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Things To Do

Although Wheaton is only 25 miles from Chicago, you will find that there’s no need to leave Wheaton to find something to do, whether it's in the vibrant downtown, several shopping districts or elsewhere.

Recurring Events

French Market

Date: Saturdays, April 16 through Nov. 12, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Commuter Parking Lot at Liberty Drive and Main Street
This Wheaton favorite will kick off its outdoor season on Saturday, April 16. Held in the commuter parking lot near Liberty Drive and Main Street (just south of the railroad tracks), the French Market is an outdoor market selling locally grown produce, flowers, handmade gifts, jewelry, baked goods, specialty foods and much more. For more information, contact Bensidoun USA at 312-575-0294 or ccbcec@sbcglobal.net


Other Events

Arbor Day Celebration

Date: Friday, April 29
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Washington Elementary School
Washington School will host Wheaton’s Arbor Day Celebration with the City’s Forestry Division and Environmental Improvement Commission. 

Native Plant Sale

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon (or when plants run out)
Location: Wheaton Public Works Building, 821 W. Liberty Drive
Wheaton’s popular annual Native Plant Sale returns April 30. Find flowers, grasses, trees and other plants native to Illinois available for sale. This event is organized by the City of Wheaton, Wheaton Environmental Commission and Wheaton Park District. 

Prairie Path Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Meet at W.W. Stevens Park, Lincoln Avenue & Western Avenue
Join in this annual event to clean up the part of the Illinois Prairie Path that runs through Wheaton. 

Biking in Wheaton

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Doug Jones from Midwest Cyclery will explain how you can lead a greener, healthier lifestyle with your bicycle. He will also talk about the various bike trails in the area and will explain the different types and styles of bicycles. Bring all your biking questions! Please register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or call 630-868-7520 to reserve your spot.

Downtown Wheaton Historic Walking Tour

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Starts at DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St.
Cost: Fee applies, Call 630-510-4941 or email dupagemuseum@wheatonparks.org for additional information.
Enjoy a stroll through historic Downtown Wheaton with DuPage County Historical Museum’s architecture walk. Learn about the people, businesses and important events that shaped our area. Discover the stories behind the railroad, the County Courthouse and more. A special architecture scavenger hunt will be added if children join the tour. The tour is approximately 1.5 miles, so wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. There is a fee for this tour.

Go Fly a Kite

Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Graf Park, 1701 Manchester Road
The Wheaton Park District encourages the community to enjoy spring and fly kites at the Go Fly a Kite event. The "grand launch" will take place at 11:15 a.m., followed by kite demonstrations by Chicago Fire Kite Team, and contests and 1 and 1:30 p.m. More information  

Home History Research Help

Dates: Saturday, May 7, 1-4 p.m.; Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., First Floor Genealogy Section
Whether your interest is a home’s construction date, past owners, or its architecture, drop by Wheaton Public Library to discover available resources. Learn about the Wheaton Register of Historic Places and getting your house listed. City of Wheaton Historic Commission members and Wheaton Public Library staff will provide assistance. Drop-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended by calling the Reference Desk at 630-868-7520.

Exploring Van Gogh: A Drawing Workshop

Date: Tuesday, May 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Join art instructor Christine Thornton to learn more about Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings. After a presentation featuring Van Gogh’s art, you will choose one of his paintings to copy for your own small colored pencil study. Please register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or call 630-868-7520 to reserve your spot.

Celebrating Historic Wheaton Parks: Former Estate Gardens – Through the Years

Date: Thursday, May 12
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: DuPage County Historical Museum Auditorium, Main & Wesley streets, Wheaton
Thanks to some early prosperous residents, Wheaton is home to a number of present-day parks worth celebrating. Join the Wheaton Historic Commission and the DuPage County Historical Museum for a program looking at gardens of one-time estates that were transformed for public enjoyment. Learn from Cantigny Park and Wheaton Park District professionals as they present historic details and preservation challenges with Memorial Park, Hurley Gardens, Adams Park and Cantigny Gardens. Refreshments will be served following the program, and free souvenir posters commemorating the event will be available while supplies last.

Cantigny Park – Free Parking Days for Wheaton Residents

Dates: May 13-22
Location: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
In honor of Preservation Month, Cantigny Park will provide free parking days May 13-22 for Wheaton residents. Just show proof of Wheaton residency at the parking booth for admittance. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Museums, gardens and other attractions inside the park are always free admission. Cantigny Park is the 500-acre estate of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is home to 30 acres of gardens, the Robert R. McCormick Museum, the First Division Museum and a 27-hole golf course. All are open to the public.

Lecture: “The Man Who Fired the First Shot at Gettysburg – The Three Victories of Marcellus Ephraim Jones of DuPage County”

Date: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Lower Level Large Meeting Room
Marcellus E. Jones was a carpenter and house mover who held many important local public offices in Wheaton, serving as Township Collector, City Councilman, DuPage County Sheriff and Postmaster. But he is most famous for his claim to have fired the first shot at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. Come and learn more about the life of this extraordinary, ordinary man during a lecture by Robert Shuster, an archivist on the staff of the Billy Graham Center Archives of Wheaton College. Light refreshments will be served.

Meditation for Healthy Living

Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Join Michael Ribet, who has been practicing meditation for over 40 years as he discusses how meditation can improve our physical, mental and spiritual health. The audience will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. No registration required.

DuPage River Sweep

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: DuPage County waterways
Help with this annual volunteer cleanup effort to remove debris and litter from streams and ponds. Supplies, technical support, snacks, water and trash pokers will be provided. Register online at www.theconservationfoundation.org/sweep or call 630-428-4500, Ext. 212. 

Lunch & Learn: Wills and Powers of Attorney

Date: Tuesday, May 24 at noon
Time: Noon
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Bring your own lunch and learn about the basics of a Last Will and Testament and Powers of Attorney from John Pankau and Lisa Knauf of the Law Office of John Pankau, P.C. Water will be provided, or bring your own beverage. Please register online at wheatonlibrary.org/calendar or call 630-868-7520 to reserve your spot. 

Taste of Wheaton

Date: June 2-5
Location: Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave.
Join the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce for the annual Taste of Wheaton festival. This year's festival will include food from local restaurants, carnival rides, Art in the Park, children's games, a beer and wine garden and more. More information 

Lecture: “The Foulis Family of Wheaton and their Impact on the History of Golf in the Midwest”

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Location: Wheaton Cemetery, 1209 S. Warrenville Road, Wheaton

After emigrating from Scotland in the late 1800s, the Foulis family brought their expertise and love of golf to America. The Wheaton Historic Commission and the Wheaton Cemetery Association will host a lecture by Bob Jacobsen, Chairman of the Milton Township Cemeteries, on the Foulis family and the part they play in the history of golf in Wheaton and in the U.S. The lecture will take place at the Foulis family gravesites in Wheaton Cemetery. Jacobsen is an avid golf memorabilia collector and knowledgeable on the Foulis family’s role in golf history. Jacobsen will display Foulis-related and antique golf items. For more information, contact Jacobsen at 630-668-7551 or email wheatonhistoriccommission@gmail.com