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Our calendar is full on Chicago's North Shore. From street fairs, famed festivals, special interest tours, walks and talks to an elite array of theatrical offerings, world-class concerts, unique performing arts presentations, sporting events, farmers markets, and so much more, Chicago’s North Shore offers the visitor an exceptional array of entertainment options.

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Emily Bear
September 18, 2019

At just five-years-old, Emily Bear made history as “the youngest performer to play the Ravinia Festival." Bear would grace hallowed stages everywhere from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Hollywood Bowl to Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo and New York, performing compositions of her own and classics alongside orchestras and ensembles. Bear distills exquisite lead vocals, tight song-craft, expansive orchestration, mind-blowing piano performance, and cinematic scope into emotionally-charged pop. Moreover, she does almost everything herself, drawing on virtuosic talents, film and television composition experience, and production acumen. $15 – $22. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Timeless Fashion Trends
September 19, 2019

Calling all lovers of jewelry and history! Accompany Eve J. Alfille and take a trip through time to examine various fashion trends that have consistently reappeared throughout human history. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Eve J. Alfillé Gallery and Studio
623 Grove St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 869-7920
Folk Songs & S'mores Campfire
September 20, 2019

Join us for an evening of singing, clapping and strumming around the campfire! Follow along on song sheets as we sing lively and traditional folk songs and then, make s'mores. Rain date: Saturday, 9/21.For families with children ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration requested, but gate registration will be available if the program does not fill. $5 Res / $5 Non-resident. Type: Family Fun.
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Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel St.
Skokie, IL
(847) 674-1500 ext. 2500
Leather Earrings
September 21, 2019

Create leather earrings from start to finish. Express your personal, one-of-a-kind style with a variety of colored leather while enjoying a glass of wine and learning from Reyes herself. This fun 2-hour workshop give you a glimpse into the process and creation while we guide you through making your very own design. You're $10 registration fee goes towards the price of the product you make. It's a deposit to hold your spot!  $10. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Assembly Creators
1642 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
Northwestern University Football vs. Michigan State
September 21, 2019

Northwestern University Men's Football vs. Michigan State University   | The Northwestern Wildcats offer some of the best Division 1 college sports action in the Midwest, featuring 12 teams competing in the Big Ten Conference.  Varies. Type: Sports.
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Ryan Field
1501 Central St.
Evanston, IL
847-491-2287
Pro Wrestling
September 21, 2019

Join Skokie Park District for a free, family-friendly wrestling spectacular in downtown Skokie!  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Downtown Skokie
5108 Brown Street at Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL
(847) 906-3547
Walking Tour: Evanston Women’s History
September 21, 2019

Explore the revolutionary history of Evanston’s women by viewing the houses and buildings where they worked to transform our cultural landscape. This tour meets at Frances Willard House, 1730 Chicage Avenue in Evanston.    | The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown and lakefront. Unless otherwise stated, tours meet at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston and last for 90 minutes. Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP to Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org or 847-475-3410. $20 per person/$15 for members. Type: Tours.
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Frances Willard House
1730 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-3410
Pioneer Day and Sesquicentennial Closing Ceremony
September 22, 2019

Step back in time and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animal petting zoo, pioneer life demonstrations, log house tour, crafts, live music, and more at Winnetka Historical Society's 'Pioneer Day and Sesquicentennial Closing Ceremony' at Schmidt-Burnham Log House. Free.  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Schmidt-Burnham Log House
1140 Willow Road
Winnetka , IL 60093
Northshore Affordable Art Sale
September 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019

Hosted by the Skokie Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Westfield Old Orchard, this affordable arts festival up to 100 juried artists, live music and great food!  Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Westfield Old Orchard
Old Orchard Road off I-94
Skokie, IL
American Craft Exposition
September 20, 2019 - September 22, 2019

Passionate about the arts? This one’s for you. This highly competitive juried show and sale of fine craft features one-of-a-kind handcrafted artwork and luxury collections from the country's leading craftspeople. Meet some of the country’s top artists—along with selected emerging artists—in 12 media, including jewelry, ceramics, metal, glass, leather, and baskets.  Free; parking fees apply. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Lewis Black: Alive in Concert
September 27, 2019

