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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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Main-Dempster Mile Holiday Treat Walk
December 12, 2019

The whole family is welcome! Visit your favorite shops on the Mile to taste traditional (or not so traditional) holiday treats!  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Main-Dempster Mile
Southeast Evanston Business District
Evanston, IL
Ana Gasteyer
December 13, 2019

Ana Gasteyer (SNL, The Goldbergs) is set to release her new holiday album, Sugar & Booze, this year. A collection of original and classic Holiday songs, which harken back to the big-band jazz era with a modern and often comedic touch, Sugar & Booze (out Oct 25) is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, 'I'm Hip.' Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston , IL
(847) 492-8860
Jennifer Miller Jewelry Trunk Show
December 12, 2019 - December 13, 2019

From their boutiques in the Hamptons and Palm Beach comes the team from Jennifer Miller Jewelry bringing a stunning collection curated from over 100 designers from across the globe. From the latest trends to classic pieces you'll wear forever, Jennifer Miller takes you from resort to holiday soirée in style. Thursday from 4:00pm - 7:00 pm, enjoy the trunk show along with bubbly & bites! Friday, December 13, 10:00am - 5:00 pm. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Maze Home
735 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 441-1115
Breakfast with Santa
December 14, 2019

Santa is coming to the Skokie Park District! Please join us for a delicious pancake breakfast, entertainment and a raffle. Take pictures with Santa at this all ages event. All adults and children must pre-register for this event. Fee is per person. Registration will not be taken the day of the event. $17-$19. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Oakton Community Center
4701 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL
(847) 674-1500 ext. 2700
Breakfast with Santa
December 14, 2019

Spend the morning at Chevy Chase Country Club enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast while carolers entertain you.  All children will have the opportunity to meet with Santa and have photos taken with him.  The event concludes with a show from "Those Funny Little People."  Reserve your spot today as this event sells out!   Fee/Resident: $20/adult ages 11 years+; $10/child 4-10 years; $5/child 3 years and under. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chevy Chase Country Club
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 465-2311
Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton Chicago Northbrook
December 14, 2019

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast buffet at Allgauer's on the Riverfront's annual Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and more! Call 847-509-7010 for reservations.    Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Hilton Chicago Northbrook
2855 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 509-7010
Broadway with the Callaways
December 14, 2019

Broadway with the Callaways: The Tony-nominated Callaway Sisters are raising the roof with their new show Broadway with the Callaways! Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway—one singular sensation—sing showstoppers from West Side StoryChicagoFunny GirlCatsCarouselWicked and more great Broadway shows! $38 | $48 | $58. Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Moira's Afternoon Tea
December 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea served at Celtic Knot Pub every Wednesday and Saturday Afternoons. Enjoy an assortment of mini sandwiches, homemade scones, a selection of mini tarts and desserts. And, of course, delicious hot tea! Varies. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60201
Santa Scavenger Hunt
December 14, 2019

Santa is hiding at Westfield Old Orchard Mall!  Follow us on Instgram @WestfieldOldOrchard to find clues to discover where Santa is hiding on December 14th & 24th! Find him & you'll be instantly rewarded with a prize! Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Westfield Old Orchard
Old Orchard Rd. at Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6800
7th Annual Holiday Singalong
December 15, 2019

Join us at Winnetka Community House for the 7th Annual Holiday Singalong with Some Assembly Required. All are welcome!  $5 per person; $10 per family. Type: Family Fun.
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Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL
Chicago Tap Theatre: Tidings of Tap!
December 15, 2019

Chicago Tap Theatre: Tidings of Tap! Featuring dances to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah & the Winter Season…with all LIVE music! Your family will love tapping into this charming, and now annual, celebration of the holiday season by Chicago Tap Theatre. See why hundreds of Chicago families have made Tidings of Tap! their new holiday tradition. Featuring rhythm and whimsy-filled dance interpretations of your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and winter songs, this is a fun yet sophisticated, family-friendly evening that you’ll be talking about all year!  Audiences will also love experiencing the live holiday music performed by the CTT jazz trio and klezmer group. $25 | $31 | $41. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 673-6300
Holiday Tea at the Grove
December 15, 2019

