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Boo! Halloween Tricks and Treats on the North Shore

10/14/2020
Ghouls and goblins. Fairies and superheroes. Spooky times call for spooky fun! Transform yourself, your kids, your pumpkin, and even your car into creepy or cute creations to enjoy scary campfire stor... MORE

Delicious Apple and Pumpkin Favorites on the North Shore

10/07/2020
Your nose knows Fall is in full swing when the apple cider and pumpkin spice aromas greet you at every turn. Find fresh flavors and harvest favorites as eateries across the North Shore serve up season... MORE

Legends of the North Shore

10/01/2020
Local legends gain their reputations based on consistently delivering quality service, food and home/fashion/gift goodies for years…and years! You know when you want that one special thing. And you kn... MORE

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

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

Recipes from Chicago’s North Shore

05/27/2020
Need to amp up your recipe repertoire? If you’ve been cooking up a storm lately, mix up your menus with tasty new dishes compliments of some fantastic restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore. The dozen r... 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

Making a Difference: North Shore Businesses Give Back

04/28/2020
Just as signs of spring are popping up, signs of hope and kindness are emerging across our community, too. Many of our neighborhood businesses across Chicago’s North Shore jumped in as the crisis was ... 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

Keep Your New Year Resolutions Going Strong

02/27/2020
OK, it’s a few weeks into the new year. How are your resolutions for 2020 coming along? Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t made much progress. Or, if you barely got started in the first place. Maybe... 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

Kick-Off Your New Year’s Resolutions Early

12/19/2019
It’s almost time to say hello to 2020, but you don’t have to wait any longer to start working on your resolutions. Whether you want to eat better or fit workouts into your schedule more regularly, it’... MORE

Season’s Eatings: Where to Dine and Drink This Winter on Chicago’s North Shore

12/09/2019
As we say goodbye to another year (and decade!), there will be plenty of parties to attend and gifts to give, which means you’ll need delicious treats. Plus, as the weather becomes frightful, you’ll w... MORE

6 Can’t-Miss Holiday Celebrations That Will Make Your Spirits Bright

11/27/2019
Too often we can become overwhelmed by the holiday season — so many gifts, so many parties — when really this should be a time to enjoy with loved ones and reflect on another year gone by. If you’re l... MORE

Where to Host Your Mitzvah Bashes

11/21/2019
Congratulations! It's time to observe the joyous occasion that is your child's bar or bat mitzvah. As a wonderful time to come together with family and loved ones to celebrate an important milestone, ... MORE

Holiday Shopping Guide

11/15/2019
Believe it or not, it’s time to start making those holiday shopping lists — remember to check them twice — and begin heading out to stores to find that perfect gift for everyone from your kids to your... MORE

Fit in Some R&R During the Holiday Rush

11/12/2019
Between all those parties, shopping for that one last perfect gift, and large family dinners, there’s a lot to do once the holiday season arrives. And while it’s fun to celebrate with friends and fami... 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

12 Spots for Bridal Showers on Chicago’s North Shore

10/28/2019
Your favorite bride is ready to say “I do,” so it’s time to celebrate her before the big day. And what’s the best way to do so? By gathering her loved ones and enjoying time together over good food. T... 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

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

6 Interactive Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Ideas

08/27/2019
After months of wedding planning, it's time to celebrate your final days of singlehood with your closest friends. And you want this celebration to be one everyone in attendance will never forget. Fort... 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

Top Service Suppliers for Your Wedding Day

07/30/2019
As you plan your wedding, a lot of decisions will need to be made. From photography and invitations to flowers and dessert, it's important to find the right professionals who understand your vision. T... 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

6 Hot Rehearsal Dinner Spots on Chicago’s North Shore

06/25/2019
By the time your big day rolls around, you and your soon-to-be spouse are sure to be ready to sit back and relax with your closest friends and family over a delicious meal and tasty drinks. And the la... 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

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

Where to Go for Girls’ Night Out on Chicago’s North Shore

04/11/2019
After a stressful week, it’s best to spend a fun night with your closest friends. Whether you’re hosting girlfriends from out of town and want to show off the area you call home or simply haven’t seen... 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

