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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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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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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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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.

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 www.gopedalpower.com.

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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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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 17 – 19, 2014

Calling all ghosts and ghouls. Halloween festivities are kicking into full gear on the North Shore and there is something for everyone – even the four-legged members of your family.Highwood pumpkin festival

Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 17-19
Highwood Avenue and Sheridan Road, Highwood

This annual festival is one of the most anticipated of the season. Tons of activities and events throughout the weekend including a pet costume contest, Light Up the Night Parade, 5K Pumpkin Run, Walk & Kids’ Dash, onsite carving, nightly pumpkin wall lighting ceremonies, hay rides, pumpkin bowling, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, kids crafts, live entertainment, pumpkin beer tasting, and seasonal food and beverage vendors galore. For more info: http://highwoodpumpkinfest.com

Things That Go Bump In The Night
Oct. 17, 18; 6:30-8 pm
Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel Street, Skokie

Meet some of the fascinating but often misunderstood critters of Emily Oaks! This popular event is intended to be fun and informative – NOT frightening. This year you’ll investigate the cases of several creatures known as the Un-Touchables along the Nature Center trail, finding out what makes them special and why they shouldn’t be touched. Your visit will end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. For all ages. Tickets $5 per person. For more info: http://www.skokieparks.org/node/5318

Spooky Pooch Parade
Oct. 18; 11 am – 1 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

For two very special hours only, dogs are allowed in the Chicago Botanic Garden. Cleverly costumed canines march the parade route to celebrate Halloween. Spectators are invited to line the parade route for a barking good time. In addition to the parade, activities include the costume contest, judging, and an awards ceremony. For more info: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/dog

Corn Harvest Festival
Oct. 18; 10 am – 4 pm
Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview

Experience harvest time from an earlier era! Activities include wagon rides, farm activities, harvest food treats and fall arts & crafts. $5 per person, children under 2 are free. For more info: http://www.glenviewparks.org/event/corn-harvest

Golf Glow Ball for Adults (21+)
Oct. 18; 6:30-11:30 pm
Sunset Valley Golf Course, 1390 Sunset Road, Highland Park

Footgolf, a combination of soccer and golf will be played in a golf course setting. Whether you are an experienced soccer player or one that just enjoys kicking the ball around, come try this European sport. Enjoy 6 holes playing Sunset Valley in a glow-in-the-dark event. This is a walking only event. Click here to register.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore – Oct. 10 – 12, 2014

Community spirit is alive and kickin’ this weekend.  Choose from free live music, free art demos, bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs and and a fall festival or two.

Invasion of the Pumpkins for Charity
Oct. 11
Daytime Activities 9 am – 2 pm, Shops at Deerfield Square, 740 Waukegan Rd., Deeerfield
Evening Concert: 6 pm (gates open at 5 pm), Park Ave at Deerfield Rd., Deerfield

The pumpkins are invading Deerfield again! Join The Shops at Deerfield Square, DBR Chamber of Commerce and The Village of Deerfield for daylong festivities capped off by a free evening concert, featuring Shirley King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King, and the Blue Road band. Sponsors will donate $2 per person attending the “Brats & Blues” concert to local charities. Frees brats and fall treats provided. Click here for a full list of events and the map of the Pumpkin Parade route.

 

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Harvest Fest
Oct. 11; 2 pm – 10 pm
Kalk Park, 300 Randolph St., Glencoe

Fall into fun with an afternoon filled with games, entertainment, food and attractions. The fun heats up in the evening with A Taste of Glencoe, complete with live music, food, beverages and more. Proceeds benefit Glencoe Junior High Project and Glencoe Youth Services. For more info, click here.

Fall Bulb Festival
Oct. 11-12, 10 am – 4 pm
Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe

It’s never too early to start thinking about Spring! 225+ varieties of bulbs and plants will be on sale. Plus, live music, a harvest market, cider, wine and beer, the famous gourd mountain and a kids’ obstacle challenge! One of the most popular family days at the garden!

Open Studios Evanston
October 11, 1-5 pm
Various Locations throughout Evanston

More than 50 visual art studios and galleries will be open to the public and feature exciting demos, classes and concerts throughout the day. From photography and custom framing, to painting, dance, lithography, sculpture and more. Click here for a list of participating galleries and schedule of special events.

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10th Annual Thornwood Park Concert – September 7, 2014

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It’s the last gasp of summer but Kenilworth Gardens will be rockin’ this afternoon at the 10 annual Thornwood Park Concert.  This concert is one of the many great events we have in our neighborhood (one reason why Kenilworth Gardens is such an awesome place to live). It was started by Terri and Tony Lorenz back in 2000 when they had first moved to the ‘burbs and were pining for all the street fairs, festivals and concerts they were used to enjoying in the city.

The event was a hit right off the bat and has grown in popularity every year as more and more Wilmettans have heard about the good time. The performers are mostly local dads (and a few moms) but a couple years ago they added kid groups as warm-up entertainment, many of them trained at Wilmette’s Rock House.

If you live in Wilmette and/or have attended before, you’ll recognize many of the bands playing today:

  • Lonesome Rodeo (Chris Karabas and friends)
  • Jealous Mistress (Rob Phillips, Steve Vivian and friends)
  • Running Still (Tim Sheehan and friends)
  • King Saturday (Pete Wilson and friends)
  • Hamilton Chang and Family

The kids’ concert starts at 3:30 and the grown-ups start playing at 4:30.

Bring a picnic, cooler, beach chairs  and the kids and head on over to enjoy the music.

Oh, and if we’re lucky (as we have been in previous years), the kids can run through the world’s biggest sprinkler when the fire department hooks up to the fire hydrant and starts spraying.

The concert is free to attend but it’s not free to put on, so the organizers are asking attendees for donations to help defray the cost. You can go here to donate.

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