Relax in the elegant setting of the Historic Kennicott House, enjoying the company of friends, a comforting cup of tea and a three-course “high tea” menu of sandwiches, scones and sweets. GHA members and parties of 7 or more: Call The Grove at (847) 299-6096 before registering for GHA member price and group rates. Ages 12+. $45. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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The Grove National Historic Landmark
1421 Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL
(847) 299-6096
Pictures, Brunch and Pizza with Santa
December 15, 2019

Skip the mall and come see Santa at Firehouse Grill this holiday season! Join Firehouse Grill on Sunday, December 15th for pictures with Santa! The ticket includes a visit with Mr. Claus and a brunch/lunch buffet! There will also be a craft project available for the kids if they would like to partake! Santa will be available for photos, so make sure you bring your camera. There are three different time slots for this event:  9:30-11:00am, 11:30-1pm or 1:30-3pm!  Please make sure you are selecting the right time for your visit when you purchase your tickets! Limited space for each time slot, so get your tickets today! Tickets: $20 per adult, $15 for the first child, and $10 each additional child (kids 3 and under fre. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
Winter Solstice Woods Walk
December 15, 2019

Explore the flora and fauna and celebrate the winter solstice season with a peaceful, 40-minute, free, guided walk in the McDonald Woods. Warm up by a roaring fire afterward. Dress for the weather. If there is deep snow, we will walk on paths and areas adjacent to the McDonald Woods. If the weather is bitterly cold, the walk will be canceled. Check the Chicago Botanic Garden's page for last-minute weather updates. Meet at the McDonald Woods Shelter.  Free; Parking fees apply. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
The Niceties
Through December 15, 2019

In THE NICETIES by Eleanor Burgess, an accomplished Ivy League professor holds routine office hours with an ambitious young student to discuss her thesis: if history is written by the victors, who tells the story of the oppressed? Before long, quibbles over vocabulary and Wikipedia citations turn into a dangerous debate as both women passionately defend their perspective and their personal worldview—until one of them puts everything on the line to make her case. Prices Vary. Type: Performing Arts.
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Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 242-6000
A Doll's House
Through December 15, 2019

A Doll's House: This focused one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer, deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy, testing the bonds of their marriage and forcing them to take stock of their relationship and ask themselves how well they truly know one another… Price varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Glencoe, IL
(847) 242-6000
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Michigan State
December 18, 2019

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats play in the all-new Welsh-Ryan Arena!  Watch a home game in Evanston in a state-of-the-art facility and enjoy a world-class experience with the passionate Wildcats home crowd. Prices vary. Type: Sports.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland
Evanston, IL
888-467-8775
Winter Solstice on Green Bay Trail
December 20, 2019

Celebrate the passing of the shortest day of the year with a Parade of Lights on the Trail! Decorate your family, dog, wagons, strollers, and self with lights and things that glow. Prizes will be awarded for Best Lighting and trail snacks will be served. Open flames and candles are prohibited. In the event of severe weather, the parade will be canceled. Event updates will be posted at gbtrail.org.  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Shelton Park
251 Harbor St
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-3030
Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton Chicago Northbrook
December 21, 2019

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast buffet at Allgauer's on the Riverfront's annual Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and more! Call 847-509-7010 for reservations.    Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Hilton Chicago Northbrook
2855 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 509-7010
Saturday Afternoon Public Skate: Ugly Sweater Theme
December 21, 2019

Saturday Afternoon Public Skate Session Ugly Sweater Day! Please dress appropriately for the ice, A hat and gloves are highly recommended. Varies; Skate rental $3. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Skatium Ice Arena
9340 Weber Park Place
Skokie, IL
(847) 929-7900
Holiday Window Decorating Contest
Through December 21, 2019

