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No art experience required! Create your own festive, whimsical masterpiece at Pinot’s Palette in Glenview or at Bottle and Bottega in Evanston. An artist will lead your group in painting while you snack, drink and share lots of laughs. Best of all, you’ll have a treasure to take home with you. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and visit Oh, Olive or Rocket Fizz in Glenview or Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop, the American Toby Jug Museum, or Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston.
Evanston, home to Northwestern University, is a cultural hot spot. Visit the renowned Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, the fine arts museum of Northwestern University. Next, you’ll want to visit to The Levere Memorial Temple, a memorial to Sigma Alpha Epsilon members who lost their lives in the war. The temple is an architectural treasure and contains a custom designed collection of Tiffany Stained Glass. Native American art is on display at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch in Downtown Evanston.
Chicago’s North Shore is home to some of the most stunning shopping centers in the Midwest. Westfield Old Orchard is an open-air, upscale shopping center with gorgeous landscaping and more than 170 premier stores. Upscale Northbrook Court is an indoor shopping mall featuring some of the best names in retail. The Glen Town Center offers a charming community of retailers and Abt Electronics, the mecca for high-end electronics and one of the largest retailers in the nation, boasts a state-of-the-art recycling center and behind-the-scenes tours of its facility.
Spice House is known around the world for having the highest quality of spices and herbs. Hear from second-generation spice merchants about the special work that goes into hand selecting and preparing spices and herbs. Next, pay a visit to Old Town Oil and sample imported 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil and aged balsamic vinegar from all over the world. Continue your culinary adventure with lunch at The Great Harvest Bread Company where you can enjoy custom-made sandwiches on freshly baked bread made that very day. For the final stop, we’ll visit Illinois Nut and Candy for handmade chocolates and other specialty products.
Get ready to be amazed by the grandeur and beauty of the Baha’i House of Worship, one of only seven Baha’i temples in the world and the only one in North America. The oldest surviving and largest Baha’i Temple in the world features an auditorium with walls of lace-like ornamentation and 135-foot dome. The temple is also known for its exquisite gardens and fountains. Next, walk in the footsteps of a former U.S. Vice President as you explore the Charles Gates Dawes House, a three-and-a-half story mansion overlooking Lake Michigan. This stunning chateau is a National Historic Landmark and is home to the Evanston History Center. Tour the home’s original artifacts and rooms, which detail life at the turn of the 20th century. Another historic home, the Frances Willard House, pays homage to the American educator, temperance reformer, and women’s suffragist. Her influence was instrumental in the passage of the 18th and 19th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Her home is located in Downtown Evanston and a docent-led tour highlights her accomplishments as well as the place where her movement flourished. Following the tour, enjoy lunch in downtown Evanston.
One of the premier tourist attractions in all of Chicagoland, the Chicago Botanic Garden is not only a beautiful place to visit but is also known as one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. Over one million people have visited the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 26 gardens and four natural areas that are uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. View the Garden’s renowned Bonsai Collection, the exquisite Japanese Garden, and the hidden rooms inside an English Walled Garden on foot or with a docent on the Garden’s tram. Lunch is available for groups as well as discount shopping in The Garden Shop.
The largest of its kind in the Midwest, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman utilizing architecture itself to stir the emotions associated with the Holocaust and to provoke thought and introspection. The exhibition tells the story of the Holocaust, from pre-war German life through life in the ghetto and concentration camps to the eventual liberation and resettlement throughout the world. The museum has more than 500 artifacts, documents and photographs. The tour takes 1.5–2 hours total, and groups can request a docent. Following your visit to the museum, have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.
Customize entertainment for your group! The beautifully designed Writers Theatre can provide you with great performance options that are sure to please. Scheduled performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie bring world-class entertainment to the North Shore. Visit Oil Lamp Theatre for an intimate group experience or check out Light Opera Works, which offers musical theatre with full orchestral accompaniment. Complement any performance with a group lunch or dinner to make your outing complete.