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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Mar. 27 – 29

Preservation-Hall-Jazz_-300x300Yes, there are many wonderful Easter activities happening this weekend (see below), but if hunting for eggs is not your thing, we‘ve still got you covered! With performances by Los Lonely Boys and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as a powerful production of The Diary of Anne Frank and a special children’s production of Annie, you know you are guaranteed a great weekend!

Los Lonely Boys
March 27: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Grammy winning Los Lonely Boys come to town bringing with them their signature “Texican Rock ‘n Roll” music. Equal parts Rock, Blues, Tex-Mex, Conjunto and Tejano, this sibling trio’s music will transport you to another world and have you jamming in your seats. For tickets, click here.

The Diary of Anne Frank
Mar. 27: 8 pm, Mar. 28: 4 pm & 8 pm, Mar. 29: 2 pm & 6 pm (Running through 8/2)
Writers Theatre/Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe

Critics are raving about this intimate production that provides a powerful and authentic portrait of a young girl clinging to hope in a time of tragedy. Audiences will come to know Anne and her family in a new and strikingly honest way as they digest the realities of life in the “secret annex,” in which the tight quarters and forced intimacy serve as an ever-present reminder of the danger just outside. For tickets, click here.

The Musical Annie Kids!
Mar. 27: 7 pm, Mar. 28: 3 & 7 pm, Mar. 29: 3 pm
Evanston Children’s Theatre @ Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Children ages 8 – 14 take on the beloved classic based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray. Call Chris Prichett at 847-448-8254 for more information. Tickets $7; available at the Levy Senior Center.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Mar. 28: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Treat yourself to something special with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which is organized by the venerable music venue, Preservation Hall in New Orleans. The Band travels the world to perform, nurture and perpetuate the joyous and timeless traditions, both musical and cultural, of Dixieland and traditional New Orleans jazz. The band has been touring for over twenty-five years and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2007. For tickets, click here.

Lake Forest Easter Eggstravaganza with Wendy and DB!
Saturday, March 28: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest

The Eggstravaganza will include games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and of course the exciting egg hunt for children up to 9 years old. A special children’s performance by Wendy and DB will precede the hunt. Please remember to bring your baskets! For more info., click here.

Watts Center Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 28: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe

Bring your basket and get ready for an egg hunt! Eggs filled with surprises will be hidden throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, wander inside for crafts, games, and photos with the Spring Bunny. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be relocated to the Takiff Center. For program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538.

Biscuits, Bones and Bunnies Hound Hunt
Saturday, March 28: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe

Egg hunting is for the DOGS! Let your pup search for eggs filled with doggie treats and pose for pictures with the Spring Bunny. Don’t forget to dress your pup in a festive hat to join the Spring Bonnet Parade! In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled; for program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538. All dogs must be on a leash during the event.

Spring Bunny Trail
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Indian Ridge Park, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook

Bring a basket and hop over to meet the Spring Bunny. Children can hunt for filled eggs and play games. Age groups for the egg hunt are 3 years and under; 4-5 years; and 6-10 years. The Spring Bunny will sit for photos from 2:45 – 4pm. The event will be held rain or shine. No dogs are allowed in the park during the event. Additional parking is available at Beth Shalom.

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Best Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the North Shore

Wddde can’t let Guy Fieri have all of the fun, so we’ve taken matters into our own hands. Just thinking about this list gets our mouths watering. And don’t even think about counting calories, sometimes you just gotta say what the heck! You can always exercise tomorrow.

Herm’s Place
3406 Dempster Rd., Skokie, 847-675-3663

Herm’s Palace is a great place to watch a ball game, chat with friends, bring the team, and have a great meal. This family run business treats everyone like a member of their own family. The menu is varied but they are best known for their dogs, burgers and massive milk shakes. If you are feeling particularly indulgent, we suggest the grilled cheeseburger – yes, that is a burger sandwiched in between two grilled cheese sandwiches – insanity! Kids love playing the arcade games and adults love the really cool mural of Chicago celebs, plus the fact that they now serve beer and wine!

Wilmette Chuck Wagon
1120 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-246-0120

If you blink you might walk right past it, but the Wilmette Chuck Wagon is worth the stop. This long-standing Wilmette staple is known for its gyro meat and especially the Niki special (thin cheeseburger topped with loads of gyro meat), as well as tasty sweet potato fries and friendly service. You may also want to consider take-out since seating is limited. Either way, after a meal from here, your heart might not thank you, but your taste buds certainly will!

