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Our calendar is full on Chicago's North Shore. From street fairs, famed festivals, special interest tours, walks and talks to an elite array of theatrical offerings, world-class concerts, unique performing arts presentations, sporting events, farmers markets, and so much more, Chicago’s North Shore offers the visitor an exceptional array of entertainment options.

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Head Over Heels
October 19, 2018

Head Over Heels: The monthly physical variety show returns to the Actors Gym! Heels Over Head features performers from across the Chicagoland area. Don't miss this one-night special event! $12 at the door. Type: Performing Arts.
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The Actors Gymnasium
Noyes Cultural Arts Center; 927 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 328-2795
5th Annual Zombie Scramble
October 20, 2018

Run for your lives! The goal of the Zombie Scramble is for you and your team members to finish the race with all of your "lives" intact. Your "lives" are represented by flags hanging off of a flag football belt you will wear. Throughout the course, Zombies will be attempting to grab your flag as you attempt to avoid them. If you lose all of your flags you become "infected" and complete the race as an "infected" person. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd
Evanston , IL
(847) 864-7238
Color and Line: Mid-Century Animation
October 20, 2018

Challenging and creative films like 1969’s Up Is Down put director Millie Goldsholl at the vanguard of animation during a period of intense innovation in the form. This program surveys some of her influences and peers, showcasing styles that vary from Norman McLaren’s visionary experiments in direct-to-film animation and pixilation to Faith and John Hubley’s beautifully-crafted and humanistic narrative shorts. Award-winning animator (and Northwestern Professor) Eric Patrick will be present to share his insights into these ten bold, inventive films.  Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Museum Cinema, Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Evanston Rides the Rails
October 20, 2018

The Evanston History Center invites you to take a narrated tour of the CTA's Pink and Brown Elevated Train Lines on a chartered CTA train comprised of vintage 1970s equipment. We'll see historic neighborhoods and sites from a new perspective -- United Center, Medical District, Pilsen, Ravenswood, and Lincoln Square. While we’re riding, Graham Garfield, expert from the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society, will narrate Chicago's rail-transit history and relate it to sites on the trip. Shore Line is the authoritative source for Chicagoland rail-transit history, publishing the journal, "First and Fastest" and other special studies. EHC member: $75; Non-members: $85. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston History Center
All Tours start at 225 Greenwood St.
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-3410
Walking Tour: Downtown Evanston
October 20, 2018

Walking Tour: Downtown Evanston. Consider the distinctive character of downtown Evanston by taking a closer look at historic buildings and byways. Discover the hidden treasures and little-known stories of our community. This tour meets at FOUNTAIN SQUARE. |  The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape. Tours may repeat and last for 90 minutes. Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP to Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org or 847-475-3410. $20 per person/$15 for members; Payable at the door. Type: Tours.
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Fountain Square
1700 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL
(847) 866-7480
Wiesenthal
October 20, 2018

Simon Wiesenthal “the Nazi-hunter” was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. His promise to the six million who died in concentration camps and to those that survive was “you will never be forgotten.” Starring award-winning actor and writer Tom Dugan, the one-man play Wiesenthal tells the incredibly compelling story of a holocaust survivor who was responsible for bringing over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice! $42 | $52 | $62 | $72. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL
34th Annual Pinball Expo
Through October 20, 2018

Pinball Expo: Founded in 1985, Pinball Expo is the longest-running event dedicated to pinball.This year's Pinball Expo will feature an IFPA sponsored pinball tournament plus additional tournaments! This expo features pinball machines and coin-operated arcade games both old and new. Whether you are a novice, collector, skilled player, or enthusiast, there will be fun for everyone! Enjoy learning opportunities from seminar speakers and industry personnel. This event is open to the public. Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling , IL
(330) 716-3139
Winnetka Farmers Market
Through October 20, 2018

Located in the Winnetka Village Hall south parking lot, on the corner of Oak Street and Green Bay Road. Shoppers will be welcomed by many produce and food-related vendors, as well as other retailers and local merchants. The market will be open rain or shine! Type: Farmer's Market.
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Winnetka Village Hall
510 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL
History on the Hill
October 21, 2018

Christ Church is a beautiful, peaceful site which has also served as the final resting place for some of Winnetka’s earliest residents, for almost 200 years and reflects the rich history of Winnetka village. Please join Winnetka Historical Society for our annual "Fall Cocktail Event," when historian and cemetery researcher, Ted Smith, will share his knowledge of the Church, its churchyard and the families who are resting there. Take a tour of the site and learn about the church’s history and the families it served during Winnetka’s early history.
Wine and hors d’ouevres will be served. Street parking available.
  $40 per person, $75 per couple. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Christ Church
784 Sheridan Road
Winnetka, IL
(847) 446-0001
Spooktacular Halloween Party
October 21, 2018

