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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Nov. 28 – Nov. 30, 2014

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Catch the holiday spirit along with Santa, Elsa (think Frozen) and live reindeer! Plenty of opportunities for holiday and family fun abound this weekend!

Lake Forest Annual Tree Lighting
Nov. 28: 3 – 7 pm
Market Square, 1 Market square, Lake Forest

31 years and going strong. This annual family tradition includes live ice sculpting, Santa meet and greet, and caroling with the Lake Forest High School Choristers. cityoflakeforest.com.

The Mousetrap
Nov. 28: 8 pm; Nov. 29 2:30 and 8 pm; Nov. 30 7 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Agatha Christie’s masterful whodunit weaves an intricate plot filled with nerve-rattling suspense, all leading up to the ultimate final twist! For ticket information, click here.

Pocket Circus
Nov. 29: 11-11:45 am; 1:30 – 2:15 pm. Sensory-friendly show 12:30 – 1 pm, advance registration required.
Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

Gabriela Chichizola and Juan Friguglietti have such a diverse range of talents that you may forget that they are the only two performers in the Pocket Circus. The pair will showcase their circus skills including juggling, magic, acrobatics, and a whole lot of humor. Audience participation expected. Tickets available at the Youth Desk the day of the performance.

Evanston’s Holiday Bash & Tree Lighting
Nov. 29: 5 pm
Fountain Square, Davis St. at Sherman and Orrington Avenues, Evanston

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frozen’s Elsa, Anna and Olaf as they flip the switch and light the tree in Fountain Square. Following the tree lighting at 5:30, stay for a live musical performance by Elsa, Anna and Olaf. In the spirit of holiday giving, warm clothing essentials will be accepted for donation to Hilda’s Place, Connections for the Homeless. Click here for more info.

Family Holiday Celebration
Nov. 29 & 30: 11 am – 3 pm
Chalet Nursery, 3132 Lake Ave, Wilmette

Smarty Pants and Miss Dena will be on hand for a fun filled weekend of dazzling balloon sculpture and amazing face painting. Refreshments and fun all weekend long including visits with Santa and live reindeer! Santa visits with pets Nov. 29, 1- 3 pm, (pets only), Santa visits with children Nov. 30, 1- 3 pm, additional days as well. For more info, click here.

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Best Toy Stores on the North Shore

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As the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear, do you find yourself in state of panic about what to buy for the kids in your life? Don’t fret! The North Shore has many unique, independent toy stores that can help you find the perfect gift for children of all ages. If you’d rather skip the big box store madness, then this list is for you!

 

Beanstalk
654 Central Ave, Highland Park, 847-432-8300

Beanstalk has all the toys, games, crafts, and books loved by newborns through 8 years. The also carry a great selection of baby essentials including strollers, bassinets, car seats and bath care. Known for the customer service and free gift wrap, customers delight in the store’s unique offerings and magical ambiance.

Village Toy Shop
807 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-7990

Owned by a mother/daughter duo, the Village Toy Shop is a beloved treasure in Winnetka. They provide exceptional customer service, awesome gift wrapping that includes fun little treats and are always loaded with great suggestions. Choose from a wide variety of board games, science kits, crafts, magic kits, books and more.

Hip Hip Hooray
840 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-272-7459

With an emphasis on the creative and innovative, Hip Hip Hooray is a children’s toy store that also sells gift items, costumes, dress up, personalized items, party favors, a diverse selection of children’s clothing for newborns to tweens and more! From the same owners that brought you Hooray Array in Northfield; this new reincarnation continues to delight children of all ages. Free gift wrap.

Children’s Gift Shop
310 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-441-5975

From classic to trendy, to infants to teens, the Children’s Gift Shop is your one stop shop for indoor and outdoor toys, books, games, crafts, construction, brain puzzles and more. Their toy experts have real hands-on experience that will help you find the perfect gift. Free gift wrap.

