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  • October 13, 2014

    Save the Date: 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off set for Sat., Nov. 1st in Downtown Wheaton

    ChiliCookOffPosterA2014 -1--page1Prepare your taste buds and grab your spoon for an afternoon of chili tastings in Downtown Wheaton on Saturday, November 1st.

    From homemade chili seasoned with everything from Jameson whiskey (Muldoon’s is famous for this!) to fire engine hot peppers, the variety of chilies are dished out from 1pm to 5pm.…
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    October 30, 2014

    Showroom Opening and 99th Anniversary Celebration for Carlson Glass

    Showroom Opening at Carlson Glass & Mirror

    312 West Front Street

    Downtown Wheaton 

    Thursday, November 6th    5pm -7pm 

    Carlson Glass & Mirror Logo

    Come check out Carlson Glass & Mirror’s new showroom and celebrate the Carlson Family’s 99th year of being in business in Wheaton.  Come for an evening of networking and complimentary refreshments while browsing the newly remodeled showroom featuring custom shower door displays and framed mirrors.  …
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    October 29, 2014

    Get Creative with Wheaton’s Gingerbread House Contest!

    It’s Like Coming Home Wheaton’s Gingerbread House Contest 

    Saturday, December 6thGingerbread-House-Patch-Slot-1-2014

    10am to 3pm

    Location:  Mission Place by Team   370 West Front Street in Downtown Wheaton

    Think outside of the ordinary holiday gingerbread house design and express your creativity with different themes, scenes, architectural designs or iconic Wheaton landmarks.  …
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    October 27, 2014

    Prairie Path Books Halloween Sale-Boo-tiful Savings!

    Make this Halloween week extra special with seasonal books and cards- some gentle, some nostalgic and some spooky- Now on sale!  Pick your percentage savings from Prairie Path Books’ discount bowl – up to 40% off your Halloween books, cards, stickers and coloring books.  …
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    October 21, 2014

    Boo-palooza in Pictures!

    Downtown Wheaton was the scene of little ghosts, goblins and plenty of Disney princesses this past Saturday during the Boo-palooza celebration.   Costume contest winners included a young girl dressed as a vending machine and a little boy dressed as the Emerald Ash Bore insect (truly scary!).…
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    • Upcoming Events

      For a complete listing, please view our calendar of events >

      Chili Cook-Off

      Chili Cook-offSaturday
      November 1
      1:00–5:00 pm
      Participating Downtown Wheaton Businesses

      Just in time! Our area restaurants know how to take the chill out of the air. Join us for this delicious celebration of fall! Some like it hot…some like it not. Let us know how YOU take your chili when you vote for your favorite selection!
      Tickets will be available at the DWA office (108 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton) and at the participating restaurants.

      For more details, see the DWA signature events calendar >

      Dickens of a Christmas Lighted Holiday Parade

      Dickens of a Christmas Lighted Holiday ParadeFriday
      November 28
      6:00 pm
      Front St., Downtown Wheaton

      Join us for our annual ringing in of the holidays! Join fellow community members for the tree lighting ceremony and festive, lighted holiday parade.

      For more details, see the DWA Signature Events page >

      Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

      Free Horse Drawn Carriage RidesSaturdays
      Nov. 29-Dec. 20
      12:00-3:00 pm
      Martin Memorial Plaza, Downtown Wheaton

      Tour Downtown Wheaton in festive style in our free horse-drawn carriage rides! Pull on your favorite holiday sweater and enjoy the ride. Note: spontaneous caroling may occur!

      Free Visits with Santa

      Free Visits with SantaSaturdays
      Nov. 29-Dec. 20
      10:00 am-1:00 pm
      Martin Memorial Plaza, Downtown Wheaton

      Visits with Santa! Calling all good girls and boys!: This is your chance to tell Santa what you want for the big day. He's making his list and checking it twice.

      "It's Like Coming Home" Gingerbread House Contest

      Gingerbread House ContestSaturday
      December 6
      Mission Place by Team,
      370 West Front Street,
      Downtown Wheaton

      Think outside of the ordinary holiday gingerbread house design and express your creativity with different themes, scenes, architectural designs or iconic Wheaton landmarks. Enter your design in this very special contest hosted by the Downtown Wheaton Association. We feature adult and child categories based on ages. All themes, scenes or iconic Wheaton landmarks are encouraged. Prizes to be awarded! Entries due by 10:00 am.
      Rules, prizes and details found at the Gingerbread House Contest page >

      Holiday Stroll

      Holiday StrollSaturday
      December 6
      11:00 am–8:00 pm
      Downtown Wheaton

      The shops and boutiques in Downtown Wheaton will be sharing the spirit of the season with complimentary holiday treats throughout the day from roasting chestnuts, cider tastings, eggnog, peppermints, Christmas cookies and other holiday treats. Complimentary carriage rides, carolers and other special activities will be featured throughout the day!

      Reindog Contest

      Gingerbread House ContestSaturday
      December 13
      11:00 am
      Downtown Wheaton

      Bring your pet decked out for the holidays: Santa himself will be the judge!

      For more details, see the DWA Signature Events page >

      Wheaton French Market

      Wheaton French MarketSaturdays
      April 19–Nov. 15
      8:00 am-2:00 pm
      South Main Street & East Liberty Drive

      Awarded West Suburban Living's 2013 Best of the West: BEST Farmer's Market Ranking! Wheaton's French Market has returned to Downtown Wheaton. It will be open every Saturday this spring, summer and fall, through November 8, 2014. Enjoy artisan baked goods, fine cheeses, bountiful flowers, fresh local produce, fashionable accessories, artwork and fun with your neighbors!

      Winter Wheaton French Market

      Wheaton French MarketSaturdays
      Nov. 8–Mar. 26
      9:00 am-1:30 pm
      Wheaton Metra Train Station, Front and West Streets, Downtown Wheaton

      Many of the same favorite vendors from the summer will be featured throughout the winter at the French Market's indoor location. Stop by and see them inside the train station as the air turns from brisk to cold! They have goods that will warm your heart.

      For more details, see The DWA Calendar of Events >