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Fall Features and Festivities on the North Shore

09/24/2020
Crisp Fall breezes herald a favorite, colorful season on Chicago’s North Shore. The calendar is full of fresh fun to be had out and about. Get your spooky on with a jack-o-lantern extravaganza or take... MORE

Date Ideas on Chicago’s North Shore

09/16/2020
Looking for some romantic restaurant ideas? If you want to know where to go on a first date, a special occasion (anniversaries, birthdays), or a couples date night sans kiddos, Chicago’s North Shore s... MORE

I Do! Your Wedding Planning Guide to Chicago’s North Shore

08/28/2020
Make all your dreams of a wonderful wedding come true with creative help from local event experts. Centerpieces that delight, exquisite food to tantalize, and stellar venues from top-notch hotels to g... MORE

Spice Up Your Week with a North Shore Taco Crawl

08/25/2020
Are you or have you ever been… taco loco? You don’t have to limit your taco obsession to Tuesdays. With the grande options of these tasty handheld delights all over Chicago’s North Shore, why not hit ... MORE

Fantastic al Fresco Dining on the North Shore

08/03/2020
Here on Chicago's North Shore we can't get enough of dining al fresco in the warmer months. Whether it's date night with your special someone, brunch with your best pals or lunch with the family, we'v... MORE

Arts Outdoors on Chicago's North Shore

07/30/2020
Stretch out your summer with a cornucopia of arts in the parks and beyond. Out in the sunshine or under the stars, Chicago’s North Shore brings its reputation for world-class performing arts and visua... MORE

Gather the Gals: Girlfriend Getaways on the North Shore

07/29/2020
Take a break from everything that’s going on and grab your best gals for some well-deserved R&R. Tell your college roomie to come up for a visit or text those local pals who are itching to find cute f... MORE

Prettiest Patios on the North Shore

07/20/2020
Embracing summer by dining al fresco on one of our glorious Chicago’s North Shore patios is not only tradition, but perhaps a birthright of Midwestern living. We might love having a variety of seasons... MORE

Hit the Road for a Chicago's North Shore Nearcation

07/13/2020
Hit the road for a fresh perspective — you don’t need to go far for a change of pace. Grab someone special for a road trip to remember. Stay at a hotel on Chicago’s North Shore with amenities to pampe... MORE

Let’s Get Shopping: Retail Returns on Chicago’s North Shore

06/29/2020
Retail stores are gently opening their doors across Chicago’s North Shore to welcome you back for in-person shopping. Scads of shops are ready to help you update your wardrobe, outfit the home, or gra... MORE

North Shore Bakery Tour

06/17/2020
Fancy a bagel and a schmear first thing in the morning? Maybe you’re on a quest to find the perfect scone. Or, your dinner menu needs an organic artisanal country loaf to compliment the meal. Chicago’... MORE

Fresh Air and Fresh Food at Local Farmers Markets

06/09/2020
Peppers, pansies, and pastries, oh my! There’s no place like your local farmer’s market. Freshly picked, in-season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition when you get food straight from the pe... MORE

Where to Find the Best Sunrise Views (and Breakfast Treats) on Chicago’s North Shore

05/14/2020
“Here comes the sun, and I say it's all right.” Taking in the sunrise can fill your day with light and hope. As our spring days grow longer through May, the sun appears on the horizon sometime between... MORE

Celebrate Mom

05/04/2020
Time to show the mamas some love and gratitude this Mother’s Day, May 10. Even if a big brunch outing or shopping caper won’t be on the calendar this spring, you can find lots of ways to show Mom how ... MORE

Virtual North Shore

04/07/2020
Rising to the growing call for more ways to learn, create, and entertain from home, Chicago’s North Shore museums, libraries, and other organizations have scads of free options for you and your family... MORE

Socially Distant Outdoor Activities

03/30/2020
As spring begins to bloom, thoughts turn to getting outside more. Nothing compares to the vision of flowers bursting onto the scene and the sounds of birdsong filling the air. But with the new safety ... MORE

Happy Hour at Home

03/30/2020
Cheers! In this new world of staying in, local laws are relaxed (at least for now) so that Chicago North Shore restaurants and drinkeries can sell packaged beer and liquor to go. Time to party…on the ... MORE

Where to Find the Best Bacon on Chicago’s North Shore

03/23/2020
Mmmmm. Bacon. Few tastes illicit the same mouth-watering response and deep devotion as bacon and the many tasty combos it inspires. With carry-out and curbside pickup options available from some of ou... MORE