Sarkis’ Café
2632 Gross Point Rd., Evanston, 847-328-9703

If you can ignore the sometimes questionable service, small space and teenage crowd, the food is well worth it. The menu consists of mostly breakfast food (served throughout the day) and the famous Loretta sandwiches (French bread topped with cheese, mayo, green peppers, tomatoes and onions filled with your choice of meat). They are also known for their delectable omelets (see Disaster Special), delicious coffee and hash browns, cheese optional. Cash only.

Little Island
2600 Crawford Ave., Evanston, 847-866-7670

While many locals may refer to it as a hot dog stand, Little Island offers a lot more than just tasty red hots. Many rave about the burgers and there is no doubt that the cheese fries (fresh cut fries with the skin on and Merkts cheese) are the best around. Parking can be tricky since this hot dog “stand” is practically located in the middle of an intersection. It is a one man show and seating is limited but they do offer call ahead service for pickup. Outdoor seating when weather permits.

Superdawg Drive-In
333 S. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, 847-459-1900

For those looking to skip the drive into the city and take a drive back in time, the Wheeling outpost of the infamous Original Superdawg is one of the last true drive-in restaurants around. This locale has more parking than its city counterpart and also has covered picnic tables overlooking a forest preserve. In addition to the retro-style vibe, the over-sized, classic Chicago Superdawgs are a true crowd pleaser. Just don’t ask for ketchup. The Superchic also gets lots of raves not to mention the crispy Superfies and Super malts and shakes.

Charlie Beinlich’s Food & Tap
290 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-291-0420

Two words sum up the Charlie Beinlich’s experience, old school! Known for their shrimp cocktail, hamburgers and cheeseburgers, Charlie Beinlich’s is a no frills dive with a limited menu, and limited toppings for your burger (we’re talking cheese, onions and bacon). They keep it simple but fresh and people continue to come back for more. A North Shore classic. Closed Sunday and Monday. Cash only.

Kevin’s Place
808 N Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 847-945-4577

Kevin’s Place is a small diner that serves up a huge menu and does not disappoint. Known more for its breakfast food, crowd favorites are the Triple Berry Crunch French Toast and KP’s potatoes. Beyond the delicious food, owner Kevin and his super friendly staff is what truly makes this place special. Kevin’s warm and engaging personality, especially his interaction with kids, keeps customers coming back for more. Open until 2 pm daily.

The Lantern
678 N Western Ave., Lake Forest, 847 367-5755

A casual, no frills tavern like atmosphere known for its free popcorn, homemade chips and a model train that travels around the ceiling. The Lantern advertises its burgers as the best in town and many would agree. Customers also love the cheese curds and fantastic beer specials.

Meier’s Tavern
235 E Lake Avenue, Glenview, 847-724-0477

Meier’s has been serving up burgers and other comfort bar food on the North Shore since the 1930s. Locals love it for its nostalgic vibe as much of the décor has stayed the same. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax with a burger and beer (don’t expect any craft beers or glass plates – everything is served on Styrofoam). Good simple food, at great prices and tator tots that can’t be missed. Cash only.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: March 20-22

bulldog easterRegardless of what it may feel like outside, Spring officially starts this weekend! And there are many events taking place this weekend to get you in the mood. So cross your fingers for continued warmer temps and let the Springtime fun begin!

Spring Shopping Preview
March 19 -21: 10 am – 5 pm
Shops on Westminster, 221 Westminster, Lake Forest

Ready for some Spring shopping? Look no further than the wonderful shops on Westminster and enjoy specials, sales, drawings for prizes, and a delightful showcase of the best of the season in apparel, accessories, home goods, cards, gifts and more. Participating merchants include Bedside Manor, Helanders, Initial Choice, Lake Forest Frame & Design Studio, Lillie Alexander Ltd., Mustard Seed, Sara Campbell, The Perfect Setting and The Village Optical Shop. All are located on Westminster Avenue in Lake Forest between Western and Oakwood.

Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend
March 21 – 22: 11 am – 4 pm
Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Celebrate the arrival of Spring and Japanese culture by writing a seasonal haiku, making a cherry blossom hanging scroll, or watching a suminagashi demonstration. Enjoy traditional storytelling, a koto harp performance, and take a walk in the Japanese Garden. For more information, click here.

