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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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An Evening with Leftover Salmon
February 23, 2019

Few bands stick around for thirty years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy during that time that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band.  And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. Since their earliest days as a forward-thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix. Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style. $35 | $45 | $55 | $65. Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan
February 23, 2019

Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan: The virtuoso Punch Brothers banjoist (and Skokie native) returns to the club for two shows with fiddler Stuart Duncan at Evanston Space.  Varies. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston Space
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin
February 23, 2019

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first 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
(847) 491-2287
Brush with Nature Exhibition
Through February 24, 2019

Local plein air painters exhibit their paintings of the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie, IL. Exhibiting Artists include: Adrienne Aaronson, Zhanna Biletska, Laura Frisch, Steve Johnson, Debra Nichols Naomi Pollack, Talia and Clare Prilutsky, Amanda Roman and Aruna Sarode. The juried exhibition will be on display in "Woodland Gallery" at Emily Oaks Nature Center from November 16, 2018 through February 24, 2019.     Type: Visual Arts.
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Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel St.,
Skokie, IL 60077
847-674-1500
Book Discussion: The Way of Coyote
February 28, 2019

Join us for a talk at "Bookends and Beginnings" bookstore with Gavin Van Horn, director of cultures of conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature in Chicago. Van Horn will discuss his recent book, The Way of Coyote, in which he reveals the stupendous diversity of species that can flourish in urban landscapes like Chicago. The city has been altered dramatically over a relatively short timespan—its soils covered by concrete and its wetlands drained and refilled. Book signing following the presentation. Books will be available for sale at the event. Reception at 6:30PM.  $10; EHC members are free. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Bookends and Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-3410
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Minnesota
February 28, 2019

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first 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
Native American Woven Arts
Through February 28, 2019

For thousands of years, indigenous people have transformed simple fibers into useful and beautiful containers, clothes, and other household materials reflecting their unique cultures. Weaving is a varied and true art form for Native people across the US and Canada, and this exhibit explores the artistry and expertise of the weavers who create unique and priceless baskets, bags, rugs, blankets, and clothing.     Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
3001 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
847-475-1030
Segovia Classical Guitar Series: Waller, Maxwell, Graef, Pickler,
March 1, 2019

As the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo, Bienen School faculty guitarist Anne Waller and DePaul University faculty guitarist Mark Maxwell have appeared at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; Guitar Foundation of America festivals; Buffalo, New York’s Rantucci Festival; and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. They have performed extensively in Italy, where they were praised for “their absolutely sublime touch” (La Sicilia) and for “strong playing, but at the same time delicate and clean” (Libert). Chicago Symphony Orchestra assistant principal flutist Richard Graef and Charles Pikler, longtime CSO principal viola, join the duo for an evening of exquisite chamber music.   Varies. Type: Live Music.
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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall / Bienen Music Hall
70 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
Milk Carton Kids
March 2, 2019

Waltzing into disaster and its aftermath, The Milk Carton Kids’ All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do from ANTI- Records was released on June 29, 2018. The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. See them at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.  $35 | $45 | $50 | $65. Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300
Nina Simone: Four Women
Through March 2, 2019

Nina Simone: Four Women — In the aftermath of 1963’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Powerful anthems such as “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow,” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” followed, fueling the Civil Rights movement and transforming her public persona from songstress to activist. Celebrate Ms. Simone’s lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.   Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300
Music of the Baroque: The Grand Tour
March 3, 2019

The Grand TourMusic of the Baroque: The Grand Tour. A “gap year” is in vogue today—and it was in the 17th and 18th centuries, too. Harry Bicket, Baroque specialist and artistic director of The English Concert, leads a lively musical reenactment of the grand European tour of young nobles and aristocrats, from London and Versailles to Venice and Munich. $39 | $48 | $64 | $78 . Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300
Guys and Dolls
Through March 3, 2019

