Eat, Bowl, And Play At Main Event Warrenville

by Melisa Wells on September 27, 2014

We’ve lived in Naperville for nineteen years now, and the area has grown tremendously. When we first moved here, it wasn’t unusual to see corn fields and pumpkin farms right around the corner from our subdivision. Now? No more. There has been a building boom.

One of our favorite places, a 30-screen movie theater, was built about four miles from our house in Warrenville about fifteen years ago. Why any community would need a 30-screen theater was beyond me (THIRTY SCREENS!), and apparently I wasn’t the only one thinking that. A couple of years ago, half of the building was closed up, leaving plenty of screens for the latest movies but also the question of what would move into the building next.

The answer has finally arrived! Main Event Entertainment, a bowling/arcade/restaurant complex, has moved into the space. I was invited to check it out last week and I was pretty excited about what I found there.

(Disclosure: this is not a sponsored post. I enjoyed lunch at Main Event during my visit but was not asked to write and was not compensated for writing this post.)

Main Event Warrenville

The Main Event complex, which has the bowling lanes, arcade, and restaurant I mentioned above, also has laser tag, billiards, a full bar, “gravity ropes” (a walking course high above the arcade), and even conference space for corporate meetings. They call themselves an “entertainment destination” and I agree. It’s pretty fantastic and has attractions for everybody. My recommendation would be ages eight and up.

Main Event Warrenville

The new Warrenville center located at 28248 Diehl Road is the 17th location nationwide and the first location in Illinois. They do lock-ins, youth group events, bowling leagues, corporate team building, and of course, birthday parties.

Main Event Warrenville

Main Event’s dining options include a pizza restaurant with hand tossed pizzas and gelato as well as American casual dining with classic sandwiches, burgers and entrees and that full bar. (My lunch was DELICIOUS, by the way.)

Center hours:
Sun, Tues, Wed and Thurs: 11 a.m. to midnight
Mon: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Main Event Warrenville

If you’re in the area, Main Event Warrenville is hosting a grand opening celebration TODAY with extra fun for the whole family and special offers for the center’s most popular attractions.

I have a $25 FUN card to give away to one of my local readers. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. (Easy peasy, as usual!) You have until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 2 to enter. Good luck!


Apple Bread, Apple Cake, Tomay-to, Tomah-to

by Melisa Wells on September 25, 2014

It’s officially autumn, which means that it’s time for me to make hundreds and hundreds (or at least a dozen) loaves of apple bread. I got the recipe from Judy, an awesome woman with whom I worked at a craft store more than twenty-five years ago. Back then I was a young newlywed who was going to college and working at the craft store as head cashier and eventually custom framer—all of this seems like it didn’t even happen in this life, by the way, because it was so long ago. Judy worked in the floral department and basically spent all day restocking the silk flowers and creating beautiful flower arrangements. Every time we had a work get-together, Judy brought apple bread. I asked her for the recipe and she gladly shared it. I’m so happy she did! I am extremely sought-after, well-loved, and über-popular when I arrive anywhere with a loaf of this homemade apple bread in my hands and frankly, who wouldn’t want to be all of those things?

I posted the recipe once before, but didn’t use pictures (not even one!) and how weird is that, to post a recipe with not a single picture in the age of Pinterest??? So I’m posting it again.

By the way, ever since I nearly cut my finger completely off (Remember that? Good times.) when I was chopping apples to make—wait for it—apple bread almost two years ago, I use a fancy chopper.

apples chopper

Roxie doesn’t care for the chopper. I’m not sure if the noise it makes when I slam the top down on the apples is scary to her, or if she’s worried that by using a fancy chopper rather than a knife, I will forget to give her samples. (She Loves apples, with a capital “L”.) I do not forget. I love the sound of Roxie crunching apples. Weird, I know.

Vintage (2008) Roxie, accepting an apple gift:


What I love about this recipe is that you (I) mix the ingredients in three separate groups (A, B, and C) first, and then combine it all in one huge bowl. You don’t even need to use an electric mixer. Mix it old school, with a big spoon!

apple bread

Also, each recipe makes either two loaves or one bundt-style cake, which brings me to the debate: is it “apple bread” or “apple cake”? You can decide. I lean towards cake.

apple bread apple cake recipe


Apple Bread (Apple Cake)
This bread/cake hybrid is a great way to make yourself very popular. It is sweet, moist, and screams "AUTUMN!"
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Group A
  1. 1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 2 c. sugar
  4. 2 tsp. vanilla
Group B
  1. 3 c. flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
Group C
  1. 3 c. diced apples
  2. 1 c. chopped pecans
  3. 1/2 c. raisins
  1. In large bowl, mix Group A.
  2. Mix Group B in another bowl and then add to Group A.
  3. When Groups A and B are combined well, add Group C.
  4. Grease and flour either two loaf pans or one tube pan.
  5. Loaf pans cook at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours and the tube pan cooks at 350 degrees for 2 hours.
  6. Check with a toothpick and when it comes out clean, the apple bread is done!
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