The 5th Annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest kicks off on December 9. Evanston businesses will decorate their windows and there will be three winners: Judges Favorite, Fan Favorite, and Best Use of Merchandise. View and vote for your favorite window decoration at the Evanston Holiday Window Contest Facebook page starting December 1. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 21!  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Throughout Downtown Evanston
Downtown Evanston, IL
2019 Winter Art and Crafts Expo
Through December 21, 2019

The Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts Expo is one of the largest and most celebrated craft shows in the Chicago area. The 16th annual Expo features original arts and crafts by over 140 selected artisans, featuring works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-5300
Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker
December 21, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker marches back onto the North Shore Center stage with an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! Salt Creek’s production is the perfect way to introduce children to the power and beauty of dance. $20.40 | $33.15 | $43.35. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Music of the Baroque Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts
December 19, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Don’t miss the Chicago tradition known for “smart, historically discerning, and geographically varied repertoire that doesn’t shy away from the season’s religious essence” (Chicago Classical Review). Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Music of the Baroque
9501 N. Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
Through December 22, 2019

While the Bennets and Darcys are celebrating upstairs, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia’s ne’er-do-well husband Mr. Wickham has arrived, and it’s up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. As old misunderstandings and new secrets start to spiral out of control, the residents of Pemberley prove that family, forgiveness, and the true spirit of giving always win the day. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Holiday Sing
December 24, 2019

Join families, friends, and neighbors for the 23rd annual Holiday Sing. Bring your singing voices, candles (or flashlights), and gather around Village Green to sing everyone’s favorite holiday songs. This event lasts approximately 25 minutes. Type: Family Fun,Festival/Special Events.
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Village Green Park
525 Maple St.
Winnetka, IL 60093
Santa Scavenger Hunt
December 24, 2019

Santa is hiding at Westfield Old Orchard Mall! Follow us on Instgram @WestfieldOldOrchard to find clues to discover where Santa is hiding on December 24th! Find him & you'll be instantly rewarded with a prize! Free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Westfield Old Orchard
Old Orchard Rd. at Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6800
Men's Basketball Northwestern University vs Hartford
December 29, 2019

Come watch Big 10 basketball at it's finest. The Northwestern Wildcat's host Hartford in their newly renovated stadium.  Prices vary. Type: Sports.
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Welsh-Ryan Arena
2705 Ashland
Evanston, IL
847-491-2287
Chanukah Wonderland
December 22, 2019 - December 29, 2019

Join us for 4 magical days of Chanukah excitement and fun for the entire family. Bringing to life the 2,100 years old Chanukah story. Giant Dreidel moon-bounce, Olive oil making demonstration, Menorah-making work shop, Doughnut decorating, Dreidel Canvas painting, Bringing to life the 2,100 years old Chanukah story.Giant Dreidel moon-bounce, Olive oil making demonstration, Menorah-making work shop, Doughnut decorating, Dreidel Canvas painting, Cool Chanukah slime and much more. $10 per child all-inclusive entrance fee.  $10. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Northbrook Court
2171 Northbrook Court
Northbrook, IL
(847) 204-0185
It's A Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Play
Through December 29, 2019

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play has become a holiday tradition at Oil Lamp – a tradition that audiences embrace enthusiastically as they’re swept up in the magic and whimsy of this timeless classic. Only seven actors bring the dozens of characters to life in a 1946 radio play — complete with sound effects – that tells the story of George Bailey, a young man whose troubles lead him to wish he’d never been born. He is visited by the angel Clarence who comes to earth on Christmas Eve to help George realize how many lives he has touched, just how blessed he has been, and how different the world would be if he’d never been there. As always, enjoy BYOB (Bring your own bottle) and free cookies from Oil Lamp Theater!  $25—$40. Type: Performing Arts.
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Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL
(847) 834-0738