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Spring Happenings On Chicago’s North Shore 2014


Spring has finally sprung! Here’s a guide to help you & your family make the most of the new season…

Sunday April 5th

Northbrook Park District
Indian Ridge Park
3323 Walters Ave. Northbrook
The Spring Bunny Trail will welcome spring with an egg hunt, egg-dying and entertainment from 2:30–4:30 p.m. Children can enjoy a bounce house, carnival games, hopping relay races, face painting and clowns. For more info call: 847.291.2960

Saturday April 12th

Park Center, Glenview Park District
2400 Chestnut Ave. Glenview
Park Center Eggstravaganza. Park Center will provide some eggcitement when children of all ages can participate in an old-fashioned egg hunt on April 12 at 10 a.m. Before the hunt, have breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Lakeview Room from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cereal, fruits, bagels, pastries and other treats are on the menu. Registration for breakfast is required. Fee for residents is $7 per person and nonresidents is $9 per person. For more info call: 847.724.4793

Saturday April 19th

4th Annual Thornwood Park Easter Egg Hunt
2400 Thornwood Ave, Wilmette
Arrive at 9.30am for a visit by the easter bunny and egg hunt.

Glencoe’s Spring Egg Hunt
10-11am @ Watts Park
Bring your basket and get ready for an egg hunt! We’re hiding eggs, filled with surprises, throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, wander inside for crafts, games, and photos with the Spring Bunny. Food will be available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be relocated to the Takiff Center; for weather related updates, call: 847.835.7538
Reminder: Bring your camera!

Winnetka Park District
West Elm Park
1155 Elm St. Winnetka
At 10:00 a.m. sharp, join the fun and excitement of hunting for goody-filled eggs in Winnetka’s annual Egg Hunt. After the eggs are all cracked, stick around and get your picture taken with the hare himself, EB the Bunny. All children (ages 8 and under) will have the opportunity to get their picture taken and enjoy some new special surprises. Children under three should hop on over to the “Bunnies-in-Training” pen where they can safely explore unfilled eggs. Don’t be late; the eggs will not last long! Please bring your own basket. For more info call: 847.501.2040

Sunday April 20th

Chicago Botanical Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe
Easter Egg Brunch–Sunday. Enjoy a buffet meal and activities for the whole family. Bring your Easter basket and hop over to the Rose Garden lawn after brunch for the Easter Egg Dash. $38 for adults; $29 for children 3–12. Member tickets are discounted. Tickets are available online and at the Visitor Center. Three seatings are available; 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. For more info call: 847.835.5440

1150 Willow Rd. Northbrook
Join the Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m. and the visit by the Easter Bunny himself and then enjoy brunch served from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Brunch includes one mimosa, made-to-order Omelettes, Carved Prime Rib, Fresh Seafood and Delectable Desserts. $30 per adult; $15 kids 6–12 years old; kids 5 and under free. $3 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary’s. For more info call: 847.480.2323

4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ March 28-30, 2014

Friday the 28th

Natural Areas Volunteer Workday
From 9am to noon at the
Heller Nature Center
2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park
Come join the Natural Areas Program for a volunteer workday. Activities include invasive species removal, brush pile burns, seed collecting and processing, native tree and shrub planting, and plant, animal and habitat monitoring. Contact Liz Ettelson ( for more details or call: 847.433.6901. Come prepared to work outside and get dirty! Cost is free!

Saturday the 29th

Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs
Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd Glencoe
Two Classes; 9.30 & 1
Find out how people use parts of rainforest trees to make chewing gum and rubber. Create your own bouncing ball and flavorful gum to take home. TIMES:9.30–11 am & 1–2.30 pm.
To register visit:

Pop-Up Adventure Playground
crow island woods
1112 Willow Rd, Winnetka
From 11am-3pm
Bring your family to this unique, public celebration of child-directed play! Join playworkers from Pop-Up Adventure Play as they transform the Woods into an inspiring, rich play environment using large scale, loose parts. Crow Island Woods is the only Chicagoland stop on the Pop-Up Adventure Play National Spring Tour! Sponsored by The Alliance for Early Childhood, Winnetka Park District and Meatheads Burgers and Fries. To find out more about pop-up adventure play ground visit:

Sunday the 30th

Haiti: An Insiders Perspective
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette
From 2-4pm
Griselda Garibay, Advancement Coordinator for the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative, gives insight into Haiti’s past, present and future and describes how the organization empowers Haitians to create better lives for themselves. For more info call: 847.256.6947

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore, March 21-23, 2014


It’s never to early to teach your children the importance of helping others. Volunteers are welcome to the Winnetka Community House this Saturday, “kids against hunger.”