Guys and Dolls: Luck be a lady tonight in this hilarious romantic comedy that takes us through heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City! Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the cash, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Mobsters, mayhem and musical comedy light up the stage in this multiple award-winning Broadway fable that is beloved by generations. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Ethel M. Barber Theater
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Don't Dress for Dinner
Through March 3, 2019

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. Varies; includes cookies and corkage fee! . Type: Performing Arts.
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Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL
(847) 834-0738
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Ohio State
March 6, 2019

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first 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
847-491-2287
Birthright: A War Story
March 8, 2019

While access to abortion is often front and center in debates around reproductive rights, the matter of choice is just one factor in a broad assault on the privacy and autonomy of women. This searing documentary, described by director Civia Tamarkin as “a real-life Handmaid’s Tale,” provides a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute overview of the “war on women” carried out by right-wing legislators throughout the United States. Anchored in the lived experiences of women whose access to reproductive health has been regulated, restricted, and criminalized, the film builds on these testimonies to paint a shocking picture of the forces shaping women’s health policy in the United States. *** In person: director Civia Tamarkin, in conversation with Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, director of the Northwestern Women’s Center. Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum of Art of Art
40 Arts Circle,
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Guinness Dinner and Painting Party
March 8, 2019

Join Maggiano's Little Italy at Old Orchard for a beer dinner and painting party with "Sip Parties" and Guinness! Join us for a beer dinner and enjoy a memorable evening of delicious chef-inspired dishes, paired with the award winning beers from the Guinness brewery. The evening will conclude with a professional artist from Sip Parties guiding you step by step to create a vintage Guinness palate for you to take home. Cash bar available. Must be 21 years and older to attend.  $55. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Maggiano's Little Italy at Old Orchard
4999 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60201
(847) 933-9572
International Women’s Day
March 8, 2019

Join Evanston History Center on the morning of March 8th for a celebration of International Women’s Day. Evanston women of all ages are invited to join us for a “Get To Know You” networking event. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP for your seat!  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 475-3410
Tango. The One. The Emotion.
March 8, 2019

Tango. The One. The Emotion: The authentic Argentine Tango Show with live music performed by a traditional orchestra accompanied by internationally acclaimed Argentine Tango dancers.
  $47 | $57 | $67 | $77. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL
847-673-6300
Film: IIo IIo
March 9, 2019

Winner of the Camera d’Or award for best first feature at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Anthony Chen’s engrossing and empathetic drama Ilo Ilo tackles the emotional and socioeconomic complexities of care work in the age of globalization. The story centers on Teresa, a Filipina domestic worker hired by a Singaporean family to look after problem child Jiale just before the Asian financial crisis of 1997. Drawing on his own experiences, Chen looks incisively at inequities of class, gender, and national identity, particularly as they manifest and reproduce themselves in family dynamics and in the delegation of domestic labor. FREE. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering
March 9, 2019

Frank Orrall, the mastermind behind one of Chicago's most beloved and long-running Poi Dog Pondering, brings his solo game to Evanston Space, are ever evolving combination of Acoustic & Electronic textures, Edited Video, Songs and Stories.   
$25-$45. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(866) 777-8932
Madeleine Peyroux & Paula Cole
March 9, 2019

A special double-bill concert featuring two of the music industry’s most sophisticated female artists known for their seamless ability to sing in both the standard jazz and mainstream pop genres. Don’t miss the return of Madeleine Peyroux to the North Shore Center along with Grammy-winner Paula Cole. $55 | $65 | $75. Type: Live Music.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Purdue
March 9, 2019

Come see Big Ten basketball at its best! Northwestern University Men's Wildcats season is the first 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
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10, 2019

The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day parade/march in Downtown Skokie takes place on Sunday, March 10, kicking off at noon from the 7900 block of Lincoln Avenue across from the Skokie Theater. Two parties will take place at the end of the parade at Lincoln Avenue and Madison Street. One is at The Curragh, 8266 Lincoln Avenue, with Irish entertainment, libations and plenty of delicious Irish food and entertainment, and a family party with children’s games at Madison School, 5100 Madison Street (Madison Street at Lincoln Avenue).  Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Downtown Skokie
7900 Block of Lincoln Ave. Across from Skokie Theater
Skokie, IL 60077
Danceworks 2019
March 1, 2019 - March 10, 2019