Snickelfritz Toys
208 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, 847-918-8160

A family owned and operated toy store offering thousands of products that engage, educate and promote creativity. Having trouble finding an item, chances are you will find it. Plus tons of other unique items that will not find anywhere else, and free gift wrap to boot!

Becky & Me Toys
620 Grove St., Evanston, 847-492-1030

Becky & Me Toys is committed to encouraging play that is real (not virtual), that is active and creative, and that is focused on the concerns, ideas and interest of children. All of the merchandise is hand-picked by the owners, a mother and daughter duo who both have backgrounds in education. They carry a wide selection of toys, books, games and more for babies through teens and happy to assist their customers in selecting developmentally appropriate toys.

Just Kids Store
798 S. Buffalo Grove Rd., Buffalo Grove, 224-676-1250

Geared more for babies and toddlers, this store has got it all. A huge selection of infant gear and essentials as well as educational toys, puzzles, crafts and did we mention shoes?

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Nov. 21 – Nov. 23, 2014

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The holiday season officially kicks off with some area tree lightings, holiday wine tastings and shopping opportunities. In addition, Evanston welcomes a new brewery and Suzanne Vega performs. And if that’s not enough, Barnes and Noble caps off a Discovery Week with two great parent workshops with tips on how to raise multilingual and global citizens! What a great weekend!

Wilmette Holiday Family Celebration
Nov. 20: Tree Lighting at Village Hall @ 7 pm
Nov. 21: Holiday Parade 10:30 am,
Visit with Santa & Sleigh Rides 11:15 – 1 pm
Starts at 4th and Linden and travels to Village Center, Wilmette

Celebrate the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting and Wilmette Holiday Parade. Thousands of friends and family gather along the parade route to watch bands, classic cars, clowns, performers, school groups, businesses, community and civic organizations and more. For more information: holidayparade.wilmettechamber.org

Sketchbook Brewing Company Grand Opening
Nov.21, 4 pm – 8 pm
Sketchbook Brewing Company, In the alley behind 825 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

One year after Cesar Marron’s Grätzer recipe won the Sam Adams “Longshot” award, he and co-founder Shawn Decker will celebrate the Grand Opening of Sketchbook Brewing Company, offering up to six different times of brew at a time, including a gluten free option. For more information: sketchbookbrewingcompany.com

Suzanne Vega
Nov. 21: 7 pm & 9:30 pm
SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation and a leading figure of the folk-music revival, Suzanne Vega comes to town for two special performances.
For tickets, click here.

Cornucopia Holiday Gift Show 2014
Nov. 21: 5 pm – 9m; Nov. 22: 10 am – 5 pm, Nov. 23: 12 pm – 4 pm
Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

Annual gift show featuring nearly 60 local and regional artisans selling apparel, accessories, home décor, gourmet food and more. New this year: a young artisan fair featuring products from children ages 10 -18. Proceeds benefit local charities. Purchase tickets at the door. For more info. and to see a list of vendors: http://cornucopia.wcofe.org/

8th Annual Thanksgiving Grand Cru Wine Tasting
Saturday, Nov. 22: 1- 4pm
Grand Cru Wine Merchants, 840 S. Waukegan Road, Suite #104, Lake Forest

Join Kurt from Cream Wine and Sean from Wilson Daniels who will be pouring wines perfect for your holiday table. A representative from GlenRothes Scotch will also be on hand for those who prefer something a bit stiffer. As in years past, they’ll have turkey and all the trimmings to snack on. Visit gcwines.net for more info.

Highland Park Holiday Tree Lighting
Nov. 22: 3 pm – 5 pm
Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave, Highland Park

Join Mayor Rotering and other city officials as they kick-off the holidays and officially light up downtown Highland Park for the 2014 holiday season. There will be plenty of family friendly activities including the Holiday Scavenger Hunt, where participants have a chance to win great prizes, plus live entertainment and a visit from ‘Ol St. Nick himself! Click here for details.