Friday, March 21st

From 7-8.30pm
At the Greenbriar Gym
1225 Greenbriar Lane, Northbrook
Help restock the Northfield Food Pantry!
Join a dance fitness party with free admission
& a donation of two non-perishable items.
Monetary donations will be accepted, too.
All ages welcome! Prizes and giveaways!
Questions? Call 847.291.2995

Saturday, March 22nd

Kids Against Hunger
Winnetka Community House
Beginning at 8.30am
Please join us at Winnetka Community House on Saturday, March 22 and help the Winnetka-Northfield Rotary Club, The Volunteer Center and Winnetka Community House package 100,000 highly nutritious meals for starving children in Nicaragua. For more info call: 847.446.0537

Brew your own Kombucha

1640 Chicago Ave, Evanston
Learn how to brew your own kombucha at the Whole Foods Market Evanston South Kombucha Workshop! All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation to Whole Planet Foundation.
To reserve a spot email

Sunday, March 23rd

Symphonies in C
Sheely Center for the Performing Arts
(on the campus of Glenbrook North High School)
2300 Shermer Rd, Northbrook
Three remarkable symphonies side-by side, one from each of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. And even though all are written in the majestic key of C Major, their sound is vastly, fascinatingly different. To order tickets follow this link…

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4 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore, March 14-16, 2014


“You and the whole family can take a magical trip to Neverland with Wilmette Theatre’s Presentation of Peter Pan”

Friday, March 14th

Village Follies Annual Variety Show, “Once Upon a Time”
at the Winnetka Community House
620 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka IL
From 7.30-10pm
Tickets are $20/person
The annual variety show will run two consecutive weekends: Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15; Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22. For more info call: 847.446.0537
Or register online at:

Wilmette Children’s Theater
Presents: Peter Pan
Grades 4 – 10
Performances: March 14-16 & 21-23
Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
Where: The Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette.
Tickets are $8.50 per person and can be purchased online. Click here to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available in person at the front desk of the Community Recreation Center or call 847.256.9686.

Saturday, March 15th

Chicago Botanical Gardens Orchid Show
1000 lake Cook Rd. Glencoe
Adults: members/nonmembers: $8/$10
Seniors 62+: members/nonmembers: $6/$8
Children 3 to 12: members/nonmembers: $6/$8
Children 2 and under: Free
Parking fees apply for nonmembers.
For safety reasons, tripods will not be permitted in the exhibition.

Sunday, March 16th

Family Fun Fest
@ the Glencoe Park District
999 Green Bay Rd, Glencoe
From 1.30-4pm
This is a free event with a bounce house, story times, gym games, arts, crafts & activities. For more information visit:

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Going Green Matters: It’s Time to Go Green!


Join Go Green Wilmette today (Sunday, March 9, 2014), from 1 -5 pm at The Woman’s Club of Wilmette for an afternoon of fun activities around healthier living and a healthier environment.

This is an annual event that keeps getting better every year. There are  interactive nature exhibits for children and adults. You can get advice about gardening and native landscaping, and even start your first seed of the season. You’ll find out what’s in your cleaning products and your dinner. You can get answers to your questions about Water Quality, Storm Water, Conservation and Recreation. You can try your luck at the raffle. And, importantly, here’s a chance to recycle your old electronics, Styrofoam, shoes, textiles and bicycles (recycling from 12-4 pm only).

Here are some of the highlights of the event:

  • Examine eight of the latest electric and hybrid cars and the newest hybrid electric commuter bikes.
  • Attend demonstrations on a wide variety of environmental topics including cooking demonstrations by Farmhouse Restaurant of Evanston.
  • See an actual solar hot water system at work and learn how you can harvest the sun.
  • Find tips about growing your own food, reducing your home energy use, native plant and sustainable landscaping, and making smart water choices.
  • Enjoy the expanded interactive “Eco-Zone” on the lower level.
  • Join “Talk it Up: Conversations about Water” with area policy makers and experts.
  • Relax in the complimentary Go Green Café.
  • Recycle from 12 – 4 at nearby Central School, collecting textiles, bikes, shoes and electronics.

