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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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Comedy Night!
March 29, 2019

Come enjoy dinner and a show at Maggiano's Little Italy at Old Orchard when the "Chicago Comedy Scene Radio" will provide the laughs. Family style dinner will be served. Please note this is an "Adult-themed show" feautring Reena Calm, Katie Meiners, Mike All and Luke Schneider. For details, please visit https://www.chicagoscomedyscene.com/113018. $60. Type: Performing Arts.
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Maggiano's Little Italy
Westfield Old Orchard
Skokie, IL
Reentko Dirks
March 30, 2019

A versatile virtuoso of the guitar, Reentko Dirks blends such classics as the “Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso and Ariel Ramírez’s “Alfonsina y el mar” with rock and funk from the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen as well as flamenco and other traditional music. Dining package available.  $12. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Road /Bennett Gordon Hall
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Music of the Baroque: Hot Coffee—Bach & Haydn
March 31, 2019

Music of the Baroque: Hot Coffee—Bach & Haydn. Jane Glover serves up a rich brew of Bach and Haydn, including Bach’s delightfully whimsical Coffee Cantata with soprano Joélle Harvey and energetic Orchestral Suite No. 2. Two symphonies by Haydn—the crackling Fire and the contemplative Philosopher—add a dash of Classical flavor. $39 | $48 | $64 | $78. Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Demonstration Cooking: Whole Grains
April 3, 2019

Demonstration Cooking: Whole Grains. Adding whole grains to your diet helps create a healthier you. In this cooking class, discover techniques to incorporate whole wheat flour and other fiber-and vitamin-rich ingredients to your meals. Learn to make waldorf salad with steel cut oats and mushroom-barley-cashew burgers. Take home a portion of morning glory muffins. Varies. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Step Into Spring: An Evening of Flamenco
April 5, 2019

The Halim Time & Glass Museum invites you to an evening of fine art, music and food. Join us as we celebrate the coming of Spring through the beauty of Flamenco. This special evening will include: Pre-show Open Bar and Passed Hors d'oeuvres in the Museum Lobby, Stained Glass Masters Gallery and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Gallery. Two 40 minute performances by Ensemble Español Spanish Dance. Theater One: 30 minute Intermission with Spanish guitar soloist David Chiriboga. Spanish-Inspired Dinner. Open Bar during Opening Reception and Intermission - closed during performances. Traditional Spanish desserts Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Halim Time and Glass Museum
1560 Oak Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
(224) 714-5600
Learn to Make Goat Milk Soap
April 6, 2019

Learn to make small-batch artisan goat milk soap. Learn the old-fashioned cold-process method, using farm-fresh goat milk and organic, sustainable vegetable oil and essential oils. Take home a bar of this mild, moisturizing, chemical-free soap. Gretta Winkelbauer, owner and organic farmer, of "Gretta’s Goats." Classroom 5, Learning Center Varies. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute
April 6, 2019

Piano and string musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (RSMI), led by violinist Miriam Fried, kick off their national tour featuring the Ravinia-commissioned piano trio by Timo Andres that they premiered this summer along with Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet and Franck’s Piano Quintet. Dining package available.  $12. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
418 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, IL
(847)266-5100
National Theatre Live: Allelujah!
April 6, 2019

National Theatre Live: Allelujah! The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.      Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Paula Poundstone
April 6, 2019

Paula Poundstone continues to amaze us with unforgettable sold-out performances as our audiences continue to clamor for her next return to our stage. A master of observational comedy for which she’s known, Paula is a rare comedic talent that can engage her audience with witty impromptu dialogue and produce rapturously roaring results. Each one of Paula’s shows is completely unique and unrepeatable. She can cleverly poke fun at someone without demeaning her comic target. Paula is warm and genuine—a true anti-celebrity! $48 | $55. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Screen Print A T-Shirt
April 6, 2019

The Evanston Art Center: Print your own design on a T shirt in this one-day printmaking workshop! Bring a high-contrast black and white image on paper, and you'll go home with it printed on a shirt. Ages: 16+ older. Skill level: Beginner. Varies. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 448-8260
Woodrow Wilson and the Paris Peace Conference of 1919
April 10, 2019

Woodrow Wilson & the Paris Peace Conference 1919. World War I drew to a close with the armistice of November 11, 1918, but the war’s official end would not come until June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in Paris. The treaty and the complex negotiations that led to it would prove to pose new problems and issues faced by the postwar world. President Woodrow Wilson has long been judged critically for his role in the negotiations. Biographer Patricia O’Toole will examine the complex challenges Wilson faced in Paris, his leadership of the Americans during the war, and his legacy. Reservations strongly advised: register online, call or email.