Raising Children to be Global Citizens
Nov.22 @ 3 pm & Nov. 23 @ 3 pm
Barnes & Noble, 728 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield

Join Language Stars staff and Chicago Now bloggers for two informative workshops that will teach you how to raise multilingual children who are also global citizens. At the same time, kids can partake in a Chinese story time during the workshop on Saturday. Fore more info, click here.

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Best Pie on the North Shore

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When it comes to pies, we strongly believe you really can’t go wrong! But since it ‘tis pie season, we wanted to recognize some local favorites that truly stand above the rest. And if you are thinking about picking one up for Thanksgiving, place your order ASAP, as some places are already booked up! Now who’s ready for a slice?

Hoosier Mama Pie Company
749 N. Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-868-8863

This Evanston outpost is a joint endeavor of the Hoosier Mama Pie Co. in Chicago & The Dollop Coffee and Tea Co. The storefront boasts a large sunny rom to enjoy a slice and some coffee while watching the bakers and baristas ply their trade. Everything is made in house. There is always a tempting and varied selection of sweet pies to choose from and they also offer pie flights – 3 half slices of pie from their daily flight menu for under $8! Breakfast pastries, savory pie plates, sandwiches, and salads available too.

Sweety Pies
8042 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, 847-213-0900

Sweety Pies is a family run business whose founders gave up their day jobs to follow their passion. Since opening in 2007, this bakery, cakery and café has become a Skokie landmark. When it comes to their pies, most of the recipes have been handed down from family and are baked by mama, Arden Kruger. The pie menu always features three staples: Apple Pie Crisp, Chocolate Cashmere and Crocodile Pie (their version of pecan pie with semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of rum in a buttery pastry crust). However, they are happy to accommodate special requests so just give them a call and enjoy!

Bent Fork Bakery
333 Waukegan Avenue, Highwood, 847-926-4438

This adorable, family-run bakery tucked away in Highwood is one of the North Shore’s best kept secrets; although word is spreading and there is a reason why. You really can’t go wrong in this small batch, all butter, everything made from scratch bakery. There is always a fresh selection of fruit and cream pies to choose from. Current holiday offerings include: Perfect Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple Crostata, Cranberry Apple Crostata, Southern Pecan Pie and a variety of Fruit Pies (Door County Cherry, Granny Smith Apple, Peach or Mixed Berry). Holiday orders must be placed by Saturday, Nov. 22 at 2 pm.

Foodstuffs
2106 Central Street, Evanston, 847-328-7704
338 Park Avenue, Glencoe, 847-835-5101
1456 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-832-9999
225 E. Westminster Avenue, Lake Forest, 847-234-6600

With four locations throughout the North Shore, Foodstuffs has been providing quality gourmet food to Chicagoland shoppers for more than 30 years. Modeled after the European Market concept , they offer a full menu of items including homemade appetizers, soups, entrees, salads, sauces, breads and pastries as well as pates and cheeses, fresh seafood, quality meats, build your own salads and sandwiches and unique shelf products. There is always a rotating selection of fresh baked goods on site, but if you have a particular pie in mind, you will have to place an order. Their current holiday offering includes: Pumpkin Pie, Harvest Lattice Pie, Laura’s Pecan Pie, Mom’s Apple Pie, and Triple Berry Pie. Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 23 at 5 pm.

Deerfields Bakery
201 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, 847-520-0068 (café too)
813 N. Waukegan Road, Deerfield, 847-520-0068

Deefields Bakery has been serving the North Shore for more than 40 years and it has truly become an institution. It is owned by the Schmitt family whose tradition of baking actually goes back more than 5 generations. They are known for their wide assortment of cookies and custom cakes but you certainly can’t go wrong with one of their baked or whipped cream pies. With 20+ varieties to choose from, the only problem is choosing which one to order!

