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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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CSO: Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary
July 21, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs live along with the film showing of GHOSTBUSTERS on lawn screens. |  Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, is nestled in a 36-acre, gently wooded park making it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants. * Lawn ticket price increases by $5 on the day of the performance. $90 / $35 Lawn: $25*. Type: Performing Arts.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Sounds of Summer: Hokule’a-a Polynesian Revue Show
July 21, 2019

Sounds of Summer Concert: Hokule’a-a Polynesian Revue Show | Every summer, Heritage Park Performance Pavilion comes alive with a variety of free community events for all ages. This outdoor stage, with views of Heritage Lake, is the perfect venue to enjoy music and movies on the lawn. Bring the whole family to listen and dance to the most in-demand area bands and watch popular, family movies under the stars. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Coolers are allowed; no outside alcohol permitted. Concessions from the grill and beer/wine are available for purchase. Type: Live Music.
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Heritage Park Performance Pavilion
201 Community Boulevard
Wheeling, IL
(847) 465-3333
Vintage Garage Evanston
July 21, 2019

Head to the GORGEOUS palace of a parking garage on the 5th floor with fancy elevator and OMG PARKING! Plenty of parking on the floors below us and around the Garage too. Get here at the Davis stop by CTA and METRA. See all of your favorite vendors and new ones. Vintage fashion, clothing, jewelry, accessories, vintage furniture, home decor, Midcentury, oddities, vinyl, and more treasures await you on July 21 and September 15, 2019. $6. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston Parking Garage
1800 Maple; 5th Floor
Evanston, IL
(312) 505-6373
Central Street Sidewalk Sale
Through July 21, 2019

The Central Street Business Association announces the Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale taking place on Thursday July 18th- Sunday, July 21st. The 1700--2200 blocks of Central Street in North Evanston will offer deals, discounts, food and other delights. There will be terrific discounts between 20-70% at many of the retail establishments. The hours of the Sidewalk Sale are Thursday and Friday, 10-6, Saturday 10-5. Hours vary by individual establishments. Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Central Street, Evanston
1700--2200 blocks of Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 864-5565
Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa
Through July 21, 2019

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time challenges the widely held bias of a timeless Africa that is cut off from the dynamics of world history. Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time addresses the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe during the critical epoch of the eighth through 16th centuries, when West African gold fueled a global economy and was the impetus for the movement of things, people and ideas across the Sahara Desert to Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Using objects as points of entry and inquiry, Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time will interweave the art history, archaeology, history and comparative literature of trans-Saharan trade, situating it within a broad geographical and historical context.
  Free; $5 suggested donation is appreciated. Type: Visual Arts.
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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
BGH Classics: More Mendelssohn
July 22, 2019

BGH Classics Series: More Mendelssohn. RSMI Program for Piano & Strings.  | Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, is nestled in a 36-acre, gently wooded park making it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants. $12; No lawn sales. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet
July 22, 2019

Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.  | Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, is nestled in a 36-acre, gently wooded park making it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants. * Lawn ticket price increases by $5 on the day of the performance. $65 / $45 Lawn: $10* . Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Bill Blagg's Magic In Motion
July 23, 2019

Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion melds the fascination of magic with the wonders of physical science to create an unbelievable educational experience! Recommended for Families, Day Camp Groups and Grades 2nd to 7th.  Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
July 23, 2019

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band  |  Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, is nestled in a 36-acre, gently wooded park making it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants. * Lawn ticket price increases by $5 on the day of the performance. $100 / $90 Lawn: $38*. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Music on the Esplanade
July 23, 2019

Music on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden: Nascent Jazz Project, modern and standard jazz.  |  Enjoy an evening at Chicago Botanic Garden while listening to free live music on the Esplanade every Tuesday night through late August. Light fare and beverages are available for purchase at the concert site. Bring a chair or blanket. Picnicking permitted on the Esplanade only on concert evenings. Please Note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening.  Free Admission (does not include parking fees). Type: Live Music.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Tuesdays in the Park
Through July 23, 2019

Join your friends and family for free outdoor concerts in the heart of Northbrook! Performances take place Tuesday nights at Village Green Park. Visit local eateries to check out a variety of Tuesday in the Park specials. For a full concert schedule and list of participating restaurants, click here. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Northbrook Theatre, located inside the Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Avenue. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Village Green Park
Shermer and Meadow Roads
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 291-2960
Brahms & Rachmaninoff Cello Sonatas
July 24, 2019