Spring Break Staycation

03/16/2020
Sticking close to home and looking for ways to stay entertained this spring? Check out some of our ideas on how to experience the North Shore community while abiding by the recommendations of public h... MORE

North Shore Restaurant Month is Back

01/27/2020
Who’s hungry?! February means North Shore Restaurant Month. Whatever flavors are your favorites, several of the North Shore’s best restaurants entice with must-taste offers and prix fixe menus. Simply... MORE

5 Post Turkey Day Things To Do

11/05/2019
The turkey has been carved and the pie has been sliced — now what? After spending so much time planning for (and preparing) your family’s Thanksgiving meal, you haven’t thought much about what else to... MORE

Indoor Fun for All Ages on Chicago's North Shore

10/23/2019
When you look out the window and see rain, it can be easy to resign yourself to a day stuck indoors. However, rainy days are the perfect time to explore Chicago’s North Shore. With so many museums, th... MORE

Halloween Events for Adults on Chicago’s North Shore

10/03/2019
Who says kids should have all the fun on Halloween? Whether you want to show off your topical costume or love a scary haunted house, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season — no kids allowed ... MORE

Comfort Food Cravings on Chicago’s North Shore

10/01/2019
Fall has officially arrived, which means you’ll probably soon find yourself enjoying a day out hunting for the perfect pumpkin or with friends at a seasonal festival. After all this fall fun, you’ll w... MORE

Visit One of the Midwest’s Top College Towns

09/18/2019
In 2018, Livability named Evanston one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live, and it's clear why. With a variety of museums and attractions, beautiful beaches, and some of Chicagoland's best restaurants,... MORE

Gluten-Free Finds on the North Shore

09/12/2019
When you have dietary restrictions, dining out can be more work than eating at home. Or, you'll discover you only have a few options to choose from, none of which are very exciting. Fortunately, many ... MORE

Autumn Festivals on Chicago’s North Shore

09/06/2019
It's time to say goodbye to summer and hello to cozy sweaters, crunchy leaves, and all things pumpkin spice. Chicago's North Shore knows how to celebrate the season, and there are plenty of fall event... MORE

No Car? No Problem!

08/16/2019
Thanks to public transportation, owning a car doesn't always have to be a necessity. If you've decided to forgo owning a car, whether for financial reasons or in an effort to go green, or if you're vi... MORE

Say Goodbye to Summer on Chicago’s North Shore

08/07/2019
Don’t look now, but your calendar is nearing September, which means it’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. But don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways to soak up the final weeks of the season.... MORE

Where to Go on a North Shore Summer Shopping Spree

07/18/2019
It's time to plan your next shopping spree! Whether you want to update your wardrobe for a new season, need to find a perfect birthday gift, or could simply use a little retail therapy, summer is a gr... MORE

Where to Enjoy Outdoor Music on Chicago’s North Shore

07/08/2019
On Chicago's North Shore, we only get a handful of precious months to enjoy the outdoors, so it's best to take advantage while you can. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to sit back and relax (or ... MORE

A John Hughes Tour of Chicago’s North Shore

07/02/2019
John Hughes was the man behind some of the most beloved movies from the '80s and '90s, including "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," "Home Alone," and "Pretty in Pink." Many of these fil... MORE

Ride the Waves on Chicago’s North Shore

06/13/2019
Chicago's North Shore might not be the first destination that comes to mind for those looking to catch some waves, but there's plenty of waterfront fun to be had here all summer long. With a variety o... MORE

8 Family-Friendly Nights Out on the North Shore

06/05/2019
School’s out, and so is the sun! Summer is the perfect time to make memories everyone in your family will cherish forever, and whether you’re visiting Chicago’s North Shore or planning a staycation, t... MORE

Best Places on Chicago’s North Shore to Take Engagement or Wedding Photos

05/29/2019
In the midst of planning a wedding, one of the best (and most fun!) things you can do is take a break and spend a few hours exploring your favorite spots with your partner while you take photos you’ll... MORE

What and Where to Eat This Memorial Day

05/10/2019
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and we can’t wait to get out and start enjoying what makes Chicago’s North Shore so great. Here are some of the best places to eat this Memorial Day ... MORE

