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North Shore Do List October 2021

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The crispness in the air this season starts to have a welcome snap like biting into a bright red apple. Stay out and play throughout October on the North Shore with family-friendly fests, art galore, history and architecture experiences, plus music and sporting events. Get out and explore all of What’s There to Do in Chicago’s North Shore. Do it!

Maker's Market, Evanston
Maker's Market, Evanston

BAAM: Big Ass Art Month
Various Evanston locations
Multiple events, dates
Celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month, October is brimming with events as Evanston creatives strut their stuff. First Saturday Evanston hosts studios and galleries around town for art openings, open studios, mural project tours and more (Oct. 2; see the Evanston Made First Saturdays map). The last Maker's Market for this season features hundreds of handmade goods including art, crafts, wearables, jewelry, stationary, etc. (Oct. 2; noon–5:00 pm; Maple Avenue Parking Garage, 1800 Maple Ave.). Drop in and see how artists work as the Fall 2021 Studio Tour (Oct. 2–3) showcases Evanston's creative community. This month’s Downtown Evanston Thursday Night Market features an array of art and design vendors complimented by a DJ and Smylie Brothers craft beer (Oct. 7; 4:00 pm–8:00 pm; Fountain Square at Davis St. and Sherman Ave.). Watch for details about National Artist Day later in the month (Oct. 25).

Oktoberfest, Hangar Two, Glenview
Oktoberfest, Hangar Two, Glenview

Tangled Roots Oktoberfest
Oct. 1–3; 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Hangar Two by Tangled Roots Brewing Co., 1100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
Come join in this free festival at Tangled Roots' newest restaurant, Hangar Two, an aviation-inspired location with global flavors. These fun evenings offer plenty of music, food and a wide selection of beer from Tangled Roots, Ace Cider, Maplewood Brewery & Distillery and St. Bernardus. Try the new spin on a traditional Märzen style beer: their Oktoberfest brew is cold aged to deliver a rich yet smooth medium bodied amber lager with the distinct flavor of Munich and Vienna to match the season.

Tributosaurus, Blocktoberfest, Glenview
Tributosaurus, Blocktoberfest, Glenview

Glenview Blocktoberfest
Downtown Glenview, Glenview Rd., between Church St. and Pine St.
Oct. 2; 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Round up your neighbors and bring the whole family out for a free humdinger of a good time at the second annual Blocktoberfest! Grab some tasty eats and bodacious beverages (craft beer and wine available for purchase). A kid-friendly section will feature games, arts and crafts (11:00 am–3:00 pm) while a special VIP area in the breezeway of the Midtown Square Apartments offers premium views of the bands — including Artificially Hip and Tributosaurus Becomes Tom Petty — plus other amenities. Lederhosen and dirndls encouraged! 

Ragtime, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
Ragtime, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Multiple shows, dates
In this venue bursting with musical arts, Northlight Theatre brings the gorgeous Songs for Nobodies featuring Bethany Thomas as a one-woman tour-de-force celebrating the iconic work of Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas (through Oct. 31). Music Theater Works rolls out the piano for the award-winning Ragtime (Oct. 29–Nov. 7). For an evening of classical delight, hear Vivaldi and Friends from Music of the Baroque which will include Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C Major, plus music by Corelli, Albinoni and Bach (Oct. 17–18). 

Northwestern Wildcats, Northwestern University, Evanston
Northwestern Wildcats, Northwestern University, Evanston

Northwestern Football
Ryan Field, 1501 Central St., Evanston
Various dates
The Northwestern Wildcats offer up some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest as they take on teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. Ride the purple wave for some vintage Northwestern football this month with the popular Homecoming game versus Rutgers’ Knights (Oct. 16) followed by taking on the University of Minnesota’s Gophers (Oct. 30). All home games play at Ryan Field, a quick sprint from Central Street Evanston and Downtown Evanston where you can tackle a meal. 

Baha'i House of Worship
Baha'i House of Worship

Open House Chicago
Oct. 16–17
Various locations
Every October, the Chicago Architecture Center is proud to host Open House Chicago (OHC)—a free public festival that offers self-guided history and architecture tours throughout greater Chicago with talks, programming and behind-the-scenes access to architecturally, historically and culturally significant sites. Spend a day on the North Shore visiting our sites, the Bahá'í House of Worship, Creative Coworking, DMAC Architecture and the Illinois Holocaust Museum. This year's festival is also accessible via the OHC app throughout October.

Rise Up exhibit, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
Rise Up exhibit, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie
Oct. 17, 2021–May 8, 2022
The modern gay rights movement in the United States fully ignited in the summer of 1969 sparked by a police raid of the Stonewall Inn. America’s LGBTQ+ population has continued the struggle for equal rights and representation under the law. Rise Up shares the voices and stories of this movement blending together 85 historic images and artifacts, such as Harvey Milk’s campaign posters for public office in San Francisco, an original rainbow flag signed by its creator Gilbert Baker and early LGBTQ+ publications.


Boo Bash, Northfield
Boo Bash, Northfield

Boo Bash
Northfield Community Center, 401 Wagner Rd., Northfield
Oct. 29; 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
A favorite Halloween event by the Northfield Park District, this free outdoor evening of fun and activities is crafted just for the little kids, ages three to eight (must be accompanied by an adult). Young witches, goblins, princesses and superheroes will enjoy games, a balloon artist, crafts and a special outdoor ghoulish train ride. Wear your costumes!



Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Nov. 12, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022

Join the fun at this not to be missed holiday event that sold out in its debut year. Take in the enchanting lightshow that is sure to delight your senses as you make your way through the winding route surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights. Discover old favorites like the Cathedral of Light as well as captivating new displays. The trail is designed with your safety in mind. Make new family holiday memories at Lightscape. 

The Rocket Man Show
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Nov. 13, 2021

Scotsman Rus Anderson is Elton John’s official body double for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour videos and photos. Hand-picked by Elton John himself, it was Rus’ own live production, The Rocket Man Show which got him noticed. In the show, Rus recreates the magic and live persona of a young Elton like no other. Storming around the stage with a fun-loving sense of flamboyance; part diva, part soccer player, killer vocalist, fierce piano player, all rock and roller.

Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Nov. 26 - Dec. 31, 2021

Kids take charge in the area’s newest holiday light display. It’s more than just a walk through the festive holiday lights in Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest outdoor activity: Kohlights. Using glow stick learning wands, children can 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 holiday light installation. The show must “glow” on


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