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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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Free Outdoor Concerts in Glenview – Summer 2014

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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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Where To Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day On The North Shore

St. Paddy's DayWe may not have a green river or an Irish parade, but we do have some fun ways to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day on the North Shore:

1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook

Wear green for free bocce and bowling. Deals include $4 green draft beer and $14 Irish dinners all day.

The Curragh
1800 Tower Drive, Glenview

The newest of four Irish pubs of the same name, Curragh just opened in the Glen last week and is located on the south end of the Glen Town Centre, next to Flight. The pub is named for the famous Ireland racetrack and has five different rooms each with unique Irish themes.

In celebration of St. Paddy’s Day, there will be live bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers, beer specials and authentic Irish food, like Shepard’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew and Irish Boxty (stuffed Irish potato pancakes).

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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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Family Fun on the Farm

Family Fun on the FarmDo you have a hankering for some good old fashioned family fun?

Then pack up a picnic supper and bring the whole family over to Wagner Farm for a memorable time! After you have your picnic you can work off those calores at the barn dance from 5-8 pm. The Chicago Barn Dance Company will have a square dance caller to lead you through various dances and reels that everyone can join in on.

Need a breather after all that do-si-do? Explore the hands-on exhibits in the museum or take a tractor-pulled wagon ride and then enjoy an ice cream sundae.

The event is Saturday, September 7 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

Admission is $5.00 (free for kids 2 and under).

Wagner Farm is located at 1510 Wagner Road in Glenview. Call 847-657-1506 or visit

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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies on the North Shore

This Sunday marks the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. I’ll never forget where I was when I heard the news and I doubt anyone else will either. Most of us know someone who was directly affected by the tragedy, and the wounds still feel fresh, even after ten years. You can take time out to remember those who lost their lives at one of the ceremonies taking place on the North Shore this weekend:

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The community is invited to join local public safety members of Fire and Law Enforcement, elected officials and community partners to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Attacks of September 11, 2001.  Participants and guests are asked to gather for this event at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. Members of Fire and Police Clergy, along with public safety officials and the mayor, will give speeches and music will be provided. A special dedication will also take place for the actual artifact from the World Trade Center.

8:45 a.m. Gathering
9:00 a.m. Welcome – Video Presentation
9:11 a.m. Moment of Silence
9:15 a.m. Comments from Mayors, Fire Chief, Fire Clergy, Police Chief, Police Clergy, Police/Fire Honor Guard Presentation, Ringing of the Bell 3-4-3 to Honor the 343 Fallen Firefighters; National Anthem; Dedication of 9/11 Artifact – Fire Chief; and Closing Comments


The Winnetka Village Council and the Winnetka Park Board cordially invite all Winnetkans, friends, and neighbors to attend a Ten Year Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. on the Village Green.  Scout troops from the Village, students from NTHS, our public safety chiefs, and representatives from local religious congregations will participate in a brief ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. In the event of rain, participants will gather in the Winnetka Club.

All are also invited to participate in the planting of the memorial flags on the Village Green, beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 10th.


You are cordially invited to join the Glenview community at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of that fateful day as we gather in gratitude to and recognition of all first responders who every day put their lives on the line for citizens. 7:00-8:00 pm in Gallery Park (Patriot and Chestnut).

The evening’s tribute will include:

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Kohl Children’s Museum Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Grocery store at Kohl Children's MuseumI was reminded not long ago how fortunate we are to have the Kohl Children’s Museum so close by. We used to go there a lot when my kids were younger, but now my daughter is past the ideal age for the museum. Since we had friends in from out of town with a younger child,  off we went to show them this wonderful local gem. And my daughter, despite being the ripe old age of 9, had a blast. And it was the same exhibits that appealed to her before, that grabbed her attention now: the child-sized grocery store, the mini Potbelly restaurant, the veterinary clinic and the Water Works. And all of us were fascinated by the temporary Monarch Butterfly exhibit, where we could see close-up the four stages of butterfly development.

This year, the museum celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was founded in 1985 by Dolores Kohl. The museum was originally located in Wilmette and moved to its current and larger home in Glenview in 2005.  It offers a wide array of enrichment activities and exhibits where children can play, explore and learn in an environment built specifically for them. There are 16 permanent exhibits to enjoy and usually there are 2-3 temporary exhibits. Right now, in addition to the Monarch butterfly exhibit, there is one featuring Curious George and another featuring Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl to show children how to care for our natural resources.

To celebrate its 25 anniversary the museum has a number of special activities planned, most of them geared to younger children. Here’s a run-down of activities for the museum’s anniversary kick-off week:

Sunday, July 25- Free Admission Day

  • 12-1:30                             WTTW “Readers are Leaders” performance with Miss Lori’s Campus

Monday, July 26 – Science Day

  • 10:00 and 10:45 am       Very Hungry Caterpillar Appearance
  • 10:00 – 12:00                   Anderson Pest Solutions Insect Zoo
  • 2:00 – 4:00  pm              Botanic Gardens Wiggly Worms Activity
  • 3:00 and 4:00 pm          Bubble Juggler Geoff Akins Performance

Tuesday, July 27 – Health and Safety Day

  • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm          Firezone Fire Engine Exploration
  • 10 am – 12 pm                   Gymboree
  • 10 am – 12:30 pm             Little Legends Soccer Clinic
  • 2- 3 pm                               Operation Railroad Tracks Safety Presentation
  • 3 and 3:45 pm                   Smokey Bear Appearance

Wednesday, July 28 – Arts and Literacy Day

  • 9 am – 5 pm                        Free Family Photo
  • 10 am – 12 pm
    and 1-4 pm                          Blick Art Materials Activity
  • 2-5 pm                                 Writers’ Theatre Children’s Acting Workshop
  • 3 and 3:45 pm                    Clifford the Big Red Dog Appearance

Thursday, July 29 – Music Day

  • 10 and 11 am                        Karen Banks-Lubicz Concerts
  • 1, 2 and 3 pm                       Mindy Hester and the Time Outs Concerts
  • 3-3:45 pm                             Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat

Friday, July 30 – Grand Celebration

  • 10-10:45 am                          Very Hungry Caterpillar Appearance
  • 11 am – 1 pm                          Free cake and ice cream sponsored by Bobtail Ice cream and Tetra Pak
  • 1 – 1:45 pm                             Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat
  • 3 – 3:45 pm                            Clifford the Big Red Dog Appearance

The museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd. in Glenview (in the Glen).You can get directions here.