How to Make Mom Feel Special This Mother’s Day

04/30/2019
Mom deserves to be spoiled every day, but especially on Mother’s Day. Make the entire celebration as special as she is by starting with a flower delivery from one of the North Shore’s best florists be... MORE

Unique Wedding Venues on Chicago’s North Shore

04/23/2019
Congratulations! You popped the question (or you said yes) and celebrated with friends and family. Now it’s time to start planning the big day. Finding your perfect venue can help set the tone for so ... MORE

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Chicago’s North Shore

04/18/2019
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, but actually a celebration in honor of Mexico's victory in the Battle of Puebla against France in 1862. This year, Cinco de ... MORE

A Local’s Guide to Visiting Chicago’s North Shore in the Spring

04/04/2019
Spring is an ideal time to come and explore Chicago's North Shore — you (finally!) don't have to worry about packing your winter gear and the weather is just about perfect for spending the entire day ... MORE

A Bookworm’s Guide to the North Shore: Where to Buy Books and the Best Places to Read Them

03/14/2019
Is there anything better than grabbing a large cup of coffee or tea, cracking open a new book, and settling in for a few hours with fictional friends? As the season changes — and spring break arrives ... MORE

Where to Brunch on Chicago’s North Shore

03/01/2019
After a long week at work, there’s nothing better than catching up with friends and family over delicious breakfast food. And if you can sleep in a little bit before you go, even better! Brunch is a m... MORE

Spring Break Ideas on Chicago’s North Shore

02/18/2019
Believe it or not, spring will be here before we know it. Although we're still dreaming of heading outside for the day without having to bundle up to do so, now is the perfect time to start planning y... MORE

Evanston Gallery Tour

12/13/2018
If you haven’t explored the vibrant art scene of Chicago’s North Shore, the start of a new year is the perfect time to do so. Whether you’re interested in purchasing art for your home, exploring an ex... MORE

Holiday Gift Guide: Where to Shop and What to Get for Everyone on Your List

11/29/2018
You’ve finally finished those Thanksgiving leftovers and holiday music has taken over the radio, which only means one thing: It’s time to find that perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping l... MORE

7 Stores to Explore This Small Business Saturday

11/14/2018
Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 as a way to encourage people to shop local and support their community's businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, on Nov. 24, get out and s... MORE

Plan a Perfect Fall Day Around Chicago’s North Shore

10/11/2018
Fall might be the most perfect time to explore Chicago’s North Shore — temperatures are just right and nature’s changing colors add a gorgeous backdrop to your day. If you’re ready to discover everyth... MORE

Unique Sites to Tour in Evanston During Open House Chicago

09/28/2018
The City of Evanston is proud to be host of 16 sites as part of the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago event which gives the public unprecedented access to unique buildings during their ... MORE

Fall 2018 Bucket List: 10 Events You Don’t Want to Miss

09/06/2018
Can you believe it? Another summer has come and gone and now we welcome fall to Chicago’s North Shore. Fortunately, the good times will continue to roll thanks to a variety of can’t-miss events for re... MORE

Best Spots for Happy Hour on Chicago’s North Shore

08/31/2018
Whether you've just finished a long day at work or a leisurely afternoon of shopping, there's nothing like enjoying a few Happy Hours deals with your besties. So if you’re on the lookout for hot deals... MORE

Northwestern Wildcats 2018 Home Games

08/20/2018
Fall means a new school year, pumpkin spice everything, and, of course, football. Here on Chicago’s North Shore, we have our very own Big Ten team to root for: the Northwestern Wildcats. After going 1... MORE

How to Spend Your Labor Day Weekend on Chicago’s North Shore

08/08/2018
Can you believe it? Labor Day weekend is almost here, marking the unofficial end of another glorious summer on Chicago’s North Shore. But, before the sun sets on one season and another rolls in, enjoy... MORE

5 Ways to Cool Off This Summer on Chicago’s North Shore

07/13/2018
Sure, we spend all winter dreaming of hot summer days, but there are times when it’s just a little too hot. When temperatures start nearing triple digits, there’s nothing to do besides find a fun (and... MORE

4 Best Sidewalk Sales to Shop This Summer on Chicago’s North Shore

06/29/2018
When the weather is nice, do you want to spend all your time inside? Of course not! You want to soak in the sunshine and enjoy cool summer breezes. Fortunately, you can take advantage of sunny days an... MORE

The Best Places to Picnic (and Where to Get Your Picnic Food) on Chicago’s North Shore