Doggy Egg Hunt
March 21: 11 am – 12 pm
Centennial Park, 225 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka

Easter activities kick-off with the annual Doggy Egg hunt. Plastic eggs filled with dog treats will be hidden all over Centennial Park. If your dog finds the egg they get to keep it. In addition to the egg hunt, doggy participants will receive a giveaway. All dogs must be leashed. Please pre-register by March 18. $10 res/$15 non-res. For a full listing of egg hunts on the North Shore, click here.

Free Flutist Concert
March 21: 1 pm
Program Barn at The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview

Award winning flutist Jonny Lipford comes to town to celebrate the Spring Equinox with sweet music. Jonny specializes in playing Native American style flutes and other world flutes crafted using wood and bamboo and is known for his more contemporary and upbeat tempo. Sounds like a beautiful way to spend the afternoon!

One Book, Everybody Reads Kick-Off
March 21: 2 pm
Wilmette Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

“One Book, Everybody Reads” is the Library’s annual spring community-wide reading and book discussion program in which the Library selects one book and then encourages the community to read the selection and participate in a series of related events. The culmination of the program takes place when the author visits Wilmette to talk about his/her book. This year’s selection is Some Luck by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley who will visit Wilmette 4/26. The series of related event kicks off this weekend when author Terra Brockman (The Season’s on Henry’s Farm) and documentary director Ines Sommer discuss her family’s multi-generational, biodiverse, sustainable farm in Central Illinois. After the discussion, tastings from the farm will be provided. For more information about the One Book Program and a full schedule of events, click here.

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New Listings in Wilmette Worth Checking Out

It’s March, the weather has finally turned nice after a long, dreary winter, and there are A LOT of new houses on the market here on Chicago’s North Shore. And today is Tuesday,which is broker’s open day, so I had a lot of new inventory to see in just three hours. I saw some great homes in Wilmette today, each notable in its own way, and I wanted to share them here in case you are looking for something just like one of these.

Best Value

The 13 room home at 1226 Colgate St. is very well-priced, at $1,175,000. It’s ten years old but still feels like new, with all the features of new construction at a discounted price: deluxe kitchen that opens to a family room, mudroom, formal living and dining rooms, large master suite, huge basement with tall ceilings and attached two-car garage. It’s in a great location near Harper School and Thornwood Park. The yard isn’t huge, but with the park so near, who needs a huge yard?

1226 Colgate St., WilmetteFind out more about 1226 Colgate here.

Coolest House

The home at 1537 Washington Ave. definitely wins today’s prize for coolest house. Designed by Morgante-Wilson, it has four floors of living space, bathed in light from walls of windows and filled with exquisite architectural details. If you’re into model trains, don’t miss the third floor!

1537 Washington Ave living room

Find out more about 1537 Washington Avenue here.

Best Patio

This large, newer construction house at 163 Highland Ave. has lots things going for it, but the outdoor entertaining area is one of its best features. The picture below doesn’t begin to do it justice, but there is an outdoor kitchen complete with two grills and a seating area covered by a pergola that is perfect for entertaining on summer evenings.

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Find out more about 1633 Highland Ave. here

Most Like a Country Home

Ok, so this house isn’t actually in Wilmette, but it’s a stone’s throw from Kenilworth Gardens and part of the Harper School district even though it’s technically in Winnetka. When I stepped inside it reminded me so much of the homes back east in Maryland horse country that I felt all warm and nostalgic. The rooms are grandly scaled, especially the formal rooms, and the house rambles on and on, with six bedrooms and four and a half baths. Although there’s plenty of chintz in the living room, at least the baths and kitchen have been updated in the last ten years or so. If your taste runs to vintage homes with gracious living spaces rather than cookie cutter new construction, this may be the home for you.

90 Indian Hill Rd. Winnetka IL

Find out more about 90 Indian Hill Rd. here

Best Case for Home Staging

If you had any doubts that staging works to sell homes, stop by 2233 Kenilworth Ave. This home-stager actually bought a dated 1940s Kenilworth Gardens house and remodeled it, choosing all the finishes herself. Once done, she staged it to highlight its best features and help buyers envision themselves living there. So much more appealing and inviting than a bland, empty house!

2233 Kenilworth Ave, Wilmette LR

Find out more about 2233 Kenilworth Avenue here.

Biggest Walk-In Closets

This four bedroom, four and a half bath house at 1049 Pontiac Rd. has terrific curb appeal and lots of nice features, but what spoke to me were the GREAT his and hers walk-in closets in the master bedroom. If you have more clothes and shoes that you have room for, this house is for you.

