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Parks and Recreation Special Events

The United City of Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is active in sponsoring several special events throughout the year for the enjoyment of Yorkville residents and surrounding communities. Join us for one, two or all of the many activities in the city of Yorkville. There are months of fun in Yorkville for you and your family. For more information on any of these events, please call the Recreation Office at 630.553.4357. Enjoy!



Art in City Hall
January – December, Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
United City of Yorkville City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road, Yorkville

Artists are currently needed for the Art in City Hall Program. All artwork is exhibited in Yorkville's City Hall Council Chambers. Exhibits are free to artists and residents. For more information, or if you are an artist and would like to exhibit your artwork, please call 630-553-4350 or inquire via e-mail to Free.

2014 Winter Catalog

Resident Registration beings Monday December 9

Non-Resident Registration begins Monday December 16

Online Registration Information or go to the on-line registration website at:

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Parker’s Playtime Preschool 2014-2015 Registration Begins!

The Yorkville Recreation Department’s Parker’s Playtime Preschool will begin registration for new students for the 2014-2015 school year starting Monday, January 6, for residents of Yorkville and will begin Monday, January 13 for nonresidents of Yorkville at the ARC Building (201 W. Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville). Parker’s Playtime Preschool is designed for children between the ages of 3-5 and focuses on each child’s overall developmental needs by providing a stimulating environment through hands-on experiences. Both Three and Four Year Old Programs are offered! For more information or to schedule a tour please contact Rhian at 630-553-4357 or log online at

Preschool (3-4 yrs. old) and Ready, Set, Go...(2 yr. old) program brochure.


NEW Jr Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 School Year!

The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that a Jr. Kindergarten will be offered for the 2014-2015 School Year! This is a five day a week program designed for students ages 4 and 5 that will help your child build the skills needed for attending school all day! Students in this program will participate in a wide variety of activities to help them make a smooth transition into Kindergarten. Registration for Jr. Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year begins Monday, January 6, 2014 for Yorkville residents and Monday, January 13 for nonresidents of Yorkville at the ARC Building (201 W. Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville). For more information or to schedule a tour please contact Rhian at 630-553-4357 or log online at

Ready, Set, Go!

The Yorkville Recreation Department is offering a new session of Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Set, Go is a program designed to introduce children ages 2-3 to the daily and weekly routine of preschool with activities that are adapted to meet the needs of this younger age group! The new session will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 10:30am. Price is $75 for residents and $85 for nonresidents. For more information or to register please call 630-553-4357 or log online at

Preschool (3-4 yrs. old) and Ready, Set, Go...(2 yr. old) program brochure.


Spring Soccer Registration

The Yorkville Recreation Department’s registration for the Spring Soccer League begins Monday February 3! The Spring Soccer League is designed to teach and improve children ages 4 – 10 the various skills and knowledge pertaining to the game of soccer in a fun, recreational atmosphere. There will be a six game schedule with games played on Saturdays. Practice will be held twice a week for the first few weeks before games begin. Practices will then go to once a week with games on Saturdays. The cost is $65 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. Players are also required to wear a reversible jersey that can be purchased for $18. Open registration has been completed. For late registration or more information please contact Tyler at 630-553-4357.

Coed and Men’s Summer Softball Leagues

It is almost that time again! The Adult Softball Season is right around the corner and the Yorkville Recreation Department is offering several leagues this summer! The Coed Softball League is scheduled on Tuesday evenings starting April 29 and runs through July 29. The Men’s Softball League is scheduled on Thursday evenings starting May 1 and runs through July 31. Both leagues are based on a 13 game schedule, plus playoffs and costs $750 per team with an additional fee of $10 for each non-resident player. Registration begins Monday, February 3 at 8:00am and runs through Friday, April 11. For more information please contact Tyler at 630-553-4357.

Pre-Season Adult Slow-Pitch Softball Leagues

Get warmed-up for the summer softball season by entering into the Yorkville Recreation Department’s Pres-Season League! Both a Coed League on Tuesday evenings and a Men’s League played on Thursday evenings will be available! The league will consist of an 8 game schedule with the majority of games played at 6:20pm, 7:30pm, 8:40pm, and 9:50pm depending on registration numbers. This season begins the 1st week of April and runs through the last week of April. The cost is $100 per team with registration beginning on Monday, February 3 at 8:00am and runs through Friday, March 21. For more information please contact Tyler at 630-553-4357.


Spring Break Camps
Monday, March 24 – Friday, March 28
Three Spring Break Camps will be offered
throughout the week!

