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Buy It In The Burbs

95.9 The River and West Suburban Bank want you to buy it in the burbs!
Each month we will highlight West suburban communities and focus on why you should spend your money locally!

Read more about all of our highlighted cities below!

JANUARY

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The friendly village of Bensenville offers a thriving downtown with a variety of shopping and dining options! Enjoy the arts at Fischer Farm History Museum, one of the oldest homesteads in the country or the Atkinson Collection Gallery, which features local, national and imported original pieces! There is a strong sense of community within Bensenville, as the village hosts special events year round:a summer concert series, “Music in the Park”  a Fourth of July parade and festival, the annual tree lighting and 5k holiday dash! Bensenville is also known for their great parks, such as the Redmond Recreational Complex, featuring the Edge Ice Arenas! Don’t miss out of the flourishing French Market, which offers community gardens, and brings Benesenvilles “green initiatives” front and center!

With small town charm, Clarendon Hills offers a wide variety of dining options: from the local favorites, Tracy’s Tavern, Country House Restaurant, to Little Creperie! The Village of Clarendon Hills is all about supporting local businesses, and is known as the Volunteer Community with community events happening all year round! Look forward to the Daisy Days Festival and Craft show during the Spring, an annual event started back in the mid sixtys! What is now a three day event, first started as a simple merchant driven sidewalk sale, now the Daisy Days Festival and turned into a weekend filled with carnival rides, face painting, ice cream booths and music!  Get active with dear old dad, during the Daisy Dash 5K, which takes place in Clarendon Hills during Fathers Day or, you can look forward to the holidays with Halloween parades in the fall, and the annual Christmas walk and tree lighting in the winter!


Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean there it’s a bad time for ice cream! Stop by the Dairy Joy Drive-In, in Hinckley to satisfy your sweet tooth craving, or enjoy a cheeseburger at this unique American restaurant! Dairy Joy has inside seating, an outside patio and a walk-up window! You can have dinner and enjoy some old fashion video games at South Moon Barbeque and the Mullet Room Arcade! South Moon is known for their fresh bbq and friendly atmosphere and the mullet room arcade is located right inside! enjoy quirky little shops, like “Mandy’s Just Because” gift shops, “What-Nots” Antique store, and Consciously Rooted, specialty store!  Hinckley, is home to three great parks: Pioneer Park, Garifield and Streamside, open for all to enjoy picnicking and play!

FEBRUARY

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The city of Elgin is all about family in Feburary there are many wonderful Family Fun events, The Elgin Public Museum also hosting “Bison Feeding in Lord Park”! For an Hour and half get up close and personal with Bison, Deer and Elk, assist on feeding these amazing animals. Brighten your week end with Laughter from “First Friday Improv” at Hemmens Cultural Center for 90min of full laughter and music, perfect for all ages! There’s plenty of great restaurants in downtown Elgin! Grab breakfast at Arabica Café or Burnt Toast Restaurant, stop in for dinner at Riverside Pizza or Paul’s Family Restaurant! Enjoy a Symphony orchestra concert at Elgin Symphony, or enjoy happy hour drinks at the Martini Room, Dog’s Paw Brewing or Hoppe’s Tavern! The city of Elgin is full of rich history that is just waiting to be discovered!

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Shopping, shopping and more shopping! That’s what you’ll find in oak brook! All the brands you love without the commute! Minutes from all the high end retail at Oak Brook Shopping Center also near incredible restaurants and five star accommodations. Whether it’s an afternoon snack, a gourmet cup of coffee or a relaxing meal with friends or family, take a break to recharge, refuel and indulge in a variety of dining options. Why travel all the way downtown for a 5-star meal when all the top names are right here in your back yard!? With the weather warming up, Oak Brook is also a great family destination. Oak Brook’s state of the art indoor Aquatic Facility features an outdoor splash pad and an amazing sun deck. Step back in history and visit the only operating waterwheel grist mill in Illinois at the Graue Mill and Museum! Visit Oak Brook today and see for yourself!