1049 Pontiac Rd., Wilmette
Find out more about 1049 Pontiac Rd. here

Best House if You’re a Swimmer

If you’re a serious swimmer you’ll want to consider this house at 1111 Sheridan Rd, not only because it has a lap pool in the basement, but also because of its location just a block from Lake Michigan (with Langdon Beach just to the north and Gillson Park’s beach just to the south).
Of course this solid brick home has lots of other great features, including large formal rooms, a serene master retreat with spa bath and totally tricked-out dressing room, home theater and work-out room in the basement. The only drawback is that the house is somewhat awkwardly wedged on a lot between Sheridan Rd. and Elmwood Avenue.

1111 Sheridan pool

You can find out more about 1111 Sheridan Rd. here

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North Shore Easter Egg Hunts 2015

It’s hard to believe that Easter is only a few weeks away! To help you with your planning, we’ve put together this downloadable list and map of all of the wonderful Easter Egg Hunts happening around the North Shore! Please note: some require pre-registration so get hopping! We we wouldn’t want you, your kids or your pups to miss out!

To download a printable copy of this list and map click here: North Shore Easter Egg Hunts 2015

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Flashlight Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Friday, March 20: 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park, Wilmette
Admission: $7 res/$9 non-res

Bring your flashlight to Gillson Park’s Wallace Bowl stage for the 1st Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt. Most eggs contain prizes and candy; some contain tickets for special prizes given out after the hunt. Event will be held rain or shine. Children participate in their age group only. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your child’s designated time. Parents will not be allowed on the stage during the egg hunt. Bags to collect the eggs will be provided. Age 3-4 at 7 p.m.; Age 5-7 at 7:30 p.m.; Age 8-10 at 8 p.m. You must pre-register to participate; there will be no onsite registration. Registration closes March 10 or when the age range is filled.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
Date & Time: Saturday, March 21: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: West Ridge Park, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park
Admission: Free

Gather colorful eggs filled with toys and fun surprises. One special egg will hold a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark for Summer 2015! Be sure to keep an eye out for an ‘Eggstra’ special guest!

Doggy Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, March 21: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Centennial Park, 225 Sheridan Rd., Winnetka
Admission: $10 res/$15 non-res

Plastic eggs filled with dog treats will be hidden all over Centennial Park. If your dog finds the egg they get to keep it. In addition to the egg hunt, doggy participants will receive a giveaway. All dogs must be leashed. Please pre-register by March 18.

Lake Forest Easter Eggstravaganza with Wendy and DB!
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Rd., Lake Forest
Admission: Free

The Eggstravaganza will include games, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and of course the exciting egg hunt for children up to 9 years old. A special children’s performance by Wendy and DB will precede the hunt. Please remember to bring your baskets!

Watts Center Spring Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe
Admission: Free

Bring your basket and get ready for an egg hunt! Eggs filled with surprises will be hidden throughout Watts Park. After the hunt, wander inside for crafts, games, and photos with the Spring Bunny. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be relocated to the Takiff Center. For program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538.

Biscuits, Bones and Bunnies Hound Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Watts Center, 305 Randolph Ave., Glencoe
Admission: Free

Egg hunting is for the DOGS! Let your pup search for eggs filled with doggie treats and pose for pictures with the Spring Bunny. Don’t forget to dress your pup in a festive hat to join the Spring Bonnet Parade! In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled; for program weather updates, call (847) 835-7538. All dogs must be on a leash during the event.

Spring Bunny Trail
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Indian Ridge Park, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook
Admission: Free

Bring a basket and hop over to meet the Spring Bunny. Children can hunt for filled eggs and play games. Age groups for the egg hunt are 3 years and under; 4-5 years; and 6-10 years. The Spring Bunny will sit for photos from 2:45 – 4pm. The event will be held rain or shine. No dogs are allowed in the park during the event. Additional parking is available at Beth Shalom.

Thornwood Park Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, April 4: 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Location: Thornwood Park, 2400 Thornwood Ave., Wilmette
Admission: Free

Sponsored by the Come North Shore Team, this annual rite of spring is a wonderful celebration of the Wilmette community and hopefully warmer weather. Join neighbors and friends as you catch a photo with the Easter Bunny and scurry around with you kids to find the most eggs! Event starts at 9:45 am with the hunt starting at 10 am SHARP! Remember to bring your own basket.