Spring Break Camps Flyer


Easter Egg-Xpress

Saturday, April 5

Fees: $10 Resident / $12 Non

Times: 8am - 10:30am
All Aboard!! Take the Easter Egg-Xpress to go see the Easter Bunny and hunt for Easter eggs.
Each child will get a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs. A small snack and
drink will be served in Naperville. The train will depart from the Aurora Metra train station and
go to Naperville. In Naperville will walk to a local park and meet the Easter Bunny and begin our
hunt for eggs. You will return to the Aurora station. Please dress for the weather. Also there
is a parking charge (exact change needed) at the Aurora Metra Train Station. Metra passes are not
accepted on this trip. Everyone in a family planning on attending must register.

Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition

The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a FREE Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition on Friday, April 11 at the Steven Bridge Baseball Fields (3651 Kennedy Rd, Yorkville). The Pitch, Hit, and & Run Competition will include three different events judging the accuracy of players’ pitches, the length and accuracy of hitting a ball off a tee, and the speed players can run the bases! Boys and girls divisions are available for ages 7-14 (as of July 18). Registration will be held the day of on Friday, April 11 from 4:30-5:15pm with the competition scheduled to begin at 5:30pm. Competitors are encouraged to bring their own bat and glove. For more information call the Recreation Offices at 630-553-4357.


PeppeRuni 5k Run/Walk

Sunday April 27, 2014

Hosted and Sponsored by Rosati's Pizza

Race starts and ends at Rosati's Pizza
1985 Marketview Dr, Yorkville, IL
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Registration: 7:30am
Race Begins: 9:00am
Entry Fees: 5K Run/Walk
$25 pre-registration / $30 race day
Awards given for individual winners.Awards consit of:

Free Slice of Pizza for every runner

Top Overall Men & Women - Free Pizza for a Year

Top Runner in each age group/ category - Free Large Pizza

Pre-registration packet pick-up is on Saturday, April 26, 2016
at Rosati's Pizza from 10am - Noon

Registration Form

Race Route



Summer Catalog will be delivered the week of April 28


NEW: 2014 Summer Catalog

Resident Registration beings Monday May 5

Non-Resident Registration begins Monday May 12

United City of Yorkville Golf Outing

Friday May 30, 2014

Registration Form


Country Market

Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to noon, June 7-September 27.. For more information call 630.553.4357 inquire via e-mail to Free.

Vendor Application

Music Under the Stars
Various evenings in June, July and August from 7-9 p.m. in Town Square, Rt. 47 and Main Street or Riverfront Park, 131 E. Hydraulic St. Enjoy a warm summer evening listening to great music in one of Yorkville's beautiful parks. Sponsored by the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department, this long-standing event offers a variety of music throughout the summer including Jazz, Rock, Big Band and much more! For more information call 630.553.4357 inquire via e-mail to Free

Music Nights:
Friday June 6 - Riverfront Park, Ark Life ( 7pm - Event Flyer
Friday July 11 - Riverfront Park, Cool Rockin Daddies 7-9pm
Friday July 25 - Town Sqaure, Yorkville Big Band 7-9pm

All Music Nights in Yorkville
Friday June 6 - Riverfront Park, Ark Life ( - Event Flyer
Friday June 20 - Riverfront Park (River Night)
Saturday June 21 - Riverfront Park (Summer Solstice, entrance fee)
Friday July 11 - Riverfront Park
Friday July 12 - Riverfront Park (Ribs on the River)

Friday July 25 - Town Sqaure, Yorkville Big Band 7-9pm
Saturday July 26 - Riverfront Park (Veggie and Metaphysically Fit Festival)
Thursday Aug. 28 - Beecher Park (Hometown Days Festival, entrance fee after 5pm)
Friday Aug. 29 - Beecher Park (Hometown Days Festival, entrance fee after 5pm)
Saturday Aug. 30 - Beecher Park (Hometown Days Festival, entrance fee after 5pm)
Sunday August 31 - Beecher Park (Hometown Days Festival, entrance fee after 5pm)

River Night and Summer Solstice Music Festival

Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21

RIVER NIGHT: Friday, June 21 , 5-10 p.m.


River Night Flyer

Summer Solstice Flyer

Riverfront Park, 131 E. Hydraulic St. Sponsored by the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, Three Angels Brewing and Rogue Barrister Records and the United City of Yorkville Parks and Recreation Dept. Yorkville. content/article/157-river-night-2013.html


60th Annual 4th of July Celebration

Friday July 4, 2014

Hosted by the Yorkville Area 4th of July Committee and the United City of Yorkville


- Parade line up at Yorkville High School is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- Parade will start at 9:00 a.m.
- Parade route as follows: Game Farm Road, Somonauk Street,
King Street, West Main Street, Church Street. Will end at the
water tower.