06/25/2018
Winters on Chicago’s North Shore are rough, so it’s best to spend as much time outside as possible during the summer months and take advantage of those warm temps. One of the best ways to do so? Picni... MORE

Where to Celebrate the Dads in Your Life on Chicago’s North Shore This Father’s Day

06/01/2018
Of course you want to show Dad (and all of the important men in your life) just how much he means to you this Father’s Day, but you don’t want to do the same thing that you always do either. Switch th... MORE

Where to Take Your Summer Visitors on Chicago’s North Shore

05/18/2018
Summer is a great time to visit Chicago’s North Shore, so you should be prepared for frequent guests. Fortunately, that’s easy thanks to these must-visit destinations. Want to enjoy the great outdoors... MORE

Plan Your Perfect Memorial Day Weekend on Chicago’s North Shore

05/04/2018
Winter stuck around a little longer than we would have liked, but it’s finally time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, here are five ways to savo... MORE

How to Wow Mom on Chicago’s North Shore This Mother’s Day

04/27/2018
Moms deserve to be celebrated every day, but it’s especially fun to go all out on Mother’s Day (May 13). This year, don’t do the same old thing — get creative! Here we’ve paired an activity with a loc... MORE

Where to Eat and Drink in Evanston After a Cubs Game

04/18/2018
There’s nothing like a day at Wrigley Field, especially when the W flag gets to fly, but don’t let the fun to end with the game — head to Evanston for post-game food and entertainment. Whether you nee... MORE

Best Ways to Celebrate Spring on Chicago’s North Shore

04/09/2018
Although it might not feel like spring yet, warmer temps and sunny days are right around the corner. Start planning the ways you’ll make the most of spring afternoons and evenings with this guide to t... MORE

13 Things to Do on a Cold or Snowy Day

01/09/2018
With the holiday season behind us, it’s time for the harsh realities of winter to set in. But while it might be easy to snuggle up under a blanket and decide to never leave the house until spring arri... MORE

Annual Holiday Traditions on Chicago's North Shore

11/17/2017
You might have heard that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that’s largely due to the annual holiday traditions that we look forward to all year long. Whether you’re looking for ways to en... MORE

The Best Things to Do This Fall on Chicago’s North Shore

10/05/2017
Ah, fall. Crunchy leaves, brisk temperatures, chunky sweaters — it’s possible that this is the most wonderful time of the year. That’s certainly true when it comes to seasonal events and activities. T... MORE

9 Restaurants with Unique Special Event Space

09/12/2017
If you’re planning an event, be it a birthday party, office gathering or wedding, you know it can become very, very complicated. From food to favors, it feels like there are thousands of little decisi... MORE

Best Places to Watch a Sunrise or Sunset on Chicago’s North Shore

08/14/2017
The sun has almost set on another summer, but there’s still time to catch a summer sunset (or sunrise) before fall is upon us. Fortunately, there are plenty of spots on the North Shore where you can v... MORE

4 Chicago North Shore Day-Trip Ideas

10/11/2016
If you’ve ever felt like there’s just too much to do and see around Chicago’s North Shore, we understand! There is a lot to explore — and you don’t need to venture very far. That’s why we’ve broken it... MORE

10 Most Instagrammable Spots on Chicago’s North Shore

09/26/2016
From Chicago Botanic Garden to one of the area’s many beaches, Chicago’s North Shore is filled with picture-perfect sites and hidden gems both professional and amateur photographers love. So grab your... MORE

Back-to-School: Get Ready at Shops Around Chicago's North Shore

08/04/2016
Summer is (unfortunately) coming to an end and that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping. For some, this is a wonderful time filled with new pencils, crayons and clothes. For others, though, al... MORE

Life’s a Beach: The Best Lakefront Areas on Chicago’s North Shore

07/20/2016
Summer is in full swing, but don’t let it pass you by without a trip to the beach. Although there’s no ocean nearby, Chicago’s North Shore is still filled with beaches beckoning you to enjoy a day (or... MORE

Fresh Food: The Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden

06/13/2016
It finally feels like summer and your kitchen is stocked with tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and other fruits and veggies from your garden. Now you just need to figure out how to make the most of those... MORE

7 Spots for Al Fresco Dining on Chicago’s North Shore

05/30/2016
When you live on Chicago’s North Shore, you have to take advantage of hot summer days before that inevitable snow falls again. Fortunately, the North Shore is filled with delicious dining destinations... MORE

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