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.
National Library Week at Wheaton Public Library
When: April 13-19
Where: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.
Stop by the library or visit Facebook.com/wheatonlibrary during National Library Week to tell us how libraries have changed your life. Kids can enter our Design Your Own Bookmark contest. Pick up a bookmark template at the Children’s Desk starting April 1.
Celebrate Spring/Celebrate Easter
Date: April 19
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Memorial Park and participating downtown businesses
Join the Downtown Wheaton Association for this annual celebration of spring and Easter! The day begins at 10 a.m. with the Easter Egg Hunt for kids in Memorial Park, followed by the Easter Bonnet Contest at 10:30 a.m. Finally, from noon to 1 p.m., children are invited to “hop” around downtown Wheaton in search of treats and goodies to fill their baskets. More information
Arbor Day Celebration
Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Emerson Elementary School, 119 S. Woodlawn St.
Emerson Elementary School will host the City's annual Arbor Day Celebration, including students, the City's Forestry Division and the Environmental Improvement Commission. The celebration will include a tree planting and the presentation of the City's Tree City USA designation.
Native Illinois Plant Sale
Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon
Location: Wheaton Public Works Building, 821 W. Liberty Drive (across the street from the Police Station)
The Environmental Improvement Commission and Wheaton Park District encourage the community to "grow native" by attending the Native Illinois Plant Sale. Find native northern Illinois trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers for sale (cash/check only), pick up free wood chips, or pick up pre-ordered rain barrels or food scrap-amended compost. More information
Annual Prairie Path Cleanup
Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Stevens Park, corner of Lincoln Avenue and the Illinois Prairie Path
Help clean up the portion of the Illinois Prairie Path that runs through Wheaton. Any group wanting to clean a specific area should email email@example.com ahead of time. Please bring work gloves.
Go Fly a Kite
Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Graf Park, 1701 Manchester Road
Join the Wheaton Park District for this annual Wheaton tradition. The kite event will feature activities for all ages, including a kite demonstration by the Chicago Fire Kite Team, a new highest kite flying contest, kids mad dash, most unique kite contest and kids candy drop. The park opens at 10 a.m., and the "grand launch," where participants try to beat Wheaton's record of 834 kites flying simultaneously, will be at 11 a.m. This event is free, but organizers encourage you fill out a preregistration form and bring it to the event in order for them to get an accurate count for the number of participants. For more information, visit www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/goflyakite.
Bike Safety Class
Date: May 10
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard St.
Do you want to be able to ride your bike both for transportation and fun? This free Bike Safety Class is offered jointly by Wheaton Park District and the Wheaton Bike Committee for people ages 12 and older. It is perfect for people who wish to gain a full understanding of how to safely operate their bicycle in a variety of situations by learning how to properly fit your bicycle and helmet, perform a quick and easy bicycle safety check, fix a flat, and perform minor mechanical adjustments. It also includes on-bike skills and practice, so you will need to bring your own bicycle and helmet. Registration required by visiting www.wheatonparkdistrict.com and registering for class #215406.
Police Department Blood Drive
Date: Friday, May 16
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty Drive
The Wheaton Police Department encourages residents to save the date for its annual blood drive. This year’s drive will be from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 at the Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty Drive. The American Red Cross will be operating the drive.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter zip code 60187 in the “Find a Blood Drive” search window. You can also make an appointment by contacting Sherry at 630-260-4861 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Date: Saturdays, April 19, 2014-Nov. 15, 2014
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Parking lot near Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton (just south of the railroad tracks)
More than a typical farmers market, the Wheaton French Market offers a wide variety of vendors. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Nov. 15, 2014, visit the French Market near the intersection of Main Street and Liberty Drive to find fresh produce, locally made gifts, art, specialty foods, handmade jewelry, flowers and more. Items sold change seasonally, offering visitors variety from week to week. For more information about the French Market, contact Bensidoun USA at 312-575-0286.
Monthly Electronic Recycling
Date: Second Saturday of each month
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive
Bring your unwanted electronics to the Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive, between 9 a.m. and noon. It is a drive-through event; volunteers will unload items from your car. Household batteries no longer accepted (only rechargeable batteries accepted). No refrigerators, air conditioners or other items with refrigerant/coolant liquids. Read the list of items that will be accepted.