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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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Funkadesi
January 19, 2019

The 6-Time Winner of The Chicago Music Awards, Funkadesi is capturing the attention of the U.S. and the rest of the globe.Funkadesi has been hailed by Time Magazine, and even caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who said: “Funkadesi really knows how to get a crowd fired up! There’s a lot of funk in that desi!” Funkadesi proudly hails from Chicago, representing the diverse multiethnic communities within the city. What distinguishes Funkadesi as a group is each band member’s unique and uncompromised cultural/musical contribution merging to create one unifying sound and vision.  $18 – $32. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Northbrook Winter Carnival
January 19, 2019

Celebrate the joys of the season at its annual Winter Carnival. This family event, which runs from 11 am to 1:30 pm, includes horse drawn carriage rides, ice sculpting demonstrations, a sled decorating contest, a snowshoe obstacle course, holiday bingo, ice skating, family games, a bonfire and s'mores! Free! Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Meadowhill Park
1479 Maple Avenue
Northbrook, IL
847·291·2995
Sam Cooke Birthday Celebration with Carla Cooke!
January 19, 2019

Singer/Songwriter Carla Cooke is the youngest daughter of Soul Icon Sam Cooke. She will be performing an intimate, reflective tribute to her father, showcasing all of his classic hits, such as Chain Gang, A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me, Cupid, and more! With a strong vocal range and warm personality, Carla’s stage presence commands the environment wherever she performs. You will not want to miss this touching performance!  $25. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston Rocks
1012 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60201
Sam Cooke Birthday Celebration with Carla Cooke
January 20, 2019

Singer/Songwriter Carla Cooke is the youngest daughter of Soul Icon Sam Cooke. She will be performing an intimate, reflective tribute to her father, showcasing all of his classic hits, such as Chain Gang, A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me, Cupid, and more! With a strong vocal range and warm personality, Carla’s stage presence commands the environment wherever she performs. You will not want to miss this touching performance!  $25. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston Rocks
1012 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60201
John Measner Magic Show
January 21, 2019

See John Measner, magician extraordinaire, at Winnetka Community House! John is a classically trained magician and skilled manipulator showcasing many mystifying illusions (some with live animals). He has performed on Chicago’s own “Bozo Show,” cable TV talk shows and dazzled audiences at popular festivals. His show includes audience participation which will thrill you with everything from card-and-coin magic to illusions. Advance tickets $10; At the door $15.. Type: Family Fun.
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Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka , IL
(847) 446-0537
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Indiana University
January 22, 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
Family Bingo Night
January 25, 2019

Old and young will enjoy this family favorite, complete with beverages, popcorn, and prizes!  Extra bingo cards will be available for purchase. $10. Type: Family Fun.
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Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka , IL
(847) 446-0537
Film: Duvarlar-Mauern-Walls
January 25, 2019

In 1991, two years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and during the 30th anniversary of the guest worker treaty between Turkey and Germany, Turkish filmmaker Can Candan interviewed members of Berlin’s Turkish community, the largest minority living in post-wall Berlin, about their experiences of the German reunification. This trilingual documentary explores larger issues in this new Germany such as migration, guest-workers, cultural identity, belonging and xenophobia. In this film, Turkish immigrants of all ages talk about their past, present, and possible future in a united Germany and how increasing hostilities and right-wing violence affect their sense of belonging and their label of being “foreign. In Turkish, German and English with English subtitles. *** In Person: Can Candan.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Liquid Soul
January 25, 2019

Having exploded from a small underground street-jazz sound in Chicago, The Liquid Soul universe has been expanding at a dizzying pace. The Chicago ensemble’s trademark mixture of jazz and urban dance music has virtually outgrown the term “acid jazz,” incorporating everything from hard-bop to hip-hop in their celebrated sound. $15 – $25. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
An Evening of Trouble Ahead with the Grateful Dead
January 26, 2019

Trouble Ahead is a Grateful Dead inspired band from Evanston, IL — formed in 2016 — by five seasoned area players with extensive backgrounds in rock, folk and blues. Blending harmonies, chord voicings, and the rhythmic characteristics of the Grateful Dead, Trouble Ahead offers faithful renditions of classic Grateful Dead tunes.  $10. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston Rocks
1012 Church Street
Evanston, IL
(630) 962-7000
Ellis Paul
January 26, 2019