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Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston, IL
847-475-3410
Feast and Imbibe Cooking Class: Street Food
April 12, 2019

Join Chef Giuseppe in the Feast & Imbibe Studio Kitchen for a hands-on cooking class & demonstration where you will learn to make a selection of street food from around the world. This class includes vegetarian and gluten free options.  $100 per person. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Feast and Imbibe
601 Payne St Suite C
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-9744
Science After Hours
April 12, 2019

Adults get their chance to explore the world of science and take part in festival activities in a fun atmosphere with themed drinks and food available for purchase. Be a kid again and geek out on science and explore the world of pollinators, flowers, fruits and seeds. Dissect a cone flower, build your own pollinator, experience a larger-than-life lima bean, and lounge on an oversized pollen grain. Meet some of the Garden’s scientists, too. Usual parking fees apply. Advance: $8/$10 Day-of: $11/$13. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
847-835-5440
Callisto Quartet
April 13, 2019

The prizewinning Callisto Quartet highlights the harmony of time with the celestial expanse of Beethoven’s Second “Razumovsky” Quartet and Thomas Adès’s Four Quarters, a prismatic revelation of the rhythms of a day lived to its fullest, in its Ravinia debut. Dining package option available. Dining package option available. $12. Type: Live Music.
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Ravinia Festival
418 Sheridan Rd.
Highland Park, IL
(847) 266-5100
Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!
April 13, 2019

2 Shows on Saturday: 2:00pm and 8:00pm. "Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!"is a faithful and often humorous portrayal of U.S. President Harry S. Truman’s life and presidency, written by playwright Samuel Gallu as a one-man biographical play and a 1975 film starring James Whitmore. Whitmore’s portrayal of Truman earned him both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. The play spans Harry Truman’s childhood; his “political apprenticeship” as a judge in Jackson County, MO; his years in the US Senate; and his momentous two terms as President of the United States.  $30 | $40 | $50. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Hippity Hop Bunny Breakfast
April 13, 2019

Come join Maggiano's for a morning full of fun with the Easter Bunny! The Easter Bunny will be here hopping around to take pictures with the kids. We will also have a breakfast buffet, craft station, coloring area, and face painter.  Adults age 12 & older: $25; Kids 3-11: $17; Kids under 2: no charge. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Maggiano's Little Italy
Westfield Old Orchard
Skokie, IL 60077
847-933-9572
NT Live: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
April 13, 2019

National Theatre Live: Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule. Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Josephine Louis Theater; 20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-7282
Gallery Opening
April 14, 2019

Gallery Opening at Evanston Art Center: Doug DeWitt(link is external) is a Chicago-area artist whose found-object sculpture and environmental art are inspired by natural history and the Midwest landscape. Olea Nova is a visual artist and composer. She was born in Leningrad, Russia and is a graduate of the University of Humanities and Social Sciences in St. Petersburg, Russia and the School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago. Her body of work encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking, video and sound.  Type: Visual Arts.
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Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 475.5300
Leo Kottke
April 14, 2019

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Clone, caught audiences’ attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called Sixty Six Steps, produced by Leo’s old friend and Prince producer David Z. Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College. Catch him at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts!  $32 | $42 | $52 . Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300
Unearth Science Festival
April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019

What would happen if a science fair came to life? With a full weekend of science activities, the second annual Unearth Science festival celebrates science and nature in ways that will encourage you to explore. Participate in drop-in activities, in-depth workshops, film screenings, and special events. This year’s themes and activities feature pollinators, flowers, fruits, and seeds. All programs and activities (except science workshops) are free; usual parking fees apply. Varies. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(224) 364-7270
Build a Birdhouse
April 17, 2019