- No items may be thrown from a float. Items must be handed out by walkers.

- Parade Route - Parade starts South of the High School

Town Square Park Activities:
- Following the Parade @ Town Square Park till 1pm
- Food/Drink will be available for purchase.
- Kids Foot Races, rides and waterfights Yorkville Community

- Donations will be accepted at the Information Booth

Chapel on the Green "Meet the President" Program
Friday July 4 from 1:00 pm-2:00pm at the Chapel on the Green

Annual “Meet The President” program.

This year President Thomas Jefferson (Mr. Phil Lauriecella) will be with us. See you Admission is $5.00 at the door

Fireworks will begin at Dusk
- The fireworks will be shot off of/around Rt. 47 and
Countryside Parkway. Just south of Menards.
- The Yorkville Big Band will be performing at 8:00 p.m. at
Larson-Nelson Funeral Home

- Donations will be collected by the Knights of Columbus (Yellow) before the fireworks.

Additional Information
- All 4th of July activities are free to everyone, except food/
drink purchases and are subject to change without notice
- Donations are welcome. Checks can be made out and
mailed to: United City of Yorkville, 800 Game Farm Rd.,
Yorkville, IL 60560. Please write ''4th of July'' in the memo
line. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information please call the Parks and Recreation Department

at 630.553.4357or via e-mail to

Music Under the Stars, Ribs on the River & White Water Festival

Friday July 11 & Saturday July 12

Friday July 11

Music Under the Stars

7-9pm Riverfront Park

Cool Rockin Daddies

Saturday July 12

Ribs on the River

Informational Flyer

The smell of BBQ ribs will be wafting around Bicentennial Riverfront Park on July 12 as the city hosts its inaugural Ribs on the River event. EPIC Performs from 7-10pm.

Live Music Schedule:

County Line Brothers 12:30-2:30 pm
Trio 3:30-5:30 pm
EPIC 7:00-10:00pm

For more information including parking and shuttle information, event information and more, click here!

Find us on Facebook!!/RibsontheRiver

Vendor, Exhibitor & Sponsorship Form & Packet

2014 Contest Rules

Illinois Whitewater Festival

The Chicago Whitewater Association with support from the City of Yorkville is putting on a White Water festival at the Marge Cline Whitewater Park on the Fox River. Slalom, Rodeo, cardboard races and more on water events plus a rib festival with live music and refreshments. Save the date and spread the word. Also we will have slalom clinics and moving water instruction in the months prior so keep watching the ACA Mid West Division Facebook page for updates.

On the east end of Bicentennial Riverfront Park come for a day of whitewater fun! Events will include whitewater kayak mini-lessons, cardboard boat race, and more from 8am-5pm.

Schedule of Events - Event Information

8:00 - Competitors Registration opens
9:30 - Kids (10 yrs +) mini class
10:00 - 1st Slalom Heat
11:00 - Kids (10 yrs +) mini class
12:00 - Cardboard Regatta
1:00 - Rodeo
2:00 - 2nd Slalom Heat
3:00 - Kids(10 yrs +) mini class
4:00 - Mayor's Cup
5:00 - Awards and Closing Ceremony

*subject to change



Outdoor Movie Nights

Yorkville's Parks and Recreation Movie nights in June, July and August, at various park locations. Bring your lawn chair, blankets, and family and friends for movie night on our 30-foot inflatable screen. Movies begin at 9 p.m. Free.


Date: Thursday, July 17
Location: Bristol Station (Whispering Meadows)
Movie: Zookeeper

Date: Thursday, August 7
Location: Raintree Village Park (Castle Park)
Movie: Despicable Me 2



Veggie and Metaphysically Fit Festival

Saturday July 26

Riverfront Park

Veggie Fest Vendor Application

Event Flyer


* There will also be teacher trainers doing 20 min yoga sessions on the grass throughout the day




22nd Annual Hometown Days Festival

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 31 at Beecher Community Park, 908 Game Farm Rd.

It’s bigger and better than ever. Labor Day weekend, Thursday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 31!! Fun for the entire family. Carnival rides, great food, the Pride and Joy Car Show, pet parade, baby contest, hometown pride, and much more!