Long Grove Confectionary
220 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove, 847-634-0080

The closing of the Long Grove Apple Haus a few years back left many North Shore residents in a state of dismay. By thankfully, those who still yearn for those famous Uncle Johnny’s Brown Bag Apple pies, can get their fix at the Long Grove Confectionery where the pies are now sold fully baked, but frozen. Just let one of these beauties defrost for 8 hours and then bake for approximately 1.5 hours and you’ll be instantly transformed back to your childhood.

*Brown Bag Apple Pies from Elegant Farmer in Mukwango, WI can also be found at area Sunset locations. Please check with your local store for details.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Nov. 14 – Nov.16, 2014

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Prepare to be entertained this weekend with a wide range of performance offerings, including a crowd pleasing mentalist, a beloved family classic and acclaimed classical music. And for those looking for a little indulgence for the home and self, check out the Vintage and Design Weekend Market.

The Wizard of Oz
Nov. 14, 10 am; Nov. 15, 10 am (playing through Jan. 3)
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime! Join Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow (and little Toto too) as they journey down the yellow brick road to the magical Emerald City. The Wizard of Oz will remind you that there really is “no place like home”. A special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages! Followed by a Q&A session with the cast. For ticket information, click here.

Best Friends and Mind Mysteries of Bill Gladwell
Nov. 15; 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Mohr Student Commons at Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest

Experience the mind blowing talent of Bill Gladwell, a master manipulator of thoughts, behavior and brain-based improv, during a special appearance as part of the 11th annual Brain Awareness Week at Lake Forest College. Free event.

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Lake Forest Book Store – A True Gem on the North Shore

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Since 1949, this quaint, independent book store has been a town favorite. Despite its small size, it boasts a large selection of books that serves the needs of the town and surrounding communities. Known for its knowledgeable staff and exceptional customer service, the store has perfected the art of recommending books based on customers’ interests. And, should there be a book you’d like that they don’t carry, they are happy to track it down and place a special order for you.

The staff’s passion for books extends beyond the storefront as they are often hosting author and book events at the store and throughout the community. There is also a monthly book club that meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the store. All are welcome to join.

Lake Forest residents have grown up coming to the Lake Forest Book Store. If you haven’t discovered it for yourself, we strongly suggest you do!

Upcoming Events:

Author Luncheon with Renee Rosen at The Grille on Laurel (181 E Laurel Ave., Lake Forest)
Luncheon with Renee Rosen, author of What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age
Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11:30 am; Tickets $35
Click here, for more information.

“Opening Yoga to Everyone” with Matthew Sanford, author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence
Hosted by Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) and Forever Om Yoga
Nov. 21-23
Three day workshop taking place at Forever OM Yoga and Lake Forest Country Day School both in Lake Forest, includes special keynote speech and reception and book signing.
For more information, visit: http://www.glasa.org/yoga/

Indies first: Small Business Saturday
Local authors will join the book store throughout the day recommending books.
Saturday, Nov. 29; 9:30 am – 5 pm
Register at Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420

Allison Pataki, author of the Traitor’s Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America
11 am

Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and her new book Lizzie & Jane
2pm

Upcoming Book Club Selections
Nov. 18: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Katherine Abbott
Dec. 16: The All of It by Jeanette Haien

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Nov. 7 – Nov. 9, 2014

Lots of good ‘ol fashioantiques logon family fun going on this weekend. However, those seeking a little more sophistication should definitely consider a stop at the Winnetka Community House for the Antiques + Modernism Show. Enjoy!

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Nov. 7 @ 7 pm, Nov. 8 @ 2 pm & 7 pm, Nov. 9 @ 2pm
Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

Children of all ages will learn that it’s okay to be different when they take in this musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, “The Ugly Duckling.” More than 30 fourth-through-eighth graders round out the cast in this Wilmette Children’s Theatre production. Click here to purchase tickets. $8.50 per ticket.