MARCH

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The Village of Glendale Heights is all about community! Take your recreational activities to a whole new level at their Sports Hub, including a fitness center, adult and youth athletics, and plenty of rooms to host birthday parties and special events! Take a stroll down brand new paved walking paths at Gladstone park, or Heritage Park. Easter is right around the corner! Glendale Parks and Recreation hosts Breakfast with The Easter Bunny, and an Easter Egg Hunt! Don’t miss the 17th Annual Charity Golf Classic, a 17 hole Golf Charity Outing benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation, or the “Show and Shine” Car Show with over 20 vehicle classes! Look forward to Glendale Heights Fest, known as one of the western suburbs premier events! Bring the whole family to enjoy carnival rides, along with exciting entertainment and fantastic food booths while enjoying the “best fireworks in the western suburbs!”

Enjoy Spring in Lombard strolling through Lombard Park District’s Lilacia Park, Which features an array of lilacs and tulips! And look Forward for Lombard’s famous “Lilac time” during April and May, where all ages can enjoy a stroll through the park or one of the many special events from wine tastings to musical events and garden tours and the lilac queen coronation! Enjoy Cruise Nights in Downtown Lombard every Saturday night starting in June! A fun time for visitors and neighbors to come out and see some classics cars and then rock the night away with some of the area’s favorite musical acts! Historical Downtown Lombard has many unique boutiques and shops to fit every shoppers need. Or see Historical attractions, like the “LeRoy House” from little orphan Annie, A Victorian Cottage, and Sheldon Peck Homestead that served as an Under Ground Rail Road house! Immerse yourself in Lombard’s amazing events and historical charm.

APRIL

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Stroll down historical charming streets of downtown Hinsdale. Shop among trendy, one of a kind boutiques and restaurants. Sit down and relax while enjoying a nice glass of vino at the Village Wine Cellar, with over 100 different wines you’ll be sure to find your favorite! Kick off summer with amazing events and festivals happening in downtown Hinsdale all summer long! Shop among 130 different fine artists at Hinsdale 44th annual fine arts fest. Enjoy live music and delicious food every Thursday at Burlington parks,  “Uniquely Thursdays” perfect for the whole family! Come out and visit Hinsdale’s 41st annual farmers market every Monday morning, over 25 farmers and small food vendors bring their freshest produce, and artisan flare to Hinsdale’s historic neighborhood. No matter what time of year, it’s the perfect time to visit the charming town of Hinsdale.

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“The Pride of the Fox”, St. Charles is a small town with a lot to offer. With Pottawatomie Park, and Mount St. Mary’s Park, you can see the beauty of nature through every season!  Live entertainment can be found all around: visit the St. Charles Park District hosts numerous live music and family fun activities throughout the year! With endless dining options in st. Charles, you will surely find something to pick from!  Enjoy events like the Scarecrow Festival in October. During the summer, stop at the Kane County Flea Market and shop among 1,000 antique and collectible dealers, you’ll be sure to find your next treasure! Or stroll down the Fox River and take in the gorgeous scenery! St. Charles is your fun in the sun destination

MAY

Spend your summer in West Chicago! This diverse and family orientated town has plenty to offer. Stay cool at Turtle Splash Family Aquatic Center, or explore the 305-acre West Chicago prairie forest preserve! Look forward to West Chicago’s blooming fest in May, which is a town favorite among serious gardeners and weekend warriors alike. This garden celebration features the West Chicago garden’s club annual plant sale at the heart of its celebration! Don’t forget about railroad days in June! Four fun-filled days, which includes great bands, a carnival and the ever-favorite Railroad Days parade! Family-owned businesses and national chain shops are successfully mixed within the community! Grab a bite to eat at local favorite’s Egg Yolk Café, Pal Joey’s restaurant, and Happy Dog West Chicago!

 

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With its historic downtown area, Geneva offers activities for the entire family! Filled with sandwich shops, specialty cafes, Chocolatiers, and fine dining. Geneva is the perfect city to enjoy a day or night out. You can work up an appetite by walking or biking the many trails through the Fabyan Forest Preserve.Enjoy summer by taking the family out for a Kane County Cougars game at Northwestern Medicine Field, or enjoy everything Swedish with three full days of fun at the Geneva Swedish days during the month of June! You can one stop shop around 150 historic Geneva Commons unique shops and boutiques. Or relax at one of many Geneva’s five-star day spas. There is always fun to be had in Geneva!