Brahms & Rachmaninoff Cello Sonatas.  | Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, is nestled in a 36-acre, gently wooded park making it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants. * Lawn ticket price increases by $5 on the day of the performance.   $65 / $45 Lawn: $10* . Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Lunch on the Lake 2019
July 24, 2019

Lunch on the Lake 2019: Johnny Blas & Afro-Libre Group. Free noontime concerts on Norris East Lawn! Enjoy free fruit, picnic pads, and lake breezes weekly through July 31. Lunch menus available for purchase will feature summer cuisine favorites. All lunches includes an entree, dessert, and a beverage. In case of rains, the scheduled concert will be inside Norris Center’s Ground floor. Please call the Norris Center Desk at (847) 491-2300 in the event of bad weather. Free concert; Lunch $12 (+ tax) . Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Norris University Center East Lawn
1999 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-2300
Wednesdays in the Woods
July 24, 2019

Performer(s): Rosie & The Rivets perform the most dance-able music of the 50’s and early 60’s, plus some modern hits with a retro twist. Join us on Wednesday evenings for live music, food, and drinks at Hubbard Woods Park! Food is available for purchase through Catering by Chef Phil. Regular menu items include marinated chicken, burgers, hot dogs, chips, candy, and soft drinks. Beer and wine is available for purchase through the Winnetka Parks Foundation. FREE. Type: Live Music.
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Hubbard Woods Park in Winnetka
939 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL
(847) 501-2040
Wednesdays on the Green
July 24, 2019

Performing: The Flat Cats |  Head to Downtown Skokie every Wednesday night through August for free summer of fun. Bring a folding chair or blanket. The Village Green is partly grass, partly solid surfaces. Free parking located all around the Village Green. In case of Rain: move inside the Library to the Auditorium. Type: Live Music.
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Village Green
5187 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-0240
A Door Closed: The Unknown Story of America's Failed Kindertransport
July 25, 2019

By late 1938, Nazi policies had resulted in a refugee crisis, as Jews and other threatened groups attempted to flee the German Reich. During 1939, intense debate raged in Congress about legislation that would have allowed 20,000 refugee children into the United States outside of America’s restrictive immigration quotas. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation as we explore the history and controversy of the bill, public opinion at the time, and the legacy of immigration and refugee policies. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission;RSVP required. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL
(847).967-4800
Bill Blagg's Magic In Motion
July 25, 2019

Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion melds the fascination of magic with the wonders of physical science to create an unbelievable educational experience! Recommended for Families, Day Camp Groups and Grades 2nd to 7th.  Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Hot Summer Nights Series
July 25, 2019

Hot Summer Nights: Suburban Cowboys Country.   | The Hot Summer Nights series features sunsets, free live music and dancing every Thursday night through late August. Professional dance instructors will teach easy-to-understand mini-lessons that correspond to the music of the evening. Enjoy your favorite Garden Grille selections at concerts with Grille to Go! Purchase a reusable Chicago Botanic Garden tote bag and carry your menu selection to evening concerts throughout the summer. Picnicking is permitted in/surrounding McGinley Pavilion only on concert evenings. Bring a chair as the Garden has a limited supply available each evening. Free Admission (does not include parking fees). Type: Live Music.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Pianist Richard Goode
July 25, 2019

Pianist Richard Goode.  | Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, is nestled in a 36-acre, gently wooded park making it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants. **Lawn ticket sales will increase by $5 on the day of the concert. $65 / $45 Lawn: $10* . Type: Visual Arts.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Summer Sounds Series
July 25, 2019

Summer Sound Series Performer(s): Peach's Beach Party.  Enjoy free live musical performances starting 6:30pm.  Free. Type: Live Music.
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The Glen Town Center
2671 Navy Boulevard
Glenview, IL
(847) 724-2025
Thursday Night Live
July 25, 2019

Performer: Chicken Bone | Classic Rock Covers.   Now in its 20th year, Thursday Night Live returns with an exciting 10-concert series to Fountain Square plaza this summer! Join us every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm to enjoy live music ranging from jazz, classic rock, rockabilly, blues and swing more. Free event and all ages are welcome! In the event of rain, Downtown Evanston will cancel the show by 4pm. Check Facebook, Instagram and website for updates. Thursday Night Live, in downtown Evanston, is accessible via public transit by CTA Purple Line “el” to the Davis; or take Metra to the Davis stop. Type: Live Music.
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Fountain Square Plaza
1603 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL
Mahler's Symphony No. 8
July 26, 2019

