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‘Progress’ celebration planned for downtown Naperville; DuPage County Board approves $5 million for food pantries; Pelican Watch event planned at Four Rivers Center – Chicago Tribune

A Progress in Progress celebration in downtown Naperville will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, featuring live music, a stilt walker, face painting and other entertainment.

Sponsored by the Downtown Naperville Alliance, the event will celebrate the impending completion of several construction projects intended to support pedestrian mobility, accessibility, infrastructure and safety.

Downtown work included road reconstruction, streetscape work, and utility and pavement improvements for Jefferson Avenue between Main and Webster Streets as well as Main Street between Jackson and Jefferson Avenues .

The family event includes free activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue, such as a princess story, face painting, balloon artist, cartoonist and magician.

From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a stilt walker and juggler, and the band Motown Nature will perform on the Riverwalk lot. Allegory’s $5 food truck will sell food in the Dean’s Clothing lot on Main Street.

For a calendar of events, visit www.downtownnaperville.com.

A $5 million allocation for food pantries was approved this week by DuPage County Council.

Allocations include $1.75 million to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to purchase fresh produce, diapers, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies for DuPage County pantries.

The county also allocated $1 million to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s 46 partner agencies in DuPage County and $2.25 million for investments in distribution infrastructure, such as refrigerated vehicles, center facilities distribution, technology upgrades or future grant opportunities, according to a county news release. .

The program is funded through the US Federal Bailout Act to help pull the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The law provided DuPage County with more than $179 million for recovery efforts.

The county said in a news release that council members have received requests from local pantries citing an increase in customers needing food and a decrease in donations from food vendors.

The annual Pelican Watch will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in the Will County Forest Preserve District in Channahon.

American white pelicans flock to the area during spring and fall migrations, drawn to the area where the DuPage, Des Plaines, and Kankakee rivers join to form the Illinois River.

Pelican Watch will include guided hikes, family activities and a live pelican presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event will also feature a brand new interactive exhibit gallery.

Attendees can experience a 2,000 gallon aquarium filled with river fish, mussel exhibit, stream table, watershed sandbox, oversized outdoor bird feeder and birdbath and more. Lil’ Deb’s Mobile Eats will be selling food.

For more information, visit www.reconnectwithnature.org.

Maintenance work at the Central Parking Facility, 75 E. Chicago Ave., will require the top floor to close beginning Monday, September 19.

The improvements are expected to be complete by the end of the day on Friday, September 23, when the floor will reopen to drivers.

The work is part of the downtown parking lot maintenance program, city officials said. The upper level of the car park will be closed during the works.

J. Gill and Company will be carrying out traffic siding and sealant repairs and touch-up work to the upper level of the garage to prevent water from leaking to the lower decks.

For more information on parking, go to www.naperville.il.us/downtownparking.

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