JUNE

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Addison gets an “a” for activities! Start your summer off with Addison’s weekly Rockin’ Wheels! Browse among bikes and classic cars all while enjoying live music and local food from some of Addison’s best food vendors! Keep active with Addison’s Park and Recreation! Enjoy a 3k run/ walk around Centennial Park with your dog including a splash party and fun pet activities at the finish line!  Relax with a movie hosted in community park! Bring a blanket and the family and enjoy watching a movie under the stars! Feeling hungry? How about dinner at Scarpetta with many handmade Italian in-house dishes that’ll satisfy any appetite! Looking for burgers and brew? Just down the street visit Shoeless Joes with a continuous rotating beer list and bar menu you’ll never walk out hungry!

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The united city of Yorkville loves Everything family!  enjoy the Yorkville River Fest, a day filled with food, music, and children activities including cardboard boat races down the Fox River! Keep the summer rolling with Yorkville’s Summer Solstice which is the Ultimate paring of ground to glass brewed beverages and independent minded musicians, located on the historic River Front! Afterwards, enjoy local brews courtesy of Yorkville’s own Three Angels Brewing or stop in for a cold one at the Milhurst Ale House! Cool down from the summer sun with a Foxy’s Gourmet Ice Cream cone or one of their famous milkshakes!  head down the road to enjoy local art work put on display in Yorkville City Hall! catch a movie at the NCG Cinema, or spend your Saturday at Yorkville Bowl! whatever the season, Yorkville has something for you!

JULY

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Visit gold-medal award winning Carol Stream!  Beat the summer heat at Coral Cove Water Park! Equipped with the ultimate water slides, and a 15ft climbing wall! Or take a bike ride one of many five star rated forest preserve trails carol stream has to offer! Enjoy other great events hosted by Carol Stream Park District such as: “Just play” sports and recreation festival and, “Cs-barks” dog festival, which is the largest dog festival in the Chicagoland suburbs! Visitors can also enjoy Thursday nights at the, “summer in the center” concerts, happening from June till August at Carol Stream’s Town Center!

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Come and experience all that Naperville has to offer. Naperville constantly ranks as a top community in the nation! Each year millions of people visit Naperville to enjoy the blend of a big city with a small town charm. Naperville’s quaint downtown offers an array of shopping, dining and cultural activities to fit every budget. Grab a bite to eat at one of many Downtown Naperville restaurants, from seafood, to Italian, to even Spanish tapas and authentic Cajun food! During the summer people look forward to great festivals, such as the Ribfest, the “Ultimate festival for bbq” in July, and the Last Fling that ends the summer celebration in September! Enjoy a stroll along the famous Riverwalk, immerse in Naperville’s history at Naper Settlement or cool off with a swim at Centennial Beach!  Visit Naperville, the city everyone is talking about!

AUGUST

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Plano has a vast combination of business, industry, and agriculture!  The small town of Plano, is home of the Smallville Superfest!  Plano was chosen to represent “Smallville” in the 2013 Superman Movie; and now celebrates every August! Let your creative side show at the arts on Fire Pottery Studio! Or stop by the Farnsworth House, a National Historic Landmark that is widely recognized as a masterpiece of modern architecture!  Enjoy the “small town” feel of Plano, by grabbing a meal at the Fox Ranch Tavern, or grab a drink at Hard Daze, known as the longest bar in Kendall county! Enjoy your summer days while fishing, hiking, and playing beach volleyball all at Plano’s Foli Park!

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Aurora, The City of Lights, has so much to offer! The second largest city in Illinois, aurora is known for its well-known theater scene and restaurants!  Head to the Paramount Theater and catch a Broadway show or just walk down the street to test your luck at Hollywood Casino Aurora! Enjoy the view at the Fox River, while at a concert at Riveredge Park! When it comes to shopping, Aurora has a mix of farmer markets, antique shops and charming one of a kind boutique’s. Spend your summer poolside, at one of Aurora’s aquatic centers and recreational parks. Or cool down with a cold one at one of the many Aurora craft breweries and pubs. Restaurants in Downtown Aurora! From gourmet burgers, specialty pizza, Brazilian food, to breakfast! In Aurora you will always find what you are looking for!

SEPTEMBER

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Downtown Plainfield is a pedestrian-focused destination for shopping, dining and entertainment! Spend time at some of Plainfield’s own local breweries, Nevin’s brewing company or Werk Force Brewing! Werk Force is also home to Chicago Brew Werks, a Micro-brewing supply store where you can learn the secrets of brewing your own beer!  Enjoy Downtown Plainfield with one of kind boutiques and restaurants! Grab a bite to eat at Moe Joe’s Cajun and Caribbean Cuisine or Sovereign a farm to table treasure, just one of many Plainfield’s top rated restaurants for you to enjoy! Take in the gorgeous fall weather at Settlers’ Park where old and new Plainfield meet, this 20+ acre park is located in historic downtown Plainfield that features: The Richard a. Rock amphitheater, a history walk, a restored war monument, a lake with plenty of open space and walking trails! Plainfield is your home away from home!

