While you experiment with that Fall trick of optimal jacket and sweater layering, get out and about with your loved ones and best buddies for some incredible November North Shore activities. Ponder all the options in What’s There to Do in Chicago’s North Shore. Do it!
Rise Up Exhibit, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie
In the summer of 1969, the modern gay rights movement in the U.S. was ignited by a police raid of the Stonewall Inn. After what became known as the “Stonewall Uprising,” America’s LGBTQ+ population continued to fight for equal rights and representation. Rise Up shares the voices and stories of this movement showcasing 85 historic images and artifacts. A special presentation, Rise Up: LGBTQ+ Representation in the Media, (Nov. 4) offers in-person and virtual options for a thought-provoking panel discussion.
Northwestern Wildcats Basketball, Evanston
Northwestern Fall Sports
Catch all the live action of a Division 1 college football game when Northwestern Wildcats faces-off with teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. They’ll take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 6 on their home turf at Ryan Field. Then battle the Purdue Boilermakers in the Wildcats Classic hosted at Wrigley Field, Nov. 10. Big 10 action moves to the courts in Welsh-Ryan Arena on campus when basketball season debuts: Men’s Basketball flies high starting Nov. 4, and Women’s Basketball aims for nothing but net beginning Nov. 7.
Ragtime, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Through Nov. 5
Always delivering dazzlingly delightful shows, Music Theater Works transports us to the early years of the 20th century in the 13-time Tony Award-nominated Ragtime with its rich, award-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Dramatizing the great struggle that accompanies the American Dream and featuring some of the most well-known figures of the time, Ragtime tells the unforgettable tale of three diverse individuals — an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a young, daring Harlem musician — who desire a brighter future but must unite to achieve their goals.
The Rocket Man Show, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Must-see music hits the stage at North Shore Center this month. For one night only, catch The Rocket Man Show (Nov. 13). Simply put—this is Elton! Hand-picked by Elton John himself, Rus Anderson recreates the magic and live persona of the flamboyant young rock star. Other shows include An Evening with Leo Kottke, acoustic guitar virtuoso, (Nov. 18) and multi-Grammy winner Sam Bush, “Father of Newgrass” and member of ground-breaking band New Grass Revival (Nov. 10). Kick off holiday feels with Music of the Baroque: A Thanksgiving Messiah (Nov. 28) as the celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus delivers Handel’s most iconic oratorio.
Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston
The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston
Through Dec. 5
Dynamic, imaginative and innovative, The Block Museum at Northwestern University is a local gem with a global program that spans time periods and cultures. Current exhibitions include Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection which invites visitors to think critically about how artists, artworks and museums engage with narratives of the past. Sky Hopinka: Cloudless Blue Egress of Summer is a video installation by artist-filmmaker Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga), offering an immersive and elusive reckoning with histories of colonial violence and Indigenous resistance.
Kohlights, Kohl Children's Museum, Glenview
Kohlights: A Mesmertastic Holiday Lightacular!
Kohl’s Children’s Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Weekends, Nov. 26–Dec. 31
The show must “glow” on! Kids take charge in the area’s newest holiday light display: Kohlights. It’s more than just a walk through the festive lightshow. In the Kohl Children’s Museum’s latest outdoor activity extravaganza, children can actually control and change the lights so it’s a different lightacular experience every time. Learn while you play with light and color as you create new hues and patterns in this safe and interactive installation.
Northlight Theatre, Skokie
Mr. Dicken’s Hat
Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Nov. 26–Jan. 2
World Premiere! In a cozy Victorian shop sits the hat of Charles Dickens, who once used it to carry water to the victims of a train wreck (that’s true!). When a pair of bumbling thieves plots to steal it (that’s imaginary!), young Kit sets out to foil their plan, save the hat, and free her father from debtors’ prison. Filled with original music and a host of colorful characters, constables and carolers, this warm winter’s tale brings to life the universal lesson: “Beneath our hats, we are all the same.”
Let it Shine
Let it Shine, Northbrook