Headliner Music Line-Up
Thursday – 7th Heaven(7-9pm)
Friday – American English(7-9:30pm)
Saturday- Mike and Joe(7-10pm)
Sunday – Hi-Infidelity (7-10pm), Yorkville Big Band (2-4pm)

Festival Event Flyers

- Vendor - Event Registration Forms

- Vendor Packet

- Car Show Registration Form

- Junior Women's Craft Show: Application & Rules and Regulations

- Baggapalooza - Bean Bags Tournament

- Festival 5K Run Registration Form

- Touch-A-Truck

Thank you to the following sponsors: Castle Bank, Castle Insurance, MadiStrong Foundation, Superior Beverage, Meadowvale, Earthmover Credit Union, Old Second Bank, Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop, Allsteel Credit Union, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, GCP Sales, Yorkville Citizens Police Academy Alumni, Yorkville Knights of Columbus, Jacob's Well , Fox Valley Television, Kendall County Record, WSPY 107.1 FM & TV 30.

2014 Fall Catalog


Halloween Egg Hunt

Friday, Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m. at Beecher Community Park, 908 Game Farm Rd.

Sponsored by: Rosati's Pizza of Yorkville
Before the annual Egg Hunt, come out an enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating (1 per family), pizza slices (small fee - Rosati's) and more from 5-8pm. At 7pm we will start the annual Halloween Egg Hunt. It’s a twist on an old tradition. Sweet prizes await you! Wear your costumes, bring a flashlight and container for your eggs. Please stay on the sidewalks until we start the hunt! Toddlers will go first and every few minutes we will send the next group, ending with the oldest children.

Schedule of Events- Event Flyer

5:00pm - 6:45pm: Pumpkin Decorating/Carving, 1st 100.
Rosati's Pizza: Pizza Slices - Pop(Small Fee).

5:00-5:30pm: Pet Costume Contest Registration

5:30 - 6:00pm: Pet Costume Contest
6:00-6:30PM: Costume Contest Registration
6:30 - 7:00pm: Costume Contest
7pm: Egg Hunt - 10 & Under




Holiday Under the Stars & Fireworks Show
Saturday, November 22,
Downtown Yorkville & Riverfront Park
We're kicking off the holiday season this year with a traditional tree lighting ceremony, food, Santa’s workshop with a visit from Santa and to the end the evening with a holiday fireworks show on Saturday Nov. 22. This is one holiday event you surely won't want to miss! This year's 8th annual Holiday Under the Stars is bigger and better than ever.

Schedule of Events

9am - Breakfast with Santa at Cobblestone (must register)

11am - Junior Women's Kris Kringle Market @ Riverfront Park
1pm - 5pm Free Visits with Santa

4pm - Gold Star Dance Performance

4:30pm - Taekwondo Korea Center Performance
5pm - Gold Star Dance Performance
5:30pm - BH Martial Arts
6:00pm - Yorkville Madrigals Performance
6:30pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony

After the Tree Lighting Ceremony- Fireworks Show

Sponsored By:

Kathleen Field Orr & Associates

Old Second Bank

Gardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona

Brenart Eye Clinic

BOOMBAH - Athletic uniforms, footwear, gear and more



Chili Chase 5k Run/Walk

Sunday, November 23
Registration: 7:00am
Race Begins: 8:30am
Yorkville American Legion Post #489,
9054 E. Veterans Pkwy., Yorkville
Gear up for the Thanksgiving season with the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department's 5K Run/Walk. Warm up after the race with a hot bowl of chili. Pre-registration fee: $25 w/shirt; $20 w/out shirt Day of Registration fee: $35 w/shirt; $30 w/out shirt. The proceeds benefit the Parks and Recreation special recreation programs.

For more information, call 630-553-4357 or visit

Race Results

Race Route



Breakfast with Santa

Saturday December 6th

8am - 9:30am

Beecher Community Center  - 908 Game Farm Rd, Yorkville


Senior Services and the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department invite you and your family to join us for Breakfast with Santa! The event is held at the Beecher Community Center (908 Game Farm Rd, Yorkville) on Saturday, December 6th from 8am-9:30am. There will be crafts, games and much more for your child
to be a part of. Don't forget your camera!!!! The cost is $3 per person and space is limited to the first
150. To register or for more information please call the Senior Service Center at 630-553-5777.



Letters to Santa

Deadline is Friday, December 12, 2014!
Santa is checking his list and wants to hear from YOU this Holiday Season! Please send your letter (include
age and gender) to Santa by Friday, December 12. Santa will then read your letter and send a response by
December 23! All letters should be addressed to:

Santa c/o Yorkville Recreation Department
201 W. Hydraulic Ave
Yorkville, IL 60560


New!! - 2014 / 2015 Winter Catalog