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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Feb. 20 – Feb. 22

potpourriThis weekend is a true potpourri of events. From princess pizza parties, Winter Carnivals and ice skating competitions to a Chinese New Year celebration, post WW2 European art lecture, daddy/daughter dance, and a night time nature hike. This weekend has got it all, where do we sign up?

Pizza with a Princess
Feb. 20: 6 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

Enjoy this funny tale as a real life princess reads the story about Princess Paulina and she invents pizza while trying to become the wife of Prince Dupert. Pizza, drinks, and photo ops with the princess and her castle, what could be better? Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite princess or prince. Click here for more info.

Winter Night Hike
Feb. 20: 7 – 8:30 pm
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook

Learn about nocturnal animals that live at River Trail. Afterwards, warm up inside with snacks and hot chocolate. To register,  click here.

Chinese New Year
Feb. 21: 11 am – 3 pm
Chicago Botanical Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special family day featuring free programs and puppet performances by the Shaanxi Folk Arts Group. Click here for more info.

Northbrook Winter Carnival
Feb. 21: 11 am – 1:30 pm (makeup date)
Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave., Northbrook

Celebrate the season with sled dogs, ice sculpting, music, ice skating, snow shoeing, games, horse-drawn trolley rides, s’mores & more! Free admission.

Winnetka Park District Winter Carnival
Feb. 2: 11 am – 1 pm
The Skokie School, 520 Glendale Ave., Winnetka

Lots of opportunities for winter fun with activities, games, and entertainment. Light refreshments will be provided.

Freeze Basic Skills Figure Skating Competition
Feb. 20: 5 – 9:20 pm
Feb. 21: 9 am – 6:25 pm
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview

Check out what the talented skaters have learned through the U.S Basic Skills Program. Click here for a full schedule of events and programs.

Daddy & Daughter Whimsical Wonderland
Feb. 21: 6:30 – 8:30
Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Ave., Highland Park

For those that want to continue the spirit of Valentine’s Day with their special little ladies. The magical evening will be filled with surprises, sweet treats, and some very special guests! Photos and a gift will commemorate your evening together. To register, click here.

European Art at the Time of the Great War
Feb. 22: 1:30 – 3 pm
Common Ground Center, 815 Rosemary Terr., Deerfield

The second decade of the 20th century was tumultuous both in history and art history. Learn much more about this exciting period from art historian Jeff Mishur as he examines the work of Picasso, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Boccioni and others and discusses how they established the dominant paths their successors would follow for a century. For more info.: www.cg.org.

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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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Best Romantic Restaurants on the North Shore

cellar gateIf you haven’t made your Valentine’s Day plans yet, we hope this list inspires you. With the big day following on a Saturday this year, chances are, places are getting booked up so don’t procrastinate! And if you’d prefer to skip the Valentine’s Day rush, save this list for when you want to enjoy a special dining experience any day of the year.

Restaurant Michael
64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-441-3100

Chef Michael Lachowicz presents his version of unpretentious fine French food in a casually elegant setting. A North Shore classic.

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

A stylish American Bistro with European influences. The restaurant features a warm and comfortable environment to enjoy heartfelt cuisine, craft beers and cocktails with an eclectic wine list.

Quince
1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8400

Quince serves contemporary American cuisine in an intimate, yet friendly setting near downtown Evanston. Their wine list boasts more than 100 unique options chosen carefully to enhance Chef Andy Motto’s deliciously refined and globally-inspired cuisine.

Campagnola
815 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-475-6100

A true neighborhood gem, Chef Vince DiBattista and his team are committed to using the best in seasonal ingredients, preparing them with care, and presenting dishes in a simple, straightforward style in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

PM Prime
310 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-433-0600

A pricey, yet exemplary steakhouse in a more relaxed and intimate setting than you’d expect. With culinary direction steered by a James Beard Award-nominated chef, PM Prime is committed to innovation, depth of flavor, and contemporary presentation with the finest and freshest ingredients. Just may be worth the splurge.

Francesco’s Hole in the Wall
254 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-272-0155

Enjoy 30 years of tradition in this charming authentic Italian restaurant. The 20+ entrees are written in marker on a wallboard each day to reflect the fresh ingredients that are delivered each morning. Please note, it is a small restaurant and they do not take reservations.

Abigail’s American Bistro
493 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-780-4862

An upscale yet unpretentious neighborhood restaurant with a knowledgeable wait staff and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that offers a regional menu with honest and simple preparation. This place is perpetually busy so expect a wait time if dining after 6 pm when reservations are no longer accepted.

Cellar Gate
524 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847-748-8086

Cellar Gate is a unique restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop rolled into one. Boasting cozy and eclectic European/farmhouse décor, you won’t find another place like it. They offer a fantastic wine selection and a lovely menu of small plates and tapas designed to be paired with their wines.

Flight Wine Bar
1820 Tower Road, Glenview, 847-729-9463

As to be expected, Flight offers an extensive wine list featuring 35 wines by the glass from every corner of the globe, a fully stocked bar, and an award-winning menu best described as “American Contemporary” comfort food featuring a wide range of small bites and sharable plates and a varied selection of “Mains.”

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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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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