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Choose Chicago’s North Shore for your Spring destination. Whether you want a girlfriend getaway or a family fun adventure, we have something for everyone.

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Now - June 23, 2019
THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF STEVE SCHAPIRO
The Photographs of Steve Schapiro showcases iconic images of the Civil Rights movement and cultural and political leaders of recent history. In partnership with award-winning Chicago-based photographer, Steve Schapiro, the Museum will display two bodies of his work: the struggle for civil rights in the South and portraiture of history makers from the 20th century. | The Golder Family Foundation is a lead sponsor of Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.  
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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Now - April 27, 2019
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
Shop every Saturday morning from 8am—12pm for your favorite foods, including vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, jams and jellies, and so much more. The Evanston Ecology Center's Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from December 1 through April 27, 2019. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the Ecology Center, accessible via McCormick Blvd. Parking will not be permitted in the Ecology Center Circle Drive.
Location: Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd , Evanston
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Now - July 21, 2019
CARAVANS OF GOLD, FRAGMENTS IN TIME: ART, CULTURE, AND EXCHANGE ACROSS MEDIEVAL SAHARAN AFRICA
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.
 

Location: Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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Now - August 25, 2019
PURCHASED LIVES
Purchased Lives examines the trade from the perspectives of the millions of enslaved men, women, and children who found themselves at the mercy of the antebellum slave market. Paintings and prints illustrate how the domestic slave trade appeared in the public sphere; slave narratives, maps, photographs, and three-dimensional objects speak to the experiences of the people bought and sold. The exhibition also highlights traders’ roles and the industries that undergirded the slave trade (including banking, insurance, health care, provisioning, and textile manufacturing) and reveals how families and communities shattered by the trade worked against the odds to reconnect in the decades following the Civil War.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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Now - June 30, 2019
KOHL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: BUILD IT EXHIBIT
Calling all little architects: We’re offering a new twist on an old favorite — the building block! Explore the seven stages of block play with a wide selection of unique and interesting blocks of all shapes and sizes from Imagination Playground, Fat Brain Toys, and others! Experts agree that block play lays the foundation for future math and science concepts in a fun, engaging way!
Location: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
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March 29, 2019
COMEDY NIGHT!
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.
Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
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April 3, 2019
DEMONSTRATION COOKING: WHOLE GRAINS
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.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
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April 6, 2019
LEARN TO MAKE GOAT MILK SOAP
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
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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April 6, 2019
SCREEN PRINT A T-SHIRT
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.
Location: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston
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April 12, 2019
SCIENCE AFTER HOURS
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.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019
UNEARTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL
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.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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April 17, 2019
BUILD A BIRDHOUSE
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.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. , Glencoe
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April 25, 2019 - April 29, 2019
FAIR TRADE RUG EVENT
Choose hand-knotted, heirloom quality rugs made by fairly paid adults. Quite simply, when artisans know they receive a fair, living wage for their work, they can focus on their work, focus on creativity, focus on good materials, focus on quality.   
Location: Ten Thousand Villages, 719 Main St., Evanston
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April 27, 2019
COSPLAY CLASS
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.
Location: Vogue Fabrics, 718 Main St, Evanston
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April 27, 2019
EARTH DAY WALK
Spend part of Earth Day exploring Mary Mix McDonald Woods, a 100-acre rare remnant of the oak woodlands that were once common in northeastern Illinois. April is a special time in the woods to see the rich variety of spring-blooming ephemeral flowers. Volunteer Joanne Schmitz identifies spring wildflowers in bloom and explains their fleeting presence. How the woods have changed through the Garden’s history and the restoration efforts currently underway will also be part of this informative and timely walk in honor of Earth Day.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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April 27, 2019
FAMILY WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
Family Watercolor workshop in American Sign Language: How many times have you heard it said that watercolor is a tough medium to learn? Watercolor is fun and easier than you would think. Learn various techniques and color theory while exploring different ways to combine light, composition, color, and textures in watercolor painting. The instructor, using American Sign Language (ASL), through step-by-step demonstrations, will show you how to create landscape.
Location: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston
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May 5, 2019
COSPLAY CLASS
Create your own fun animal ears and tail for your next cosplay or costume!  You’ll learn the tricks of using fake fur while you sew up this quick and easy accessory.  Sewing machines are provided in the classroom, fur kits are available at a discount if you don’t already have fur at home.Register online and your supply list will be emailed to you along with a Discount Code to use on our site if you want to purchase fur kits to use in the class (you can bring your own if you have some already).    
Location: Vogue Fabrics, 718 Main St, Evanston
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May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019
SKOKIE FESTIVAL OF CULTURES
Since its inception in 1991, the Skokie Festival of Cultures has become one of the premier ethnic festivals in Illinois, attracting more than a half-a-million visitors and dozens of cultures, all representing Skokie's tremendous diversity. Attendees can take a free 'Tour of the World,' enjoying two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food and beer, unique arts and crafts, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.
Location: Oakton Park, 4701 Oakton St. , Skokie
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May 19, 2019
HANDMADE WOODEN BOWLS
The Evanston Art Center:  Wooden bowls are unique, practical, and fun to make. Work on our lathes using woodturning tools to finish a bowl in one day. Instruction and first attempts are in the morning; in the afternoon, there will be time for guided practice and finishing. Skill Level: Beginner. Ages 18+.    
Location: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston
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May 25, 2019
PEN & INK WATERCOLOR
Create studies and one finished piece using dip pens, micron pens, brush pens, and Dr. Martin watercolors. The instructor will provide a still life, or you can bring in still life material. Skill Level: All levels.
Location: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston
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