Winnetka Park District Egg Hunt
Date & Time: Saturday, April 4: 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
Location: West Elm Park, 1155 Elm St., Winnetka
Admission: Free

For ages 8 and under. 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 EB the Easter Bunny, bounce on inflatables and pet real bunnies! Children under three can hop on over to the “Bunnies in Training” pen where they can safely explore unfilled eggs. Please bring your own basket. (Rainout location: Skokie School Gym).

Little Beans Café Easter Party
Date & Time: Saturday, April 4: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Little Beans Café, 430 Asbury Ave., Evanston
Admission: $30 for one child, $45 for two, $60 for three

An Easter celebration filled with spring fun. Event includes photos with the Easter Bunny an Easter Egg hunt, pizza for the whole family, music and play.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: March 13-15

comdey masksAll the world’s a stage or at least it appears that way this weekend on the North Shore. From two major comedic offerings to dance to children’s theatre, there is something for everyone. Plus Family Fun Fest in Glencoe! So have fun this weekend and enjoy the show!

The Music Moves
Mar. 13: 7:30 pm, Mar. 14: 4 pm, Mar. 15: 1 & 4 pm
Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston

For the first time in its 18-year history, the Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) – in collaboration with The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago, The ETHS Choral Ensemble, and the Steve Rashid Quintet – will present a full evening of dance paired with live music performances. Audience members will enjoy six pieces from five professional choreographers set to live jazz, classical and rhythmic body percussion. For tickets, click here.

Paul Reiser
Mar. 14: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

It’s a twofer. Paul Reiser returns to his roots as he hits the stage for an intimate concert featuring his beloved comedic musings and stand-up comedy. In addition, to open the show audience members will be treated to a 30-minute set from special guess jazz vocalist, Jennifer Graham. For tickets, click here.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Mar. 14 & 15: 4 pm
Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette

The ATC repertory presents this hilarious tale of high school-aged overachievers, their hopes, their dreams, and their angst as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee which is overseen by adults still stuck in adolescence themselves. Along the way, the characters sing their stories, utilize unique spelling techniques and learn that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. For tickets, click here.

Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Mar. 14 & 15: 12:30 pm & 4 pm
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook

Be our guest at the Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company’s presentation of the classic Disney love story. Sixty-one sixth through eighth graders, divided into three casts, take on your favorite characters including Belle, Beast, Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts. For tickets, click here.

The Best of the Second City
Mar. 14: 7:30 pm
Niles North Auditorium, 9800 Lawler Ave., Skokie

You don’t have to schlep downtown! Chicago’s famed sketch comedy theatre is coming to the North Shore! The Best of The Second City brings best of sketches, songs, and improv to Niles North High School. Get ready for an evening of hilarious sketch comedy and Second City’s trademark improvisation. For tickets, click here.

Family Fun Fest
Mar. 15: 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Takiff Center, 999 Green Bay Rd., Glencoe

Family Services of Glencoe and Glencoe Park District are partnering up treat your family to a free afternoon of games, crafts, and activities.

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Best Brunch on the North Shore

boston-best-brunchIf there is one thing that people on the North Shore take seriously, it’s brunch! And who can argue? What’s better than spending a leisurely morning/early afternoon feasting on all of the sweet and savory treats that a serious brunch has to offer. And if you are really lucky you might even score a mimosa or two.

For the purposes of this list, we are going to skip the traditional pancake/breakfast type places that serve “brunch” on a daily basis. That’s a whole other list for another day! This list is focused solely on those restaurants where brunch is more of a special event, served only on the weekends to hungry folks looking for an indulgent meal to last them the whole day – well at least until dinner. And don’t forget, Easter is just around the corner. It’s never too early to make your Easter brunch reservations.

Prairie Grass
601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-205-4433

The brunch at Prairie Grass is a North Shore favorite. With its extensive a la carte menu offering up tasty benedicts, fluffy omelets, gourmet pancakes and savory prairie grass favorites, it’s hard to choose just one thing. They also have a great kids menu. Brunch served: Sat: 10 am -2 pm; Sun: 9:30 am – 2 pm.

