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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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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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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 Book Stores on the North Shore

chair-and-fire-for-guardian-piece-590x394With no dramatic warm up in sight, it’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire and get lost in a great book. No matter what genre suits your fancy, the North Shore still has many wonderful independent book stores (thankfully), where knowledgeable staff members are on hand to help you find the perfect book for a cold winter day.

The Book Bin
1151 Church St., Northbrook, 847-498-4999

This small independent book store has been serving its loyal patrons since 1971. Known for its friendly and helpful staff, if they don’t have a book you are looking for they will happily special order it for you. Their children’s selection is ample and includes small games and toys. In addition, the store conducts a monthly adult book discussion group and has a rental library section where you can rent books by the day instead of purchasing. Closed on Sundays.

The Book Stall
811 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-8880

The Book Stall offers a fabulous, well-organized selection of books with a staff that really knows their stuff! Staff members tend to specialize in a specific genre so their recommendations are always spot on and patrons love the staff’s handwritten blurbs about their favorite picks so you can peruse at your own discretion as well. The store is always bringing in fabulous authors for meet and greets and other special events. The store also host several discussion groups and features a Children’s and Adult Book Club. For unparalleled service and a great community feel, the Book Stall is must!

Lake Forest Book Store
680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, 847-234-4420

Since 1949, this quaint, independent book store has been a town favorite. Despite its small size, it boasts a large selection of books that serves the needs of the town and surrounding communities. Known for its knowledgeable staff and exceptional customer service, the store has perfected the art of recommending books based on customers’ interests. And, should there be a book you’d like that they don’t carry, they are happy to track it down and place a special order for you. They also host several author and book events at the store and throughout the community, as well as a monthly book club.

Half Price Books
151 Skokie Valley Rd., Highland Park, 847-831-2820

Even though it’s part of a chain, this store feels like and independent book shop. Although you may not get a great return if you are looking to sell your books here, chances are you’ll score a great deal on any book you purchase – especially in their clearance section where books are marked down to $1-$2. In addition to recycled books, the store sells recycled video games, music, movies, comic books, board games. They also sell specially-priced new releases and hot bestsellers that are usually 10-20% cheaper than you’d find at big box stores.

Books on Vernon
664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-5180

A great neighborhood spot with a great selection of gifts and books for adults and children alike. Books on Vernon offers a relaxed atmosphere where customers, no matter what age, are welcome to stay and explore the shelves. In the back of the store is a small 50-seat theater that the Writer’s Theatre uses to stage shows.

Barbara’s Book Market
2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview, 847-904-7304

Barbara’s Book Market in the Glen Town Center is a good old-fashioned bookstore with plenty of space to relax, peruse and linger. Their event space enables them to host a variety of happenings including author appearances, book signings, open mic nights, holiday events, book clubs, corporate meetings, gallery shows, and free children’s story time that takes place every Tuesday at 4:00pm and every Thursday at 10:30am. They also sell children’s puzzles, activity sets, toys, games and educational materials and have a great selection of heavily discounted books.

Book Den
1043 Chicago Ave., Ste B, Evanston, 847-864-4449 1-6, closed Tuesday and Sunday Monday 2-6

The Book Den is a used book store that may be small in size but makes up for it by its breadth in selection and variety of books. The stocked shelves are filled with everything from favorite beach reads to German lit, to feminist poetry and everything in between; you can literally browse for hours. The pricing can’t be beat and they often have additional sales so inquire within. Hours are somewhat limited: Monday: 2-6, Wed – Sat: 1 -6. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.

Squeezebox Books & Music
1235 Chicago Ave, Evanston, 847-943-9309

Squeezebox is a unique, boutique style, thematically used book and music store run by an equally interesting owner, Tim. You will be seduced by the selection each visit and will want to return often as you never know what gem will show up. Supporting all genres and eras, including children’s, in a well-organized but small setting, it is truly a treasure trove of vinyl and books in fabulous condition. Hours: Mon – Wed: 12 – 6, Thur – Sat: 12 -7. Open some Sundays.

Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley 1, Evanston, 224-999-7722

Bookends & Beginnings opened in June 2014 in the space formerly occupied by the legendary Bookman’s Alley. They offer new, used, and bargain books; unique gift items and jewelry; literary events; and lots of local color. They literally have something for everyone but have quickly become known for their extensive cookbook section as well as their inviting children’s section which includes books written in other languages.

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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Best Jewelry Stores on the North Shore

colorful jewelry

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we know many of you may be scrambling for some last minute gifts to show that special someone how much you care. To help you out, we’ve created this list of some of the Best Jewelry stores on the North Shore. However, just because we think its tops, doesn’t mean it will break your bank. Yes, some of the stores below feature fine and exquisite pieces that may require some creative financing, but we’ve also included some more eclectic shops that offer fun and unique pieces at budget-friendly prices. So whatever your price point, we’ve got you covered! But whatever you decide, don’t forget the chocolates!

She Beads
821 Ridge Road, Wilmette, 847-920-1923

One of a kind, hand-rolled clay beaded jewelry made right on the store premises. Each bead is a true work of art and is guaranteed not to beak, discolor, chip or fade, plus they’re waterproof! From the ever popular designs featuring Blackhawk beads to Valentine-inspired heart shaped beads, they have something to compliment every style and personality. Mens’ and charity styles available too.

Eve J. Alfillé Gallery & Studio
623 Grove St., Evanston, 847-869-7920

Named as one of America’s coolest store by In-Store Magazine, the gallery itself is a destination all on its own. Special care was put in the design of the gallery as it was meant to evoke a feeling of past civilizations and remind visitors of the natural origins of the gems and minerals used to create the jewelry. It does not disappoint. But beyond the beauty of the store, are the jewels themselves. Each piece is designed by award-winning international artist Eve J. Alfillé and is hand-crafted on location by a talented team of goldsmiths and artisans. From rare, exotic pearls to unusual gemstones to precious metals and fine diamonds, this extensive collection of jewelry is impressive.

seejanesparkle
817 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-859-6017

seejanesparkle is the destination for both artists and customers to ”find their own sparkle” and embrace their inner starlet. From a small age, owner Sara Jane Abbott had a passion for style and loved creating new treasures out of pieces found at local thrift stores. Her own signature style describes as “Chanel/20’s aesthetic with modern pop feel” can be seen in the signature pieces that she continues to design at the store. The boutique is also known as a launching pad many established and developing local artists and designers, and features truly unique jewelry and women’s accessories you won’t find anywhere else. Private parties available.
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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Feb. 6 – Feb. 8

daddy daughter danceNow that you’ve had the chance to dig out from all of the snow, it’s time to see what’s going on around the Shore this weekend. Thankfully, you won’t need to hole up this weekend since there are so many great events including two Daddy/Daughter Dances, two concert benefits, the chance to stomp around and create art with your feet; and a whole lot more.

Dad & Daughter Date Night
Two great opportunities for Dads to take their little ladies out for a night on the town.

Daddy & Daughter Dance – Snowflake Princess
Feb. 6, 6:30 – 9 pm
Hilton Northbrook, 2855 North Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

It’s an ice-enchanted evening filled with music and memories. Daughters and dads will receive a corsage/boutonniere, a souvenir Daddy & Daughter photo and enjoy DJ music, appetizers, games, and desserts. 4 years and older. A discounted dinner package is available at Allgauer’s before the dance. Call 847-480-7500 for more info.

Dad/Daughter Valentine’s Ball
Feb. 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Sunset Ridge Country Club, 2100 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield

Dads and daughters will share in an evening of dinner, dancing, and most importantly, memories! Dinner and dessert included. Each girl will also receive a goodie bag. (4 years old – 4th grade). Call 847-446-5222 for more details.