The North Shore Celebrates Museum Month

03/20/2019
April is Museum Month on Chicago's North Shore, meaning it’s the perfect time to revisit a favorite museum in order to check out a new exhibit or discover a new museum entirely (especially on those in... 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

Where to Watch March Madness on Chicago’s North Shore

02/27/2019
It’s that time of year again, when the best college basketball teams in the country compete for one exciting, unpredictable month. Whether or not your team made the cut, you’ll probably be watching, s... 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

Where to Watch College Basketball on Chicago’s North Shore

02/07/2019
The college basketball season is in full swing, and the NCAA tournament will be here before you know it. Until then, cheer on the Wildcats and watch as many games as possible — you want to make sure y... MORE

Must-See Shows During North Shore Theater Week

02/01/2019
Chicago’s North Shore is home to some of the best theater in the country and now is the perfect time to see it for yourself. From Feb. 7-17, celebrate North Shore Theater Week as local companies offer... MORE

Hot Restaurants to Explore During North Shore Restaurant Month

01/25/2019
North Shore Restaurant Month is back and better than ever! This February*, some of the North Shore’s best restaurants will be offering can’t-miss dining deals and prix fixe menus perfect for those day... MORE

The Best Places for Hot Cocoa on Chicago’s North Shore

01/09/2019
During the cold winter months, there’s a surefire (and delicious!) way to warm up: hot chocolate. This favorite hot drink brings back memories of childhood days sledding and building snowmen before he... MORE

How to Entertain Your Holiday Guests

12/07/2018
The holiday season is a wonderful time to gather with family and loved ones to reflect on everything the year brought. But if you’re hosting, you know there can be a lot to prepare. Whether you could ... 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

Impress Your Guests With These Thanksgiving Recipes From Restaurants on Chicago's North Shore

11/06/2018
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday feast. But more often than not, the task can seem daunting. That’s why we asked a few of our me... MORE

Buy Your Tickets Now for These Hot Holiday Shows

10/31/2018
When temperatures drop, local stages just begin heating up. With offerings ranging from classic holiday stories to a world premiere based on a novel by a beloved author, you won’t want to miss these s... MORE

Best Comfort Food and Libations for Fall

10/18/2018
When cold temps set in, it can be easy to burrow into a mountain of blankets and vow to never step outside until spring. But don’t let a little chill keep you at home, especially when there are so man... 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

Top Theater Selections This Fall

09/14/2018
It might be cooling down outside, but stages on the North Shore are just starting to heat up. This fall, local, award-winning theaters will be offering a variety of shows, from classic tales and world... 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

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

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

How to Keep Kids Entertained on Chicago’s North Shore This Summer

06/13/2018
School’s out for summer … so now what? Take advantage of summer temps with a trip to the pool. Or let your kiddos get all of their energy out at a local sports camp or indoor adventure park. There are... 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

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

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

Spring Break: Family-Friendly Fun

02/22/2018
Spring break is almost here (can you believe it?), so you’re probably thinking about ways to keep your kiddos entertained. Fortunately, there’s plenty of fun and educational things to do with little o... MORE

The Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl on the North Shore

01/16/2018
No matter if your team is playing or you’re only interested in the halftime show and commercials, you’ll probably be watching the Super Bowl. Make the most of it by watching at one of these spots on C... 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

Where to Shop This Holiday Season

12/12/2017
We all want to find that perfect gift for everyone on our list, and fortunately, Chicago’s North Shore is filled with shops that make it easy to do just that. From appliances and home goods that make ... 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

Where to Shop this Small Business Saturday

11/10/2017
Small Business Saturday takes place every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. According to Entrepreneur, buying local helps improve your local economy, keeps your community unique and even improv... 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

Best Places to Get Pizza on Chicago's North Shore

09/20/2017
There’s just something about pizza that makes any day instantly better. And the options are almost endless! From thin crust to pan to deep dish, plus a variety of cheeses and seemingly hundreds of top... MORE

7 Unique Museums on Chicago’s North Shore

09/07/2017
You’ve most likely explored (or been told to visit) the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Kohl Children’s Museum, but what about the more hidden gems on Chicago’s North Shore? Whether you’re a resident or... MORE

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