Pinstripes
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook, 847-480-2323

Don’t be fooled that it’s a bowling alley. Pinstripes is an upscale venue whose bistro style restaurant stands on its own merit. And their Sunday brunch takes it to a whole other level. Served every Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm, the buffet style brunch offers made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fresh seafood, waffles, mimosas and bloody marys (extra fee), delectable desserts including a chocolate fountain and a whole lot more. Adults $20, kids 6-12 $12, 5 & under free! It’s quite a deal. Additional fee for Easter brunch which includes and egg hunt (9 am) and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Jolanes Restaurant & Bar
1100 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 847-375-6986

With its unique location in the ABT Design Center, Jolane’s offers patrons a casual yet contemporary dining experience with a bit if European flair. And their a la carte brunch does not disappoint. Offering tempting sweet choices such as Nutella crepes and brioche French toast served with real maple syrup, diners can also dabble in savory selections – we’ve heard the wagyu burgers are a must, not to mention their quiche of the day. Patrons love the enclosed sun room and their coffee also gets raves. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am – 3 pm.

Guildhall
694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8100

Everything at Guildhall has a quality of perfection, and the same can be said for their brunch. The a la carte menu features staples such as bagels and lox, lemon and ricotta hotcakes, and eggs benedict Guildhall style to the more innovative chorizo and hominy hash and smoked trout lyonnaise salad. In addition their menu of handcrafted cocktails and signature sodas is not to be missed. Brunch served Sunday: 10 am – 2pm.

Peckish Pig
623, Howard St., Evanston, 847-491-6778

This relatively new gastropub hits all the right spots. From its fun and lively atmosphere, to its cool and inviting décor, to the great service and we haven’t even mentioned the food. The a la carte brunch menu has a little something for everyone, but they had us at “Warm Bag Of House Made Donuts.” The food is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced and they usually have some great brunch specials not on the regular menu. Brunch served Sat & Sun: 11 am – 3:30 pm.

Happ Inn
305 Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-784-9200

The Happ Inn is an upscale family restaurant that always delivers. Although the brunch menu itself is somewhat limited, patrons are welcome to order off the main menu as well. Nothing here is too over-the-top, yet the atmosphere offers a bit more sophistication than your typical family style joint. Brunch served Sat & Sun 11 am – 3pm.

Saranellos
601 N Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, 847-777-6878

Probably one of the best kept secrets on the North Shore is Saranello’s Champagne Sunday brunch. Known as an Italian restaurant, its brunch offering is sometimes overlooked, but for those in the know, it’s quite a delicious feast. For $29.95 (children under 12 half price), the buffet brunch features a chafing station, carving station, build your own waffle bar, eggs & omelet station, cold fish table, sweets table, salad, fresh fruit and more. Price includes 2 glasses of champagne or mimosas or selections of specialty coffee drinks and juices. (Bloody Mary bar, extra). Brunch served Sunday 10 am – 2 pm.

Deer Path Inn
255 Easy Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, 847-234-2280

Although on the pricier side, the Champagne Brunch buffet at the Deer Path Inn is a true bruncher’s dream. They have everything from bagels and eggs and meats to sushi and shrimp. The quality is top notch and if you come during the warmer months you can burn off some of your meal by strolling through the beautiful grounds and gardens. Unfortunately, if this sounds tempting, you will have to wait a bit to partake as the main dining area and hotel are closed for renovations until further notice.

Looking for something new? Jumping on the brunch bandwagon are some new to the North Shore restaurants who have recently added or are about to add brunch to their menu offering. May be worth the try:

House 406: 1143 ½ Church St., Northbrook, 847-714-0200
A la carte menu featuring Cocoa Krispy Crusted French toast, quinoa salad and other sweet and savory treats.

Taste on Chestnut: 505 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-441-0134
Offering buffet and a la carte menus. Sunday: 10 am – 2 pm.

Ten Mile House: 1700 Central St., Evanston, 847-905-0669
A broad a la carte brunch menu featuring salads, wood fired breakfast pizzas and lots of other mouth-watering breakfast and lunch entrees. Please inquire when full brunch menu will be rolled out.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: March 6 – 8

wine-tasting-22x28-2015We are really excited about the upcoming weekend. There are some great events and you know the weekend is going to be good when it kicks off with a wine and beer tasting! But also check out, the Kids Only flea market, an intimate concert by Grammy nominated Peter Himmelman, the annual Going Green Matters environmental fair and a new play at the Citadel. Told you it was going to be fun!

Winnetka Community House Wine & Beer Tasting
March 6: 7 – 9 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Taste over 50 superb wines from around the world alongside microbrew and premium beers. Delicious pairings of savory hors d’oeuvres, cheese and sweets will be served. Now that’s a happy hour. To purchase tickets: click here.

