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July Art Fairs and Festivals on the North Shore

Art-Festival-North-ShoreDo you feel like summer is getting away from you? Are you looking for more fun things to finish off your summer? Check out the list of art fairs and festivals left in July.

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, noon-7 p.m. July 19-20 at Centennial Park, on Sheridan between Clark and Church, Evanston. The celebration of world cultures includes live music, dance performances, art and craft work of up to 140 juried artists, and ethnic foods. Free admission. Visit

Glenview Art League’s 61st annual Art Fair will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26-27 on the Lyon School grounds, Lake and Waukegan, Glenview. Featuring fine art and crafts, jewelry and photography by more than 65 artists, food and children’s activities. Free admission. Visit

Northbrook Days Festival, July 30-Aug. 3 at Village Green Park, Meadow and Shermer roads, Northbrook. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Featuring food, carnival rides and live music. Bands to be announced. Visit

Glencoe Festival of Art, featuring more than 120 juried artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Aug. 2-3 at Green Bay Road and Park Avenue, Glencoe. Includes interactive art demonstrations, live music and children’s activities. Free admission and free parking in commuter lots. Visit

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

“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:

Wilmette Summerfest
Friday 9am-5pm & Saturday 11am-10pm
Heres the Parking guide to help make life easier:
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:

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 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 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:

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.


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 for more info or see the complete program here.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Free Outdoor Concerts in Glenview – Summer 2014

concert in the glenBarefoot in the Park

Wednesdays at 7 pm in the Jackman Park Gazebo, Lehigh and Prairie.
In case of inclement weather, concert will be held at Park Ctr., 2400 Chestnut.

June 18 – Spoken Four

June 25 – Piano Man (tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel)

July 9 – Johnny Rusler & The Beach Bum Band (island & beach music)

July 16 – The New Invaders (British Invasion)

July 23 – Flat Cats (jazz)

July 30 – Jin & Tonic (classic country & rock)

August 6 – The Student Body (high energy hits0

Summer Sounds at the Glen

Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm. Glen Town Center’s Navy Park, 2671 Navy Blvd.

June 24 – Classical Blast

July 1 – Libido Funk Circus

July 8 – R Gang

July 15 – Red Pop Fury

July 22 – Soda (classic & current pop)

July 29 – Rockstar Rodeo

August 5 – Bopology (swing)

August 12 – Tropixplosion (Caribbean w/ Blue Man-style performance)

August 19 – Hillbilly Rockstarz (country & classic)

August 26 – Final Say (from oldies to now)

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

strawberry fest

“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
downtown long grove, long grove
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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Outdoor Concerts in Glencoe – Summer 2014

Music on the esplanadeGlencoe Gazebo Grooves

Kalk Park, 298 Park Ave. Free

June 11 – Midwest Dueling Pianos

June 16 – Soda (Johnny Cash to Cee Lo Green)

August 13 – Bopology (Frank Sinatra band)

Music on the Esplanade

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Admission is free. Parking is $25/car for non-members. All concerts are Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.

June 24 – Dave Specter (Blues)

July 1 – The Special Consensus (bluegrass)

July 15 – Kimberley Gordon Big Band (Duke Ellington and Count Basie)

July 22 – JoeSounds Steel Drum Trio (Caribbean/Calypso)

July 29 – Pamela Rose and Windy City Country (classics, contemporary country and rock n roll)

August 5 – Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan Quartet (gypsy jazz, flamenco & American jazz)

August 12 – Fernandez + Kimball (Spanish guitar)

August 19 – Nia Quintet (original music from Scott Anderson)

August 26 – Shamrock Ragsters (Irish/Celtic, bluegrass and Dixieland jazz)

Hot Summer Nights

Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Admission is free. Parking is $25/car for non-members. All concerts are Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm.

