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Plan Your North Shore Getaway

There's nothing quite like summer on Chicago's North Shore! From blooming flowers at Chicago Botanic Garden to farmers markets full of fresh produce and treats, and outdoor concerts at Ravinia and the North Shore Center for Performing Arts to the Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, not to mention endless miles of sandy beaches! Discover the delights of Chicago's North Shore this season experienced in a safe and healthy way!

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

The blossoming jewel of the North Shore, Chicago Botanic Garden is truly a sight for sore eyes. Discover the world through the enchanting English Walled Garden and the 17-acre lakeside Japanese Garden island. Kids adore the Model Railroad Garden and Butterflies and Blooms exhibit. Get a cozy overview aboard the 2.3-mile narrated Grand Tram Tour. Open daily.

Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie

One of the most famous human rights defenders of the 20th-century, Nelson Mandela was the face of a movement against racial injustice. Experience the immersive Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum (through September 12). Don’t miss meeting virtual Holocaust Survivors at the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience holographic theater. Opening July 15, Shanghai: Safe Haven During the Holocaust sheds light on a lesser-known moment in Holocaust history: European Jews who had been shut out of country after country while trying to escape Nazi persecution found a beacon of hope in an unlikely place: Shanghai, China. Also, don’t miss meeting virtual Holocaust Survivors at the Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience holographic theater.

Chicago's North Shore Farmers Markets
Skokie Farmers Market, Skokie

Celebrate the outdoors with all things fresh and tasty. Bursting with flavors and colors of the season, North Shore Farmers Markets offer a bounty of locally-sourced, artisanal and unique organic fruits/veggies, baked wonders, garden art, hand-made jewelry — all in open-air morning markets in Evanston, Winnetka, Skokie, Northbrook and Glenview throughout May–October.

Evanston Beaches
Evanston Lakefront

Head to the spectacular sandy beaches of Evanston along Lake Michigan for scenic jogging and biking trails to energize and entertain. Wade in for a swim or check out the boating and other recreational facilities available throughout the area.

Ravinia Festival, Highland Park
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park

The Ravinia Festival is planning a triumphant return in July for the summer season presenting their signature feast of genres: classical, popular and chamber music. Enjoy all performances outside in the stunning open-air Pavilion, with reserved-in-advance, distanced seating offered there, the Lawn, and al fresco at dining spots. Details to come late April.

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

Come back out and go out back at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie for pop classics, soul, musical hits and more. Their popular Out Back Summer Sessions fire up this fun outdoor summer concert series where you can BYO camp chairs, hit the onsite concessions (including beer, wine) or order from nearby restaurants.

Wrigley Field, Chicago
Wrigley Field, Chicago

The MLB is back in action as the Cubs hit the field. Ballpark fans enjoy expanded offerings around Wrigley Field at Gallagher Way for a pre-game/post-game vibe with food, drinks and games early and late. Summer concerts at Wrigley are back with Chris Stapleton (Jul. 17), Lady Gaga (Aug. 27), Maroon 5 (Aug. 30) and more. Base your stay on Chicago's North Shore.

People on bikes on lakefront path, Evanston
Lakefront Path, Evanston

Take a refreshing “staycation” and stay at a sensational North Shore hotel. You’ll find a dazzling selection from boutique inns to swanky suites to meet your style and every need. Just a hop from Chicago, enjoy the added benefits of free parking, lower rates, easy access and even more great sights to see.

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