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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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Film: De l'autre côte (From the Other Side)
April 27, 2017

Block Cinema: In the light of our current political moment, Chantal Akerman’s films feel more urgent than ever; but perhaps none more so than From the Other Side, a minimalist and evocative exploration of the U.S.-Mexican border and the lives of those who live and work there. Part landscape study, portraiture, structural formalism, documentary, journalism, and essay, From the Other Side is ultimately, as Dave Kehr wrote in the New York Times, a “spare, painterly and scrupulously unsentimental look. Both eerily beautiful and filled with a quiet compassion." Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Melvin Berlin Park Opening Day
April 28, 2017

Glencoe Park District: Take me out to the ballpark! Enjoy free popcorn, crackerjacks, hot dogs and baseball-themed games at the new Melvin Berlin Park. Join us on Friday, April 28 at the park for a short dedication, followed by a parent-child wiffle ball game, obstacle courses, carnival games, and more!

Fun for the whole family!
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Melvin Berlin Park
692 Greenwood Ave
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 682-9291
Prelude Midwest Urban Dance Competition 2017
April 29, 2017

8th Annual Prelude Midwest Urban Dance Competition. Prelude Midwest is an annually held urban dance competition that strives to not expose the Chicagoland area to the most exhilarating pockets of urban dance culture, but also provide hip hop crews a space to be inspired, appreciated, and celebrated for their talent.   $25. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
Spring Flea Market and Craft Fair
April 29, 2017

Worn, vintage and lost treasures will be found at the Spring Flea Market. Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift, a birthday gift or a special something for a special person? The Spring Fling Craft Fair is just the place to find that special something. Unique and handmade items for all ages and prices from local artists and crafters.   Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Oakton Park
4701 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL
847) 674-1500, ext. 2700
Frances Willard House Museum Tour
April 30, 2017

Willard was a 19th century women’s rights leader, social justice advocate, and political activist. She was most well-known as the President of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), but her “Do Everything” agenda for social reform went far beyond temperance to include women’s rights, social justice, and world peace. Come hear her story and get inspired! |  Tours will take place every Sunday (March - December) at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and tour fees apply: Special and group tours are available upon request. $10 adults, $5 children (12 and under);FWHA members are free. . Type: Visual Arts.
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Frances Willard House
1730 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847)328-7500
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
April 30, 2017

Hot off his tenth Grammy nomination for his latest album, Human Nature, Herb Alpert returns to the North Shore Center with his wife and former lead singer of Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66, Lani Hall. Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
Paradise Cove Bead and Craft Expo
April 30, 2017

Join Ayla Origanls Beads Bead at the Paradise Grove Bead and Craft Show inside the Evanston Holiday Inn.  Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Holiday Inn Evanston
1501 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL
MFA Lab Series: Passion Play
April 27, 2017 - April 30, 2017

MFA Lab Series: Sarah Ruhl’s acclaimed Passion Play takes us behind the scenes of three communities attempting to stage the popular dramatization of the death and resurrection of Christ. From Queen Elizabeth’s England to Hitler’s Germany to Reagan’s America, Ruhl takes us on a humorous yet unsettling journey filled with lust, faith, and a lot of fish. This intimate epic journeys through different historical and socials moments where the community of players grapple in different ways with the transformative nature of art, with politics never far in the background.   Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
10 Arts Circle Drive; Marshall Dance Center
Evanston, IL
847-491-7282
Fuente Ovejuna
Through April 30, 2017

Fuente Ovejuna: In a show of solidarity, villagers thwart their inquisitors and declare their loyalty to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in this Spanish Golden Age drama that remains a rallying cry for communal courage. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Ethel M. Barber Theater at Northwestern's Wirtz Center
30 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Fuente Ovejuna
Through April 30, 2017

Fuente Ovejuna: In a show of solidarity, villagers thwart their inquisitors and declare their loyalty to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in this Spanish Golden Age drama that remains a rallying cry for communal courage. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Ethel M. Barber Theater at Northwestern's Wirtz Center
30 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Bill Blagg’s The Science of Magic
May 4, 2017