For Kids Only Flea Market
March 7: 1 – 3 pm
Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Dr., Deerfield

Calling all young entrepreneurs (K-8) and bargain seekers. Here’s your chance to recycle/purchase old games, books, toys, stuffed animals, sports equipment, trading cards, etc. at the For Kids Only Flea Market where kids price and sell their own merchandise to interested buyers. Negotiating is allowed and part of the fun. All booths must be manned by children. Parents may supervise, but not run booths. All merchandise must belong to children and be in good condition and complete – no bikes or baby equipment. For more info: click here.

An Evening of Song and Spoken Word with Peter Himmelman
March 7: 8:30 – 11 pm
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park

Award winning and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Peter Himmelman and his band come to town to perform select his and songs from his new album, The Boat That Carries Us. Himmelman is known for his witty banter and thought provoking lyrics and has recorded several adult and children’s albums as well as scores for TV and film. Most recently he founded Big Muse, a company which uses song writing to teach other companies how to improve communication, innovative thinking and leadership skills. Tickets include post-concert dessert buffet. For more info: click here.

Going Green Matters 2015
March 8: 12 – 5 pm
Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette

At this annual environmental fair hosted by Go Green Wilmette, participants interested in living more sustainably have a chance to learn more saving energy at home, transportation choices, green landscaping, growing your own food, organic food and farming, connecting to nature, green home design and products, and more. The latest hybrid and electric cars, cooking demonstrations, water displays, recycling (at Central School) and the ever popular interactive Eco-Zone make this a wonderful event for the entire family. Please note new location above. www.goinggreenmatters.org

Other Desert Cities
March 6 -7: 8 pm., March 8: 3 pm
Citadel Theatre, 300 S Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest
Theatre goers will enjoy comedy and drama as they watch writer Brooke Wyeth return home for the holidays to her parents’ home in Palm Springs only to reveal her intent to unearth the family’s proverbial skeletons in a tell-all memoir. The play, named for a road sign east of LA that lists upcoming towns in the California desert, had its Broadway debut in 2011 and earned a Tony award in 2012.  For tickets, click here.

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Best Day Spas on the North Shore

Earth-Spa-Treatment-LIf you’re look like me, the continuous cold temps have really taken a toll on your body. Whether it’s from too much shoveling or too much shivering, a little relaxing and pampering sound pretty good right about now. So join me as I take a break from the polar vortex and escape into one of these lovely day spas for a much needed staycation….sigh, even if it’s only for a few hours.

Antalee Wellness Center, Spa & Cafe
1834-36 Glenview Road, 2nd Floor, Glenview, 847-486-1130

All inclusive wellness is the goal of Antalee Wellness Center, Spa & Café. They offer a plethora of services and resources so you take control of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being via custom, all natural and organic treatments. From skin, body and nail to naturpathic, acupuncture and DNA/cellular healing remedies, time spent here is well worth it. They also have an onsite café – but hours are limited and you must call ahead since everything is made to order.

Renu Day Spa
617 Central Ave., Deerfield, 847-940-9727

Renu Day Spa is a holistic spa that offers a full range of nail, skin care and massage services. It is known for its extremely clean environment and sterile practices along with a friendly and knowledgeable staff that make spending time here very relaxing. Waxing clients rave about the hard and soft waxing techniques that make their services almost pain free.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
2171 Northbrook Ct., Northbrook, 847-272-9300
720 N. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield, 847-945-1888

This infamous and quintessential day spa and salon has two North Shore locations and features a diverse menu of Signature services including: skin care treatments, soothing massage therapy, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, makeup artistry and a full-service hair salon. Expect to pay a little more at this top notch salon.

Olga’s Day Spa
500 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-457-1533

Although this Highland Park institution came under new ownership in August of 2014, you can still expect the same quality of service but in an upgraded facility that features cutting edge spa services in a contemporary atmosphere. Their extensive service offering includes massage, skincare and body treatments, nail services, hair removal, make-up and yoga. Spa packages include lunch. They also have a party/event room and offer massage memberships.

Egea Spa
1521 Sherman Ave., Evanston, 847-332-2772

Egea Spa offers a clean and relaxing environment with 12 treatment rooms for massage, facials, waxing, body treatments and manicure & pedicures. They also offer a full range of medical spa treatments including medical peels, laser, Botox, fillers and more. Comfy robes and indulgent steam showers will round out your experience here.

