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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!

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Boo 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.

Pumpkins on the Beach
Oct. 24, 5-7:30 pm
Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
The beach will be transformed into a pumpkin patch for family fun. There will be pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and lots of excitement. The Costume Contest will start around 5:30 pm ending at 6:10 pm. $5 residents; $10 non-residents. For more info. and to register in order to guarantee a pumpkin, click here.

Fairy Tale Trail 
Oct. 24, 4- 8 pm, Oct. 25, 10 am – 2 pm
Women’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Mermaids, wizards, safari guides and princesses welcome kids to the Women’s Club of Evanston, which will be transformed into a maze of eight rooms – each showcasing a different children’s story or theme. Each fully accessible, fantasy-filled room will feature multi-sensory activities and costumed volunteers who will engage and enchant children with and without special needs. The Trail provides a safe, non-frightening, fun Halloween experience for children of all ages and abilities and is open to all children in the North Shore and Chicagoland, with a special focus on those who are physically, cognitively, or economically challenged. For more info, including a special VIP meet & greet, click here.

Halloween Hoopla & Haunted House
Oct. 24, 7-9 pm & Oct. 25, 3-6 pm
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
Two days filled with non-stop activities including a haunted house, inflatable games, bonfire fire, face painting, movie and so much more. Fee for haunted house. For a full schedule of events, including “lights on” haunted house, click here.

Haunted Trail of Terror
Oct. 25, 6:30-9 pm
Lloyd Beach, 799 Sheridan Road, Winnetka
This event is not for the faint at heart. Daring souls that choose to make it down the beach will visit the graveyard of the spirits, walk along the Haunted Trail of Terror, enter the Haunted Boathouse (at your own risk), and experience hair-raising thrills. Recommended for ages 12+. $5 per person.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Community Day
Oct. 25, 10 am – 5 pm
Mitchell Museum, 3001 Central Street, Evanston
Free activities include kid’s crafts (dream catcher), food and light refreshments. The American Indian Center will present an Urban Pow Wow history and dance program (for an additional fee) beginning at 2:30. Click here for more info.

TEDx Talk
Oct. 25, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
New Trier High School, McGee Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka
TED is a global set of conferences with the guiding principle of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience in an intimate setting. Topics will include entrepreneurship, development of the teen brain, education policies and more. Current and former New Trier students will speak along with noted field exerts. For a list of speakers and topics and to purchase tickets, click here.

Croctoberfest
Oct. 26, 10 am – 12 pm
Wildlife Discovery Center, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest
Celebrate the world of crocodilians with at the Wildlife Discovery Center. This is an event you won’t forget! Activities include: short talks about crocodiles and their kin, face painting, storytelling and other events for children. And don’t miss a special visit from world famous Bubba, an American alligator (10 -12 pm only). $5 donation per participant.  For more info., click here.

Lake Bluff Ghost Walk
Oct. 25-26, 5 – 8 pm
Lake Bluff History Museum, 127 E. Scranton Avenue, Lake Bluff
The Ghost Walk resurrects true stories from Lake Bluff’s past and retells them “with a twist” to build interest in local history. Tour groups leave every 15 minutes and are led by Men in Black – agents whose expertise is dealing with UFO witnesses and extraterrestrials. Tickets: $25 adult, 8th grade & under: $10. May not be appropriate for young children. Advance purchase recommended. For more info., click 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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4 Fun Thing To Do On The North Shore~ August 8-10, 2014

 

 

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 “Come Sail Away! Literally, in Glencoe this Saturday will be the George cup Regatta!”

 

Friday the 8th

Winnetka Public Library
768 Oak Street, Winnetka
From 3-4pm
Stop in for a fun afternoon craft!
Meet in the Lloyd Room.
For more info call: 847.446.7220

Saturday the 9th 

George Cup Regatta, Glencoe 
From noon to 1pm at the Perlman Boating Beach
Participate in challenging, hands-on boat races set up by beach staff.
If you are planning to participate in the regatta, please be at the boat house promptly at noon.
This year, boaters will be required to fill out a registration form and pay $10 to enter the race.
For more info call: 847.835.3030

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3 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 25th-27th, 2014

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“Show off your classic in Highland Park this weekend!”