This is a family friendly event and it’s FREE! Bring your friends and take home a short list of great things you can easily do to help the planet.

When: Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 1-5 pm

Where: Woman’sClub of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette

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Ravinia 2014

Let’s talk music for a moment… Did you know image
that Ravinia is the oldest outdoor music festival
in the United States? Ravinia has been the summer
home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936.

This summer it will host more than 130 events from
June 5th to September 14th! This includes 4 premieres
and 47 artist debuts that range from conductor Susanna
Malkki to ZZ Top.

So which artists will you be seeing this summer?

Click here for the entire Ravinia 2014 lineup!

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3 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ Feb. 28, March 2-3, 2014


Don’t miss The Preschool @ NSCI’s epic magic show & bake sale! Your children will laugh hysterically and have you to thank for all of the fun! Win Win! See you there…


Friday March 28th

Sleep Myths: What is a good night sleep?
A. Perry Homes
564 Lincoln Ave. Winnetka at 2pm
This event feature lesson expert Dr. Neil Stanley.
Light refreshments will be served.
Call 847.440.5400, for more info.

Saturday March 1st

Kiddie Gras
Glenview Park District
Park Center 2400 Chestnut Ave.
Must register! $9/child $7/adult
Marci Gras games & crafts
Bouncers, mini ball drop & Cajun refreshments and music
To register visit:

Sunday March 2nd

Magic Show & Bake Sale
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Rd Glencoe
From 3-4.30
Tickets in Advance: $10/child $5/adult
At the door: $15/child $10/adult

For more info call or email Ellen at: 847.835.0724 or

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore February 21-23rd, 2014


“Get a grip on your swing before golf season springs into action!”

Friday the 21st

Wilmette Park District Presents:
101 Dalmatians Kids & Peter Pan
The Auditorium of the Community Recreation Center
Located at 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette.
Performances going on all weekend!
Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tickets are $8.50 per person and can be purchased online. Click here to purchase tickets online: Tickets are also available in person at the front desk of the Community Recreation Center or call 847.256.9686.

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5 Best Bakeries on the North Shore


Allow us to write you a prescription for your next sweet tooth!

#5 Three Tartsimage

In Northfield
301 Happ rd.
The Cure: banana cup cakes, gannoche brownies and baked chocolate chip cookies


#4 Maier’s Bakeryimage

In Morton Grove
9328 Waukegan rd.
The Cure: double chocolate coffee cakes doughnuts and sweet rolls


#3 Il Mulino Bakeryimage

In Highwood
410 Sheridan rd.
The Cure: tiramisu, canoli and doughnuts

#2 Sweet Dreams
In Glenview
1107 N Waukegan rd.
The Cure: Organic wedding cakes, gluten free & sugar free baked goods


#1 Bennisonsimage

In Evanston
1000 Davis st.
The Cure: freshly prepared apple strudel, Thursday’s sour cream doughnut (gone by 9), flan and croissants

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5 Fun Things To Do On The North Shore~ February 14-16, 2014


Why not try a date night of painting? Though you may not leave the studio to go home and hang a Picasso on your wall, you’ll have a great memory full of laughs!

Friday the 14th

Classic Kids Photography’s Lovie Project Fundraiser Launch Party
@ Classic Kids Photography
566 Chestnut, Winnetka
From 10am-4.30pm
Join Classic Kids Photography on Valentine’s Day for A Lovie Launch Party with free Lovie photo shoots, cookies and hot cocoa.
To celebrate the return of The Lovie Project, an initiative giving people the opportunity to create striking modern art from photos of their beloved childhood friends, Lovie photo shoots are FREE with the donation of a brand new lovie for a child in need. All new lovies collected will be delivered to The Primo Center for Homeless Women & Children. Open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 14. Appointments are welcome by phone at 847.446.2064. On the Web:

Date Night Classes at Pinot’s Palette
pinot’s palette
2011 Tower Dr, Glenview
Pinot’s Palette at The Glen Town Center will be opening the weekend of Valentine’s Day. To celebrate, enjoy date night classes throughout the weekend. These date night paintings are painted across two canvases so a couple can bring home one complete piece of art instead of two of the same. For more info call 847.730.5972

Friday, 2/14 – Rendezvous
Saturday, 2/15 – Starry Night

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