King Spa & Sauna
809 Civic Center Dr., Niles, 847-972-2540

For a spa experience like no other, a visit to the King Spa and Sauna is a must. This unique, Korean-inspired, 24 hours spa provides a family oriented well-being sauna and spa experience. Upon $30 entry, you’ll receive a wristband, which everything is billed through, and a “uniform”. Shoes are removed and men and women are separated into two different locker rooms. Here, you can shower, soak in soothing bathes of varying degrees and receive additional intense massage and scrub services (recommended, extra fee). But be warned, this area is completely open and completely clothes free. So if you are not comfortable in your birthday suit, then you will want to bypass this part of the experience. After, you put on the aforementioned scrub-like “uniform,” and enter the coed area which has 9 different healing sauna rooms featuring various minerals that offer various healing benefits. Each is its own experience and you’ll want to test drive them all. There is also an ice room to cool down and a main common area with a movie theatre, food court (authentic Korean food), board games, and plenty of comfy recliners to relax in. Upstairs there is a designated napping/sleeping area. You can literally spend the whole day here!

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore Feb. 27 – Mar. 1

No time to sit and relax this weekend. It is jammed packed with high octane activities that will either have you moving from the onset or bring you to youharlemwizards_header_logo r feet with their entertainment prowess. The only hard part will be choosing what to do!

Harlem Wizards Charity Basketball Game
Feb. 27: 7 pm
Highland Park High School Main Gym, 433 Vine Ave., Highland Park

Watch as local coaches, teachers and other notables take on the Harlem Wizards for a fun night of laughs, entertainment, basketball, photo ops and charity. The Harlem Wizards show brings oohs, aahs, and serious laughter inspired by sky-high slams, hilarious humor, dynamic energy, fan participation, world class tricks and basketball wizardry. 50% of the proceeds will go to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation as part of HPHS’s 2015 Charity Drive. Tickets available online at www.harlemwizards.com, at the HPHS bookstore or at the door the night of the event.

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Feb. 27: 8 pm, Feb. 28: 4:30 &8 pm, Mar. 1: 1 & 5 pm
Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Now through May 3, discover if an ordinary maiden, Prince Wellington’s true love, can pass the “Princess Test” and live happily ever after. Based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson, this one-hour musical presentation will delight kids and parents of all ages. For tickets, click here.

Little Sweethearts Family Dance
Feb. 28: 5:30 – 8 pm
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

Get ready for a magical evening of fun and dancing for the entire family! Make special memories as your little ones and you kick up your heels at the Kohl Children’s Museum first ever Little Sweethearts Family Dance. With plenty of rockin’ tunes, mini-line dance lessons, and musical games in store, they’re ready to get the party started! For more info. and tickets, click here.

Circuscope
Feb. 27: 7:30 pm, Feb. 28: 4:30 pm, Mar 1: 3 pm
The Actors Gymnasium at the Noyes Cultural Art Center, 927 Noyes St., Ste. #100, Evanston

Directed by spectacle-theatre veteran Vanessa Stalling and featuring acclaimed Chicago clown Dean Evans, Circuscope will transport audiences through surprising acrobatics, mime, live music and other-worldly design to a fascinating world on the other side of the microscopic lens. Playing through Mar. 22. For more info: click here.

River North Dance Chicago
Feb. 28: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

In celebration of the company’s 25thAnniversary, River North Dance Chicago’s dancers offer an evening of unparalleled grace and talent in an amazing performance featuring selections from their standard repertoire and exciting new works. The Company is dedicated to the creative advancement, presentation and preservation of jazz-based contemporary dance. Founded in 1989, River North Dance has since grown to become an internationally-acclaimed company known for combining athletic prowess and artistic perspective with bold, theatrical flair. For tickets, click here.

CircEsteem/Screen Break Kick-off
Mar. 1: 3:30 – 5 pm
Washburne Gym, 515 Hubbard Rd., Winnetka

The kick-off event for this year’s Screen Break, which encourage families to turn off their television sets and other video screens for seven days and experience together the adventure of a week with no screens, has families testing their circus skills with CircEsteem. CircEsteem is Chicago’s premiere youth circus with a mission of uniting youth from diverse backgrounds and building self-esteem through the practice of circus arts. Interactive stations will include: Scarf juggling, plate spinning, gym wheel, tight wire, feather balancing, face painters and balloon artistry. For more info: click here.

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