Evanston SPACE: Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. Catch him at Evanston Space.  $20 - $30. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Segovia Classical Guitar Series: Berta Rojas
January 26, 2019

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Berta Rojas has performed at celebrated venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s South Bank Centre, and Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Committed to supporting the careers of young guitarists, she created the first online classical guitar competition, the Barrios World Wide Web Competition, in 2009.   Varies. Type: Live Music.
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Bienen Music Hall / Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall
70 Circle Arts
Evanston, IL
Chely Wright
January 27, 2019

After more than five years away from the spotlight, and through a heroic personal and creative journey, Chely Wright has returned with the release of a long anticipated new CD. And as she begins to sing the lyrics of “Inside,” her confidence, intelligence, and poetic ambition quickly come into focus. Varies. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2019

For 12 years, Patrice Bensimon has served as Research Director for Yahad-In Unum, a French association founded by Father Patrick Desbois. Yahad-In Unum investigates the so-called "Holocaust by bullets" in Eastern Europe by gathering the testimony of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust, and by identifying the mass graves of Jews and other victims killed by the Nazis and their allies during WWII.  The efforts of Father Desbois and Yahad-In Unum have significantly broadened our understanding of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, revealing for the first time the history of as many as one million previously undocumented Jewish victims. Bensimon, who has interviewed close to 2,000 eyewitnesses, will update us on Father Desbois' Holocaust-related work, and describe Yahad-In Unum's efforts to raise awareness of this piece of Holocaust history and to fight against genocide. Free with Museum admission; Reservation required. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL
(847) 967-4800
Music of the Baroque: Hewitt Plays Mozart
January 27, 2019

Music of the Baroque: Hewitt Plays Mozart.Pianist Angela Hewitt, whom the New York Times calls “an artist of consummate technical skill and refinement,” makes her Music of the Baroque debut in Mozart’s shimmering Piano Concerto No. 27—the very last he wrote. The masterful “Gran Partita” for winds completes a program that shows why Maurice Ravel called Mozart “the greatest musician…our god.”   $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
Capitol Steps: Orange is the New Black
January 24, 2019 - January 27, 2019

All the news that’s fit to print, fake and parody. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum with their hilariously biting musical satire. What more would you expect from the group that put the “MOCK” in Democracy?! The Capitol Steps first began tickling political funny bones over thirty years ago as a group of Senate staffers who set out to poke fun at the very people and places that employed them. Since they began, The Capitol Steps have recorded over thirty-six albums, including the latest, Make America Grin Again (2018). $34 | $46. Type: Performing Arts.
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North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, IL
(847) 673-6300
The Last Goodbye
Through January 31, 2019

The Last Goodbye features Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter’s visit to the site of the Nazi death camp Majdanek in Poland. Gutter is the only member of his family of four to have survived the Holocaust. The precedent-set- ting, fully immersive experience enables viewers to visit the site with Gutter as he travels through the railway car, gas chamber, shower room and barracks of Majdanek decades later. The 360-degree experience also allows viewers to actually walk around and explore the environment, adding another layer of depth to the immersion. Varies. Type: Visual Arts.
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Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 967-4852
Figure Drawing and Painting: Open Session
February 2, 2019

Foster your love of art. Draw or paint a male nude model for three hours in a beautiful art studio. Easels, boards, and basic supplies provided. Fee: $15 if paid in advance/ $20 drop in. For more information, email sarah@studio215.org.  $15 if paid in advance/ $20 drop in. Type: Festival/Special Events.
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Studio 215
927 Noyes Street
Evanston, IL 60201
773-318-0163
Jane: An Abortion Service
February 2, 2019

In the four years before the Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal in the United States, a clandestine organization of Chicago women offered low-cost, safe and confidential services to over 11,000 women—the Jane Collective. This invaluable oral history tells that story through the words of women who founded, operated, and consulted the service. Directors Kate Kirtz and Nell Lundy skillfully entwine archival footage and forthright testimony to situate Jane alongside parallel movements for peace, civil, and women’s rights, emphasizing the extraordinary sense of responsibility and commitment its work demanded. The result is a revelatory and inspiring document. Free. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Penn State
February 4, 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) GO-PURPLE
Great Lake Swimmers
February 6, 2019