For centuries magicians have used various scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use science to create the impossible!   Varies. Type: Family Fun.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
Film: Cameraperson with Director Kirsten Johnston
May 5, 2017

Block Cinema: A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Film will be followed by a talkback with the director. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Eve Alfille's 'Undercurrents' Event!
May 6, 2017

  Eve Alfille Studio: RSVP to enjoy an afternoon of bubbly, lite bites, live music, a raffle and Eve Alfille's Spring 2017 Exhibit Opening Party for 'Undercurrents" new jewelry line! Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Eve Alfille Gallery & Studio
623 Grove St.
Evanston, IL
847-869-7920
Frances Willard House Museum Tour
May 7, 2017

Willard was a 19th century women’s rights leader, social justice advocate, and political activist. She was most well-known as the President of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), but her “Do Everything” agenda for social reform went far beyond temperance to include women’s rights, social justice, and world peace. Come hear her story and get inspired! |  Tours will take place every Sunday (March - December) at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and tour fees apply: Special and group tours are available upon request. $10 adults, $5 children (12 and under);FWHA members are free. . Type: Visual Arts.
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Frances Willard House
1730 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847)328-7500
Tasting the Midwest with Author Beth Dooley of Winter's Kitchen
May 7, 2017

Bookends & Beginnings hosts a talk & tasting with Beth Dooley, whose newest food book In "Winter's Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland" was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards; the Wall Street Journal calls it "essential reading." While “farm-to-table” has become something of a catch-phrase in foodie circles, Beth Dooley’s engaging book asks the question: what does that actually mean when you live in a tough climate like the Upper Midwest? This very special event—being held not at the store but at nearby Found Kitchen and Social House—invites you to enjoy some of the foods Beth writes about, prepared by Found’s acclaimed chef Nicole Pederson (also herself a native Minnesotan). Tickets for this event include one paperback copy of the book, plus a light menu of nibbles and two signature cocktails.   $55. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Found Kitchen and Social House
1631 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL
224-999-7722
Touch A Truck Family Festival
May 7, 2017

Touch-A-Truck: Forget the toy trucks – here, children can get a close up look at the real things! Climb aboard many super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment. Food, raffles, kiddie train rides, DJ, and more at this family event sponsored by the Kohl Children’s Museum’s Women’s Board. Tickets required. VIP admission from 10 - 11 a.m. Family passes, Play All Day Passes, VIP passes available with advance purchase. New this year!
• Interactive first responder demos during the VIP hour
• The 101.9 MIX Road Crew
• “Golden Ticket” Driving Demos, special drawing ?from family passes purchased by April 15
• PLUS! Special appearance by the Bigfoot Monster Truck!
  $5 plus admission to the museum. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA)
2300 Patriot Blvd
Glenview, IL
(847) 832-6600
86th Annual Waa-Mu Show
April 28, 2017 - May 7, 2017

The Waa-Mu Show is Northwestern University's own original musical, written, performed, and presented by Northwestern students. Prices vary. Type: Performing Arts.
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Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
86th Annual Waa-Mu Show
April 28, 2017 - May 7, 2017

The Waa-Mu Show is Northwestern University's own original musical, written, performed, and presented by Northwestern students. Prices vary. Type: Performing Arts.
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Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Film: The Loving Story
May 11, 2017

Block Cinema: The Loving Story features McCallum & Tarry's "Exchange" (2007) which references this film's subjects, Richard and Mildred Loving. This documentary, through interviews and historical documentation, illuminates the story of The Lovings who were taken into custody and imprisoned in 1958 for illegally co-habitating as a mixed race couple- their miscegenation represented a violation of Virginia's Racial Integrity Act. FREE. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Vintage Market at the Grove
May 13, 2017

Vintage Market at The Grove: Come shop the best collection of vintage, vintage-inspired, handmade and upcycled treasures on the north shore at the beautiful, historic grounds of The Grove. Featuring 50+ Vendors, Product Demos, Live Music and Food Trucks. Presented by The Grove and Vintage Nest.  $5 in advance; $8 at the door. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Avenue
Glenview, IL
847-724-5670
Evanston Garden Fair
May 12, 2017 - May 13, 2017

