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10 Fun Things to do in Shorewood and Naperville, IL This Summer

By July 7, 2023December 18th, 2023No Comments

There’s nothing like summer in Chicagoland, and the team at Innovative Orthodontic Centers is ready to take advantage of all of the fun the season has to offer. If you’re in the same boat, you’re in luck, because we’re rounding up some of the best summer activities in Shorewood and Naperville, IL.

1. Take Part in Our Summer Contest – Downtown Naperville – The Downtown Naperville summer sculptures are on display now through mid-September. This year’s theme is “Flying Into Summer” and features dragonfly benches decorated by local businesses. Innovative Dental Partners, which includes Innovative Orthodontic Centers, painted a bench with an underwater scene.

Take a stroll downtown and check out all of the benches. But be sure to snap a picture with ours for a chance to win a $100 Downtown Naperville gift card! To enter, share a photo of yourself with our bench on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #UnderTheSeaSmiles in the caption. Tag one or all of our practices (Innovative Orthodontic Centers, Innovative Pediatric Dentistry and Naperville Dental Specialists) and your name will be entered into the drawing.


2. Artisan Market and Party in the Park – Towne Center Park, Shorewood – Party in the Park is a summer movie and concert series held at Towne Center Park on Thursdays in June and July from 6:30 to 9pm on band nights. On movie nights, the screening begins when it’s dark. Not only is the family-friendly event one of our favorite things to do in Shorewood, IL, it’s also free!

This year, the Artisan Market will run alongside Party in the Park from 6 to 9pm. Shop handmade and small batch wares while listening to music or before watching the outdoor movie. 

3.Concerts in Your Park – Various Local Parks, Naperville – This Sunday evening summer concert series is held at different neighborhood parks in Naperville from 7 to 8:30pm in June and July. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy free live music with the whole family. See the schedule here

4.Celebrate Independence Day in Naperville with The Naperville Salute and the Naperville Community Fireworks Show – The Naperville Salute is a family-friendly celebration of hometown heroes centered around appreciation for our veterans, active military, first responders and their families. The event will be held at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3 and will feature music, fun and food. The Salute benefits Naperville Responds for Veterans, a non-profit that assists veterans with home repairs, renovations and construction. 

Round out your Independence Day with a fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4 starting at 9:30pm at Frontier Sports Complex. This annual Naperville event is free and open to the public. Watch from a field in the park or from your car in the parking lot at either the complex or Neuqua Valley High School


5.Boat Regatta Bash – Towne Center Park, Shorewood – The Boat Regatta Bash is another of the free Shorewood events for families happening this summer. Head to Towne Center Park on Saturday, July 8 for a day of excitement. The bash runs from 2 to 9pm and includes cardboard boat races, live music, a kids’ water slide and foam party, a movie (Moana) and food trucks. 

6.Naper Nights – Naper Settlement, Naperville – If you’re looking for things to do in Naperville, IL, Naper Nights is not to be missed. The summer tradition celebrates historic milestones in rock music and pop culture with tribute concerts. The 2023 series will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, June 16-17, July 14-15 and August 18-19 with concerts at 6pm and 8pm each night. Buy tickets here

7.National Night Out – Shorewood Police Department – On Tuesday, August 1 from 5 to 7:30pm, the Shorewood Police Department is hosting National Night Out. The free event is open to the public and will have games, music and fun activities. 

8.Sizzling Summer Sidewalk Sales – Downtown Naperville – Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, July 16, Downtown Naperville businesses will be offering big savings during the annual summer sidewalk sales. Check out the participating businesses

9. 2023 Shorewood Crossroads Festival – Cene’s Four Seasons Park, Shorewood – One of the most anticipated Shorewood events of the year, the Crossroads Fest will be held Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. The festivities will begin with a special needs event on Friday, August 4 from 2-4 pm. The carnival and food court will then open to the public starting at 5pm with live music beginning at 7:30pm.  

Saturday will run from 1pm to 12am and Sunday will go from noon to 6pm. Sponsored by the Plainfield Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce, event highlights include the fireworks show on Saturday at 9:15pm and the parade on Sunday from 12n to 1pm. See the full schedule here

10. Movies in Settlers’ Park – Settlers’ Park, Plainfield – Last, but not least, watch an outdoor movie at Settlers’ Park in Plainfield. Movies will start at approximately 8:30pm and will be shown on a 20-foot inflatable screen. On Friday, June 23, Minions: The Rise of Gru will be shown. On Friday, July 14, watch The Bad Guys.

Is connecting with a Naperville or Shorewood, IL orthodontist also on your summer to-do list?

Our American board-certified orthodontists Dr. Manal Ibrahim and Dr. Christine Gin can help! Schedule a complimentary consultation at our Shorewood or Naperville office to get personalized treatment recommendations. Thanks to our high-tech approach, you’ll be able to get a stunning smile without interrupting the summer fun.