Antiques + Modernism Show
Nov. 7 – 9
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka

This highly anticipated event, presented by the Woman’s Board of Winnetka Community House, will feature esteemed dealers from across the country showcasing fine examples of American, British, French and Asian antiques, as well as pieces from the Arts and Crafts, Art Nou¬veau, Art Deco and Mid-Century design movements. The exhibition and sale offers furniture, silver, ceramics, jewelry, garden antiques, lighting, rugs, textiles, fine and folk art, architectural artifacts and more. For more info. and to purchase tickets visit winnetkacommunityhouse.org.

Old-Fashioned Campfire
Nov. 7; 6 – 7:30pm
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire! Children two and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8 per person. Click here to register.

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Best Tailors on the North Shore

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Have you ever purchased a fabulous new item then never get to wear it because the alterations went astray? Or have you spent hundreds on altering a bridesmaid’s dress that still does not fit you right? When it comes to picking a tailor, it’s all about trust and craftsmanship. Luckily, we found several tailors throughout the North Shore that you can rely on to deliver the goods.

Haute Couture
1920 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-724-0262

Yes, it is a bridal shop, and Joanna is fantastic with bride and bridesmaid alterations (whether your purchased the dress from her or not). However, she also offers alteration services for any type of clothing, including men’s, and designs custom pieces, all at reasonable prices. By appointment only.

Anthony’s Tailoring
2226 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, 847-926-9440

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2014

 

RACE-logo-2No need to stay in the house all weekend and get tempted by Halloween candy! There’s always plenty to do on the North Shore…..

Haunting History
Oct. 31; 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm
Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston
A Halloween treat for adults. Join magician David Parr as he takes you on an eerie interactive tour of the historic Dawes House and experience the sophisticated side of the supernatural. Each room offers an encounter with the strange and mysterious, equal parts history, mystery and magic! $20 admission, age 13 and older. To purchase tickets, click here.

Gobble Bowl
Nov. 1, 10 am
Skokie Playfield Turf Fields, 540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka
The Bear’s season got you down? Time to take matters into your own hands at this annual flag football tournament. Games will start at 10 am on the new Skokie Playfield Turf Fields. Limit to 12 people on a team. For ages 17+. For more information, e-mail jshea@winpark.org

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It’s Pedal Power Time Again! Donate Your Old Bikes To A Good Cause

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For the seventh year in a row Pedal Power will be collecting gently used bikes to donate to kids in in the Chicago Public Schools as a reward for good grades.

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Nicole Basil

Pedal Power was founded by Nicole Basil of Wilmette who, at the age of eight, tried to find a charity to donate the bikes that she and her brother had outgrown. Not finding one, she decided to start her own, and with the help of her Dad, Mike Basil, she contacted the Jane Adams Hull House, who connected her with the Chicago Public Schools. She started asking friends and neighbors in Wilmette for their old bikes and Pedal Power was born.

Every year the bike drive has grown and each year Nicole and her supporters collect over a hundred bikes.  After seven years Nicole continues to be a passionate cheerleader for her charity, which has expanded beyond Wilmette to surrounding North Shore communities.

If you have bikes your kids have outgrown please bring them to one of the seven drop-off locations next Saturday, November 1 from 9:00-12:00. Just think, by doing this you can reap three benefits: 1) make room in your garage for your car this winter (which is supposed to be very cold!) , 2) get a tax deduction and 3) motivate and reward a deserving child. What’s not to like about that?

Bring your bike(s) to one of these donation spots:

WINNETKA – Green Bay Cycles, 999 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093

NORTHBROOK – George Garner Cyclery, 1111 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, IL 60062

HIGHLAND PARK – Alberto’s Cycles, 661 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035

WILMETTE – McKenzie Elementary School, 649 Prairie Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

PALATINE – Mike’s Bike Shop, 155 N Northwest Hwy, Palatine, IL 60067


GLENVIEW – Glenview Cycle, 1011 Harlem Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025


EVANSTON – Home Depot, 2201 Oakton, Evanston, IL 60202

For more information about Pedal Power, please visit www.gopedalpower.com.

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