Evanston Garden Fair will feature perennials from garden club members' gardens, annuals, hanging baskets, and beautiful containers. Master gardeners will be on hand to offer advice, and Random Acts of Flowers will be there to collect your unwanted vases. FREE. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Independence Park
Central Street, west of Green Bay; 2000 Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 328-5968
42nd Annual Mother’s Day House Walk
May 14, 2017

Evanston History Center's 42nd Annual House Walk marks the centennial of World War I. The homes included in this year’s House Walk reflect how the war affected the lives and homes of the people of Evanston. This House Walk will feature 5 historically and architecturally significant houses and 2 extraordinary coach houses in southeast Evanston, the neighborhood surrounding the former home of the Dawes family and current headquarters of the Evanston History Center. $40 ($45 day of), Members receive $5 discount regardless of purchase date. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston History Center at the Charles Gates Dawes House
225 Greenwood St.
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-3410
Frances Willard House Museum Tour
May 14, 2017

Willard was a 19th century women’s rights leader, social justice advocate, and political activist. She was most well-known as the President of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), but her “Do Everything” agenda for social reform went far beyond temperance to include women’s rights, social justice, and world peace. Come hear her story and get inspired! |  Tours will take place every Sunday (March - December) at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and tour fees apply: Special and group tours are available upon request. $10 adults, $5 children (12 and under);FWHA members are free. . Type: Visual Arts.
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Frances Willard House
1730 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847)328-7500
The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged
Through May 14, 2017

Ever seen Hamlet in 10 seconds in reverse? If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show. Three actors present all the Bard’s 37 plays in 97 minutes, making it an irreverent, fast-paced romp that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter! Tickets sold through the Piccolo Theatre Box Office - (847) 424-0089. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Piccolo Theatre
600 Main Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 424-0089
The Moth:First Impressions
May 15, 2017

The Moth: True Stories Told Live. The Moth hosts live storytelling events in cities around the world. First Impressions: Prepare a five-minute story about the indelible mark made upon meeting somebody for the first time. Online date adventures where alter egos or earnest personalities mix for the first time. Long awaited introductions to long lost family or life's absent characters. Books with misleading covers and second chance moments that reinvent relationships.   Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
National Theatre Live: Amadeus
May 16, 2017

National Theatre Live: Amadeus. Music. Power. Jealousy. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world - and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.   Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
International Short Films
May 19, 2017

The Skokie Festival of Cultures will kickoff early again this year, featuring several free award-winning international short films at the Oakton Center the evening before the Festival. Drop by for 60 minutes of fun!   Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Oakton Community Center
4701 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 674-1500 ext. 2700
Frances Willard House Museum Tour
May 21, 2017

Willard was a 19th century women’s rights leader, social justice advocate, and political activist. She was most well-known as the President of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), but her “Do Everything” agenda for social reform went far beyond temperance to include women’s rights, social justice, and world peace. Come hear her story and get inspired! |  Tours will take place every Sunday (March - December) at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and tour fees apply: Special and group tours are available upon request. $10 adults, $5 children (12 and under);FWHA members are free. . Type: Visual Arts.
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Frances Willard House
1730 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847)328-7500
Skokie Festival of Cultures
May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than 450,000 visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of free ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food for purchase, unique arts and crafts, beer tasting, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Oakton Park
4701 W. Oakton St.
Skokie, IL
(847) 674-1500 ext 271
Stick Fly
May 12, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Stick Fly: The affluent, African-American LeVay family is gathering at their Martha’s Vineyard home for the weekend, and brothers Kent and Flip have each brought their respective girlfriends home to meet the parents for the first time. As the two newcomers butt heads over issues of race and privilege, longstanding family tensions bubble under the surface and reach a boiling point. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Josephine Louis Theatre, Northwestern University School of Communication
20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-7282