 

Saturday the 26th 

North Shore Festival of Art
Saturday the 26th & Sunday the 27th from 10am-5pm
westfield old orchard mall, skokie
Festival-goers will enjoy live music on the music stage sponsored by WLIT, great food and art activities for kids! True to Westfield Old Orchard’s family-oriented environment, the entire north end of the festival will be devoted to kids. Art Bingo and the color creation station invite young guests to channel their inner creative spirit. Adults can unleash their inner artist with an onsite still life photography contest or take a souvenir snapshot in the festival’s photo booth. For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1pc4ywN

Herb Garden Weekend!!!
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden
July 26 & 27, from 11am-4pm
Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe
Displays, demonstrations, tours, vendors and chef demonstrations showcase a variety of garden herbs at the Fruit & Vegetable Garden that visitors can grow in their own gardens.
For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1qDuoAu

Sunday the 27th 

Blue Oval Performance Car Club Show & Shine Car Show
From 10am-3pm
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1333 Park Ave West, Highland Park
Vehicles: All Ford, Lincoln, Mercury & Edsels
Free Admission & Vehicle Entry
Free Goodie Bags & Dash Plaques for the 1st 200 Cars
50/50 Raffle with the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & NW Indiana
For more info contact Jerry Robbin at: 847.997.8624 or email jerry@jerryrobbin.com

North Shore events are brought to you by the Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker.

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore July 11th-13th, 2014

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“Celebrate Summer in Wilmette!”

Friday July 11th

Wendy Morgan at Glencoe Library
Begins at 10.30am
glencoe library at 320 Park Ave.
Kids will be singing and dancing along to Wendy Morgan at her exciting Musikgarten classes at Glencoe Library on  July 11, July 18 and July 25. For more info visit:
www.glencoepubliclibrary.com

Wilmette Summerfest
Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 11am-10pm
Heres the Parking guide to help make life easier: http://bit.ly/U3xRZW
Bring the kids, bring your wallet and bring your appetite to Wilmette Summerfest 2014. Join nearly 1,000 of your closest friends for two days of fun, shopping, eats and sounds in downtown Wilmette. Wilmette Summerfest has it all…where even the hottest summer days are cool! You’ll enjoy a Sidewalk Sale: groovy goods from nearly 100 vendors, Music Stage: local favorites and emerging talents, Beer Garden: a great selection of craft beers & wine, Classic Car Show: cool cars to view and vote for your favorites, Kid’s area: special activities, entertainment & crafts. For more info visit: www.wilmettesummerfest.org

Saturday July 12th

Northbrook Nine: Art in the Park
Saturday from 10am-5pm & Sunday from 10am-4pm
village green park, northbrook
Enjoy wonderful artwork presented by more than 70 talented artisans from across the U.S. representing all media, including oil, acrylic, wood, glass, photography, watercolor and jewelry, all featured within the shady grove of the beautiful Northbrook Village Green, at the corner of Shermer and Meadow Roads. In addition to top national artists, the Festival will also feature live music, food, fun children’s art activities and a junior artist festival. For more information, visit www.northbrookarts.org or call 847 664-4493.
***New this Year: Start the day off at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a Free ZUMBA Class in the Village Green by the gazebo taught by Northbrook Park District Instructors.
***Food Vendors: Little Louie’s Red Hots & Northbrook Dairy Queen.

Full Moon Rising Campfire
Begins at 7:30 pm
Millard Park: 35 Ravine Drive, Highland Park
[All Ages]
Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire, all while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan! Children two and under are free. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Min/Max is 6/20. Register at http://registration.pdhp.org with program number 32812.

Sunday July 13th
Avian Spirits Art Exhibition
Begins at 1:30 pm
brushwood center at ryerson woods,
21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
For centuries, artists have been attracted to—and inspired by—the ephemeral qualities of birds. This free group exhibition presents birds as metaphors for the human spirit, and is curated by Franck Mercurio. Exhibition runs July 13 – August 31, 2014 For more info visit: http://bit.ly/1oHpFJI

Events are brought to you by the Come Home North Shore Team of Coldwell Banker.

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North Shore 4th of July Celebrations – 2014

Winnetka 4th of July Parade

Every year we post a comprehensive guide to 4th of July fun on the North Shore. There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate and everyone has their favorites, but the one thing you won’t want to miss is the Coldwell Banker Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team marching in the Winnetka parade (see video below). You will be amazed by our talent as we march in formation and perform skillful maneuvers with our lawn chairs. We’ve added some slick new moves this year, too. Be sure and give me a shout out if you come!
Other things to note:

  • Wilmette’s festivities and fireworks are on July 3rd, as usual.
  • Glenview’s parade route is slightly different this year, due to construction on Glenview Rd. (see below).
  • Lake Forest’s event has an admission fee because there is a concert, but if you are only going to the fireworks, it’s free.

Evanston

July 4

2:00 pm – Parade from Central Park Avenue east on on Central Street to Ryan Field on Ashland Avenue.
7:30 pm – Twilight concert by the Palatine Concert Band.
9:15 pm – Lakefront fireworks viewing from Centennial Park (north) & Dawes Park (south)
Visit www.evanston4th.org for more info or see the complete program here.

