The cellar at 42 W. New York St. teems with terrifying secrets. According to legend, it once housed a laundry company where a faulty boiler exploded, burning two engineers who vowed revenge on their bosses. Soon, workers began disappearing, only to reappear in the nearby river, their arms still clutching perfectly starched shirts. Though the laundry closed, no business ever thrived there again. That cellar became the grisly playground of the two engineers—and is now known as the Basement of the Dead.
But the engineers and their ongoing crimes aren't the only scares to be found in that place. There's also Shattered the Clown—a murderous performer armed with a sledgehammer. After his famous trick backfired and turned deadly, Shattered went on a rampage through the audience. He then hid in that same basement, going increasingly mad with only the souls of his victims to keep him company. He's since turned his part of the cellar into a colorful, terrifying 3-D circus.
Basement of the Dead has earned numerous awards, including being rated the No. 1 Haunted House in Illinois and top 13 in the Country by Hauntworld.com.
If not for the 30 miles that separate them, Broadway in Naperville would feel right at home on Chicago's theater row. Yet somehow that separation of city and suburb allows their art to flourish and their imaginations to run unburdened by Windy City hubris. For founder and artistic director Andrea Wukitsch, Broadway in Naperville is about theater at its purest—an almost magical tool that fuels the human spirit through storytelling—and less about guys on wires pretending they're spiders.
As a professional theater company, Broadway in Naperville ensures that every staging is stunning with inventive works drawn from across the globe. As a dramatic and technical arts conservatory, Broadway in Naperville transforms budding actors, dancers, and singers into spotlight-ready pros while instilling them with the skill-set to navigate the Great White Way.
Hollywood Palms Theater, modeled after Hollywood Boulevard and the legendary Chinese Theater, engages moviegoers with its opulent design, a restaurant and bar, and seat-by-seat service. Winning praise from myriad press outlets, the movie house boasts nine distinctive auditoriums, each dressed to a cinematic theme, including Coconut Grove and The Rainbow Room. Within the confines of each theater, rows of high-backed leather chairs comfortably cradle bodies, while the latest Dolby surround sound swathes ears in the tummy rumbles of on-screen actors. An attentive wait staff takes orders throughout films from an extensive menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, beer, wine, and cocktails.
Besides apple pie, not much else is more American than baseball and beer, and the Ballpark Ale Fest connects it all. The festival celebrates more than 80 craft beers from across the nation. Brewers from Goose Island to Pipeworks gather at the ballpark to pass out 3-ounce samples (each participant receives 18 samples). Guests can pair their drinks with bites from local food. All the while, live musicians rock out and see how many things they can rhyme with "hard cider."
Feel the heart-racing adrenaline of roller coasters and endless family fun this weekend with a trip to Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the park.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this park.
A nearby parking lot is readily available for Players Indoor Sports Center's customers.
Amazing Naperville theater awaits when you buy tickets for any of Naperville Jaycees Last Fling's shows.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this theater, it's no different.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this theater.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.