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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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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 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: Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

music

Forget about the big game, it’s mostly a musical affair this weekend on the North Shore. From performances featuring Tony and Grammy winners, to a high school chamber music competition and a fabulous kickoff to African-American History Month. But don’t worry sports fans, we didn’t forget about you. However in Chicago, it might be best to stick with a night celebrating the Blackhawks rather than football.

 

Blackhawks Night
Jan. 30: 7 – 9 pm
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St, Glencoe

Time to show your team spirit. Sport Blackhawk colors as you skate with Tommy Hawk for a night dedicated to Chicago’s favorite hockey team. Blackhawk ticket and memorabilia giveaways throughout the night. Click here for more information.

La Cage aux Folles
Jan. 30: 8 pm, Jan. 31: 4:30 pm, 8 pm, Feb. 1: 1 pm, 5 pm
Marriott Theatre, Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

Catch opening weekend of this Tony award-winning, classic musical comedy set against the glitter of a Saint-Tropez nightclub. Feathers get ruffled when a middle-aged gay couple agrees to hide their relationship when their son returns home with his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents. It’s poignant tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves. For tickets, click here.

African Explosion
Jan. 31: 11 am
Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette

Kick-start African-American History Month with this explosive demonstration of drumming, dance, and acrobatics. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served, basis. Limit 8 tickets per family.

Keb’ Mo’
Jan. 31: 8 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ comes to town in support of his 12th album release, BLUESAmericana. Acoustic guitars are featured prominently in these new arrangements, which boast plenty of textural flesh via electric and resonator slide guitars, mandolin, percussion, keyboards, reeds and horns. For more information, click here.

RCP 20th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition
Feb. 1: 10: 30 am
Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston

Come here the future of chamber music as student from across the Midwest participate in one of the most regarded youth competitions in the country. Past competition winners have gone on to prestigious careers in music with some holding positions in the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras as well as the New York Philharmonic. Free event. Click here for more information.

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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.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 23 – 25

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I must say we are unbelievably lucky to live in area that is so vibrant and offers such a variety of things to do. This weekend alone, you can relive and/or introduce the ‘lil ones to the adventures of  Frog and Toad, learn about the dramatic history of one of Chicago’s most famous buildings, meet and greet a national radio sports personality and NY Times bestseller, hear the unforgettable stories of Holocaust survivors and round out the weekend as vote caster for the area’s best pizza and bakery. And that’s just one weekend!

“A Year with Frog and Toad TYA”
Jan. 24: 10 am, 1 pm
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook

A Year With Frog and Toad TYA follows the  friendship of two unique characters through the four seasons and reminds us of the special qualities that exist in us all. To purchase tickets: click here.

“My Father’s Wives”
Jan. 24: 12:00-2:00 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka

Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” sports talk show, signs copies of his new book, My Father’s Wives, and broadcasts live on the radio from the storefront. For more info: (847) 446-8880 or thebookstall.com.

“999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories”
Jan. 25: 1:30-3:00 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

Former Leo Burnett CEO Rick Fizdale, details the wealth, greed, power, corruption and even murder that accompanied the building of 999 North Lake Shore Drive in a talk based on his exciting new book, 999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories. Learn how this historic landmark, designed by legendary architect and longtime Wilmette resident Benjamin Marshall, figured into one of the most explosive and pivotal moments in Chicago’s history. Click here for more information.

In Conversation With….Survivors of Auschwitz
Jan. 25: 1:30-3:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie

In recognition of the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts a moderated discussion with Holocaust survivors of Auschwitz featuring Northwestern University Professor of History Benjamin Frommer, Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Admission is free but to reserve a spot, click here.

District 113 Pizza Bowl III & Bakery Cup I
Jan. 25: 5:00-7:00 pm
Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield

Come sample the district’s finest pizza and sweet treats and cast your vote for the best pizza and bakery in town. Admission $10 ($25 per family) entitles you to sample offerings from 20 vendors as you help crown the undisputed champion! Proceeds benefit the District 113 Education Foundation. For more info: www.district113foundation.org.

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