Lewis Black gives live performances that provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is more of a pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. $64 | $70 | $80 . Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Bike Winnetka 2019
September 28, 2019

Bike Winnetka is an event that will take bicycle riders of all ages through scenic Winnetka in a group rider format. Tune up your family’s bikes, put on your helmets and join us for the 9th annual Bike Winnetka. This scenic 2 or 8 mile group ride is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of Winnetka in the fall. All riders must wear a helmet to participate. Registration limited to the first 300 riders and ends September 24. No on-site registration permitted. T-shirt sizes guaranteed for those registering before September 9, 2019. 
  $9. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Winnetka Park District
540 Hibbard Rd.
Winnetka, IL
(847) 501-2076
Comic Skating
September 28, 2019

You’re in for a groovy good time at Cosmic Skating. All ages are invited to skate to DJ music and participate in on-ice games and activities! Entry fee is $7 and skates are available to rent for $3. $7; Skate rental $3. Type: Family Fun.
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Northbrook Sports Center Complex
1730 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL
(847)291-2993
Glenview Blocktoberfest
September 28, 2019

Bring the whole family and round up your neighbors for a humdinger of a good time! Lederhosen and drindls encouraged. Blocktoberfest 2019 will feature live music, food and family entertainment. The all-day live music line-up includes Tributosaurus, a collection of some of Chicago’s finest studio musicians, performing all the greatest hits of the Rolling Stones. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Glenview’s own Ten Ninety Brewing Co., Forza Meats and Spiro’s Deli. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Downtown Glenview
Glenview Road, between Church St. and Pine St.
Glenview, IL
Lewis Black: Alive in Concert
September 28, 2019

Lewis Black gives live performances that provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is more of a pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. $64 | $70 | $80 . Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Oktoberfest
September 28, 2019

Join us for a day of food, beer, music and merriment at our annual Oktoberfest!  Drink German and domestic beer and eat bratwurst while enjoying live entertainment by Dan Mateja and the IPA (International Polka Association) Tribute Band and 7th Heaven.  Free admission. Food and beer are available for purchase. All ages welcomed. 
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Heritage Park Performance Pavilion
201 Community Boulevard
Wheeling, IL
(847) 465-3333
Winnetka PD Fall Fest
September 28, 2019

Join us for Winnetka Park District's annual Fall Fest event – one of our village’s largest events, bringing around a thousand people each year to celebrate this great community and welcome fall amongst neighbors, friends, and family. Enjoy Touch-A-Truck, music, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, a pumpkin roll and more! FREE Ice Cream: 6pm – first 200 children!    Type: Family Fun.
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Duke Childs Field
1321 Willow Road
Winnetka, IL
Mums Sale
Through September 28, 2019

Glenview Park District's Mums go on sale at Wagner Farms on September 7, 2019. FREE. Type: Farmer's Market.
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Parking lot of Historic Wagner Farm
1510 Wagner Rd.
Glenview, IL
(847) 657-1506
Do Everything Open House
September 29, 2019

September 29th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Frances Willard House Museum will hold with its annual Open House. The first floors of the Willard House and the WCTU Administration Building will be open and the new exhibit Women and Prohibition will be on display. Cupcakes and lemonade will be served. Cost for the event is free.  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Frances Willard House
1730 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
847-328-7500
Evanston Oktoberfest
September 29, 2019

Downtown Evanston is excited to host the annual Evanston Oktoberfest! Come out with friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting, delicious local food, live music and beautiful fall weather! The festival will feature breweries from Chicago and the North Shore, food vendors and more. Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Downtown Evanston
University Place & Oak Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 866-6319
Maker's Market
September 29, 2019

Explore incredible artist works at Maker's Market during Oktoberfest! Head to the 5th Level of the Maple Avenue Garage where Artists and artisans will present and offer their works for sale in a casual and fun environment. Kids sell and shop for FREE when they sign up at evanstonmade.org/kids/