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Batavia is rich in history, surrounded in traditions, and the heart of the Fox River Valley! Batavia is home to approximately 350 acres of parkland and a tri-county bike trail system, Batavia is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors! The Riverwalk of Batavia is a the jewel of the Batavia Park District, you can enjoy the River Rhapsody Concert Series and outdoor movies along the Riverwalk. Take in Batavia’s rich history with a tour at the historical Fabyan Dutch Windmill or stroll just a couple minutes down and enjoy original limestone buildings while shopping and dining in Historic Downtown Batavia, a home to a variety of restaurants and shops. You don’t need to travel far to find what you need.

OCTOBER

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Discover Lisle! Take a brisk walk through the Morton Arboretum and all it has to offer! Enjoy your fall day among trees, live music and various events hosted throughout the year! Lisle has a variety of different restaurants all catering to every need! Stop by the Bavarian lodge and emerge yourself in authentic German cuisine, or stroll downtown lisle to the festive, colorful, Yerabuena Mexican Cuisine! Enjoy the various fall family fun events Lisle Park District has to offer such as, Monster Madness a fun fair filled with ghouls, animals and goodies! Get in the Holiday Spirit at one of Lisle’s most treasured events, Lights of Lisle! A light festival, all happening the first weekend of December! Or enjoy a day out with family a friends by hitting the ski slopes at Fourlakes Alpine Snowsports! Afterwards warm up at BaseCamp with hot cocoa, hot food and live entertainment just walking distance from the slopes!

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The village of Bolingbrook hosts an array of events for the entire family! From, Freaky Fun Friday Scavenger Hunt at Hidden Oaks Conservation Area, or enjoy a day with farm animals, pumpkin patches and fun family activities at Johansen’s Farm!  Starting in November, be in awe at the Bolingbrook Promenade, while watching the Festival of Lights show, were lights sparkle and dance to music nightly! In the winter the Bolingbrook Park District is home to a variety of kid friendly events, hosted at Pelican Harbour Aquatic Park and Lifestyles Fitness Center that both adults and kids will enjoy and help stay active through the colder months with, dance classes, swim lessons, fitness classes, and even a climbing wall! Get started on Christmas shopping by visiting the Bolingbrook Park District Holiday Craft Show or stroll through an array of stores the Bolingbrook Promenade has to offer! You’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for everyone!

NOVEMBER  

 

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Warrenville is your place to, play, learn and explore! Kick off the holiday spirit with “Holly Days” hosted by the Warrenville Park District! This free outdoor event is perfect for the whole family and includes carriage rides and a special appearance from Santa! Stay active these cold summer months with the many fitness classes offered by Fitnessnow! With all the state of the art fitness equipment you’ll be sure to get a head start on those new years resolutions!  Learn about Warrenville’s immense history through special tours, exhibits and hosted events at the Warrenville Historical Societies, Albright building! Afterwards, take a short drive to enjoy fresh bakery goods and handcrafted lattes, cappuccinos and Italian espressos at Lavazza, located in the City Gate Center! Enjoy a weekend and explore all that Warrenville has to offer!

 

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Find your adventure in Oswego! The historic downtown Oswego includes one of a kind shops, restaurants, culture and recreation!  Start the holiday season off at Oswego’s annual Christmas Walk hosted by the Oswego Chamber of Commerce! Enjoy an ice skating rink, ice carving, crafts, toyland train rides, and much more! Keep the holiday fun rolling with Oswego’s Park District Holiday Express!  Take a magical journey to the North Pole in your pajamas while sipping on hot cocoa, and singing carols before a visit from Santa!  Relax and unwind this holiday season at Emerson Creek Pottery and Tea Room. With daily Yoga, Pilates sessions, vintage markets and rustic tea and pottery rooms, it’s perfect for any occasion! Or, enjoy a day at Oswego’s local Fox Valley Winery with a tasting room housing Illinois’ finest wines, daily vineyard tours, and winery events! Oswego is your weekend retreat!

 

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