co-founder, with other points of interest including the site of the Naperville Ice Cream Factory, the site of Joseph Naper’s mill and former quarry workers’ homes. The tour ends at the Naperville Fire Department Memorial on Jefferson Avenue. All ages welcome. Location on the planet.
Naper Settlement is located 28 miles west of Chicago, close to interstates 88, 355 and 55. The museum is situated two blocks south of Jefferson Avenue, two blocks west of Washington Street, at the southwest corner of Aurora Avenue and Webster Street and across from the City of Naperville Municipal Center. Naper Settlement 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, Illinois 60540.Make it happen.
Open to celebrate living history 12 months of the year. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Get more details by calling (630) 420-6010 or www.napersettlement.museum Content and images provided by Naperville Settlement. Copyright 2012.