Danceworks 2019: The best of dance at Northwestern University is always on full display each year at the annual Danceworks concert featuring new works in a variety of styles including contemporary, ballet, and jazz. This year’s exciting showcase will feature new works from acclaimed Chicago-based choreographers Paige Fraser and J’Sun Howard, as well as works by Northwestern University dance faculty members Jeff Hancock and Joel Valentin-Martinez. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Northwestern Wirtz Center / Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston , IL
(847) 491-7282
When She Had Wings
February 24, 2019 - March 10, 2019

A fiercely determined young girl and aspiring pilot named B. has decided that she must realize her destiny to fly before turning ten. In a makeshift airplane built in her backyard treehouse she recounts the thrilling and legendary victories of her hero, Amelia Earhart. That night following a tremendous summer thunderstorm, a mysterious birdlike visitor takes up residence in her imaginary cockpit and B. wonders if the strange creature may be an incarnation of her hero and inspiration to finally take flight. Varies. Type: Performing Arts.
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Northwestern Wirtz Center / Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
1949 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Evening with Orchids
March 13, 2019

Join us for tastings of local spirits and specialty cocktails, while you enjoy the surrounding Orchid Show exhibition with over 10,000 orchids. Guests check in at Krehbiel Gallery and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Ticket price includes tasting glass, wristband to participate in tastings, tasting guide, and access to the Orchid Show. Drinks and light fare will be available for purchase. Must be 21 or older to attend event; valid ID card must be shown. Advance: $27/$32; Day-of: $30/$35; Standard parking fees apply. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
Truth Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells
March 14, 2019

In the 1890s, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union President Frances Willard and journalist and activist Ida B. Wells fought a war of words in the international press over Willard’s lack of public support for Wells’ anti-lynching campaign. Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells, a community history project that explores this conflict. Through a digital exhibit of original archival sources, community conversations, and public programs, we seek to uncover the full truth of the conflict, and explore its many meanings and ramifications for our world today. 
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Harris Hall at Northwestern University
1881 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, IL
(847) 328-7500
Wanda Jackson
March 14, 2019

The rockabilly legend is back at SPACE. Wanda Lavonne Jackson's newbook, Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey To The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, recounts the time she spent on the road with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock-and-roll artist. She is known to many as the “Queen of Rockabilly” or the “First Lady of Rockabilly." Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record. 
$22 – $40. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Cooking Class with Chef Mychael Bonner and Prairie Krafts Brewing
March 16, 2019

Come join Chef Mychael Bonner and Prairie Krafts Brewing for an afternoon filled with beer and food. Enjoy cooking demonstrations from Chef Mychael Bonner on how to incorporate beer into your cooking and how to correctly pair beer with your food. Chef Mychael Bonner will be giving demonstrations on how to prepare Beer Battered Fish and Chips, Beer Braised Brisket and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Homemade Stout Ice Cream. $32.95 pp plus tax (gratuity not included). $32.95/ per person + tax (gratuity not included). . Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Saranello's Restaurant
601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, IL 60090
847-777-6878
Kid's Cooking Class: Let's Get Cooking!
March 16, 2019

Kid's Cooking Class: Let the fun begin! Come join us for a "Kids' Cooking Class" at Maggiano's Little Italy to experience the 'Luck of the Irish' and make delicious green pasta to eat. Our Executive Chef will be teaching aspiring chefs how to make "Green Mac and Cheese!" Each child will receive their own chef hat, exclusive Maggiano's recipe, and tax.  ***Adults must be present during entire event.*** $15 – $25. Type: Family Fun.
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Maggiano's Little Italy
Westfield Old Orchard
Skokie, IL