Mahler's Symphony No. 8   | Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States with a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September. A perfect evening - listening to music, drinks and a picnic under the stars on Ravinia's lawn. *Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. $105 / $35 Lawn: $15*. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road /Bennett Gordon Hall
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Party on the Patio
July 26, 2019

Join the Wheeling Park District for an unforgettable evening under the stars. The Walk-ins band lights up the night with their special brand of entertainment. Add hors d'oeuvres and a fully-stocked cash bar and you have all the ingredients for a perfect night. See you on the patio. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
847-465-2311
Summer Fun Art Fridays
July 26, 2019

Every Friday this summer, come to ARTica for fun, open studio activities. July 26: Canvas painting. Everything is FREE and supplies are limited, so come early and flex your creativity. Must be 9 years of age or older. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Norris University Center
1999 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-2300
Classic Car Show and Touch A Truck
July 27, 2019

See a wide selection of classics and classics in the making. Learn from car enthusiasts! Last year, over 80 cars participated in the event bringing the classiest and craziest cars in the area (including an 80's military cargo van!). Talk to the owners of each vehicle and learn what it takes to find restore, and maintain these amazing cars. Each guest, including our little ones, will get a voting card to choose their personal favorite car in each category. Winners will be announced at 3:45 pm. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Heritage Park Performance Pavilion
201 Community Boulevard
Wheeling, IL
(847) 465-3333
Ice Cream Social
July 27, 2019

Join us for an afternoon of summer fun! Come to listen to the Ridgeville Band on the grounds of the Dawes House (225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL). Watch Kevin Kelly’s hilarious magic show, enjoy free admission to the Dawes House, and free frozen yogurt courtesy of YoFresh Yogurt Cafe! This is a summer favorite for kids and adults and it is entirely free!  Event Schedule: The Ridgeville Band, 1-2 pm. Kevin Kelly’s Magic Show, 2-3 pm.  Dawes House Open for self-guided tours of house and viewing of exhibits, 1:00 PM— 3:00 PM. Plus: Kids’ Games, Popcorn, and Lemonade. Free and open to everyone! . Type: Family Fun.
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Charles Dawes House
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston , IL
(847) 475-3410
Lenny: A Musical Portrait In Symphony, Song and Story
July 27, 2019

Lenny: A Musical Portrait In Symphony, Song and Story.   |   Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States with a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September. A perfect evening - listening to music, drinks and a picnic under the stars on Ravinia's lawn. *Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. $105 / $35 Lawn: $15. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
"Weird Al" Yankovic
July 28, 2019

"Weird Al" Yankovic "Strings Attached" Tour.  | Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States with a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September. A perfect evening, listening to music, drinks and a picnic under the stars on Ravinia's lawn. *Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. $90 / $80 Lawn: $43*. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Randy Walker Memorial 5k
July 28, 2019

Over the last seven years, Northwestern Athletics & Recreation hosted the event to commemorate former head football coach Randy Walker. The event will wind through Evanston and the Northwestern campus before finishing on historic Ryan Field. All runners will receive a short-sleeved, technical shirt, a ticket to a non-conference home football game (9/15 vs. UNLV, 11/16 vs. UMass) and entry into the race day partner and hospitality zone. Early registration fee will be $37.50 through June 30, when it will increase to $40 until July 26. Day-before and race-day registration will be $45. Northwestern University students can register for $25, but will not receive a football game ticket (student admission is complimentary for all Wildcats athletics events). In addition to the 5K, the event will feature various kids races. The age-group events for kids 14-and-under include a kids' mile, costing $15 (including a football gam ticket), and kids' dashes on the field for $10.
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Northwestern University & Downtown Evanston
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 467-3758
Renee Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet
July 28, 2019

Renee Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet.  |  Ravinia Festival is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States with a series of outdoor concerts and performances held every summer from June to September. A perfect evening, listening to music, drinks and a picnic under the stars on Ravinia's lawn. *Lawn ticket prices are increased by $5 on the day of the show. $95 / $55 Lawn: $10. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road /Bennett Gordon Hall
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100