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From the Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden and interesting exhibits to impressive performances and kid-friendly activities, there's so much happening on Chicago's North Shore this winter.

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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 - February 24, 2019
BRUSH WITH NATURE EXHIBITION
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.    
Location: Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., , 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 - March 24, 2019
THE ORCHID SHOW
This year’s Orchid Show captures the spirit of islands, beaches, and rainforests in places like the South Pacific and the Amazon. You’ll get a feel for the radiance of blooms under sunlit palm trees and in forest canopies teeming with color and life. Picture more than 10,000 orchids in bloom, paired with sweeps of bromeliads and birds of paradise—lush, vibrant, intoxicating.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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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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Now - February 22, 2019
HYGGE FEST
Get hygge with us in downtown Evanston from February 16 to 22! Pronounced "hue-gah," this Danish expression is an attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments. Rather than drudge through the winter, hygge is about celebrating coziness, warmth and family, as well as practicing mindfulness. Downtown Evanston businesses are hosting a series of events from February 16 to 22 to promote idea of coziness, mindfulness and overall well-being. Hygge Fest will kick off on Saturday, February 16, 4pm at Bookends & Beginnings with a "Hygge 101" talk by Anne Petersen. More events will be posted soon!
Location: Downtown Evanston, Start at Bookends & Beginnings! , Evanston
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February 28, 2019
BOOK DISCUSSION: THE WAY OF COYOTE
Join us for a talk by 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. 
Location: Evanston History Center , 225 Greenwood St., Evanston
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March 2, 2019
MILK CARTON KIDS
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. 
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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March 8, 2019
GUINNESS DINNER AND PAINTING PARTY
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. 
Location: Maggiano's Little Italy at Old Orchard, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie
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March 8, 2019
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
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! 
Location: Evanston History Center , 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston
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March 9, 2019
MADELEINE PEYROUX & PAULA COLE
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.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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March 13, 2019
EVENING WITH ORCHIDS
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.
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
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March 17, 2019
BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS
The world-famous production of 'Beethoven Lives Upstairs' features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music and the torment of his deafness. With the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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March 19, 2019
FILM: A LIFE WORTHWHILE
Educator, Alderman, and Evanston’s first African American Mayor, Lorraine Hairston Morton served the Evanston community for over 50 years, guided by a simple statement her father passed down to her: “Only a life of service, is a life worthwhile.” Join us for a screening of 'A Life Worthwhile,' a film which documents and honors Morton’s life, career, and accomplishments. A panel discussion will follow the screening. Presented in partnership with the Evanston Women’s History Project, the Frances Willard House Museum, and Shorefront Legacy Center. Reception at 6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Location: Evanston History Center , All Tours start at 225 Greenwood St., Evanston
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