June 19 – The Mike Knauf Quartet (swing, Latin & standards)

June 26 – Pamela Rose and Windy City Country (classic, contemporary country)

July 3 – Silver Stars (fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and washboard)

July 10 – Jose Valdes & Mambo All-Stars (mambo, cha-cha and boleros)

July 17 – El Payo (flamenco)

July 24 – The Boils (Celtic music and Irish step dance)

July 31 – Grupo Cha Cha (Latin jazz)

August 7 – Bopology (swing and jazz)

August 14 – Rio Bamba (bossa nova, samba and American Latin jazz)

August 21 – Hillbilly Rockstarz

August 28 – Aloha Lives! (Hawaiian music)



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Free Outdoor Concerts in Evanston – Summer 2014


Starlight Concert Series:

June 19, 7:30-9:00 -Twiggs Park, Simpson at Dodge

June 24, 7:00-9:00 – Bent Park, Central at Cowper

June 25, 6:30-8:00 – James Park, Dodge at Mulford

July 1, 7:30-9:00 – Bent Park, Central at CowperJuly 8, 7:30-9:00 – Leahy Park, Lincoln west of Ridge

July 15, 7:30-9:00 – Brummel Park, Brummel at Elmwood

July 22, 7:30-9:00 – Centennial Park, Sheridan at Church

July 29, 7:30-9:00 – Harbert Park, Dempster at McDaniel

August 5, 7:30-9:00 – James Park, Dodge at Mulford

August 12, 7:30-9:00 – Twiggs Park, Simpson at Dodge

August 19, 7:30-9:00, Centennial Park, Sheridan at Church


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Free Outdoor Concerts in Winnetka – Summer 2014

concerts-hubbard-woodsWednesdays in the Woods

Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd.
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

June 11: basement Jacks

June 18: Hillbilly Rockstars

June 25: Spoken Four

July 9: New Invaders

July 16: Class of ’68

July23: 3rd Sunday String Band

July 30: Saturday June Band

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Free Outdoor Concerts in Wilmette – Summer 2014

Summer Concert on the North ShoreLove outdoor concerts but don’t want to spring for tickets to Ravinia? Not to worry. There are plenty of outdoor concerts on the North Shore this summer that are easy on the pocketbook (i.e., free!). Here’s the rundown on Wilmette’s summer music scene:

Summer Concerts at Plaza del Lago

1515 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette

June 26, 6:00-8:00 – Conjunto (salsa meets free jazz)

July 3, 6:00-8:00 – Moss/REALTIME (the pizzazz of modern jazz)

July 10, 6:00-8:00 – Cavern Beat (Beatles songs)

July 17, 6:00-8:00 – Final Say (from oldies to now)

July 25, 6:00-8:00 – Piano Man (tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John)

July 31, 6:00-8:00 – Bopology (swing with Sinatra and more)

Starlight Theatre at the Wallace Bowl

Gillson Park on the lakefront at Michigan and Washington

June 12 at 6:30 – Canzonetta String Chamber Orchestra

June 19 at 8:00 – Family feature film to celebrate Wilmette Thetare’s 100th anniversary

June 20 at 8:00 – A tribute to ABBA by ABBA Salute

June 21 at 8:00 – The Meteors (50′s ad 60′s)

June 26 at 6:30 – Rio Bamba (samba and jazz)

July 5 at 8:00 – Chad Bernstein and Suenelo (Miami’s Latin funk)

July 10-26 at 8:00 – Anie Get Your Gun

July 31 at 6:30 – Don’t Just Sit There (interactive musical act)

August 1 at 8:00 – Illinois Brass Band

August 2 at 8:00 – Centerfold (pop/rock)

August 7 at 6:30 – New Odyssey (three guys, 30 instruments)

August 8 at 8:00 – Bopology (pop swing band)

August 9 at 8:00 – Bagshot Row (British Invasion)

August 14 at 6:30 – Barefoot Hawaiians (Hawaiian music and dance)

In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Community Rec Center auditorium, 3000 Glenview Rd. Visit for info.

Mallinckrodt Concerts in the Park

Centennial gazebo in Mallinckrodt Park, 1041 Ridge Rd.

June 15 at 4:00 – Dangerous Folk (acoustic trio plays ’60s music)

June 29 at 4:00 – La Tarvaillant (Bayou)

July 20 at 4:00 – Rockin’ Johnny Band (Blues)

August 10 at 4:00 – Jazz Lady Robin Watson (jazz, big band and Motown)

Bring your lawn chairs for seating. In inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Community Rec Center auditorium, 3000 Glenview Rd. Visit for info.

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