2018 Plainfield Trick or Treat Hours

2018 Plainfield Trick or Treat Hours & Neighboring Communities: 

Plainfield: 4 – 8
Bolingbrook: 4 – 7
Shorewood: 4  -7
Joliet: 4 – 7
Crest Hill: 4 – 8
Romeoville: 4 – 7
Oswego: 3:30 – 8
Aurora: 4 – 7:30
Lisle: 3 – 8
Wheaton: 3 – 7

It’s almost Halloween, and the kids can’t wait to get out there and Trick or Treat this Wednesday. I have to admit that I’m probably just as excited! It’s long been one of my favorite holidays and it brings back great memories of my childhood Halloween memories from the 80’s. Our kids will never know what it’s like to wear a plastic mask or stretch a vinyl jumpsuit on over their clothes… or what a homemade Halloween costume really looked like (before moms could make them on their Cricut machines, lol). 

It pretty much went like this… 

And the Halloween commercials on t.v. were the best! 


I couldn’t wait for the “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” special to play during prime time. We didn’t have things like DVR’s back then, so you had to be sure to make plans to be home to watch them live. If you were lucky, and you had a VCR, you could try to set it to record, but that was really taking your chances with the technology of the day. Prime time holiday specials were really a treat for our generation. And I bet most people will never have heard of my absolute favorite Halloween movie (unless they happen to be Tim Curry fans… or had the HBO cable channel as a kid) but the The Worst Witch will always be the best in my book! 

Leave your favorite Halloween memories in the comments!


Posted on October 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm
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Burndown at Sundown 2018 | Route 66 Raceway in Joliet IL


I saw a Groupon online, early into the summer and this looked like a good time. I’m a sucker for great photography and the photos I saw for the event were epic. They totally sold the show! We bought ours up… and told our good friends so they could make a night of it with us too!

I was really looking forward July 14th because I couldn’t wait for the Burndown at Sundown at the Joliet Route 66 Raceway, but I knew that by the time we had arrived at the date of the event, we would had already plowed through the larger portion of our summer; and that made me sad. Oh, that “summer time sadness” that punches me in the gut every year like clockwork.  (thanks for putting your version of it into words Lana Del Rey!) After posting about it the week it hit me hard, I was relieved to know that I wasn’t alone.

I have no idea how he found it in him to fall asleep during any of this! EVEN WITH EAR PLUGS… it was LOUD!

… and we ran into one of Eliza’s best friends at the race! 

It’s funny how we miss so many things right before our eyes. Part of the reason I decided to start blogging again about things to do in the area is because of how many posts I see on FB  looking for recommendations for things to do in the Plainfield area. I’ve spent the last 19 years in Plainfield raising our tribe of Ferenzi’s.  I’ve turned over a lot of stones in the area… and I’m always looking for more! 


I forgot that we probably should have brought ear plugs. The smaller time trials weren’t as loud, but my years of concertgoing reminded me that hearing loss is bad; and once the funny cars started up, and ultimately the jet cars hit the track, it was necessary! A quick trip to the merch truck had us sitting pretty. We could still feel the LOUD pound in our chests without ringing in our ears. 

Events at the Joliet Route 66 Raceway are posted at the beginning of every race season. We had such a great time, hopefully you do next year too!


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Posted on July 25, 2018 at 12:06 am
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Plainfield Family Fun | The Chicago Fire Soccer League

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Every year our family makes a summer bucket list of things we want to do, and places we plan to visit local for some Plainfield family fun. We try to mix it up a bit so the kids stay excited about the things we plan. This year my husand took the lead in making sure we didn’t “run out of summer” and bought our family tickets to a Chicago Fire game over the 4th of July weekend. We had great seats and it was a great game against New York City. It was even better when Chicago Fire won 3-2!

Toyota Park is just 31 miles from Plainfield, and without traffic… is less than an hour to the stadium.

It was hotter than the devils armpit the night we went. They let us bring in 1 bottle of water per person because of the heat index warning that day… and it didn’t help much at all. I still ended up buying drinks that had ice because it was sweat drenching heat even after the sun went down.

We are huge soccer fans, and all of my kids have played soccer. We snuck in a few baseball players over the years, but soccer has been our mainstay. Except for our youngest. Eliza just joins sports for the uniforms and costumes, lol.


The Chicago Fire Season doesn’t end until late in October and there are plenty of opportunities to catch a game this season! Check the schedule and get your tickets for some local Plainfield family fun. If you love soccer, you will love this team, this stadium, and the experience!

Stay tuned for some more local advice on where to be this summer for the most local fun!

We live & love local… and I will bring it all back to you!


Julie Ferenzi 
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Posted on July 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm
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Plainfield’s Ottawa Street Community Pool

Things to do in Plainfield this summer:

Tucked away, on the quiet street for which it is named, sits the often overlooked… Ottawa Street Community Pool. I don’t know what got me thinking about it this week, but a few of the kids and I took a drive over to the pool yesterday to get some info on the hours and prices.

Getting a pool pass this late in the season didn’t make a bit of sense since it’s already the middle of July, but that’s fine by us since the daily resident rate is so reasonable! It’s only $4 a person from 12:oo-4:30… and just $3 a person for a night swim from 7:00-8:30.  Swim all day Saturday or Sunday from 12:00-8:00 pm for just $4.00 a person! Seniors 55+ and older? You can swim for $2.00 during the day or on the weekends… or FREE  during evening hours!

We have lived here for 20 years now, and I have to admit, it’s been way too long since we’ve been back for a visit. When we were new to the area we came a few times, but for the last 2 years we have purchased pool passes for the private Springbank Aquatic center just a few minutes from our home, and in the years before, we had purchased passes for Joliet’s Splash Station.

We have a big family. There are 8 of us in all. Passes for us for anything have always been the way to go. Springbank is great, just too pricey for me for the amount of times the kids actually want to spend the day there, these days. And Joliet Splash Station is nice, but when the summer camp kids are there it gets WAY too crowded, and I have an anxiety attack the whole time worrying about my kids who can’t swim… or don’t swim very well!

In recent years, the “big kids”  have started doing their own things; and it’s strange transitioning from the mind-set of having to “supersize” everything in life, to remembering that my 6-pack is hardly ever all with me at the same time anymore. Lately, it’s just been me and 2 or 3 of the younger kiddos for our out-and-about adventures this summer. Today it was just me and my two youngest; Leo who just turned 9, and Eliza who is 6.

The high dive won the day with Leo! Eliza is trying so hard to learn how to swim.


I used to spend my days wishing for the big ones to learn how to do all of these things on their own, to these days; wishing the littles needed me just a little bit more. Clearly that’s not the case. Look at Leo’s jump off the high dive! He must have done it about 30 times today!!!



I’m such a fan of all of the things the Plainfield Park District has to offer, I just wish I had remembered this hidden gem in the community a lot sooner! If you’re looking for things to do in Plainfield this summer, I definitely recommend adding this to the top of the list! 

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Posted on July 10, 2018 at 10:58 pm
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