Summer hours are:
Monday-Saturday 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm

Admission is $8.50 (free for children under 1 year; $7.50 for seniors)

Water works at Kohl Children's Museum

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Independence Day on the North Shore

North Shore fireworksThis year the weather promises to be absolutely perfect for 4th of July celebrations – sunny, clear and warm (not hot) from now through Sunday. There are lots of fun things going on all up and down the North Shore, and if you’ve got the energy, you can spread your celebration out over three days. As always, Wilmette holds its celebration on July 3rd, while Glenview waits til the 5th. (Thunderstorms are currently in the forecast for Monday, so if you live in Glenview you may want to join the festivities in another town on the 4th, just to be on the safe side.). Also, note that, in Winnetka, the parade begins at 1:00 pm and not 10:00 am, as in previous years.


July 4
7:30 pm – Twilight Concert featuring the Palatine Concert Band
9:00 pm – The musical fireworks extravaganza will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of Downtown Evanston.


July 3
4:00 pm -  Games and rides for children, entertainment, roving performers, and a Tastefest at Gillson Park.
7:30 pm – A traditional concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band in the Wallace Bowl. It will be preceded by a sneak preview of this summer’s Starlight Theatre musical feature.
9:30 p.m – Fireworks begin. In case of rain, the fireworks will be rescheduled to a later date.

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
1:00 pm – The celebration begins with Winnetka’s annual parade. (Note the change in time from past years). The parade sets off from the corner of Elm and Glendale Streets, and heads east to the Village Green.
2:00 pm – -A flag-raising ceremony, children’s flag parade, and family races follow the parade on the Green.
6:30 pm -  “Fourth Fest,” featuring food, children’s entertainment, and a pre-fireworks concert at Duke Child’s Field
9:15 pm – Fireworks begin


July 4
9:45 am -  Bike parade kicks off from two locations — Somerset and Old Willow or the Ameritech Lot. Both routes end at Willow Park.
10:30 am -  Bike judging, music and amusement rides begin. Family activities include relays, wheelbarrow races, a hula-hoop contest and an egg toss. For more information, go to or call 847-446-4428.


July 4
8:00 am – Fun Run starts at the train station, 724 Green Bay Road
10:00 am – Games in Kalk Park, Park Aveune and Green Bay Road
2:00 pm – Parade
6:30 pm -  Barbecue on the beach with children’s entertainment and music
9:00 pm – Fireworks on the beach


July 5

11:00 am -  Bike Parade starting at the corner of Glenview rd. and Church St.
11:30 am -  Main parade starting from OLPH parking lot and ending at Johns Park.
7:30 pm – Twilight Show with patriotic concert by the North Shore Concert Band. The show’s finale will be fireworks synchronized to patriotic music.

Highland Park

July 4
11:00 am – Parade in downtown Highland Park
12:00 pm – Fourth Fest at Sunset Woods Park
9:15 pm – Fireworks at Wolters Field on Park Avenue West

Lake Forest

July 4
6:00 pm – Beer garden with kids activities and live music by Sixteen Candles at Deerpath Community Park
8:00 pm – KC and the Sunshine Band
9:30 pm -  Fireworks sponsored by the Lake Forest Symphony

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North Shore Memorial Day Parades

Brownies in Memorial Day paradeMostly we think of Memorial Day as a celebration of the start of summer ….the opening of the pool, barbecue parties with friends, baseball games etc. But it’s also a time to remember our war heroes. Here on the North Shore there are several parades and Memorial Day ceremonies this Monday morning. They’re a great opportunity to help our kids understand the meaning of the holiday. And this year it looks like we’ll have great parade-watching weather. Here’s a run down on the parades in our area:


Sponsored by the Village of Wilmette and  Huerter Post #46 o the American Legion, the parade will begin at 10:30 from the corner of Ridge Rd. and Lake Ave. It will proceed east to Park Ave.and south to Wilmette Ave. , finishing up at Village Hall. The ceremony will take place near the War Memorial.


You can probably hit two parades if you start with this one, since it’s the earliest of the lot. The procession starts at 9:00 east of the railroad tracks on Pine St. and continues to Glenview Rd..The ceremony will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial at Glenview Rd. and the river.


Winnetka’s parade kicks-off at 10:00 from the corner of Glendale and Elm and heads east to the Village Green. There will be a brief ceremony on the Green following the parade.


The parade begins at central School at 10:30 and proceeds to Veteran’s Memorial Park adjacent to Glencoe Union Church.

Lake Forest

Sponsored by the lake Forest American Legion Post the parade will begin at 11:00 at Market Square. The Legion rifle squad and color guard will step off from the post at 10:30 A.M. and pick up both Boy and Girl Scout troops from the parking lots at Deerpath and McKinley. The color guard will march from Illinois Road and turn onto Western Avenue.


North Shore Housing Inventory

Here is a snapshot of active listings (single family detached homes) on the market as of April 5, 2010.

# Active Listings
Avg. List Price
Median List Price
Days on Market
Highland Park
Lake Forest

Source: MRED – Deemed reliable but not guaranteed.


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