New! Inviting birds into your garden is a great way to observe and learn about bird behavior, courtship, and nesting. Using a prepared kit, have fun building a birdhouse to take home and hang. Learn which birds in our area use birdhouses, different box shapes, sizes, placement, cleaning, and also habitat tips. All materials included. $60/$75. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440
7th Annual Bites and Brews Festival
April 18, 2019

Every year, 350 friends and neighbors unabashedly treat themselves to evening of conversation, live music, and dozens of tastes of every type: sweet, succulent, piquant, fizzy, fiery, cheesy, chewy, and tangy. Sample a huge variety of beers, heart-warming wines, and the best food in the region from 23 very different kitchens.  $25 members; $35 door (and non-members). Type: Festival/Special Events.
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The Glen Club
2901 West Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL
847-724-0900
Retail Therapy on Central Street
April 19, 2019

Central Street Evanston presents its semi-annual “RETAIL THERAPY NIGHT”, a tradition for over a decade. This night offers special discounts, raffles, refreshments and giveaways from participating businesses. The participating businesses are all located just east and west of Green Bay Road on Central Street (1800-2100 blocks of Central Street). Don't miss this FUN EVENT! Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Central Street Shops in Evanston
1800-2100 blocks of Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 864-5565
46th Annual Egg Hunt
April 20, 2019

Join the fun and excitement of hunting for goody-filled eggs in Winnetka’s annual egg hunt. After the eggs are all cracked, stick around and have your child’s picture taken with “EB” the bunny. Other fun activities include inflatables, an interactive DJ, a balloonist, and a live petting zoo!
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West Elm Park
1155 Elm Street
Winnetka , IL 60093
Doggy Egg Hunt
April 20, 2019

Dogs may not eat eggs, but they do enjoy the treats inside! March with your best friend during our egg hunt parade, challenge the doggy obstacle course, and scour for treats hidden in plastic eggs Type: Festival/Special Events.
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West Elm Park
1155 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Landladies
Through April 20, 2019

The Landladies: Self-made landlord Marti and her new tenant Christine strike up a complicated relationship in this compelling world premiere. Despite a tentative friendship, neither can afford the luxury of forgetting her own best interests. Faced with impossible dilemmas of fairness versus kindness, honesty or eviction, these two women reveal the vulnerability as well as the ingenuity of people who know the value of having a home, and the threat of losing one. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
The Bridges of Madison County
Through April 21, 2019

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. Then, ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway, seeking directions…  This touching story of two people finding love later in life will be a perfect fit for the intimate Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. Part of the complete Theo Ubique experience includes dinner, served by the actors before the show, with dessert during intermission! Dinner reservations are accepted at the same time as you place your ticket order. For an additional $25, order the show with three-course dinner in one easy step.  Varies; Add dinner for an additional $25. Type: Performing Arts.
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Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
721 Howard Street,
Evanston, IL
(773) 347-1109
Terry Reid with Railheart
April 25, 2019

Cult British rock hero Terry Reid—who famously turned down Jimmy Page's offer to join Led Zeppelin and performed at Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 and Glastonbury in 1971—comes to SPACE for a special night of music on April 25, with support from local country-rockers Railheart.
$18 – $28. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Segovia Classical Guitar Series: O'Dette and McFarlane
April 26, 2019

Lutenist Paul O’Dette, winner of a Grammy Award and the Diapason d’Or, has performed at major international festivals throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. He has appeared with respected conductors and ensembles including Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Tafelmusik, The Parley of Instruments, and Tragicomedia, and recorded for the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Decca, Sony, and Hyperion labels, among others. Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane is a founding member of Ayreheart and the Baltimore Consort. Together, O’Dette and McFarlane present a rare duo lute performance not to be missed.   Varies. Type: Live Music.
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Bienen School of Music / Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
70 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
Cosplay Class
April 27, 2019

Turn EVA “Hero” Foam into this video game inspired shield!  You’ll learn how to build and glue the shield, add detail and paint it.  Experience how easy it is to make your own cosplay armor and props. Register online and your supply list will be emailed to you along with a discount code to use on our site for purchasing Hero Foam.  Vogue Fabrics now carries the entire Sew Much Cosplay line of Hero Foam and Power Shine products. $45. Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Vogue Fabrics
718 Main St
Evanston, IL
(847) 864-1270