Over seven albums, multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project, Great Lake Swimmers, led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their native Canada and beyond. The CBC has called them “a national treasure” while their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve deeper. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the band returns to SPACE in support of their new album, "The Waves, the Wake." $15 – $25. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Film: Berlin, Babylon
February 8, 2019

Film: Berlin, Babylon. In German with English subtitles. After Germany’s reunification and the decision to relocate the country’s capital to Berlin in 1990, the city faced one of the most sweeping architectural transformations in Western European history. Renowned urban planners and architects were now challenged to design a new, future-oriented city, while also honoring a past almost erased during and after World War II. Using archival and original footage, Hubertus Siegert presents both a documentary on this particular historical process, as well as a critical and poetic meditation on history itself. Berlin’s famous experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten deliver an ambient and captivating industrial soundtrack. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000
Jane Monheit
February 9, 2019

Evanston SPACE:  Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald—the first to be released on her own Emerald City Records—the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. $20 – $45. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Winter Woods Walk
February 10, 2019

Get outside and take a peaceful, 40-minute, free, guided walk in the McDonald Woods in Chicago Botanic Garden. 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, so please check back on this page for any last-minute weather updates. Meet at the McDonald Woods Shelter. Free Admission (regular parking fees apply). Type: Classes/Workshops.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL
(847) 835-5440
The Cherry Orchard
February 1, 2019 - February 10, 2019

The Cherry Orchard: Bask in the timely and timeless brilliance of this immortal theatre classic by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. The Gayev family are sociable, intelligent, caring and hopelessly in debt. Unless they can find the funds, their huge estate, including its much-loved cherry orchard, will go to a mortgagee auction.  Chekhov's endearing and everlasting drama in which a family's cross generational dispute about the future of their beloved estate creates a clash between socialism and capitalism, legacy and reality.
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Josephine Louis Theater, Northwestern University
20 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-7282
Victor Goines with Kenny Washington
February 12, 2019

New Orleans native and saxophonist-clarinetist—a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Director of Jazz Studies at Northwestern—comes to SPACE on Feb. 12, with vocalist Kenny Washington. ​A gifted composer, Goines has more than 100 original works to his credit. This is an amazing show!  $15 – $22. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Northwestern University Men's Basketball vs. Rutgers University
February 13, 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
Film: The Stepford Wives
February 14, 2019

Joanna Eberhart experiences a major culture clash when she moves from New York City to the all too perfect town of Stepford, Connecticut. The women all keep their houses immaculate and the men all belong to a secretive club. Based on Ira Levin’s (Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil) novel, The Stepford Wives’s blend of suspense and social critique paved the way for films and television like Black Mirror and Jordan Peele’s Get Out. With an introduction by Helen Thompson, Northwestern Professor of English and Faculty Chair of One Book One Northwestern. Free. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
The Flat Five
February 14, 2019

Spend Valentine's Day with The Flat Five when they return to SPACE for a romantic evening of vintage folk and pop music. The Flat Five is a Chicago-based pop vocal super-group — Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall — five in-demand musicians who individually spend much of their time touring and recording with bands like Neko Case, NRBQ, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Iron and Wine, Jakob Dylan, Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovedo, The New Pornographers, and many other heavy hitters. 
$20-35. Type: Live Music.
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Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
(847) 492-8860
Rabbit a la Berlin
February 15, 2019

Rabbit a la Berlin: In German with English subtitles. The fall of the Berlin Wall affected many demographics in different ways, demanding people adjust to a new life in a new post-communist world and reunified Germany. Bartek Konopka's Oscar-nominated documentary Rabbit à la Berlin tells the allegorical story of Berlin’s wild rabbit population, which had inhabited the death zone of the wall, reflecting on various forgotten, ignored or marginalized peoples during and after the Cold War. Assembling archival footage from multiple sources, the film dives into the perspective of the rabbits in their own habitat and a new Europe. FREE. Type: Visual Arts.
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Block Cinema at Block Museum
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000