North Suburban YMCA Annual “Spooktacular” Halloween Party! The North Suburban YMCA welcomes ghosts and goblins of all ages for its festival of frights and fun including inflatable bounce houses, costume contests, pony rides, a children’s haunted maze, and delicious treats. Guests can also take home souvenirs including art projects, decorated pumpkins, photo booth pictures, and goodies from indoor trick-or-treating. Free for Members; $20 non member family. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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North Suburban YMCA
2705 Techny Road
Northbrook, IL
(847) 664-4017
Squeezebox Books and Music Grand Opening
October 21, 2018

Squeezebox invites everyone to their grand opening party of Squeezebox!  Squeezebox is an independently owned book and record store, since 2011 and has tripled its size with its latest move within the Main Dempster Mile. In today’s era of high tech, high touch can be a welcome relief. Squeezebox, a boutique-style used book and music store, offers a creatively curated collection of books, CDs, DVDs and records. In addition to 20% off all sales on Sunday, patrons can stop by and enjoy music from DJs and live music from members of the ETHS band!  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Squeezebox Books and Music
743 Main Street
Evanston, IL
(847} 943-9309
Wiesenthal
October 21, 2018

Simon Wiesenthal “the Nazi-hunter” was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. His promise to the six million who died in concentration camps and to those that survive was “you will never be forgotten.” Starring award-winning actor and writer Tom Dugan, the one-man play Wiesenthal tells the incredibly compelling story of a holocaust survivor who was responsible for bringing over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice! $42 | $52 | $62 | $72. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300
Upended Productions: Alice
Through October 21, 2018

Alice is an ambulatory, multi-disciplinary theatrical experience. The audience, traveling in groups of 15, follows a white rabbit to various locations throughout the Main-Dempster Mile in Evanston. Ducking into storerooms and back patios, traipsing through stores and taverns and galleries, the audience IS Alice and the Main-Dempster Mile shopping district becomes a wonderland. Chapters of the book are divided amongst Evanston and Chicago theater companies, visual artists, and filmmakers, and performed in the various locations throughout the neighborhood. This show takes place both indoors and out and will commence rain or shine. There are no refunds unless the show is officially cancelled—because Alice isn't scared of a little water. Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1:00pm (tours leave in 15-minute intervals).   Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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August LaCapra State Farm
829 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL
(847) 448-0748
Curve of Departure
Through October 21, 2018

Curve of Departure: In a cramped motel room in New Mexico, a “ragtag little group of humans” gathers in anticipation of the funeral of a man they loved but did not like. But the dearly departed is not their only concern, as they grapple with the demands of ordinary life and the decisions of an uncertain future. Northlight favorite Mike Nussbaum returns as the patriarch of an unconventional family in this delicate and gently comic drama. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Comedy Nosh at Max and Benny's
October 25, 2018

Come enjoy Max and Benny's Comedy Nosh with live comedy featuring professional, Chicago-area stand-up comedians! The night (and event) includes: Tickets, dinner from a special, limited menu, one alcoholic beverage (wine or craft beer). Dinner served at 7 pm, Show begins at 7:30 pm. Limited seating available.  Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Max and Benny's Restaurant
461 Waukegan Road
Northbrook , IL
(847) 272-9490
BOOnanza
October 26, 2018

BOO-Nanza: Children, ages 10 years and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun. Decorate your own pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling, hayrides, magic show and inflatables. It’s all FREE and kid-friendly! Note: Limited number of pumpkins available on a first-come, first-served basis. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Wheeling Community Recreation Center
100 Community Boulevard
Wheeling, IL
(847) 465-3333
Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular
October 26, 2018

Fun for the whole family with Dave Rudolf’s Halloween Spooktacular! Dave will entertain goblins of all ages with his ghost-definitely, not very scary definitely – fun songs and stories to raise the hair on your funny bone. Kids come dressed in costume and share the stage with Dave. $10 in advance; $15 at the door.. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka , IL
(847) 446-0537
Light Play: Film and the Bauhaus
October 26, 2018

The Goldsholls studied at the IIT School of Design (the “New Bauhaus”) in the 1940s under renowned artist and educator László Moholy-Nagy, who brought the methods and principles of the Bauhaus movement to the US. Known for architecture and design, the Bauhaus also explored the kinetic possibilities of projected light and film, a legacy that deeply influenced New Bauhaus students in Chicago. Harvard professor Laura Frahm will present her ongoing research on film at the Bauhaus, followed by a screening of key films by Hans Richter and others. We’ll also be joined by filmmaker Alysa Nahmias, who will share a clip from her forthcoming documentary on the New Bauhaus. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum at Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Murder Mystery
October 26, 2018

