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Holiday Fun on the North Shore Dec. 19-21


Whichever holiday you celebrate, the weekend is filled with wonderful ways to partake in the joy of the season!

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
Dec. 19-21: 8 pm
Oil Lamp Theatre, 1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview

Come be a part of a live studio audience for a special broadcast of this classic holiday story from 1946 highlighting family, faith and determination overcoming adversity and greed. From Lionel trains to cookies and hot chocolate – all your favorites will be here.  A great time for the whole family!  Click here for more information.

Winter Wonderland at Cuneo Mansion & Gardens
Dec. 19-21: 6pm – 10 pm (though Jan. 3)
Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave, Vernon Hills
If you haven’t gone yet, make sure to block off time this weekend for this dazzling drive-thru holiday light show held on the magnificent grounds of the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens. Admission $10 per car on weekends. $5 weekdays.  See website for special entry location. For more info, click here.

The King and I
Dec. 19 @ 8 pm, Dec. 20 4:30 pm & 8 pm, Dec. 21 1 pm and 5 pm
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Get swept off your feet all over again when East meets West in this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein romance. For tickets, click here.

North Shore Jewish Community Hanukkah Concert
Dec. 20: 7:30 pm
Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette

Join The North Shore, Skokie and Chicago Jewish communities for an unforgettable evening of song and story, schmooze and blues featuring Chicago’s newest Jewish folk rock band and YouTube sensation “Rogers Park.” The two lead singers – Yosef Peysin and Mordy Kurtz have been performing together as “Rogers Park” since 2011. To purchase tickets, click here.

Christmas & Hanukkah Concerts at the Garden
Christmas Concert: Dec. 20 at 2:00 & 4:00 pm
Hanukkah Concert: Dec. 21 2:00 & 4:00 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Brass Concert, featuring festive holiday favorites and The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band performing Hanukkah favorites in the Alsdorf Auditorium. Ticket price includes concert and access to the Wonderland Express exhibit. Click here for more info.

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Holiday Fun on the North Shore: Dec. 12 – 14

holiday fun bannerThe holiday fun continues all weekend long and includes opportunities to skate and brunch with Santa. If you need a break from all of the holiday craze, you check out Highland Park’s very own Billy Corgan’s entree into musical theatre.


The 48 Hour Musicals: Encore!, Featuring a musical by Billy Corgan
Dec. 12 & 13: 8 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
The Musical Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park

The 48 Hour Musicals are 15-minute musicals written in only 48 hours by exciting new musical theatre writers. This year’s offering reprises (by demand) 4 musicals that have led to full-length TMTC commissions and concludes with the premier of a 20-minute musical by Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan whose Pretty Persephone is based on the The Eleusinian Mysteries and the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Click here for ticket info.

Yelp’s Holiday House Pop Up!
Dec. 13 & 14: 12 – 4pm
Light Opera Works, 516 4th St, Wilmette

Two days of FREE family-friendly activities in Yelpville! Play with the Yelp elves, enjoy hot cocoa, cooking, crafts, giant LEGO build, storytelling, indoor snowball throwing, free gift wrapping station (for a good cause), Frozen sing along with Elsa and Light Opera Works Kids Workshop, sing along with Super Stolie, holiday raffle, giant gingerbread house and so much more! For a schedule of events, click here.

Candy Cane Lane Tree Decorating
Dec. 13: 10 am – 12 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

Register your organization, club, troop, neighborhood, or family to decorate your very own tree in Hubbard Woods Park. To register, click here.

Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec. 13: 1 & 5 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Salt Creek Ballet’s whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and sugar plum fairies are all exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and is a holiday experience worth sharing. Fantastic new sets and costumes for 2014. Click here for ticket info.

Skate with Santa/Holiday Skating Exhibition
Dec. 13: 1:40-2:55; 3-4:30 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Sleigh rides on ice and a visit from the jolly old elf himself will highlight this Winnetka tradition. Skate rental is $3.50, quantities are limited. Continue the fun and watch tot thru Free Skate program participants, WFSC members and the Ice Angels Synchro teams demonstrate their skills at annual Holiday Exhibition. Free admission for both.

Brunch with Santa
Dec. 14: 11 am – 2 pm
Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook
There’s no doubt you’ll strike up a good time with an appearance by Santa at Pinstripe’s already famous Sunday brunch featuring made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fresh seafood, gourmet waffles and more, not to mention photo ops with the special guest! Click here, for more info.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Dec. 5 – 7

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has officially begun. Let’s hope we can all take some time to enjoy some of the many wonderful opportunities that celebrate the true spirit of the holidays! Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

Celtic Tenor Christmas
Dec. 5: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Join the world-class Celtic Tenors for their musical celebration of Irish Christmas as they perform a wonderful mixture of Celtic, operatic and popular songs. For ticket info, click here.

Deerfield’s Winter Celebration
Dec. 5: 5 – 9 pm, Village Hall, 850 Waukegan Road, Deerfield
Dec. 6: 9 am – 3 pm, The Shops at Deerfield Square, 740 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
Horse drawn carriages, live reindeer, roasted chestnuts, and entertainment followed by a day filled with activities at various merchant locations, plus a petting zoo and plenty of photo ops throughout.

“It’s Christmas Charlie Brown”
12/5 @ 6 pm, 12/6 @ 10 am, 12/7 @ 2 & 4 pm, 12/13 & 12/14 @ 10 am
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette
Presented by the ATC Repertory Company. Come celebrate the Holiday with Charlie Brown and the gang as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. The show last 48 minutes and there is a family sing along after! Click here for ticket info.

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


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.

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.

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

wilmette tree lighting

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:

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:

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

wizrd of oz

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

lake forest book store

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.
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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

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

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

Pedal Power 2010 logo

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.

Nicole Basil

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

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 24 – 26, 2014

Make sure you get plenty of rest this week because the weekend is jammed pack with Halloween haunts for kids and adults, plus a whole lot more. We’ve expanded this week’s list to include as many events as you could handle!

Halloween on North ShoreBoo Bash
Oct. 24, 6 pm – 7:30
Northfield Community Center, 401 Wagner, Road, Northfield
This favorite Halloween event returns for the younger set. Children 3-8 will enjoy free carnival games, balloon artists, craft, treat bags and cookie decorating. There will also be a special train ride around Willow Park. For more information, click here.

Halloween Happening
Oct. 24, 6-9 pm
Community Recreation Center, 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Filled with chills and thrills, this family-friendly event features carnival games, magician, fortune teller, moonwalk, arts and crafts, face painting, mad scientist’s lab and pony rides. Don’t miss the Theater of Terror and the Traveling World of Reptiles! Pizza dinner is included, along with a goodie bag and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch. Wristbands will be issued and will be required to participate in all activities. $15 resident/$20 non-resident. Sign up early here.

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