Giving thanks is easy when the North Shore has so many fantastic things to do! Retail is reinventing ways to enchant and engage. You can hitch a wagon ride or catch a football game, a classic American musical and a new light spectacular. Make a plan today for fun times with friends and family and choose from our bursting Calendar of Events.
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
New Stores Coming to Westfield Old Orchard
Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Get excited for all the fresh new things at Westfield Old Orchard! The spacious, beautiful outdoor shopping experience is launching new stores and restaurants, plus reinvigorating a couple of legends. Clothing retailers Levi’s, the denim masters, and Psycho Bunny, for colorful polos and modern menswear, come to town Nov. 2 and 9 respectively. Bloomie’s (opens Nov. 15) will be the kicky fresh start as original Bloomingdale’s bids farewell and Barnes & Noble returns Nov. 16 — both amping up café and service elements. Chicago-native Molly’s Cupcakes, a made-from-scratch bakery, debuts Nov. 17. Santa’s Trolley gives rides Nov. 25–Dec 24, with the big guy’s arrival event and fireworks finale on Dec. 1 (5:00–7:00 pm).
Holiday Bazaar, Women's Club of Evanston
Women’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Nov. 19, 2022; 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Shop more than 50 carefully-curated vendors who hand-make or hand-design one-of-a-kind treasures at this highly anticipated annual event. Wow with special gifts that will charm anyone on your holiday or birthday lists, like jewelry, specialty foods, photography, glass art, home entertaining, pet items, clothing and more. You might even find a little special treat for yourself as you stroll the exhibit set in the timeless elegance of this historic building.
Wagner Farm, Glenview
Wagner Farm Wagon Rides
Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview
Nov. 5–20, 2022
Take a trip back into the past on an old-timey wagon ride. Only this particular farm life experience has a few extra perks beyond the fresh-air trek. Reserve this refreshing private program (for up to 10 people) that includes a hay-filled wagon ride and either fireside s'mores (Saturday sessions) or a guided animal encounter with chickens or horses (Sundays).
Northwestern Football, Ryan Field, Evanston
Fall Football Heights
Northwestern University, Ryan Field, 1501 Central St., Evanston
Snag a seat in the stands to cheer on “Chicago’s Big Ten Team,” the Northwestern Wildcats. Their college season continues as students and alumni come together for home games against the Ohio State University Buckeyes (Sat., Nov. 5) followed by one against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini (Sat., Nov. 26). Grab pre- or post-game grub in nearby neighborhoods Central Street Evanston and Downtown Evanston.
Antiques + Modernism Show, Community House Winnetka
Antiques + Modernism Show
Community House Winnetka, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka
Nov. 4–6, 2022; Preview Party, Nov. 3.
This spectacular style and design event is an esteemed favorite on Chicago’s fashionable North Shore. Ranging in styles from antique classics to modern lines, the show features exquisite home furnishings and accessories, artwork, clothing, jewelry and more — all available for purchase from dealers from throughout the U.S. The show's long history and reputation among interior designers, treasure hunters and collectors speaks to the caliber of this premier shopping event. Speaker sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
Music Theater Works Presents Camelot!
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Through Nov. 13
With the royal family so much in the news these days, it’s a jolly good time to revisit the classic tale of another King and his Queen. Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot is a four-time Tony Award winner packed with chivalry, passion, pageantry and betrayal. Music Theater Works brings the medieval love triangle of King Arthur, his trusted knight Sir Lancelot and beautiful Queen Guenevere to the stage with a remarkable cast and beloved score.
Let it Shine Lightshow, Northbrook Court, Northbrook
Let It Shine Lightshow
Northbrook Court Mall, 1515 Lake Cook Rd., Northbrook
Nov. 18, 2022–Jan. 1, 2023; 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Let It Shine is a new curated drive-through light show celebration in Chicago’s North Shore. You will be immersed into a symphony of sight and sound relishing a wonderland of displays, synchronized to holiday classics — all from the comfort of your own car. Create a new tradition this season with a fun and socially safe experience amidst the magic of more than a million lights. Even the dog can come along for this one!