Return to the 1920s to solve a murder mystery that “recently occurred” on the historic grounds. Dress in ‘20s attire and enjoy dinner and entertainment throughout the evening. Bar opens at 6:30 pm with themed specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres; two drinks included in the ticket price. Three-course dinner served at 7:00 pm and music is provided by Enchanted Evening. A photo booth is available. $60/person; $100/couple, plus tax. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL
(847) 465-3333
Downtown Evanston Halloween Party and Parade
October 27, 2018

Celebrate Halloween in downtown Evanston on Saturday, October 27! Bring your kids in costume to trick-or-treat at downtown businesses from 12-3pm and take part in special Halloween-themed activities. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston Plaza
1603 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL
Halloween in Downtown Skokie
October 27, 2018

Trick or treat at participating merchants in downtown Skokie. Children, ages 12 and younger in costume are welcome to participate. Pick up a bag at Crafty Beaver, Mini Man Monkey Brains or North Branch Yoga and start your adventure. Look for participating merchants with the pumpkin poster in the window! Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Start at Crafty Beaver Lumber
Lincoln and Oakton
Skokie, IL 60077
Northwestern University Football vs. Wisconsin (Family Weekend)
October 27, 2018

Northwestern University Wildcats hosts Wisconsin Badgers on Family Weekend in Evanston, Illinois! | The Northwestern Wildcats offer some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest, featuring 12 teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. Prices Vary. Type: Sports.
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Ryan Field
1501 Central St.
Evanston, IL
888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775)
Sacred Geometries
October 27, 2018

From the deep unconscious of humankind, certain shapes and numbers have emerged as magic. See stars, pentagrams and more in Eve's creative interpretation of these mystical forms in her fine art jewelry series "Sacred Geometries". Opening party is Saturday, October 27, from 1-7 pm at the Gallery. From Stonehenge to Vitruvian man, and beyond, "Sacred Geometries" will take you on a new artistic journey! Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Eve Alfille Gallery & Studio
623 Grove St.
Evanston, IL
847-869-7920
Spooky Saturday on the Main-Dempster Mile
October 27, 2018

Kids of all ages welcome! Trick or Treat the merchants of the Main-Dempster Mile, while stopping in at some special events along the way. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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900 Chicago Ave
(847) 448-0748
Spooky Saturday on the Main-Dempster Mile!
October 27, 2018

Kids of all ages welcome! Trick or Treat the merchants of the Main-Dempster Mile, while stopping in at some special events along the way. Schedule Of Events:
10:30-11:30am - Story Hour and Costume Parade at the Evanston Public Library Chicago Ave/Main St branch
11:30am-1:30pm - * Trick or Treat the Businesses on the Mile and take your picture in the Spooky Window at Vogue Fabrics. 2:30pm=3:30pm - Halloween Craft and Spooky movie at the Evanston Public Library Chicago Ave/Main St branch.   Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Main Dempster Street Shops
Chicago Ave/Main St branch
Evanston, IL
A Night of 1,000 Jack-O'-Lanterns
October 24, 2018 - October 28, 2018

More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America. Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale on the Esplanade before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for more hearty seasonal fare. Event is held rain or shine. Due to the popularity of this event, we encourage you to buy tickets in advance.   Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Glenview Farmers Market
Through October 28, 2018

The Glenview Farmer’s Market mission is to build a local, sustainable, intelligent, dynamic, and ethical food system, with local farms at its core. Enjoy weekly entertainment and the Green Table, 9am – 12pm and enjoy visiting with different local experts who will provide education about sustainable living. Link cards are accepted at the market with a match of up to $25 each week. FREE. Type: Farmer's Market.
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Parking lot of Historic Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Rd.
Glenview, IL
(847) 657-1506
Spooky Story Reading
October 30, 2018

Evanston History Center: Join us for a night of terrifying tales with readings of works by Edgar Allen Poe, Shirley Jackson, and more. Costumes encouraged! Reservations Recommended. Happy Halloween!   $20 for non-members, $15 for members.. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood St
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-3410
Halloween at Evanston History Center
October 31, 2018

Calling all trick-or-treaters! Knock on the door of the Dawes House on Halloween and get a treat! That's right, the Dawes House will taking part in Evanston's Halloween fun! Treats will be handed out on Oct. 31 from 4-7pm.
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Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston , IL
(847) 475-3410
Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour
November 3, 2018

Boz Scaggs: It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs‘ new album is Out of the Blues, since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. Born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio on June 8, 1944, Boz grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, where he spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll. Scaggs mined a personalized mix of rock, blues and R&B influences, along with a signature style of ballads on such influential ’70s albums as Moments, Boz Scaggs & Band, My Time, Slow Dancer and 1976’s Silk Degrees. VIP Package Options available. A digital download of Boz Scaggs’ forthcoming album, Out of the Blues, is included with every ticket for this show.   $76 | $86 | $96 . Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300