  $5 at Door; Free with purchase to Evanston Oktoberfest. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Maple Avenue Garage
1800 Maple Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 448-8045
Plein Air Painting Festival
September 26, 2019 - September 29, 2019

Come out and enjoy watching the artists throughout the event. Feel free to stop and observe them at work and welcome them to town. This is a Northbrook Arts Commission event with partial sponsorship from the Northbrook Park District. The artists will begin painting starting Thursday, September 26, at locations throughout Northbrook based on what inspires them. Each artist will submit their best oil, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel paintings for exhibition, awards and sale to the public. To receive event updates text NBART to 888777.  You will be able to see a map during the event that shows where the artists are currently painting and receive notifications about other event activities. Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Village Green in Northbrook
Corner of Shermer Rd + Meadow
Northbrook, IL
(847) 664-4010
8th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2018
Through September 29, 2019

The 8th International Artist’s Book Triennial Vilnius 2018, curated by Kestutis Vasiliunas, is a unique non-commercial cultural project, organized to promote artist’s books, creators of artist’s books from all over the world and connect galleries, publishers, editors and printers of fine art & limited editions, the greater general public, collectors and individual artists. This educational art project involves world-renowned artists familiarizing art teachers, students and general public with the interdisciplinary arts with the stunning variety of artistic disciplines in an artist’s book – and especially to stimulate creativity and love for books. Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 448-8260
Into the Woods
Through September 29, 2019

Into the Woods: When a childless baker and his wife set out to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, they encounter Jack (with his beanstalk), Cinderella (and her prince) and Little Red Riding Hood (and her wolf)! These familiar characters find themselves in decidedly unfamiliar circumstances and must brave the darkness of the woods in an effort to break the curse, conquer their fears and find out if what they’ve always wished for is what they truly want. Prices vary. Type: Performing Arts.
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Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL
(847) 242-6000
Harvest Fest
October 5, 2019

Come celebrate fall at one of the best community spirit events of the year! Spend the morning at Kalk Park enjoying family friendly games, attractions and entertainment. Halloween pumpkins will be available for purchase. All ages welcome. Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Kalk Park
298 Park Ave
Glencoe, IL
Leather Studded Cuffs
October 5, 2019

Create your very own designer leather cuff from start to finish with Marla. Express your personal, one-of-a-kind style while enjoying a glass of wine and learning from one of our industry experts. This fun 2-hour workshop give you a glimpse into the process and creation while we guide you through making your very own design. You'll be working with genuine leather, studs. You're $10 registration fee goes towards the price of the product you make. It's a deposit to hold your spot!  $10. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Assembly Creators
1642 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
National Theater Live Encore: Frankenstein
October 5, 2019

National Theatre Live Encore: Stage on Screen presents 'Frankenstein.' Based on the novel by Mary Shelley. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale. $12 - $20. Type: Visual Arts.
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Northwestern Wirtz Center
20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Walking Tour: Downtown Evanston
October 5, 2019

Walking Tour: Downtown Evanston. Consider the distinctive character of downtown Evanston by taking a closer look at historic buildings and byways. Discover the hidden treasures and little-known stories of our community. This tour meets at FOUNTAIN SQUARE. |  The Evanston History Center offers lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape. Tours may repeat and last for 90 minutes. Reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP to Kris Hartzell at khartzell@evanstonhistorycenter.org or 847-475-3410.   $20 per person/$15 for members; Payable at the door. Type: Tours.
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Fountain Square
1700 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL
(847) 866-7480
Y Fall Fest
October 5, 2019

Our annual Y Fall Fest is fun for all with live music, beer and wine, food, activities for kids, a haunted trail and spooks throughout the fest at dusk, art court, pony rides and more.  Open 4pm-10pm.   Type: Festival/Special Events.
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The North Suburban YMCA
2705 Techny Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
Grove Folk Fest
October 6, 2019

Costumed interpreters relive local history while visitors celebrate autumn with folk music, square dancing, hayrides and more. Dine on hearty food in the outdoor dining hall or enjoy the Native American flute circle. Gift and craft items are available for purchase. $5 adult | $1 Children 12 yrs and under. Tickets at the door.. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL
(847) 299-6096