First Friday Skokie – Winter Family Fun
Feb. 6: 7 – 8:30 pm
Downtown Skokie, Lincoln Ave. and Brown St., Skokie

Come out the first Friday of every month for something fun and exciting in Downtown Skokie. This month’s theme is all about Winter Family Fun and includes princess photo ops, cupcake and pizza decorating, and plenty of special deals from local merchants. For a complete list of events and participating merchants go to: www.downtownskokie.org/skokies-first-fridays/.
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Guide to Outdoor Ice Rinks (Weather Permitting)

youth hockey players at Watts Ice Center

As a follow-up to our sledding hill round-up, we are pleased to offer you this guide to the North Shore’s outdoor skating rinks. Recently, we’ve seen pics of a few people on the East Coast trying to create their own mini rinks in their back yards. Lucky for you, living on the North Shore means you can skip the hassle since we have a plethora of outdoor options to choose from. However, with the recent “heat wave”, before heading out, it’s best to give these places to call to make sure there is ice.

Call us crazy, but we are kind of looking forward to the return of colder temps, because there’s something truly special about outdoor skating. Even if you hate the cold! And of course, if all else fails, there are plenty of indoor options too, but we all know it won’t stay this warm for long! So hold on to this list….Have you seen next week’s forecast?

Evanston
Dawes Park Lagoon, Sheridan Rd. at Church St. Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8

Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St. Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8

Wilmette
Gillson Park, Sheridan Rd. and Michigan Ave.
Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Mallinckrodt Park, Elmwood and Ridge Rds. (Parking in north lot)
Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Thornwood Park, Dartmouth Ave. and Thornwood Ave. Call 847-256-6100
Available for pond hockey as well as recreational skating Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Winnetka
Pond on the Green, 490 Hibbard Rd. (just south of Winnetka Ice Arena)
This newly refrigerated pond is open 4:00-9:00 pm weekdays and 11:45 am – 9:0 pm weekends, weather permitting. Click here for scheduling info.

Hubbard Woods Park, Green Bay Rd, west of train station
Rink is open 4:00 – 9:00 pm weekdays and 12 – 9:00 pm weekends, weather permitting.

Indian Hill Park, 131 Wilson Street
4:30 – 8 pm weekdays, 2 – 7 pm, weekends weather permitting, unsupervised.
Call 847-501-2052

Northfield
Clarkson Park, 1950 Willow Rd.
Call 847-604-1893

Northfield Park, 240 Lockwood Ave.
Call 847-501-2052

Glencoe
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St.
There are two refrigerated, lighted rinks at Watts so warmer weather is usually not a factor. Call 847-835-3030 for more info.

Glenview
Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Rd.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 26 for conditions.

Johns Park, 2101 Central Rd.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 27 for conditions.

Roosevelt Park, 2200 Grove St.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 28 for conditions.

Highland Park
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd.
Rink is lighted/open til 9 am – 9 pm daily. Call 847-432-4303 or check online : http://rainoutline.com/search/extension/8475799008/52

Lake Forest
West Park, Green Bay and Woodlands Rds.
Monday – Thursday 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday 3:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Call 837-234-6702, ext. 5

Northbrook
Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave.
Monday – Friday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Kids)
6:30 – 9 p.m (Adults)
Saturday 12 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.

Tower Rink, 1225 Cedar Lane
Monday – Friday 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Saturday 12 – 8 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.
Call 847-291-2985, ext. 3

Deerfield
You can check ice status online for any Deerfield rinks at http://www.deerfieldparks.org/ice-rink-status/

Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive.
Lighted family rink and hockey rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Jaycee Park, 1026 Wilmot Rd.
Lighted family rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Pine Street Park (Patti Stryker), Pine & Hackberry

Briarwood Park, Greenbriar Dr. & Eastwood

Skokie
Ice Rink at Old Orchard Mall, 4905 Old Orchard Center (Skokie Blvd. & Old Orchard Rd.) Lower level by Bloomingdales
Mon-Fri: 5 – 8 pm
Sat: 1 – 8 pm
Sun: 1- 5 pm
Rink will close when temperatures are above 50 degrees, or less than 17 degrees, or if wind chill is below 5 degrees. Weather Hotline at 847-929-7999.

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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