Wilmette

July 3

4:00 pm – Festivities begin in Gillson Park: Tastefest, musical entertainment, roving performers, rides, games and races.
7:15 pm – Sneak preview of Starlight’s Theatre’s “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Wallace Bowl
7:30 pm – Concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band at the Wallace Bowl
9:30 pm – Fireworks in Gillson Park.

The easiest way to get to and from the Independence Day celebrations in Gillson Park is by using the special Pace shuttle bus service. Motorists may park at Edens Plaza or at the METRA commuter lot. To see a complete listing of events or for additional transportation information see the Wilmette Park District’s website.

Winnetka

July 4

10:00 am – Parade begins at Elm and Glendale and heads east through town to the Village Green. (Watch for Coldwell Banker’s Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team!)
11:00 am – Flag raising ceremony, children’s flag parade and family races on the Green
6:00 pm – FourthFest begins at Duke Childs Field, with mini-golf, moon walk, face painting, balloonists and a concert by Liquid Soul
8:00 pm – Jesse White Tumblers
9:15 pm – Fireworks at Duke Childs Field accompanied by music.
Go here for more info.

Glenview

July 4

11:15 am – Bike parade from Harlem Ave. to Central Rd. (kids pre-school thru age 9)
11:20 am – Main parade begins at Harlem Ave. and Glenview Rd., goes Rd., south on Harlem, west on Central to Johns Park.
7:30 pm – Twilight concert at Glenview Park Golf Club, 800 Shermer Rd.
Dusk – Fireworks synchronized to patriotic music
Go here for more info.

Northfield

July 4

9:45 am – Parade groups form: north group at Old Willow and Somerset Lane. South group at Ameritech parking lot on Winnetka Ave.. Groups converge at rec center parking lot.
10:00 am – Bike parade at Willow Park (499 Wagner Rd.)
10:30 am – Bike judging, games and attractions. Concession stands open.
10:30-1:00 – DJ, rides, face painting and more
11:00 am – Running races for all ages.

Glencoe

July 4

8:00 am – 2 mile Rotary Fun Run starts at the train station.
10:00 am – Art fair on the Village Green and family games at Kalk Park.
12:00 pm – Glencoe’s Got Talent at Kalk Park.
2:00 pm – Parade steps off from Central School
4:30 – Old fashioned games at Lakefront Park
5:30 – Park and Ride to lakefront Park starts (Village and Train parking lots)
6:00 pm – Musical entertainment by Shout Out
9:00 pm – Fireworks at Lakefront Park
Go here for more info

Highland Park

July 4

10:00 am – Parade in downtown Highland Park (Laurel and St. Johns Ave.)
11:00 am to 2:00 pm Fourth Fest in Sunset Park featuring food, pony rides, carnival games, petting zoo and music by Mike & Joe.
6:00 pm – Concert: Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands
Dusk – Fireworks at Wolter’s Field.
Go here for more info.

Lake Forest

July 4

6:00 pm – Gates open at Deerpath Community Park. Entrance fee: $10 residents/$15 non-residents (children under 5 are free). Parking: $20
6:00 pm – Concert by “10,000 Maniacs”
8:00 pm – Concert by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
9:40 pm – Fireworks
For more information, go here.

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore ~ June 27th-29th, 2014

Glencoe Public LibraryFriday the 27th

Wendy Morgan at Glencoe Library
Free event!
Begins at 10:30 am
320 Park Ave. Glencoe
Kids will be singing and dancing along to Wendy Morgan at her exciting Musikgarten classes at Glencoe Library on June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25.
Wendy Morgan loves to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and just having a great time! Her original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words. “Pure fun,” says Wilmette Beacon, and Laurel Shapiro, Youth Services Event Coordinator at Vernon Area Public Library, says “Parents and kids were all smiles at the end of the program.” For more info call: 847.835.5648

45th Anniversary of Highwood Festival Days
From 5-9pm
Everts Park,
130 Highwood Ave. Highwood
A North Shore spin of “Taste of Chicago,” guests can expect an array of foods from many vendors and restaurants from all over Chicagoland. Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore – June 20-22, 2014

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“Though it’s not happening on the North Shore, who doesn’t love a good strawberry Festival? Enjoy the weekend!”

Friday the 20th

Long Grove Strawberry Fest
From 10am-6pm
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Historic Downtown Long Grove’s annual Strawberry Festival is returning Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.

Strawberry Festival visitors are invited to enjoy three “berry” special days of decadent strawberry-inspired treats from local merchants and vendors such as:

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